OhioNET News

The Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) is pleased to welcome Ralph M. Besse Library at Ursuline College as its newest member.

Ursuline College is Ohio's first Catholic women's college and serves over 1000 students in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Ralph M. Besse Library is led by director Suzy Schroeder-Green and holds over 200,000 volumes, including a unique collection of thousands of stamps from all over the world, curated by a team of dedicated volunteers.

"Our staff is thrilled for the opportunity to join the OPAL consortium, which has allowed us to access to tools and collections we could not have acquired in the past. Being a part of this collaborative group has also given us a level of support that we never imagined could exist," Schroeder-Green said.

OhioNET and Innovative Interfaces Inc. kicked off the migration of Ralph M. Besse Library into the OPAL consortium in mid-August and is expected to officially complete on December 14th.

In May of 1992, I changed careers to become the Executive Director of OhioNET. I was a little nervous, but overall I felt confident I could handle this new career path. Ohio libraries, including OhioNET, were in flux, with many changes taking place both in libraries and in the information environment. I was brought in primarily to restructure OhioNET's finances and improve the stability of the organization. During this process, I learned a lot on the job.  Here it is 26 years later, and I am still learning.

During my initial time with OhioNET, I made sure that the administration of the company was clear and well-defined, and that we were doing the necessary procedural things to help OhioNET move through the times of uncertainty to survive as an organization. With the Board members and key staff support, I laid out new plans that would help the organization move forward. While it was a challenging time, the Board supported this new way of doing business. Over time the rest of the staff realized my perspective on the organization was sound as well, and we were all able to move forward together.

In addition to reviewing and resetting the finances and restructuring the internal working of the organization, my other initial priority was to try to engage the membership differently. My first couple of years were spent travelling around Ohio making sure that members were comfortable with our new direction. I was challenged by our members, and they did not hesitate to ask questions about OhioNET.  At the end of the day, once they had an opportunity to see some of the work we were doing, we began to move forward with our membership as well as with our internal operations.

After 20-plus years under my belt, there are a few accomplishments of which I am most proud.

  1. Collaborating with school libraries for affordable cataloging options. When I came to OhioNET, it was clear that school librarians were left out of the cataloging processes that many other librarians took for granted. OhioNET had a strong relationship with OCLC, and I decided to take a risk and present OCLC with an idea that I thought made sense. The idea was to develop a copy cataloging utility as an affordable way for schools to participate in World Cat. I allocated some funds from OhioNET to help develop this. Through this collaboration, we developed Cat Express. The schools were excited by this new approach to OCLC, and eventually OCLC made this option available worldwide.
  2. Working with the State Library of Ohio to redevelop Library Leadership Ohio. This has been a wonderful transition for me because I have had an opportunity to share my skills from a business perspective with young librarians who wanted to take a leadership role in our profession. I have been doing Library Leadership Ohio for over 14 years, both as a mentor and as an administrator of Library Leadership Ohio. This aspect of our profession has been very important to me because I can both share and learn. Library Leadership Ohio continues to be a key collaboration project for OhioNET, and I do believe that it will be around for quite a long time to come. This is simply a wonderful program for our profession.
  3. Developing a broader spirit of collaboration and partnership. Coming from a financial background, collaborating and partnering is extremely important. This allows you to reduce your internal costs by sharing the burden and to benefit from new perspectives from your partners.  With collaboration, you can do so much more than you can alone. I truly believe that partnering and collaborating will help OhioNET continue to be a viable institution within the framework of librarianship for many years. It is vitally important that, as a profession, we learn how to share costs without leaving behind our organizational focus. While we have some way to go, I believe we have made some progress, and that we can continue to learn from each other.

There is still so much to learn regarding the library profession, and I feel I am just hitting my stride. I have some ideas that I would like to develop going forward, and I am going to try to work on those things as a citizen of Ohio. I believe that I can still contribute to the profession, even as I retire from this position. I am still involved with the public libraries as a trustee, and that has been extremely important to me.  As a trustee, it seems like I learn something new every day, and I look forward to continuing to learn in that role.

So what else comes next?

  • I would like to do a little bit of traveling and volunteering.
  • I would like to continue to sit on the Delaware County District Library Board of Trustees.
  • In my role as a private citizen, I would like to continue to develop ideas on how libraries can collaborate and partner in an effective manner.

I am pleased that OhioNET has given me 26 years to learn the profession, but now it is time for a change. Often, we are apprehensive about change and transitioning from one leadership to another, but I truly believe it is the right time for OhioNET to move in a different direction. While I am pleased with some of my accomplishments, I know there is much more that can be done that can help our organization. The leadership of OhioNET will be in good hands, as the Board has done an excellent job of making sure that we have the right person for the new Executive Director/CEO. I am certain that the community will be pleased with the new leadership of OhioNET. It is a wonderful time for our profession, and it is a wonderful time for change.

I want to thank many people, but the names are too numerous to mention. Over the past 26 years, there have been so many people who have been helpful to me, and I am truly appreciative. I will miss you all, but I must say that I absolutely enjoyed the support you have given me, and I appreciated your patience and understanding as I learned and grew. I am forever grateful. Thank you.

OhioNET libraries have the opportunity to purchase access to all highly-cited publications from AIP Publishing at a discounted price.

Any new subscribers or current subscribers adding additional titles can choose to sign up now and receive free access through the end of 2018, with new subscriptions beginning on January 1, 2019 and running through December 31, 2019.

Everyday scientists, students, engineers and researchers turn to scitation.org to learn about the latest developments across the physical sciences, covering: applied physics, bioscience, chemical physics, energy, materials science, nanoscience, and photonics.

Available titles include, but are not limited to:

  • The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Applied Physics Reviews
  • Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data
  • Physics Today
  • Physics of Plasmas
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Journal of Laser Applications
  • Journal of Rheology
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Journal of Mathematical Physics

Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager, at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 for more information and pricing.

 

Access.NewspaperARCHIVE.com, one of the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.  Newspaper Archive is adding newspaper pages faster than you can search them - with one newspaper page added every second - that's over 80,000 images a day, or about 2.5 million pages per month! Designed for any individual of any age or profession, Newspaper Archive provides a comfortable and safe environment with easy-to-use tools for fast searching and browsing.

Right now, OhioNET libraries can obtain an extra 10% off on top of the already discounted OhioNET pricing for any new subscriptions.  This promotion will be honored through the end of 2018.

A free trial is available via IP authentication.  The site can be set up with access to the complete collection, just one state's content, or even just one title.  Interested libraries can contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager, at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 for more information, pricing, and trial access. 

Technical information:  Libraries are set up with IP authenticated and referring URL. There is no limit to the number of IP addresses or the number of simultaneous users. Admin credentials are given to each client and usage stats can be accessed at any time. Newspaper Archive is constantly adding new content and working on improvements to the site, these come from both our own ideas and suggestions as well as our client's ideas and suggestions.

 

Rock’s Backpages is the world’s only comprehensive archive of music journalism, featuring over 37,000 full text, primary source articles on the last 60 years of music and popular culture. It has proven to be an invaluable resource for students, researchers and library patrons at over 250 schools, universities and public libraries across the world, including Dallas Public Library and Harvard, NYU and Princeton.

Public libraries have discovered Rock’s Backpages to be a resource that engages younger and older patrons alike. With over 6,000 artists represented in the database covering over 60 genres, all fully indexed, searchable and interlinked, users are able to dive into exploring their favourite bands and topics quickly and easily. For instance, it is possible to trace the history and influence of The Beatles through more than 300 articles, ranging from reviews of their first trip to America in 1964 to a previously unpublished feature about Sgt. Pepper 10 years later.

At Rock’s Backpages, they believe in connecting communities and equipping young learners with the skills they will need to succeed going into further education. For this reason, they would like to offer libraries the opportunity to secure gratis subscriptions for all local schools as long as the library subscribes on or before December 17, 2018. Public libraries which subscribe to Rock’s Backpages are eligible for a consortial discount of 20% on orders placed through OhioNET. Furthermore, should libraries subscribe as a group of two or more, they can take advantage of aggregated discounts, making Rock’s Backpages even more affordable and opening up access to even more schools.

Rock’s Backpages enables students to get to grips with research techniques and citation while being an engaging, living resource featuring a diverse range of content. Articles cover all forms of popular music from grunge to soul, funk and R&B, as well as topics including politics, fashion and festivals. As a result, Rock’s Backpages has found a home in a broad range of classes from American and cultural studies to history and social studies.

To take a look at the resource yourself, please use the following details to sign in at rocksbackpages.com:
Username: RBP@OhioNET
Password: LibrariesRock!
This username and password will provide unlimited access to Rock’s Backpages until December 18, 2018.

For further information and to obtain a quote, please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 or email Rock’s Backpages directly at ohionet@rocksbackpages.com.

The Ohio Library Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) recognized Michael P. Butler at their Awards Celebration on October 25, with an official proclamation.

The proclamation cited Mr. Butler's passion for library collaboration and his specific dedication to helping school libraries, most notably in his work with INFOhio and OCLC to develop CatExpress.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Butler noted,"Children are indeed our future, and the work of school libraries is tremendous in giving young people opportunities for learning."

We thank OELMA for recognizing our Executive Director/CEO, and we echo OELMA's sentiments of praise.

 

Pictured above:
Michael P. Butler (OhioNET Executive Director/CEO) and
Deb Logan (2018 OELMA President)

We’ve explored many aspects of copyright this year. Now we’re going to bring everything together with a discussion around developing copyright policy, because clear and consistent policies are the key to easing your copyright-related worries.  In this webinar session, attendees will discuss how to make policy determinations in a wide variety of areas, including digitization projects, donor agreements, accessibility issues, licensed materials, interlibrary loan practices, maker space set-ups, film screenings and more. Participants will be well equipped to draft policy that meets the unique circumstances of their libraries and institutions. If you are interested in the topic but can’t attend in real-time, register to automatically be sent a copy of the recorded session.

Creating Sustainable Copyright Policies
Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

How would you like to see the Copyright in Action series continue? Weigh in on copyright topics for 2019 with our quick survey!

Only a few days remain to register for our last in-person workshop of 2018--Hands-on Local History: Sources and Strategies for a Community-Centered Project.  If you have local or unique historical items in your collection, make sure they do more than collect dust. Join us to learn how to build an engaging community-focused project to bring awareness to your resources.  Click the title link below for more information.  Registration closes Nov. 7th.

Hands-on Local History: Sources and Strategies for a Community-Centered Project
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

Don't miss out! 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. This final cataloging series of 2018 will be hosted by Misty Alvaro from Upper Arlington Public Library. Click the links below for more information and to register.

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

 

Please join us to extend our thanks and warm wishes to Michael P. Butler on the occasion of his retirement.

OhioNET will host an Open House on Friday, December 7, from 1pm to 3pm. 

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 by December 3 to ensure sufficient refreshments.

Cards and stories will be collected happily; Mr. Butler has requested that any gift-giving beyond that be directed toward the Alzheimer's Association.