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Event Name:Local History at Your Library: Discover Hidden Treasurers
Description:In the morning you will hear about the local history room at the Milan - Berlin Library District and it's storied history. James Tolbert, Director, is excited to share with you how it came to be, where it has been, and where it is going. The discussion will include an overview of the collection and the changes that have been made recently, funding sources and how to approach them, how to deal with budget limitations, how the digital collection was created, and how the library promotes the collection. There will also be a question and answer session after the discussion.

Learning objectives:
  • How to get started
  • Funding
  • Budgets
  • Digital Collection
  • Promotion
In the afternoon you will hear about the Cleveland Memory Project and  the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory.  Crowd-sourcing local history in NE Ohio is possible through the Cleveland Memory Project and the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory. Area libraries have utilized Cleveland Memory’s platform to mount their own photographs and other materials on-line, while the OOSI identifies the sculptures, statues and monuments of Ohio’s cities and towns with the help of local volunteers. Bill Barrow, Head of Special Collections at the Cleveland State University Library (Cleveland Memory’s home) and Chair of the Preservation Committee of The Sculpture Center (OOSI’s home), will profile some of those community partnerships and tell how local public libraries and individuals could participate.

We will follow the last presentation with a roundtable discussion.


James Tolbert, Director,
Milan - Berlin Library District 
James is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Taylor University with a Bachelor's in English Studies, and received both an MLS and an MIS from Indiana University.  James began his library career by working his way up in various circulation and clerk positions in the libraries of both universities. After graduating, he worked for the St. Louis Public Library and Ivy Tech Community College for several years before being hired as the Director of the Milan - Berlin Library District in 2014.  James has presented on various topics at ILF and ALA, and served on the OLC conference committee. He is also currently the chair of the Directors’ Panel at CLEVNET.

William C. Barrow, M.A. M.L.S., Head of Special Collections, Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University
A Cleveland native, Bill has been the Head of Special Collections since 1999 and was a co-founder of the Cleveland Memory Project in 2002. He holds Masters degrees in History from Cleveland State University and in Library Science from Kent State University. Once a Realtor in Arizona, his particular interests include the history of land subdivision and surveying and the maps so created.

Event Date:8/28/2018
Event Time:9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern
Location:Milan-Berlin Library District
19 E. Church St.
Milan, OH 44846

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Contact Person:Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)
Details:Who should attend:  Any staff interested in local history collections
Competency: Archives

GEO Cost:      $160
Bronze Cost:  $120
Silver Cost:    $ 80
Gold Cost:     FREE

There is an additional $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.
We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.
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