Thursday Program Descriptions

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

Fostering Library Connections: How Libraries Can Better Serve Foster Care Families and Youth
Presenter: Kristin Wilson, Loudonville Public Library
Every year, more than 23,700 Ohio children enter the foster care system. Approximately 40 percent of the children are between the ages of 13-17. Do your library policies establish the library as a safe harbor for foster children? Does your staff know how to developmentally handle children from abusive and neglected backgrounds? What happens when teens age out of foster care? How can libraries help? Learn more about the resources that are available to librarians, communities and foster families.

New Americans and Libraries
Presenters: Melissa Bertolo, MSW, MPH and Martha Jeanette Rodriguez, Welcome Dayton
In this session you will explore best practices from welcoming communities across the United States about how libraries are reaching their New American communities. You will also gain a better understanding of how libraries are viewed through the eyes of newcomers, particularly when coming from communities where public libraries might be scarce or non-existent. You’ll leave this session with new tools and ideas for increasing programming and access to your library.

Managing Across Generations: Are We Really That Different
Presenter: Cindy Schisler, Wright State University
Workplace demographics now span four generations. The 22-year-old hires can find themselves working alongside colleagues who may be older than them by 40+ years. How do you relate to employees of different age groups? How do you engage someone older, or younger, than you? How do you tap into the knowledge and talents of each generation? This session will take a closer look at the differences between the four generations and how and why those differences impact work. You’ll gain a better understanding of Millennials, how to reap the benefits of an age-inclusive work environment, and how workplace culture impacts productivity and engagement.

Advancing Peace Through Literature
Presenters: Sharan Rab, Dayton Literary Peace Prize and Helen Prichard, Dayton Literary Peace Prize Library Consortium
The founder and co-chair of this international award will trace the origin and history of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and its impact on writers, publishers and readers. Since it was launched in 2006, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize has honored 62 writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. It is one of the world’s most prestigious literary honors, and is the only literary peace prize awarded in the United States.

You’re Hired! Helping Teenagers Land Jobs
Presenters:  Georgia Mergler and Sara Hardin, Washington-Centerville Public Library
Whether it’s their first job or their next job, teens benefit from job skills training just like adults. Learn how one library packs a one-two punch by offering teen job skills training, then connects teens with local employers looking to hire.

Meet Ohio’s Award-winning Teen Authors!
Authors: Christopher Barzak and Mindy McGinnis
Come meet two award-winning authors and learn more about the inspirating behind their work. Mindy McGinnis’s novel, A Madness So Discreet, received the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. Christopher Barzak’s novel, The Wonders of the Invisible World, received a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association in 2016.

When Disaster Strikes…Be Prepared
Presenter: Ashleigh Schieszer, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From minor leaks to major flooding, chances are your library will be faced with a disaster at some time. But there’s no need to panic–a disaster plan can assist you in knowing the first steps to take and the correct people to contact. Writing a disaster plan is not a long, cumbersome or scary process. Ohio Preservation Council Member Ashleigh Schieszner will show you how to do it. You’ll come away from this session knowing how to develop a simple, efficient, and effective disaster plan for your library.

Respect Your Authorities! Authority Records Demystified
Presenter: Misty Alvaro, Upper Arlington Public Library
Why isn’t the author in our catalog the same as in WorldCat? What is an authority file, anyway? And why doesn’t the call number match the author’s name on the cover? Let’s talk about authorities! Gain a better understanding of the benefits of authority control and what goes into authority records, plus discover some recent (and sometimes funny) changes in those records. This session will answer your burning questions about names, subjects, and titles in your catalog and boost your ability to connect users to the resources they need.


10:15-11:15 a.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Creative Thinking for Customer Service
Presenters: Tim Kambitsch and Jayne Klose, Dayton Metro Library
Would you like to enhance the user experience in your library? Sometimes stepping outside the library provides interesting ideas. Institutions across the nation have gained inspired ideas from a hands-on team exercise (with Legos!).  Join Dayton Metro Library as they lead you in the activity and show you how it shaped their new facilities. With your mind in creative mode, you’ll leave this session contemplating new approaches for your library.

Developing Cultural Competencies
Presenter: Miriam Matteson, Kent State University
Libraries strive to be welcoming and inclusive environments for patrons and for library staff. Creating a truly inclusive environment; however, requires the intentional development of cultural competencies. In this session, you will explore your own cultural competencies through a thought exercise and through conversation. You will also explore places where libraries may be inadvertently struggling to be inclusive, and come away with ideas for creating a genuinely inclusive environment for patrons and staff.

Staffing Outside of the Box: Responding to Emerging Trends in Managing Your Workforce
Presenters: Katrina Plourde, Westerville and Julie Whitt, Upper Arlington Public Library
The 40 hour workweek has been the gold standard of employment since the early 1900s. Since that time, many changes have occurred but most workplaces still maintain this standard. Dare we say that American business is stuck in a rut? Are we so tied to this that we are not thinking strategically about what is best for our organization and our staff? Explore the changes in our economy as well as work expectations that will require us to look at staffing differently. Learn more about flexible scheduling, alternative workweeks, the definition of “full-time,” job sharing and contingent staffing.

Comics Are Not Books (and That’s Okay): Non-Traditional Merchandising and Classification to Boost Comic Circulation
Presenter: Jack Phoenix, OverDrive
Are your comics and graphic novels mixed in with other printed materials? Are they organized on your shelves by author? Do you refer to all comics as “graphic novels?” Some of the common practices libraries have in place to provide comics to their users reflect those traditional printer materials, but these may not be adequate to providing the best access. Learn some alternative methods of merchandising, classification, and cataloging your comics collection to maximize its use.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Programming with Animals at Your Library
Presenter: Meredith Richards and Morgan Hidy, Worthington Libraries
Do animals really belong in the library? Some libraries think so! Explore programs like raising monarch butterflies and hatching chicks, to reading to dogs and hosting animal guests. Learn how much staff time and commitment is involved with different types of animal programming, discover potential partnerships with local organizations, and how to cope with unexpected complications.  You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of how to incorporate all types of animals into your library and how these programs can have a positive impact on the community.

Sip and Its Tie to Our Country’s Opioid Epidemic
Author: Brian Allen Carr
Brian Allen Carr is a hugely imaginative writer whose novel Sip is set in an apocalyptic wasteland right out of The Gunslinger, after some sort of mutation has led to a global addiction to “shadow sipping,” where people literally sip shadows –their own, animals’, and most devastatingly, in the throes of the disease, others’, violently–for the unique high it produces. Once your shadow is gone, you get shadow sick, and addicts will seek out more of the drug anywhere. If this sounds like it has parallels to our country’s opioid epidemic, it’s because that served as an inspiration for Carr. Learn more about this dreamy, dark, lyrical meditation on addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival.

Give Them What They Want! Reach New Populations with eContent Cards
Presenters: Jenny Greene, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and Karen Fischer, Mansfield- Richland County Public Library
A library card is the single greatest connection between a library and its community. So, what better way to connect with new users than bringing the library cards to them, either online or out in the community? Jenny Greene, Technical Services Supervisor, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and Karen Fischer, Collection Development Librarian, Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, will discuss ways they have used eContent cards as a tool to get new people interested in their libraries and the online services they provide, from databases to digital downloads.

Adopt or Adapt: Approaches to Emerging Tech and Trends
Presenter: Michael Stephens, San Jose State University
There’s no doubt about it. Library Information Science has become a technology-driven field. Information technology is impacting every industry right now, and libraries are no different. Note the influx of job descriptions for emerging tech librarians, user experience specialists, and others who guide technology-focused projects and departments. But, emerging tech is just one part of the bigger picture. The best librarians will be creative, fearless, and curious about everything. Even if you’re not an early adopter of the latest technology trends, this session will explore how to be an early adaptor.

UNPROGRAM: Libraries in a Post-Truth World
Presenters: Bill Meltzer, Worthington Libraries; Don Boozer, Cleveland Public Library; Coleman Mahler, Worthington Libraries; Kristin McCormick, Worthington Libraries
The term “post-truth,” Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 Word of the Year, refers to the current era of politics in which appeals to feelings, personal beliefs, and “alternative facts” are as influential as objective facts. What does this new era mean for libraries? How do we balance providing access to as wide a range of information as possible, giving patrons what they want, and also providing the highest quality information we can find? Can we combat this trend towards “post-truth” information? Can we teach patrons good information literacy skills? How do we get them interested? Join us for this unprogram to discuss these questions and others, and to investigate what it means to be a library in a “post-truth” world.

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

Become a Passport Acceptance Facility at Your library: Provide a Valuable Service and Make Money
Presenters: Kate Porter, Upper Arlington Public Library; Alison Eakin, Worthington Libraries; Dee Ann Salyers, Washington-Centerville Public Library; Allison Kamm, Washington-Centerville Public Library; Annette Heffernan, Upper Arlington Public Library
As an official passport acceptance facility, your library keeps the execution fee for each application processed and provides a valuable service to your community. Find out if adding passport services is right for your library. You’ll hear from Ohio libraries who have processed passport applications for years as well as those who have just started. Learn more about the pros and cons of becoming an official passport acceptance facility and see if it could work at your library.

The Trouble with Vittles: How Your Library Can Participate in the Summer Food Service Program
Presenters: Shane Hoffman, Plain City Public Library; Greggory Gassman, State Library of Ohio; Kate McCartney, Marysville Public Library; Gina Maida, University of Mount Union Library; Sarah Schaff, Dennison University Library
What happens to kids who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program at school once the summer comes along? Many of these kids fall through the cracks and end up hungry during the summer months. How can your library be part of the solution? Gain a better understanding of the LEAD program and the resources available that can make participating in the Summer Food Service Program easier and more effective. You’ll come away from this session with useful tools to make becoming a SFSP site easier and strategies for reaching your outreach goals.

Visual Merchandising: applying Bookstore Insight to Public Library Collections
Presenters: Nicole Naylor and Allison Fiscus, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library; Kevin Kennedy, HBM Architects
The bookstores have already done the work – now let’s use what they’ve learned for our benefit.  Discover how to apply basic visual merchandising standards and strategies to your print and digital collections to increase circulation and customer awareness of resources.  This session will include perspectives from librarians, administrators, and architects in addition to examples of effective visual merchandising in both new and existing library locations.

UNPROGRAM: Small Library Director’s Round Table
Presenter: Joe Knueven, Germantown Public Library
This interactive session is an opportunity for directors of small libraries to share the trials and tribulations of standing at the helm of a small library.  It is intended to give directors a chance to share their experiences, to become better acquainted with other directors from around the state and to discuss issues of the day and ways that they might be addressed.

YouTube and Beyond! An Introduction to New Media
Presenter: Sarah Amazing, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
YouTube. Twitch. Podcasts. In the last ten years, new media has grown exponentially and are now influencing every aspect of our culture. The creators using these platforms are writing books, making movies, producing shows, shaping music, setting trends, and shaking the foundations of traditional media. Learn about this new media and what makes it so unique, and see why libraries need to be paying attention.

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

Assisting Victims of Domestic Violence
Presenter: Susan Gottschalk, Artemis Center
What do you do when you suspect that a patron is being victimized? Susan Gottschalk, Family Violence Collaborative Director for Artemis Center, will help you prepare for these situations and more. Both active intervention and strategic information placement will be discussed. De-escalation strategies for abusers and irate patrons will also be presented.

Heroin at Home – The Epidemic and Your Community
Presenter: Chief Deputy Rob Streck, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
The impact of drug abuse and addiction is felt across the entire landscape of Montgomery County. Over the last decade, the use and abuse of powerful prescription opiates emerged as a serious health and safety concern, which has turned into a heroin and synthetic opiate epidemic. This session will walk you through cartel supply and oversight, factors on how we got to this point and efforts to combat the epidemic in Ohio.

Improve Your Career with Improv
Presenter: Justin Howard, Black Box Consulting
It’s no joke. You can improve your career and job search skills through the magic of improvisation. This fun, interactive session will include a series of exercises designed to enhance your networking skills and tap into your full potential. It will be led by Justin Howard, a sought after performer, teacher and speaker who owns The Black Box Improv Theater in Dayton. He is considered an expert in the powerful applications of improv and teaches improv workshops to Harvard MBA students and numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Why Horror Matters
Author: Tim Waggoner
Despite its long literary and cinematic tradition (and popularity with audiences) horror remains a genre that’s often misunderstood. It’s a genre that not only stirs imagination; it allows us to confront our deepest fears safely and provides an opportunity for profound catharsis. In this session, you’ll learn about the important cognitive and emotional needs that horror addresses and how to guide patrons of all ages who are interested in horror, but aren’t sure where to start. Tim Waggoner is an award-winning horror author of over 30 novels and three short story collections. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.and three short story collections. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.

OPLIN Annual Update
Every year since 1998, the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) has presented an annual update to the public library community. Formerly known as the Stakeholders Meeting, this is both an annual report to all Ohio public librarians and 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.