OLSSI 2014 starts in:
What to Bring PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

You may have noticed the What to Bring page in the 2014 Institute info. We have been updating it as this year's planning progressed, so please take a look again even if you have already seen it. Particularly, take note of the items in orange that are specific to this year:

  • Chair or blanket to sit on at campfire
  • Chair to sit on in the shared courtyard between our apartments
  • E-reader(s) of your own (if taking the "Dedicated Readers: Different Ways to Read an E-book" class)
  • Exercise clothes, if you wish to use the recreation & fitness center
  • Payment for books from James Willis (complete details here), if you wish to buy any
  • S'mores sticks for campfire, if you have them, and
  • Yoga mat, blocks, and any other props (if taking the yoga class).
Books from James A. Willis PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 13:35

On the Monday evening at OLSSI we will be joined around the bonfire by paranormal researcher James A. Willis, who will share ghost stories from around Ohio.

The last time that Mr. Willis joined us for OLSSI, some attendees were frustrated because they wanted to buy some of his books, but had not brought payment. So, if you are interested in buying any books, here are the titles that will be available and their prices:

The most popular titles:
Big Book Of Ohio Ghost Stories - $25.00
Haunted Indiana - $11
Weird Encounters - $20
Weird Hauntings - $20 (HC) / $15 (PB)
Weird Indiana - $20 (HC) / $15 (PB)
Weird Ohio - $20
Weird US - $20 (HC) / $15 (PB)
Weird US II - $20

Also available:
All About Ohio - $13
Armchair Reader Goes Hollywood! - $16
Haunted America - $16
Mammoth Reader - $16
Weird, Scary & Unusual - $16

If you are interested in purchasing any of the books in the second category, "Also available", please email Mr. Willis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that he can be sure to bring enough copies.

Construction Warning PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:02

If you are travelling to OLSSI 2014 from the north on I-71, please note that Route 68 is completely closed south of I-71. Detour signs should be in place to guide you to the next exit, Route 73, which you can take east to 68 beyond the construction.

Whereever you're coming from, you can always check OHGO to look for traffic, construction, or weather delays along your route.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:09
Grand Prize PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:07

As our previous attendees will remember, we give away door prizes throughout the Institute, and then one big grand prize at the end. This year's lucky grand prize winner will receive a:

$300 gift certificate to Ohio State Parks!

This card can be used for all sorts of things, including:

  • Camping
  • Shopping at camp stores
  • Bike and boat rentals
  • Golfing
  • Renting a cottage, lodge, yurt, tepee, RV, and more!

You must be present at the closing ceremony on Tuesday in order to win!

Ohio State Parks Gift Card

OLC Certification Credit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:10

Are you familiar with the OLC Ohio Public Library Staff Certification program? We are pleased to announce that OLSSI attendance is now an authorized source of contact hours for earning or renewing your certification.

Attending a full OLSSI conference grants you 10 contact hours, which is the total amount needed (in addition to other qualifications) for earning your certificate. That certificate is then valid for five years. Attending OLSSI every year during those five years will additionally grant the full amount needed for renewal when your certificate expires. So, as long as you continue to meet the other qualifications, you can maintain your certification simply by attending OLSSI every year.

We suggest that our 2012 and 2013 attendees from public libraries check into the program, as you may already have completed all of the requirements for certification. Our 2014 public library attendees may also want to consider applying for certification after this year’s event!

(Attendees from academic libraries may wish to check into the ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification program, which is more complex but may also allow you to apply OLSSI attendance toward certification.)


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