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Welcome to the Consortium of Ohio County Law Libraries!

Established on January 1, 2011 by ORC § 3375.481, the consortium is governed by a board of five trustees.  The consortium has five specific charges:

  • Negotiate contracts that each county law library resources board may use for purchasing or obtaining access to legal research and reference materials available in any medium,
  • Catalog existing resources held by county law library resources boards and facilitate the sharing of those resources by the county law library resources boards,
  • Develop and recommend guidelines for the collection of or access to legal resources that ought to be provided by a county law library resources board,
  • Provide consultation and assistance to county law library resources boards, and Issue an annual report of its activities to each county law library resources board,
  • Issue an annual report of its activities to each county law library resources board.
Consortium Initiatives
Matthew Bender Handbooks - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Consortium Board voted to accept another Matthew Bender Handbook proposal.  The list of handbooks and prices is attached. All additional book orders should be turned in by December 23, 2015 to Judith Maxwell.

Soliciting Cool Tools Training Session Ideas - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

In response to a two day workshop in May, 2015, the Consortium and the ORALL County SIG will be conducting a joint 1-day training session on Cool Tools.  The training session will take place on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Franklin County Common Pleas Court with a complimentary lunch provided by the Columbus Law Library Association in the newly renovated Franklin County Law Library. A Consortium board meeting (in which the 2016 optional grants will be voted on) and an ORALL County SIG meeting will also take place during the day.  Program times, parking locations, and potential hotel locations will be available at a later date. 


Judge Schneider noted at the last Consortium board meeting how fortunate we are in the Consortium that so many of our members are “experts” in any given area.  So, we are calling on you – our experts – to demonstrate your Cool Tools.  We are looking for several 10 minute presentations on any program, equipment, or technology you are using in your library that you think would benefit other county law libraries.  We will be meeting in a large, techno-advanced courtroom so you will have the capability to show off your tools.  Ideally, we would like to see past optional grant winners show off their projects and explain how they came up with their ideas, how they are implementing them, and any recommendations for others hoping to try out the same projects.


We are hoping for 10-12 presentations.  If we do not receive that many, we might have to solicit speakers.  Feel free to buddy up with another librarian for a joint presentation. In addition, if more than one person wants to present on the same topic, we may pair you up.


Anyone wishing to share a Cool Tool with the group should write a one-page description of your Tool with relevant links or documentation, and email it to both Angela Baldree abaldree@franklincountyohio.gov and Kathy Dugan kathy.dugan@clelaw.lib.oh.us by January 29, 2016.

Free Casemaker for Law Libraries - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Any Ohio County Law Library interested in accessing the Casemaker product from the Ohio Bar free of charge needs to send your contact information (i.e., Library name, Librarian name, address, phone, email) to Judy Quint at jquint@ohiobar.org

Lexis EBooks - Monday, June 30, 2014

At the consortium board meeting on May 13, 2014 the board approved an agreement with Lexis for their Digital Library. The board has agreed to fund the cost of the Overdrive Platform and each library will be responsible for any eBooks they purchase.  While this offer is ongoing for the year, deadlines have been set in order to process requests. If you are interested in taking advantage of this proposal, please let Judith Maxwell know by July 8, 2014.  She will forward your information to Lexis and they will contact you regarding the titles you are interested in buying.  If you miss this deadline, there will be others throughout the year.  If you are interested and would like a demonstration, more information, or eBook pricing you can contact Jennifer McKenna directly at 937-247-8195 or jennifer.l.mckenna@lexisnexis.com

Defending Veterans - Thursday, May 29, 2014

At the consortium board meeting on May 13, 2014 the board voted to purchase one copy of the book Defending Veterans for each law library in the state.  These books are published by the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.  These books are scheduled to be shipped to the libraries the first week of June. If you have not received your book by the end of June please contact Judith Maxwell.

Rules Governing Court of Ohio Supplement - Thursday, May 29, 2014

The consortium board agreed to purchase a supplement to Rules Governing Courts of Ohio that was not included in the original handbook order form from Matthew Bender last October.  If you have other county agencies that previously ordered this title and would like to receive the supplement at the discounted rate please contact Judith Maxwell.  This offer is not for new purchases, only previously placed orders.

Wolters Kluwer Proposal - Friday, April 18, 2014

The consortium board accepted a proposal from Wolters Kluwer for online content. This is an optional proposal available to any county law library. The consortium will not be providing any funds for this proposal. There are several options libraries can take advantage of.  Any library interested should contact Wolters Kluwer directly. Anyone interested in the proposal should contact Judith Maxwell or Angela Baldree.

County Law Library Employee Status - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It has come to the attention of the board that some county commissioners and/or county prosecutors are claiming that law library employees are not county employees.  If this is happening in your county please contact Judith Maxwell and give her to specific information. In the meantime you can forward this information onto those doubting your status: County law librarians are county employees.  R.C. 307.51(C) provides "The board shall employ a county law librarian who shall be the chief administrator of the county law library resources board and may employ additional staff to perform any functions as determined by the board. The board shall fix the compensation of the county law librarian and any additional employees. All employees of the county law library resources board shall be in the unclassified civil service of the county."