OhioNET News

Last year, a group of state-wide, library-focused organizations worked together to create a day of discussion and networking for library staff from all types of institutions. The result was Re-IMAGEing Ohio’s Libraries—held at The Conference at OCLC on June 14th.  The goal of this event was to create connections and foster conversations across different types of libraries that would raise awareness of common issues and encourage collaboration in their local communities.  Attendees to that event had the opportunity to learn what other types of libraries are doing and explore mutual benefits across different types of libraries.

However, one day of great discussions is just the start.  We are excited to continue these important cross-type interactions in communities around the state with a series of free, informal meetings to be scheduled over the next few months called Continue the Conversations.  Each meeting is being organized by area volunteers and will include a facilitated discussion focused on generating ideas and building inter-library networks. Watch for more information about these events, coming soon to a listserv near you!

Only a few days are left to submit your application for Library Leadership Ohio 2020.  This year’s institute will be held at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio from the evening of July 14 through mid-day on July 17 with the theme of Living Our Values: The Library’s Role in Social Change.  Featuring speakers with statewide and national reach, from inside and outside the library profession, LLO 2020 will be facilitated by OhioNET and the State Library of Ohio and is open to support and professional library employees working in public, school, special, and academic libraries.    32 individuals will be selected to participate, and more information about the selection process and access to the online application can be found at www.libraryleadershipohio.org.

Completed applications must be received by 11:59 PM on January 17, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development at the State Library of Ohio, at estruble@library.ohio.gov or 614-752-9178.

Computers in Libraries 2020 will be hosted in Arlington, VA from March 31 through April 2 with the theme of Generation Next: Preparing for New Technologies.  From the K12-focused Internet@Schools track to the Library Leaders Summit, this conference offers a variety of training topics and learning options for library staff in many different positions and working in many types of communities.  OhioNET is once again working with Information Today to provide discounted registration for employees of any OhioNET member institution.  Register by February 28th to receive the Early Bird rate!

  • Full 3-Day Conference Pass (3/31 through 4/2)--$359 ($369 after 2/28)
  • Internet@Schools Track (3/31 through 4/1)--$149 ($169 after 2/28)
  • Library Leaders Summit (3/31 through 4/2, includes access to the full conference)--$599 ($619 after 2/28)

Please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org for more information.

Did you miss one of the recently scheduled electronic resource product demonstrations?

  • Savannah by OrangeBoy
  • WiseLearning
  • EBSCO Magazine Archive
  • Docuseek
  • Medici.TV

We can help!  Recordings are available for most of these demonstrations, and we are happy to pass those along at your request.  Simply reach out to us at e-resources@ohionet.org.

OhioNET members have an opportunity for discount pricing on The Washington Post online in conjunction with an offer from the Center for Research Libraries.

Additionally, for academic libraries that request a trial and a quote between now and December 15, a special offer is available that may put pricing as low as $1 per user.  Site license minimums and administrative fees do apply.

For more information, please contact OhioNET via e-resources@ohionet.org.

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET are again collaborating to bring you the 2020 Library Leadership Ohio Institute. Recognizing the ongoing challenges faced by all Ohio libraries, we believe that developing the next generation of transformative library leaders is vital to ensure the continued depth, growth, and quality of library services for all. LLO is an opportunity to develop future leaders for Ohio libraries, and to help Ohio library staff become leaders in the communities they serve.

LLO 2020, Living our Values: The Library’s Role in Social Change, will be held at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio, beginning the evening of July 14, 2020 and concluding at noon on July 17, 2020. Tuition for LLO 2020 is $550. The event will be facilitated by OhioNET and The State Library of Ohio, along with special guest speakers with statewide and national reach, both from inside and outside of the library profession.

LLO 2020 targets both support and professional library employees working in public, school, special, and academic libraries, and all are eligible to apply. The selection committee is seeking applications from individuals that demonstrate the following:

  • Outstanding leadership potential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Successful library employment experience
  • A passion for libraries and a willingness to explore the impact they can have in their communities
  • Forward-thinking approach to problem solving
  • A commitment to the profession, including the ability to foster diversity and inclusivity

If these phrases are often used to describe you, or if these are areas you would like to develop further, then LLO 2020 offers a venue, a curriculum, and a network of colleagues to grow your strengths and skills to become an Ohio Library Leader.

32 individuals will be selected to attend LLO 2020. More information about the selection process and the online application itself are available at: www.libraryleadershipohio.org. Complete applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. January 17, 2020.

Questions should be addressed to Christine Morris at christinem@ohionet.org or Evan Struble at estruble@library.ohio.gov.

Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) is hosting its 15th annual conference in Austin, TX to support the improvement of the way we collect, manage, maintain, and make accessible electronic resources. This conference brings together many library and information professionals from across the country who work with e-resources in a variety of ways.  Want to get in on the conversation but can’t make the trek to Texas?  Good news.  OhioNET has purchased a group viewing license to live-stream the online version of the conference presentations.  Plan to join us on Lane Avenue for one day of the conference or all three.  We’ll be providing a light breakfast, snack breaks, discussions and opportunities to connect with colleagues. Click the each of the links below for more information about the day’s schedule, available sessions, CEUs, and more.

March 9 – ER&L 2020 – Day One

March 10 – ER&L 2020 – Day Two

March 11 – ER&L 2020 – Day Three

In addition to the continuation of the Exploring Our Statewide Resources series (co-sponsored by OPLIN), our Reference Skills & Resources training track will feature even more freely available webinars that will discuss and demonstrate online tools and resources that are open to all.  All the sessions listed below are free and all library staff members working in Ohio are welcome to attend.

Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Kids Infobits
Thursday, January 23 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Check Out Ohio Legal Help: A Free Online Information Tool
Wednesday, February 5 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Home Improvement Reference Center
Thursday, April 2 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Chilton Library
Wednesday, May 13 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

OhioNET’s long-standing barcode label vendor Computype is projecting that there will be price increases in the new year.  OhioNET is lowering their current prices through the month of December so you can stock up before this increase is implemented.  There is a minimum order of 7,200 labels and orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 31st.  Below is information outlining quantities and color options along with sale pricing.  Below, we have attached a sheet of sample labels showing barcode number placement, imprint lines and color choices.

Minimum Order: 7,200 labels per order for sheets.
  30,000 labels per order for rolls ordered in increments of 6,000 labels.
Label Sizes: 1.9" x 0.65" - Single
  1.9" x 1.0" - Two-Part (1.9" x 0.65" and 1.9" x 0.35")
  1.9" x 1.0" - Smart
Standard Color Bar: 6 colors to choose from for a bar at top of label: red, yellow, orange, blue, green or purple.
  Red, yellow or orange will have library name preprinted in black letters, on top of color bar.
  Blue, green or purple will have library name preprinted in white letters, on top of color bar.
Construction: L107 Matte Laminate, Film Label Material, P236 Adhesive

Sheet Price (Per 1,000 Labels)

Size Quantity List Member
1.90" x 0.65" 7,200 $56.00 $46.66
Single 10,000 $34.00 $28.94
  25,000 $28.00 $23.15
Sheets of 72 50,000 $24.00 $20.06
6 Across x 12 Down 100,000 $22.00 $18.72
  200,000 $19.00 $15.80
  500,000 $16.00 $13.70

Roll Price (Per 1,000 Labels)

Size Quantity List Member
1.90" x 0.65" 30,000 $42.00 $35.40
Single 36,000 $33.00 $27.56
  54,000 $29.00 $24.60
  72,000 $25.00 $21.39
  102,000 $22.00 $18.72
  150,000 $20.00 $16.53
  246,000 $17.00 $14.64

Sheet Price (Per 1,000 Labels)

Size Quantity List Member
1.90" x 1.0" 7,200 $61.00 $50.94
Two-Part of Smart 10,000 $50.00 $41.67
  25,000 $39.00 $32.41
Sheets of 48 50,000 $35.00 $29.06
6 Across x 8 Down 100,000 $34.00 $28.20
  200,000 $30.00 $24.99
  500,000 $26.00 $22.11

To order or if you have any questions, please contact Pam Rossman, Order Specialist at OhioNET at pamr@ohionet.org or call at 800-686-8975 ext. 10.  When ordering, please furnish us with the last barcode number from the labels that you have in stock now.  If you're placing a new order, please include a scanned copy of a few of your existing labels so we can determine the part and format numbers.  New customers will receive an electronic proof of your barcode label for you to approve before the labels are printed.

Deadline to order is Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Shipping charges apply and is determined by quantity ordered.

Computype Label Sample.pdf



The 2020 OhioNET Board of Directors election results are in, and the winners are:

  • Chris May, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library (public library representative; incumbent)
  • Andrea Christman Atkinson, Sinclair Community College (academic library representative)
  • Sarah Thornbery, Springboro Schools (K12/special library representative)
  • Lori Lee, Zanesville City Schools (K12/special library representative)

These representatives join our existing Board members, with their terms to commence in January 2020. The twelve-member Board of Directors is elected at-large by the membership to serve staggered 3-year terms.  Each member of the Board is a librarian from an OhioNET member institution.

We would like to acknowledge Dr. Linda Swarlis (Columbus School for Girls), Mr. John J. Burke (Miami University Middletown), and Ms. Theresa M. Fredericka (INFOhio) for their service to OhioNET as they conclude their terms in December. We are thankful for all their hard work and efforts to keep Ohio libraries top of mind through their work with OhioNET during their time on the Board.

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

  • Richard “Skip” Bazile, Cuyahoga Community College (academic library representative)
  • Michelle McKinney Leonard, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash (academic library representative)
  • Amy Wilson, University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College (academic library representative)
  • Andrew Mangels, Westlake Porter Public Library (public library representative)
  • Chauncey Montgomery, Community Library, Sunbury (public library representative)

Once again, we were delighted to have a highly competitive slate of candidates, and we are grateful for each candidate's enthusiasm and generosity of time when considering service on our Board.

If you have questions about the election process, please contact Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, at nancyk@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.