“Politics is not a spectator sport.” ~ Senator Bob Dole
Ohio's public libraries have developed a strong government relations platform for 2011. Public libraries believe that government relations is truly about building relationships with other government entities; state, county, city, township, village, and school governments. This platform highlights new initiatives of public library service as well as legislative expectations. These are the issues and government partnerships that will be focus of our advocacy efforts.
Protect the strong partnership between locally administrating public libraries and state support through the Public Library Fund.
Return the Public Library Fund to the statutory 2.22% of total state tax revenue.
Support the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) in their responsibility to provide internet access to Ohio's public libraries.
Address the early literacy needs of Ohio by working 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 each library system that will provide materials and resources to search for employment and assist our fast 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.