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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Toledo Welcomes the 2011 Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo

The Glass City rolled out the red carpet for the 2011 Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo. The convention took place October 26–28 in Toledo, Ohio, at the Seagate Convention Centre and Park Inn Hotel. The cold and rainy weather couldn't dampen the event as over 120 vendors were on display and show attendance soared.

Midwest Tape was excited to have the event in our own hometown. This is one of the longest running conferences that we exhibit at, and it is a great place to showcase how our company continues to evolve over time with state-of-the-art products and services.  Not only did we exhibit, we were also a Gold Star Sponsor.

Midwest Tape Sales representatives Erin Horne and Mike Riedeman worked the booth throughout the three-day show. “The conference allowed me to connect with established, long-time customers in my territory as well as meet new faces from public libraries around Ohio,” said Erin Horne.

In between workshops or author speaker sessions, attendees walked the trade show floor, visiting with vendors. “Several attendees stopped by to learn more about Midwest Tape offerings. Many just wanted to say how much they enjoy working with us,” Erin said.

This year, OLC decided against the standard banquet in favor of an all-convention reception at the Toledo-Lucas County Main Library. Midwest Tape proudly sponsored the event, which included live hot jazz, light fare, dessert, coffee, and a cash bar. The reception also included a chance for attendees to tour the Main branch, enjoy the Friends of the Library store, view the Mazza exhibit Speak! in the Gallery, and catch up with colleagues.

“The Reception was a wonderful event. The staff of the Toledo-Lucas County Library did an unbelievable job showcasing their crown jewel location. I cannot say enough about how nice and considerate all of the staff at TLCL were throughout the conference. Great food, great music, and the fact that they opened up the entire library to everyone was really beyond commendable,” said Mike Riedeman. “A first-class event all around.”

We would like to say a big “thank you” to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Ohio Library Council Committee for making this such a successful event.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2012 Convention!

Doug Evans (OLC), Meg Delaney (TLCPL and Convention Chair), Erin Horne (Sales, Midwest Tape), Mike Riedeman (Sales, Midwest Tape), and David Pett (Director of Marketing, Midwest Tape) are all smiles at the convention.

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