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OhioNet launches Ohio Industrial Resource Cooperative (OIRC)

OhioNet Launches Ohio Industrial Resource Cooperative (OIRC) to Empower Industrial Libraries and Drive Business Development

OhioNet, a non-profit membership organization and the only statewide consortium for libraries of every type and size, is excited to announce the formation of the Ohio Industrial Resource Cooperative (OIRC). This new community purchasing group, powered by OhioNet, aims to leverage the collective buying power of industrial libraries across the state, enabling them to access vital research and resources that will support their business development efforts.

Inspired by Jim Clarke, Knowledge Management Specialist at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the OIRC was established with a pilot group of seven founding members, mostly comprised of Fortune 500 companies located in northeastern Ohio. The OIRC completed a successful pilot project in the fall of 2023; a purchase agreement with one of the top five scientific research publishers in the world, resulting in cost savings of over $15,000 for the participating libraries, and increased access for new and existing customers.

Andrew Whitis, Interim Executive Director of OhioNet, emphasized the significance of the OIRC, stating, “The Ohio Industrial Resource Cooperative is a transformative development for industrial libraries across Ohio. By leveraging their collective buying power, these libraries can now gain access to important research materials and resources that will foster innovation and strengthen their R&D capabilities.”

Now that the pilot period is completed, the OIRC is committed to continued community building and advancing group negotiations to ensure benefits for its members. Participation in the consortium is open to for-profit companies in Ohio that become OhioNet members. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Hannah Rosen, Director of Member Programs, at [email protected] for more information.

About OhioNet

OhioNet was formed in 1977 around the novel idea that libraries of all types and sizes share one important similarity: they all want to strengthen their communities and give their patrons their very best. With this thought at the center of our mission, the consortium began a period of expansion welcoming libraries of all types: public, academic, corporate, and otherwise, to pool resources, share skills, build partnerships, and discover commonalities that would strengthen and lift up the communities we serve.

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