Friday Breakout Sessions

October 15, 2021 — Session Times and Descriptions

[CC = Ohio Public Library Core Competency]

Session Times and Descriptions:


Friday, October 15, 2021
8:45 -9:45 a.m.

(CHOOSE ONE)

The Enduring Power of Mystery
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Fairfield
Track: Author Spotlight
CC: RAD
Presenter: Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower is an Agatha award-winning and USA Today bestselling mystery author of more than 35 mystery novels. In this session, Flower will share why the mystery genre from Edgar Allan Poe to Agatha Christie to today has survived the test of time and why it remains one of the most popular genres in the library. The presentation will include the elements of a mystery novel and an explanation of its various subgenres, including which ones appeal to which readers. A librarian for fifteen years before leaving the profession to write full-time in 2018, Flower is well-versed in readers’ advisory and how to match the right book with the right reader.

 

Call to Action! Partnering to Meet Changing Community Healthcare Needs During Crisis and Beyond
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Knox
Track: Patron Awareness
CC: ADP
Presenters: David Siders, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library and Elizabeth Gantzer, University of Cincinnati Hoxworth Blood Center

How can public libraries develop greatness during a pandemic with the health and well being of so many at stake? As community healthcare organizations seek assistance during an emergency, we must pivot, act quickly, and develop new partnerships to serve our communities and stakeholders with innovation. Learn how the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library collaborated with healthcare partners for blood donation drives and free COVID-19 testing, which ensured equitable access across neighborhoods during the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. These healthcare partnerships will pave the way for future opportunities to connect community members to healthcare resources beyond crisis.

 

Beyond Thanksgiving: One Youth Librarian’s Efforts to Improve Native American Representation in the Library
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Morrow
Track: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
CC: EDI
Presenter: Samantha Nicholson, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library

Libraries have a role in promoting equity and diversity, especially during these racially turbulent times. Samantha Nicholson is a Children’s Librarian who has spent the last two years addressing how Native Americans are represented in her library, starting with collections and programming. During this session, you will learn how to become more informed about Native American history and current events, how to spot problematic materials, how to reach out to Native communities, and how to incorporate Native voices in storytimes and programming.

 

Sheltering, Surviving and Thriving in Place: A View From Technical Services
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Madison
Track: Readers’ Advisory/Collections
CC: ADP
Presenters: Karen Sykeny, Massillon Public Library; Misty Alvaro, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Michael Monaco, University of Akron

The COVID-19 pandemic was a trying time for everyone with tragic losses. This panel of technical services librarians will share lessons learned from working through the pandemic and discuss how their work adapted to going partly or wholly remote. The panelists will each share their unique perspectives on how the changing work conditions and changing needs of their libraries and users affected their work as staff and supervisors. Topics will include: shifting cataloging operations to allow staff to work from home; leveraging new eBook lending models; reallocating budgets to get patrons what they wanted as quickly and cheaply as possible; finding new projects for remote staff; and adjusting library systems to handle curbside pickup and extended renewals. They will also discuss how the effects of the pandemic on funding and staffing will impact their planning for the future as well as finding opportunities in this historic challenge.

 

How to Hire an Architect: The Ohio Revised Code and Beyond
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Marion
Track: Management
CC: PRM
Presenters: Laura Bowman, Bricker & Eckler, LLP; Wendy Tressler Jasper, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Do you need to hire an architect, engineer, or landscape architect (aka design professional)? Did you know that the Ohio Revised Code outlines a specific process you must follow, including a restriction that you can’t select a design professional based on price? The presenters will cover what you need to know to hire a design professional including: compliance with the Ohio Revised Code, how to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), components of an RFQ, what to look for in qualification submissions, how to narrow down which firms to interview, strategies for interview panels, sample interview questions, and tips on ranking the firms.

 

How to Get 1000 Subscribers on YouTube
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Franklin D
Track: Programming
CC: MAR
Presenter: Jason Lea, Mentor Public Library

This session will explain how libraries (even smaller ones) can create worthwhile video content and build a substantial audience on YouTube and other video-based social media. You will learn: why YouTube is a particularly desirable bit of online real estate; how libraries can create videos for YouTube (and other social media) without needing to create a videography department; what content has been particularly popular for Mentor Public Library; what to be mindful of when creating content for YouTube and other online outlets (i.e., potential audience, copyrights); suggestions for dealing with online commenters; and how YouTube’s new rules for kids-centric channels might affect libraries.

 

Building Better Youth Relationships with Staff
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Franklin C
Track: Youth Services
CC: ENG
Presenters: Tara Shiman and Desiree Thomas, Worthington Libraries

Every day they come to the library carrying gallons of Mountain Dew and pounds of Hot Takis. Who are these sugar filled, Tik Tok obsessed, Nintendo Switch users? Teens! Teens utilize our libraries every day and interact with everyone from circulation aides to library managers. Let’s demystify teens and learn to build more empathy to help us connect and create strong positive relationships with our teen community. This session will discuss teen brain development; maintaining digital social connections with teens during a pandemic; and effective ways to break down the barriers that can exist with staff and teens.

 

Nazi Punks F Off: Creating Policy Answers Before You Have Meeting Room Problems
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Franklin B
Track: Leading Libraries
CC: POL
Presenters: Jonathan Harris, Portage County District Library and Brett Bencze, Portage County Prosecutor’s Office

A library director and a lawyer will discuss how to craft code of conduct and meeting room policies that allow the library to exercise greater control over the use of public spaces, specifically to amend or revoke privileges before an issue occurs. This session will include policy examples, legal considerations, and how to discuss the policy before a board of trustees.

 

Libraries and the Ohio Association of Food Banks: Partners Against Food Insecurity
Time: 8:45 -9:45 a.m.
Room: Franklin A
Track: Our Communities
CC: PAR
Presenters: Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio; Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Ohio Association of Food Banks

Libraries have always seen hungry children come in after school and on weekends, especially during Summer Reading. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant increase in hunger among all age groups. Libraries have risen to meet all sorts of challenges since this began, and libraries of all sizes can meet this one head on as well. This session will share programs and experiences beyond Summer Food Service Programs that will help meet these needs in your community and your library, including food pantries, mobile markets, backpack programs, senior boxes and much more!


Friday, October 15, 2021
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

(CHOOSE ONE)

Providing Services for Refugees in Cleveland Heights
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Knox
Track: Patron Awareness
CC: EDI
Presenter: Steve Sanders, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

This session will cover lessons learned from the pandemic and transformations that will carry on in the future. You’ll learn more about adaptive services to reach community members where they are comfortable and creative ideas to get library patrons back in the building! There will be time allotted for discussion and idea sharing.

 

Introduction to Website Accessibility
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Morrow
Track: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
CC: TEC
Presenter: Laura Solomon, OPLIN

Are you concerned that your library’s website isn’t meeting accessibility standards? If not, you should be–lawsuits concerning website accessibility failures are increasing, and libraries do not have immunity. Additionally, libraries should want to ensure that everyone can use their websites in order to best serve their respective communities. In this  session, you’ll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the U.S. and how to begin to evaluate your own library’s site for potential issues. We’ll also discuss some common pitfalls and things to avoid.

 

TRANSforming Your Collection: Creating Space for LGBTQIA+ Diverse Titles at Your Library
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Madison
Track: Readers’ Advisory/Collections
CC: EDI
Presenters: Chris Labib, and Emily Lohr, Kent Free Library

As Ohio’s LGBTQIA+ community continues to grow in both size and visibility, now more than ever, librarians need to know how to curate, promote, and recommend materials that reflect our increasingly diverse communities. Learn everything you need to know in order to start or improve your LGBTQIA+ collection, from getting LGBTQIA+ books on your shelves to getting them into the hands of your patrons!

 

Legal Issues: Frequently-Asked Questions
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Franklin A
Track: Management
CC: LAW
Presenters: Michelle Francis, Ohio Library Council; Jay Smith, Ohio Library Council; and Jason Elvers, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease

Numerous library-related legal questions from members come into OLC office every day. This session will cover the most frequently-asked questions in 2021. You’ll gain a better understanding of the latest legal issues impacting libraries and the profession.

 

What’s Cooking at the Library? Innovative Approaches to Culinary Literacy
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Franklin D
Track: Programming
CC: INN
Presenters: Susan Spivey and Rick Gerena, Lorain Public Library System

The Lorain Public Library System has developed a culinary literacy initiative to build kitchen skills and foster health in their communities. Learn how they are taking it to the next level with a brand new state-of-the-art Culinary Literacy Center and an organized approach to programming. Information from a facilities viewpoint on the construction of the kitchen will be included.

 

Rich, Robust, and Expressive: Vocabulary Building in Storytime
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Franklin C
Track: Youth Services
CC: PRG
Presenters: Maria Cahill, PhD, University of Kentucky and Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio

Storytime is fun and participatory, and it nurtures family and community engagement. Storytime also helps young children build essential language skills. Researchers from the University of Kentucky School of Information Science, in collaboration with the State Library of Ohio, the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, and the Indiana State Library, recently conducted a research project studying the value of public library storytimes for school readiness and community-building. Through this multi-state research project, we identified how storytime supports language development and how to maximize vocabulary learning in storytime. Join us as we share findings about the role of book choice, questioning strategies, music, and play in learning new words. Practice research-based techniques to increase vocabulary, and discuss how to share strategies with caregivers. You’ll walk away from this hands-on session with evidence about the benefits of storytime and new strategies to enhance outcomes for children, caregivers, and communities.

 

Supporting Our Support Staff
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Franklin B
Track: Leading Libraries
CC: CTS
Presenters: Meredith Fletcher, Community Library of Sunbury and Ashley Vassar-Balay, Licking County Library

Paralibrarians and support staff account for over 40% of library workers nationwide. Ensuring that these employees have an opportunity to share in the library’s goals and philosophy encourages frontline staff to stay informed, engaged, and may even help reduce burnout. Join us to discuss their evolving role in libraries and how supporting our support staff can improved the overall patron experience.

 

Message Dissemination During a Crisis: How Columbus Metropolitan 
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room: Fairfield
Track: Our Communities
CC: COM
Presenter: Gregg Dodd, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Libraries are faced with unique challenges in a 24-hour news cycle world. Libraries must be ready to communicate quickly about any crisis impacting their reputation, including the ongoing world heath crisis. Gregg Dodd, Director of Marketing, Columbus Metropolitan Library, will share practical strategies that will help libraries implement a crisis communication plan and how to navigate the complexities of message dissemination during any crisis through real-life examples.