Naxos Music Library will be launching a brand new app in the beginning of September, which is included at no additional charge to all subscribing libraries.  Users can download the current apps now at Google Play or the Apple iTunes Store, and the new version will download automatically when it becomes available.

To celebrate the launch of their new Naxos Music Library app, Naxos is offering subscription upgrades through September 30 at significantly lower prices.

This is the time to turn a 5-user subscription into 10 users, or break free and go unlimited--you can upgrade now and take 50% off the difference in price, no matter how many users you add to your subscription. Already have unlimited users? Enjoy a premium audio quality upgrade at half off.  New subscribers can take advantage of these savings, too.

Students and faculty will soon be accessing the NML at home, in the car, and anywhere their phone is, and they don’t want anyone turned away from the best collection of music available. Regardless of your current level of subscription, this Naxos offer can provide more bang for your budget dollar.

Just let us know you’d like to take advantage of a subscription upgrade and we’ll work with you to find the best plan.  Contact Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext.  29) or Carrie Waibel (carriew@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 25) for more information.

Is your library ready to move to e-reference?

  • Do you want to finally weed that print reference shelf once and for all?
  • Do you want to no longer worry about the expense of updating print editions?
  • Do you want to give access to your reference collection to those at home or on the go?
  • Do you want to give your library users unlimited access to your reference shelf in the library or at home?
  • Do you want to put a couch or two where the print reference shelf is now?

Credo Online Reference Service offers over 700 full-text e-books from more than eighty of the world’s best publishers of reference. Their Topic Pages aid discovery of all that your library has to offer to today’s on-the-go YA and adult library users. For citable, updated, online reference content and a place to discover your library’s other e-resource content, Credo is the ideal place to start.

Click here to see the Credo title list.

For a limited time, new subscribers can receive an extra discount off of their first year subscription (5% off in addition to the existing OHIONET discount for 5 new libraries, 10% off for 10+ new libraries).  This offer expires on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Coordinator with any questions or pricing information at carriew@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 25.

With July now gone and with the dust settling from ALA and our very own RDA 4 Everyone conference, I’ve had time to bring myself up to speed with the latest announcement from Amazon. In case you haven’t heard, let’s jump right in and take a look!

Announced late last month as a companion service to the many other offerings from Amazon, the new Kindle Unlimited option is making waves throughout the news and social media. Opening up access à la Netflix on over 600,000 eBooks and a smaller number of audiobooks for a set price per month, Amazon is now in competition with other services such as Oyster and Scribd, which offer something similar.

While this isn’t too unusual, the fact that Amazon is the largest in the field is causing heartburn among many and provoking the eternal question about the need for libraries in our so-called digital age. (See the link to an article in Forbes here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/07/18/close-the-libraries-and-buy-everyone-an-amazon-kindle-unlimited-subscription).

C’mon, really? Can a digital eBook service really replace story times, job placement information, community learning, author visits and more? Maybe Forbes should read this report from the Pew Research Internet Project: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology. Of particular interest is this little bit of information I found: “…90% of Americans ages 16 and older say that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community…” Upshot? Folks like their local library!

In the end, while Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited is probably a good service for some, this still can’t replace the library, a lifeline to our communities that freely provides access to information for all.

Talk to you next month!

I was honored to be selected for Library Leadership Ohio 2014.  This year's intensive, 3-day retreat featured some amazing speakers from all across the country, including past-ALA president Barbara Stripling, members of Ivy Library Consultants, and Nate Hill, Deputy Director at Chattanooga Public Library.  Check out Chattanooga's 4th Floor if you want to feel inspired about ways to use library space.

Library Leadership Ohio emphasized creating meaningful projects with measurable outcomes while developing our leadership skills.  Projects that are being developed as a result of this retreat include a multi-library type free un-conference called "All For Un" that allows for an informal sharing of ideas without the traditional restricitions attending annual conferences would entail.  

The most valuable part of the conference to me was the opportunity for networking.  The energy of so many ambitious leaders in the same place was electric, and I was so impressed with the amazing plans my colleagues have to improve our Ohio libraries.


McGraw-Hill Medical User Services will present a webinar series on their "Access" line of medical resources in August.   Among the highlights, they'll show how to use the new federated search feature to search multiple Access sites.  They will also demonstrate how to use premier texts and the collection of videos and diagnostic tools in the Access products.

Libraries that subcsribe to or are considering AccessMedicine, AccessPharmacy, AccessEmergencyMedicine, AccessSurgery, AccessAnesthesiology, AccessPediatrics, AccessPhysiotherapy or JAMAEvidence will find these sessions helpful.

For details and to register see: McGraw-Hill Webinar Series on Access Resources in August.

Since spring and summer have zoomed by, did you miss the July deadline for the Rittenhouse discount offer? No worries. OHIONET members now have through September 30th for these exceptional savings on Rittenhouse health science eBooks and print books from 60 STM publishers.

The highlight of the offer is that you receive a 22% discount on one print order (excepting Elsevier Health Sciences titles) and one R2 Digital Library order during this period (now extended from April through September 30th for OHIONET Members). Put all your selections on one print order and on one eBook order to get the most benefit from this special discount.

Additionally, OHIONET has an ongoing discount on the R2 Digital Platform annual fee--our consortia members save over 60% on the regular hosting fee.

For an overview of the R2 platform, you can watch the R2 YouTube video at any time.

For the discount code, for more information, or for a demo, contact Mary Conroy (maryc@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 16) or Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29) at OHIONET.

OHIONET has a trial to the Thieme E-Book Library through August 15th. These medical textbooks are known for outstanding full-color illustrations and instructive text. Specialties are: anatomy, clinical sciences, physical therapy, and radiology.  For the trial password, please contact Mary Conroy (maryc@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 16) or Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29) at OHIONET.

More information about our current offers from Thieme, including discounts on the Thieme E-Book Library, may be found in our earlier blog posting:  Thieme for eResources for Medical Education.

Fifty participants from libraries around Ohio are gathering at the Holiday Inn-Worthington on July 22-25, 2014 to participate in the Library Leadership Ohio Institute.  This three-day institute, facilitated by the Ivy Group, will form leaders who will work together for the benefit of all Ohio libraries and the communities they serve and help guide Ohio libraries into the twenty-first century as they solve the issues facing our libraries and communities.

To see the Library Leadership Ohio Class of 2014 in action, go to https://www.facebook.com/ohionet, and make sure to "like" the OHIONET page while you are there!

OHIONET is offering special pricing on Honeywell Voyager® 1202g Wireless Single-Line Laser USB Barcode Scanner to its members.

Honeywell’s Voyager™ 1202g hand-held laser barcode scanner incorporates the freedom of Bluetooth® wireless technology and offers a field-replaceable battery that can be quickly and easily exchanged. The 1202g single-line wireless scanner delivers the aggressive linear barcode scanning that users have come to expect from the world-renowned Voyager family of scanners. Read even the poorest quality barcodes with advanced laser scanning technology that only Honeywell can deliver.

Honeywell Voyager(TM) 1202g Bluetooth(R) USB Barcode Scanner

OHIONET Member Price:  $346.50
Includes Cradle, Manual, 3 Year Manufacturer's Warranty (1 Year Warranty on Battery); Available in Black or Black and White


OHIONET Price Good Through Friday, August 29, 2014

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



Thanks to OHIONET members working together cooperatively, we have been able to work out a deal with EBSCO to continue access for all OhioLINK libraries to EBSCO's Education Full Text (formerly from H.W. Wilson).

In mid-June, it became clear that we did not have sufficient support to continue the group as it had been; several libraries had to drop their support because of changes in usage and budget.  However, once the call went out to membership, the response was quick and positive: members wanted to work together to keep a good thing going.

We would like to thank the new supporters of the group, including Defiance College, University of Akron - Wayne College, Ohio University - Lancaster, Ohio Northern University, Franklin University, Columbus College of Art & Design, Wilmington College, Franciscan University, University of Dayton, and Oberlin College.

We would also like to thank those libraries that offered to extend their existing support, including Heidelberg University, the State Library of Ohio, Capital University, and Cedarville University.

Final distributions among newcomers are still in determination, but all will be notified within the week of the final amounts.

We are grateful to our members for their willingness and ability to work with us to achieve common goals like this.