OLC 2024 Planning & Leadership Kickoff Event (Invitation Only) @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This event is by invitation only.

Invitations have been sent via email to all current and incoming Committee and Division Action Council members. Please check your inbox.

Volunteer leaders are essential to OLC’s success. The work accomplished this fall will help guide the organization through 2024 and prepare us to address the challenges ahead. This is an opportunity to meet together, determine goals for OLC Committees and Divisions and plan for 2024.

While outgoing Committee and Division Action Council members will be finishing their terms, we encourage them to attend this event to share their experience and practical insight with those about to take office.

Registration for Kickoff Event
Registration is required to participate in the live Kickoff event; but there is no charge to attend. Please follow the instructions on your invitation to register.

Register at my OLC

NOTE: When registering, please remember to click “Finalize This Transaction” instead of “Pay Now” as there is no cost to participate.

Follow-Up Committee and Division Meetings
Following the Kickoff event, OLC leaders are asked to meet virtually as a Committee or Division Action Council sometime between Nov. 17—Dec. 21, 2023.





Facing the Challenge: Censorship and Book Ban Update Webinar @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Sponsored by the Ohio Library Council

Register at my OLC | Deadline to register: 11/28/23

Registration: FREE* for OLC Members Only.
*Individual members, trustees or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

When registering, click “Finalize This Transaction” instead of “Pay Now” as there is no cost to participate.

Webinar Overview: Public libraries continue to confront attacks on the freedom to read. Although censorship isn’t a new issue, the United States has seen a dramatic rise in book ban attempts since 2021. We know this is a stressful and isolating time for our members. To help you prepare for current and emerging challenges, the OLC will host a webinar on how to manage these difficult situations, actions every library should take, and supportive resources you can turn to when faced with a challenge.

This session will provide an update on the situation in Ohio and across the country, including some of the recent tactics we have seen in the last 12 months. You will learn how to build strong policies, update your public participation policies, craft effective responses, and connect with key stakeholders to ensure they advocate for your library and remain committed to information access for all.

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

Intended Audience: Library directors, library leadership & management, and trustees.

What’s Included: Participation in the live webinar, and/or access to the recording and resources provided by the presenters.

NOTE: Webinar access information will be sent via e-mail before the webinar begins on Nov. 30. Please check that your correct e-mail address is listed in your my OLC profile page.




Countdown to the Eclipse Webinar @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Register at my OLC  | Registration Deadline: 11/28/23

Registration Fees:
Member: $35* | Non-member: $70

*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Webinar Overview:

The next total solar eclipse will happen on April 8, 2024, and it’s going to be a big one! Tens of thousands of people are expected to travel to Ohio to watch the afternoon sky go dim during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Most likely, you remember the hype regarding the eclipse back in 2017 and the frenzy for viewing glasses. The 2024 eclipse will offer Ohioans an even better viewing because our state is directly in the path of totality. Are you ready? This webinar will help public libraries prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event and make the most of this unique opportunity.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about eclipse occurrences, methods for safe viewing, animal and plant responses, eclipse history and more.
  • Discover tips and tricks for handling an influx of visitors and how emergency responders are already planning ahead to ensure everyone stays safe during the event.
  • Explore tangible activities and resources to engage kids and families in solar eclipse learning and fun.
  • Gain a better understanding of the lessons learned from the 2017 eclipse and how to improve.
  • What to expect on the big day and how Ohio is going to be a target destination for many people who want to view a total solar eclipse in their lifetime.
  • Know how and where to access resources from agencies such as StarNET, the Ohio Emergency Management Association, Ohio Department of Education and more.


  • Don Stevens, Director, Perkins Observatory and State of Ohio Eclipse Task Force
  • Annamarie Carlson, Youth Manager, Westerville Public Library
  • Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council and State of Ohio Eclipse Task Force

Intended Audience: All library staff, especially those who serve families

What’s Included:
Participation in the live webinar and access to the recording at a later date, resources provided by the presenters.

Continuing Education Credits: Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as one (1) continuing education contact hour of credit.


IT Division ‘Rack’side Chat @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The OLC will host an online discussion forum for IT library staff to ask questions, exchange ideas and share best practices for handling technology’s evolving impact on library services. Grab your favorite hot beverage and join the OLC’s IT Division for an informal discussion.

Send questions and discussion topic suggestions in advance to

FREE – for OLC IT Division members only.

Register now

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion group.

Sponsored by the Information Technology Division.



BroadbandOhio Update & Challenge Portal Webinar @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Dec 18 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council and BroadbandOhio

FREE* for OLC members only.

*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries.

Register now

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Overview:
Soon, BroadbandOhio will be implementing a grant program to leverage $793 million in federal Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funds which were allocated to Ohio by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in June 2023. That money will be used to make sure that every Ohioan has access to a provider that can give them high-speed internet in their home.

To make sure that we have identified all unserved and underserved households as part of the BEAD process, BroadbandOhio will be conducting the Ohio BEAD challenge process. The goal of this process is to finalize the map of broadband serviceable locations (BSLs) and identify community anchor institutions that will be eligible for the $793 million in BEAD grants. Units of local government, internet service providers, and nonprofit organizations will all be able to access the portal and submit challenges as to whether a BSL has internet service. BroadbandOhio is once again looking to partner with Ohio’s public libraries so that we can be a resource for those that need help with the challenge process.


  • Peter Voderberg, Chief, Office of BroadbandOhio
  • Anna Miller, Manager, Digital Equity & Inclusion, Office of BroadbandOhio

NOTE: If you are unable to attend this live presentation, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the OLC website.

PLA 2024 Conference @ Greater Columbus Convention Center
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

The Public Library Association is headed to Columbus, April 3–5, 2024, to host the premier national event for public libraries — PLA Conference.

OLC members will be eligible for the PLA member rate. Libraries with group registrations of 10 or more for the full conference will receive an additional 10% discount.

Sign up for alerts to be notified when registration opens.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on April 2, 2024.

PLA Conference Registration Rates

Become an OLC Individual Member
Individual members of the Ohio Library Council will be eligible for the PLA member rate for the conference.

As part of your OLC membership for 2024, you are eligible to save hundreds of dollars and get exclusive access to PLA’s early bird registration rates. OLC Individual members pay only $347 for the full conference if registered before Jan. 12, 2024.

If you know someone who is not a member of OLC, it is cost effective to join now. There is a $336 savings for the full conference between the non-member rate and the early bird OLC member rate. Plus, anyone who joins OLC after Oct. 1, receives full membership benefits for the remainder of 2023 and all of 2024.

Current OLC members can renew their memberships now and take advantage of the PLA 2024 Conference discount by registering before the Jan. 12, 2024 deadline.






2025 Convention and Expo @ Huntington Convention Center
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day

Mark your 2025 calendar:
The Ohio Library Council’s 2025 Convention and Expo will be held November 19-21 at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland.

Hotel Accommodations:
• Hilton Cleveland Downtown (Headquarter Hotel)
• Drury Hotel