Established in 1817, the State Library was one of Ohio’s first state agencies to be created. Governor Thomas Worthington established the agency to serve the information and research needs of state government. As Ohio grew, so did the responsibilities of the library, including the development of library services throughout Ohio. The Ohio Revised Code outlines that the State Library encourage and assist the efforts of libraries and local governments to develop mutual and cooperative solutions to library service problems. The State Library is in the unique position to cooperate with other states’ library agencies
, national library organizations, library networks and organizations within Ohio, state agencies, and other types of libraries and organizations to develop library services and bring forth possible solutions and improvements.
The vision of the State Library is a Smarter Ohio where every Ohioan can access the necessary resources to be engaged citizens, excel at their jobs, participate in the workforce, and pursue their passions and interests. The State Library is committed to leading innovation and development efforts for libraries to ensure ongoing relevance to communities across Ohio. The Guiding Ohio Online project will provide unique opportunities for Ohio public libraries by ensuring a coordinated approach to teaching digital literacy skills while also allowing for AmeriCorps members to adapt trainings to the needs of individual communities.