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.

Special discount pricing is now available for OHIONET public libraries from Boopsie. Boopsie is the industry leader in making mobile apps for libraries, supporting over 2,500 library locations worldwide.

People spend nearly 90% of their mobile time in apps, and it's important for libraries to reach patrons in a way they are accustomed to and invest in a solution that keeps up with the current technology landscape. With partners like Recorded Books, Overdrive, EBSCO and hoopla digital,  it's easy to see why a Boopsie app is the best solution to help you aggregate your library's content and functions like your calendar, social media, and ask a librarian, into a single app environment.

We are seeing that Boopsie apps deliver ~30% of a library's new patrons and ~35% increase in circulation/usage of their already-paid-for subscription services.

You can view a presentation about the apps here.

Take the opportunity to learn about the benefits of a Boopsie app for your library today!  Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Coordinator at carriew@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 25.  

Boopsie Library App Features

  • Catalog Search using Smart Prefix™ search
  • ILS Integration for holds, renewals
  • BookCheck, BookLook™, Virtual Library Card, Multilingual Functionality
  • Ask A Librarian, Library Locator
  • Access to Library App Stats via private Boopsie Analytics dashboard
  • Events, Calendar  (limited to 10 iCal feeds), Reading Lists
  • Blogs and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Third Party Database Access (limited to 10 links)
  • Codecademy, TakeLessons, Scribd integrations
  • CoverCake™ (Integration only; Customer Must Contract Separately for CoverCake Service)
  • ComicsPlus (Integration only; Customer Must Contract Separately for ComicsPlus Service)
  • In-App Patron Survey
  • Enhanced App Navigation Bar
  • Additional Integrations (see list below)

List of Current Integrations Available

3MCloudLibrary, Axis360, Acoustik, BiblioLabs (when available), Blackboard Mobile, BookLetters, Brainfuse (when available), Codecademy (when available), Comics Plus, CONTENTdm, Credo Literati, EBSCOhost, EBSCO EDS,  Evanced, Fastcase (when available), Freegal (when available), Freading (when available), GALE Cengage Learning, Goodreads, Hein Online (when available), Hoopla Digital (when available), IndieFlix (when available), Lexis-Nexis (when available), Mango Languages, MyLibraryBookstore (when available), OneClickdigital, OverDrive, NoveList, ProQuest eLibrary, ProQuest SIRS, Pronunciator (when available), RedLaser, Scribd, Spritz Speed Reading (when available), TakeLessons, Transparent Language (when available), Trumba, Tutor.com (when available), Westlaw (when available), Wowbrary, Zinio (when available),

Supported ILSs

Agent Verso, Alexandria, Apollo, Atriuum, Axis360, BiblioCommons, CML, Evergreen, Ex Libris Aleph, Primo and Voyager; Follett Destiny Library Manager, Index Data, Innovative Encore and Millennium (Sierra); Koha, LearningAccess, LRMS, Multiplexor, NetOpacs, OCLC, Polaris, ReCAS, SirsiDynix Horizon, iBistro and Symphony; Sirsi Enterprise, Sirsi

Based on member feedback, OHIONET has negotiated with two new streaming resources for the performing arts.

Digital Theatre Plus

Digital Theatre Plus gives a 360-degree look at the art that is theatre. 

It’s a perfect resource for English students who need access to high-quality performances of Shakespeare and other classic texts, as well as drama and theatre students who are seeking insight into the creative industries, and want to hear from professionals working as actors, directors, or designers.

The resources encompased by Digital Theatre Plus include:

  • HD Productions - A library of award-winning recent productions including Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, All My Sons and Far From the Madding Crowd. Coming soon: the Olivier award-winning production of Ibsen’s Ghosts.
  • Making Theatre -  Exclusive documentaries and interviews with the cast and creative teams behind each production, such as interviews with stars like David Suchet and David Morrissey.
  • Collections - An especially curated collection of some of the best and most interesting filmed performance from all over the world, including iconic productions of Death of a Salesman and Antigone.
  • Study Guides -  Extensive written learning resources which deepen students' understanding of productions and texts, authored by experts in the field.
  • Teaching Support -  A growing resource of filmed workshops to help educators lift text off the page using drama techniques and exercises.

For a taste of what Digital Theatre Plus has to offer, please follow this link to watch a recent trailer.


Since 2008, Medici.tv has offered a privileged access to the best of classical music to music lovers across the world.

Their streaming video catalogue includes concerts, musical archives, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, educational programs and artist profiles--a current listing of over 1400 programs.

Additionally, Medici.tv offers 100 live concerts each year: beautiful events in partnership with the greatest artists and international musical institutions.

Learn more from their current catalogue listing or their current overview for academic instititutions.

For more information about either of these resources, including quotes and trials, please contact Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29).

Are you planning to attend the ALAO Conference on November 14?  Don't miss out on your chance to learn how to "Think Like a Geek" with Shelly Miller from OHIONET and Tina Yersavich from OCLC.  Shelly and Tina will discuss the proven tactics and tools that have helped kick off community conversations and brought successful library awareness programs to hundreds of communities across the country through the OCLC "Geek the Library" program.

The "Geek" program was targeted to public libraries, and there were a number of participants in Ohio.  The lessons learned from the program are universal: the program used a structured approach to manage Awareness--helping your users see themselves in the library--Engagement--talking to your users but also listening to them--and Encouragement--getting constituents to share stories of transformation within their local library.  

Shelly and Tina are ready to help you think about how you can manage Awareness, foster Engagement, and help your faculty and students express their Encouragement on your campus for your library.  We hope you will join them at ALAO!

In October, OHIONET's webinar on HathiTrust introduced us to this rich online resource.  Like the elephant it is named after, Hathi is huge, powerful, and has a long memory.  Started in 2008, now over 90 academic institutions are participating by sharing millions of library resources that they have digitized, including published works, archives, and rare materials.  One of our members, the Ohio State University, is also a HathiTrust member. 

Though the text of copyrighted material is not shared publicly, all the scanned full-text documents are searchable by keyword. The catalog may be searched by title, author, etc.  Faceted headings help refine your search of this gigantic resource. Despite copyright restrictions, there are still many books you will be able to read, as well as documents and collections to study, search or browse.

Genealogists will be thrilled to find this treasure trove.  I found out that my husband may be a descendant of a 7th century King of Ireland!  For a sample search of HathiTrust, try “Thanksgiving” and find the 1904 proclamation, or a play from 1922, or one of many other unexpected historical documents.  Explore HathiTrust at  http://www.hathitrust.org.

Digital Archives! 

From the fantastic vintage menu collection held by the Los Angeles Public Library (http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/visual-collections/menu-collection) to the many online resources available across the good state of Ohio (http://www.ohiomemory.org), online archives are a great way to learn, explore and find information for our patrons and community.  

However, if you are a library director or staff involved in the start-up or managing of a digital collection, then you know quite often things are different on the inside!  Given this, let’s talk about starting up a digital collection at your library.  How do you get going?  What are some of the various considerations you and your staff need to be aware of?

OHIONET has you covered.  Join us for our upcoming webinar The Digitization Game:  Where Do We Start? on January 14.

We’ll be discussing the first steps of the digitization planning process: how to choose what materials to digitize and how to decide what workflow and standards will work best for your staff.

Let us help you start thinking about what projects might be possible in your library.  We’ll follow this webinar with another webinar concentrated on helping you to understand how access and interaction with your digital collection works, and share tips and tricks to help you get up to speed quickly.  

Remember, if you are an OHIONET member, we have discounts on scanning hardware to help you get going, too!

Rittenhouse's Oktoberfest is underway, and there's a November Elsevier offer, too! 

Oktoberfest Special 2014

In addition to the tremendous discount OHIONET has on the R2 Digital Library platform for Rittenhouse eBooks, we are pleased to share that our members are also eligible for the "Oktoberfest" special offer.

The highlight of the offer is that members will receive a 22% discount on one print order (excepting Elsevier Health Sciences titles) and one R2 Digital Library order this fall. 

For an overview, you can watch a quick demo of the R2 Digital Library in actionon YouTube at your convenience.

Elsevier Special  2014 banner

Also special this season: you may order titles published by Elsevier between October 2013 to June 2014 at a 15% discount via Rittenhouse, if you order by November 15th.

The Oktoberfest offer runs October 1, 2014 through January 15, 2015.  Again, this offer is good for a single order placed during that time.

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.

Offer the Language Program Your Patrons Know

As multicultural communities expand, interest in language learning increases. Language programs promote inclusive participation and strengthen community connections. To meet this growing need, libraries seek innovative solutions to help patrons build a new language foundation with confidence.

The Leading Technology-based Language Learning Resource

Rosetta Stone offers libraries and their patrons the proven immersion method that more than 22,000 schools and 12,000 businesses have trusted for over the last 20+ years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library--or anywhere, anytime.

Relevant and Efficient for Today's Libraries

Provide an award-winning language program that benefits individual patrons and the community you serve. With Rosetta Stone Library Solution, administrators and database managers are able to get a new program up and running quickly--so learners can begin their language journey right away.

Content & Features

  • 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
  • 50 hours of foundational instruction
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more
  • Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

Available Languages

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • English (American)
  • English (British)
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Pashto
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

To Login to the Free Trial:
Go to:  http://trial.ebscohost.com
User Id:  ontrial
Password:  ebsco

Note:  When libraries go in for the first time they will need to enter their email with a desired password.  From there they will log in that way each time.  Once they have logged in for the first time they will have 30 days from the day they created the email and password for the product.

Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Coordinator at carriew@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975 ext. 25 for discounted pricing and additional information.  

OHIONET recently hosted an informational webinar called Exploring Mobile App Options: Find the Best Fit for Your Users. If you've been thinking about how to reach your mobile-connected users (both current and potential), then we've got some resources for your review.  In our recent webinar, we heard from two companies providing mobile solutions for libraries, Boopsie for Libraries and Capira Technologies.  Both presentation teams have provided PDFs of their talking points, and we have a video recording of the sessions to share, too!  Click the links below to see what you might be missing.

Boopsie for Libraries - Presentation PDF

Capira Technologies - Presentation PDF

CLICK HERE to access the archived recording of our recent webinar.  Please note that you will be prompted to enter a valid email address to access the material.  No other form of authentication is required.