Special Events

Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday

The 2017 Convention and Expo features a variety of special events that showcase the Ohio public library community and the Dayton area.


OLC Awards and Honors Luncheon | 12:15 -1:45 p.m. (pre-registration required/$40 fee)
Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom A-B
Join us as we recognize the extraordinary people and organizations that make Ohio libraries great! Meet these innovative leaders and learn more about their outstanding achievements. All of the 2017 Awards and Honors recipients are listed on the OLC website. The 2017 James Cook Book Award winner and honorable mentions will be announced during the luncheon.

NOTE: You may attend the luncheon without being registered for the Convention & Expo. Please pre-register and pay separate luncheon fee. No badge will be provided.

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Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Event will take place on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

New Member/First-Time Convention Attendee Meet and Greet | 5:30- 5:45 p.m.
Exhibit Hall 102
The OLC Membership Committee invites all new OLC members and first-time attendees to a special gathering in the Exhibit Hall. Come join us at the Membership Committee booth at OLC Connects!

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall 102
Enjoy exclusive exhibit viewing time as the Exhibit Hall officially opens at 5:30 p.m. Explore the region’s largest marketplace of products and services for libraries. Enjoy food, refreshments and entertainment.

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Battledecks! by Midwest Tape  | 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Room 306
Come enjoy the thrill of victory and the hilarity of defeat! Back by popular demand, Battledecks is a test of nerves and the ultimate challenge for a public speaker (or someone who just likes to talk). Contestants attempt to deliver a presentation on the fly using a set of random, never-before-seen (and often hilarious) PowerPoint slides. Judging is based on the ability to create a “coherent” presentation that incorporates slide content smoothly, gets laughs, generates audience participation, and successfully covers all of the slides on time. Have fun with your colleagues from around the state and see who will be crowned the 2017 Battledecks Champion! Thank you to our event sponsor, Midwest Tape.

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An OLC tradition, Battledecks will be held on Wednesday night from 9-11 p.m.



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Meet your next employer at the OLC’s Career Fair on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Career Fair | 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Rooom 103
Looking for a job or trying to advance your career? Don’t miss the OLC’s NEW Career Fair. Representatives from libraries around the state will be on hand to talk about job opportunities, work environments, and what makes their library unique. Career professionals will also be on hand to help you with your job search. Bring your resume and have it reviewed by the pros!

Certified Public Librarian and Certified Public Library Staff Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (pre-registration required/$40 fee)
Room 106
Join Certified Public Librarians (CPL) and Certified Public Library Staff (CPLS) from around the state for a special luncheon that celebrates certification holders and their commitment to the profession. This is an exclusive event for CPL and CPLS designation holders and is sponsored by the OLC’s Professional Development Committee. Pre-registration is required. There will be no tickets available for purchase on site.

Horror Panel Author Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (pre-registration required/$40 fee)
Room 306
The recent resurrection of horror makes this chilling genre’s many materials eerily timely for library patrons, programming, and collections. Come hear about the genre and recent publications from four Ohio authors/creators. Pre-registration is required. There will be no tickets available for purchase on site.

WYSO Community Voices Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (pre-registration required/$40 fee)
Room 305
In an era of information silos and alternative facts, local National Public Radio station WYSO is making underrepresented voices heard throughout the Miami Valley. Learn how you can empower your patrons with oral history programs like Community Voices. Pre-registration is required. There will be no tickets available for purchase on site.

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Woodland Cemetery’s 200 acres make up one of the nation’s oldest “garden” cemeteries. Tour this historic site from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Woodland Cemetery Tour | 4:30-6:00 p.m. (pre-registration required/$5 fee)
Visit the final resting place of the Wright Brothers, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Daniel Cooper, Erma Bombeck, and more! Put on your walking shoes and explore the beautiful hills of this urban cemetery.

Choose from two different tours:
(1) With knowledgeable guides, you’ll walk up to Lookout Point — one of the best views of Dayton — passing many famous, historic, and even haunted grave sites along the way. (2) Or, you can opt to explore the Mausoleum, with its beautiful stained glass windows depicting literary scenes (one level, handicapped accessible). Round trip transportation  provided by RTA. Shuttle buses will begin loading at 4:15 p.m. in front of the Convention Center. Rain or shine (if inclement weather, the full tour will take place in the Mausoleum). Pre-registration is required. There will be no tickets available for purchase on site.

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Kent State University Friends and Alumni SLIS Reception | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (pre-registration required/$15 fee)
Room 306
Join KSU faculty, former classmates and current students for drinks and snacks during this special reception that celebrates your Golden Flash pride. Please pre-register for this event. There will be no tickets available for purchase on site.

Dayton Metro Main Library Reception | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
215 E 3rd Street
Enjoy light refreshments and libations as you check out Dayton’s new Main Library including the Eichelberger Forum, the Green Screen Room, the Bassani Theater Off Third, the exciting TeenEDGE, the Children’s Imagine Portal and more. Local authors will be signing books and staff will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the new amenities, technologies and services as you explore at your own pace. The Main Library is a short, four block walk from the Convention Center. There is also plenty of on-street and surface lot parking available. Shuttle service will also be available from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pick up free shuttle in front of the Convention Center.

Trivia Night: Battle of the Brains | 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Room 306
This is where all those useless facts you’ve been collecting can finally come in handy! Gather your friends and join us for a night of laughter and fun with a live DJ host.

Live Music Hootennany! | 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Room 305
An annual tradition, the OLC’s Hootenanny features live music and a chance for you to jump into the jam session. Bring your instrument. Everyone is invited to play in front of the audience.

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It’s a Hootenanny! Bring your instrument and join in this jam session on Thursday night from 9-11 p.m.


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Enjoy coffee and light refreshments Friday morning in the Exhibit Hall.

Snackchat with Vendors | 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Exhibit Hall 102
Kick off your Friday morning with coffee, light refreshments and one last look at the exhibit hall. Have a burning vendor question you’re dying to ask one of the vendors exhibiting in the Expo Hall but 1) you ran out of time, 2) you’re too shy to ask, or 3) you think other people need this information too? Conference attendees can submit vendor questions anytime at the Expo booth during Wednesday and Thursday. During Friday’s Snackchat, a few lucky participant questions will be asked and answered LIVE in the Exhibit Hall. Question submission forms are available at the Expo booth.