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.

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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