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State Librarian's Report

2010 was anything but a dull year for Ohio’s library community.  Ohio libraries received awards, embarked on new services and programs, collaborated in exciting new ways, rose to meet funding challenges, supported the state’s economic sustainability and workforce development, and experienced many changes.  Some of the notable events which took place in the Ohio library community during 2010 include:

*There were changes in leadership at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science(KSU-SLIS), OhioLINK, and the State Library of Ohio. Dr. Rick Rubin, Director of the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, was named Associate Provost for Extended Education at Kent State University in July and Dr. Don Wicks was appointed as the Interim Director of KSU-SLIS. Tom Sanville, Executive Director of OhioLINK, resigned in March and John Magill was tapped to step in as the Interim Executive Director.  State Librarian Jo Budler left Ohio to assume the State Librarian’s duties in Kansas, and Beverly Cain was appointed as Ohio’s new State Librarian in June.

*Many of Ohio’s public libraries experienced changes in leadership as well due to the large number of retirements that were announced this year. Recent or soon-to-be retirees include Meribah Mansfield, Gregory Reese, Gayle Patton, Doug Bean, Anne Hinton, Nancy Kelley, Sheila Perkins, Arlene Radden, Steven Hawk, Greg Lubelski, Judi Girton, and Judy Leuthaeuser.

*A shift in funding for Ohio’s public libraries continued to take place as a wave of libraries across the state passed local operating levies. Roughly 63% of Ohio’s public libraries now have local tax levies to help offset losses in state funding.

*Beginning in FY 2010, under Governor Strickland’s Evidence Based Education Reform and Funding Plan, Ohio began phasing-in funding for licensed librarians  and media specialists in Ohio’s schools.

*Your Library, Your Community, a highly successful collaborative continuing education event sponsored by OHIONET, the Ohio Library Council, NEO-RLS, SWON Libraries, NORWELD, and SERLS, with LSTA funding awarded by the State Library of Ohio, took place on November 10, 2010 on OCLC’s Dublin campus.

*The explosive growth of mobile devices and applications spurred libraries to offer new services and to reach users in a variety of new ways.  For example, OPLIN now offers a free service that allows libraries to send notification messages directly to patrons' cell phones via standard Short Message Service (SMS) "text messages" instead of sending messages to their e-mail accounts, and Miami University Libraries launched a new mobile site in early 2010 that allows users to search all of the libraries’ holdings from any mobile device.

*The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) was named the 2010 Library Journal/Gale Cengage Learning Library of the Year.  CML Director Patrick Losinski received the Public Library Association’s Charlie Robinson Award in recognition of his risk-taking, innovation, and leadership within the library profession.

*The Cleveland Public Library, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the Cuyahoga County Library were recognized as Top Innovators for 2010 by the Urban Libraries Council.

*36 of Ohio’s public libraries were recognized as Star Libraries by Library Journal. 15 of these libraries were designated as Five-Star Libraries.

*Alisa Mizikar, Wittenberg University, received ALAO’s 2010 Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award at ALAO’s 36th Annual Conference on October 29.

*Johanna H. McNally, Librarian at Brush High School, was the recipient of the OELMA/Follett Library Resources School Librarian of the Year Award.

*Sari Feldman, Director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, completed her term as President of the Public Library Association.

*Cleveland State University’s Special Collections Department received the 2010 Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board’s Achievement Award, which recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records by an Ohio archival institution.

*Connect Ohio was awarded $6.9 million in ARRA Funding to advance sustainable broadband adoption in Ohio.  This funding will be used to provide publicly accessible computer training in anchor institutions, including public libraries and community colleges throughout the state.

*The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) was awarded $2.2 million in federal stimulus funding to expand its broadband services.  These funds will help support a new public computing center at the Kent Branch Library.  In other news, TLCPL became Ohio’s first public library to receive LEED certification.

*The 2010 Ohioana Book Awards were presented in October. These awards have been presented since 1942 and are designed to bring state and national attention to Ohio authors and their books.

*The State Library of Ohio supported library development in Ohio by awarding$2,405,730 in IMLS LSTA grant funds for programs that included community gardens, introducing gaming, automating libraries, continuing education, and a wide variety of innovative programs and services.  The State Library, in conjunction with Libraries Connect Ohio partners OPLIN, INFOhio, and OhioLINK, continued to provide electronic resources (Ohio Web Library) at no cost to libraries of all types throughout the state.  Providing these resources on a statewide basis saves Ohio libraries millions of dollars.  For example, the EBSCO database provides every Ohioan with online access to searchable full text articles in over 1,700 publications dating as far back as 1975.  If the same access were provided individually through the public library and school sites in Ohio, it would cost over $21 million.  Providing statewide access to this single resource saves at least $19 million!

The State Library of Ohio is proud to work in partnership with Ohio’s libraries and library organizations to provide access to a wealth of accurate, reliable information resources to all Ohioans.

Beverly Cain

State Librarian of Ohio

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