L to R: Tracy Najera, Board Member; Laurie Gemmill Arp, Board President; Alan Hall, Board Member; and Michael Merz, Board Vice President
L to R: Tracy Najera, Board Member; Laurie Gemmill Arp, Board President; Alan Hall, Board Member; and Michael Merz, Board Vice President
May 22, 2019

The State Library of Ohio is seeking nominations for appointment to an unexpired five-year term on the State Library Board. Ms. Melissa Hendon Deters has resigned from the Board. The successful candidate will likely be appointed at the July 2019 meeting of the State Board of Education to complete the remainder of Ms. Hendon Deters’ term ending December 31, 2019.

The nominated candidate should have experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • As a board member or an employee of a public organization or institution.
  • As a board member or former employee of a school, public, academic or specialized library.
  • In the development of equal access to information for all Ohio residents.
  • Changing technologies and their impact on libraries.

The State Library Board consists of five members appointed by the State Board of Education.  The Board typically meets six times a year beginning in January. The upcoming schedule can be found here: library.ohio.gov/about/state-librarian-board/#panel-schedule.  For information on the specific powers and duties of the State Library Board, please see Section 3375.01 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The Board will evaluate candidates’ diversity, geographic locations, and relevant experience and forward candidates’ information along with a recommendation to be considered for appointment by the State Board of Education.

Current State Library Board members are:

Laurie Gemmill Arp, President, of Columbus (term ends 12/31/23)
Michael Merz, Vice President, of Dayton (term ends 12/31/20)
Dr. Tracy Najera, of Columbus (term ends 12/31/21)
Alan Hall, of Steubenville (term ends 12/31/22)

Current or past board members or former employees of school, public, academic or special libraries will be given first consideration for nomination. However, it should be noted that a person cannot serve on a public library board and on the State Library Board concurrently.

The State Library Board has identified the following top strategic goals for the agency:

Goal 1: Support digitization efforts to widen access to the State Library of Ohio’s collection and increase resource sharing throughout the state

Goal 2: Position the State Library of Ohio to state government as the preferred channel for information

Goal 3: Brand the State Library of Ohio to reflect its promise to stakeholders for “A Smarter Ohio”

Goal 4: Expand access to resources in cost efficient ways through electronic channels

Goal 5: Lead innovation and development efforts for libraries to ensure ongoing relevance to communities across Ohio

Please complete and return the attached State Library Board Nomination Form, plus any supporting information such as a resume or curriculum vitae and letters of support, by June 14, 2019 to:

Julia Ward, Executive Secretary to the State Librarian’s Office
State Library of Ohio
274 East First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

Media Contact:

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