12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions
Employment Opportunities for Restored Citizens
Presenter: Jamie Gee, Montgomery County Office of Ex-Offender Reentry
Learn more about the essential tools to help the formerly incarcerated find and keep gainful employment. During this session, you will examine the Montgomery County Office of Reentry career engagement model, philosophy, and indicators of success as well as techniques for motivating those with criminal histories to improve job connections.
UNPROGRAM: Ready to Move Forward?
Presenters: Kim DeNero-Ackroyd, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and Aurora Martinez, Morley Library
The creators of OLC’s “Lean In” workshops bring a fresh look at strategizing for career advancement and enacting positive change for women in librarianship. In the interactive session, participants are encouraged to share their own experiences in the library workforce. Learn practical tips for interviewing, addressing conflict, and charting the path to your personal vision of success. The facilitators have worked in a variety of library positions, both management and non-management, professional and para-professional, and look forward to guiding constructive conversation.
UNPROGRAM: Guerilla Storytime
Presenter: Kerry O’Brien Rhoad, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Blue Ash Branch)
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. The topic is storytime, but attendees 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 all attendees. This interactive session will provide a flurry of impromptu idea-sharing and storytime best practices.
The Widows of Malabar Hill
Author: Sujata Massey
The Widows of Malabar Hill, the first in Sujata Massey’s new series stars Perveen Mistry, an extraordinary lady lawyer sleuth in 1920s Bombay. In addition to incredible armchair travel to the rich tapestry of India, Sujata also brings to bear a socially conscious lens that examines early feminism, civil rights, and the religious divides that still threatens unity in India today. Sujata’s already a mystery powerhouse, winning both the Agatha and Macavity Awards, with nominations for the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Mary Higgins Clark.
In Our Own Voice
Presenter: NAMI of Southwest Ohio
Anyone familiar with mental illness knows that recovery is not a singular event, but a multi-dimensional, multi-linear journey characterized more by the mindset of the one taking the journey than by his or her condition at any given moment along the way. During this session, you’ll hear compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. You’ll gain a better understanding of how to support those living with mental illness and ways in which you can help while still achieving your library’s goals.
From Dot Voting to Ballot Box Voting: Generating Community Investment in Upcoming Change
Presenter: Tim Kambitsch and Jayne Klose, Dayton Metro Library
Is change coming the way of your library? How can you sell your upcoming changes to your community? Using the experiences from their major new facilities project, Dayton Metro Library will challenge you to consider how you can involve library users and stakeholders from the very beginning, for greater success. Learn ways to get your community involved in architects’ decisions; selecting art for display in your building, planning major exhibits and programs and the ultimate—passing levies! Discover how giving your patrons a voice is essential to having your community thoroughly invested in your envisioned improvements.
Realign for Results: Innovative Organizational Structure
Presenter: Paula Brehm Heeger, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; Nicole Naylor, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
In 2015, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County changed its mid-level administrative oversight structure to match its strategic priorities and customer-use data. They abandoned an alignment of departments and branches based on geography and location, replacing it with a region structure and that intermingled Main Library departments and branch locations from across the county. Learn how the realignment was determined, how it was introduced to ensure manager and staff enthusiasm and support, and how this change advanced the library’s strategic direction.
UNPROGRAM: Weeding…How Does Your Collection Grow? (or Mow?)
Presenters: Pam Matthews, Cleveland Public Library; Amy Long, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Bring your best tips, practices, and questions to share at this unprogram on weeding–your chance to tune your materials collection to peak performance. In this interactive session, participants from libraries and systems large or small will get a chance to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities we all face in finding the time and incentive to “clean house.”
Advocating for Adult Programs
Presenters: Lisa Richard, Way Public Library; Trinity Lescallett, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library; Kristin Wetzel and Michele Raine, Wood County District Public Library
Why do we have programs for adults? The advocacy tools inherent in the Every Child Ready to Read program and the goal of preventing summer slump provide extremely useful hooks for advocating for youth services. However, the goals of adults programs have not lent themselves to similar calls to action. Explore the options for advocating for adults programs and services and learn useful talking points for this multifaceted area of library service.
How Libraries Help Aspiring Writers
Author: Ryan Ireland
Ryan Ireland is a Dayton-area author. In addition to writing scholarly articles on librarianship, Ireland has published two novels—Beyond the Horizon and Ghosts of the Desert. He currently serves on the board of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and is drafting a non-fiction book based on his dissertation research about libraries. Ireland will discuss his books, the writing process, and what roles libraries and librarians can play in helping aspiring writers.
Are Fines Necessary?
Presenters: Karl Colón, Greene County Public Library and Pam Taylor, Delaware County District Library
Many libraries around Ohio have announced the elimination of fines. Are libraries jumping onto a “fine free” bandwagon or are fines a thing of the past? Why are fines necessary? If fines are collected, how is the money utilized? What’s the impact on a library’s budget if fines are not collected? Does the elimination or continuance of fines impact levies and public perception? Representatives from two libraries with different fine policies will examine the issue.
Code with Hip Hop and Music @ Your Library
Presenters: Maria Trivisonno, Cuyahoga County Public Library (Warrensville Branch); Becky Buryanek, Cuyahoga County Public Library (Brook Park Branch); Katie Jackson, Cuyahoga County Public Library (Southeast Branch); Alex Ward, Cuyahoga County Public Library (Fairview Park Branch)
The Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT created Scratch, a free online coding program designed for kids 8 to 16, but used by people of all ages. Four youth librarians from Cuyahoga County Public Library trained with Scratch, learned how to use hip hop dance and music as a gateway to get young people interested in coding, and turned this into a successful week-long summer camp. Gain a better understanding of Scratch coding, how Makey Makey kits work well with this program, and how to easily replicate this camp at your library. You’ll learn how to add yourself as a character into a Scratch project and much more.
Making Reference Service Great Again, or What Does It Mean to be an American Library in a Post-Truth Era?
Presenter: Don Boozer, Cleveland Public Library; Bill Meltzer, Worthington Libraries
What does it mean for libraries when “post-truth” was last year’s Word of the Year? What does authority look like in a world of “truthiness?” What can we do to challenge a world filled with “alternative facts?” Explore what it means to “meet our community’s needs” in this evolving information environment. This interactive, thought-provoking session will take a closer look at the connection between America’s fundamental values and our profession’s core principles, including providing our patrons with authoritative information. Nobody said this was going to be easy!
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | LIBchats
Being a Straight Ally for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning People
Presenters: Nancy Tepfer, Dan Tepfer, Margo Chadwick, PFLAFG (Parents, Families, Friends & Allies United with LGBT People to Move Equality Forward) Dayton Chapter
At work you will, or already have, interacted with LGBTQ individuals, both co-workers and library patrons. Are you comfortable in those encounters? This session will help you feel more confident in your journey toward becoming a Straight Ally by covering correct terminology, current LGBTQ issues, resources available in print and online and more. You’ll learn how to convey that your library is a safe and helpful place for LGBTQ individuals, how to handle negative or hostile people, and even how to be a Straight Ally beyond the workplace.
Meaningful School Connections: Outreach Initiatives at Dayton Metro Library
Presenter: Steve Moser and Joanna Rocheleau, Dayton Metro Library
We all know the library doesn’t stop at the door. We go wherever we’re needed. Making meaningful school connections is a major outreach focus for many libraries across the state. Dayton Metro Library has launched two youth service initiatives that strive to reach every school in the area. First Club helps young readers get excited about using the library and aims to get every first grader a library card. Middle Ground reaches out to 7th and 8th grades to combat the decline in library usage during these formative years. Learn more about these campaigns and how the library is building relationships with teachers, students and families.
Presenter: Dani Hollar, Lima Public Library
Are you a new manager? Do you dream of becoming a manager? This unprogram will present several hypothetical situations that are common for library managers. Questioning your initial reactions and collaborating on these scenarios will strengthen your management skills and give you the tools you need to effectively deal with similar situations in the future. Do you really need to reprimand chronically tardy employees? What exact phrasing would you use to respond to criticism of your employees from a customer? Attend this unprogram and find out.
Adaptive Librarianship and Collection Development
Presenters: Amanda Fensch, Penguin Random House and Ben Malczewski, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
What does having a “well-rounded collection” mean in 2017? What resources and formats are essential to your community, and how can you evolve your customers’ information literacy? Adaptive Librarianship and Collection Development critically considers the weight we give to certain formats and resources (as well as how to design and develop collections) in relation to your patrons’ needs and circumstances. The path forward may no longer be simply building a collection and listening to customers’ requests. Learn how to create a flexible, adaptable collection and a library that responds to the rapid-fire changes in its community.
Creativity in the Library
Presenter: Molly Meyers LaBadie, Worthington Libraries
When you hear people talk about creativity, they often discuss art, poetry, or music; discussions that end wistfully with, “I wish I was creative!” The truth—all of us are creative. The problem is we get caught up in what we think creativity looks like. Discover what it really means to be creative in the library (hint: it’s not just art!). Learn strategies for becoming creative and how to use that creativity to benefit your library and your community.
The Role of Research in Historical Fiction
Author: Martha Conway
Historical novels are fun to read — and to research! Historical fiction author Martha Conway is the author of three award-winning historical novels, two of which (Thieving Forest and The Underground River) are part of a planned trilogy set in Ohio. Her novel Sugarland was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, and her latest novel, The Underground River, has been translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Norwegian. A creative writing instructor for Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, Martha will discuss challenges to finding accurate period information, and how libraries—and library networks—are vital to her process.
Managing Difficult Patron Interactions
Presenter: Heather Howison, Dayton Metro Library
What do you do when you come face to face with a difficult patron? Learn techniques to de-escalate a volatile situation and helpful strategies for dealing with challenging situations in your library.
From Point A to Point DPLA: Digital Public Library of America, Why Did Ohio Become Part of It, and How Your Library Can Too
Presenter: Jen Johnson, State Library of Ohio
The Digital Public Library of America was launched in 2013 with a goal to bring together “the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums” and make them “freely available to the world.” Part of this goal is being achieved by working with regional Service Hubs that provide access to existing digital collections, and when Ohio’s application to become a Service Hub was approved in late 2016, it set the ball rolling toward the next level of engagement with our collections. Learn how and why Ohio became a Service Hub and the work many libraries are doing as part of that Hub, how your library can join in the fun and why you’d want to. Find out how to utilize the myriad of resources available in DPLA right now.
It Makes Sense: Kid-Friendly Reference Tools for No Cents at All
Presenter: Jason Sharp, Worthington Libraries
Many libraries allocate hundreds of dollars to subscribe to databases so that their young patrons can have access to the best and most useful information. Yet much of the information is available online for free! Discover the many great resources anyone with Internet access can use and find out how to expend your scarce resources on those databases that have truly unique content.