The State Library of Ohio has announced that it is looking to "improve" its genealogy services. In this case, the "improvement" being considered is to get rid of the State Library's genealogy collection. The proposal is to give the collection to the Columbus Metropolitan Library and let them worry about it.
Here is the announcement:
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.
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