Thursday Program Descriptions

9:00 – 10 a.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Beginning Reading Instruction: Bridging the Gap Between Early Literacy and Reader’s Advisory
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Rosewood
Track: Services to Youth
Presenter: Dani Gustavich, Dayton Metro Library

Digraphs, diphthongs, and graphemes – oh my! How many times have you been asked how to teach a child to read? We know all about early literacy skills and readers’ advisory, but Library School skipped the piece in between! During this session, you will explore those confusing “ph” words and learn ways to use this knowledge to aid in teaching kids to read.

Core Competency: Customer Service
Sponsor: Children’s Services Division

 

So You’ve Spit in a Tube: An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Leopardwood
Track: Engaging the Community Through Programs
Presenter: Kellen Freeman, Delaware County District Library

Companies specializing in personal DNA kits are now advertising during prime time, providing availability in pharmacies and supermarkets, and sponsoring the Olympics. These companies promise to show you who you are inside by analyzing your genetic code, but are they really everything they promise to be? What do we do when patrons come to us with questions about these services? Can that little tube of spit really tell you everything about your ancestry? This session will aim to answer those questions by introducing you to the basics of genetic genealogy, detailing the differences between the four main testing companies, covering concerns and considerations, and introducing resources that can help turn these tests into a valuable genealogical resource.

Core Competency: Patron Instruction
Sponsor: Special Collections Division

 

Retention Strategies
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Guava
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Carl Allison, Jr., and Kyla Hardin, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

You supervise talented employees and top performers. Keeping the best is tantamount to your success. The job market is open, how do you keep the superstars? During this session, you will learn about various retention strategies you can implement for retaining highly-skilled staff members, including stay interviews, individual development plans, and talent assessment programs.

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Marketing and PR Division

 

Making Project Outcome a Reality at Your Library
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Tamarind
Track: Developing Yourself and Others
Presenters: Kim DeNero-Ackroyd, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library; Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz and Cheryl Grizzell, Lorain Public Library

As libraries are developing programs and services that are responsive to the community, they are looking to outcome-based evaluations to figure out what works, what does not, and what needs to change. In 2015, PLA developed Project Outcome to help libraries understand and share the impact of library services and programs by providing simple surveys and processes for measuring and analyzing outcomes. Since then, libraries of all sizes have considered and some have started implementing Project Outcome. During this session, you will learn more about two Ohio libraries that have implemented an outcome-based approach. They will share strategies for encouraging buy-in at all levels when starting an outcome-based evaluation program at your library and making it work. This program is for libraries that are looking for real-world strategies when implementing outcome measures, including Project Outcome.

Core Competency: Strategic Planning
Sponsor: Management and Administration Division

 

Grassroots Marketing Your Levy Campaign
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Sagewood
Track: It’s All About Funding
Presenter: Tina Sabol, Medina County District Library

Levy campaigns are a way of life. Learn how to rally your community into action, run the informational and political branches of your campaign and keep it all organized and energized. During this session, you will discover ways to recruit community leaders into your campaign; utilize social media and a speaker’s bureau to develop a community of supporters; and organize your informational message into simple soundbites that anyone in your organization can share. There will also be time for a question and answer session.

Core Competency: Marketing
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Social Media Strategies
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Aloeswood
Track: Marketing Everything You Do
Presenter: Emily Morrison, NAMI

Emily Morrison, a professional social media business strategist, will discuss how your library can make the most of its Facebook page and other social media platforms. She will cover interaction techniques, how to reach your audience on a budget, how to grow your social media following, and how to use insights and analytics to your advantage. This intermediate-level session will focus on best practices for libraries.

Core Competency: Marketing
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Who’s Lynda? How to Promote Lynda.com to Library Patrons: Job Seekers, Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners and the Community
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Orange
Track: Library Spaces Inside and Out
Presenter: Don Yarman, OPLIN; Julie Palmer, LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com; Michelle Francis, OLC

This fall, Ohioans will have free access to Lynda.com educational courses with a valid Ohio library card. This session will explain the exciting new venture between all of Ohio’s public libraries and LinkedIn Learning (the new owner of Lynda.com) and how to promote this service to your patrons and the community. You’ll learn how to: manage your Lynda Library account; market the service to individuals, small businesses and students; and utilize Lynda.com in your library’s programming (coding clinics, resume building, etc.). You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of Lynda.com as well as helpful tips and best practices that you can implement at your library.

Core Competency: Marketing

 

The New Library of All Things
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Portia
Track: You Need to Know This
Presenter: Travis Thompson, Ohio Plan

The safety and well-being of library patrons is a primary responsibility for all decisions regarding new services being considered. Emerging technology is only a single element facing our library administration. Questions of community services like the application of overdose reversing medicines and the loaning of common household tools are being discussed across the state. These services are critical to the success of any community, but carry with them immense responsibility. This session will focus on the critical decision points to consider when evaluating new resources or services under consideration.

Core Competency: Strategic Planning
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Hidden Books: An Author’s Perspective on Connecting Our Communities and E-Books
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Zebrawood
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenter: Nichole Christoff (Random House)

Nichole Christoff, award-winning author of the Jamie Sinclair thrillers, will share her perspective on digital-original publishing, eBook discoverability at our libraries, fostering reader engagement with digital titles in popular genres, bringing eBook authors to library programs and events, and shaping readers’ advisory content to connect our communities with more eBooks than ever.

Core Competency: Reader’s Advisory
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

You Want to Donate WHAT? Collection Development Policies for Special Collections
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wisteria
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenters: Karen Perone, Rodman Public Library; Missy Lodge, State Library of Ohio; Michele Raine, Wood County District Public Library; Polly Reynolds, Hudson Library & Historical Society; Mary Plazo, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Mr. Jones wants to donate his great-great grandfather’s hammer used to build the first cabin in the area. Mrs. Smith would like to donate her mother’s 1950 manuscript, written but never published. How about a box of historical photographs – many that are moldy or chewed on by mice? The list of possibilities is endless as patrons seek to donate items to local history rooms, special collections and small historical organizations. Without a specific, focused collection development policy, special collections can become a repository for patrons’ personal treasures that have no relevancy to the library or the community. This panel of local history and special collections librarians will discuss why a separate collection development policy is essential for special collections. You will learn steps for writing such a policy including defining collection strengths and parameters, acquisitions and rights documentation.

Core Competency: Policies and Procedures
Sponsor: Special Collections Division

 

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | General Session

Better Libraries and Stronger Communities Through Kindness, Empathy & Love
Keynote: Lance Werner
Zambezi
Living with kindness, empathy and love provides benefits for both the giver and receiver. Studies show that these types of expression might slow aging, decrease pain and create a higher sense of emotional warmth that reduces stress and heart-health risks. For those on the receiving end, a greater sense of inclusion and value contribute to stronger emotional brand engagement. Workplaces with a culture of kindness, empathy and love also have lower staff turnover and greater effectiveness. This culture ripples out from individuals to others in the workplace, to patrons and throughout the community. Learn how Lance Werner, Executive Director, Kent District Library, created a coveted work culture at his library by implementing this mantra of kindness, empathy, and love. His approach was so successful with staff that the concept was turned into a new approach to customer service, termed the “KDL Way.” During this session, you’ll learn ways to implement this relationship-based approach at your library and create a more genuine style of management and customer service that focuses on individual needs.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Promoting Literacy in Male Teens Around the World — Books4Buddies
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sagewood
Track: Services to Youth
Presenters: Jim Funk, Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL); Christopher Smith and Laneta Goings, Books4Buddies;

Anchored by a small network of volunteers and institutional partners, including TLCPL, the non-profit, Books4Buddies (B4B), is represented by teenage youth, known as “book ambassadors.” The all-male participants function in dual roles: 1) promoting the overall importance of youth literacy; and 2) raising awareness of the need for young men to continue reading. Concentrating its public efforts in under-served areas where transportation and other economic or social factors limit access by families to library facilities or bookstores enables B4B to fill a specific void that contributes to illiteracy.

Core Competency: Community Awareness
Sponsor: Adult Services Division

 

Overdue for a Brew: Beer Education and Tasting at the Library
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Leopardwood
Track: Engaging the Community Through Programs
Presenter: Drew Wichterman, Tipp City Public Library

Wondering how to get new patrons in the library? The answer: offer them free beer! The craft beer scene is growing rapidly across the country. With thousands of breweries and hundreds of styles, knowing what’s what when you are getting started is overwhelming. Learn how to create an engaging and educational library program during a beer tasting. During this session, you will gain a better understanding of how to start your own program, find local partnership opportunities, address liability concerns and explore the unexpected challenges and benefits.

Core Competency: Programming
Sponsor: Adult Services Division

 

In Defense of Mollycoddling
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Aloeswood
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Jeff Regensburger, Worthington Libraries

Supervision is often thought of in terms of setting expectations, holding staff accountable to those expectations, and employing corrective action when expectations aren’t met. While clear expectations are critical, and corrective action is sometimes unavoidable, the support we show staff has a much greater impact on their success than any rules, guidelines or personnel policy manual will. Unfortunately, these supportive behaviors are often characterized as “being soft,” “going easy” or “mollycoddling.” In this session, you will move past these negative stereotypes and learn the power of supervising staff with care and compassion.

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Marketing and PR Division

 

Rebooting Reference: Getting Beyond the Myth of Technological Neutrality
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rosewood
Track: You Need to Know This
Presenters: Don Boozer, Cleveland Public Library; and Bill Meltzer, Worthington Libraries

If you think about it at all, most librarians, like other people, assume that our tools — including those of the internet — are neutral. Granted, their uses may have social or political biases, but surely the tools themselves are unbiased and impartial. This provocative session debunks that myth and shines a light on the algorithms and assumptions underpinning the tools libraries and reference librarians use every day. You will come away from this session with a better understanding of how we got here as well as the knowledge and strategies to navigate these perilous waters to the benefit you and your patrons.

Core Competency: Reference
Sponsor: Reference and Information Services Division

 

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Library Showcase Networking Luncheon
(pre-registration required to order a boxed lunch: $20)
Indigo
Check out the Library Showcase, a new opportunity to meet colleagues, learn more about public libraries around Ohio, and enjoy a pre-ordered boxed lunch. Library representatives will be on hand to talk about their work environments and what makes their library unique. Get to know your colleagues, gather ideas, and learn more about Ohio’s diverse public library community.

All Convention and Expo attendees are invited to attend this event; however, you must pre-register to order a boxed lunch. Please select your choice of boxed lunch when registering. You can bring your own lunch to this event.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Guerilla Storytime (Un-program)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Leopardwood
Track: Services to Youth
Presenter: Dani Gustovich, Dayton Metro Library

You’ve heard the phrase Guerrilla Storytime, but what exactly IS it? Guerrilla styles of professional development get library staff sharing and collaborating which allows colleagues to learn from one another. In this session, the topic is storytime, but participants determine the content of the training and every single session of Guerrilla Storytime is different! Guerrilla trainings are collaborative and thrive on feedback and participation from attendees. The end result is always a flurry of impromptu idea-sharing and storytime best practices.

Core Competency: Programming
Sponsor: Program Committee

Choose Privacy: Programming to Combat Online Tracking 
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Guava
Track: Engaging the Community Through Programs
Presenter: Megan Sheeran, Upper Arlington Public Library

Online tracking is pervasive and intrusive, but how can librarians help patrons protect their privacy? Even if we aren’t technology experts, there are some free tools available online that can help, and that require no more expertise than downloading an eBook. During this session, you will gain a better understanding of how Upper Arlington Public Library raises awareness about online privacy issues through programming and helps patrons safeguard their privacy at home.

Core Competency: Ethics
Sponsor: Reference and Information Services Division

Get On Board with Onboarding
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Zebrawood
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenters: Missy Littell and Jennifer Reynard, Cuyahoga Falls Library

Do you have a solid training process in place for new hires across all departments of your library? A purposeful and streamlined onboarding process offers a richer experience for new staff, promotes confidence and clarity for seasoned staff, and provides a consistent, trackable experience for new hires. The payoff is a well-trained (and happier) team who understands expectations, how to meet customers’ needs efficiently, and contributes to your library’s goals. Learn how to create a valuable training experience for your library staff that is concise, flexible, organized and able to be used across all departments.

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Human Resources and Trainer Development Division

Grants for Your Library: Find Grants and Learn Proposal Techniques with The Foundation Center
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Rosewood
Track: It’s All About Funding
Presenters: Natalie Jemiola-Wilson, The Foundation Center Cleveland and Westlake-Porter Public Library; and Sara Krane, The Foundation Center Cleveland

New to grant writing for your library or want a refresher? The Foundation Center Cleveland is here to help! Discover what funders are looking for in non-profits seeking grants and how to find potential funders. During this session, you will gain a better understanding of who funds nonprofits and libraries and their motivations as well as what funders really want to know about the organization they are interested in funding? You will learn how to make the first approach and write a basic project proposal to a foundation.

Core Competency: Fundraising
Sponsor: Program Committee

Marketing: Best Practices, Hacks, and Other Ideas for Doing it Better! 
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Aloeswood
Track: Marketing Everything You Do
Presenters: Elaine Willis, Westlake-Porter Public Library; Colleen Bauman, Pickerington Public Library; Linette Porter-Metler, Public Library of Mt. Vernon & Knox County

We all struggle to find better, easier and less expensive ways to get the word out about the outstanding programs and services our libraries are offering. Very often the best ideas, advice and tips come from each other — those of us who understand the unique challenges of marketing libraries. Come to this session prepared to share your best practices, eureka ideas, tips, and questions with each other and hear other ideas from our panel.

Core Competency: Marketing
Sponsor: Marketing and PR Division

 

Adapting Existing Spaces to the Needs of Today’s Patrons
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tamarind
Track: Library Spaces: Inside and Out
Presenter: Brian Burch and Jane Scott, Akron-Summit County Public Library

Today’s patrons utilize the library in many different ways that weren’t even conceived when most libraries were built. So how do we take our older spaces and ensure that we are meeting the needs of our communities in today’s rapidly evolving environment? This session will explore how to examine your floor plan with a fresh perspective, ways to widen your patron pathways, effective weeding, merchandising, using available statistics and metrics, and taking patron feedback into account in your planning.

Core Competency: Facilities
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve: Resources for Successful Emerging Technology Programming
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sagewood
Track: You Need to Know This
Presenters: Christine Sholes, Milan-Berlin Library District; and Virginia Wright, Tuscarawas County Public Library

During this session, you will learn three major challenges that face emerging technologies in libraries: resources for keeping up with current emerging technology trends (what’s hot now), how to discover what’s coming (the next BIG thing), and venues for staying engaged within the library community (a continual sharing of ideas). Presenters will also discuss their most recent tech-related programs and future plans, and encourage attendees to share their ideas as well. Whether you are the designated emerging tech person, you sometimes wear an emerging tech hat, or you want to integrate emerging tech into other departments or services, the focus of this session is to provide you with resources for successful emerging technology programming.

Core Competency: Adaptability
Sponsor: Digital and Media Services Division

 

Diversity in Literature: Welcoming Sidelined Characters into the Spotlight
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Wisteria
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenter: Claire LaZebnik

Fictional characters from marginalized groups are rarely the protagonists of the stories they’re in. These characters are instead relegated to stereotypical roles, like the sassy gay friend, the truth-telling black co-worker, the devoted cognitively-delayed brother, and so on; we rarely see them having their own experiences and ambitions. It’s time to allow diversity to take on a main role, to put the spotlight on characters who are different and flawed and challenged – and fighting for their own happy ending, not just facilitating someone else’s. During this session, you’ll discuss diversity in literature with American author Claire LaZebnik. Following her presentation, LaZebnik will sign copies of her books.

Core Competency: Reader’s Advisory
Sponsor: Program Committee

A Day in the World
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Portia Room
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenter: Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson photo

Angela Johnson

More than 40 books later, Johnson is not only a writer, but an award-winning author who is hailed as a leading voice. From moving picture books that celebrate African-American families, history and relationships to stirring young adult novels, Johnson’s stories touch readers in ways that endure. Rich with memorable characters, lyricism and meaning, Johnson transports readers to new places and keeps them there by exploring the threads that connect us. Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. She also is the recipient of the 2018 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. During this session, Johnson will talk about how she creates memorable, real characters who stay in readers’ minds long after they finish her books. Following her presentation, Johnson will sign copies of her books.

Core Competency: Reader’s Advisory
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall Exclusive Viewing Time
Kilimanjaro Ballroom/Exhibit Hall

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | Poster Sessions
Kilimanjaro Ballroom/Exhibit Hall

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. | LIBchats
Zambezi

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions

The Grandparent Project: A Series for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Leopardwood
Track: Engaging the Community Through Programs
Presenters: Andrea Hudak and Jessica Luce, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Ten percent of grandparents in Ohio are raising their grandchildren. The median age of grandparents raising grandchildren is fifty-five and over half of these households have an annual income of less than $30,000. Learn how the Toledo Lucas County Public Library presented a lecture series connecting grandparents raising their grandchildren with government officials, educators, and other resources to help them succeed. This session will discuss the role youth librarians played in creating programming to allow the grandparents to freely engage with the presenters. Through collaborative efforts between the library and outside partnerships, grandparents gained insights and tools to better raise their grandchildren.

Core Competency: Collaboration
Sponsor: Program Committee

Quality Time with That Library HR Guy
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Aloeswood
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Brian Mortimore, Kent District Library

This session will provide you with best and emerging HR practices that are making a difference in the lives of library staff. Want to be an employer-of-choice? Are you willing to work for that status? Come to this session to meet the “Library HR Guy” (AKA, “Brian”) and enjoy an engaging talk about Human Resource Management (yes, you read that correctly, “an engaging talk about human resource management!”). Brian will share, “The Check-In,” a new method of conducting performance reviews that your staff will love; tips for selecting candidates who are a great fit for your library; a staffing method that helps managers avoid “miss-hires;” and policy language that promotes a healthy workplace culture. How often can you have a planned meeting with an HR person and be excited about it? Well, here’s your chance, so don’t miss out!

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Professional Development Committee

 

Managing Hypothetically: Beyond the Basics (Un-Program)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sagewood
Track: Developing Yourself and Others
Presenter: Dani Hollar, Lima Public Library

You’ve settled into your management role and are comfortable handling the common challenges. Now what? The stakes are higher, the situations weirder, and the answers more complex. Join this un-program to review hypothetical management scenarios and collaborate with other managers on potential responses. You’ll learn to question your initial reactions and develop the tools to deal with unusual situations in the future.

Core Competency: Leadership
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

OPLIN Update
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Rosewood
Presenters: Staff of the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)

OPLIN logoDon’t miss this annual report to the Ohio public library community. This is an opportunity for librarians to influence the future direction of OPLIN. Staff will review what has happened over the past year and report on any federal and state initiatives that have affected both the OPLIN network connections and the Ohio Web Library collection. Staff will also exchange perspectives with you on future trends and needs related to public libraries and the Internet. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Beyond the Book Talk: Unlocking Author Visits
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Zebrawood
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenter: Natalie Richards, Bexley Public Library

Author visits can be tricky business. In this interactive program, best-selling author and professional public speaker Natalie D. Richards will discuss the art of finding and planning the perfect author visit. Which authors will make good speakers? How much will it cost? What if you want to try something different? Step outside the typical book-talk box and let an industry expert share how to plan dynamic, innovative author programs that will position your library in the spotlight for patrons and authors alike. Following her presentation, Richards will sign copies of her books.

Core Competency: Programming
Sponsor: Program Committee

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Kent State University Friends and Alumni Reception
(pre-registration required/additional fee: $18)
Crown Palm Room, Kalahari
Join KSU faculty, former classmates and current students for this special reception and celebrate your Golden Flash pride.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Sandusky Event at the State Theater  (107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky)
Enjoy unique eats from area food trucks during this evening event at the State Theater in downtown Sandusky. You’ll have an opportunity to take a look inside this historic landmark as well as tour bookmobiles from around the state in the theater’s parking lot. The jazz and world-music ensemble Cellocentric will perform during the event. There will be a cash bar. Most food trucks will be cash only (some may accept credit cards). Free shuttle service will be available from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Pick up the shuttle outside the Kalahari Convention Center.

Lake Erie Shores and Islands logo

Shuttle transportation sponsored by Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sip and Spell
Marrakesh Market, Kalahari
Join us for a night of spelling, laughter and fun. Gather your team (3-5 people) to test your spelling skills. Prizes will be awarded for best team name, best costumes, and of course, best spellers! There will be a cash bar.

9:00 – 11: 00 p.m.
Live Music Hootennany!
Crown Palm, Kalahari
An annual tradition, the OLC’s Hootenanny features live music and a chance for you to jump into the jam session. Bring your instrument. There will be a cash bar.