Advocacy Tools for Libraries

The OLC has put together a number of tools to help you become a powerful advocate for Ohio’s public libraries.

Talking Points

Fact Sheets

Legislative Contacts

Tools and Templates

Advocacy Calendar

2019 Advocacy Calendar (PDF)
Month-by-month calendar of advocacy activities and ideas to use at your library throughout the year.

Return on Investment

Local ROI Calculator (download Excel spreadsheet)
Within the document are four tabs: (1) Instructions on how to complete the calculator; (2) the Actual 2017 ROI Calculator; (3) an Explanation of what the ROI figures mean and how to utilize them; and (4) Notes on the pricing and cost assumptions.

NOTE: It is helpful to print the “Instructions” worksheet first and gather your information before entering the data.

Public Libraries…

  • provide public access to the Internet, computers and the latest technology (including mobile WiFi hotspots, 3-D printers, and more).
  • help Ohioans find jobs and provide online educational courses.
  • offer literacy and homework help for children.
  • serve as the hub for their community and a place for people to gather.
  • collaborate with private groups as well as state and local government entities to help deliver local services.
  • provide life-long learning opportunities and programming for all ages.
  • offer personalized, one-on-one support to find unbiased and well researched information as well as community resources.