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Why do I need a subscription to LearningExpress Library™?

Recently, due to unfortunate budget cuts, it was announced that the Libraries Connect Ohio partners (OhioLINK, INFOhio, OPLIN, and the State Library of Ohio), after 10 years with a statewide contract, decided to eliminate LearningExpress Library™ along with Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Tutorials, from the Ohio Web Library collection. These products will no longer be accessible by your patrons through Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) after August 9, 2015.

Many proposed solutions recommend accessing the LearningExpress content from the OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) website. However, OMJ is not LearningExpress Library™. Rather, OMJ contains licensed LearningExpress products. As you know, LearningExpress Library has been developed with a structure, organization, and supporting resources that provide ease of use for patrons in finding those critical resources needed to pass high stake tests, improve their basic skills, and advance their careers. The LearningExpress Library user experience has been designed to be straightforward and intuitive, with the goal of enabling patrons to quickly and easily find and use the site resources they need. To assist you in fully understanding the distinctions between these two resources, please reference the comparison list below:

 

LearningExpress Library™ and Job and Career Accelerator

OhioMeansJobs.com (OMJ)

USER EXPERIENCE

 

 

 

Continuity of all work and tests in progress in existing LearningExpress Library™ patron accounts

 

Yes

No

Full integration of LearningExpress Library™ with Job and Career Accelerator content and resources

Yes

No

Easy to find organized Centers (e.g. School Center, College Preparation Center, etc.) for ease of discoverability and use

Yes

No

Center-specific  guidance pages to guide patrons in resource use

127

15

Unique URLs for direct links to each Center to promote specific resources on library website and social media

Yes

No

Responsive Design (e.g. adjust to any mobile device for use)

Yes

No, limited to

tests & tutorials

MARC Records for discoverability to allow patrons to find the more than 1,000 resources available

Yes

No

Search and explore resources in product prior to registration

Yes

No

Dynamic  keyword search engine for keywords beyond resource name/title and include content descriptions

Yes

No

REPORTING AND REGISTRATION

 

 

Detailed reporting to track patron usage of products at individual libraries

 

Yes

 

No

Easy registration process for both students and adults

Yes

No

Registration limits personal information required from K-12 users e.g. phone number and address

Yes

No

SUPPORT & TRAINING

 

 

 

Video user guides specific to the product

 

Yes

No

Email and phone support by LearningExpress/ EBSCO Customer Support Team for administrators and end-users

Yes

No

Bi-Weekly product WebEx Training by LearningExpress Customer Support Team

Yes

No

Promotional resources (Quick Start Guide, bookmarks, posters, product sheets, logos & images, press release templates, suggested text to describe content areas)

Yes

No

Featured Resources page, a comprehensive list of topics and a list of eBooks that link directly to specific resource

Yes

No

New product alerts for soon to be added content, prominently featured in relevant product areas and emailed to librarians

Yes

No

In-product access to Librarian Resources

Yes

No

CAREER CONTENT

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™

LearningExpress content on the OhioMeansJobs.com (OMJ)*

 

Continuity of all work, resumes, letters, job searches, and saved jobs in existing LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™ patron accounts

 

Yes

No

Job Search Management Dashboard to track ongoing job searches, saved jobs and occupation cards, resumes and letters, and important tasks

Yes

No

Occupation Cards linked to recommended occupation practice tests and skill-building

Yes

No

Libraries can now subscribe to LearningExpress Library, Computer Skills Center, and Job & Career Accelerator for a discounted price via OHIONET.  LearningExpress Library can be purchased on its own, with the other two offerings being add-on products. 

LearningExpress Library,™ is a web-based learning solution that provides patrons with instant access to a comprehensive collection of online practice tests, interactive skill-building tutorials, and an extensive collection of eBook titles. LearningExpress Library combines resources in an Internet-based platform presented to the user in seven (7) “Centers” that organize related information by category, subcategory, and topic. The intuitive web interface guides patrons through the learning process, providing instant diagnostic feedback along with answer explanations so users can measure their performance and track their improvement.

Job & Career Accelerator is a job search and career preparation tool that features step-by-step guidance, expert advice, and innovative features such as:

-        Powerful Resume and Cover Letter Builders with more than 200 model resumes and 35 samples of professionally written letters

-        An online Job Search Engine featuring a database of millions of currently available U.S. job and internship postings from Simply Hired, a leading job aggregator

-        Occupation Matcher, an assessment tool that aligns a user’s interests with possible careers

-        Career Assessment tool with more than 1,100 detailed occupation profiles to explore

-        Job Search Tracking and Alert System

-        Interview Preparation and Job Application Assistance

-        Expert advice throughout the process

Job & Career Accelerator, implemented with LearningExpress Library™, links to test preparation and skill building tools related to career and job preparation. As the user identifies occupations and job postings in Job & Career Accelerator, resources from LearningExpress Library are available.

Computer Skills Tutorials includes Popular Software Tutorials, and the Basics of Computers and the Internet. It includes more than 108 self-directed tutorials for the most commonly used business software applications, such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, SharePoint, Visio, and Word. Additionally, tutorials on computer graphics and illustration are included, as are tutorials for Understanding Your Operating System. All of the material is engaging, self-paced, and appropriate for a broad range of individuals, from elementary to high school students and adults of all ages. Librarians use these products to meet the specific needs of both student and adult learners. 

Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Specialist, for more information at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064.  

OHIONET is offering special pricing on the Datalogic QUICKSCAN™ QD2430 Linear Imager 1D/2D Barcode Scanner to it's members.

The QuickScan™ QD2400 2D imager reads typical printed linear bar codes as well as complex 2D bar codes displayed on the screen of a mobile device or loyalty cards. The QD2400 imager provides a fast,
reliable scan from an elegant and robust 2D imager.   

Features
•  Ideal for Public Administration, Utilities, Commercial Services and Retail - Point of Sale
•  Outstanding snappiness
•  Omnidirectional reading
•  New Illumination and Aiming System
•  Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback
•  Advanced motion tolerance optics
•  Water and Particulate Sealing Rating: IP42
•  Drop resistance to 1.5m/5.0ft
•  Host download capability ready

Datalogic QuickScan™ QD2430 2D Barcode Scanner
Includes Scanner, USB Cable and Stand, Available in Black or Light Grey,
Part Number QD2430-BKK1S  


OHIONET Member Price, $201.30 ea.

Free Shipping

OHIONET Prices Good Through Friday, July 31, 2015

For product availability, a detailed spec sheet, questions, or to place an order,  
contact Pam Rossman, 800-686-8975 x 10 or email pamr@ohionet.org
To see what other products OHIONET has to offer, go to:  http://www.ohionet.org/products

 

Our long-running series, The Fundamentals of Cataloging, is back in it's originial, in-person format.  If you need a hands-on refresher of cataloging practices (including the changes brought about by RDA) or if you are brand-new to cataloging, consider joining us for one (or all!) of these upcoming sessions.  All the following events will take place in-person, at OHIONET....

August 13th--Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction and Basic Description

Sept. 10th--Fundamentals of Cataloging: Serials

Oct. 1st--Fundamentals of Cataloging: Common AV Formats

Nov. 12th--Fundamentals of Cataloging: Subject Analysis for Copy Catalogers

Each session can only accommodate 14 people, so spaces fill quickly.  Click the links above and sign up today!

For those interested in subscribing to Ohio Capitol Connection from Hannah News Service, we have received discounted pricing for 2015.  Pricing is available in three options:  Universities without the inclusion of a law school in the subscription, universities including a law school, and a law school only subscription. 

The existing OhioLINK opt-in group will expire on June 30, 2015.  Institutions wishing to continue their subscriptions on July 1, 2015 should contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Specialist at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064.  Any questions regarding the product can be directed to Steven Marks at Hannah News Service (smarks@hannah.com or 614-227-5820).  

We are glad to welcome the D'Azzo Research Library of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) as a new OHIONET member.

The WPAFB Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) began in 1919 as the Air School of Application. Though the name changed several times over the past ninety-five years, and the role of the school has changed from training select officers to educating a broad pool of students from civilian and military background, the core of the AFIT has remained constant: excellence in education and research.

In 2009, the AFIT Academic Library and the AFRL Technical Library joined their facilities to become the D'Azzo Research Library. The library was named in honor of Dr. John D’Azzo, who served WPAFB for over sixty years.

You can learn more about the library from their website, http://www.afit.edu/library.

Please join us in welcoming the D'Azzo Research Library to our OHIONET family.

The speakers have been confirmed and the schedule is set to Dive Into Data with OHIONET on Friday, July 17th.  Join us for our day of multi-type learning and networking at the Holiday Inn Worthington!  We kick off our day at 9:30 AM with a keynote talk from Ohio’s own State Librarian, Beverly Cain.  And the day will wrap up with a high-energy talk from Anastasia Diamond Ortiz (Cleveland Public Library) and Laura Ponikvar (Cleveland Institute of Art).  To see who will be sharing their insights during our three breakout sessions (with 5 sessions to choose from during each time slot), head to the conference webpage at www.ohionet.org/dive-data.

EPSON® TM-T88V Thermal Receipt Printer

OHIONET is offering special pricing on the The EPSON® TM-T88V Thermal Receipt Printer to its members.  This printer is the industry’s leading POS thermal printer. It is fast, reliable, easy to configure and supports all the leading mobile operating systems including iOS, Android and Windows.

 The Industry‘s Leading POS Printer for Library and/or Retail Service
• mPOS-friendly printer compatible with iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices
• Easy to configure and install
• Fast printing up to 300mm/sec for both text and graphics
• Special print options reduce paper usage up to 30%
• Industry-leading four-year limited warranty

Epson® TM-T88V Thermal Receipt Printer, Includes Power Supply, Cable and Free Shipping,
  Available in Dark Gray or White,  Member Price:  $284.90

Thermal printer paper is available at $57.75 per carton of 50 rolls
(minimum order 1 carton)*
*A shipping charge of $11.00 per carton applies to printer paper only.
OHIONET Prices Good Through Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For product availability, questions, or to place an order,  
contact Pam Rossman, 800-686-8975 x 10 or email pamr@ohionet.org
To see what other products OHIONET has to offer, go to:  http://www.ohionet.org/products

 

We are glad to welcome Grafton-Midview Public Library as a new OHIONET member.

The Grafton-Midview Public Library one of seven independent public libraries in Lorain County. It is located in the southeastern section of the county in northeastern Ohio, and its service area includes approximately 24,000 residents in Grafton Village, Grafton Township, Eaton Township, and parts of Carlisle Township and Elyria.

You can learn more about the library from their website, http://www.graftonpl.lib.oh.us. You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Please join us in welcoming Grafton-Midview Public Library to our OHIONET family.

We are glad to welcome Marshall University Drinko Library as a new OHIONET member.

Marshall University is has a main campus located in downtown Huntington, West Virgina, which on the banks of the Ohio River.

There are over 13,000 FTE on campus in a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.

You can learn more about the library from their website, http://www.marshall.edu/library. You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter or Pintrest and see them on YouTube.

Please join us in welcoming Marshall University Drinko Library to our OHIONET family.

Assessment, impact, evaluation, measures, metrics....  

No matter what you may call it, data-wrangling skills are fast becoming in-demand in the library world.  Whether your responsibilities find you teaching & helping patrons, designing programs, building collections or managing resource and staffing allocations, chances are that you have been (or soon will be) asked to participate in some kind of data-related project.  And, for most of us, these topics fall squarely into the "they didn't teach me this in library school" column, right?

We'll be kicking off our day with some words of wisdom from Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio, followed by a slate of breakout sessions featuring your fellow librarians, hailing from K12, public and academic institutions all across Ohio.

WHEN: Friday, July 17th, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
WHERE: Holiday Inn-Worthington (7007 N. High St., Columbus, OH)
CLICK HERE to head to the main conference page for more information and links to register!