Grant funds to expand tech at Clinton County Law Library


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The Clinton County Law Library received notice June 3 that it had been awarded $1,567.72 for the purchase of a new desktop computer, printer and a software license.

Clinton County Law Librarian Martha Worstine wrote a grant for technology improvements which was offered by the statewide Consortium of County Law Library Resource Boards (CCLLRB) in Columbus to all 88 county law libraries.

The grant request was for a third workstation for the law library to accommodate more attorneys for their online legal research and word processing needs.

The proposed grant was written following the guidelines as provided in the mailing from the CCLLRB with no promises being made as to the outcome.

The Clinton County Law Library Resources Board members — Lauren Raizk, Brian Shidaker, Brett Rudduck, John Porter and Mary Ann Foland — approved the proposed grant and it was submitted in February prior to the beginning of the pandemic. For that reason, the decision process and notifications of the awards to the recipients took longer than expected.

To accept this grant money and agree to all stipulations as set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), it had to be approved and signed by the Clinton County Board of Commissioners President, Kerry Steed, the Clinton County Assistant Prosecutor, Andrew McCoy, the Law Librarian and the Consortium of County Law Library Resource Boards Executive Director, Jennifer Jones.

Upon the CCLLRB’s receipt of the signed MOU, the money will be sent to the law library later this month so that it may proceed with its purchase of the specified equipment and software and complete its third workstation.

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