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Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative

Ohio library staff have exclusive access to an original, self-paced, collection analysis initiative for considering collections that empower children and young adult readers by respecting and appreciating what makes them different and the same.

The initiative provides the tools and support to consider print collections for children and young adults.

Notable highlights from this impactful initiative:

  • Free for staff working in all types of Ohio libraries! It is available at no cost to you.
  • There are no time constraints for completing this program. Set your own goals and progress at your own pace.
  • Personalized support. You have access to a dedicated, full-time specialist for assistance at any time.*
  • Unlimited access to a Collection Analysis Toolkit. This toolkit complements the collection development work you already have in place.
  • Unlimited access to a vetted collection of materials about children’s & young adult books and authors.
  • Identifiable action steps. You will receive a custom Implementation Plan that outlines your collection development decisions and next steps.

Register here for access to the Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative! 

The Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative is a collaborative project of the State Library of Ohio and TeachingBooks.net. The project is funded in whole or in part with Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds, granted to the State Library of Ohio. The opinions and content expressed do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of IMLS or the State Library of Ohio, and no official endorsement by either should be inferred. This initiative is available for exclusive use by any Ohio library staff member. Distributing the Handbook and/or links to any of its components outside of Ohio is prohibited. This material may be shared with colleagues within Ohio.

Contacts:

Erin Kelsey, Library Consultant – Library Development, State Library of Ohio
Jake Stone, Project Coordinator, TeachingBooks and Book Connections
Evan Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, State Library of Ohio

* Personalized support provided through May 31, 2023. 


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Workshops

These hands-on, thematic workshops provide an active and focused means of participating in collection analysis. Each session is between 60-75 minutes and freely available to Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative participants. Register to attend these virtual events, or to receive a recording to access at any time.

Spotlight on Diverse Graphic Novels  [POSTPONED -CHECK BACK FOR NEW DATE]

November 29, 2022
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET

Take a deeper look at your collections of graphic novels for children and teens—exploring various genres, curricular areas, and cultural experience areas. Registrants will walk away with a conscientious, informed list of diverse graphic novel titles, as well as an action plan that details how to implement those titles in their existing collections.

Webinars

Recap | Adding, Weeding, and Augmenting Your Collections

December 6, 2022
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET

An introduction (or refresher) to the State Library’s Collection Analysis Initiative. This webinar will provide an overview of tools and resources to consider children’s and young adult books in your library’s collections, programs, and displays.

Register for the December 6 webinar.


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Working through the Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative? Curious how other librarians might be approaching this process? Join us at our open office hours to discuss anything about collection analysis. No question is too small—mark your calendars and come say hello!

Office Hours:

December 13, 2022
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (ET)

Click here to attend the open office hours: TeachingBooks.net/OhioZoom
Drop in anytime during these 60-minute sessions to ask questions, share feedback, and connect with peers using the tool. TeachingBooks Project Coordinator Jake Stone, State Library Consultant Erin Kelsey, and Associate State Librarian for Library Development Evan Struble will be available during office hours.


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Webinars

Getting Started with the Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative (Part One)
April 28, 2022

Presenters: Founder & Head TeachingBooks and Book Connections Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Project Coordinator Jake Stone, State Library Consultant Erin Kelsey, and Associate State Librarian for Library Development Evan Struble.
View the recording.

This webinar also took place on September 13, 2022.  View the April 28th recording for the information presented.

Getting Started with the Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative (Part Two)
May 10, 2022

Presenters: Founder & Head TeachingBooks and Book Connections Nick Glass, TeachingBooks Project Coordinator Jake Stone, State Library Consultant Erin Kelsey, and Associate State Librarian for Library Development Evan Struble.
View the recording.

This webinar also took place on September 27, 2022.  View the May 10th recording for the information presented.

Workshops

Reading, Interpreting, and Reflecting Upon List Analysis Reports
October 11, 2022

In this recorded workshop, participants examined their Ohio Collection Analysis Initiative – List Analysis Reports and learned how to use the data to inform their library’s collection development decisions. Participants also learned how to identify exceptional diverse books for children and teens, and infuse their lists with culturally relevant materials.
View the recording.

Feature Award-Winning Indigenous Titles with the Diverse Books Toolkit
October 25, 2022

TeachingBooks offers many resources to help libraries widen the reach and perspectives of their children’s and young adult titles. Participants in this workshop learned to build Custom Reading Lists full of authentic resources that celebrate Indigenous titles and authors, while also addressing any potential areas of need within your collection. Participants created an informed list of Indigenous titles, as well as an action plan detailing how to implement those titles in their existing collections.
View the recording.

Building Diverse Holiday Displays
November 15, 2022

When the snow starts to fall, you can count on holiday displays popping up in most libraries, schools, and bookstores in America. With TeachingBooks’ Diverse Books Toolkit, you can take a deeper look at the titles featured in your December displays and booklists. Registrants collectively analyzed a holiday display, then identified new and diverse titles for inclusion.

View the Recording.


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