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Register now for Session 1 in our new webinar series!

Do you work with cataloging or records maintenance at your library? Could you use a better understanding of how subject headings are assigned?

This three-part webinar series will focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and assess existing subject headings in MARC format. All sessions are aimed at individuals that primarily utilize copy cataloging.

Through these sessions attendees will have the opportunity to gain an overview of the variety of subject heading systems, understand the rules for how LoC subject headings are assigned to a record, recognize the variety of RDA-related changes in subject authority records, explore MARC 21 for subject headings in bib records and LCSH authority records and assess the quality of existing records. We will also cover catalogers' judgement and bias.

Read more about each of the sessions in this series below, or visit our Events Calendar to register or view detailed descriptions of each event.

Series Presenter: Sarah Schaff (Denison University Library)

Overview of Subject Analysis (Session 1)

This first session in the Subject Analysis for Copy Catalogers series will give an overview of the process of subject analysis. We will describe the vocabulary and resources you need to get started. In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to: 

  • explore the variety of subject heading systems 
  • discuss cataloger's judgment and bias 
  • learn about MARC 21 coding for subject headings in bibliographic records and Library of Congress Subject Headings

Tuesday, November 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

Subject Analysis Tools for Copy Catalogers (Session 2)

This second session in the Subject Analysis for Copy Catalogers series will focus on tools and resources you can use to verify assigned subject headings. In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • understand the rules for how LoC subject headings are assigned to a record
  • recognize the variety of RDA-related changes in subject authority records
  • explore free, online tools they can use to assess the quality of existing subject headings

Tuesday, November 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

Suggested Workflows (Session 3)

This last session in the Subject Analysis for Copy Catalogers series focuses on the steps needed to confirm the validity and appropriateness of assigned subject headings. We will also explore how and when to make changes that make sense for your collection and users.  In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • check the validity of assigned subject headings when copy cataloging
  • discuss cataloger's judgment and etiquette in shared catalogs
  • explore types of changes and corrections that are more commonly required

Tuesday, December 1 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2 

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Hygiene and safety are on everybody's mind  especially for library staff who are in frequent contact with the public. Sentry Custom Security is now offering Steripower® Automatic Touchless Hand Sanitizer and Sanitizer Solution available at discounted prices to OhioNET members through October 31, 2020.

The Steripower® Automatic Touchless Hand Sanitizer is an economical (and environmentally friendly) self-service solution for library staff and patrons.

The sanitizer dispensing unit is available at a special price of $893 per unit, plus shipping and any appliable taxes (list price: $985). Sanitizer solution is also available to members at $35.50 per gallon, plus shipping and any applicable taxes (list price: $49).

Learn more about the Steripower® Automatic Touchless Hand Sanitizer here.

Contact Pam Rossman to place your order: pamr@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 10. 

Scene: I was recently working in my yard, happily yanking weeds from my flower beds, music blaring from the Bluetooth speaker on my front porch (don’t we live in a glorious time?) when I heard a particular stanza in a song like it was the first time. When the song was over, I played it again. Like seven times.

The lyric that made me pause was “necessary pain is the ingredient for change.” Those words (from Just for Me by Kirk Franklin) brought me back to several conversations I’ve had with White friends and colleagues over the past few months as they grapple with their desire to change and be better allies or even accomplices in the battle against racism. Colleen Clemens helps us distinguish between ally and accomplice in this way, “An ally will mostly engage in activism by standing with an individual or group in a marginalized community. An accomplice will focus more on dismantling the structures that oppress that individual or group—and such work will be directed by the stakeholders in the marginalized group.”

This is hard work. The conversations are hard. The self-realizations are sometimes painful. They’re supposed to be. I believe that “necessary pain is the ingredient for change,” which means that if you truly want to change, it is going to hurt. They call them growing pains for a reason.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your momentum as you work through things you’ve maybe never thought about before, I offer these simple suggestions as a starting point:

  1. Find an accountability partner. This work is hard, and just like exercising your muscles, you need to practice or exercise new ways of doing and being. You will have days when you’re raring to go, and other days you’ll look at the news and think “How can I possibly make a difference?” Your accountability partner can help you on those days.
  2. Switch up your information sources. If you’ve been reading all the things, give your eyes a break and listen to a podcast. If you’ve listened to every podcast under the sun, try picking up a book. Vary the source and format of your information consumption. And here’s a quick read on How to Make Sure Your Anti-Racism Work Is a Lifelong Endeavor.
  3. Start a journal. I know, everyone in the world journals. Must be something to that journaling thing, huh? You don’t need anything fancy. A $1 notebook will do the trick. As you are reading or hearing things that make you think – or struggle – write through it. You don’t have to share this with anyone (though you can), and you’ll have a record of your struggles and actions in case you ever need a reminder of your growth. The work does not get any easier. However, your ability to do the work does get easier as you flex those muscles and grow.

If you’re a White person reading this and you’re tired of thinking about your race, I say to you “Welcome.” I have been made acutely aware of my race almost every day for at least 16,790 days and running, and not just because – to quote James Brown – “I’m Black and I’m Proud.” You can and must think about your race and the attached privilege if you want to make real change.

Be well, 
Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director & CEO

Join us for our Online Database Overviews webinar series — open to all library staff working in Ohio at no charge. Many, but not all, of the databases featured in this series are available statewide. Each training session will be aimed at current users/subscribers and will include:

  • an overview of the resource being featured (what content is included, what search options are available, who is the intended audience)
  • a review of access requirements and options for sharing/downloading content
  • an exploration of use cases and marketing ideas
  • a discussion of options for staff training to help end-users navigate the materials

Read more about each of the five Online Database Overview webinars coming up below, or visit our Events Calendar to view detailed descriptions of each session and register online.

Online Database Overviews: AIP Publishing

AIP Publishing* is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics (www.aip.org). Their online collection includes peer-reviewed journals — featuring a growing portfolio of Open Access titles — that cover all areas of the physical sciences.

Tuesday, August 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. | CEUs: 1

Online Database Overviews: Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library* is a robust online collection of classical music, offering nearly 2.4 million tracks of the most commonly studied music. Includes material for all ages and can be a valuable resource for academic, public and K-12 libraries.

Thursday, September 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. | CEUs: 1

Online Database Overviews: Using Oxford Resources with Kids & Teens

Very Short Introductions are short summaries of complex topics and a great place to start learning about new subjects. Oxford Research Encyclopedias provide a comprehensive collection of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on a wide range of topics. In this session, attendees will learn about topics, features, and tools to help kids and teens navigate these online resources.

Tuesday, October 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. | CEUs: 1

Online Database Overviews: Using Oxford Resources with Adults

Very Short Introductions are short summaries of complex topics and a great place to start learning about new subjects. Oxford Research Encyclopedias provide a comprehensive collection of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on a wide range of topics. In this session, attendees will learn about topics, features, and tools to help general adult users navigate these online resources.

Tuesday, October 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. | CEUs: 1

Online Database Overviews: Gale In Context Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits) has been enhanced to have a greater impact on student success. In this webinar, we will review the workflows, tools and collaboration applications available to help students learn in the classroom and at home.

Thursday, November 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. | CEUs: 1

*Indicates resource is not available statewide 

OhioNET is thrilled to be partnering for the first time with LibraryPass to offer an incredible limited-time discount on their ComicsPlus for Libraries platform! 

Getting kids and teens to enjoy reading can be a challenge, but comic books, graphic novels, and manga offer an incredible opportunity to engage, excite, and inspire readers of all abilities and ages. Comics foster empathy for others by providing immersive perspectives on lives, stories, and even classic texts that might otherwise seem abstract or unrelatable for some readers. From adaptations of classic literature to profiles of courage, nonfiction to memoir — the comics medium employs visual elements that help engage and excite readers about subjects they might not have otherwise chosen to read.

With ComicsPlus for Libraries, readers have access to a growing collection of digital comic books, graphic novels, and manga — curated by age range, genre, and themes — ensuring maximized circulation through customized reading programs, book clubs, and other engaging initiatives. Every title is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for offline reading with unlimited simultaneous checkout. 

Readers can access the digital collection 24/7 via your library’s website or the LibraryPass iOS and Android apps. LibraryPass also provides a Resource Center for librarians and educators, including useful programming concepts and lesson plans to bolster engagement and circulation. 

Usage is trackable by the overall collection as well as individual titles to show exactly what’s circulating the most, while patrons’ individual browsing and reading preferences always remain private.

Contact OhioNET's Electronic Resources Coordinator Sarah Probst (sarahp@ohionet.org) for more information, including pricing and additional collection information. Visit ComicsPlusApp.com/demo to learn more and get access to a free demo account. 

OhioNET will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. Our office will resume normal hours on Monday, July 6. We wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!

I’ve recently been spending some time doing a rather comprehensive assessment of my life. What I mean by that is, I am reviewing my goals – both personal and professional – and assessing not only progress, but also tools, support systems, methodology, and time management. Last weekend, I wrote a personal mission statement and am now trying to determine if it is supported by my current actions and focus.

All this introspection and evaluation has been a great reminder that in order to reach my goals, I must change, move, and work. I can’t just write down those goals and hope for the best. Intention needs to be followed with action.

Last month, I talked about the wave of antiracist statements from organizations in response to the current news cycle. I asked you to do more than make a statement, I asked you to act. This month, I am back to ask – what have you done since then? Reading, while necessary, is not synonymous with action. If our goal is to create an antiracist workplace, or to be antiracist ourselves, we’re going to have to do more than read.

Turning goals into actions isn’t magic, it takes hard work. I am currently using Stephen Covey’s approach to goal planning, which asks a deceptively simple series of questions with every goal you set: What? Why? How? When?

  • What is your goal?  
  • Why is it important to you?  
  • How are you empowering yourself to achieve your goal?
  • When is your deadline?

This framework for goal planning is helpful to me because it builds in accountability and action. Rather than saying “I wish things were different,” I instead ask, “What change do I want to see?” and apply this tool to help me get to work. Whatever your personal or professional goals may be, I encourage you to find an approach that helps you turn those goals into action.

Be well, 
Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director & CEO

OhioNET Launches Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) Making over 4000 Comics & Graphic Novels Available to all Ohio Residents

OhioNET announced this week the availability of over 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and children’s materials as part of an innovative program to make this content freely available to all residents of Ohio throughout the summer. This project is a collaboration with 9 other states and is intended to provide easy access to digital resources while also supporting statewide summer reading programs for all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic. More eBooks will be released throughout the summer from additional children’s, comic book, and science fiction publishers.

OhioNET is also participating in a Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) online event on July 30, featuring interactive sessions with leading talent as well as librarian-led discussions about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs available through public libraries. More details on the online event will be released soon.

“Firstly, we want to thank our valuable publishing partners who generously took the lead on driving the creation of this program,” said BiblioLabs CEO, Mitchell Davis. “We have worked on innovative eBook models at the state level for years and this shines a light on the close collaborations between publishers and libraries that are emerging today. This program has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people and highlights the role libraries have always served in being a provider of resources in a time of need.”  

All of the eBooks are available in an unlimited simultaneous use model and served to patrons via geolocation. “In the modern era, delivering and using statewide eContent resources should be as easy as catching an Uber, and we are proud to work with statewide library organizations and publishers adapting the digital library experience to modern user expectations. This model creates seamless support of information deserts throughout the state and ensures all states can provide a baseline eBook collection to all residents,” Davis added. The VLCC collection will be free to libraries and patrons in participating states through August 31, serving as a valuable tool in statewide summer reading program support for all libraries. 

“We are happy to be working with our peer state library organizations to create this project,” said OhioNET Executive Director & CEO, Nancy Kirkpatrick. “The aim during this stressful time is to simplify how Ohio residents access high-quality digital reading materials. As libraries, we are competing for digital attention with mainstream media, and projects like this remind people we are here to serve their information needs both during a crisis and in everyday life.”

To access the comic and graphic novel collection and learn more, visit: https://oh-comics.biblioboard.com/home. For more information, contact OhioNET at ohionet@ohionet.org.


I, like many Black Americans, am struggling to contain and compartmentalize the myriad of thoughts, feelings, and emotions battling for my attention in the wake of continued violence against us. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have sparked the current tide of protest and “wokeness” in our country, but the sad truth is that they are just the latest three in a far-too-long list of Black people murdered for having the audacity to be born.

In the wake of continued violence against Black people in this country, many businesses, corporations, and yes – even libraries – are issuing statements that condemn racism and say that these organizations stand with communities of color. That is not enough. Show us, don’t tell us.

We need you to do more than stand. We need you to do more than acknowledge a problem that has existed in this country since its inception. We need you to act. And that can look like many things. For individuals wondering “What can I do?,” read this article: 75 Things White People Can do For Racial Justice, and start with the first two things listed there. First, advocate that all on-duty police officers in your town are required to wear a body camera and that they must turn them on immediately when responding to a call. Second, advocate that your local police force mandates evidence-based police de-escalation trainings. These two action items alone will save lives.

For more resources (including books, articles, videos, podcasts, and curriculum ideas), I suggest starting with these two very thorough compilations:

What can libraries do? Start by accepting the fact that racism exists in our profession. According to 2017 Data USA statistics (drawn from the US Census Bureau) Black people represent 12% of the population but only 6% of librarians, and they’re the most well-represented minority group in librarianship. White people make up 73.6% of the population, but 85.9% of our profession. Racism is not the only factor in that imbalance, but it is most certainly one of them.

Be part of the solution. Ask yourself:

  • What needs to change in our policies, procedures, and culture in order to create a diverse and inclusive work environment for our staff?
  • What needs to change in our building to make the space feel welcoming to everyone in the community we serve?

Not sure where to start? Hire an expert to help you figure it out. Engage with a consultant who specializes in anti-racism work.

What can librarians do? Librarians are literally Masters of Research. We earned advanced degrees in this, folks. A simple Google search of “How can libraries fight racism” yields over 22 million results in less than 1 second. Put those research skills to use. Some of those 22 million plus sources are credible. Find them, read them, and use them to inform your actions.

Overwhelmed? Begin with the work of your peers, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and Ione Damasco, in Low Morale in Ethnic and Racial Minority Academic Librarians: An Experiential Study for a better understanding of the challenges faced by your colleagues of color. 

Worried you’ll do it wrong? You aren’t alone. Several friends have expressed this concern to me over the past few weeks. They want to tackle this work, but they aren’t sure where to start. My response? It doesn’t matter where you start. Just start somewhere. My children’s lives may depend on it.  

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director & CEO