OhioNET News

OhioNET is pleased to announce an agreement for the benefit of our members with Tech Logic, an American-owned, Minnesota-based company exclusively serving libraries with RFID-enabled self-checkout, sorting and security solutions.

Tech Logic connects people, products and solutions for a better library experience. Those products and solutions include:

For more information about Tech Logic, please visit https://tech-logic.com or contact Pam Rossman at OhioNET at pamr@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 10.

Our Three Questions series helps provide insight on projects and aspirations of the Ohio library community through interviews we conduct during our visits.  Earlier this year, Carrie Waibel, OhioNET’s Electronic Resources Program Manager, paid a visit to Cleveland Institute of Art and spoke with Library Director Laura Ponikvar.  As part of the visit, the library was presented with a certificate honoring their 40 years of continuous membership with OhioNET.  We deeply appreciate Cleveland Institute of Art for their longstanding support!

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

Making it easier for students to access materials by rearranging and opening up the space and providing them with contemporary content that meets their current information needs.  For example, we just started a graphic novel collection that’s been really well received.  Students need pleasure reading too!  We already had some titles, but pulling them out, featuring them, and building the collection with topics students are facing has led to 80% of the collection being checked out at least once. 

What is your library dream?

I wish I could magically expand our space.  We recently turned one former staff office into an open collaborative space, but we always need more space.  For being a single building campus, we aim to organize efficiently.  I also would like to see more collaboration between the library and other departments to help encourage active learning and instruction with our students.

What are you currently reading?

Independent People by Halldór Laxness.  I also enjoy audiobooks on my commute, and I recently listed to a non-fiction political book.

One of the benefits of OhioNET membership is free access to our training webinars (In-person events and workshops are half-off the non-member rates). Anyone who would like to attend webinars either live or to view later should register. This guarantees that you will automatically receive a link to view the recorded session. We typically send those follow-up messages within 24 hours of our original broadcast. You are welcome to do this for any of our webinars. We have enough capacity that this does not affect anyone else's ability to attend.

Remember: All Ohio schools are members of OhioNET through INFOhio. K-12 librarians should select "INFOhio" from the drop-down menu of organizations on the registration page. Currently enrolled iSchool students should select "Kent State University-iSchool" from the drop-down menu when registering.

An individual OhioNET account gives you one-click event registration. Don't have a log-in yet? Sign up here.

Please let us know if you find yourself with additional questions: ohionet@ohionet.org.

Part of the discussion around RA21 involves the movement away from IP-based authentication and towards SAML-based methods of authentication for access to electronic resources. In a nutshell, SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is a secure protocol for exchanging user information between trusted systems. SAML is the underpinning to a number of technologies with strong branding and name recognition in the library world, like Shibboleth and OpenAthens. With the introduction of RA21, an opportunity has emerged for libraries to transition the authentication mechanism used by EZproxy, a commonly deployed application used to provide IP-based access to subscription content from outside of the campus network.
If there’s a movement away from IP-based authentication, you might be wondering why you’d be motivated to switch to using a SAML-based authentication method for an IP-based application. Or perhaps, why you’d need an application like EZproxy at all. It’s useful to keep in mind that not all publisher platforms will be SAML-compliant in the near term. While large publishers are capable of shifting technologies quickly, smaller publishers will continue to provide IP authentication or credentialed access to their content for the foreseeable future.
When compared to the III patron API, using a SAML-based service is more secure, provides synchronized password reset when needed, and more fully integrates the library's electronic resources into the campus environment by standardizing access credentials across multiple campus platforms (email and learning management systems, for instance). Improvements to user experience, such as reducing the hurdles to resource access for online-only students who may never come to campus or providing an intuitive and familiar login prompt are just a few. By switching the authentication method used by EZproxy, you'll gain the efficiencies and security provided by a SAML-based authentication method while maintaining IP authentication used by EZproxy and the layer of anonymity that it affords to the library user with respect to the subscription vendor.
What if you could gain these efficiencies by integrating EZproxy with an existing campus-based solution? 
When I talk with our members about moving towards a SAML-based authentication solution to access the library's electronic resources, they are often surprised that the necessary technology may already be available, and preferred, by the campus IT department. For example, Google's G Suite has the ability to function as a SAML-based identify provider for single sign-on.[1] Configuring EZproxy to authenticate using your G Suite directory is one step towards establishing a single sign-on environment that is inclusive of the library’s electronic resources.  
Microsoft subscribers also have a few options available for integrating EZproxy with a SAML-based authentication solution. Azure Active Directory can be used as a SAML-based identity provider. Keep in mind that a premium subscription to Azure Active Directory is required to integrate a “non-gallery application” like EZProxy.[2] Or, if you're running an on-premises instance of active directory, ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) can be used to establish a SAML-based single sign-on environment with EZproxy.[3]
If you’re interested, but aren’t sure how to get started, we’d be happy to give you guidance through the process. 

Whether you're looking to keep your collection looking healthy and in good circulating condition or want to preserve unique items--join us for one-day workshops demonstrating money-saving techniques in 2019. 

Basic Book Repair Workshop
April 17th, 2019 from 9:30am-3:30pm at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

This workshop is hands-on, allowing participants practice time for techniques such as repairing torn pages, tipping-in loose pages, hinge tightening, reattaching broken hinges and simple spine repairs.  Each attendee will receive a supply kit and a list of supplies to take back to the library.

Please note: The registration fees for this workshop include a $60 charge for the repair supply kit provided to each participant.


Advanced Book Repair and Structure
May 23rd, 2019 from 9:30am-3:30pm at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

Attendees will participate in decision-making and product evaluation for rare, brittle, and fragile books, apply stabilizing preservation decisions, and evaluate rehousing and boxing options. Techniques will include pamphlet binding, multiple signature binding, paper repair with wheat starch paste  and Japanese paper, appropriate use of heat set tissue, and encapsulation techniques.

Please note: The kit fee for this session ($70) is reflected in the session pricing. 

Libraries are hubs of the communities they serve--a space where all are welcome. Because of this central role, libraries are perfectly positioned to help people make the connections that are so essential to building strong communities.  In our Cultivating Connections training track, we cover a variety of topics that can help you foster those critical relationships.  We have two sessions in this series open for registration. Click the title links below for more information and sign-up today.

Feeding Hungry Minds and Bodies: Food Security Resources for Libraries
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Janet Ingraham Dwyer (State Library of Ohio), Shane Hoffman (Plain City Public Library), Kate McCartney (Marysville Public Library), and Sarah Schaff (Denison University)

Keep Your Community Connected with Burbio
Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Beth Talamas (Burbio), Michelle Alleman (McKinley Memorial Public Library), Jessica Horlacher (Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County), and Rebecca Wilden (Bucyrus Public Library)

Last winter, we launched a new series of webinars in our Preservation and Access training track--Copyright in Action.  The response to these sessions was amazing--staff members from all sizes and types of libraries registered in droves.  I'm very pleased to announce that our series presenter, Carla Myers, is ready to share more of her expertise with a new round of presentations.  To ensure that attendees have a solid foundation before exploring more complex topics, we will be starting the series with a repeat of the first two sessions from last year's series: Copyright Basics and Understanding Fair Use.  If you missed them or if you could use a refresher on this complex topic, plan to join us. Click the title links below to register today!

Copyright Basics: An Overview and Review
Tuesday, February 26th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Copyright in Action: Understanding Fair Use
Wednesday, April 24th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM



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 December 31, 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, December 31, 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

The election results for new members of the OhioNET Board of Directors are now official. 

Newly elected and re-elected Board members include:

  • Colleen Boff, Bowling Green State University Libraries (academic library representative)
  • Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Lorain Public Library System (public library representative)
  • Leslie Jankowski, Columbus College of Art and Design, Packard Library (special library representative)
  • Molly Meyers LaBadie, Delaware County District Library (public library representative)

These representatives join eight current Board members, with the newly-elected terms commencing in 2019.  The 12-member Board of Directors is elected at-large by the membership to serve staggered 3-year terms.  Each member of the Board is a professional librarian from an OhioNET member institution.

We thank Ms. Kacie Armstrong (Euclid Public Library), Mr. Don Barlow (Westerville Public Library), and Ms. Sheila Campbell (Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Library) for their service to OhioNET and to the Board, as they conclude their terms in December.  We appreciate all they have done to help steer OhioNET during their time on the Board, most especially their efforts in helping to choose the incoming Executive Director/CEO.

We would also like to thank the other candidates in this year's election:

  • Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries (academic library representative)
  • Mark Gooch, College of Wooster Libraries (academic library representative)
  • Andrew Mangels, Westlake Porter Public Library (public library representative)
  • Kelly Michalak, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (public library representative)
  • Chauncey Montgomery, Community Library, Sunbury (public library representative)
  • Deborah Saunders, Bossard Memorial Library (public library representative)
  • Stacy Gall, OhioHealth Library System (special library representative)
  • Laura Ponikvar, Cleveland Institute of Art Library (special library representative)

This was a highly competitive slate of candidates.  We are grateful for each candidate's enthusiasm and generosity.

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

We hope that you can join us on Friday, December 7 to honor Michael P. Butler on the occasion of his retirement.

An open house will run from 1pm to 3pm at 1500 West Lane Avenue. There will be no formal program; please come at any time to extend your goodwill and share in the company. Light refreshments will be served.

An indication of your planned attendance is kindly requested to ensure sufficient refreshments.

If you are unable to attend, recollections and words of congratulations may be sent to Michael in care of the OhioNET office or mpbutler@ohionet.org.