This is a weblog about genealogy in and about the State of Ohio. It will feature news and views (mostly mine) about developments of interest to genealogists doing research in Ohio, no matter where they reside.--Wally Huskonen

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

State Library of Ohio Considering Transfer of Genealogy Holdings

On February 21, 2006, the State Library of Ohio issued the following news release.

State Library of Ohio exploring improvement of genealogy services

The State Library Board of Ohio passed a motion on Feb. 16, 2006, asking the State Library of Ohio to begin developing a plan proposal for working with Columbus Metropolitan Library and the genealogy community to improve genealogy services. This plan would include a timeline for transferring the State Library's genealogy collection and services to the Main branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) located in downtown Columbus at 96 S. Grant Avenue.

Genealogy has become the fastest growing hobby in the nation, but due to the State Library's state agency hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, it is not able to serve the entire genealogy community. The proposed transfer of these services and resources to Columbus Metropolitan Library will allow genealogists to have greater access to materials as CML is open considerably more hours (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.).

"We are very excited about this wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the State Library and the genealogy community," said Bonnie Chandler, manager, Biography, History & Travel Division of Main Library.

"If we accept this collection, we will be able to offer the public greater access with longer hours, a staff dedicated to excellent service and resources to enable us to maintain and grow the collection."

"We feel that the entire genealogy community deserves access to the collection and services which at the present time are housed at the State Library. We believe that by working with Columbus Metropolitan Library, the number one library in the country, we will be able to offer greater access to a greater number of individuals," said Jo Budler, State Librarian. "Columbus Metropolitan Library's genealogy staff is dedicated to outstanding customer service, genealogy education and resource preservation."

The staff of the State Library plans to present the proposed plan to the State Library Board at its May Board Meeting.

For further information or to offer comments, contact

Sean Hughes