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Ohio Supreme Court passes on library hair-pulling case

The Ohio Supreme Court has granted Telling Mansion activist Fran Mentch a final victory in her 22-month hair-pulling case with the city of Parma. Mentch served a 30-day jail sentence in March last year for pulling Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Sari Feldman’s hair at a September 2013 library board meeting in Parma. Her conviction was later overturned in the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Parma prosecutors asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse the appeal in February, but Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor last week said the court will not hear the case because it was not a felony and did not involve a “substantial Constitutional question or great general or public interest.” (via Cleveland.com)

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Fastcase Partnership with Ohio Metropolitan Bar Associations to Provide Free Access to Legal Research Library

“Five of the largest bar associations in Ohio, which collaborate in the Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium OMBAC, today announced that they have signed an agreement to provide their members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system. Beginning July 1 and June 1 for the Columbus Bar Association, more than 20,000 members of participating bar associations in Ohio will have free and unlimited access to Fastcase as a benefit of their local bar association membership. The partnership is designed to benefit members of OMBAC-affiliated bar associations, including the Akron Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Dayton Bar Association, and Toledo Bar Association.” (via Fastcase)

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Columbus Metropolitan Library gets $188K grant for equipment for statewide ‘Digitization Hub’ network

“The Columbus Metropolitan Library has landed $188,219 in federal and state grants to buy equipment for a statewide effort creating a network of “Digitization Hubs” to preserve historical materials. The money is coming from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that distributes funding to libraries nationwide. It’s sending $760,421 to Ohio to upgrade digitization equipment and software at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Cleveland Public Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library, according to a press release. The libraries are creating regional digitization centers serving other libraries, museums, archives and local communities.” (via American City Business Journals)

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Columbus library board bans e-cigarettes

“Columbus Metropolitan Library is the latest to ban electronic cigarettes, joining universities, airlines, buses and some public buildings. The library board voted 6-0 yesterday to ban the devices from its 21 branch buildings and bookmobiles. “The library would like to be proactive in preventing exposure to this product in the event they prove to be harmful to others,” Fred Myers, the library’s property-management director wrote in a memo.” (via The Columbus Dispatch)

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Library Levy Landslides Make History in Ohio

AL – “Election Day in Ohio reaped an unprecedented show of library support: Voters in Ohio approved 29 of the 37 library levies placed on ballots by cash-starved public libraries reeling from 11th-hour cuts to state aid for FY2010–12, with one more apparently passing but close enough to require a recount. The impressive display translates into a reprieve for 81% of the library systems that turned to Ohioans in the wake of an 11% loss in state aid. Coupled with declining state-tax revenues, libraries are enduring budget cuts of 20%–25%, the Ohio Library Council explained November 4.”

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