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Guiding Ohio Online

first page of GOO infographicGuiding Ohio Online is a State Library administered competitive LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant.  The purpose of the grant is to allow libraries in rural Ohio to hire a dedicated technology trainer for their library. The technology trainer is hired as an independent contractor in a full- or part-time capacity depending on the needs of the library for a 1-year period.  The current year’s grant period is October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.  Trainers can assist with computer instruction, technology-focused community outreach, one-on-one instruction, and other technology related duties.

The LSTA funding covers 75% of the project costs; the remaining 25% must come from a local cash match. This cash match typically comes from the library, but may come in whole or in part from a partner organization. Please be aware that the cash match cannot come from another federal funding source.

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2018-2019 Guiding Ohio Online Participating Libraries


Libraries hosting AmeriCorps members:

  • Ada Public Library
  • Adams County Public Library
  • Athens County Public Library
  • Barberton Public Library
  • Birchard Public Library
  • Brown County Public Library and Union Township Public Library
  • Bucyrus Public Library
  • Cardington-Lincoln Library and Mt. Gilead Public Library
  • Canal Fulton Public Library
  • Public Library of Chillicothe and Ross County
  • Fairfield County Public Library
  • Forest-Jackson Library and Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County Library
  • Garnet A Wilson Public Library
  • Hubbard Public Library
  • Jackson City Library
  • Kingsville Public Library
  • Lima Public Library
  • London Public Library
  • Massillon Public Library
  • Meigs County Public Library
  • Minerva Public Library
  • Perry Public Library and Madison Public Library
  • Piqua Public Library
  • Pushkarich Public Library
  • Reed Memorial Library
  • Rock Creek Public Library
  • Sandusky Public Library
  • St. Clairsville Public Library
  • Wagnalls Memorial Public Library

Information on this page is intended for use by libraries participating in the current Guiding Ohio Online program.

Getting Started

The Guiding Ohio Online program year runs from October 1st to September 30th.  We recommend that you advertise for, interview, and have your digital literacy trainer ready to begin working on October 1st.  Please remember no grant funds can be spent before the program start date.

We suggest that project coordinators set up regular meetings with their digital literacy trainers in formal or informal meetings.  These regular meetings will allow the project coordinator to ensure statistics are being gathered correctly and everything is going well with the program.  Additionally, we recommend that project coordinators and fiscal contacts also have regular meetings to ensure the grant funds are being spent in a timely fashion.

Narrative and Fiscal Reports

Narrative and financial reports are due promptly at the end of each quarter. The next installment of the grant payment will not be issued until after both reports are turned in and they are approved by State Library staff. The program year quarters run:

October 1 – December 31
January 1 – March 31
April 1 – June 30
July 1 – September 30

Narrative report (third quarter)
Financial report
Budget transfer request


Click on the examples below of digital literacy trainer job descriptions and a sample trainer contract.

Job description sample 1 [Doc]
Job description sample 2 [Doc]
Contract sample [Doc]


Compiled here are some useful templates that past participating libraries created or found useful.

During the program year 2017-2018, the digital literacy trainer for Athens County Public Libraries visited each location once a week, if possible.  In order to book one-on-one appointments, patrons or staff could fill out the form on the library’s website with their name, contact information, help topic, and which branch location worked best for them.

Book-a-Trainer Form [PDF]

During the 2017-2018 program year, Adams County Public Library employed multiple part-time trainers.  In order to facilitate the gathering of data for the quarterly narrative reports, the trainers filled out this Google form at the end of each program.  The data was automatically entered into a Google Sheet which could then be exported into an Excel document if needed.

Narrative Report Online Form for Trainers [Doc]

Invoice for use by digital literacy trainer.

Invoice [Doc]

Logos and Credit Line

Because a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has funded your Guiding Ohio Online trainer, your library must acknowledge IMLS and the State Library of Ohio in all spoken, online, and printed promotional materials. Promotional materials include program introductions, interviews, websites, emails, discussion list posts, flyers, program signage, advertisements, presentations, slideshows, evaluation forms, newsletters, and press releases.

Include the following logos on any printed promotional materials:

Use the following wording on any printed promotional materials:

“This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State Library of Ohio.”

You may choose to include this acknowledgment in Spanish:

“Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas y por la Biblioteca del Estado de Ohio.”

Required Surveys

The IMLS Surveys are required to be made available at the end of every program or presentation for patrons or library staff to fill out.  Libraries are allowed to add additional questions to the survey.  Please do not include the additional questions in your reporting.

IMLS Survey for Public [Doc]
IMLS Survey for Library Staff [Doc]

Contact Information

Have any questions regarding Guiding Ohio Online trainers, hiring best practices, etc.? Please contact Technology Consultant, Anne Kennedy at or by calling 614-466-1710. For any questions, concerns or comments regarding the funding or budget of Guiding Ohio Online, please contact the LSTA Office at or by calling 800-686-1532 or 614-644-6863.

2018-2019 Project Coordinators [PDF]
2018-2019 Fiscal Officers [PDF]

Applications and Proposed Budget Forms for the 2019-2020 Guiding Ohio Online program are due May 17, 2019.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding the funding or budget of Guiding Ohio Online, 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 614-466-1710.
2019-2020 Guiding Ohio Online Application


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, and how to apply. Interested libraries can receive in-session help on filling out their applications and budget sheets from State Library staff.

Remaining Date and Location:

Monday April 29th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – State Library of Ohio Training Session