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May
20
Thu
2021
Library Director Discussion Groups @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
May 20 – May 21 all-day

Once again, we are at a turning point in this pandemic with the lifting of the statewide health orders. Even though we knew it was coming, we know there are questions and uncertainty. OLC has received emails and phone calls from across the state requesting a forum where library directors can have an open discussion and share their thoughts and plans for services and programming once the orders are lifted on June 2.

We know that many of you have started planning with your staff, but want to hear from others in your region and other parts of the state. OLC will provide that forum through a series of Zoom meetings we are making available to Institutional Member Library directors from different regions of the state.

Register for one of the four Zoom sessions:

May 20, 2021
Library Directors Session Time Registration
(1) North/Northeast Ohio 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register now
(2) Northwest Ohio 2:30-3:30 p.m. Register now

 

May 21, 2021
Library Directors Session Time Registration
(3) Southeast Ohio 9:00-10:00 a.m. Register now
(4) Central and Southwest Ohio 12:30-1:30 p.m. Register now

Registration is free for directors of OLC Institutional Member Libraries. If you are unable to attend your region’s time slot, you may register for a different session.

 

Ohio Distance Learning Initiative Webinar @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

FREE Learning Lunchboxes
There is a critical need to engage Ohio’s children during this difficult time. The OLC and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) have joined forces to support Ohio’s families and capitalize on Summer Reading Programs! The Ohio Distance Learning Initiative is an effort being led by COSI and the State of Ohio, executed in collaboration with the Ohio Library Council as well as other museums and cultural institutions, to provide up to 50 FREE Learning Lunchboxes to each of Ohio’s 251 public library systems.

The Learning Lunchboxes are hands-on fun kits built in partnership with NASA. The space-themed kits provide five days’ worth of learning content. The boxes promote integrated learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and the humanities. Each box activity is aligned with Ohio learning standards.

Registration: FREE* for OLC members only.
*Individual members, trustees or administrators of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Register Now!

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.

Participation Form
Each public library system interested in participating in the program and wishing to receive 50 FREE Learning Lunchboxes should complete the form. Only ONE participation form may be submitted per library system. When you complete the form, list the top in-person and/or digital resources your library wishes to highlight (library resources will be promoted as part of the Ohio Distance Learning Initiative and COSI’s Roadshows across the state).

Trustee Town Hall with Senator Jerry Cirino @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Sen. Jerry Cirino

Registration:  FREE* for OLC members only.
*Individual members, trustees or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Register Now

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the discussion group.

Presenters: Michelle Francis, Executive Director, and Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

Special Guest: Senator Jerry Cirino

May
21
Fri
2021
Ballot Issues Workshop @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
May 21 @ 9:45 am – 1:15 pm

Sponsored by OLC’s Government Relations Committee

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 5/14/21

Registration Fees:  Member $40* | Non-member $80
*Individual members or staff of OLC institutional member libraries.

Workshop: 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 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 virtual 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.

What’s Included: Electronic handouts as provided by the instructors and 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

Agenda: 

9:45 a.m. | Join Zoom Classroom
After registering, OLC will send you the link to join the workshop.

10:00 a.m. | Levies – The Basics
Presenter: Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

11:00 a.m.  | How We Did It!
Presenter: Cheryl Kuonen, Executive Director, Mentor Public Library

12:00 p.m. | Communication & Levy Prep 101
Presenter: Carole Dorn-Bell, Partner, Allerton-Hill Consulting LLC

1:15 p.m. | Adjourn

 

 

May
24
Mon
2021
Trustee Town Hall with Senator Theresa Gavarone @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Sen. Theresa Gavarone

Registration:  FREE* for OLC members only.
*Individual members, trustees or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Register Now

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the discussion group.

Presenters: Michelle Francis, Executive Director, and Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council

Special Guest: Senator Theresa Gavarone

Jun
9
Wed
2021
Service for All Conference: Empowering and Rethinking Service for All @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Jun 9 all-day

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 6/2/21

Registration Fees: Member $65* | Non-member $130
*In order to qualify for the member rate, the registrant must be an Individual member of the Ohio Library Council.

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David Bush, Keynote

Conference Overview: This virtual conference will examine customer service models that focus on providing a friendly, accessible environment and encourage customer engagement. You’ll gain a better understanding of how to make your library (regardless of its size) a welcoming “third” place by actively and continuously engaging patrons of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. If you interact with the public or train staff that works with the public, this is the conference for your team.

Conference Schedule and Session Descriptions 
NOTE: When registering, you will be asked to choose one breakout session per time period.

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.

Intended Audience: Library staff who interact with the public.

What’s Included: All conference handouts as provided by the presenters.

Online Conference Instructions: The Ohio Library Council will present this conference via Zoom. The link will be emailed to all registrants 2 days prior to the conference. When registering for this conference, you will be asked to choose one breakout session per time period.


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Drew Wichterman, Chair, Conference Planning Committee

Conference Planning Committee:
Drew Wichterman, CPL, Chair
Tipp City Public Library

Alyssa Bender
Stark County District Library

David Bush
Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Annamarie Carlson
Westerville Public Library

Tara Hutson
Fairfield County District Library

Brenda Miller
New Madison Public Library

Kristina Richey
Dayton Metro Library

Desiree Thomas
Worthington Libraries

Debbie Wittkop
Worthington Libraries

PDC Liaisons:
Joan Kendall-Sperry
Molly McGirr Norris

 

Jul
21
Wed
2021
Innovations Conference @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Jul 21 all-day

Conference Overview: 2020 was a year that forced innovation, but library staff have been innovators for years. How have you been thinking outside the box, providing new services, or discovering new ways to tell your library’s story? This virtual conference will explore pre- and post-pandemic resiliency in library services, programs and more.

Call for Programs:
The Conference Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals that tie to the core competencies of public library service and address innovative services, creative programming, and emerging trends within the library community.

Program Submission Form (PDF)
Deadline for proposals: May 12, 2021


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Jeff Yahraus, Chair

Conference Planning Committee:

Jeff Yahraus, Chair
Williams County Public Library

Kellen Freeman
Delaware County District Library

Katy Hite
Delaware County District Library

Liz Muether
Mercer County District Library

Gill Nance
Southwest Public Libraries

Leann Schneider
Bexley Public Library

Jennifer Stencel
Akron-Summit County Public Library

Holly Walter
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Jeannine Wilbarger
Rossford Public Library

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.

Aug
6
Fri
2021
Outreach and Special Services Retreat @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Aug 6 all-day

Due to the pandemic, this event will be held online.

Agenda (to come)

Oct
13
Wed
2021
2021 Convention and Expo @ Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day

We are hopeful and looking forward to meeting in person in 2021. The OLC is currently accepting program submissions for the 2021 Convention and Expo which is scheduled for Oct. 13-15 in downtown Columbus. We want to assure you that we have secured a venue for the 2021 Convention and Expo that will follow all of the local, state and national protocols in place at that time to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

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