Thursday Breakout Sessions

October 14, 2021 — Session Times and Descriptions

[CC = Ohio Public Library Core Competency]

Session Times and Descriptions:


Thursday, October 14, 2021
8:45 -9:45 a.m.

(CHOOSE ONE)

Fictional Stories, Real Science
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Fairfield
Track: Author Spotlight
CC: PIN
Presenter: Margaret Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix is an award-winning American author who has written more than 40 books for kids and teens. Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio and currently lives in Columbus.

Branching Out: Locker Libraries in Tiny Towns
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Knox
Track: Patron Awareness
CC: INN
Presenter: Laura O’Neil, Athens County Public Libraries

Contactless pickup: the hot new trend of 2020 that we never saw coming! You’ve heard of using pickup lockers at your branches, but what about using them to expand service into more rural areas? Building on the success of their 2019 “locker library” in Amesville, Ohio (pop. 154), Athens County Public Libraries (ACPL) installed three additional units in towns and villages facing similar barriers to transportation and communication. Learn how ACPL helped to connect the villages of Amesville, Shade, Stewart, and New Marshfield to library resources before and during the pandemic.

The Library is Open: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Programs and Addressing Controversy
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Morrow
Track: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
CC: INF
Presenters: Nick Tepe, Athens County Public Libraries; and Becky Woodruff

LGBTQ+ inclusive programs are generating backlash in libraries across the country, often (though not always) in the form of drag-related events. In this panel, you’ll hear from staff at libraries big and small, rural and suburban that have attempted to present LGBTQ+ inclusive programming. Some succeeded in offering these programs to their patrons, but many faced obstacles along the way. Learn about what worked, what didn’t, and how to best prepare staff and patrons when planning a potentially controversial program.

Cancelled  Subject Need Not Apply: Non-Fiction Readers’ Advisory
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Madison
Track: Readers’ Advisory/Collections
CC: RAD
Presenters: Jessica Curtis, Westerville Public Library

Not a big non-fiction reader? No problem. Luckily, there is a science to good non-fiction RA. Learn the various ways to separate and classify non-fiction beyond the topic so that you can get the right book into the right hands. Participants will learn the four different appeal factors that apply to non-fiction and examples specifically regarding food & cooking, science & nature, sports, memoirs, true crime, travel, history & biography, and general non-fiction.

Cancelled  Budgeting for Supervisors
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Franklin C
Track: Management
CC: FIS
Presenter: Amie Lynn, Massillon Public Library

Demystify the forms, procedures, and checks and balances of public finance. This session will start by defining accounting terminology, explaining typical accounting processes, and discuss laws and rules that govern library accounting. Then, you will learn how to interpret standards accounting reports, how to convert your strategic plan into a budget, and the basics of revenue and expenses budgeting.

OverDrive Update
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Marion
CC: Innovation
Presenters: Steve Potash, Founder and CEO, OverDrive

The sudden shift to eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming media had enormous practical and financial implications for public libraries, schools, and academic libraries across Ohio. During this session, Steve Potash from OverDrive will provide a briefing on serving your mission with digital content and an update on new products and reading campaigns.

Ready for Kindergarten at the Library
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Franklin D
Track: Youth Services
CC: PRG
Presenters: Maria Trivisonno, Cuyahoga County Public Library; Cristin Brown-Beuck, Toledo Lucas County Public Library; Pam Brockway, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

The Annual Report on Kindergarten Readiness Assessment shows that for the year 2019-20, 58.8% of Ohio children were not fully prepared to learn on their first day of kindergarten. How can the library help to close this gap and become a more intentional support to preschoolers and their families as they prepare for kindergarten? Every Child Ready to Read provides the framework for supporting language and literacy development. We can expand this same approach to include intentional support for all the early learning domains: cognitive, social-emotional, physical, approaches toward learning, and language and literacy. Members of the Ohio Ready to Read Task Force will share lessons learned in supporting kindergarten readiness in our communities as well as offer ideas, activities and tools for you to use in your community.

So You Want to Be a Manager
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room: Franklin A
Track: Leading Libraries
CC: LDS
Presenters: Jeff Regensburger, Worthington Libraries; Aimee Adams, Medina County District Library; Kacie Armstrong, Euclid Public Library; Katy Hite, Delaware County District Library; Denise Scretchen. Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Are you interested in making the leap to management, but unsure of what to expect? If you think a supervisory role may be in your future, or if you just want to learn a little more about opportunities and challenges managers face, then this session is for you. This session brings together a group of seasoned supervisors for an informative session covering what to expect when you make the transition to manager.

Cultivating Connections with Community Organizations: An Unsession
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Room Franklin B
Track: Our Communities
CC: ENG
Presenters: Natalie Dielman and Elizabeth Razo, Way Public Library

Join Programming Specialist Natalie Dielman and Outreach Librarian Elizabeth Razo for a facilitated discussion on how to create and sustain authentic connections with community organizations. The goal of authentic connections is to not just call up an organization when we need a cultural program for Hispanic Heritage Month, but to develop an interconnected relationship with cultural and community organizations, focusing on how we can help and support one another. This session will not be a formal presentation, but instead will be a facilitated discussion where participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and examples of creating and sustaining meaningful connections. Please come prepared to share and discuss.


Thursday, October 14, 2021
1-2 p.m.

(CHOOSE ONE)

UNBOUND: Cartooning In and About Libraries
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Fairfield
Track: Author Spotlight
CC: PRG
Presenter: Douglas Laubacher

For the last eight years as a cartoonist and art educator, Laubacher has had the experience of teaching the mysterious are of cartooning in libraries across Northeast Ohio. His weekly newspaper comic strip “Unbound” is heavily inspired by his time in these libraries. Learn about the impact cartoons have on libraries, the relationship he’s tried to cultivate with these institutions over time as an educator, and most importantly what impact the library has had on him.

A Social Worker Walks into a Library
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Knox
Track: Patron Awareness
CC: PRG
Presenters: Aimee Fifarek and Jim Young, Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

Jim Young is in his first year as the Community Support Specialist at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, but he has 10 years of experience as a Social Services/Social Worker. Jim is the second Social Worker the library has brought on board since Aimee Fifarek has been the Director. They will speak about their experiences bringing the field of Social Work into the library and give you important things to know if you are looking to do the same.

LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Procedures, Policies, and Best Practices
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Morrow
Track: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
CC: EDI
Presenter: Amanda Erickson, Kaleidoscope Youth Center

How inclusive are your library resources and services when it comes to your transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming patrons? In this session, Erickson will talk about enacting change through inclusive policies and best practices that work with your existing infrastructure. Whether you are unfamiliar with some of the issues faced by LGBTQIA+ patrons or are looking for a refresher, join this session to learn how to make your library a welcoming environment for patrons across the gender spectrum with simple, practical steps.

Every Trick in the eBook: Buying Strategies Before, During, and After the Pandemic for Digital Content
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Madison
Track: Readers’ Advisory/Collections
CC: CLM
Presenters: Anne Kennedy, State Library of Ohio and Cathy Mason, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Have you ever wondered how decisions about eBooks are made? Join the Catalog and Serials Manager and Digital Downloads Administrator for Columbus Metropolitan Library, Cathy Mason, and Anne Kennedy, Library Consultant and Project Manager for the Ohio Digital Library of the State Library of Ohio for a presentation about how they select eBook titles, what buying models they use to purchase them, and how they strategize within these buying models in order to make as many eBooks available as possible for the lowest price. This session will also discuss overall trends in the world of eBooks (such as pandemic buying and shifts in usage across different age groups), and what e-content access may look like in the future.

Building Bench Strength: Succession Planning at the Library
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Franklin D
Track: Management
CC: STF
Presenters: Jennifer Rusche and Andrea Kaufman, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

One of the major challenges of succession planning is “bench strength.” Bench strength refers to the importance of providing developmental opportunities so staff are ready to move up when the time is right. The competencies for future leaders not only are technical, but must reflect superb communications skills, a positive mindset, the ability to effectively manage change, cultural competence skills, the vision to see beyond the four walls of the library, a strong customer focus, and willingness to uphold the library’s mission, vision, and values and translate those into the daily work of you and your team. Through the Tomorrow’s Manager Program (TMP), the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library increases its bench strength of prospective library managers by providing high-potential employees the opportunity to be fast-tracked and be exposed to a variety of development opportunities. In this session. they will share how they identify potential candidates, develop group classes to build competencies; create individual development plans; and other learning opportunities available to TMP participants.

We’re Back! Jumpstarting Your Teen Program Post-Pandemic
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Franklin C
Track: Programming
CC: PRG
Presenter: Elizabeth Strauss, Dover Public Library

This unprogram will discuss plans to get teens back into Ohio’s public libraries. Participants will share popular programs to entice attendance, take and make craft kits, and passive programs for busy teens. This session is an opportunity to exchange ideas about successful projects that were developed during the pandemic and how you can continue to enhance library services to teens in a post-pandemic world.

Midwest Tape: What’s New with hoopla?
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Marion
CC: INN
Presenter: Corey Etterling, Midwest Tape | hoopla

During this session, you will learn more about the new functionality, tools and cost-saving options that allow public libraries, regardless of size, to help meet the ever-growing digital demand.

Creating Sensory Spaces for All 
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Franklin A
Track: Leading Libraries
CC: INN
Presenters: Deborah Long, Tracey Phillips, and Shawn Arbogast, Louisville Public Library

To serve the entire community, including those with disabilities, the Louisville Public Library created the Sensory Space with the needs of those with sensory processing disorders, autism, dementia, and learning disabilities in mind, but where absolutely everyone is welcome. Funded through a grant from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the State Library of Ohio, the room features equipment to engage the senses, utilizing fiber optic colors, interactive sounds, and a variety of tactile experiences, plus opportunities for fine and gross motor development. They invite those with disabilities and neurotypicals to mix in the Sensory Space, to normalize disabilities in the community. All ages are welcome to participate in the sensory programs. Hear the story of how Louisville Public Library built it and how they work with other organizations to use this innovative space, including their plans for the Sensory Space post-pandemic. You’ll get to see some of their most popular sensory items, learn details of the technology, and hear about what does and doesn’t work for patrons. Whether you want to begin small or go all in, this session can help you get started with sensory equipment and programming.

Building an Anti-Racist Library
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Franklin B
Track: Our Communities
CC: EDI
Presenters: Lisa Fuller and Phyllis Winfield, Worthington Libraries

Following the death of George Floyd and the worldwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed in the summer of 2020, Worthington Libraries took steps to begin building an actively anti-racist library. This included looking at hiring policies and procedures, programming, displays and other areas of library service and community impact with the goal of building a consistent and sustainable anti-racist framework for all future library work. Library staff will discuss what’s been done so far and what’s planned for the future.


Thursday, October 14, 2021
4:30-5:30 p.m.

(CHOOSE ONE)

Sorting It Out: How One Librarian’s Passion for Comics and Graphic Novels Led to a Book Deal
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Fairfield
Track: Author Spotlight
CC: CLM
Presenter: Jack Phoenix

In the SLJ star-reviewed book Maximizing the Impact of Comics in Your Library: Graphic Novels, Manga, and More, librarian and writer Jack Phoenix presents ways to make comics and graphic novels more accessible to library patrons. In this lively discussion, he will talk about the tips, tricks and best practices for comics he learned through his research, as well as the experience of going from idea to publication.

On the Fringe: Shelter and Job Insecurity in Libraries
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Knox
Track: Patron Awareness
CC: PAW
Presenters: David Siders, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library; Liz Gibbons-Camp, Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library; Abie Salyer and Lindsay Place, Athens County Public Libraries

This panel discussion will explore how Ohio libraries are assisting their patrons as they face unemployment and loss of shelter.

Microaggressions in a Time of Trauma: Engaging Empathy with Colleagues as a Form of Anti-racism
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Morrow
Track: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
CC: EDI
Presenters: Chris Robinson-Nkongola and Edith Scarletto, Bowling Green State University

This session will use a variation of the Liberating Structures activity, Nine Questions, to engage empathy around how microaggressions can affect colleagues in the workplace. Using these questions to examine assumptions around microaggressions can help us understand their increased impact. Reflective questions will be posed for participants to respond individually or to the online document of examples. The session will also discuss the five Core Social Motives that can underlay microaggressions. Participants will use the Nine Questions to reflect and respond individually or asynchronously in order to encourage empathy in responding to microaggressions. Building professional as well as necessary responses when challenged in the workplace will help participants build resilience to seek community accountability around such behaviors. This accountability can be an avenue for anti-racism in our organizations.

Your Special Greatness: Promoting and Programming for Your Special Collections
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Madison
Track: Readers’ Advisory/Collections
CC: PRG
Presenters: Greg Hatch, Rocky River Public Library; Sarah Hays, Barberton Public Library; Jeremy Angstadt, Sandusky Library; Meghan Hays, Shaker Heights Public Library

Promoting your special collections and local history materials shows your patrons what makes your library great! The panelists will highlight some of the programs they have created to engage their patrons, expanding the collection’s reach and access through hands-on activities, lectures, one-on-one sessions, and tours. Through the promotion and advocacy of your collection, you can educate about local history and connect to a living present. Come and see how these approaches can work for your collection and share your ideas.

Reimagining Library Safety and Security
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Franklin D
Track: Management
CC: SAF
Presenters: Anthony Wilson and Charlie Hansen, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Lindsey Duncan, Cleveland Public Library

This panel discussion will focus on ways to reimagine conventional library security, including various approaches to customer service and accountability in light of recent protests on police tactics.

Library Writing Programs: From Startup to Sustainability
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Marion
Track: Programming
CC: PRG
Presenters: Cassandra Peters (moderator) and Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher, Public Library of Mt. Vernon and Knox County; Laurie Kincer, Cuyahoga County Public Library; William Skirball, Writers Center at the Cuyahoga County Public Library; Staci Dennison, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Chances are that your local library is teeming with aspiring and working writers — so how do you build patron-centered programs that engage and cultivate writing communities? In this panel discussion, library program specialists will share their experiences, best practices, and lessons learned to help you develop high-quality, sustainable creative writing initiatives. During this session, the panelists will discuss the ins and outs of their particular programs, provide tips for engaging community partners, and share strategies for implementing low-to-virtually-no-cost programs. A brief Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

Starting a Sensory Inclusive Storytime
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Franklin C
Track: Youth Services
CC: EDI
Presenter: Grace Walker, Pickerington Public Library

Starting a Sensory Storytime might feel a little overwhelming. This presentation will provide tips and strategies for starting a Sensory Storytime at libraries with a wide range of budgets and experiences. The presentation will introduce sensory processing disorders and effective strategies that you can use when interacting with individuals with sensory processing disorders. You will learn how to set up and structure a sensory storytime, including appropriate books and music to use. Plus, you will be given a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of sensory materials and gain a better understanding of how to incorporate them at your library. You will also learn how to make some of these materials  to reduce costs.

State Library of Ohio Update
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Franklin B
Track: Leading Libraries
CC: OGA
Presenter: Wendy Knapp, State Librarian of Ohio

Get an update on the latest activities and services from the State Library of Ohio, including  information on LSTA grants, library programs, and statewide delivery.

Supporting Students One Virtual Session at a Time
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room: Franklin A
Track: Our Communities
CC: INN
Presenters: Julia Boxer, Cuyahoga County Public Library; Nancy Eames, Toledo Lucas County Public Library; Sarah Wright, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Supporting K-12 students in their learning is fundamental to libraries everywhere. But with many schools and libraries closed during the pandemic, limited in-classroom days for students and library programs and services curtailed, what can libraries do? Many students have fallen far behind in academics, despite schools’ best efforts, and the perfect opportunity emerges for public libraries to respond to student need. This session will focus on re-thinking ways to partner with schools, specifically when reaching students learning virtually. Library staff will explain how they have responded to direct requests from schools to bring much-needed literacy education and support to students falling seriously behind academically. You’ll leave with practical models to meet student needs now and in the future as well as ways to bring value to the schools in your community.