Contact: Marsha McDevitt-Stredney
Marketing & Communications
State Library of Ohio
The State Library of Ohio recently launched a Model Preservation Policies website featuring forty preservation-related sample policies from Ohio cultural heritage institutions. The website is an outcome of the 2009-2010 IMLS-funded Ohio “Connecting to Collections” planning grant, a collaborative project of the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Museums Association.
One of the recommendations in the Ohio Connecting to Collections Strategic Initiatives Report, the culminating document of the planning grant, was to assist institutions in locating preservation policy models and in developing their own preservation policies and plans. The concept of a model preservation policy site was originally developed by Laura Hortz Stanton, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. The Ohio planning team, however, wanted to make the site Ohio-centric. A call was put out in fall 2011 to cultural heritage organizations to submit policies for review and possible inclusion in the project. The site was formally launched in May 2012 and is available through Ohio Memory: www.ohiomemory.org or through the collection URL: http://bit.ly/IrmXBw. According to Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS, and consultant for the Ohio project, the Model Preservation Policies website, “may be the largest policy-related web project developed nationwide as a result of the Connecting to Collections initiative.” The website is dynamic and it is the intent of the State Library to grow the site, both in terms of the number of samples available and the number of policy types.
The launching of the website was one of two activities for cultural heritage organizations coordinated by the State Library of Ohio in spring 2012. A one-day program designed to address space needs in Ohio institutions was presented. The program entitled, “Outta Space: Best Practices in Storage and Space Planning for Ohio’s Cultural Heritage Institutions” was offered April 15 at the Cincinnati Museum Center and May 15 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Professionals from the library, museum, archives, historical society and conservation communities discussed with over 130 participants how they evaluated space concerns at their institutions and the space planning methodologies and practices they have adopted. Storage and space concerns was the overwhelming priority issue of institutions responding to the original Connecting to Collections planning grant survey. The Model Preservation Policy website was officially launched at the Outta Space programs.
Despite not receiving an IMLS Connecting to Collections implementation grant in 2011 and still awaiting word about 2012 awards, the State Library of Ohio remains committed to assisting libraries and other institutions in preserving Ohio’s cultural heritage for future generations. Beverly Cain, State Librarian, said, “Making these sample policies readily available in one place will help libraries and heritage organizations craft policies to meet the preservation goals of their local institutions. Having such a policy in place is essential for all cultural heritage organizations, but developing a policy can seem overwhelming. This site provides a good starting point.” The Model Preservation Policy site and the Outta Space workshops are continuing the momentum generated from the original planning grant.
July 17, 2012
Closing date for Special Ohio LSTA Grant Program for Public Libraries to Join an Existing Consortium Announced
In January 2011 the State Library announced a special LSTA grant program to allow a public library on a stand-alone Integrated Library System (ILS) to join an existing consortium that uses a shared catalog. State Library staff believes that library consortia represent best practices in collaboration, cost-savings, and resource sharing. The special grant program allowed eligible libraries to apply for up $33,000 in federal funds.
Since the program began, 16 public libraries have received a total of $361,955 in federal funds. Consortia joined included SEO, SearchOhio, and the Ohio Valley Library Consortium (OVLC). Additionally, a grant in the amount of $108,193 was awarded to the Community Public Library of Sunbury to form the COOL consortium using the Open Source Evergreen software.
The original program announcement indicated that funds would be available for two years. The ILS Automation grants will no longer be funded after the December 2012 State Library Board meeting. Public Libraries that are interested in requesting LSTA funds to join an existing consortia must submit their application to the State Library by October 31, 2012 in order for the application to be reviewed and taken to the December 11 Board meeting.
If you have questions about the grant program or your library’s eligibility please contact Missy Lodge, 800-686-1532.
The Illinois State Library has hosted two extremely successful continuing education initiatives entitled ILEAD U (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover). ILEAD U was designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program. While the 2010 cohort was limited to Illinois library staff, in 2011 librarians from other state libraries, including Katie Campbell, State Library of Ohio Public Library Consultant, traveled to Springfield to take part in ILEAD U.
"In ILEAD U, the Illinois State Library created a truly remarkable program which allowed participants to learn about technology, project management, leadership, needs assessment and project implementation strategies," expressed Campbell. "I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to be able to observe such a wonderful program and interact with such amazing and innovative librarians."
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that the Illinois State Library has received a $470,000 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to expand ILEAD U nationwide. Next year, ILEAD U becomes ILEAD USA. Twenty-eight five-member teams in Illinois, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Utah will attend three three-day, in-person sessions over the course of nine months. These teams will consist of librarians from different libraries and different types of libraries working together to help their patrons.
ILEAD USA will be held March 25–28, June 17–20, and October 21–24, 2013. The sessions will be held simultaneously in each of the five states, with plenary sessions broadcast live on streaming video. In-person sessions, virtual meetings and activities will allow participants to
- Hone their newly acquired skills;
- Experiment with participatory technology tools; and
- Continue communication with the ILEAD USA network of participants.
We will be providing additional details and announcing registration information later this year. In addition to attendees, we will be seeking mentors, instructors and support from the whole Ohio library community.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, we help communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, please visit www.imls.gov.