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OhioNET Launches Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) Making over 4000 Comics & Graphic Novels Available to all Ohio Residents

OhioNET announced this week the availability of over 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and children’s materials as part of an innovative program to make this content freely available to all residents of Ohio throughout the summer. This project is a collaboration with 9 other states and is intended to provide easy access to digital resources while also supporting statewide summer reading programs for all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic. More eBooks will be released throughout the summer from additional children’s, comic book, and science fiction publishers.

OhioNET is also participating in a Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) online event on July 30, featuring interactive sessions with leading talent as well as librarian-led discussions about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs available through public libraries. More details on the online event will be released soon.

“Firstly, we want to thank our valuable publishing partners who generously took the lead on driving the creation of this program,” said BiblioLabs CEO, Mitchell Davis. “We have worked on innovative eBook models at the state level for years and this shines a light on the close collaborations between publishers and libraries that are emerging today. This program has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people and highlights the role libraries have always served in being a provider of resources in a time of need.”  

All of the eBooks are available in an unlimited simultaneous use model and served to patrons via geolocation. “In the modern era, delivering and using statewide eContent resources should be as easy as catching an Uber, and we are proud to work with statewide library organizations and publishers adapting the digital library experience to modern user expectations. This model creates seamless support of information deserts throughout the state and ensures all states can provide a baseline eBook collection to all residents,” Davis added. The VLCC collection will be free to libraries and patrons in participating states through August 31, serving as a valuable tool in statewide summer reading program support for all libraries. 

“We are happy to be working with our peer state library organizations to create this project,” said OhioNET Executive Director & CEO, Nancy Kirkpatrick. “The aim during this stressful time is to simplify how Ohio residents access high-quality digital reading materials. As libraries, we are competing for digital attention with mainstream media, and projects like this remind people we are here to serve their information needs both during a crisis and in everyday life.”

To access the comic and graphic novel collection and learn more, visit: https://oh-comics.biblioboard.com/home. For more information, contact OhioNET at ohionet@ohionet.org.


I, like many Black Americans, am struggling to contain and compartmentalize the myriad of thoughts, feelings, and emotions battling for my attention in the wake of continued violence against us. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have sparked the current tide of protest and “wokeness” in our country, but the sad truth is that they are just the latest three in a far-too-long list of Black people murdered for having the audacity to be born.

In the wake of continued violence against Black people in this country, many businesses, corporations, and yes – even libraries – are issuing statements that condemn racism and say that these organizations stand with communities of color. That is not enough. Show us, don’t tell us.

We need you to do more than stand. We need you to do more than acknowledge a problem that has existed in this country since its inception. We need you to act. And that can look like many things. For individuals wondering “What can I do?,” read this article: 75 Things White People Can do For Racial Justice, and start with the first two things listed there. First, advocate that all on-duty police officers in your town are required to wear a body camera and that they must turn them on immediately when responding to a call. Second, advocate that your local police force mandates evidence-based police de-escalation trainings. These two action items alone will save lives.

For more resources (including books, articles, videos, podcasts, and curriculum ideas), I suggest starting with these two very thorough compilations:

What can libraries do? Start by accepting the fact that racism exists in our profession. According to 2017 Data USA statistics (drawn from the US Census Bureau) Black people represent 12% of the population but only 6% of librarians, and they’re the most well-represented minority group in librarianship. White people make up 73.6% of the population, but 85.9% of our profession. Racism is not the only factor in that imbalance, but it is most certainly one of them.

Be part of the solution. Ask yourself:

  • What needs to change in our policies, procedures, and culture in order to create a diverse and inclusive work environment for our staff?
  • What needs to change in our building to make the space feel welcoming to everyone in the community we serve?

Not sure where to start? Hire an expert to help you figure it out. Engage with a consultant who specializes in anti-racism work.

What can librarians do? Librarians are literally Masters of Research. We earned advanced degrees in this, folks. A simple Google search of “How can libraries fight racism” yields over 22 million results in less than 1 second. Put those research skills to use. Some of those 22 million plus sources are credible. Find them, read them, and use them to inform your actions.

Overwhelmed? Begin with the work of your peers, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and Ione Damasco, in Low Morale in Ethnic and Racial Minority Academic Librarians: An Experiential Study for a better understanding of the challenges faced by your colleagues of color. 

Worried you’ll do it wrong? You aren’t alone. Several friends have expressed this concern to me over the past few weeks. They want to tackle this work, but they aren’t sure where to start. My response? It doesn’t matter where you start. Just start somewhere. My children’s lives may depend on it.  

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director & CEO

OhioNET’s Executive Director/CEO Nancy Kirkpatrick and eResources Coordinator Sarah Probst met with nearly 50 representatives from 24 OhioNET vendor and publisher partner organizations on May 28 to discuss the results of the recent State of Ohio Libraries survey.

This survey asked OhioNET members for information about their budgets, cuts to current and upcoming fiscal years, and any other data or anecdotal stories they wanted OhioNET to share with vendors and publishers.

OhioNET shared this anonymized survey data and requested that vendor partners hold resource renewal pricing flat for this year. The picture of Ohio’s library landscape that emerged from the aggregated data was starker than many representatives had initially realized. Conversation and questions centered around the survey data, including how vendors could support OhioNET members during this challenging time, through evolving processes and pricing to meet the changing needs of the library community.

The roundtable reaffirmed OhioNET’s commitment to our members and vendor partners; many vendor representatives followed up with both Nancy and Sarah afterwards to express their appreciation for feedback. To keep the conversation going, plans are being made for another vendor roundtable in Spring 2021.

Vendor and publisher representatives posed a handful of questions for OhioNET’s members. Please complete our short survey to provide partnering vendors and publishers with more information about how to best serve members.

OhioNET members will also have opportunities to meet with vendor representatives for short Q&A discussions hosted by OhioNET. Be sure to keep an eye out for additional information about these sessions!

OhioNET would like to thank the following organizations for their attendance:

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Adam Matthew Digital
  • The American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Annual Reviews
  • Bloomsbury Digital Resources
  • Digital Theatre+
  • Elsevier
  • Gale
  • KnowledgeCity, LLC.
  • McGraw Hill
  • Morningstar, Inc.
  • NewsBank
  • Ovid
  • Oxford University Press
  • Paratext, LLC.
  • ProQuest
  • Rittenhouse
  • SAGE Publishing
  • Social Explorer, Inc.
  • Springer Nature
  • Springshare, LLC.
  • The Medical Letter
  • Thieme Publishers

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET are pleased to announce the cohort of developing leaders selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2020. 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 been held in great esteem over the years as a key program for helping the future leaders of our profession identify, develop, and strengthen their skills,” said Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development. “Having been involved with this program through several iterations, it’s always so heartening to see LLO graduates in key leadership positions throughout Ohio’s library community, and beyond.”

“OhioNET is particularly excited to once again partner with the State Library of Ohio as we present our first virtual Library Leadership Ohio Conference in 2020. We have been working diligently since last year to create a program that helps us Build, Sustain, and Renew this 2020 cohort of library leaders as we live through times of unexpected change,” said Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director/CEO. “I am pleased to be part of such a collaborative team, and can’t wait to see what we all learn from the talented slate of speakers that we’re bringing to the table.”

Congratulations to the following individuals selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2020:

  • Ashley Aldrich, Jackson High School
  • Renae Ault, Salem Public Library
  • Bradley Balduff, University of Findlay
  • Mindy Bilyeu, Westerville Public Library
  • Pamela Brockway, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
  • Rebecca Calfe, Dayton Metro Library
  • Erica Cherup, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Laura D'Amato, Ritter Library - Baldwin Wallace University
  • John Dewees, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Jennifer Donley, Heterick Memorial Library, Ohio Northern University
  • Virginia Dressler, Kent State University
  • Emily Glenn, Association of College and University Housing Officers – International, The Ohio State University
  • Jen Grill, Mentor Public Library
  • Grace Hammond, Delaware Area Career Center
  • Jenny Ho, Delaware County District Library
  • Kalyn Kappelman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Warrensville Heights Branch
  • Lindsay Kelly, Licking County Library
  • Sarah Lucas, Worthington Libraries
  • Nicole Martin, Rocky River Public Library
  • Molly McGirr Norris, Lakewood Public Library
  • Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library - Bay Village Branch
  • Catherine Polack, Pickerington Public Library
  • Lorena Popelka, Reinberger Upper School Library, Columbus Academy
  • Sarah Ryan, Mary L. Cook Public Library
  • Sarah Schaff, Denison University Libraries
  • Tara Shiman, Worthington Libraries
  • Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio
  • Valerie Simmons, Lane Public Library
  • Sarah Wepler, Rocky River City Schools
  • Drew Wichterman, Tipp City Public Library
  • Rebecca Wilden, Bucyrus Public Library
  • Elizabeth Zeitz, Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library

Library Leadership Ohio 2020 will be held online and will take place July 15-17, 2020. 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.

This post will be updated with relevant information and resources as libraries begin to open across the state. If you have resources you feel have been helpful when plannning your library's reopening or have a knowledge of reputable vendors offering safety equipment, please send the information to jilliant@ohionet.org

Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by OhioNET of the product, process, service, or its producer or provider. 

OhioNET Contract Vendors offering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other safety equipment: 


For large quantity orders or purchases over $2,000, please contact Demco’s Inside Sales Team at 800-462-8709 or email quote@demco.com. You may be eligible for special bid pricing.



Be sure to check out our 2020 OhioNET Member Library Product Contract Discounts for additional savings. Log in with your user account to view member discount codes and additional order details. For questions, please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org or call 800-686-8975.

For additional information about general Reopening Information & Resources, safe use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Printable Signage, Materials Handling, and more, please visit:

NEO-RLS: Resources for Reopening Our Libraries

State Library of Ohio: Coronavirus Information and Resources

OLC: Best Practices for Ohio's Public Libraries under COVID-19

In an effort to bring added value to our members and the communities they serve, 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. Read below to see what trainings were added in April and what will be leaving the Archive in May.

What’s New—Titles Added in April 2020

4/8 - Copyright in Action: Fair Use Myths and Misconceptions with Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries) 

4/14 - Re-thinking Census 2020 Outreach: Your Questions Answered with Kirstin Krumsee, Erin Kelsey, and Cindy Boyden (State Library of Ohio) 

4/16 - Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Home Improvement Reference Center with Jeff High (EBSCO) and Kimberly Bishop (Dayton Metro Library)

4/28 - Intentionally Intersectional: Feminist Programming in the Library with Rebecca Stanwick (Toledo-Lucas County Public Library) 

4/30 - Copyright and Online Learning with Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries) 

What’s Leaving—May 2019 Titles (Expire on Dates Listed Below)

5/14 - Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Transparent Language with Lauren Garcanz (Transparent Language) and Megan Sheeran (Upper Arlington Public Library) 

5/21 - How to Grassroots: Limitless Possibilities through Community-Based Solutions with Kate McCartney (Marysville Public Library), Shane Hoffman (Plain City Public Library), Sarah Schaff (Denison University Library), and Gina Maida (University of Mount Union) 

5/29 - Census Overview: Getting Ready for 2020 with Kirstin Krumsee (State Library of Ohio) 

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. See our full announcement about opening the OhioNET Training Archive here

If you have questions about the Training Archive, or any other OhioNET service, please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.

You asked, we listened! Join us for "Copyright Under Quarantine: An Open Q&A Session" on Thursday, May 7. This is a free webinar, open to all library staff working in Ohio!

Our current circumstances are complex and dynamic, and libraries of all types are doing their best to respond to the needs of the diverse communities they serve. Our copyright trainer, Carla Myers (Miami University), is again offering her expertise to discuss ideas, options, and best practices. This online event will be an open-ended, attendee-driven Q&A session focused on copyright questions for our current climate.

Have a question you'd like to see addressed during the webinar? Please use this form to submit questions for consideration.

This event is part of our Preservation & Access Training Track. Online registration for "Copyright Under Quarantine" is available here

Can't make it in real-time? Sign-up to receive a link and view the recording of our online sessions at your convenience. Check out other upcoming opportunities on our website: https://www.ohionet.org/training-calendar.

Our team is busy working on webinars and training opportunities for the year ahead, and we want to hear from you! Do you have a topic you’d like to see us tackle in future trainings? Suggest a subject or speaker here or contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org.

Want to learn more about trainings OhioNET has already hosted? View past webinars and training materials in our Training Archive.

To access the Training Archive, use your OhioNET website login to view available webinars. 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.

Tomorrow’s OhioNET webinar, “Copyright and Online Learning,” is rescheduled for Thursday, April 30 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Our presenter, Carla Myers, is under the weather and unable to lead the session tomorrow afternoon as planned.

There is no need to cancel or re-register – your log-in credentials will be transferred automatically. If you’re already registered, please watch your email inbox for an updated message from customercare@gotowebinar.com with the new meeting date and time. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns: ohionet@ohionet.org.