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January 2010

Feature Stories


Libraries & Budget Reductions and Solutions

State Librarian's Report


As we begin 2010, I’m encouraged that all types of libraries in Ohio continue to be strongly supported by their patrons and communities. The number of levies that passed in 2009 demonstrates just how much Ohioans value their libraries. Difficult situations often lead to creative and innovative solutions. Libraries are exploring new sources for funding, reducing expenditures, forming new partnerships, joining ILS consortia, and working together to raise awareness about library funding issues.
In this issue, Sunbury Community Library chronicles the passing of their levy.  Mandy Knapp details the grassroots efforts of in the wake of the proposed budget cuts to the Public Library Fund.  Tipp City Public Library’s Director outlines a new way to allocate library budgets.  Additionally, information on an upcoming program for public libraries to develop collaborations with area extension offices through programs and projects is included.
Resource sharing through an ILS such as the SEO Library Center Consortium enables libraries to greatly expand the collection available to their patrons.  In this issue, you will read about Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library joining SEO to assist them during these difficult fiscal times. Membership in SEO Consortium has seen steady growth from 63 library systems in 2001 to 76 library systems today. Participating libraries have access to over six million items for their patrons.
The federal IMLS LSTA funding for statewide databases, library programs and development, and special projects helps all types of libraries provide services that they could not afford to do on their own.
As libraries continue to find creative solutions to the current economic troubles, we can influence future funding decisions by advocating the important services libraries provide to their communities.  The American Library Association recently announced that for this year, Library Advocacy Day (June 29, 2010) will replace National Library Legislative Day.   But we all know that this important activity cannot be relegated to once a year. I know that each and every day you are serving as advocates for excellent and equitable access to library services. I am interested in hearing what you are doing so we can share this across the Ohio library community. Please feel free to send your stories and notes to me at or to Marsha McDevitt-Stredney at



Jo Budler

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