OhioNET News


OhioNET is pleased to announce that Nancy S. Kirkpatrick has been selected as the next Executive Director/CEO, to succeed Michael P. Butler. Ms. Kirkpatrick is currently the Associate Director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS).

“Nancy’s enthusiasm for all types of libraries came through loud and clear during the interview process,” says Andrew Whitis, Board Chair. “She is the clear choice to lead OhioNET forward. Nancy’s thoughtfulness and analytical skills will help to ensure that OhioNET continues to provide the types of services members want and need. I want to again thank both OhioNET staff and Board members for their engagement throughout the search process.”

In addition to Ms. Kirkpatrick’s current position with MCLS, she also served on the Boards of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) and Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) while she was the Director of Library Services at Marian University in Indianapolis. Ms. Kirkpatrick holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond (VA).

“I am excited to become part of the Ohio library community,” says Ms. Kirkpatrick. “I have been impressed with the OhioNET staff and Ohio librarians, having collaborated on projects including the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Ms. Kirkpatrick is expected to start on January 3, 2019.

We would not normally make public note of the retirement of our colleagues from other library organizations, but we feel we must make an exception for Missy Lodge, who is retiring from the State Library of Ohio at the end of September.

In her various capacities at the State Library of Ohio, Missy has always been a friend to OhioNET and a supporter of our efforts to complement the State Library's work in cross-type collaboration. 

Every Ohio library has been touched by her work over the years--through the ongoing LSTA support of statewide initiatives like Libraries Connect Ohio, Library Leadership Ohio, and ILEAD, as well as individual LSTA program grants that have enabled projects like COOL and the Opioids in Communities, Libraries in Response conferences.

We are glad to have known you, Missy, and we are grateful for your commitment to Ohio libraries for so many years.  Best wishes to you!

OhioNET is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, elected at-large by the membership to serve 3-year terms. The Board consists of professional librarians from OhioNET member institutions.

Each fall, four seats come up for election. This fall, members will elect two public library representatives, one academic library representative, and one special library representative.

Each member institution has one vote. The election link will be sent to the representative individual at each institution later in October.

If you have questions about the election process, please contact Christine Morris, Deputy Director, at christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.

We are pleased to share that the search process for OhioNET's new Executive Director/CEO continues to proceed according to the estimated timeline.

The Search Committee, Board, and OhioNET staff interviewed four candidates in mid-September. The Committee is gathering feedback from the Board and the staff from that process, and they are expecting to announce the selected candidate this fall. The selected candidate is expected to start in January.

Questions about the search process may be directed to Andrew Whitis, OhioNET Board Chair at whitis@ufindlay.edu.

We're pleased to tell you that one of OhioNET's Community Collaboration Teams--Building Bridges for Student Success--will be making presentations at both the OELMA and ALAO conferences later this fall.  Check out their sessions to hear how they are developing a vibrant collaborative community to support College Credit Plus students in central Ohio.  If you plan to attend either of these conferences--OELMA (10/24-10/26 @ the DoubleTree in Worthington) or ALAO (11/1-11/2 @ the Nationwide Conference complex in Lewis Center)--stop by the OhioNET booth to say hello.  Our staff members will be attending sessions, sharing information, and meeting up with members at both of these events.

Have you been thinking about showcasing a local history collection, but need some inspiration or help getting started? Join to us for a hands-on lesson in building an engaging project to bring awareness to your resources and develop relationships in your community. Our workshop leader, Dr. Miriam Kahn, will walk attendees through the steps involved in creating a sample project: a virtual tour of your downtown area or other local, historically interesting locations.  

Attendees will learn how to use online tools to find historic buildings or businesses.  Using maps, city directories, and census records, attendees will learn how to create biographies of these locations. You'll walk away with an outline of tasks you'll need to complete your own project! 

Hands-on Local History Workshop - November 15th, 2018 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at OhioNET

As library staff members, one of the most difficult phrases to hear ourselves say has to be “I can’t help you with that.”  But with more and more of the content we provide to our communities coming in the form e-resources, it can be confusing and overwhelming to assist patrons having trouble accessing those materials.  Content can come from a variety of sources like a state-wide contract, a consortial agreement, or a subscription for a single system or location. It can be accessible only to on-site users or available for patrons logging in from anywhere. In this session, we’ll discuss the variety of content available, including recent changes to the list of resources available to all libraries around the state thanks to Libraries Connect Ohio, as well as tips on what pieces of information you need to gather to help resolve an access problem, who you should contact, and how to follow-up to ensure the issue is resolved. We have some key tools to help you unlock sticky access issues.   

Troubleshooting E-Resource Access - December 12th from 2:30-4:00pm

The fall semester brings with it new copyright questions and stumpers! Upcoming Copyright in Action webinars will focus on your specific questions and give you a chance to craft copyright policies, so that you can document your decisions and provide clear, consistent service. How would you like to see the series continue? Weigh in on copyright topics for 2019 with our quick survey!

Copying with Copyright Questions in Your Library
October 18th, 2018 from 3:00-4:00PM
Presenter: Carla Myers

Creating Sustainable Copyright Policies
December 5th, 2018 from 3:00-4:00PM
Presenter: Carla Myers

Subject headings are the true magic that libraries bring to the world.  They allow us to collocate materials by topic and provide more precise access (for us and for our end users) than keyword searching.  If you work with cataloging or records maintenance at your institution, register for our online series today to learn about the variety of subject heading systems, the process for assigning headings in the most widely used systems, and how to locate subject authority records to help you verify or edit headings in your local catalog. Click the links below for more information and registration options.

Fundamentals of Cataloging ONLINE: Overview of Subject Analysis for Copy Catalogers

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM


Fundamentals of Cataloging ONLINE: Subject Analysis Tools for Copy Catalogers

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM


Fundamentals of Cataloging ONLINE: Subject Analysis Suggested Workflows

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

OhioNET's Electronic Resources Program Manager, Carrie Waibel, spent some time this summer visiting libraries around Ohio. In her series, Three Questions, Carrie gives some insight on the projects and aspirations of the library community in our state.

Carrie and Shelly Miller, our Community Engagement Manager, stopped by the Burton Public Library.  Burton is a lovely community about an hour due east of Cleveland housed in a historic building that originally served as a school.  Library Director Katie Ringenbach answered some of our most pressing questions.  

What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now?

We just hired an Outreach Librarian to work directly with our schools.  Unfortunately, our K-12 libraries are no longer staffed by a professional librarian.  To help better serve our community, we collaborated with the Principal at Burton Elementary to develop the position.  

What’s been your biggest challenge?

Since Burton Public Library is a historic building, it comes with historic problems.  We are consistently struggling with spatial issues and recently conducted a survey to figure out how to best use the basement level of our building.  We most need teen space and small, quiet spaces for individual or small group study.

What are you reading?

This year’s batch of nominees for the Dayton Peace Prize.  Also, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.