In carrying out its responsibilities under Chapter 3375. of the Revised Code the state library board will approve the Ohio public library information network (OPLIN) biennial budget with the biennial budget request of the state library. OPLIN shall electronically link public libraries so that equity of access to information is assured for all Ohio citizens.
(B) Planning for the Ohio Public Library Information Network
(1) The Ohio Public Library Information Network shall be governed by a board of eleven trustees appointed by the state library board.
(a) Trustees shall be appointed from among:
(i) Past and present members of boards of trustees of Ohio public libraries and
(ii) Staff from Ohio public libraries participating in OPLIN.
(b) The state librarian or his designee will serve ex-officio on the OPLIN board.
(c) Appointments to the OPLIN board will be made based on recommendations solicited from the Ohio library community.
(2) The OPLIN board shall submit a strategic plan to be included in the state library's long range information systems plan. The strategic plan shall follow the guidelines and directives of the department of administrative services and the office of budget and management.
(C) State funding
(1) The state library will act as the fiscal agent for the OPLIN board. The fiscal year of the OPLIN shall be defined by the state fiscal year (July First through-June Thirtieth). The fiscal agent will insure that OPLIN expenditures comply with state regulations and procedures. The fiscal agent will submit monthly financial reports to the OPLIN board and the state library board.
(2) OPLIN budget requests will be maintained as a separate line item in the state library budget.