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December 29, 2014 - Ann M. Watson is the new Associate State Librarian for Library ServicesAnn M. Watson

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce Ann M. Watson is the new Associate State Librarian for Library Services. Ann will lead and manage the Library Services Division of the State Library of Ohio.  The Library Services Division includes two major program areas within the State Library: (1) Research and Catalog Services and (2) Circulation and Special Services, which includes the Ohio Talking Book Program. She will also advise the State Librarian and senior management on overall agency operations, policy formation, budgeting, strategic planning, and program evaluation.

“Ann’s 17 years in the library profession, academic background, and her commitment to library services will be assets to the State Library,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  She is returning to Ohio from Shepherd University’s Scarborough Library in West Virginia where she was Dean of the Library for over three years. As the chief administrative leader, Ann was responsible for accomplishing strategic and day-to-day operational goals in all aspects of library operations. Ann was Library Director at the Ohio University regional campus in Lancaster from 2008 to 2011 and Head of Access Services and Instruction at Denison University from 1997 to 2008. 

Her professional activities and leadership contributions on the state and national levels include the Board of Trustees of Lyrasis, Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). 

Ann holds an MA in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University, MS in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, and BA in History from West Virginia University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.


December 12, 2014 - State Library Board approves $95,840 in federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grants to six libraries and organizations

IMLS LogoThe State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that the State Library Board recently awarded $95,840 in federal Institute of Museum and Library Services Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants to six libraries and organizations. “We were very happy to be able to make competitive grant funds available once again,” expressed State Library Beverly Cain.  “The quality of the proposals we received was outstanding and we are looking forward to watching as the funded projects take shape.”

The following libraries and organizations were awarded Ohio LSTA Digital Literacy Grants:  Antwerp Local Schools; Auglaize County Public District Library; Dayton Metro Library; Kent State University, Tuscarawas Campus; Louisville Public Library; and Wickliffe Public Library.

Antwerp Local Schools received $14,161 to collaborate with the Paulding County District Public Library and Follett’s Digital Boost program.  Through the project a small eBook collection will be developed and tablets purchased for loan.  The project will: add an eBook collection of informational text digital resources aligned to the New Learning Standards; have collaborative programming and training with the public library; and increase access to digital resources.

Auglaize County Public District Library received $8,462 to collaborate with the Wapakoneta Family YMCA to encourage early literacy and blended learning opportunities.  Programs will take place at both the YMCA and the library, as well as at preschools and Head Starts.  Funds will be used for AWE Early Learning Stations™ and LeapFrog® LeapPads™.  Programming will include traditional storytimes, crafts, digital resources, and hands-on learning activities.        

Dayton Metro Library received $24,000 for a planning grant and pilot to create a Post-Secondary Center for Success housed at the Trotwood and West Carrollton branches. The planning grant includes an extensive evaluation component to identify best practices prior to full implementation in 2016.  High School students will receive the needed information, support and resources to make informed post-secondary career and education choices.  After hours, students will have access to college prep materials, staff support, technology/software, financial aid direction and programming.  The outcome of the project will be an increase in the number of college applications and FASFA forms filed by students affiliated with these two socio-economically challenged branches.  Partners for the project are:  Learn to Earn Dayton, Sinclair Community College, and Welcome to College. 

Kent State University, Tuscarawas received $23,996, to develop a MakerSpace in the library in partnership with Blackstone LaunchPad and the Kent State University Tolloty Technology Incubator.  BlackStone LauchPad (BLP) is a resource that assists entrepreneurs bring their ideas and innovations to life.  BLP will help identify training needs, conduct workshops and develop experiential competitions.  The MakerSpace will be located in the library and will be open to all members of the community.  It is the hope of the project coordinator and other staff that the project will be replicated at other KSU campuses. 

Louisville Public Library received $22,232 to develop a Library Lab, similar to a MakerSpace.  A variety of equipment will be available for the community to use. Instruction will be self-taught, programming by library staff, or by “MakerMentors” staff from partner, Malone University.  Through the project both technological and digital literacy in the community will increase.          

Wickliffe Public Library received $2,989 to assist students read at grade level with particular emphasis on meeting the third grade reading guarantee.  Several tools to be used include AWE AfterSchool Edge™ station, Are You Ready Game Show® kits, and Summer Bridge Activity® books.  During the summer a reading buddy program in partnership with the Rotary Club will be implemented. The final piece of the literacy program is the use of therapy dogs to improve reading confidence. 



December 9, 2014 - Cindy Boyden Joins State Library StaffCindy Boyden at the State Library of Ohio

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that Cynthia (Cindy) Boyden has joined its staff as Library Assistant in Circulation & Special Services.  Cindy will be responsible for helping to provide resources to state employees and Ohio residents. Cindy comes to us most recently from Worthington Public Libraries where she worked as a Circulation Assistant since 2008. In addition, she recently worked on a project with ProQuest digitizing executive documents in the Government Documents Collection at the State Library.

Cindy received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in 2013 and did her practicum experience at the State Library.  She graduated cum laude from Otterbein University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.




December 4, 2014 - ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 is Here!
Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover  in Ohio



ILEAD USA is a program that teaches librarians to work with each other using participatory and emerging technologies to solve a clear problem in their community. 


Team Members:  We are looking for 5 teams of 5 individuals to make up the participants for the ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 program.  Teams are made up of


individuals who have identified a community problem and are interested in learning how to use technology to solve that community need. Preference will be given to teams that are made up of individuals representing at least two different library types and at least three different libraries.  Teams must apply as a single entity.  This means that you will need all five of your team members and a project idea before submitting your application.  If you need assistance creating a team or developing your idea, please contact Evan T. Struble at or 614-752-9178.


ILEAD USA - Ohio will be held March 24-26, June 23-25 and October 27-29 in 2015. Team members must commit to attending all three sessions of ILEAD USA - Ohio.  Your commitment also involves time devoted between the three sessions to working on your project with your team.   


Mohican State Park & Lodge, in Perrysville, Ohio 


The only costs associated with ILEAD USA - Ohio are the costs of your travel to Mohican State Park & Lodge.  The remainder of the costs for this program (lodging, meals and materials) is covered by the ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 program.


Librarians have needs in their communities that can be solved by working with other librarians and by utilizing technological advances.  ILEAD USA is a program that helps librarians learn:

  • To identify those needs;
  • To work with other librarians to solve community problems; and
  • To use the participatory technology necessary to improve their communities.

For more information and to download the Team application go to:

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.

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Contact Evan T. Struble ( at the State Library of Ohio with any questions regarding ILEAD USA - Ohio.  Applications are due no later than January 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm.   Team members will be notified of acceptance in early February 2015. 

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