2019 Convention and Expo @ Duke Energy Convention Center and Hyatt Downtown Cincinnati
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day
Ballot Issues Workshop @ OLC Headquarters
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsored by OLC’s Government Relations Committee

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: Oct. 13

Registration Fees:  Member $70* | Non-member $140
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Registration: 9:30 a.m. | Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Is your library considering going on the local ballot with a new levy, renewing an existing levy, or possibly modifying a levy that’s been in place for some time? This workshop will provide the information you need as you prepare for your ballot initiative, including:

  1. determining the need and public support for your library levy;
  2. legal process for placing the issue on the ballot;
  3. developing the campaign message;
  4. running the mechanics of a library campaign;
  5. connecting with the media and developing message strategies; and
  6. coordinating a lawful campaign

The format of this workshop will address each of these six points and allow time to answer questions.

Intended Audience: Directors, trustees, public relations staff, and other staff who will be involved in the library’s levy education effort.


  • Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services
  • Cheryl Kuonen, Director, Mentor Public Library
  • Jennifer Economus, Outreach Specialist, Allerton-Hill Consulting LLC.

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the instructors; morning coffee, light refreshments and lunch. Each attendee will also receive a copy of the OLC publication, Ballot Issues Handbook – Campaigns 101: The Nuts and Bolts.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as four (4) contact hours of credit.

Ohio Public Library Core Competencies addressed in this workshop: Fundraising and Strategic Planning

Accommodations: For a list of hotels in the area please email or call 614-410-8092.

This workshop is held twice a year in the spring and fall.

OLC Leadership Conference (Invitation Only) @ Crowne Plaza Columbus North
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


When registering, be sure to select either the  “Yes, I am attending!” OR “No, I cannot attend” ticket, as well as ticket(s) for the Division(s) or Committee(s) you will be representing at the Conference.

Member Fee: $45

Deadline to register: 10/23/19

Hotel Accommodations
Although the time frame for the Leadership Conference is designed to accommodate travel to and from Columbus in one day, some attendees may wish to make reservations for overnight accommodations before or after the conference. Reservations can be made by calling the Crown Plaza Hotel at 614-885-1885. Please indicate that you are attending the OLC Leadership Conference.

About the Leadership Conference
The work accomplished at the 2019 OLC Leadership Conference will help guide the organization through 2020 and prepare us to address the challenges in the years to come. This conference is by invitation only. Please plan to attend the full day, as other units may need to communicate with you and ask for input.

At the Leadership Conference, members of the OLC’s Committees and Division Action Councils will:

  • Hear about the strategic direction for the OLC’s 2020 educational programming as set by the Professional Development Committee;
  • Plan their activities for the coming year;
  • Develop programming proposals for the 2020 Convention and Expo and other professional development events.

Current and incoming members of OLC Committees and Division Action Council members are urged to attend all sessions. While outgoing Committee and Division Action Councils will soon be finishing their terms, we hope that you will attend to share your experience and practical insight with those about to take office.


Library Safety and Security Conference @ DoubleTree Cleveland South Independence
Nov 6 all-day

NEW DATE: Nov. 6, 2019

Registration opens this fall!

Libraries strive to strike a balance between offering a broad, open door policy for community members and ensuring a safe, secure environment for staff and patrons. This all-new conference will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to make your library a better, safer place to work.

What’s Included: All conference handouts as provided by the presenters. Morning coffee, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this conference will count as six (6) contact hours of credit.

Hotel Accommodations: To receive the special OLC rate, please book your room by Oct. 25 through the DoubleTree website.

Conference Chair: Jeff Sabo, Public Safety Manager, Toledo Lucas County Public Library



Right Click 2019: The Library IT Idea Exchange Conference @ Quest Conference Center
Nov 22 all-day

Sponsored by the OLC’s Information Technology Division and Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)

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Register @ my OLC |  Registration Deadline: Nov. 15

Member Fee: $85*  |  Non-Member Fee: $170
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries

Special Event: Free Ice Breaker event – Thurs., Nov. 21

When registering, please select your registration type (member or non-member ) AND then select the Ice Breaker ticket IF you plan to attend.

Intended Audience: Ohio library information technology staff, technology coordinators, and decision makers

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the presenters. Ice Breaker event (the evening prior), morning coffee, light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff Re-certification, this workshop counts as six (6) contact hours.

Accommodations: For a list of hotels in the area, please email or call 614-410-8092.

[ps2id id=’ice’ target=”/]Right Click 2019 Ice Breaker:
Thursday, November 21
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Polaris Grill [Map]
1835 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240
(Polaris Grill is less than a 5 minute walk from Quest Conference Center)

There is no additional cost to attend the Ice Breaker; however, pre-registration is required.

Come and mingle during this casual evening event. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar as you network and socializing with your colleagues before Friday’s conference. There will be a short OPLIN briefing where you will have a chance to offer suggestions and ask questions.

Right Click 2019 Overview:
Right Click 2019 features presentations from professionals, government entities and library IT professionals from around Ohio. This one-day workshop is a unique opportunity for library IT professionals, administrators and support staff to share their knowledge and discuss current technology challenges. Connect with your IT Colleagues from around the state, and come away with solutions to current issues that you can apply at your library.

Submit a Forum Discussion Question:
A question and answer discussion forum will take place during the event. Submit your question now for the afternoon forum. Example questions include: What are some backup solutions for VMs? What are people using for digital signage? What are some solutions for network security and monitoring? Have a question you would like answered at the conference? Submit one now.


DATE: Thurs., Nov. 21, 2019
Right Click 2019 Ice Breaker
(Pre-Registration for this event is required)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Polaris Grill
1835 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240
(Polaris Grill is less than a 5 minute walk from Quest Conference Center)


DATE: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019
Right Click 2019 

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. | Registration / Networking / Refreshments

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.  |  Welcome and Introductions

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Keynote Session

The Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee (OC3)—Helping Ohio Achieve World Class Cyber Security

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Mark Bell, Cyber Security Outreach Coordinator,  Adjutant General’s Department (Ohio National Guard)

Mark Bell is the Cyber Security Outreach Coordinator for the Ohio Adjutant General’s Office. During his keynote presentation, Bell will discuss the OC3’s cyber security programs and how their efforts in: Education and Workforce Development; Building the Ohio Cyber Range; Creating Cyber Response Teams, and Policy and Public Awareness of cyber security, can partner with and support library programs and efforts around Ohio. The OC3’s efforts support educational programming at the library level as well as help to keep library networks and data safe from cyber criminals.

About the Keynote:
Mark Bell primarily works with a wide range of partners throughout Ohio, organized into the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee (OC3,) to improve the cyber security posture of the state through education and workforce development, the creation of a Cyber Range in Ohio, the development of cyber response teams for Ohio, and the sharing of best cyber practices and policies throughout the state. Prior to working for the Ohio National Guard, Mark worked as District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Patrick Tiberi. In addition to his work at the Ohio National Guard, Mark continues to serve in the US Army Reserve as the Command Sergeant Major of a Military Police Battalion located in Columbus.

9:55 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. | Cyber Policy Guidelines

Presenter: Dr. Loren Wagner, Senior Executive: Risk & Business Development, CentrComm

Cyber security and related events have become part of the daily news digest. Regulatory mandates and guidelines are quickly following. As a result, we are facing more demands on managing cyber security risk. A significant part of this is the implementation of institutional policies reflecting management philosophies for the security and privacy of digital assets and related human interaction. This presentation will discuss some of the most likely policies you need to be familiar with and why. Policy constructs will be discussed. Examples will be provided with references to assist in further policy development and understanding.

Key takeaways:

  • Distinction between policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Why I should care about cyber policies
  • Key types of policies
  • Policy construction and examples
  • References to assist in policy development

10:35 – 11:05 a.m. | Gaming and eSports at Cleveland Public Library

Presenter: Tristan Wheeler, Audiovisual & Event Planning Specialist, Cleveland Public Library

During this session, Wheeler will explain the history and development of the gaming and eSports events at the Cleveland Public Library, along with information on how to develop game-related programs and events at your library.

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Geauga County Public Library Mobile Memory Lab

Presenter: Michael Pope, IT Manager, Geauga County Public Library (GCPL)

During this session, Pope will explore the process for creating GCPL’s Mobile Memory Lab, including:

  • What is a Memory Lab and how can it benefit your library patrons;
  • Equipment and software for GCPL’s Memory Lab;
  • Developing training for library staff and library patrons;
  • Other discoveries made along the way!

11:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. | Developing the New Dayton Metro Library Mobile App

Presenter: Matthew Jones, Web Developer, Dayton Metro Library

In this program, Jones will explore the app development journey at Dayton Metro Library. You will learn how he utilized Google’s Flutter framework to develop for both iOS and Android using a single code base. Plus, you’ll learn how he leveraged the Polaris API. Since the initial release in July 2019, the response from both patrons and staff has been overwhelmingly positive. The app allows users to:

  • Search the Catalog
  • Place and View Requests
  • View Checked Out Items
  • Access Their Library Card
  • Find Library Locations
  • View Library Hours
  • Contact the Library

12:25 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch

1:50 – 3:30 p.m. | Q&A Open Forum –  Submit Questions and Topics

Please submit questions and topics that you would like to discuss during this moderated forum.

Example questions include:

  • What are some backup solutions for VMs?
  • What are people using for digital signage?
  • What are some solutions for network security and monitoring?

Have a question you would like answered at the conference? Submit one now!