Academic library members now have trial access to a select group of Gale primary sources through OHIONET.

Primary source content is essential to today's library. It enhances curriculum, teaching, research and scholarship. Gale Digital Collections has changed the nature of research by providing a wealth of rare, formerly inaccessible historical content from the world's most prestigious libraries.

Gale NewsVault delivers the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of historical newspaper and periodical collections. Users can simultaneously search or browse across multiple products owned by their institution. Newspaper collections include Times Digital Archive, Illustrated London News, British Library Newspapers, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, and many others.

Archives Unbound is a vast resource of topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students. Collections include Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia; County and Regional Histories & Atlases: Ohio; County and Regional Histories & Atlases: Pennsylvania; We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, and many others.

Libraries can pick and choose collections of interest. These primary source collections are one-time purchases, not subscriptions. We encourage you to explore our trial for these fascinating collections and to delve into history with us!

OHIONET contact: Christine Morris, 800.686.8975 x29; christinem@ohionet.org
Gale contact: Joanne Petz, 800.877.4253 x8834; joanne.petz@cengage.com

Confused about your statement?  Ever wonder what you really owe?  Here is a brief explanation of how to read your monthly statement.  Keep in mind that the statement is a summary of your monthly activity, which includes invoices for the month being billed, unpaid invoices, credits and payments through a specified date.

If an invoice is paid during the statement period, the payment will show in the prepayment column as a negative, for example -25.00 on the line below the invoice.  Paid invoices will be removed from the account during the system month end process.

Invoices that have not been paid will show as open with no payment applied and aged according to how many days the invoice is past due from the date the invoice was generated.  

Credits on account will show as a negative in the prepayment column and not be linked to any invoice.  These credits can result from many things: prepayment for workshops, prepayment for electronic resources, over- or double-payment of an invoice, prepayment for the year, or credits issued to the account.   We have the ability to make a brief notation regarding the credit or prepayment so you can identify the credit or prepayments.

A summary of the account is reflected at the end of the statement, taking into account all activity, including totals for all columns and a total balance due.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need invoice copies.  You may also log in to My Account and print the open invoice.  My Account is a members-only benefit that you can use to look up financial information.

Technology is constantly changing.  From operating systems to our library web sites, ILS needs and more, it’s a monster that can be hard to keep up with!  However, 2015 doesn’t have to be this way.  By thinking about things now, you can potentially head off any problems that might be brewing. 

Take a look at your library budget as well as your current staff.  What are their training needs?  What have they mentioned to you that they need help with?  Is it a traditional sort of IT skill set, such as Windows, Microsoft Office or some other technical topic?  Or is it library specific, to include cataloging, ILS functions or other category?  Narrow down the topics to a manageable list and begin now to put together a preliminary agenda for 2015.

If you are an OHIONET member, or even a non-member, check out our catalog of classes here at OHIONET to see how they might fit with your needs.  Available at this link, http://ohionet.org/training-calendar, we are right now evaluating new IT-related classes for 2015.  If you have specific requests, feel free to drop us a note or phone call.  Contact our training coordinator, Shelly Miller, with your suggestions today!

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the OHIONET office is closed on Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, December 1st.

From your friends and colleagues at OHIONET, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

On Friday, November 14th, I participated in a joint presentation with Tina Yersavich from OCLC at the 2014 ALAO conference in Sandusky.  We had a good crowd for our talk and the evaluations were great!  

But, we know that not all our members were able to make it to the conference.  So, we’ve made the slideshow we used publicly available: CLICK HERE to check out the online version of our materials.  In our talk, we mentioned a few other resources that you could use to get yourself thinking about how to engage with your communities and how to create an army of advocates:

CLICK HERE for OCLC’s From Awareness to Funding Report

CLICK HERE for ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries site

Would you like to have a better idea of which books your patrons really will use in your medical or health sciences library?

The Rittenhouse R2 platform has a flexible Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) feature that allows patrons to select titles themselves. The librarian can make the final decisions to order the items or not. In this way, the PDA feature helps patrons and librarians to work as partners, increasing book usage and patron engagement.

The librarians may pre-select which titles are in the PDA to make sure the book isn't already in the library's collection, and librarians can double-check about expensive books, to better budget funds.

This is a good time to request a trial to R2 and to try out PDA. The Oktoberfest special (22% discount for one consolidated order) is still valid through January 15th.

You can read more about the Rittenhouse R2 Patron Driven Acquisition Option PDA or the Rittenhouse Oktoberfest Special.

For more information about Rittenhouse, the R2 platform, or this offer, 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.

Save on medical and health eBooks!

Order now through the end of 2014 for a special discount of 30% on McGraw Hill eBook collections.  The collections are: First Aid Test Prep, Nursing, and Primary Care. 

Click on the link below and choose the medical tab to find the titles in these collections and descriptions of the books:

Contact Mary Conroy for more information.

The World Bank will be sponsoring a brief, free webinar about their eResources on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 10:00am EST.

The World Bank eLibrary is the World Bank's full collection of nearly 9,000 eBooks, flagship reports, journals, and other publications on social and economic development since the 1990s, and has many time-saving tools. The World Bank will be covering the content, features, and functionality of the site, as well as some of the upcoming improvements, such as the integration of World Bank data into the platform.

Register at:  http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTWBP/Resources/webinar_nov_2014.html


Examining primary sources gives your students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Analysis engages students, guides them toward higher-order critical thinking skills and constructs knowledge.

Gale Cengage Learning has created an outstanding search tool for these primary sources. Gale Primary Sources is now available and offered at an introductory promotional price of 30% off for K-12 libraries!

By incorporating multiple primary source archives into a bundle specially curated for schools, teachers can easily fulfill their curriculum requirements in this content area. The bundle includes Smithsonian, Sources in U.S. History Online, Liberty Magazine, 19th Century US Newspapers, as examples.

Gale has generated a trial for OHIONET schools to review each of the resources and our unique search tool, Artemis Primary Sources, which will allow your students to search all of these collections on an appealing platform. (The Times Digital Archives will be added in December). Artemis includes the Term Frequency and Term Cluster Tools. Be sure to explore each of those.

Access a free trial by visiting http://galesupport.com/trial/ohionetps.  Use the password ‘trial’ when prompted. Feel free to pass this trial link along to your colleagues.

Please contact Carrie Waibel at carriew@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 25 for more information.

We are glad to welcome our newest member, Akron Children's Hospital.

Akron Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the U.S., and ranked among the best children's hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. They will be celebrating their 125th year this 2015.

Akron's dedicated staff handles nearly 800,000 patient visits each year through their 2 hospital campuses and a large network of locations offering primary and specialty care. As a teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and other universities, they train new generations of pediatricians, specialists, and nurses every year.

Please welcome Akron Children's Hospital and congratulate them on their upcoming 125th anniversary in 2015!  Also, visit their website, https://www.akronchildrens.org and like their Facebook page.