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March 18, 2021

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for public libraries to host a Guiding Ohio Online Technology Trainer.  The State Library’sGuiding Ohio Online program, supported by federal LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, targets public libraries in Ohio that serve rural populations, in order to help Ohioans develop digital skills needed to fully participate in the digital age. Trainers will serve in selected libraries during theprogram year, October 1, 2021-June 30, 2022**.  Applications and proposed budget forms for Guiding Ohio Online can be found hereand are due May 28, 2020.   

**Please note the abbreviated grant period for 2021-2022. 

 The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for access to technology and digital literacy skills.  Ohio’s libraries have always filled this need, and it’s now more important than ever.  Guiding Ohio Online is a great opportunity to provide more technology programming, outreach, and services with LSTA grant funds.   

 State Library staff will conduct a live webinar on the Guiding Ohio Online application process on Tuesday, April 6 from 1-2 p.m.  Whether you’re a current Guiding Ohio Online library or considering joining the program for the first time, come to the virtual training session to learn about the program in general, how it works, how it’s funded, the reporting required, and how to apply. After attending the webinar, interested libraries can request appointments to receive assistance with filling out their applications and budget sheets from State Library staff.  

 Registration is required for the live training. 

 If you have any financial or grant-related questions regarding Guiding Ohio Online, please contact the LSTA Office at LSTA@library.ohio.gov or by calling 800-686-1532 or 614-644-6863.   

 If you have any questions regarding Guiding Ohio Online trainers, hiring best practices, etc. please contact Anne Kennedy, Technology Consultant, at akennedy@library.ohio.gov or by calling 614-466-1710.   

Media Contact:

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