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2015 Press Releases & Announcements


May 26, 2015 - State Library to Launch New Website

View of new State Library of Ohio website on various devices such as a tablet, phone, and laptop computer

The State Library of Ohio website features a responsive design that scales to fit multiple devices.


The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the launch of its new website on Wednesday, May 27th. The site, which features a more user-friendly interface, improved site navigation, and enhanced search functionality, was designed and developed by IdeaBase, a Kent State student powered design firm based in Kent, Ohio.

The site offers Ohio residents, state government employees, and libraries across Ohio improved access to library resources and services and is the result of a yearlong collaboration between IdeaBase, Kent State University School of Library & Information Science and the State Library of Ohio.

“Working with IdeaBase was a wonderful experience,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain. “The team assigned to our project was responsive, creative, and dedicated to providing a finished product that truly met our needs.”

The project encompassed research with stakeholders and usability testing, design, development and user focused content strategy. The site has a scalable interface that adjusts to any device, allowing State Library users to fully engage the website from their phone, tablet, or computer. The IdeaBase team developed a custom design template within the WordPress content management system to reinforce the library’s brand and allow for faster content editing.

The IdeaBase team members on the project included Kent State students from the College of Communication and Information, with specific focuses in Advertising, User Experience Design, and Visual Communication Design, as well as the College of Business’s Computer Information Systems program.

Jeff Fruit, interim director for Kent State University’s School of Library Information Sciences, said “The School has a long history of collaboration with the State Library, with some of our offices and classrooms collocated there since 2008. We worked with IdeaBase on our own website last year, and were delighted to share their talents – and one of our user experience design students – to improve access to the State Library resources for all Ohioans.”

Beverly Cain added, “The State Library appreciates the help from all the volunteers that participated in the pre-design survey and focus groups, and participants in the pre-launch website usability studies.”

About the State Library of Ohio
The State Library is a state agency that serves state government, all types of libraries and residents.   The vision of the State Library of Ohio is a Smarter Ohio where every Ohioan can access the necessary resources to be engaged citizens, excel at their jobs, participate in the workforce, and pursue their passions and interests. Learn more about the State Library at

About IdeaBase
IdeaBase is a student staffed, full service integrated marketing communication firm located in downtown Kent, Ohio. Bridging the gap between the classroom and a fulltime career experience, IdeaBase connects Kent State University students to local, regional and national clients to gain relevant work experience. The IdeaBase team is comprised of Visual Communication Design, Public Relations, Library & Information Science, Communication Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication, Computer Information Systems, Digital Sciences and Marketing students, as well as a fulltime User Experience Designer and Business Development Manager. Learn more about IdeaBase at


May 4, 2015 - Greggory Gassman Joins State Library Staff

photo of Greggory GassmanThe State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that Greggory Gassman has joined its staff as a Library Assistant within the Library Programs and Development (LPD) Department.  Gregg will be providing administrative assistance and clerical support to the consultant staff.  This is a newly created position and Gregg will have the opportunity to design it with the input of the LPD consultants.  He will be helping with everything from general correspondence and filing to scheduling trips to working directly with government documents to coordinating workshop logistics.  Some of the activities Gregg is looking forward to undertaking include tabulating community surveys for strategic plans and taking notes at community focus groups, writing and editing Choose to Read Ohio toolkits, assembling Guiding Ohio Online training documentation, and measuring library spaces. 

Greg earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Christendom College. He’s a member of ALA, RUSA, ACRL, and the American Bankers Association.  He comes to the State Library most recently from Park National Bank where he was promoted several times to positions with increased responsibilities. Gregg has an interest in designing Microsoft Access databases, and he prides himself on providing excellent customer service by beginning with an understanding of the customer’s needs and then providing tailor-made solutions to his customers.





March 20, 2015 - Laurie Gemmill Arp Joins State Library of Ohio Board

Photo of Laurie Gimmell ArpThe State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that the State Board of Education of Ohio recently appointed Laurie Gemmill Arp to the State Library Board and she was sworn in at the March 19, 2015 State Library Board meeting. Laurie is the current Director of Digital & Preservation Services at Lyrasis and its former Digitization Collaborative Program Manager. Her earlier work includes program implementation management at OCLC and archival, preservation, and online cultural heritage repository management at the Ohio Historical Society.  She has extensive experience serving on boards and committees including the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, the Ohio Electronics Records Committee, and ALA’s Collaborative Digitization Interest Group.

The State Library of Ohio is governed by a five member board whose members are appointed to five year terms by the State Board of Education. Under the Ohio Revised Code, section 3375.01, members of the board cannot be recent members of the State Board of Education and cannot serve on the Board of Trustees of any other library while on the State Library Board.  When a position becomes available on the Board the State Library Board sends out a call for nominations to the Ohio Library Community and then forwards three recommendations to the State Board of Education for their consideration.



March 10, 2015 - Libraries and USDA's Summer Food Service Program: Models & Opportunities in California, Ohio & Virginia

Graphic for Summer Food Service ProgramPlease join us for this exciting opportunity, on the afternoon of Thursday, March 19, for library staff in Ohio, Virginia, and California to learn more about the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and ways that libraries can participate to support the well-being of children in their communities and help end child hunger.  This conference call is free and open to all interested library staff, but a limited number of phone lines are available. Please contact Penny Weaver at to register.

Also, the State Library website now offers a basic “how to” guide for libraries to learn more about SFSP and how to become a site or a sponsor, partner with existing sites, promote the program, and/or refer young patrons to available sites:

Target Audience: : Libraries & State staff in the states of California, Ohio & Virginia

Thursday, March 19
3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on the nutritious, free and reduced priced meals provided by USDA’s National School Lunch Program. USDA's summer meal programs – which are often linked to summer enrichment programs – ensure that low-income children can receive nutritious food when school is out. This helps children stay healthy and be ready to learn when they return to school in the fall.

Children are particularly vulnerable to hunger and poor nutrition especially when school is out. Through the summer meals program, millions of children and teens get a healthy meal or snack when school meals are not available.

USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option provide libraries and communities with an opportunity to prevent child hunger, while supporting efforts to make libraries centers for communities and to build and deepen relationships with kids.

I’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about this important program which offers an exciting opportunity for libraries. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, which oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs, including the Summer Food Service Program, is facilitating a conference call on Thursday, March 19 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss the program. Libraries in California, Ohio and Virginia will share information on their successful and growing use of the summer program, and national organizations that support the program’s operation will also participate.

We hope you’re able to join us. As we have a limited number of phone lines available, participants must RSVP. If you’re interested in participating, please send an email to and she will provide you with call-in information.

If you’d like additional information on the program and opportunities, please see this 2014 USDA webinar on the topic.



February 19, 2015 - Treasurer Mandel Partners with the State Library of Ohio to Publish Centuries of Online Annual Financial Reports

1851 Annual report of the Treasurer of Ohio on digital scanner The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce a partnership with the Ohio Treasurer’s office to present an online compilation of Annual Reports published by the Treasurer’s office since the early 1800s. 

This collaborative project leverages technology to increase the accessibility of this historical collection to constituents, historians and researchers.  The Treasurer’s office is the first statewide agency to partner with the State Library of Ohio to facilitate the digitization and preservation of an entire collection of printed reports.

This compilation is the latest in the Treasurer’s Transparency Project, which was launched by Treasurer Mandel in 2011.  It builds on databases of state employee and teacher salaries, county investments, interactive state property maps and the first-of-its-kind that sets a new national transparency standard and gives Ohioans unprecedented access to details on how their money is being spent. 

“Ohioans have a right to know how their money is spent,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “I am proud to partner with the State Library of Ohio to preserve Ohio’s historical legacy while increasing transparency for Ohioans.  Taxpayers can now see how their money is managed– dating back centuries – all in one archive, shining light on state government.”

“Partnering with Treasurer Mandel to add these important Annual Reports published by the Treasurer’s office is really an exciting opportunity to document the work of Ohio’s state government and make it easily accessible to researchers everywhere,” said State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “Having documents that date to the 1800s provides an absolute treasure trove of historical information that until now, has not been widely available.”

The Treasurer of State is responsible for the investment, protection and management of Ohio’s tax dollars.  Each year the office publishes an Annual Report that discusses the achievements of the previous year and contains financial statements for the various accounts managed by the Treasurer.  Publication of an Annual Report is required by Section 149.01 of the Ohio Revised Code, though the history of the Treasurer publishing an annual report predates the enactment of the Revised Code and can be traced back to the early days of Ohio’s statehood.

To view Ohio’s online archive of Treasurer of State Annual Reports please visit


February 10, 2015 - Announcing the ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 Participants

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the 13 future library leaders selected to participate in ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015. Teams, mentors, and instructors from Ohio and national keynote speakers have been organized for the year-long program. ILEAD USA is a multi-state program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools.  Ohio participants will join others from Wisconsin, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Dakota, New York, Maine, Illinois, and Utah in this national initiative.

Sessions kick off in March and reconvene in June and October at Mohican State Park & Lodge in Perrysville, Ohio. Sessions will be held simultaneously in each of the 10 states, with plenary sessions on streaming video. In-person sessions, virtual meetings and activities will allow participants to hone their skills, experiment with participatory technology tools and continue communications with their ILEAD USA cohorts.  

“I am looking forward to meeting and working with the ILEAD USA – Ohio 2015 participants as they come together over a 9-month period to learn about technology, project management, leadership, needs assessment and project implementation strategies,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “Ohio’s experience with the program in 2013 was extremely positive and I believe everyone who was involved including participants, instructors, speakers, and mentors, came away with new knowledge, skills, and perhaps an added zeal for their work in libraries.”

Team participants will remain with their group throughout the program and are assigned a mentor. The role of the mentor is to keep participants motivated; offer expertise; and provide guidance and advice. Each team will work on a single group project that will address at least one identified need within their communities of users.

The ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 program is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to the State Library of Illinois from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Additional support is provided by the State Library of Ohio and the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science.

Program Manager
Evan T. Struble, State Library of Ohio


Team Hub
Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Emily Glenn, Association of College & University Housing Officers
Beth Hatch, CLEVNET/Cleveland Public Library
Astrid Olfenbuttel Huber, Worthington Libraries
Tamara Murray, Westerville Public Library

Preserve Digital Ohio
Elizabeth Allen, Bexley Public Library
Jillian Carney, Ohio History Connection
Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Nathan Tallman, University of Cincinnati Libraries

Librarians for Equal Opportunity Marketing
Cindy Boyden, State Library of Ohio
Terra Rogerson, Wagnalls Memorial Library
Mandy Simon, Bexley Public Library
Gabriel Venditti, Lorain County Community College—Bass Library


Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries
Karen Miller, Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates
Christine Morris, OHIONET

Ohio Steering Committee
Matthew Dyer, State Library of Ohio (Head of Instruction)
Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio
Mandy Knapp, State Library of Ohio
Missy Lodge, State Library of Ohio
Shelly Miller, OHIONET
George Needham, OCLC
Rachel Rubin, Bexley Public Library
Evan Struble, State Library of Ohio
Ann Watson, State Library of Ohio

Keynote Speakers
Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting
David Bendekovic, B.A. David Company
John Emerson,
David Lankes, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library

and many more to be announced…

For additional information, please contact Program Manager, Evan T. Struble, State Library of Ohio at or 614-752-9178.

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January 20, 2015 - State Library announces LSTA “Open” Grant Program for Libraries

The State Library is pleased to announce a new LSTA grant program.  The open grant program is designed to be extremely flexible, allowing all types of libraries to pursue innovative and creative projects for their communities and customers.   This program will allow applicants to apply a new method to solve a problem, build a program or service and assist the library in carrying out their mission and plan while helping the State Library address LSTA goals.

There are no deadlines for open grant applications.  Applications will be reviewed upon submission and applicants will be notified of the funding decision within 45 business days of the submission date.  To be considered, proposals must be submitted electronically as a complete package to

Proposals may request no more than $4,999 in federal funds.  A financial cash match of 25% of the total project cost is required from the institution.  The State Library has set aside $150,000 in federal funds for open grants in CY2015.  In order to be funded applicants must provide a well-articulated narrative which supports LSTA Five-Year Plan goals and a clear and reasonable budget.  It is highly recommended that applicants contact LSTA staff or a Library Development Consultant about their project idea for feedback and guidance before proceeding with an application. 

The Request for Proposal and other application information can be found at:   

Questions may be addressed to Missy Lodge at, or 800-686-1532.

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