OhioNET News

OhioNET and Gale are thrilled to present a limited time offer for two eBook Collections specially curated with Ohio Middle and High School libraries in mind! Created to align with State of Ohio Learning Standards, these thoughtful collections combine important, timely topics and broad subject area support to ensure value for students and teachers alike for years to come. 

Hosted on Gale's award-winning eBooks platform, librarians can be sure that their patron communities will be well-served and supported. All titles in these collections are available 24/7 and provide unlimited, simultaneous access - no checkout required! Users have access anytime, anywhere, and on any device. Gale resources support all users with tools such as native translations, text to speech, and easy font modification. Users can choose their preferred viewing experience - whether that's browsing through the beautiful, full-color pages or converting to plain text for easy printing and notetaking.

Gale eBooks integrate with G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365, Schoology, Canvas, and any IMS certified education tools enabling users to share, save, and download content. There are no limits on the number of full book or chapter downloads, making course integration for teachers a breeze! 

High School Collection Overview

  • 220 titles
  • More than 50% 2020/2021 copyrights
  • Average copyright: 2018

Middle School Collection Overview

  • 206 titles
  • More than 30% 2020/2021 copyrights
  • Average copyright: 2018

To view the OhioNET High School and Middle School Collections, and to experience the Gale eBooks Platform for yourself, please visit: https://galepages.com/ohionet. Title lists in spreadsheet format are available upon request.


OhioNET members that take advantage of this offer before February 28, 2021 receive nearly 60% off the retail price for each collection, and as a one-time purchase, the content is both sustainable and cost-effective. To view your pricing for the High School and Middle School Collections, please login to ConsortiaManager and click on the dark blue Newly Added box on the dashboard.

Title and Grant Funding - updated 2/18/2021

Ohio Schools (public, private, and catholic) can take advantage of the recently released ESSER II Sec 18003 d-9 (educational technology) funds to cover the cost of databases and eBook collections such as these! What's more, ESSER II Sec 18003 d-10 (mental health support) funds can also be used to cover the cost of these collections due to Gale's careful curation, which includes SEL content.

Looking to expend Title 1, CARES Act, or other federal funding? Gale eBooks are an excellent use of these funds and EdTech is stated as an allowable use of CARES Act funding! Local mini grants, PTO grants/funds, and endowments can also help support the one-time collection cost. Need more reasons why you should consider Gale eBooks for your library? Look no further - Top 7 Reasons to Explore Gale's eBook Platform.

Don't miss out on this great offer! Pricing on these Gale eBook Collections is valid January 1, 2021 - February 28, 2021 only. Please email any questions to OhioNET Electronic Resources Coordinator Sarah N. Probst at e-resources@ohionet.org.

A new year brings new topics! Check out these upcoming webinars in our Cultivating Connections training track:

Help children see themselves in the stories they read and counteract discrimination and bias by incorporating diverse titles in your library's collection. Explore resources to get started during Discovering Diverse Reads on 2/17. Attendees will learn about read-alike lists, diverse publishing houses, collection auditing materials, and programming ideas.

Discovering Diverse Reads: Resources for Kids & Teens
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 2-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 1
Presenter: Desiree Thomas (Worthington Libraries)

Learn how easy is can be to design and produce a podcast that can help you share community news, promote library resources, and foster important conversations. Attendees will hear from Jeff Laser, creator of the BPL Podcast at Bexley Public Library. Special attention will be given to the recent program adaptations to accommodate creating podcasts from home!

Podcasting: A Quick-Start Guide
Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 2-3 p.m. | CEUs: 1
Presenter: Jeff Laser (Bexley Public Library)

OhioNET will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 28. 

In the event of a system emergency, you can contact the emergency support line at 614-352-9411.

Have a wonderful holiday!

We are pleased to welcome the newest OhioNET member, Fairport Harbor Public Library.

With a total of nine staff, Fairport Harbor PL is small but mighty. It is, in fact, the 17th smallest by population and the 35th smallest by the number of registered borrowers, according to Director Kara Cervelli.

Ms. Cervelli reached out to us in August, expressing interest in OhioNET and concern about affordability. Our Executive Director and Board responded by developing new membership tiers for smaller libraries.

"Remote learning is really important to our library, and consortia connections are vital to our work," said Ms. Cervelli. With OhioNET's practical and customer-focused training options, Fairport Harbor staff will have additional help toward their goals of supporting their great staff and making the library the center of their community.

Even as the library has been shifting between service models for COVID safety, they have been innovating and connecting in many ways, including a new LGBT+ book club and art club for youth and several ways for their community to interact online.

Check out their Community Diary from earlier this year at https://fairportlibrary.com/2020/04/16/2020-community-diary, or find some new holiday favorites from their Community Cookbook at https://fairportlibrary.com/2020/11/19/community-cookbook.

OhioNET and Subscription People, the creators of ConsortiaManager, have partnered to provide members free access to the second generation ERM and Workflow tool, ROAM.plus

ROAM.plus is a feature rich ERM tool that focuses on streamlining library acquisition workflows, and includes functionality that combines tasks and data previously siloed in multiple external systems. Track licenses, terms, and contracts all in one place, while being supported through every step of the process by ROAM's intuitive workflow. The powerful Prediction module enables libraries to build budget scenarios, projections, and even do cost savings analysis with the click of a button - no need to continually update and wrangle data from cumbersome Excel spreadsheets! 

As a benefit of membership, OhioNET libraries will receive access to all of ROAM's current functionality for free - forever! Each member will have a customized instance of ROAM.plus built and pre-populated with all of their subscription data from ConsortiaManager as a starting point. Given the difficulties libraries have overcome and will continue to overcome in the wake of the pandemic, OhioNET and the ROAM.plus Team are excited to get this incredible tool into librarians' hands - and we're starting now!

Demonstrations and Training Opportunities

ROAM.plus demonstrations and trainings will be held starting in the first full week of December. Learn more about ROAM's powerful tools and clever workflows by attending one of two demonstrations led by Subscription People Co-Founder, Tejs Grevstad, and then join us for hands-on training sessions with ConsortiaManager and ROAM's training expert, Carrie Waibel. Two demonstrations and two training sessions are currently scheduled for December to provide members with multiple times to learn. All webinars will be recorded for those unable to attend live. These sessions are free to OhioNET members, but we do ask that you register in advance via the links below:

ROAM.plus for OhioNET Members: Introduction with Tejs Grevstad

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 2:00 P.M. EST

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:00 A.M. EST


ROAM.plus for OhioNET Members: Training with Carrie Waibel

Monday, December 14th - 2:00 P.M. EST

Wednesday, December 16th - 10:00 A.M. EST


Please email any questions about ROAM.plus or OhioNET eResources in general to e-resources@ohionet.org - we're always happy to help!

This webinar is freely available to anyone working in Ohio libraries, and the featured databases are available statewide through Libraries Connect Ohio. Learn about how you can use these tools to help your community recover and grow. This session will be led by Jason High (EBSCO).

Online Database Overviews: Small Business Reference Center
Thursday, 1/14 from 2-3 p.m. | CEUs: 1


Learn how easy it can be to design and produce a podcast that can help you share community news, promote library resources, and foster important conversations. Attendees will hear from Jeff Laser, creator of the BPL Podcast at Bexley Public Library. Special attention will be given to the recent program adaptations to accommodate creating podcasts from home!

Podcasting: A Quick-Start Guide
Thursday, 1/21 from 2-3 p.m. | CEUs: 1


Build a strong foundation in cataloging and copyright with our introductory sessions in early 2021. Explore the basics of these important topics and prepare yourself for more advanced content in both the Fundamentals of Cataloging training track and the Copyright in Action webinar series.

Create a solid framework for the year ahead with Fundamentals of Cataloging – our popular online training series. This introductory set of sessions, hosted by Sarah Schaff (Denison University Library), explains basic cataloging concepts and processes for copy catalogers and demonstrates how to describe one of our most trusted resources – books!

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Basic Cataloging Overview
Tuesday, 1/26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Meet MARC
Tuesday, 2/2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

Fundamentals of Cataloging: RDA vs. AACR2
Tuesday, 2/9 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

Copyright questions are common in library land and staying up to date with details and current legal requirements is essential. We strongly recommend attending this session as a foundation for the remainder of the series. Attendees will discuss what is/isn’t copyrightable (including exceptions!), ownership and duration of copyright, author's rights, and infringement pitfalls. This session will be led by Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries).

Copyright in Action: Introduction & Overview
Thursday, 2/4 from 2:30-4 p.m. | CEUs: 1.5


OhioNET will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. We will resume normal business hours on Thursday, November 12. To those who have served and are still serving — we thank you! 

OhioNET's November newsletter is now available! Don't miss our exclusive member offers, upcoming continuing education and professional development events, and an update from our Executive Director & CEO. 

Read the full newsletter here

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