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

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.

Fact Sheets

Legislative Contacts

Tools and Templates

Local Return on Investment Calculator

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 at olc.org/roi-calculator.

Key Messages

Ohio’s Public Libraries…

  • provide public access to the internet, computers and the latest technology (including mobile WiFi hotspots, iPads, laptops, 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).
  • 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.
  • serve as the hub for their community and a place for people to gather.

Plus, Ohio’s Public Libraries…

  • have the highest library use per capita in the nation.
  • quickly pivoted and adjusted their service delivery models to continue to meet the needs of their local communities during the pandemic.
  • voluntarily assisted the Ohio Department of Health with efforts to distribute of COVID-19 rapid at-home test kits.

Statewide Pandemic Survey Results