YOU DID IT!! INFOhio’s Funding for Digital Content Has Been Saved!
Ohio’s budget bill, HB 49, giving full restoration of INFOhio’s funding for digital content has been signed by Governor Kasich and is in effect as of July 1st!
This has been made possible because of the advocacy calls, letters, emails, meetings and testimony of hundreds of people!
We thank you all for your work to save BookFlix, Storia, World Book, Science Online, Ancestry Library Edition, and all of the EBSCO databases for Ohio’s teachers and students.
Please thank your legislator for saving the digital content for Ohio’s students!
What happened? In FY16-17, INFOhio's digital content budget was slashed by $1.1 million. INFOhio could no longer pay our share of the Libraries Connect Ohio agreement. As a result, all libraries—academic, public, and school—lost access to LearningExpress Library. Other organizations stepped in to make sure that no additional resources would be lost. Since then, INFOhio and members of the PreK-12 community have been advocating to have that funding restored.
What’s the impact? Unfortunately, in the proposed FY18-19 budget, that $1.1 million funding, which goes directly for digital content to all Ohio schools, was not restored. The organizations that made up our shortfall last time have made it clear: they cannot afford to do it again. Unless the funding is restored, all INFOhio resources—including BookFlix, Storia, and all the databases in the LCO collection—are at risk.
Please watch this space for important information about a new ongoing advocacy campaign to be kicked off this fall.
Take a look at the numbers and see how #INFOhioWorks for all Ohio students and educators.
INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 digital library, provides free access to digital educational content to all Ohio PreK-12 schools—public, nonpublic, community, career tech, e-school, and home schools—serving 1.9 million students, their families, and their teachers. INFOhio is a contributing partner to Libraries Connect Ohio, which provides a core collection of information resources and library services that help all Ohioans compete in the global knowledge economy.