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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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Unlike Public Libraries, OhioLINK Faces Smaller Budget Cut

Library Journal – “Public libraries in Ohio face an unprecedented cut in state funding, to be resolved by June 30. But what about OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries, and the State Library of Ohio?”

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