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January 23, 2023

Applications are now being accepted for public libraries to host a Guiding Ohio Online Technology Trainer.  Guiding Ohio Online is a State Library LSTA funded program created to assist libraries serving rural populations. Guiding Ohio Online Technology Trainers help Ohioans develop the skills needed to fully participate in the digital age.

Trainers will serve in selected libraries during the program year, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.  Application questions and Proposed Budget forms for Guiding Ohio Online can be found here and are due March 20, 2023. Click the apply tab to complete the application.

The ability to navigate the online environment and develop digital literacy are skills that are more important now than ever. Ohio libraries remain in a unique position to meet these needs in communities across the state. Guiding Ohio Online is a great opportunity for public libraries to provide more technology programming, outreach, and services with federal grant funds.

State Library staff recorded an informational webinar on the Guiding Ohio Online application process that can be viewed here. Whether you’re a current Guiding Ohio Online library or considering joining the program for the first time, the webinar explains the program in general, how it works, how it’s funded, the reporting required, and how to apply. Additionally, State Library staff will be hosting a live, virtual Open Office Hour for Guiding Ohio Online on February 23 from 1-2 p.m. to answer questions about the program and the application process. The Open Office Hour is a great time to ask specific questions or discuss program ideas with State Library staff.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov