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.

Advocacy Tools

2022 Advocacy Calendar (PDF)
Month-by-month calendar of advocacy activities and ideas to use at your library throughout the year.

Library Legislative Day
Grassroots advocacy event in Columbus.
Advocacy efforts regarding the state budget and library funding.

Fact Sheets

Survey Results

Legislative Contacts

Tools and Templates

Return on Investment

Local ROI Calculator (download Excel spreadsheet)
Within the document are four tabs:

  1. Instructions on how to complete the calculator
  2. Actual ROI Calculator
  3. 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. An instructional webinar is also available on the OLC website.

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 and tech training.
  • offer literacy and homework help for children (including assistance with remote and hybrid learning).
  • serve as the hub for their community and a place for people to gather.
  • collaborate with private groups, food banks, and 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.