More and more of your library colleagues are signing up for Everyday Advocacy each day, because there is something for everyone in this information-filled, inspiration-filled day.

For your registration fee, you get a two-hour, hands-on communications workshop led by Ruth Milligan, co-curator of TEDxColumbus and consultant, choices from ten afternoon breakout session options, and  closing remarks from Alison Circle, Chief Customer Experience Officer for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Breakout session presenters include the following.

General interest

Academic library interest

Public Library interest

School library interest

Come join us!

Spaces are still available to register at http://www.ohionet.org/everyday-advocacy.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your colleagues on April 25!

In just a few weeks, OHIONET will be hosting an event unlike any other we have hosted before. It is called Everyday Advocacy, and it is a daylong event that is part hands-on workshop and part best practices conference. It is all about you, our members, and how you can gain tools and perspectives for continuing to move your library's mission forward in challenging times.

This event all started in the spirit of collaboration. Members of OHIONET staff and members of the State Library staff attended a training event together in which we learned from Ruth Milligan, co-curator of TEDxColumbus and communications consultant to Central Ohio leaders, how we can use the power of simple stories to communicate our purpose more effectively. Even as we worked together through the exercises of the day, we were thinking how valuable Ruth's message and expertise could be to our library colleagues.

Community partners in public libraries could be inspired to new levels of support and cooperation. Provosts, deans, faculty, and students could learn to see their libraries as critical partners in research, teaching, and learning. School administrators could finally understand the basic link between library vitality and support and student success. And all of this could be achieved if we learned how to become more compelling storytellers about the everyday activities of our libraries.

Ruth coaches people who are seasoned public speakers and those with more limited speaking experience to sum up their purpose in 18 minutes for their TED talks. She will be working with us to help frame our everyday stories to be clear, concise, and effective. We also have a variety of colleagues coming to share their stories of everyday advocacy to inspire you. Finally, Alison Circle, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Columbus Metropolitan Library and LJ Mover and Shaker, will bring the day together to reflect our stories back to our purpose within our community.

We want to personally invite you to join us for this tremendous day of learning, networking, and inspiration. To learn more about the day, or to sign up now, please visit http://www.ohionet.org/everyday-advocacy-program.

We hope to see you on the 25th!

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OHIONET Barcode Scanner Special

The Blanchester Public Library and the Wornstaff Memorial Public Library went live with Evergreen on the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) shared catalog on March 14, 2013.

The new Consortium of Ohio Libraries is hosted and administered by OHIONET in conjunction with the member libraries. Blanchester is the seventh and Wornstaff the eighth of the nine founding members to migrate onto the system, with an estimated final library migration into the consortium scheduled for August 2013. Visit http://info.cool-cat.org/ for more information about the Consortium. The direct link to the catalog may be found at http://www.cool-cat.org.

Evergreen, the open source ILS originally developed by PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) for the Georgia Public Library Service, is used by over 1,000 libraries across 31 states, 4 countries, and 8 Canadian provinces. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download, install and try it out for their library.

If you have any questions about Evergreen or joining COOL, please feel free to contact consortium president Chauncey Montgomery, Director of the Community Library in Sunbury (montgoc1@oplin.org or 740-965-3901) or Chris Owens, Director of the Blanchester Public Library, (owenssch@oplin.org or 937-783-3585) or Jane Horn, Director of the Wornstaff Memorial Public Library, (jane@janehorn.com or 740-747-2085).

Tony Bandy is the Technology Specialist at OHIONET in charge of supporting COOL. He is also available to answer questions about the consortium at tonyb@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 19.

Tony Bandy, Technology Specialist at OHIONET and Chauncey Montgomery, Library Director of Community Library (Sunbury) will be representing Ohio at the upcoming Evergreen International Conference in Vancouver.  They will be presenting a session at the conference.

Here's a brief description of their session:

While Evergreen continues to grow and innovate, more and more libraries and library consortium's are moving to this amazing ILS system. However, for standalone libraries or newly formed consortiums, circulation within the system is a whole new game! From workflow to holds policies and those crazily-configured circulation rules, it takes both time and understanding to come to grips with the change. Given this, plan on taking this quick and enlightening tour of 5 themes you need to consider when implementing your library on an Evergreen consortium-level platform!

For more information about the Evergreen Conference and the full schedule click here.

Maps101 is inviting OHIONET members to attend a virtual webinar tour of the K-12 Maps101 online resource.  Maps101 is a cross-curricular resource that can be used by the entire school.  Maps101 contains 7,000 maps; lessons; activities; current events (Spanish and English language); statistics; and more. Also, Maps101 incudes a digital alliance with National Geographic. There are over 550 National Geographic videos; hundreds of historical maps and more. 

As a spring bonus, Maps101 is offering the OHIONET members 3 free additional months with any Maps101 annual subscription order received by April 30. A subscription to Maps101 includes unlimited and remote access for the entire school.

Learn more about a Maps101 subscription, including:

  • The vast and comprehensive content available
  • The latest enhancements
  • The easiest ways to navigate through the Maps101 material
  • How to get the most value from a Maps101 subscription

The presentation will be approximately 45 long with time for questions at the end. To attend, you will simply need an internet connected computer with speakers.

Title: Maps101 Intro for Ohionet Members
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/857167090
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Coordinator, for information and quotes (800-686-8975, ext. 25 or carriew@ohionet.org).  

OHIONET continues to do some early spring cleaning and we are willing to part with the following items.

These are FREE to our members, but you must be able to take them out of our building with your own help and transportation no later than March 15th.

If you are interested, let us know ASAP, as they are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The product descriptions--along with pictures of the items--are listed below for your convenience.

Super lightweight, mini ear-bud design; Digital stereo sound; L-Shaped 3.5mm stereo plug; Unit Dimensions: 0.63” x 1.5” x 1.26” (WHD); 1 year warranty

OHIONET Earbud Special

The Connecting to Collections partners are pleased to announce an upcoming two day preservation boot camp. 

Registration for the conference is free and lodging and meals are covered by the Connecting to Collections grant.  The Preservation Boot Camp will take place July 31 – August 1 at the Holiday Inn Worthington. 

Both practical and tactical, the preservation boot camp will be a focused, educational event which will bring together the best practitioners in the state to showcase Ohio best practices.   Sessions will address key preservation issues, including environmental controls, demonstrations for disaster recovery, collections care, and digital collection basics. Sessions will include “How to Build Your Preservation Program”  conducted by Wes Boomgaarden, Head of the Preservation & Reformatting Department at The Ohio State University Libraries and Laura Hortz Stanton, Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts and a “Preservation Program Basics” with panelists Holly Prochaska, Head of Preservation Services and Lab, University of Cincinnati Libraries, Kathy Lechuga, Conservator, University of Cincinnati Libraries, Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Education Outreach Officer,  Intermuseum Conservation Association, and Christine Shearer, Development Director, Canton Art Museum.  Breakout sessions include “Collections Care” with Alexandra Nicolis Coon, Executive Director, Massillon Museum of Art and Jun Francisco, Director of Collections, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and “Digitization/Digital Preservation Basics” with Janet Carleton, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Ohio University Libraries, Laurie Gemmill Arp, Mass Digitization Program Manager, LYRASIS, and Jillian Carney, Manager, Digital Services, Ohio Historical Society.

The event will bring together teams comprised of museum/history staff and library staff as a means of encouraging collaboration and shared problem-solving.  Attendees will be asked to provide outreach and information to other cultural organizations in their home areas following the Boot Camp.

What you can do now:

·         Begin to seek a partner from another type of cultural heritage organization in your county.

·         Talk with your supervisor/director.  The application form requires a signed commitment statement from supervisors. 

The letter is already written – all they will need to do is sign.  Remind them that registration, lodging and food is covered by the grant.

·         Read about the Ohio Connecting to Collections project.

·         Look for the announcement that applications are available.  Applications will be available late February and will be due by May 1, 2013.

For further information, please contact Tom Clareson at tom.clareson@lyrasis.org. or Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian at mlodge@library.ohio.gov.

The Preservation Boot Camp is sponsored by the Ohio Connecting to Collections planning partners.  The planning partners includes representation from statewide organizations, the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Museums Association, as well as institutional representatives from Follett House Museum in Sandusky, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Massillon Museum of Art, and Digital Initiatives, Ohio University Alden Library. Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS is consultant for the project. 

This project is funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections grant awarded to the State Library of Ohio.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, we help communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, please visit www.imls.gov.

Please welcome OHIONET's newest member, Dover Public Library.

The Dover Public library is located in Tuscarawas County and has been serving Dover residents since 1902.

Read more about their programs and services at http://www.doverlibrary.org/.