Friday Program Descriptions

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Exhibit Hall Exclusive Viewing Time
Last chance to enjoy the Exhibit Hall and visit with colleagues and vendors.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Vendor Snapshots
Don’t have enough time to visit all of the vendors on your list? Check out the Vendor Snapshots on the big screen in the Expo Hall (from 8:30-10:00 a.m.). Enjoy coffee, light refreshments and lively postings during this exclusive vendor screen time. You can also follow the action on social media using the hashtag #OLC18.

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

Sensory Strategy Program @ Your Library
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: Services to Youth
Presenters: Jason Buydos and Emily Callan, Louisville Public Library

The Louisville Public Library (LPL) will share how LSTA funds were used to create a Sensory Strategy Program for the special needs community. Learn how a small rural library saw a need then found a unique way to fulfill this need through a sensory solution. You will gain a better understanding of the process, the time line, and the successes and failures along the way. LPL will discuss the special training, construction projects and technology needed to blend with a neighborhood library in order to produce the non-traditional programming in a very specific space.

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

 

Organizing a Human Library
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: Engaging the Community Through Programs
Presenter: Marlena Johnson, Human Library Chicago

The Human Library is a worldwide movement to combat stereotypes and stigma through dialogue. Individuals volunteer from all walks of life to share their lived experiences with members of the public. Volunteers are called ‘Books’ and the titles they choose are based on their experiences, on which they are focusing their stories. Members of the public, called ‘Readers,’ engage with the Books in one-on-one or small group conversation. The goal is to leave Readers with a clear picture of the humanity of a person beyond their single identity. The Human Library has been organized in over 80 countries. Marlena Johnson, founder of the Human Library in Chicago which has organized 14 events and fostered 450+ conversations, will explain how you can organize a Human Library in your community and best practices for organizing this event.

Core Competency: Programming
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Unmasking Unconscious Bias
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Sonya Weiland, PHR, Weiland Works

We all know that the unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. Similarly, organizations and thought leaders are beginning to appreciate and harness this deeper understanding of how our cultures help shape the automatic decisions that we make every moment of our lives and the profound impact that this phenomenon has on our personal and professional lives. The much larger organizational problem is that vast numbers of unconscious decisions are made by people who do not even realize that there is “unconscious bias” in their behavior. During this session, you will examine your own background and identities and confront your own internal biases so that you can practice conscious awareness. You will also identify organizational leverage points so that you can mitigate the impact of unconscious bias in interactions, processes and structures. You’ll come away from this session with practice strategies and tools to help create transformational systemic change in our organizations.

Core Competency: Intellectual Freedom
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: Developing Yourself and Others
Presenter: Jason Elvers, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; and Michelle Francis, Ohio Library Council

Just when you thought you knew everything! Numerous library-related legal questions come into OLC every day. This is an opportunity for you to hear from the experts on the latest legal issues impacting libraries. Jason and Michelle are here to keep you “legal.”

Core Competency: Laws
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

My Director Says We Have a Levy on the Ballot – What Does That Mean for Me?
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: It’s All About Funding
Presenter: Cheryl Kuonen, Mentor Public Library

Do you wonder what’s involved with a levy campaign? Want to know what you can and cannot do as a staff member to support your library’s levy? Are you concerned you will say or do something incorrect? Learn the basics about levy campaigns (PACs, fundraising, what your director does, etc.) and simple things you can do to help your library’s levy succeed. Bring your questions and concerns!  This program is for everyone who works in a public library and wants to learn more about levy campaigns.

Core Competency: Library Advocacy
Sponsor: Human Resources and Trainer Development Division

 

Digital Signage Done Dirt Cheap
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: Marketing Everything You Do
Presenter: Chris Sherman, Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County

Discover how to create digital signage for your public library. Chris Sherman, an IT professional with 10 years of experience in higher education and public library systems, will explain cost effective tips and methods for running and maintaining digital signage in house using free or low cost graphics and digital signage to help small to medium size libraries. During this session, you will learn about the different software and hardware needed to setup your own signage as well as content resources for the screens.

Core Competency: Marketing
Sponsor: Marketing and PR Division

 

Security with No Security Staff
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: Library Spaces: Inside and Out
Presenter: Heather McClure, Dayton Metro Library

We all have to deal with security issues, but what do you do when hiring guards is not an option? During this interactive session, you will learn preventative security measures that almost any library can implement, roll-play common scenarios, and brainstorm solutions. You will leave with a better understanding of what you and your staff can do to make the library a safer place for everyone.

Core Competency: Emergency Preparedness
Sponsor: Reference and Information Services Division

 

Becoming BIBFRAME: Linked Data for the Rest of Us
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: You Need to Know This
Presenter: Misty Alvaro, Upper Arlington Public Library

You may have heard of BIBFRAME and wondered what makes it so different and exciting. MARC records may someday be replaced by this new type of catalog record that is easier to create and read for everyone. Designed for all library staff, this session will explain a new way of thinking about cataloging…. and show you what makes it so cool.

Core Competency: Cataloging and Metadata
Sponsor: Technical Services Division

 

Poetry by Zipcode
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenters: Robert Smith (Drinian Press) and Benjamin Reed, Huron Public Library [Columbus Metropolitan Library (effective 8/18)]

In 2017, the Huron Public Library and Drinian Press, a local independent publisher, sponsored a poetry competition within the 44839 zip code. While prizes were awarded, the primary objective was to capture voices of the people. The initial goal was to find out who was actively writing poetry. While that was accomplished, the impact expanded by drawing the attention of other community organizations. The result was an invigorated interest in poetry, a printed volume of poems, and the identification of the library as a supportive environment for literary arts. In this session, you will learn the details of this program which requires collaboration and coordination between administrators, judges, and poets as well as how to adapt this program to your community.

Core Competency: Collaboration
Sponsor: Adult Services Division

 

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

YA Smackdown: Core Competencies Edition (Un-Program)
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: Services for Youth
Presenters: Kristin Wilson and Kim Albert, Loudonville Public Library

From adaptability to reader’s advisory and everything in between, join us for an informal crowd-sourcing session. We’ll use the YA Smackdown method created by Teen Services Underground where participants draw a challenge question from a cup that focuses on OLC’s Teen Services Competencies. Whether you’re a new or seasoned teen librarian, everyone has some wisdom to share!

Core Competency: Staff Training
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Book-to-Action at Your Library
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: Engaging the Community Through Programs
Presenter: Natalie Dielman, Way Public Library

Book-to-Action, a program that started in the California library system, takes the traditional book club a step further. Participants read a book and then volunteer for a service opportunity connected to the themes of the book.  In this session, you will learn how to develop your own Book-to-Action program and tips for collaborating with community organizations. Learn how Way Public Library organized two Book-to-Action programs, one featuring “The Soloist” and the other featuring “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” including how to set up service opportunities, book discussions, panel presentations, and author visits.

Core Competency: Community Awareness
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

Dealing with Difficult People
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Heather McClure, Dayton Metro Library

Racist remarks, sexual harassment, public intoxication, escalating arguments–these are just some of the more interesting things that can happen in the library. Come to this moderated discussion prepared to talk about your own experiences and work with your colleagues to develop strategies to deal with the difficult people you encounter every day.

Core Competency: Customer Service
Sponsor: Reference and Information Services Division

 

Positioning Yourself for Career Advancement
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: Developing Yourself and Others
Presenter: Karen Miller, Bradbury Miller Associate

Karen Miller, Managing Consultant for Bradbury Miller Associates, offers tips, strategies and sound advice for library professionals who want to advance their careers. Learn what types of experience and abilities library boards and administrators seek in candidates and get advice on everything from preparing for the interview to negotiating salary. This session will help you devise a plan to achieve your career goals.

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Program Commitee

 

Financing for the Future: Operations and Facilities
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: It’s All About Funding
Presenter: Lisa Havlin and Ed Worso, Geauga County Public Library; and Rebecca Princehorn, Bricker and Eckler, LLP

Amendments to the levy law, expansion of unvoted borrowing authority, homestead/rollbacks and now limits on state and local tax deductions – oh my! This session will analyze these issues in addition to filing deadlines and coordination with the library’s applicable taxing authority.

Core Competency: Fiscal Operations
Sponsor: Program Commitee

 

Copyright and Fair Use Law
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: Marketing Everything You Do
Presenter: Jason Elvers, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP

Copyright and Fair Use are difficult and ever changing topics. These topics are so confusing, contentious, and inconclusive — that everyone would rather not discuss them. During this session, Attorney Jason Elvers will explain copyright and fair use law and how copyright supports the rights of both owners and users. You will also gain a better understanding of the doctrine of fair use so that you can accurately explain it to staff and patrons.

Core Competency: Laws
Sponsor: Intellectual Freedom Committee

 

Get Out! Expanding Your Library’s Outreach Services
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: Library Spaces: Inside and Out
Presenter: Zach Roberts, MidPointe Library System

At the end of 2016, MidPointe Library system made the decision to expand their Outreach Department in order to increase system-wide programming and circulation, as well as service areas of the community left untouched. Within 18 months they significantly reached their goal, creating new jobs, new experiences, and new programming services for their community. Library on Wheels (as it was re-branded) now performs a variety of programs and services from storytimes at schools to adult programming at nursing home facilities. In this session, you will learn how MidPointe’s staff re-branded their Outreach Department, expanded their programming and services, and impacted their patron participation and circulation.

Core Competency: Organizational Awareness
Sponsor: Outreach and Special Services Division

 

Fake News: The Functions and Dysfunctions of Trust and Belief Within Social Networks Online
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: You Need to Know This
Presenter: Dr. Montana Miller, Bowling Green State University

“Fake News” — deliberate misinformation or hoaxes written and published to cause damage or to gain financially or politically — has become ubiquitous in online social media. Why are people on all sides of the political and cultural spectrum so vulnerable to trusting such misleading, often sensationalist or patently false stories? Dr. Montana Miller, a folklorist/ethnographer specializing in the study of vernacular belief systems, will provide insight and guidance into navigating this hazard of the quickly emerging world of Internet culture, such as Twitter, Facebook, and other social media that have become integral, controversial and culture-defining elements of public life.

Core Competency: Intellectual Freedom
Sponsor: Program Committee

 

In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Track: It’s All About Collections
Presenter: Ryan Schnurr (Belt Publishing)

The Maumee River Basin is the largest watershed in the Great Lakes region, collecting runoff from more than 6,600 square miles in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan and depositing it in Lake Erie—though as the lake’s largest tributary the river’s influence is not entirely positive. Join author Ryan Schnurr for a book talk and discussion on In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River. In this lively, ruminative book, Schnurr explores the history, ecology, and culture of the Maumee through the lens of a walking and canoeing trip he made from one end to the other. Part cultural history, part nature writing, part personal narrative, In the Watershed is a lyrical work of nonfiction with a timely and important message at the core.

Core Competency: Reader’s Advisory
Sponsor: Program Committee

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | Closing General Session

Racebending: Adventures in a Bicultural World
Keynote: Jamie Ford

In an early example of cultural appropriation, Jamie Ford’s great-grandfather changed his name from Min Chung to William Ford—it’s been an adventure ever since. Ford will talk about the historical background of his books and how he came to write about subjects so close to his personal past. He’ll discuss the challenges (and comforts) of growing up bi-racial, and writing multi-cultural fiction in a world of Twitter outrage, sensitivity readers, and political correctness.

Jamie Ford is the award-winning author of the best-selling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was awarded the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature and was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than two years. Ford’s second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a New York Times best-seller. His latest work, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, is inspired by true events and is an unforgettable story of a young orphan boy from China who was raffled off as a prize at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair.