This platform highlights new public library service initiatives as well as legislative expectations. These issues and government partnerships will be the focus of our advocacy efforts.
Value and protect the strong partnership between locally-governed public libraries and state funding through the Public Library Fund (PLF).
Advocate for re-establishing, in permanent law, the new PLF percentage of total state revenue so that, during the state FY14-15 biennium, public libraries will experience the same economic growth as the state.
Affirm the need to fund the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) through the state's General Revenue Fund, not through the PLF.
Continue to address the early literacy needs of Ohio by working with Ohio's schools to achieve the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and continuing reading readiness programs to make sure that every child is ready to read when they enter Kindergarten.
Help put Ohioans back to work by establishing Job Help Centers in library systems that will provide materials and resources to help people search for employment and assist the growing small business community.
Partner with Ohio's outstanding healthcare community and insurance industry to establish Ohio as a premier health literacy state so that all Ohioans will have access to current, authoritative health and wellness information.
Educate library customers, state legislators, and Congressional delegation about the critical importance of public libraries being able to provide access to all digital content and downloadable eBooks.