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March 3, 2020

The State Library’s Guiding Ohio Online program, which targets populations in rural Ohio, helps Ohioans develop digital skills needed to fully participate in the digital age. Applications are now being accepted for public libraries in rural Ohio to host a Guiding Ohio Online Technology Trainer.  Trainers will serve in selected libraries during the program year, October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021.

Changes in the application this year include an online-only submission process, new questions, and an updated proposed budget form. A list of application questions and required proposed budget form and signature page for the Guiding Ohio Online application can be found here.  Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., May 15, 2020.


State Library staff will conduct workshops on the Guiding Ohio Online application process on the dates listed below.  Whether you’re a current Guiding Ohio Online library or considering joining the program for the first time, come to one of the in-person training sessions to learn about the program in general, how it works, how it’s funded, the reporting required, changes in the application process and new questions, and how to apply. Interested libraries can receive in-session help on filling out their applications and budget sheets from State Library staff.

Informational workshops are being provided on the following dates:

Registration is required for training sessions.

A list of current and former libraries participating in Guiding Ohio Online is available on our website.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding the funding or budget of Guiding Ohio Online, or if you are interested in draft review prior to final submission (last day for reviews is May 8, 2020), please contact the LSTA Office at or by calling 800–686–1532 or 614–644–6863.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding Guiding Ohio Online trainers, hiring best practices, etc. please contact Technology Consultant Anne Kennedy at or by calling 800–686–1532 or 614-466-1710.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875