OhioNET News

Michael P. Butler, Executive Director/CEO of OhioNET, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Morris as Deputy Director.

“As OhioNET prepares for leadership transition this fall, the role of Deputy Director will help give continuity to our members and our staff,” said Butler, alluding to his upcoming retirement.  Morris will participate in the leadership transition team and assist in the day-to-day functioning of the organization.  She will also continue to function as the director of the Member Services department.  Further information about the search process for the new Executive Director/CEO will be shared with membership as it becomes available.

Morris holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and is expected to complete a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the Glenn College of The Ohio State University in December 2018.  She has served OhioNET members in previous positions as Director of Member Services, Electronic Services Coordinator, and Member Services Representative.

OhioNET is offering special pricing exclusively for our members on the following ergonomic accessories for your workstations through Thursday, May 31st:

Microsoft® Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop USB Wireless Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard Combo

Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is built on advanced ergonomic principles, with a split keyboard layout that keeps wrists and forearms in a relaxed position, and a cushioned palm rest to provide wrist support.  The domed keyboard shape works to reduce and correct wrist pronation that can cause pain and limited mobility.


Fellowes® Mouse Pad and Wristrest

Fellowes® Wrist rest provides exceptional support while redistributing pressure points. Soft, durable Lycra covering withstands daily wear and tear. Non-skid base holds wrist rest firmly in place. Wrist Filling Material: Gel Mouse Pad.


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Fellowes® I-Spire Series™ Foot Cushion

Foot cushion, a part of Fellowes I-Spire Series, features a soothing, 1 foam cushion top that provides a soft resting place for your feet. Design elevates your feet and legs for a more comfortable working position and helps reduce lower back tension and leg pressure. No tools are required for assembly. Nonskid rubber feet protect your work-space surfaces. Base is made of rubberized plastic."


OhioNET Member Prices

Microsoft® Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop USB Wireless Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard Combo   $99.00*

Fellowes® Mouse Pad and Wristrest   $18.70*

Fellowes® I-Spire Series™ Foot Cushion   $51.69*

*Shipping charges may apply and depend on quantity ordered.
Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 31, 2018


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

More and more library staff members in all types of environments are being asked to employ data-driven decision-making methods.  But, this can be a new and daunting prospect for many who just aren't sure where to start.  In this two-part series, we will explore the research process and its history, why we value it, and what it might look like in real-world scenarios.  Join Miriam Matteson (Kent State iSchool) and Kara Reuter (Worthington Libraries) as they guide us through a mini apprenticeship around the basics of what makes good research, explore examples and outline the essentials of good planning.  

For more information and to register:

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 1)
June 4th, 2018 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dr. Miriam Matteson and Kara Reuter

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 2)
June 18th, 2018 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dr. Miriam Matteson and Kara Reuter

Ready for journals? If you are responsible for maintaining catalog records for periodicals, are new to the task or just plain avoid them because they are challenging, we're here to help. The second set of sessions in our Fundamentals of Cataloging series focuses on the issues, fields and elements to be considered when cataloging periodicals. We will be covering both physical and electronic serials records. Each session includes dedicated practice and searching time, brief quizzes, and other learning engagement opportunities. You might even find you like cataloging journals and that they aren't so difficult after all.

For more information and to register:

Serials Cataloging Overview (Session 1)
June 12th, 2018 from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Sarah Schaff
The first session in the Serials series gives an overview of serials cataloging. We will describe the vocabulary and resources you need to get started.

MARC for Serials (Session 2)
June 19th, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Sarah Schaff
This session focuses on the key MARC fields frequently used in serials cataloging.

RDA vs. AACR2 for Serials (Session 3)
July 10th, 2018 from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Sarah Schaff
The third sesson in the series focuses on the key changes that the new cataloging standard, RDA (Resource Description and Access), brings to serials cataloging considerations.

SAGE Research Methods Video: Practical Research & Academic Skills Collection

The newest collection of streaming video on the SAGE Research Methods platform offers support on the practical skills that researchers need to successfully complete their research.  Key areas such as writing a research proposal, planning and designing a research project and securing ethical approval are explicitly covered.  Practical skills such as project management, writing for publication, presenting work, and building networks are also presented through helpful explanatory videos. This video collection will give researchers the confidence to successfully navigate their research work, take responsibility for their professional development and identify the transferable skills they need to progress their careers.

Practical Research & Academic Skills includes video on:

  • Writing a research proposal
  • Planning & designing a research project
  • Securing ethical approval
  • Writing for publication
  • Project management
  • Essay writing
  • Time management
  • Computer applications
  • Applied research
  • Research careers & networking
  • How to present at conferences

OhioNET members enjoy special loyalty pricing from SAGE Publishing on this and many other products. Contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 for pricing and more information.

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET are pleased to announce the cohort of developing leaders selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2018. Participants were carefully chosen based on their outstanding leadership potential; excellent communication skills; successful library employment experience; initiative, commitment and reasonable risk taking; forward-thinking approach to problem solving; and commitment to the profession.

“Library Leadership Ohio has long been recognized as Ohio’s premier institute for helping future leaders identify and develop their skills. It is gratifying to look around the state and see LLO graduates in key leadership positions throughout Ohio’s library community,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain. “I look forward to meeting the 2018 Library Leadership Ohio class and working with them to lead Ohio’s libraries to even greater levels of achievement.”

"OhioNET is pleased to partner again with the State Library of Ohio to facilitate development of the next generation of library leaders in Ohio. We have been working since last fall to make sure that LLO 2018 gives the greatest opportunities for invited attendees to learn from—and with—each other, and to further develop strong ties across library types,” said OhioNET Executive Director/CEO Michael P. Butler. "Library Leadership Ohio is a tremendous example of what collaboration can do for the benefit of the entire Ohio library community, and I am grateful to all who have helped to make LLO 2018 a reality."

Congratulations to the following individuals selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2018:

  • Claire Ballinger -- Athenaeum of Ohio
  • Elaine Betting -- Lorain Public Library System
  • Nimisha Bhat -- Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Angela Bronson -- Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Kaya Burgin -- Westerville Public Library
  • Robyn Case -- Wright Memorial Public Library
  • Hong Cheng -- University of Cincinnati
  • Natalie Dielman -- Way Public Library
  • Matthew Dyer -- Ohio Office of Budget & Management
  • Michael Dziabiak -- Shafer Library, University of Findlay
  • Kathryn Fisher -- Ralph M. Besse Library, Ursuline College
  • Meagan Fowler -- Saint Joseph Academy
  • Jaclyn Fulwood -- Dayton Metro Library
  • Morgan Hidy -- Worthington Libraries
  • Anne Jubera -- Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Mary Looby -- Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library
  • Kristin McCormick -- Worthington Libraries
  • Jessica McIntosh -- Otterbein University
  • Michelle McKinney -- University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College
  • Terrence Metter -- Cleveland Public Library
  • Katherine Midgley -- Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Macie Penrod -- Ohio University-Alden Library
  • Maryann Penzvalto -- Cuyahoga County Public Library - Bay Village Branch
  • Craig Person -- University of Cincinnati
  • Sara Phillips -- Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
  • Rebecca Ransberger -- Toledo Lucas County Public Library - King Road Branch
  • Kari Siders -- Southern State Community College
  • Jamie Stilla -- Medina County District Library
  • Desiree Thomas -- Worthington Libraries
  • Shannon Titas -- Shaker Heights Public Library
  • Amy Wainwright -- John Carroll University - Grasselli Library & Breen Learning Center
  • Adam Wanter -- MidPointe Library System

Library Leadership Ohio 2018 will be facilitated by Ivy Library from Charlottesville, Virginia and will take place July 17 – 20, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center and Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Library Leadership Ohio is co-sponsored by the State Library of Ohio and OhioNET, with support from the Ohio Educational Media Library Association (OELMA) and the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL). The program is funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio. For more information, visit the Library Leadership Ohio website.

Executive Director/CEO Michael P. Butler has officially announced his retirement from OhioNET, effective January 2, 2019.

Butler's 26-year tenure has been marked by innovation and collaboration.  Two of the most notable innovations of that time have been the OPAL and COOL projects.  Leaders from both OPAL and COOL conveyed their thoughts on Butler's crucial leadership.

“Michael was instrumental in the formation of the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) collaborative project in 1998 to implement a shared integrated library management system that allowed 16 private colleges to become part of OhioLINK to share physical materials”, said Andrew Whitis, University Librarian at the University of Findlay and current OhioNET Board President. “He created a solid financial foundation for OPAL members that has created benefits beyond the original shared catalog. Michael’s guidance over the past twenty years has helped OPAL add additional participating libraries, share expertise, and provide numerous professional development opportunities for all of our staff.”

Community Library Executive Director/Fiscal Officer, Chauncey G. Montgomery shared that same gratitude and esteem, “Michael Butler's interest in new technologies and innovative solutions provided the foundation needed to establish Ohio's first statewide open source ILS consortium, COOL. The COOL libraries greatly appreciate his leadership and OhioNET's support of our efforts.”

Likewise, collaboration has been a key theme during Butler’s tenure, and other library leaders have reflected on that point.

“Early on in his tenure as Executive Director of OhioNET, Michael had a vision that all Ohio libraries needed to be one community with equity at the core of our strategic mission,” wrote Theresa M. Fredericka , Director of INFOhio and OhioNET Board Member.  “His leadership to help PreK-12 school libraries through staunch support of INFOhio and OELMA led to helping school librarians achieve equal access to professional learning.  His vision of equity provided equal access to negotiated reductions in pricing for every library, regardless of size; and equal opportunities for school, public and academic libraries to work together. He is leaving a tremendous legacy to every Ohioan and to future generations.”

Tom Sanville, former Executive Director of OhioLINK, also remembered Butler’s spirit of cooperation as a hallmark. “Michael Butler’s unfailing spirit of cooperation and collaboration rather than competition is the hallmark of his tenure at OhioNET.  Those of us from the other Ohio consortia who have worked closely with Michael have had a trusted colleague who always puts the interests of Ohio libraries first.  Michael has made a lasting contribution to the continued excellence of the Ohio library community.”

Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, further elaborated on the theme of Butler’s commitment to collaboration.  “Throughout his time at OhioNET, Michael has shown a passion for libraries and a commitment to improving library services through collaboration.  His vision brings together libraries of all types and in doing so, makes us stronger and more responsive institutions. Michael has accomplished this vision by empowering his staff to work with other library organizations, leading to successful events such as Your Library, Your Community and Embracing eBooks.  And nowhere has his commitment to library collaboration been more apparent than Library Leadership Ohio.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael on LLO since 2010 when OhioNET stepped in to work with the State Library on retooling LLO.  He firmly believes that LLO fosters collaboration in Ohio libraries by investing in future leaders and showing them the value in working together.”

The OhioNET Board has named a search committee for the Executive Director/CEO position.  Whitis and Fredricka are co-chairing the committee.  Further information about the search process will be shared with membership as it becomes available.



6464 Avery Removable Labels White 3 1/3" x 4" Rectangle/Laser Ink Jet Removable Adhesive 25 Sheets 6 labels per sheet 150 total labels per pack.


To offer the best possible prices, OhioNET purchases Avery 6464 blank removable labels in bulk.

The Current price is $16.95 per pack*.

Prices are subject to change without notice.  If you order after the deadline of April 30, we will try to honor the price but it will not be guaranteed unless approved by Staples.

You can place your orders directly with Pam Rossman via email at pamr@ohionet.org and please include the following information in your email:

Number of packs you wish to order

Contact Name

Shipping Address (Please include phone number)

Purchase Order Number (If required)

All orders will be placed with our vendor in a timely manner and you should receive your labels within two to three business days.  I will confirm your orders via email.  If you have any questions, please contact me at the email address above or by phone at 800-686-8975 extension 10.

Avery 6464 Label - $16.95 per pack + shipping*

Orders must be received by Monday, April 30, 2018.

* Free shipping for all orders of 3 packs or more.



1500 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221-3975, Phone 800-686-8975, Fax 614-486-1527 www.ohionet.org

Time is running out to register to attend OhioNET's long-running Basic Book Repair workshop!  Attendees will get hands-on attention and have plenty of time to practice their new skills--repairing torn pages, tipping in loose pages, hinge tightening, simple spine repairs and MORE!  Each workshop attendee will receive a supply kit to take home and start repairing items immediately. 

Registration closes at the end of business on Thursday, April 19th.

Basic Book Repair Workshop
Thursday, May 3rd from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

If you've been wanting to try your hand at original cataloging, and have prior training or experience with copy cataloging practices, wait no more! Our upcoming online series will introduce attendees to the key skills and workflows needed to create original records in MARC21 format.  Attendees will review standards for quality cataloging, explore time-saving tactics like creating templates or using constant data, and discover freely available tools to streamline their workflows and/or enhance their records.

Click each link below for more information or to register.

Basics of Original Cataloging (session 1)
Tuesday, May 8th from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Misty Alvaro

Simplifying Original Cataloging Workflows with Tools (session 2)
Tuesday, May 15th from 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Misty Alvaro

Tricks, Resources, and Practice for Original Cataloging (session 3)
Tuesday, May 22nd from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Misty Alvaro