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October 31, 2012
State Librarian Beverly Cain receives Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Friend of the Year Award
State Librarian of Ohio Beverly Cain was recently honored with the 2012 Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Friend of the Year award. Beverly received the award in recognition of her leadership and significant contribution cultivating a collegial environment between the State Library of Ohio and faculty, students, and alumni of the Kent State University SLIS.
As he presented the award Dr. Don Wicks, Interim Director noted, “Beverly became State Librarian in 2010 and since then has fostered a spirit of true collaboration and cooperation. We are delighted to have such a strong partner in central Ohio.” Dr. Wicks highlighted examples of shared resources and expertise opportunities, and education and employment outcomes for students and alumni. “Our relationship with the State Library seems to be a “natural” fit, if you will: it provides wonderful opportunities for learning as well as a logical collaboration that reflects back to the earliest days of library education in this country. We look forward to many more years together at the State Library of Ohio.”
“I am honored to have been recognized as the Friend of the Year,” expressed Cain. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to interact with SLIS students, faculty, and staff on a regular basis and look forward to an enduring partnership that continues to be beneficial to the State Library, the SLIS, and the library community.”
The SLIS Columbus program moved to the historic Jeffrey Mining Manufacturing complex with the State Library of Ohio in 2008. It was the first time a Library Science School was located in a state library since Melvil Dewey’s School of Library Economy at the State Library of New York opened in 1889.
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that Judith Cosgray has joined its staff as a Library Consultant with an emphasis on outreach to state government. She will develop and implement outreach strategies to promote State Library services to employees of the state of Ohio and state agencies. Judith will also provide reference and research services to state employees and other patrons of the State Library.
Judith comes to the State Library from Pickerington Public Library where she was the Adult Services Manager for the past three years and most recently Employee of the Quarter for her exemplary work on the library’s website. Judith has worked for Fairfield County District Library, the Ohio State University Myers Oncology Library and Portage County District Library. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Youngstown State University. Judith serves on Ohio Library Council’s Central Chapter Action Council.
Governor John R. Kasich has proclaimed October as Information Literacy Month in Ohio. Ohio now joins 18 other states’ and national and international organizations’ endeavors to raise awareness about what it means to be information literate. Governor Kasich’s proclamation “seeks to remind all citizens of the importance of the role of all libraries and librarians—academic, public, school, and special—in teaching information literacy, which fosters educational opportunities, economic prosperity, social cohesion, democracy, and quality of life.”
The abundance of information in our world is rapidly expanding and our global communications technology infrastructure to access this information is improving each day. “I am pleased that Ohio has joined the national effort to recognize the importance of information literacy,” expressed State Librarian of Ohio Beverly Cain. “Being information literate means knowing how to find, evaluate, and use information to succeed in school, work, and society. Thanks to Governor Kasich for his work in helping to focus awareness on information literacy and the important role libraries and library professionals play in ensuring that Ohio’s residents have the skills they need to thrive in today’s digital world.”
Click here to read the full proclamation.
The National Forum on Information Literacy was created in 1989 as a response to the recommendations of the American Library Association’s Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. These education, library, and business leaders stated that no other change in American society has offered greater challenges than the emergence of the Information Age society. Detailed information about the National Forum on Information Literacy and the list of the others states that proclaim October as Information Literacy Month is available on their website.
October 12, 2012
State Library of Ohio awarded Connecting to Collections Implementation Grant for $133,516 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce receipt of a $133,516 Connecting to Collections Implementation Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The primary focus of the award will be to conduct a two-day preservation boot camp for teams of library and museum staff. Connecting to Collections project partners include the Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Museums Association and institutional representatives from The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Follett House Museum, and Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University.
“As I have traveled around the state visiting libraries, I have found that many libraries, even the smallest ones, have collections of very unique items related to the people and history of their communities,” said State Librarian Beverly Cain. “In many cases, the items are deteriorating and many librarians have expressed a need for assistance to help preserve these materials. The Connecting to Collections Implementation grant will help provide the needed assistance in many of these libraries, helping to preserve the community’s cultural heritage for generations to come.”
IMLS awarded eight Connecting to Collections Implementation Grants totaling $1,775,638. "These awards will allow for the implementation of plans developed with Connecting to Collections Planning Grants," said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. "Each project addresses at least one need identified by the Heritage Health Index: providing safe conditions for collections, developing emergency plans, assigning collections-care responsibility to staff, and increasing awareness of and support for collections care."
The Ohio project is an extension of activities begun in 2009. In that year, the State Library was awarded a Connecting to Collections Planning Grant from IMLS to assess the current conditions and preservation needs of Ohio’s cultural heritage collections being held in institutions. A “Strategic Initiatives Report” and a widely distributed brochure designed to raise public awareness resulted from that grant. In summer 2012 the project partners held two successful workshops on storage and space planning and have launched a site with model preservation policies. The Model Preservation Policies website features forty preservation-related sample policies from Ohio cultural heritage institutions. The website is dynamic and it is the intent of the project partners to grow the site, both in terms of the number of samples available and the number of policy types.
“Receiving the Connecting to Collections implementation grant will allow the partnership and the initiative to move forward. We hope this grant will lead to an ‘epidemic’ of and renewed interest in collections care and the preservation of the artifacts and archives that most Ohioans use to make sense of their pasts,” said Andy Verhoff, Local History Coordinator at the Ohio Historical Society.
Both practical and tactical, the preservation boot camp will be a focused, educational event which will bring together 176 individuals in 88 teams comprised of museum/history staff and library staff. Sessions will address key preservation issues, including environmental controls, demonstrations for disaster recovery, collections care, and digital preservation basics. Discussing local issues and sharing problem-solving ideas will help develop a core community to continue information sharing after the training. Attendees will be encouraged to provide outreach and information to other cultural organizations in their home areas, and they will have the opportunity to apply for one of eleven follow-up preservation site surveys. Ongoing discussions, site survey reports, and boot camp documents will be posted on the Ohio Connecting to Collections website, an ongoing resource and repository for those interested in preservation and cultural heritage issues.
“The Ohio Museums Association is proud to be a part of this truly statewide partnership,” expressed Johnna McEntee, Executive Director of the Ohio Museums Association. “Since its formation in 2009, the Ohio Heritage Partnership has been able to offer our state's collecting institutions invaluable resources to help them achieve their preservation missions. With the awarding of the implementation grant, the Partnership can now continue to provide the quality services and professional development opportunities Ohio's museums and libraries need to help protect their collections, and ensure our rich heritage can be enjoyed and studied for generations to come.”
Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, is leading the Connecting to Collections project. “Partners will be meeting later this fall to begin developing application forms, timelines, and the final agenda for the preservation boot camp,” explained Missy. “Additional details will be released later in the fall and application materials will be available in early 2013.”
- Click here to view the full list of funded projects.
- Click here for more information on the Connecting to Collections initiative.
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About the State Library of Ohio
The vision of the State Library of Ohio is a smarter Ohio where every Ohioan can access the necessary resources to be engaged citizens, excel at their jobs, participate in the workforce, and pursue their passions and interests.
The mission of the State Library of Ohio ensures a smarter Ohio by managing the delivery of services through three channels:
- Directly, by building and managing quality collections and providing hands-on service to state government
- Cooperatively, through collaborative efforts and information sharing networks within the library community
- Virtually, through online and on-the-go access to expert assistance, digitized resources, and a vast selection of electronic materials
About the Ohio Historical Society
The Ohio Historical Society was chartered in 1885 for the purpose of preserving valuable artifacts for the state’s past and encouraging an understanding of archaeology and natural history. Today, the mission of the nonprofit OHS has expanded to educate people about Ohio’s past in order to help them understand the present and create a better future.
About the Ohio Museums Association
The mission of the Ohio Museums Association is to strengthen museums by advocating for and serving as the unified voice of the Ohio museum community, connecting institutions through conferences, workshops, collaboration and access to resources, empowering museum professionals and inspiring audiences by promoting excellence and fostering a life-long love of museums.
About the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
The mission of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) is “connecting people with the world of information and ideas.” PLCHC has approximately 9 million items available through 41 locations. The Library has an extensive virtual library collection and large preservation and digitization program.
About the Follett House Museum
A branch of the Library Association of Sandusky, the mission of the Follett House Museum is to collect, preserve, and share with citizens, scholars, and researchers the special collection of artifacts for the interpretation of the history of the city of Sandusky and Erie County from its earliest times to the present.
About the Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University
The Kennedy Museum of Art is an integral part of the educational, research and public service mission of Ohio University. The purpose of the Museum is to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of Ohio University and the region through quality exhibitions, collections-based research, and diverse formal and informal learning opportunities.