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Subject headings are the true magic that libraries bring to the world.  They allow us to collocate materials by topic and provide more precise access (for us and for our end users) than keyword searching.  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. Click the links below for more information and registration options.

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

OhioNET's Electronic Resources Program Manager, Carrie Waibel, spent some time this summer visiting libraries around Ohio. In her series, Three Questions, Carrie gives some insight on the projects and aspirations of the library community in our state.

Carrie and Shelly Miller, our Community Engagement Manager, stopped by the Burton Public Library.  Burton is a lovely community about an hour due east of Cleveland housed in a historic building that originally served as a school.  Library Director Katie Ringenbach answered some of our most pressing questions.  

What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now?

We just hired an Outreach Librarian to work directly with our schools.  Unfortunately, our K-12 libraries are no longer staffed by a professional librarian.  To help better serve our community, we collaborated with the Principal at Burton Elementary to develop the position.  

What’s been your biggest challenge?

Since Burton Public Library is a historic building, it comes with historic problems.  We are consistently struggling with spatial issues and recently conducted a survey to figure out how to best use the basement level of our building.  We most need teen space and small, quiet spaces for individual or small group study.

What are you reading?

This year’s batch of nominees for the Dayton Peace Prize.  Also, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

For the past several months, OhioNET has been preparing to launch Consortia Manager, a workflow software that will simplify our current subscription renewals process.  Although we aren't ready to go live just yet, here are the new things our members will be able to do when it launches next month:

  • View all of your subscriptions in one place, at any time
  • Keep track of historical, current, and upcoming pricing
  • View and print invoices for subscriptions
  • Verify title lists for packages
  • Compare OhioNET's discounted renewal pricing with list pricing
  • Unlimited number of users and ability to create your own passwords

In the future, Carrie Waibel, our Electronic Resources Program Manager, will also be tackling the following:

  • Creating and maintaining a license library for each institution
  • Making usage reports easily available
  • Sharing specific vendor contact information

More information will be forthcoming, including several live and recorded training sessions for our members.  Please contact Carrie with any preliminary questions at 614-484-1064 or carriew@ohionet.org.  

More than 3,000 leading institutions worldwide subscribe to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global), the world's largest curated database of graduate works.

For a limited time, OhioLINK member universities can receive a substantial discount of up to 60% off when you upgrade from your current PQDT A&I subscription to a PQDT Global subscription via OhioNET.

Why upgrade? PQDT Global contains over 2.25 million full-text dissertations and theses. Full text is not available in your PQDT A&I subscription. Access to millions of full text works allows your researchers to get the most from the content, including:

  • Searching across the entire text and bibliography
  • Cross-reference links to items in the bibliography / reference section
  • Cross-reference links to items that cite the dissertation or thesis
  • Cross-reference links to other works that share the same bibliography / reference items
  • Search results include other ProQuest resources, such as journals and newspapers, available on the ProQuest platform

Additionally, researchers using PQDT Global can search 4.5 million works from 3,100 universities in 108 countries, dating back to 1637 — including research from all disciplines; and 3.6 million works from before 2010 — more than any other commercial database.

Empower your researchers with access to millions of full text dissertations and theses. Upgrade now at a special price, available for OhioNET academic libraries only.

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


IBISWorld is currently running an exclusive promotional offer for OhioNET libraries.

IBISWorld is the worldwide leading provider of industry intelligence.  IBISWorld reports not only provide students and faculty members with valuable data pertinent to their core business curriculum, but they also provide students with working knowledge of a resource that is widely used outside of academia.

Between now and October 31st, if a new academic program subscribes to IBISWorld, they will receive an annual membership to US Industry Reports Collection for $5,512 (43% off the retail value of the subscription).  Libraries can also lock in this pricing to align with our existing group that renews in February by making a committment to subscribe prior to October 31st.  

If your academic institution is currently subscribing to IBISWorld, we encourage you to evaluate additional collections your library might not currently have access to.  During this promotional period, please feel free to request web based demonstrations of the database, and its collections.  OhioNET’s IBISWorld representative would be more than happy to assist you.  Pricing is available upon request.

A free trial is available here: OhioNET IBISWorld Promotional Trial

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

We are pleased to share that the search process for OhioNET's new Executive Director/CEO is proceeding well and according to timeline.

The Search Committee has invited four candidates to interview in person at OhioNET in September.  The Committee is expecting to announce a selected candidate later this fall.  This will enable the selected candidate to take the helm in January, as planned.

Questions about the search process may be directed to Andrew Whitis, OhioNET Board Chair at whitis@ufindlay.edu.

OhioNET is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, elected at-large by the membership to serve 3-year terms. The Board consists of professional librarians from OhioNET member institutions.

Each fall, four seats come up for election.  The Board is currently seeking nominations for two public library representatives, one academic library representative, and one special library representative.

Interested parties can contact Christine Morris, Deputy Director, at christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975 with questions, for self-nomination, or for referral of potential candidates.

During the first full week of August, something very special happened all over the state of Ohio.  Staff members from libraries of all sizes and types came together to tackle a major national issue—the opioid crisis.  Hosted by the Regional Library Systems, the State Library of Ohio, and OhioNET, 4 separate events took place over 4 days in 4 cities around the state: Gallipolis, Dayton, Findlay and Twinsburg.  Each day-long event attracted between 70 and 120 attendees and featured national, state-wide, and local speakers and resources, including an opening keynote session with Sam Quinones, author of DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic and a closing presentation and brainstorming activity led by Dr. Meghan Harper (Associate Professor, School of Information at Kent State University).  At each of the 4 events, a panel of library staff members from various types of libraries in that region shared professional and personal perspectives on the impact of the opioid epidemic.  Each event also included a presentation from the host county’s Project DAWN team featuring local resources and giving background information on addiction issues. Attendees left at the end of each day with a better understanding of how we got where we are and, more importantly, what we can do to combat this scourge on our communities. 

The feedback folks shared was overwhelmingly positive with 85-95% of all attendees agreeing (or strongly agreeing) with statements about their learning and their intention to apply it to the work they do for the communities they serve. Over 75% of attendees returned our short survey at the end of each day, including over 180 unique comments like…

  • Have heard or read about most of these ideas, but each presenter sparked new thoughts about how to apply to library service.
  • Very good program. Got a lot out of the panel discussions. Good ideas to take back to my library. Enjoyed Sam Quinones & Dr. Harper. Lots to think about.
  • Opioid epidemic is a community problem that needs attention from the public. Loved the coming together to speak about these issues.
  • I felt so inspired to band together with other libraries and community leaders to have a conversation and brainstorming sessions about this epidemic.
  • Thank you for hosting an event like this in our neck of the woods. Workshops about opioids are so relevant to our work as librarians. Keep'em coming.
  • As mentioned, the problem is too complicated for a single solution, and libraries are one of those places that entire cross sections of the public frequent. All libraries should have this info available to the public.
  • Anyone can give someone kindness and hope.
  • I learned enough to know I need to learn more.
  • This was a well put together day-moved along quickly, quality speakers and I left with a to-do list.
  • Yes to collaborative events! Thank you for working together on an event that addresses a huge need.

Even if you weren’t able to join us at any of these events, we want to share the information we compiled to keep the larger conversation going.

Sam Quinones - Reporter’s Blog -- http://samquinones.com/reporters-blog/            

Dr. Meghan Harper’s website -- http://www.meghanharper.org/

Dr. Meghan Harper's handout -- Libraries Lending Hope - Dr. Meghan Harper.pdf

Project DAWN site -- https://www.odh.ohio.gov/health/vipp/drug/ProjectDAWN.aspx

Project DAWN location list -- List-of-Project-DAWN-programs-2-6-18.pdf

Link to YouTube Narcan Training Video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBF0ovVWPYc

Brainstorming Activity results -- OiC LiR Brainstorming Activity Responses.pdf


These events are made possible thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Congratulation to INFOhio on being awarded the 2018 John Cotton Dana Award! Inaugurated in 1946 by The American Library Association and the H.W. Wilson Publishing Company, this award is named after the first librarian to overtly make use of public relations to publicize library activities. INFOhio used communication strategies to inform and educate legislators and were  successful in their goal of reinstating funding for 2017. For more about the award, please check out the ALA link here.

OhioNET's Electronic Resources Program Manager, Carrie Waibel, spent some time this summer visiting libraries around Ohio. In her series, Three Questions, Carrie gives some insight on the projects and aspirations of the library community in our state.

Carrie stopped by the University of Akron Libraries this June and met with librarians Aimee deChambeau, Frank Bove, and Sean Kennedy. As part of the visit, the library was presented with a certificate honoring their 40 years of continuous membership with OhioNET.  Thank you to the University of Akron Libraries for your support of OhioNET!

Three Questions with The University of Akron:

What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on?

We’ve been able to connect faculty and students to the right library resources to add to the experience of their course while still experiencing the impacts of a reduced budget.  Part of how we’ve established a presence with faculty is by assigning a library liaison for every subject and making more regular presentations to add a personal touch and establish a relationship.

What is your library dream?

We’d love to see every course supported by our staff and the appropriate materials, which for us means a reduction in textbook use (Akron is in the process of integrating Open Educational Resources and Open Textbook Adoption, which you can read more about here: http://affordablelearning.ohiolink.edu/c.php?g=721993&p=5312354).  Textbooks have become prohibitively expensive and impact a large number of our students.

What are you reading right now?

Frank: I’ve been picking up musician biographies of luminaries like Townes Van Zandt as well as Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave.”

Sean: I’ve gotten into reading classic books I missed along the way, namely “The Old Man and the Sea” and “A Farewell to Arms.”