By Ashlee Clark, Executive Secretary to the State Librarian
State Librarian Jo Budler continued her visits to Ohio libraries although at a slightly slower pace. In 2009, Jo visited 19 public libraries, one special library, and one academic library for a total of 21 libraries.
Jo began the year at the Ohio School for the Deaf Library reading Green Eggs and Ham to the students, and was accompanied by Thing 1 and Thing 2. She spoke to the Galion Public Library’s board and association members. In July she watched the teens at Twinsburg Public Library perform. Then Jo experienced a plethora of public art at the Medina County District Library. She even got to see a jazz bowl that was commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt at the Rocky River Public Library’s Cowan Pottery Museum.
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Since becoming State Librarian in July of 2004, Jo has visited libraries across the state. These visits help the State Library identify ways to continue to improve our service to libraries, a very important customer group of the State Library. Jo has visited a total of 132 different libraries and travelled over 11,000 miles.
Jo’s visits are typically 60-90 minutes and generally include a tour, a time to meet with staff, and perhaps a visit with board members. Libraries are known for being creative, leading Jo to participate in a movie filmed by teens at an Ohio library. She has attended ribbon cutting ceremonies, presented to local service organizations, and spoken at open houses. To read about Jo’s visits, go to http://www.library.ohio.gov/Marketing/Visits. If you would like to schedule Jo to visit your library, please send me an email at email@example.com. Efforts likely will be made to coordinate with neighboring libraries in order to be fiscally responsible.