Welcome To the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute 2021

The OLSSI Steering Committee has been working hard to put together an online event to substitute for our usual in-person event we hold each summer.  These classes are taught by librarians and professors, as well as library support staff members, and these programs provide valuable information and lessons.  Classes such as customer service, professional brand management, libraries after COVID, and new technology are bound to teach you new skills for your jobs.  Remind your supervisors of these classes when it comes time for your yearly evaluations.  Yes, we are coming out of a pandemic, but we remain in constant search of professional development.

Just make sure while you’re learning new skills (or brushing up on old skills) to have some fun each night.  We have scheduled board game arena, movie night, a book club, as well as crafting and chat night.  Perhaps you’ll make an online friend during classes or while discussing a book.  Online friends will have to do until we meet again next summer.

Starting in September we will be planning our next in-person conference since 2019 at Otterbein University, located in Westerville, Ohio, a neighbor of Columbus, Ohio, right in the middle of our state!  The OLSSI Steering Committee are rookies when it comes to planning online events but we’re all seasoned veterans of planning an in-person event and we hope everyone can join us.  And stay healthy!

David Sharp, Chair, OLSSI 2021