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April 29, 2014 - Request for Proposals for Translating documents from American English to Latin-American Spanish

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The State Library is currently implementing a planning grant which will develop a program called Guiding Ohio Online. Through Guiding Ohio Online, AmeriCorps members will perform training sessions, hands-on help, and other services to fulfill the vision of every Ohioan being able to fully participate in e-government, search and apply for jobs online, understand the risks and benefits to internet finance, connect with family online, and protect personal information in the digital age.                             

This RFP is for a translator to translate approximately 6,000 words from American English to Latin-American Spanish. All materials will be delivered in a format usable with Microsoft Office and will need to stay in that format. All output will be entered into the public domain. This contract will be for no more than $1,500.

The selected individual will have:

  • Ability to communicate in a timely and effective manner. (i.e., responding to any request within 72 hours)
  • Ability to complete tasks on schedule.
  • Understanding of digital literacy including very basic computer skills such as the use of a mouse and keyboard, an understanding of how the internet functions, and the use of an internet browser.
  • Full and complete knowledge of the English and Spanish languages.
  • Ability to attend online or in person meetings.
  • Ability to comply with grant reporting requirements.

One sample of a translated training tool, both the English and Spanish text, resume and three professional or personal references must be emailed to Jamie Pardee ( by 5pm on May 30th. Late proposals will not be accepted.  Electronic submission of proposals is required.  Any questions must be submitted to Jamie Pardee by May 23rd, 2014.  Respondents to this RFP will be notified by June 13th. Work on the project will begin by July 1th and be concluded not later than August 29th.

A Committee of State Library staff will review submitted proposals and will make the final selection. 

Preference will be given to:

  • Ohio-based translators or translators with experience working with the State Library of Ohio.
  • Familiarity with public libraries or public computing centers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team-based environment.

April 16, 2014 - Books Selected for Choose to Read Ohio 2015 & 2016Choose To Read Ohio logo

In conjunction with National Library Week, the State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, and Ohio Center for the Book are pleased to announce the 20 books selected for Choose to Read Ohio 2015 & 2016. The featured books, by authors native to, residing in, or associated with the Buckeye State, highlight a rich tapestry of literature available for Ohioans of all ages to read and share.

Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) encourages libraries, schools, families, book clubs, and others to build communities of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature.  Selected books are suitable for use in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, by book discussion groups, by families, and by other groups in various community settings. Participation may be as simple as a small group choosing to read and share a book together, or as elaborate as a community-wide reading initiative with special events and author appearances.

CTRO booklists follow a two-calendar-year program cycle, but readers are encouraged to read and share any current or past CTRO books at any time. Previous CTRO booklists have spotlighted titles by Ohio authors and illustrators including Toni Morrison, Denise Fleming, Will Hillenbrand, Virginia Hamilton, Angela Johnson, J. Patrick Lewis, Daniel Kirk, Cinda Williams Chima, Katrina Kittle, and many others. 

The books on the CTRO 2015 & 2016 list will be showcased at the Ohioana Book Festival, Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus.  Free and open to the public, the festival offers author discussion panels, book signings, children’s activities, food trucks, and a book fair featuring nearly 100 authors.  Among them are several whose books appear on the new or previous CTRO booklists: Laura Bickle (The Hallowed Ones), Cinda Williams Chima (The Demon King), Jeffrey Ebbeler (Tiger in My Soup), P.L. Gaus (Blood of the Prodigal), David Giffels (All the Way Home), Karen Harper (Mistress Shakespeare), Lisa Klein (Two Girls of Gettysburg), Amit Majmudar (The Abundance), and Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink).

The CTRO booklist 2015 & 2016 was developed by an advisory committee representing schools, libraries, and literary organizations, with input from 50 additional teachers, librarians, and other book lovers.   

Choose to Read Ohio 2015 & 2016 Booklist


Big Brothers Don’t Take Naps by Louise Borden, illustrated by Emma Dodd.

Farmers’ Market Day by Jane Dippold, (illustrator), written by Shanda Trent.

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans.

This Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome.

Tiger in My Soup by Jeffrey Ebbeler (illustrator), written by Kashmira Sheth.


Beyond the Solar System by Mary Kay Carson.

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier.


The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton.

Women of the Frontier by Brandon Marie Miller.


On the Bus with Rosa Parks by Rita Dove.

Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio.

The Abundance by Amit Majmudar.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean.

The History of Us by Leah Stewart.


Each CTRO book features a downloadable toolkit available at no cost. The toolkits are packed with ideas and resources, including an author biography, discussion questions, activities, book jacket and author photos, and links for further exploration of the book’s themes, topics, or setting.  Toolkits for all 55 CTRO titles to date are available at  Toolkits for the 2015 & 2016 titles will be created and added during summer-fall 2014.


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CTRO is a project of the State Library of Ohio and the Ohioana Library Association in collaboration with the Ohio Center for the Book, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, and Ohio’s libraries.

Teachers, librarians, and others graciously offered their time, support, and expertise to CTRO by reading and assessing many nominated books of interest to one or more age groups. The CTRO Advisory Team and partners are indebted to these librarians and educators for their generous participation. Click here to download the press release as a PDF and see the list of individuals that served as reader/electors for the CTRO 2015 & 2016 book list.


April 14, 2014 - State Library of Ohio selected as one of the Columbus CEO Magazine and 10TV Top Workplaces in Central Ohio

Columbus CEO Top Workplaces 10tv logosThe State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the Columbus CEO Magazine and 10TV Top Workplaces.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States.  Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics  provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

Survey responses from the State Library of Ohio show that a majority of staff believe the agency is going in the right direction, operates by strong values and ethics, and have confidence in its leadership. A majority also reported they were well-informed about important decisions concerning the State Library and that their jobs make them feel like they are part of something meaningful.  One employee summed it up by stating, “I love my job because: I feel valued and appreciated. I love the people I work with and the work that I do. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

 “I am extremely proud that the State Library of Ohio has been selected as a Top Work Place for 2014 by Columbus CEO and WBNS 10TV,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “We have a highly engaged team of people working at the State Library who are committed to helping Ohio’s libraries succeed and providing resources to help State government employees excel at their jobs.  That commitment is a big part of our culture and success.”

Columbus CEO Magazine published the complete list of Top Workplaces in their May issue. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit and


April 10, 2014 - Digital Sensory Storytimes: Integrating iPads® in library programs for children with autism and other sensory processing issues


picture of two toddlers with iPadsIs your library a welcoming environment for children with autism and other sensory processing issues? Are parents and caregivers comfortable bringing their children with special needs to the library for storytime programs? If you’re not sure, then training, awareness, and experience working with community members with or affected by special needs will help.  The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the Digital Sensory Storytime Video Tutorial and Resource Guide as one option to help libraries serve children with autism and other sensory processing issues. 

“I’m very proud of the State Library’s participation in the development of the Digital Sensory Storytime and believe it will help libraries become places where children with autism and their families feel welcome,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “Research has demonstrated that the activities children experience in library storytimes help them learn essential literacy skills.  It is important for children with autism to have the opportunity to acquire these skills through experiencing storytimes.”

This four-part video tutorial builds the case for why it’s important to include children with autism in library programming and explains how to develop a “Digital Sensory Storytime”. The strategies presented enable librarians to develop successful inclusive storytime programs incorporating iPad® technology. You will learn how a technology-enhanced storytime can meet needs of children with autism and other sensory processing issues, and that it is interesting and attractive to typically developing children too.

The tutorial includes segments on Autism and the Library, Interactive eBooks, Preparing Your Environment, and Communication During Storytime. Each segment is between 15-26 minutes long.  The tutorial provides ideas that will help to ensure a comfortable and meaningful sensory storytime experience, including:

  • Using digital stories to effectively convey information to children with sensory processing issues.
  • Successfully utilizing picture schedules and social stories to communicate easily with limited or non-verbal children.
  • Preparing a welcoming environment to reduce levels of typically experienced anxiety and set the stage for successful and enjoyable interactions.

The accompanying resource guide offers tools, supports, and information about library services to children with autism and their families, including educational materials on sensory storytimes and on inclusive practices for libraries.


Presenter Amy Price, librarian at Oakstone Academy in Westerville, Ohio, promotes the use of digital storybooks and the practice of inclusion to support children with autism and other sensory processing disorders, and to make the library a known effective and welcoming place for children with autism and their families.  Oakstone Academy is a private school in central Ohio that uses an academic and social inclusion model to serve students with autism and their non-disabled peers ages 12 months to 22 years.

In 2010, Amy received a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant, awarded by the State Library of Ohio.  The grant allowed Oakstone Academy to incorporate iPads® into the classroom to enhance academic programming and support communication.  The project demonstrated that children with sensory processing issues benefit from the use of interactive digital books. 

Amy encourages librarians to learn about autism and to explore and implement practices that are known to work for the large and very diverse population of families affected by autism.  Individuals with autism and their families have many demands on their time and energy, and little capacity to engage in activities that don’t work.  If a family perceives the library as a place that really knows how to and wants to work with their child, they are likely to become dedicated patrons, and to spread the word among their network of families affected by autism.

View the Digital Sensory Storytime video tutorial and resource guide on the Ohio Ready to Read website:

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April 3, 2014 - Developing Leaders Selected to Participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2014Library Leadership Ohio logo

The State Library of Ohio and OHIONET are pleased to announce the group of developing leaders selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2014. Participants were carefully chosen based on their outstanding leadership potential; excellent communication skills; successful library employment experience; initiative, commitment and reasonable risk taking; forward-thinking approach to problem solving, and; a commitment to the profession. “I am delighted that the State Library is once again working with its partners to present Library Leadership Ohio,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “Library Leadership Ohio has long been recognized as Ohio’s premier institute for helping future leaders identify and develop their skills.  It is gratifying to look around the state and see LLO graduates in key leadership positions throughout Ohio’s library community.”

“OHIONET has been working with the State Library of Ohio and our partners representing the academic, K-12, and public library communities to present LLO 2014,” said OHIONET Executive Director Michael Butler.  “We are excited to continue the tradition of a hands-on leadership opportunity that started with the Library Leadership Ohio class of 2012.”

Congratulations to the following individuals selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2014:

  • Julie Albert, Editorial Library, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Nicole Balogh, Avon Lake Public Library
  • Cassandra Barok, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Jennifer Buckner,  Dayton Metro Library
  • Samantha Chada, Sandusky Library
  • Sagoree Chatterjee, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Cty.
  • Erica Clay, INFOhio
  • Christiana Congelio, Worthington Libraries
  • Kristine Cook, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Jessica Curtis, Westerville Public Library
  • Mary Frankenfield, Mansfield-Richland Cty. Public Library
  • Robin Gibson, Westerville Public Library
  • Gail Greenberg, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Patricia Hehir-Brewer, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Jesse Henning, Westerville Public Library
  • Adam Hochstetler,  Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Brock Hutchison, Licking County Library
  • Tutti Jackson, Ohio Historical Society
  • Jennifer Johnson, State Library of Ohio
  • Megan Johnson, Stark County District Library
  • Elinor Kirchner, Worthington Libraries
  • Holly Klingler, Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS)
  • Kirstin Krumsee, State Library of Ohio
  • Davina Little, Upper Arlington Public Library
  • Lisa Long, Ohio Historical Society
  • Eric Lucius, Medina County District Library
  • Erica Marks, Cleveland Public Library
  • Tracy Martin, Cleveland Public Library
  • Katy Mathuews, Clark Memorial Library, Shawnee State University
  • Joshua Michael, Centennial Library, Cedarville University
  • Caroline Molnar, Delaware Cty. District Library
  • Noreen Mulcahy, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library
  • Grace Peterson, Portage County District Library
  • Linette Porter-Metler, Public Library of Mt. Vernon & Knox Cty.
  • Shiva Shakeri, Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Daphne Silchuk-Ashcraft, Orrville Public Library
  • Mandy Simon, Bexley Public Library
  • Barbara Smith, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning Cty.
  • Cynthia Stafford, Lane Libraries
  • Heather Tiffany, Galion Public Library Association
  • Hayley Tracy-Bursley, Ashland Public Library
  • Maria Trivisonno, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Julie VanHoose, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library
  • Holly Varley, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Cty.
  • Gabriel Venditti, Bass Library, Lorain Cty. Community College
  • Carrie Waibel, OHIONET
  • Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library
  • Angela Wotjecki, Nordonia Hills City School District
  • Jane Wu, Courtright Memorial Library, Otterbein University

Library Leadership Ohio 2014 will be facilitated by Ivy Library from Charlottesville, Virginia and take place July 22 – 25, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Worthington. As part of the application process applicants were asked to select a project topic they were interested in pursuing.  Following the 3-day session, the Library Leadership Ohio class of 2014 will continue work on the group projects, with support from a mentor.  The projects will further the goals of Library Leadership Ohio by having participants work together in a collaborative environment to share ideas, enhance networking, and discuss future issues facing Ohio libraries. 

Library Leadership Ohio is co-sponsored by the State Library of Ohio and OHIONET, with support from OLA, OELMA, ALAO, and INFOhio.  The program is funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.  For more information visit the Library Leadership Ohio 2014 website.

Contact: Marsha McDevitt-Stredney
Marketing & Communications
State Library of Ohio
Tel: 614-644-6875