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PLSJ's Alan Hall Appointed to State Library Board

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Alan Hall of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has been appointed to the State Library Board.

Alan was appointed to serve the remaining term of board member Krista Taracuk who recently resigned to relocate.  Alan will serve March 21 through December 31, 2022.  “I am humbled to be chosen and excited to represent libraries in general,” said Hall.

The State Library Board consists of five members, appointed for a five-year term, by the State Board of Education.  The board typically meets six times a year beginning January.  The State Library Board is responsible for the State Library of Ohio and a statewide program of development and coordination of library services. 

The State Library of Ohio is located in Columbus, Ohio.  It serves state government, all types of libraries, and residents. 

Services to State Government include serving as Ohio’s only full regional depository for federal documents and the depository for Ohio state agency documents; provides interlibrary loan services; and provides work-related research and reference services to state legislators and state employees.

Services to Ohio libraries include assistance in developing programs for staff and customers; administers the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program; coordinates statewide delivery network, and coordinates Ohio Digital Library.

Services to residents include answering reference, research and general questions, contributes funding to the Ohio Web Library-online resources and publications available to all Ohioans through public, university, special and school libraries; and coordinates the Ohio Talking Book program for Ohio’s blind and physically disabled residents including children and veterans of war.

Alan has worked in the library profession for 49 years.  Alan earned a B.S. from WVU and holds a Master of Library Science from Case Western Reserve University.    He worked at Washington County Public Library, Marietta, Ohio, 1970-1975; I.F. Freiberger Library in Cleveland, Ohio, 1976-1977; Director at the Delphos Public Library, Delphos, Ohio 1977-1983 and Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, 1983 until his retirement March 2019.