Classes

Readers Advisory Roundtable
Kara Pennella, Ivy Tech Community College: Share and hear about good reads for your patrons, book clubs, and yourself.

Chair’s Class: Connecting Ohio’s Local History with the Digital Public Library of America
Jen Johnson, State Library of Ohio: The Digital Public Library is a free online portal to millions of digitized items from across the U.S, and a valuable tool for library patrons. Ohio has been adding items to DPLA since March of 2018 and continues to add more – over 100,000 items to date!  We’ll talk about what exactly DPLA is, how it all works, both online and here in Ohio, and why you’d want to use it.

Courtly Conversations: Hosting a Human Library Program
Amee Sword, Wornstaff Memorial Public Library & Andy Bartlett, Delaware County District Library: Have you ever wanted to provide a program for your patrons which allows open conversation between people of different backgrounds and viewpoints?  The Delaware County District Library did just that by holding a “human” library event. The events allowed individuals to participate by sharing their stories with others.  Join our instructors as they discuss the planning and implementation of the human library.  There will be a sample Human Library during the ‘Meet & Greet’ Sunday.

Cyber Security
Matt Motes, SEO Library Center: This course focuses on the introduction to security threats and will help develop an active understanding of what to do look for when determining if you are being exposed to an attack. We will define terms such as Vishing, Malware, and Ransomware and look at examples of how you have been exposed to this already and how to improve the safety of the environment we work in.

Libraries Lending Hope: Responding to the Opioid Crisis in the Community
Dr. Meghan Harper, iSchool Kent State University: Dr. Harper’s presentation will focus on how libraries can respond to the opioid crisis using a trauma-informed care foundation to provide sources and services in their communities.

Flipping the Script: Program Planning from Patron Perspectives
Robin Heintz, Piqua Mainstreet Association: Too often, program planning starts with the program itself. Let’s step back and look at our patrons and their needs. Patron-based planning informs every aspect of the process, from naming the event to choosing the best marketing channels. Flipping the script will have a huge impact on your programming process. Useful information included for all library types. Prepare for challenges!

Preservation Tips & Tools: An Introduction to Analog and Digital Preservation for Library Support Staff
Justin Bridges, Miami University Libraries: Attendees of this workshop will become familiar with several types of basic analog repairs for collection materials. Demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities will include: tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, a variety of spine repairs, and examples of protective treatments for special collections materials.  In addition, basic workflows for digital preservation will be discussed, including the proper handling of rare and/or fragile materials during the digitization process.

Bed Bugs and Broomsticks
Molly Meyers LaBadie, Delaware County District Library: In this session, we will address the creepy, crawly, and gross things that we find in our libraries. We are going to discuss how to prevent, treat, and manage unexpected guests and messes at the library while protecting your staff and your property. Though this presentation will get dirty, Molly promises you will come out spic and span in the end.

The Truthful, the Fake, and the Biased: Evaluating News Sources
Jessie Long, Miami University Middletown: In today’s 24/7 news cycle, fake news, misinformation, bad reporting, and false claims can run rampant. For library patrons, assessing the quality of online news content is crucial to understanding whether what they are viewing is, in fact, true. In this session, Jessie Long will share how to synthesize resources to help teach patrons better evaluation skills. Participants will leave better informed on tested strategies and tools that they may adopt in their own efforts to link the library and in the fight against misinformation.

Website Building with Divi
Colleen Sandusky, Loudonville Public Library: Never heard of Divi?  Divi is a third-party plugin that when added to WordPress makes building feature-rich websites a dream. Learn what Divi is, where to get it, and why Divi is becoming the tool of choice for professional and novice website builders. You will learn basic site construction, using elements, and more importantly, where to find an impressive collection of tutorials to help you on your quest for the perfect website.

Library Snapshot: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
Geir Gundersen, Supervisory Archivist: The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is one of fourteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.  Join Geir Gundersen for an overview of the presidential library system and the Ford Library’s collections, archival programs, education and outreach activities, resources, and partnerships.

Page to Screen: A Discussion on Books Transposed to Film & Television
Dr. Paul Heintz, Edison State Community College & Michael Bradshaw, Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library and OLSSI Chair Emeritus: Dr. Paul & Michael will discuss successful and not so successful film and television adaptations of written works.

Beeghly Library Tour, Heidelberg University
Laurie Repp, Library Director

Gentle Yoga and Meditation
Kara Pennella, RYT-200: Take time for some self-care while at Castle OLSSI. Join RYT-200 Kara Pennella for some gentle yoga and meditation. This class will incorporate elements of Hatha Yoga, gentle stretching, breath work, and meditation to promote relaxation. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga mat and/or beach towel if you have one available. This class is appropriate for beginners with no major medical restrictions.

OLSSI Book Club
Michael Bradshaw, OLSSI Chair Emeritus: Michael will moderate a live book club meeting discussing a book voted on by current & past attendees.

We Have a Makerspace, Now What?  Ways to Take Your Makerspace Programming to the Next Level
Jennifer Hicks, Miami University Middletown: Makerspaces in academic and public libraries offer a designated space with a variety of technical and physical tools and materials, which provide patrons with new and varying creative outlets. But how do you keep interest and expand beyond the basics? By building connections both in and out of the library. Through these stronger relationships we can meet the needs of the community and make connections with classroom assignments through makerspace service learning projects. This class will cover best practices on service learning projects as well as information on creating community connections for programming.

So You Spit in a Tube: an Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Kellen Freeman, Delaware County District Library: Companies specializing in personal DNA kits 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 two main testing companies, covering concerns and considerations, and introducing resources that can help turn these tests into a valuable genealogical resource.

Running Teen Advisory Boards
Sarah Rust, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: This class will discuss the importance of placing teens at the center of decision-making in the library, as well as strategies for getting teens more involved and invested in your library.

Escaping the Monotony: Escape Rooms as Collaborative Information Literacy
Kristin Cole, Otterbein University & Alaine Kay, Muskingum University & Drew Balduff, University of Findlay: As libraries begin to seek more creative methods of teaching information literacy, three academic librarians share their experience with using escape rooms to instruct on information literacy and make connections with other campus departments.  Learn some tips and tricks to starting your own escape room, what to avoid, and how it can strengthen the lessons libraries strive to teach.

Grant Writing 101
Cindy Boyden, State Library of Ohio & Evan T. Struble, State Library of Ohio: Whether applying to Target, the State Library, Rotary, or one of the many other funding opportunities out there, the required parts to a proposal are almost always the same!  Join us for a relaxed, informal session where you will learn the elements of a proposal, what information to include in each element, and hear first-hand experiences of grant writers and reviewers.

The Good, the Bad, the Medieval: Cataloging Tips & Tricks to Keep our Castles Orderly!
Brian Humphreys, Cedarville University & Sarah Schaff, Denison University: For those of us involved in cataloging at an intermediate level, it’s common to see unusual items, questions, fields, and issues come across our desks.  Join Brian and Sarah, two catalogers at small academic libraries, to share our best tips, our best practices, and our best finds in the stacks.  Feel free to bring questions and books with you!

Keynote: Unpacking Customer Experience: A CX Toolkit
Justyn Rampa, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County: Customer Experience (CX) is the perception that customers have of their interactions with an organization. This applies to customers in the broadest sense of the word, meaning both internal and external customers are considered within Customer Experience. EVERYONE has a role to play in crafting a strong and impactful Customer Experience. In order to understand everyone’s role in crafting CX, organizational alignment is a necessity. Everyone in the organization should have some level of awareness around what everyone else in the organization is doing.  By developing a robust CX Toolkit, you will learn how to better manage emotional impact on every step of the customer journey, and how to begin facilitating organizational alignment from within your organization. After attending this session, you will have a better understanding of what Customer Experience is, how to begin crafting your own customer experience, and get hands-on experience with practical and meaningful CX tools.