OhioNET News

It’s been a year since I wrote a newsletter article imploring you, personally and organizationally, to act on issues of racial injustice. Recognizing that in those 12 months we have also been living through a pandemic and dealing with economic and other uncertainty, I want to ask you now to pause and reflect. What are you or your library doing differently in 2021?

I am encouraged by activities I see in our field. OhioLINK, supported by grant funding from the State Library of Ohio and several private donations, has reimagined their Workforce Diversity Initiative and grown the number of participating libraries. VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, is demonstrating their commitment to anti-racist actions by hosting a webinar series and incorporating DEI into their operational framework. Ithaka S+R partnered with the libraries at Binghamton University and the University of Delaware to create an Anti-Racism Talent Management Audit tool. At OhioNET, we are beginning work with The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio in order to ensure that we serve our team and our membership in ways that are inclusive and respectful. These are just four examples of many.

As we get back to normal life, whatever that means after the past fifteen months, let us recognize that “normal” life prior to the pandemic was not perfect. Instead, we should focus on creating a better life, for all of us.

Be well,

To view the rest of OhioNET's June 2021 newsletter, click here

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET are pleased to announce the cohort of developing leaders selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2021. Participants were meticulously chosen based on their outstanding leadership potential; excellent communication skills; library employment experience; initiative and reasonable risk taking; forward-thinking approach to problem solving; and commitment to the profession. 

“Building on the success of the online Library Leadership Ohio in 2020, this year’s program will be one of the most empowering experiences available to library staff interested in furthering their leadership abilities,” said Wendy Knapp, State Librarian.  “We are grateful for the thoughtful work of both the Planning Committee and the Advisory Committee for taking steps to address issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, ensuring the 2021 cohort will be one with many diverse backgrounds and voices represented from throughout Ohio’s libraries.”

“OhioNET always enjoys partnering with the State Library of Ohio to bring the Library Leadership Ohio program to fruition. We learned much from last year’s online experience and hope to provide an equally collaborative, engaging and fun workshop for the cohort,” said Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director/CEO. 

Congratulations to the following individuals selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2021: 

  • Marnie Alvarez, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
  • Angela Brady, Dayton Metro Library 
  • Julie Burley, Stark County District Library 
  • Catie Carlson, University of Cincinnati Clermont 
  • Jen Coventry, Wadsworth Public Library 
  • Lindsey Crego, Lourdes University 
  • Jennifer Dziabiak, Lima Public Library
  • Katy Farrell, Geauga County Public Library 
  • Kelly Gonzalez, Avon Local School District 
  • Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University 
  • Cathleen Grossman, Rocky River Public Library 
  • Andrew Hart, State of Ohio - Ohio BWC Library
  • Aeisha Hearn, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Katie Hildman, Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
  • Renee Hopper, Defiance Public Library System
  • Zachary Huber, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Timothy Keller, Oberlin College 
  • Jacey Kepich, Case Western Reserve University 
  • Gina Kromhout, Avon Lake Public Library 
  • Eric Lochtefeld, Mercer County District Library 
  • Brittany Lutes, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library 
  • Alice Mackey, Marysville Public Library 
  • Elizabeth Martin, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
  • Cathy Mason, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
  • Christina Meister, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
  • Ashley Mensah, Pickerington Public Library 
  • Stephanie Michaels, State Library of Ohio 
  • Linsey Milillo, Lane Libraries
  • Ella Mulford, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Kristen Newby, Ohio History Connection
  • Keloni Parks, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Kirsten Peninger, Otterbein University 
  • Carrie Phillips, Bluffton University 
  • Kenneth Redd, Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled 
  • Ben Richards, Cleveland State University 
  • Ryan Rigaux, Toledo Lucas County Public Library 
  • Dierric Rogers, Worthington Libraries 
  • Jenni Royce, Heidelberg University 
  • Steve Sanders, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library 
  • Emily Skunda, Perry Public Library 
  • Elizabeth Sullivan, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library 
  • Bridget Sutter, Medina County District Library
  • Wendy Torrence, Tippecanoe Middle School Library
  • Amanda Toth, Lane Libraries
  • Beate van der Schalie, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Jade Walker, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Amia Wheatley, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library 

Library Leadership Ohio 2021 will be held online and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from July 13 – August 6, 2021.  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. 

The eResources Team at OhioNET is always looking for ways to improve ConsortiaManager (CM) for our members. We shared some information about the cleanup and data migration projects we've been working on in April's newsletter, and we are excited to share additional updates this month. 
One of our long-term goals is to make ConsortiaManager a one-stop shop for all things concerning OhioNET eResources. As was briefly mentioned last month, OhioNET now has the ability to create our own pages within ConsortiaManager's interface. This feature will be used to communicate a variety of important information moving forward, including:
  • New resources,
  • Limited-time offers and discounts,
  • Potential new content providers,
  • Trial information,
  • And more!

Once logged in to CM, you will find these pages by clicking on the Pages dropdown in the navigation bar.



Seasonal eResource Digests will be a regular feature in ConsortiaManager and will contain information about limited-time discounts as well as resources newly available through OhioNET. Digests will be updated regularly and cover a three-month period: Spring (April - June), Summer (July - September), Fall (October - December), and Winter (January - March). 

New content providers looking to work with OhioNET will provide trial access and a product demonstration recording. Access credentials and recording URLs will be housed in CM and available to members for 30-45 days. A link to a short, five question survey will also accompany each trial, allowing members to provide feedback directly to the OhioNET eResources Team. We will be sharing more information about our updated vetting process in the coming months, so stay tuned! 
For those who do not currently have accounts in CM, we will continue to share out information via blog posts, newsletters, and social media, however, pages within CM will contain additional information, such as pricing and trial credentials, that we cannot share publicly. 
We are happy to receive suggestions for improvements to ConsortiaManager! Please email your feedback to e-resources@ohionet.org


The OhioNET Training Archive — a repository of the last 12 months of recorded webinars and professional development resources — is open to all staff at any member institution. Check out the list below to see what recordings were added in April and May and what will be expiring from the Archive between June and August.

To access the Training Archive and Handouts Page, 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.

What's New (Titles Added in April and May)

  • Copyright in Action: Fair Use Myths and Misconceptions (4/1)
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging: Overview of Serials Cataloging (Session 1) (4/6)
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging: MARC for Serials Cataloging (Session 2) (4/13)
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging: RDA vs AACR2 for Serials Cataloging (Session 3) (4/20)
  • Online Database Overviews: HeinOnline (4/22)
  • Newspaper Digitization 101 (5/4)
  • Online Database Overviews: Points of View Reference Center (5/6)
  • Introduction to ConsortiaManager (5/11)
  • Intentionally Intersectional: Feminist Programming in the Library (5/27)


What's Leaving Soon (Recording Expires on Dates Listed)

  • Copyright in Action: Understanding Section 108 - The Reproductions in Libraries Exception (6/10/21)
  • Veteran Outreach Programs Benefit Your Community and Your Library (8/4/21)
  • Copyright in Action: Creative Commons Licensing (8/12/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 1) (8/19/21)
  • Online Database Overviews: AIP Publishing (8/24/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 2) (8/26/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 3) (9/2/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 4) (9/9/21)

We’ve got a great fall calendar shaping up, beginning with two topics in our Preservation & Access Training Track in August. First up is a brand new webinar, Metadata for Digital Collections, perfect for folks who currently have (or are planning to start) digitization programs. This session will cover the importance of metadata for discovery and assessment of collections, as well as best practices for consistency to facilitate sharing of collections through tools like the Digital Public Library of America.

If you've enjoyed our Copyright in Action series, then be sure to check out our webinar on 8/18. Carla Myers will be covering the federal copyright statutes that provide guidance for both in-person and online teaching scenarios in Considerations for Instruction. Click the title links below for more additional details and registration options.

Metadata for Digital Collections
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Kristen Newby (Ohio History Connection)

Copyright in Action: Considerations for Instruction
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries)


We have two more sessions coming up before our summer break this July to transition to a new website. Don’t miss your chance to catch these webinars!

The Chilton Library database has everything you could want to know about automotive maintenance and repair procedures for thousands of makes, models, and years. This database is available statewide to Ohio libraries and is free for all to attend.

Online Database Overviews: Chilton Library
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 2-3 p.m.
Presenter: Amber Winters (Gale Cengage)

Sometimes it might be necessary to contact the copyright holder and seek written permission. Think it’s impossible? It doesn’t have to be. Learn the recommended steps you should take to pave the way for a “Yes!” to your request.  

Copyright in Action: Getting Permissions
Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries)







To view the rest of OhioNET's May 2021 newsletter, click here

Whether you’re new to working with OhioNET on your eResource subscriptions or just need a refresher, plan to join us for an overview and demonstration of ConsortiaManager, our electronic resource management platform.

Attendees will review the basic features of this software: viewing current and upcoming subscription renewals, creating and managing user accounts, adding and updating relevant eResource information (IP ranges, FTE/pop. served, contacts, etc.) and much more.

There is no fee for this session but registration is required. Click the title link below for more details.

Introduction to ConsortiaManager
Tuesday, 5/11 | 2-3 p.m.
Presenter: Sarah Probst (OhioNET)

Our Events Calendar lists all our currently available training opportunities and product demonstrations. More events are coming very soon —mark your calendars for the following events happening in the second half of 2021.

  • Metadata for Digital Collections - Tuesday, 8/10 | 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Copyright in Action: Considerations for Instruction - Wednesday, 8/18 | 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction to Original Cataloging for Copy Catalogers webinar series - Tuesdays, 9/14, 9/21, & 9/28 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Digitization Basics webinar series – 9/15, 10/5, & 10/27 | 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Copyright in Action: Determining Copyright Status Step-by-Step - Tuesday, 10/12 | 2:30-4 p.m.

Watch for more information to come as soon as registration opens!

With response deadlines quickly approaching for July 1 subscription renewals, we wanted to share a brief list of reminders and updates for members who participate in OhioNET's eResources Program. All information below is also available in ConsortiaManager under the new Pages menu item, and includes screenshots of system processes and supporting information.


  • Purchase order numbers
    • If a PO# or other value needs to be included on your invoice, this should be entered in the REF column when checking out in ConsortiaManager. 
  • Billing/Invoicing
    • Invoices are generated and emailed to billing contacts approximately 14 days from the order confirmation date in ConsortiaManager. If your invoice needs to be held until a particular date, please select an option from the Billing Cycle drop-down menu when checking out. 
  • Response deadlines
    • If you do not submit a renewal decision by the deadline listed in ConsortiaManager, your subscription will be cancelled with the publisher. Extensions are available on a case-by-case basis; please contact e-resources@ohionet.org if you need additional time. 
    • McGraw Hill subscribers only - Renewal deadlines for your MH subscriptions cannot be changed. OhioNET is required to submit notice of renewal or cancellation a minimum of 30 days before your current subscription expires. 


  • ConsortiaManager data cleanup and migration
    • The eResources team has been hard at work over the past months adding product information, updating names, and changing agreement structures to make working in ConsortiaManager clearer and simpler! Due to these updates, you may notice that some of your subscriptions are not appearing where they normally do in the Renewals box. If you do not see a subscription listed as a renewal, please check in the dark blue Newly Added box on your dashboard. While a subscription may not be new to your library, certain changes may cause the system to view it as new. Questions can be sent to e-resources@ohionet.org
  • ConsortiaManager member pages
    • OhioNET has acquired a new module for ConsortiaManager that allows us to create our own pages within the CM interface. You can find these new pages by clicking on the "Pages" drop-down in the main menu bar. All the information contained here is also available once you are logged in to CM: Pages --> 2021 Renewal Reminders. 
  • Statistics requests
    • We are happy to request usage statistics from content providers on your behalf. The eResources team receives many requests to gather statistics in the spring months, and depending on the publisher, it can take several days to receive the requested information; please plan accordingly. This form may be used to submit all stats requests: https://forms.office.com/r/0CiDqUueZr
  • New for 2021 - Office hours
    • We realize that you may have questions or concerns about upcoming renewals, and we are here to support you! Schedule time to chat with OhioNET Electronic Resources Coordinator, Sarah Probst, at your convenience: https://calendly.com/ohn-sarahp