LIBChats

LIBChats (Library Interesting Brief) are fast-paced, high-energy talks from speakers who are truly passionate about their topics.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Room 232-233

  1. From Shelver to Hall of Fame Librarian in Only 39 Years!
  2. Epicurean Librarians and Stoics in the Stacks
  3. Service in a Support Role
  4. Choosing to Spark Instead of Burning Out

Thursday, Sept. 26
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Room 232-233

  1. Understanding Addiction: It’s Not Just the Immoral and Irresponsible
  2. Stepping Back and Looking Forward
  3. What Does It Mean to Not Settle for the Status Quo?

 


WEDNESDAY LIBChat DESCRIPTIONS

From Shelver to Hall of Fame Librarian in only 39 Years!
Presenter: Kim Fender, Retired Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

When I took a job as a student worker at Northern Kentucky University’s Steely Library, I was looking for a way to pay my tuition. In addition to providing much-needed funds, the job introduced me to the work that would become my passion for my entire career. I’ll share some experiences and the important lessons learned along the way.

Core Competency: Communication

Epicurean Librarians and Stoics in the Stacks
Presenter: Don Boozer, Cleveland Public Library

Can we learn anything from ancient philosophy about working in a 21st-century library?  This LIBChat will offer food for thought on how to engage your patrons and approach your work from a 2000-year-old perspective.

Core Competency: Customer Service

Service in a Support Role
Presenter: Michael Christian-Budd, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

What does it mean to strive for excellent customer service when you rarely see a library patron face-to-face? Could there be a reason they keep you in the basement? A support service specialist shares insights into the challenges, opportunities, and importance of committing to a service-oriented philosophy, no matter where you spend your workday.

Core Competency: Customer Service

Choosing to Spark Instead of Burning Out
Presenter: Andrea Legg, Tuscarawas County Library System

We encounter ways to choose opportunity over negativity every single day in our work and personal lives. The co-worker whose passive-aggressive comments always seem to bring you down? The program that never seems to attract enough participants? The deadlines that keep you up at night? The job promotion for which you were passed over? How can we control our reactions to these situations so that we don’t burn out on otherwise wonderful jobs? OLC’s 2018 Librarian of the Year Andrea Legg will share the light-bulb moment in her personal life that sparked a new sense of joy and passion in a career she already loved — a turning point that was so noticeable to her peers that they nominated her for one of the profession’s highest honors. She’ll explain what she’s learned about herself in the process and share how we can actively choose to see obstacles as light-bulb moments that will light the path for those around us.

Core Competency: Communication


THURSDAY LIBChat DESCRIPTIONS

Understanding Addiction: It’s Not Just the Immoral and Irresponsible
Presenter: Mindy McGinnis

Rape. Murder. Suicide. Overdose. It might sound like the lead-in for a true crime show, but it’s a sampling of the traumas that my students dealt with in the decade that I worked in a high school library. As a librarian in a rural community, I saw the need for these students to see their world reflected in fiction, and how important this was for their healing process. Mindy McGinnis will talk about her books and her journey from aspiring to published author.

Core Competency: Readers’ Advisory

 

Stepping Back and Looking Forward
Presenter: Richard Rubin, Kent State University

In order to look ahead, it is useful to reflect on how the past (our own and our institutions’) shape and support our decisions for the future.  What can we learn from our previous experiences—our successes and mistakes—that give us perspective and the wisdom to create great public libraries?

Core Competency: Communication

 

What Does It Mean to Not Settle for the Status Quo?
Presenter: Paula Brehm-Heeger, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, named OLC’s 2017 Library Innovation award winner and frequent participant in and multi-year honoree of the Urban Library Council’s annual innovation initiative, supports and encourages innovation in all areas of library service. This chat will focus on important questions including: What does it mean to not settle for the status quo?  What does it take to be innovative? What does a commitment to innovation mean? And, lessons learned along the way.

Core Competency: Communication