OhioNET News

From the services, resources, and programs we provide to how we create and market them, copyright considerations are all around us as information professionals.

However, if you work in K-12 libraries, the issues you face can complicate matters exponentially. Plan to join us for a day-long, in-person workshop to give you the foundation you need to feel more confident in your understanding and application of your rights and responsibilities in our complex information landscape. Our day of learning will include hands-on activities and plenty of time to discuss specific questions or scenarios.

Attendees to this session will have the opportunity to:

  • Review the basic concepts of copyright
  • Discuss the exceptions for face-to-face classroom instruction
  • Explore the concept of fair use & the reuse it offers for educators

Presented by Carla Myers, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries. This workshop is part of the Preservation & Access CE Training Track and is worth 5 CEUs.

The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. with an hour long break for lunch on your own. For additional details and registration information, please visit our event page. For event updates or changes, please follow us on social media: @OhioNET.

The server hosting our website will be undergoing maintenance starting today (Wednesday, April 8) at 7:00 p.m. to upgrade our database server to improve security and provide new features.

Our website and other services will be unavailable for several hours during this upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at ohionet@ohionet.org. Thank you for your patience!

Is your Library running short of Earbuds?

In the hope that we will all be back soon providing personal service to our patrons and students, OhioNET has extended our special earbud pricing through the end of April. You can replenish your inventory of earbuds at 10% off OhioNET's regular member price. These are great for patrons, students and staff. Minimum orders start at 100 sets (the more you purchase, the lower the price), and must be purchased in increments of 100.


- Light-weight, mini earbud design
- L-shaped 3.5 mm stereo plug
- Use with MP3, CD, DVD players; computers; Playaways®
- Cord Length is 50" (may vary +/- 2")

Member Pricing

100 to 299         $1.01 ea. *
300 to 499         $  .96 ea. *
500 to 999         $  .91 ea. *
1,000 to 2,499  $  .86 ea. *

*Minimum Order of 100 Sets. Larger quantities are available at even lower prices. 

Shipping charges are based on quantity ordered, and you will be invoiced exact rates. Please request an approximate shipping estimate when placing your order. These special prices are valid for a limited time. Orders must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2020.

For product availability, questions, or orders, email Pam Rossman or call 800-686-8975, ext. 10. To see what other products OhioNET has to offer, visit our product listing

Although the OhioNET building is currently closed, we’re still open for business (remotely) and available via email and phone. In an effort to keep members connected, we've gathered a list of resources that may be helpful for you and the communities you serve —

General Resources:

  • OhioNET Training Archive (now open to all OhioNET members through June 30, 2020). To access the Training Archive, you will need an individual user account through our website. Sign up for an account here, or access the archive directly with an existing account. 
  • Audible Offers Free Books for Children & Teens
  • ICOLC Statement and Spreadsheet of Vendor/eResource Responses
  • OPLIN Guide to Expanded Database Access (including remote access to Ancestry Library edition, NewspaperArchive.com, World Book, and more) 
  • University Information Policy Officers Guide to Expanded Vendor Content

Academic Library Resources:

K-12 Library Resources:

Public Library Resources:

In light of recent recommendations from the Governor’s Office and health officials, and based on the changing landscape, OhioNET is temporarily closing our office in Columbus, beginning Monday, March 23.

Please note:

  • We are still conducting business, hosting webinars, supporting OPAL, COOL, PLC and all of our members — we’re just doing it remotely.
  • All meetings in our building have been canceled and the affected organizations have been notified. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the health and safety of our staff and those in our network makes it necessary to take this precaution.
  • In order to support our members, many of whom are also closed or who have employees that need to work from home, we’re making OhioNET’s Training Archive of continuing education webinars available to all members for free ‪through June 30. Please take advantage of this rich resource. For more information click here.
  • There have been a variety of vendor responses to COVID-19, as well as a statement from ICOLC. We’ve collected and linked to that information here, should it be helpful to you.

We hope you’re all doing okay, and that social distancing doesn’t have you feeling too disconnected. As we respond to the changing environment, we will continue to provide updates.

As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, please let me know.

Be well,

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, CEO/Executive Director

Recognizing that libraries globally are being asked to support eLearning in new and different ways in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC), of which OhioNET is a member, is compiling a list of the ways in which information services providers are addressing the ongoing crisis. Vendor responses range from enabling unlimited access to providing certain products and collections at no cost for a specified period.
This list is being updated daily as more information services providers' actions are communicated. It is our hope that this timely information will be of value to the OhioNET community in supporting electronic access to necessary resources in this uncertain time. View-only access to the spreadsheet is available here: https://tinyurl.com/COVID19vendresps
In conjunction with the compilation of vendor response information, ICOLC has released a statement on the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on library services and resources. The statement may be in read in its entirety here.
As always, OhioNET remains committed to supporting the community's success. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns  we are happy to help!

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing many libraries and information centers to cancel programming or shut their doors temporarily, OhioNET is offering free access to our training archive of webinar recordings for all members.

Libraries across the country are facing unprecedented uncertainty. At OhioNET, we share the concern of library staff doing their best to navigate the COVID-19 challenge on behalf of their communities. We know that many libraries have already made the difficult decision to pause services or close temporarily and are now facing reduced hours or remote work.

To aid with this transition, OhioNET is opening its Training Archive  a repository of the last 12 months of recorded webinars and professional development resources  to all member institutions through June 30, 2020.

Topics covered in the archive touch on all five of our Continuing Education (CE) Training Tracks: Cultivating Connections, Fundamentals of Cataloging, Data Analysis & Assessment, Preservation & Access, and Reference Skills & Resources. Many of the archived webinars qualify for CE credit. To claim CE credit after viewing a webinar, fill out the form here. Please allow one week for OhioNET to process your submission. After we verify your participation, your CE Certificate will be emailed to you.

To access the Training Archive, use your OhioNET website login to view webinars in the archive. Not sure if you have an account with our website? Head to www.ohionet.org/user to create an account or reset your password. If you already know your OhioNET website login, you can visit the archive directly at www.ohionet.org/OHN-training-archive.

As always, if you have questions about the Training Archive, or any other OhioNET service, please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975. We are here to help!

As communities begin to feel the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share with you the steps we’re taking at OhioNET to help protect the health and safety of our members, colleagues, and staff. Although we do not anticipate any service interruptions at this time, our office has a business continuity plan that can be implemented quickly, if needed.

Our top priority is the safety and well-being of those in our network. We’re asking all staff and visitors to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection, and we have guidelines in place that allow our employees to work remotely.

OhioNET will continue to make determinations about hosting in-person meetings and events based on recommendations from applicable public health agencies and will communicate any substantial changes or updates. 

Again, the health and safety of those in our OhioNET community are our top priority, and we’re committed to doing our part to help keep you safe.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, Executive Director/CEO

Califa is looking for librarians in rural public libraries who are interested in providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) programming for adults; must have at least 5 years' experience in a library. In exchange for completing a brief survey (10-15 minutes), you will receive a $100 honorarium and access to Rural Gateways website offering professional development training, planning, and program materials. 

The Rural Gateways project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to build librarians' capacity to plan and facilitate science-based library programs. The series of library programs uses videos and popular books to engage audiences and promote thought-provoking discussion, giving community members another reason to love their local library!

Please submit your application no later than March 20, 2020. Application and FAQs can be found here

Grant Award: $100 and access to Rural Gateways website offering public program materials, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community. 

Earlier, we announced a special offer for public libraries for the EBSCO magazine archive collections. We are pleased to announce that the same offer is now available to our academic library members.

Access cover-to-cover archive issues of some of the most popular magazine titles of all time — through a one-time purchase that's at least 50% off the regular price. The offer includes any (or all) of the following:

  • Architectural Digest
  • The Atlantic
  • Businessweek
  • Ebony
  • Esquire
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Life
  • Macleans
  • People
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Time
  • US News and World Report
  • Vanity Fair

This special offer is available through June 15, 2020. For more information, please contact us at e-resources@ohionet.org.

Save shelf space, replace lost copies, and provide unparalleled historical access...not to mention the cost savings!