Wednesday Program Descriptions

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Opening Session

You’ve Got to Read this Book

Keynote: Maureen Corrigan
Zambezi Room

If you listen to NPR, then you know Maureen Corrigan’s voice. For more than 20 years, Corrigan has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. She is, undoubtedly, America’s most trusted and beloved book critic, and a busy bibliophile. Her typical day starts at 4 a.m. to tackle the more than 200 books delivered to her house each week. Her library, as you might expect, runneth over. Corrigan will talk about her love of reading for work and pleasure, the authors and books that have played a key role in her life, and how she gets people in the classroom, in print, and on NPR excited about the transforming power of literature. Following her presentation, Corrigan will sign copies of her books.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Kindergarten KickStart!
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Leopardwood
Track: Services to Youth
Presenters: Cristin Brown and Jillana Williams, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Research shows that kindergarten is the new first grade. What can libraries do to join school efforts in preparing young children for kindergarten readiness? Join Toledo Lucas County Public Library to learn about their successful Kindergarten KickStart Program – an event that’s part storytime, part information session, and a great big hour of fun! You will learn ways to incorporate stories, games and activities to prepare both parents and children for kindergarten.

Core Competency: Programming
Sponsor: Children’s Services Division

 

It’s Not Personal – Learning to Manage Challenging People and Situations with Rational Detachment
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Aloeswood
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Laurie Knowlton, MA, LISW-S, SAP

Learn how to practice Rational Detachment — the ability to stay calm, in control and professional even in a crisis moment. It means not taking things personally, even button pushing comments that attack your appearance, race, gender or competence. Understand the impact of mental illness, boundary issues, impatience and rudeness – all of which can impact your interactions with others. During this session, you will learn techniques for detaching and self-care; understand the factors that may contribute to disruptive/aggressive behaviors in the workplace; and recognize what’s important to your internal and external customers.

Core Competency: Communication
Sponsor: HR and Trainer Development Division

 

Brush up Your Business Etiquette
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Rosewood
Track: Developing Yourself and Others
Presenter: Celinda Scherger, Tiffin University

Are you nervous about attending a business dinner? Do you have questions about how to conduct yourself at professional functions? This session will give an overview of the written — and unwritten — rules of etiquette as it relates to your career and professional image. Celinda Scherger, Director of Career Development at Tiffin University, will present strategies for how to better interact and communicate with others in interviews, at business dinners, and other professional events.

Core Competency: Communication
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

It’s Your PAC, Too! Unpacking the Catalog for Public Services
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Sagewood
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenter: Misty Alvaro, Upper Arlington Public Library

Catalogers painstakingly craft records for your library’s catalog, but what’s in it for you? Learn how to find information in your PAC and why tech services departments do what they do. Bring all of your burning questions about catalog records to this guided discussion on MARC, authorities, and metadata for public services staff.

Core Competency: Cataloging and Metadata
Sponsor: Technical Services Division

 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Unconventional Collaborations: How the Library Can Partner with Social Service Agencies that Serve Children
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Leopardwood
Track: Services to Youth
Presenters: Margie Alexander, Trumbull County Family and Children First Council; Becky Holtgreven, Help Me Grow; Mary Brady, SPARK

Many of us visit local preschools and day cares and set up tables at school and community events, but is that enough? Have you considered what other opportunities are available to work with agencies serving families with young children in your community? A panel of community representatives will share successful agency and library collaborations and answer your questions about pursuing partnerships in your service areas.

Core Competency: Community Awareness
Sponsor: Children’s Services Division

 

Read Together, Read Ohio, Read for Life!
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Rosewood
Track: Engaging the Community through Programs
Presenters: Stephanie Bange,Choose to Read Ohio; Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio

Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) is a fun, adaptable statewide reading initiative for all ages that spotlights Ohio authors and illustrators, and encourages Ohioans to enjoy books together. CTRO is a project of the State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library, and Ohio Center for the Book, and is approaching its 10th anniversary. Each CTRO booklist highlights selected books for a two-calendar-year promotion. The presenters will talk about all 20 selections for young children, middle grades, teens, and adults on the brand new 2019 & 2020 CTRO booklist. They will also chat about authors, library program ideas, and connecting with schools – and hand out some door prizes!

Core Competency: Reader’s Advisory
Sponsor: Children’s Services Division

 

Introduction to Privilege
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tamarind
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Caitlin Hawkins and Kaila (KC) Johnson, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

As individuals, we attempt to solve problems and approach challenges utilizing our own understandings of the world. These understandings, and therefore our approaches, are heavily impacted by who we are and what we have experienced. With such diverse backgrounds and identities, it stands to reason that we all interact within the world differently. In this introduction to the concept of societal privilege, you will explore the concept of social identity and consider the ways in which most people have a mix of privileged and marginalized identities. You’ll gain a better understanding of what privilege looks like in the United States (specifically focusing on race, ability, and LGBTQIA identities) and increase awareness of your own privileged and marginalized identities. You’ll also identify skills and opportunities to use one’s own privilege for the benefit of others.

Core Competency: Intellectual Freedom
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Getting Started: Professional Involvement Opportunities for Library Staff
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Aloeswood
Track: Developing Yourself and Others
Presenters: Kim DeNero-Ackroyd and Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Hts.-University Hts. Public Library; Nancy Eames and Angela Broson, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Professional involvement means more than just coming to a convention, but where should you get started? OLC, PLA, ALA, ALSC, writing reviews, participating on listserves, blogging, committees, conference planning? This panel has done a little bit of everything. Learn more about your options and learn how you can jump start your professional involvement.

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Management and Administration Division

 

Vendor Communications or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Negotiation
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Guava
Track: It’s All About Funding
Presenters: Carrie Waibel, OhioNET

Communicating and working with vendors may not seem like the most exciting part of working in libraries, but it’s an inevitable, regular interaction that will happen time and time again throughout the course of your career. Negotiating and sharing select information about our libraries with vendors is actually one of the most forgotten but valuable means public librarians have of advocating not only for our communities, but for the profession as a whole. There is more that unites us than divides us, and many conversations can lead to win-win scenarios for both parties involved. During this session you will learn how to improve your communication skills, get what you want, connect your patrons with the resources they need, and just maybe, establish a cordial relationship on “the other side.”

Core Competency: Contracts and Negotiation
Sponsor: Program Commmittee

 

Embracing the Unusual: Opportunities for Marketing Magic
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Portia
Track: Marketing Everything You Do
Presenters: Shea Alltmont, Avon Lake Public Library

Many times, the weird, unusual, or just downright unexpected appears out of nowhere. So what do you do, or not do, with the information? Often cast aside, wacky or surprising occasions are often passed up, when in fact, there are frequently exciting chances for positive press, developing new and favorable partnerships, and building excitement for patrons, visitors, and staff! Shea Alltmont, Communications Manager, Avon Lake Public Library, will share stories of how bottles of A-1 Steak Sauce, a giant mushroom, a deceased piebald deer, and a call about a life-sized Duct Tape gorilla turned into magical marketing opportunities. And more importantly, she will talk about how to embrace the different, mysterious, and bizarre at your own library for delightful public relations possibilities which go to help strengthen community ties, services, and enhancement of staff knowledge and patron awareness.

Core Competency: Marketing
Sponsor: Marketing and PR Division

 

Library Spaces: Making Informed Decisions Based on Data
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sagewood
Track: Library Spaces: Inside and Out
Presenters: Mandy Simon, State Library of Ohio; Beth Hatch, Perry Public Library

Many libraries are evaluating current use physical space and imagining potential ways to engage patrons in the library walls, outside of programming. Library Director Beth Hatch (Perry Public Library) and State Library of Ohio Consultant Mandy Simon discuss the data gathering methods and process used in a space planning and redesign of Perry Public Library. You will learn more about the ways they identified and recorded how library spaces (public and staff) were being used, aside from relying on programming statistics and door counter numbers. This session will show how they gathered community and staff input, as well as cold hard data to help guide the decision-making process and bolster buy-in from staff and the Board. Think outside the hashmark and start reimagining engagement for your library visitors!

Core Competency: Facilities
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

The State of Net Neutrality
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Wisteria
Track: You Need to Know This
Presenter: Don Yarman, OPLIN

What exactly does “net neutrality” mean? How does it affect your library and your patrons? Now that the FCC has lifted net neutrality requirements for providers, how have various information and broadband stakeholders responded? Hear why, as librarians, we should care about net neutrality rules, and what the practical outcome of current trends is likely to be.

Core Competency: Intellectual Freedom
Sponsor: Reference and Information Services Division

 

Loins Aflame: Why Romance Isn’t Going Anywhere
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zebrawood
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenters: Ember Leigh and J.A. Rock

J.A. Rock and Ember Leigh, two hybrid authors in erotic romance, share their experiences writing erotic romance for the masses in two very different sub-genres. Learn why romance is still (and will always be) the best-selling genre in fiction, how to talk to readers about what they like without confessing to a priest afterward, and what, exactly, goes into writing the books that some people call “mommy porn.” Following the presentation, the authors will sign copies of their books.

Core Competency: Reader’s Advisory
Sponsor: Program Committee

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. | LIBChats
Zambezi

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Playing With Our Food: Coming Together to Serve Up Healthy Habits at the Library
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Tamarind
Track: Services to Youth
Presenter: Elaine Betting, Lorain Public Library System

The Lorain Public Library System was already participating in the Summer Food Service Program, but the community wanted to do more to provide fresh, healthy food to hungry children. Through grant funding and partnerships with multiple local non-profits, the library started Saturday lunches at the library where students could grow a garden in the library, learn about healthy foods, and take home a recipe and ingredients to share with the whole family. Learn how you can leverage your community’s resources to find funding and create programs that promote healthy eating to families at your library.

Core Competency: Community Awareness
Sponsor: Children’s Services Division

 

Trauma Informed Libraries: Promoting Hope, Resiliency and Wellness
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Guava
Track: Engaging the Community Through Programs
Presenter: Dr. Meghan Harper, Kent State University

How can librarians respond to communities affected by trauma? Libraries as public institutions have been on the frontline of many societal issues including the Opioid epidemic. This session will highlight how trauma informed libraries can implement programming, initiate outreach, and equip librarians to better serve their communities.

Core Competency: Community Awareness
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

#MeToo: A Conversation About Dealing With Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Aloeswood
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenters: Carrie Waible, OhioNET; Beth Hatch, Perry Public Library; Kirstin Krumsee, State Library of Ohio; Allison DeVito, Ohio State University Libraries; Kaya Burgin, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

While it is in our nature to be helpful in addressing patron needs, we also need to be clear about our boundaries. This session will be an open, respectful conversation about how to deal with sexual harassment in the library, primarily from patrons. Those interested in sharing experiences are welcome alongside those interested in listening. This will be a productive exchange of ideas and experiences in which we can all learn from one another.

Core Competency: Ethics
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

You Can Still Have a Life: Surviving New Manager Syndrome Inside and Outside the Library
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Portia
Track: Developing Yourself and Others
Presenter: Chris May, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

Have you just received a position in management? It’s an exciting move that will present many challenges. During this session you will cover topics such as managing your colleagues (and friends), seeing the big picture, and building important relationships inside and outside the library. But what about the work/life balance? You will also learn the importance of disconnecting and finding time for those other interests in your life. Find out how you can have both a successful career in management and an enjoyable life outside of work!

Core Competency: Leadership
Sponsor: Management and Administration Division

 

Funded: Don’t Take It For Granted
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Wisteria
Track: It’s All About Funding
Presenters: Missy Lodge and Cindy Boyden, State Library of Ohio

No matter your position in the library, chances are you will at some point write a grant. And the thought probably sends a shiver down your spine. Whether you are applying to Target, the State Library, the Columbus Foundation or one of the other myriad of funding opportunities, the elements of a proposal are the same. During this relaxed, informal session, you will learn the elements of a proposal, what information to include in each element to enhance your chances of success, and hear real-world experiences of grant writers and reviewers.

Core Competency: Fundraising
Sponsor: Management and Administration and Reference and Information Services Divisions

 

Getting to Know Free and Affordable Tools for In-House Marketing and Design
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Rosewood
Track: Marketing Everything You Do
Presenters: Sam Snodgrass and Jen Farrell, Huron County Community Library

It may seem like a daunting task to tackle the creative endeavor of promoting your library’s marketing and graphic design. There are almost too many options when it comes to picking what’s best for you and your organization. On top of that there is no one-size-fits-all for every library. Even if you’re new to marketing, this session will cover easy ways to highlight your brand, create consistent content, and design low-maintenance print marketing. Sounds scary and time consuming, right? Don’t worry, there are a bounty of free to use and low cost options that will make your life easier and help to better promote your library. This session will not only familiarize you with where to find and access these tools, but how they are used every day to keep libraries of all sizes successful. This session will take a closer look at Canva, Cerkl, Hootsuite, best practices for social media, and more. Plus, you’ll learn how to keep your library connected and relevant in your community.

Core Competency: Marketing
Sponsor: Information Technology Division

 

Facilities Asset Management: Protecting Your Library’s Future
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Leopardwood
Track: Library Spaces: Inside and Out
Presenters: Robert Lonneman, P.E. and Brian Bruggeman, KLH Engineers; Travis Bautz, MidPointe Library System

This session will explore the benefits of conducting a facilities conditions assessment of your HVAC, electrical, plumbing, technology and security systems that are critical to the daily operations of a public library. The panel will discuss best practices utilized to gather and store building information, develop capital improvement reports and ways to communicate the needs to library staff, the Board and public. Case studies will help illustrate the advancements in managing physical assets and planning for future capital improvement projects.

Core Competency: Facilities
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Design Thinking Crash Course
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Zebrawood
Track: You Need to Know This
Presenter: Elle Miller, Columbus College of Art & Design

Elle Miller, Columbus College of Art & Design, will provide a vivid introduction to one of the most successful and well-known approaches to brand building and business innovation in the new global digital economy.

Core Competency: Marketing
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Stranger Things: The Art of Lending the Unusual
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sagewood
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenters: Dan Cotton and Shea Alltmont, Avon Lake Public Library

These days libraries, big and small, are moving past just lending out just literary-based items. Now they are adding non-traditional items from the practical to the far out! So if you’ve been thinking about circulating something a little unexpected at your library, this session will share on-going experiences for both bike and guitar lending programs applicable to just about any novelty you’re considering! You’ll learn why certain items were chosen to circulate, discuss the details of making lending work through policies and procedures, and the opportunities for developing new partnerships and collaborations to enhance ties within and around your community. You’ll also learn how to promote and spread awareness through marketing, events, and other creative opportunities. Stranger things can happen, but this session will take the mystery out of lending the unusual.

Core Competency: Collection Mangement
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
New Member Meet and Greet
Kilimanjaro Ballroom/Exhibit Hall
The OLC Membership Committee invites all new OLC members and first-time attendees to a special gathering outside the Exhibit Hall.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening Reception
Kilimanjaro Ballroom/Exhibit Hall
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.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Battledecks!
Indigo Room, Kalahari
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). Sponsored by Midwest Tape.

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