OhioNET News

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Sarah Probst as OhioNET's Electronic Resources (eResources) Coordinator. As eResources Coordinator, Sarah will lead the maintenance of OhioNET's electronic resource management (ERM) software, ConsortiaManager, negotiate pricing and contract terms on behalf of members, and assist in troubleshooting access issues. 

Sarah comes to us from her role as Member Services Coordinator at ConnectNY, a 15-member academic library consortium in New York. There, Sarah acted as the primary liaison between members and ConnectNY services and handled the organization's communications needs, negotiated eResources contracts, managed product implementations, and coordinated events.  

Sarah holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Technology (audio engineering) from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, going to concerts, crocheting, needle felting, and cooking. She resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with her husband and their two cats, Jack and Seraphina. 

Please join us in giving Sarah a warm welcome to the OhioNET team! 

Join ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) for their upcoming webinar, "Census 2020 Outreach to Communities of Color" on February 18 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Participants will learn key tools and recommendations for census outreach geared toward communities of color. The census is vital for political representation and resource distribution. However, this iteration faces limitations related to underfunding, litigation, a new digital response option, and an acrimonious political landscape. All of these challenges pose civil rights concerns; communities of color are especially at risk of an undercount. In addition to communicating the importance of participation, libraries are now tasked with dispelling misinformation and providing secure, reliable digital access for respondents.
This webinar will be presented by Ana Ndumu, Assistant Professor at the UMD iSchool; Gavin Baker, Deputy Director of Public Policy & Government Relations in ALA's Washington Office; Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries Division; and Cecilia Tovar, Principal Librarian of Public & Branch Services at the Santa Monica Public Library (CA). View a full description of the webinar and register here
The webinar will be offered at no cost to attendees. Registration is required both to attend the webinar live at the scheduled time and to receive a link to the recording. Due to platform capacity, only the first 100 attendees to log in will be able to attend live. After the webinar, all registrants will receive a link to the recording.
For more information on ALA's efforts to support a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census, visit ala.org/census. To connect on social media, follow #CountOnLibraries and #2020Census.


We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Michael Dziabiak as OhioNET's Library Systems Coordinator. As Library Systems Coordinator, Michael will help support the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) through maintenance of Evergreen, the consortium's integrated library system (ILS) and its holdings. Michael comes to us from the University of Findlay where he was the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. Michael has been a library cataloger in both public and academic libraries. Prior to becoming a librarian, he was a research assistant and media production specialist for the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Michael holds a Master of Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies both from the University of Pittsburgh. Michael is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Security and Analytics and is expected to graduate in 2021. In his free time, Michael enjoys lampworking (making glass marbles, beads, and pendants using a tabletop torch), kiln-forming glass, and hiking. He resides in Findlay with his wife and son. 

If you happen to be in our office, please stop by Michael's desk and ask for an introduction. We know Michael would like to meet you and learn more about your organization. 

Save shelf space, replace lost copies, and provide unparalleled historical access...not to mention the cost savings! 

Find out how you can access cover-to-cover archive issues of some of the most popular magazine titles of all time — through a one-time purchase that's at least 50% off the regular price. The offer includes any (or all) of the following:

  • Architectural Digest
  • The Atlantic
  • Businessweek
  • Ebony
  • Esquire
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Life
  • Macleans
  • People
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Time
  • US News and World Report
  • Vanity Fair

This special offer, which was originally announced in the fall, has been extended through June 15, 2020.  For more information, including a link to the informational webinar from November, please contact us at e-resources@ohionet.org.

Have you thought about attending the ER&L Conference in Austin but can’t make the trek to Texas? This annual event brings together library and information professionals from across the country who work with e-resources, and we want to give you an opportunity to get in on the action. We have purchased a license to live-stream the online version of the conference at OhioNET and invite you to join us for all or part of the three-day event. Attendees to our viewing parties will be provided with a light breakfast, snack breaks, available session handouts, discussions and opportunities to connect with colleagues. Review the detailed schedule for each day — including the specific presentations that will be available to view during each time slot. 

March 9 – ER&L 2020 – Day One

March 10 – ER&L 2020 – Day Two

March 11 – ER&L 2020 – Day Three

On Thursday, January 16, 2020 the Wilmington Public Library of Clinton County joined the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), adding over 70,000 additional items to the COOL-CAT collection. The Wilmington Public Library is one of thirteen member libraries in the Ohio-based consortium that uses Evergreen ILS, since its inception in 2012.

Resource sharing will begin with all other COOL member libraries on January 23, making over 780,000 materials available to the Wilmington community. This means shorter hold periods, faster access, and a family of libraries within driving distance where a Wilmington library card is honored.

Evergreen, the open source ILS originally developed by PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) for the Georgia Public Library Service, is used by over 2,000 libraries across 31 states, 7 countries, and 6 Canadian provinces. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download, install and try it out for their library.

Read more about the Wilmington Public Library’s programs and services at http://www.wilmington.lib.oh.us/.

COOL is always open to new members. If you are interested becoming a COOL library, or if you want more information on the consortium or Evergreen ILS, please contact Matt Polcyn, Director of Technology Services at OhioNET, at mattp@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Jillian Tuttle as OhioNET’s new Member Engagement Coordinator. As Member Engagement Coordinator, she will focus primarily on marketing and communications that enhance member experience. Jillian comes to us from United Way of North Central Ohio, where she focused on brand identity, strategic messaging, and increased community awareness as their director of communications.

Jillian holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bowling Green State University. She resides in Bucyrus with her husband and currently services as Vice President on the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

If you happen to be in our office, please stop by Jillian’s desk and ask for an introduction. We know that Jillian would like to meet you and learn more about your organization.

Our call for interest in online learning options this fall has yielded a group purchase opportunity for KnowledgeCity

We can still add your library if you are interested.  Please let us contact us at e-resources@ohionet.org by Friday, January 10 if you would like to know more. 

If you have never cataloged before or need to refresh your skills, plan to attend this introductory series of webinars in January.  These three sessions will explain basic cataloging concepts and processes for copy catalogers, as well as demonstrate how to describe our most numerous type of resource--books! Click the title links below for more information and to register.

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Basic Cataloging Overview (Session 1)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter: Sarah Schaff (Denison University Library)
CEUs: 2

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Meet MARC (Session 2)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter: Sarah Schaff (Denison University Library)
CEUs: 2

Fundamentals of Cataloging: RDA vs AACR2 (Session 3)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter: Sarah Schaff (Denison University Library)
CEUs: 2

We are pleased to share that repairs to the ceiling of the parking area under our building are complete. We hope you are as happy with the results as we are.  We look forward to hosting you soon for a workshop or a meeting!