Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Ohioana Library Association

  • Columbus, OH
  • www.ohioana.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ohioana Library Association is to collect, preserve, and celebrate Ohio literature and other creative endeavors.

Main Programs

  1. Ohioana Collection and Reference
  2. Ohioana Education and Outreach
  3. Ohioana Public Programming
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Ohioana has members throughout the United States and from abroad.

ruling year

1943

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. David Weaver

Keywords

Self-reported

Collects, preserves and promotes the work of Ohio writers, artists, and musicians.

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Also Known As

The Ohioana Library Association

EIN

31-4379616

 Number

5977507891

Physical Address

274 E 1ST Ave Ste 300

Columbus, 43201

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Major achievements for 2014-15:  1.  Presented the 9th annual Ohioana Book Festival, which  drew more than 100 participating authors and nearly 3,500 to the main event, with an additional audience of 50,000 thru outreach programs to schools, libraries, and the media; 2. Presented the 73rd annual Ohioana Book Awards; 3. Presented the 25th annual Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant to an emerging writer under the age of 30 who has not yet published a book; 4. Collaborated with the State Library of Ohio to launch the 2015-16 list of "Choose to Read Ohio" titles, a statewide program to promote the literary reading of books by Ohio authors; and with the Ohio Arts Council to present the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for Ohio high school students, 5. redesigned the Ohioana Quarterly and introduced it in a new magazine format and resumed publication four times a year; 6.  Added more than 350 items to the Ohioana Collection; 7. Created a new Strategic Plan to carry Ohioana to its 90th anniversary in 2019.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Ohioana Collection and Reference

Housed in a special climate-controlled facility, Ohioana’s collection is comprised of more that 75,000 items, including: 45,000 books, 10,000 pieces of sheet music, and approximately 20,000 biographical files on Ohio writers, musicians, artists, and others of note. Fiction, poetry, and juvenile literature are areas of particular strength. Additional holdings include scrapbooks, county histories and atlases, pamphlets, original illustrations, and materials pertaining to Ohio women’s history. More than 700 items are added to the collection each year.

More than a thousand students and researchers visit Ohioana annually to use the collection. In addition, the collection can also be researched online via the State Library of Ohio Catalog and the Ohioana website. Ohioana also provides research help by email or phone. Although it is a non-circulating library, Ohioana shares its collection by presenting and maintaining periodic exhibits as described below under Education and Outreach programs.
The collection has been developed by soliciting publishers and authors for the donation of books with Ohio connections. Their generosity has resulted in an unparalleled collection that stands as testimony to the breath and depth of Ohio’s literary culture. Our Collection Builders Project has helped to fill gaps in the collection by encouraging donors to fund the purchase of out-of-print, scarce, and rare titles.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Ohioana Education and Outreach

Ohioana Quarterly

The Ohioana Quarterly was established in 1958 as a way of highlighting the books received by the Ohioana Library and providing support for Ohio authors. Since 2011, Ohioana has published two combined issues annually: winter/spring and fall/summer. To supplement the Quarterly, Ohioana entered into a partnership with Ohio Magazine to produce two special sections a year in its May and October issues, expanding the Quarterly’s audience to more than 230,000 readers statewide.

Educational Publications and Exhibits

The "Ohio Literary Map" helps students learn about the many notes writers who have come from Ohio. "Celebrating Ohio's Literary Legacy" features a timeline of notable Ohio writers.

Ohioana produces exhibits and displays at its own facility, for the State Library of Ohio, and at the Ohio Statehouse and Governor’s Residence. These exhibits and displays promote Ohio writers and literature around themes such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and the Ohioana Awards. More than 6,000 people view these exhibits each year.

Educational Collaborations – Choose to Read Ohio and Poetry Out Loud

"Choose to Read Ohio" is a statewide initiative, developed by the State Library of Ohio and Ohioana that encourages Ohioans of all ages to "Read Together – Read Ohio – Read for Life." Twenty books by Ohio writers - five titles each for adults, children, young readers, and teens – are selected every two years. Five to six CTRO authors participate each year in the Ohioana Book Festival, visiting schools and libraries and presenting talks on creative writing.

"Poetry Out Loud" is a nationwide poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In Ohio, the Ohio Arts Council is the sponsor, with Ohioana serving as co-sponsor and fiscal agent. More than 50 Ohio schools and 6,000 students participate. State finals are held in Columbus in March, with the winner going on the national finals in Washington DC in April. State and national winners and their schools receive scholarships and cash prizes.

Ohioana Websites

In addition to the Ohioana Authors website, Ohioana maintains two other websites: its main website, www.ohioana.org and the Ohioana Book Festival site, www.ohioanabookfestival.org. These sites draw more than 25,000 visitors.

Ohioana Authors

Produced in partnership with the WOSU Stations and the Ohio Humanities Council, the "Ohioana Authors" radio series was a 52-week celebration of the contributions of Ohioans to American culture through the written word. OHIOANA AUTHORS was named as the 2005 “Program of the Year” by the Ohio Public Broadcasters. The series aired on WOSU-AM and FM in 2005 and 2006 and continues to be available through the award-winning companion website, www.ohioana-authors.org.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Ohioana Public Programming

Ohioana Awards

Since 1942, the Ohioana Awards have been presented to recognize the accomplishments of Ohio writers, musicians, and artists. The awards are given for outstanding literary achievement in five categories: fiction, non-fiction, juvenile literature, poetry, and book about Ohio or an Ohioan.

Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant

The Marvin Grant is given annually to an Ohio writer under thirty years of age who has not yet published a book. This award also carries a monetary prize made possible by funds from Dr. Marvin's family.

Ohioana Book Festival

Presented since 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival is held annually in May, drawing one-hundred authors and more than 3,000 readers of all ages from across the state to Columbus. Ten authors come early for a week of outreach activities that includes school and library visits, media appearances, and programs at venues such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility. The main event, held on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, is a day-lng celebration that is free and open to the public and includes author panels and readings, a book fair, children’s activities, food, and entertainment.

On the Road with Ohioana

After several pilot events in 2011 and 2012, Ohioana launched its “On the Road” literary adventures as a full series in 2013, beginning with a sold-out program at the Paul Laurence Dunbar/Wright Brothers memorial in Dayton. A total of eight events have been scheduled for 2013 and are described in the brochure included as an attachment to this application.

In addition to its value as a program within Ohioana’s core mission, “On the Road” is helping Ohioana to build new partnerships across the state, attract new members, and generate new sources of earned income.

Category

Literature

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to fulfill our revised mission, adopted in July 2014 as part of a new Strategic Plan: "to collect, preserve, and celebrate Ohio literature and other creative endeavors."
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Ohioana has members throughout the United States and from abroad.

Social Media

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Funding Needs

We continue to seek unrestricted operating support to replace 40% reduction in state funding (from $200,000 to $120,000) sustained between 2009 and 2011.

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Financials

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OHIOANA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The Ohioana Library Association

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. David Weaver

BIO

David Weaver became Executive Director of the Ohioana Library Association in September, 2013 after serving eight years as its Development Director. Before joining Ohioana in 2005, David held senior development positions with the WOSU Stations and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He also served as Executive Director of Malabar Farm Foundation and Managing Director of Columbus Light Opera, which he co-founded. David is the author of Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy, published in 2004 by University Press of Mississippi. He attended Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati, majoring in voice.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Rudine Sims Bishop

The Ohio State University

Term: Oct 2012 - Oct 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity