Posted from the Ohio Library Council Site:
Now that the ink is nearly dry on the state’s 2010-11 budget, it’s time for Ohio’s public libraries to look at the road ahead. What’s in store for libraries now that state funding has been cut? How likely is it that the state’s revenue projections are accurate and the proposed funding for libraries will be maintained? What other issues will public libraries continue to face in the next two to five years?
Beginning July 23 and continuing through August 5, the OLC will host meetings in eight locations around the state to talk with library administrators and trustees face-to-face and answer questions about what to expect in the coming months and years. Lynda Murray, Director of OLC Government and Legal Services, will review the details of public library funding in the new state budget, share her perspective of how the legislature and Governor’s office are responding to the state’s ongoing financial challenges, and talk about the issues that are looming on the horizon.
The director, fiscal officer, and at least one trustee from every library in the state are encouraged to attend one of these 90-minute programs. Plenty of time will be set aside for your questions. The program sites and times have been selected to minimize travel time and distance. More programs may be added if necessary.
Please plan to attend the program at one of the following sites:
Thurs., July 23 – 10:00 a.m.
Lima Public Library
650 W. Market St.
Thurs., July 23 – 2:30 p.m.
114 W. Adams St.
Fri., July 24 – 10:00 a.m.
Dayton Metro Library
215 E. Third St.
Mon., July 27 – 2:00 p.m.
Delaware County District Library
84 E. Winter St.
Thurs., July 30 – 2:00 p.m.
Muskingum County Library System
220 N. Fifth St.
Tues., Aug. 4 – 2:00 p.m.
Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library – Northside Branch
550 Buckeye St.
Wed., Aug. 5 – 10:00 a.m.
Stark County District Library – Main
715 Market Ave.
Wed., Aug. 5 – 2:00 p.m.
Geauga County District Library – Chardon Library
110 E. Park St.
Space is limited. Registration is free, but required in order to accommodate all attendees. Go to this form to register. Please register each attendee from the library separately.
Also with a note from our Small Library Action Council Coordinator
Director at New Madison Public Library —–
To the small and rural libraries of Ohio—
Please excuse duplicate postings if you have already received this email notice from OLC. But I think this one is worth posting again in case it got missed in your email. You can see from the email that OLC is holding “regional” meetings to discuss economic concerns and the future of libraries in Ohio. I think it is very important that small and rural libraries be represented at these meetings. The financial concerns we’re dealing with now could very well shut down small and rural libraries that don’t have a good basis for local support of some kind. We all know how important we are to our patrons and our communities. OLC appreciates our plight, but they need to see us represented at these meetings along with the metro and city libraries. I know limited staffing and tight budgets make travel difficult—see if others in your area want to car pool to save on mileage. I did a “staff swap” with another small library in our county once. I worked their circ desk so the director and the whole staff could attend a meeting. Get creative, but see what you can do to have representation at one of these OLC meetings. I think our future as small libraries serving our communities depends on being advocates and lobbyists for our libraries!