As the library is hard at work preparing for our switch to the SEO Library Consortium, I want to explain just a few of the benefits that you will notice. As a reminder, the SEO Library Consortium is a “cooperative” of libraries all over the state of Ohio. Beginning on November 12, the Louisville Public Library and Rodman Public Library will be the 96th and 97th libraries to join this consortium. In 2021, the Louisville Public Library will save $8,000 and beginning in 2022, we will save $18,000 each year thereafter.
But those are all things you have heard before from me. So, what benefit is it to our customers? Well, that is an easy answer. The consortium boasts over eight million items in it’s catalog. Yes, you read that right - eight million. And, the best part? You will have access to each of them. If you are used to placing holds with our current catalog, you are used to seeing items just from Louisville and Rodman. Well, that is about to get amplified in a major way! Now, not only will you see Louisville and Rodman, but you will also see items from 95 other libraries. All you will have to do is go to our website, search for what you want and click. It’s that easy. In just a few days, the items will arrive at the Louisville Library ready for you to enjoy.
As a matter of fact, I have worked at two different library systems that were a part of the consortium and I can personally guarantee you of the ease of use and the enjoyment of patrons of those libraries. I will give you an example that comes up frequently - say a teacher or a book club is looking for twenty copies of a book. Right now, if you come to the library, we will do our best to accommodate the request by working with the Rodman Public Library, requesting copies from SearchOhio and in rare cases even purchasing additional copies of the book.
Unfortunately, doing things this way has a couple of negative consequences. For example, if the SearchOhio books are returned late, the fee is $0.50 per day per item. That means for just one late day on 20 books, the fee is $10.00. Those fees are determined by SearchOhio and not the local library. In the other case, if we buy more copies, we may not have demand for them after they are used originally.
The good news is that all of this is behind us when we switch to SEO. If you need multiple copies of a book, it’s a breeze. Twenty copies of a book can be ordered from the consortium and will arrive in just a few days. Once they arrive, they follow the local library loan rules. At Louisville that means late fees are a much more forgiving 5-10 cents per day. We also control the due dates, so if you need to take the books out for longer, it is no problem to renew them.
A few weeks ago, a few members of the Louisville Library staff visited the Carroll County District Library and Minerva Public Library, as they are both members of the consortium. Their staff told us over and over again how much our customers will enjoy the new system and we are confident you will too.
AG Yost's Robocall Enforcement Unit warns of potential scam calls and texts
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — An anti-robocall initiative launched six months ago by Attorney General Dave Yost has empowered Ohioans to report 27,931 illegal robocalls in an effort to help the Attorney General fight back against the growing nuisance. In turn, the Robocall Enforcement Unit has analyzed and shared the incoming data to try to put a stop to these illegal calls and texts, including filing a lawsuit to stop this behavior in June.
In March 2020, the Robocall Enforcement Unit – part of Yost’s Consumer Protection Section dedicated to rooting out bad actors at every level of the robocall industry – launched with the slogan, “Just don’t answer,” designed to encourage Ohioans to not answer or reply to phone numbers they do not recognize.
Today, AG Yost reminds consumers, whether the call is a robocall or if it has a live person on the other line, the best advice to follow continues to be just don’t answer. Other general tips to help combat robocalls include:
• Never interact with a suspected scam robocaller in any way.
• Avoid providing personal or financial information by phone.
• Carefully review terms and conditions when opting-in on websites that request a telephone number.
• Register your phone number with the Do Not Call Registry online at DoNotCall.gov or by phone at 1-888-382-1222. However, know that political and polling/research calls from live callers are generally permitted as exceptions to the Do Not Call laws but robocalls to mobile numbers require prior express consent.
• Research services offered by your phone provider or apps to block unwanted calls.
“Scammers follow the news and create variations of common scams based on current events,” Yost said. “Among other things, the public should be on guard for scams related to COVID, charitable donations, and the upcoming election in an attempt to defraud them of personal information and money through robocalls and text messages.”
Earlier this year, a Delaware County woman contacted the Attorney General claiming that a scammer called pretending to be her grandson and asked her to send money so he could get home because he was stuck out-of-state due to the pandemic. Another Ohio resident reported a fraudulent text message directing her to click a special link to “accept” her COVID-19 stimulus payment. In other instances, scammers have claimed to represent government agencies in an attempt to gain bank account information under the guise of needing such data for a COVID-19 stimulus payment.
Scammers are always ready to take advantage of peoples’ generosity. Scammers may call or text posing as charitable organizations and ask for donations – possibly for COVID-relief or research, or even hurricane-relief funds. In reality, the money only goes to line the scammer’s pockets.
To avoid potential charitable scams, follow these tips:
• Do not assume that charity recommendations on social media sites have already been vetted. Donors should see if charities are registered with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office by clicking here.
• Be cautious of “look-alike” websites and charities with names that sound similar to well-known organizations. Sometimes they are simply intended to confuse donors.
• Watch out for emotional appeals. Scammers know it just takes a click to donate online and can capitalize on the convenience and spirit of giving with fake pictures and stories.
• Donors can also check the following resources to learn more about specific charities: IRS Select Check, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and GuideStar.
As scammers tailor their schemes to reflect the news of the day, Ohioans should expect similar ploys involving the upcoming election and voting.
“Our nation’s enemies are working hard to disrupt our election, and others may be using it to line their own pockets by attempting to scam voters,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “Don’t fall for it. Do your due diligence. Your vote matters, so make sure you get your information about the election from trusted sources.”
To avoid potential election-related scams, follow these tips:
•Only utilize trusted websites from county boards of elections or the Secretary of State’s VoteOhio.gov website for information about voter registration, polling locations, absentee voting, and much more.
•Know that most legitimate government websites end in .gov or .us, while most political/non-profit organizations’ websites end in .org or .com.
• If you’re voting by mail, track your ballot at VoteOhio.gov/Track
• If you want to report potential disinformation about election administration, send an e-mail to [email protected]
• Don’t feel pressure to donate to any political organization without finding out more about the group to ensure it’s legitimate. Never donate via gift cards, wire transfer or prepaid money card – the preferred payment methods of scammers.
Yost continues to urge Ohioans to report calls to the Robocall Enforcement Unit by texting “ROBO” to 888111 and answering a set of questions that take less than a minute to complete. Consumers also can file complaints by visiting OhioProtects.org or calling 1-800-282-0515. Even if a robocall does not cause a financial loss, reporting it to the unit can help investigators identify trends and protect other Ohioans from becoming victims.
Louisville School Board Work Session
In the second of its kind, the Board addressed four issues and accepted comments from approximately 20 people in attendance at the 6 p.m., July 13 Middle School meeting.
Superintendent Michele Shafffer told of the most recent directives from Governor DeWine for school to reopen and indicated that changes are occurring daily. Superintendents and a health department nurse at their July 9 teleconference meeting resolved to three options: all back in classrooms, all online, 50 percent in school with 50 percent on line. Each school district will be rated based on their county's color coded condition. Sanitizing, cleaning, and a safe atmosphere are of utmost importance. Social distancing will in some settings utilize gyms, and auditorias for classrooms. The reset and restart committee meets each Tuesday and plan to have the final plans ready for release to parents on July 24.
Leopards Helping Leopards is gearing up and continues to receive donations for the full belly program, which along with the Community Cupboard, saw a dip in usage during the shut down. The program provides food for those in need.
Levy Survey Results
A total of 533 responses resulted in an 85.4 percent approval of the 6.7 mill levy, 8.8 percent favoring the 6.2 mill option and just 6 percent in favor of the 5.7 mill option. There was no tracking of the source of the results. The survey went to all addresses in the 44641 zip code. The monthly cost of the three options on a $100,000 property would be $19.54, $18.08, $16.63 respectively.
November Ballot Issue. The Board must act by the August 5 deadline to place. a levy on the November 3 ballot. The Board does not have a regular meeting until August 10, so they will have to schedule a special meeting in order to get on the ballot.