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Contact: Marsha McDevitt-Stredney
Marketing & Communications
State Library of Ohio
Tel: 614-644-6875

February 21, 2012
Statewide Delivery Update

Representatives from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the State Library, and OhioLINK are working through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process with the goal of selecting a new vendor for statewide delivery service.  This process is not complete yet.

To help ease the burden of the quick transition to a new delivery vendor, DAS has negotiated an extension with U.S. Cargo for at least 30 days beyond the March 6 deadline.  This extension will give us a few more weeks to create a smooth transition plan and hopefully avoid any delays in service.  More details will be shared as they become available.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Steve Updegraff, Statewide Delivery Project Manager at 614-728-9573.

February 17, 2012
Display and Upcoming Presentation at the State Library of Ohio on the History of the U.S. Government Printing Office

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce a new exhibit currently on display through April 13, 2012. The exhibit is based on the U.S. Government Printing Office publication Keeping America Informed: 150 Years of Service to the Nation and features a small sample of the many federal publications in the State Library of Ohio’s depository collections. The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government’s information. The State Library of Ohio is the only full regional federal depository in Ohio and is also a depository for state information. The Government Information section of the State Library contains over 1 million publications, dating from the 1700′s to the present.

In 2011 the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) celebrated its 150th anniversary. The year-long celebration included an exhibit and book entitled Keeping America Informed: 150 Years of Service to the Nation (download large PDF of book). The exhibit featured publications, artifacts, and photographs highlighting the documents GPO produces, who the people of GPO are, and the technology and craftsmanship that combine to get the job done.

Special Presentation: George Barnum, Agency Historian, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) will present at the State Library the afternoon of  April 2, 2012 at 1:00 – 2:00. He coordinated the GPO’s 150th anniversary observances in 2011 including the publication of a new official history Keeping America Informed:  The U.S. Government Printing Office 1861-2011: 150 Years of Service to the Nation and curated of the special exhibit of the same title. He will present information and images from the history of the GPO. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated but not required.

From Ohio, Barnum was Government Documents Librarian at Case Western Reserve University and taught in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. He has been at the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program since 1997 and became Historian in 2009.

For more information about the exhibit and to register for the George Barnum presentation visit the State Library of Ohio website at:

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The library is open to the public 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and closed weekends and all state holidays.

For more information contact Marsha McDevitt-Stredney at 614-644-6875 or

February 8, 2012
State Library of Ohio seeking nominations for appointment to the State Library Board

The State Library of Ohio is seeking nominations for appointment to the State Library Board. Mr. Ward Murrey of Caldwell resigned from the Board effective January 20, 2012. The successful appointee will complete the current term beginning at the annual Board Retreat to be held April 19-20 in Cleveland and ending December 31, 2012.

The nominated candidate should have experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • As a board member or an employee of a public organization or institution.
  • As a board member or former employee of a school, public, academic or specialized library.
  • In the development of equal access to information for all Ohio residents.
  • Changing technologies and their impact on libraries.

The State Library Board consists of five members appointed by the State Board of Education.  The Board ordinarily meets in January then monthly March through July, including a two-day retreat in April, and again in September, October and December.  For information on the specific powers and duties of the State Library Board, please see Chapter 3375.01 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The Board will evaluate candidates’ diversity, geographic locations, and relevant experience then select three names to be considered for appointment by the State Board of Education. In light of the current geographic distribution of the Board, preference will be given to candidates from Southwest or Central Ohio.

Current State Library Board members are:

Stephen Wood, President, of Lyndhurst (term ends 12/31/2013)

Lynn Grimshaw, of Wheelersburg (term ends 12/31/2014)

John Myles, of Wauseon (term ends 12/31/2015)

Jennifer McKell, of Chillicothe (term ends 12/31/2016)

Current or past board members or former employees of school, public, academic or special libraries will be given first consideration for nomination. However, it should be noted that a person cannot serve on a public library board and on the State Library Board concurrently.

The State Library Board has identified the following top strategic goals for the agency:

Target 1:  The State Library will provide high quality library and information services and products to all organizational units of state government.

Target 2:  The State Library will serve as a resource to the library community by providing training, consultation and statewide projects which will enhance library service to Ohio residents.

Target 3:  The State Library will be a statewide resource in partnership with local libraries to provide library service to Ohio residents.  Our emphasis will be on “virtual” information to meet the anytime, anywhere needs of Ohio residents. 

Target 4:  The State Library will provide support to its internal customers in the areas of fiscal administration, employee relations, information technology, marketing, building services and delivery.

Send a letter of nomination, plus supporting information such as a resume or curriculum vitae and letters of support, by March 16, 2012 to:

Ashlee Clark, Executive Secretary to the State Librarian
State Library of Ohio
274 East First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201


February 1, 2012
Statewide Delivery RFP Released

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) released the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Statewide Library Delivery Services today, February 1, 2012, on behalf of OhioLINK and the State Library. It will be posted through February 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. for vendors to bid on.  Review of the proposals will begin immediately following the RFP closing date with the contract to be tentatively awarded no later than February 24, 2012.  The new contract is due to begin on March 6, 2012.

The RFP can be viewed on the State of Ohio Procurement website -

The U.S. Cargo contract is scheduled to end on March 6, 2012. 

The State Library will be discussing transition plans with OhioLINK and DAS after a new contract is awarded.  It is likely that there will be a two to three day change in delivery services as we move from one vendor to the next.  Also, the new vendor will need time to develop routes and create new delivery windows, so service may be different under the new vendor, at least for the first few weeks.  The State Library will spend considerable time working with the new vendor between February 24 and March 6 to assure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible.  Even so, a change in vendor is likely to impact pick-up and delivery schedules, and we encourage you to notify your patrons well in advance.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Steve Updegraff, Statewide Delivery Project Manager at 614-728-9573.