OhioNET News

OhioNET would like to offer our felicitations to the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University on the occasion of its selection as the 2019 recipient of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category.

Among the many accomplishments cited by the selection committee, the Kelvin Smith Library was recognized for its Freedman Fellowship for Digital Scholarship program, National Personal Librarian Conference, and efforts to leverage assessment data into improved spaces for student success.

We highly recommend a visit to the Kelvin Smith Library, and we hope that if you’re visiting Cleveland for ACRL (or otherwise), you will have a chance to stop by.

Kudos to Arnold Hirschon, Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, and to all of the Kelvin Smith Library staff whose hard work and dedication brought this honor to fruition.

The 2019 cohort of ILEAD USA - Ohio teams met for the first time at the Mohican State Park & Lodge on March 19-21. 

OhioNET is pleased to help support the development of library leaders through the ILEAD - USA Ohio and Library Leadership programs.  Our support of ILEAD - USA Ohio includes providing stearing committee leadership, mentor support to the teams, and grant administration in cooperation with the State Library of Ohio.

Interested in learning more about ILEAD USA - Ohio?  Check out the State Library website to read about the 2015 and 2017 cohorts and the current 2019 group.

While we noted the early announcement of Mover & Shaker honors for our colleagues at OhioLINK in the OhioNET March newsletter, there are other Ohio honorees that should be recognized as well.

Kudos to Andrea Francis of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library for her work with the Grandparent Project, and Kirsten Krumsee of the State Library of Ohio for her development of Libraries by the Numbers!

There is one other 2019 Mover & Shaker with Ohio ties: Violet Fox, of Cataloging Lab fame, is also a Dewey Editor at OCLC.

Congratulations to all of our Ohio library colleagues!

This year continues to be a year of transformation and change at OhioNET.

We are pleased to announce that Heidi Beke-Harrigan will be moving to our Technology Services team on April 8.  Heidi's transition to the Technology Service team from our Member Services department is a key part of our plan to re-imagine the work we do for our members in the areas of technology services and support.

For the past several months, OhioNET has been preparing to launch Consortia Manager—an easy-to-use, self-service portal that will allow users to streamline their e-resources workflows, easily access current and past data, and quickly see their savings. We launched this new service on April 1 and will process all renewals set for July 1, 2019 and later using this platform. If you work with OhioNET to manage your e-resource subscriptions, don’t miss your last chance to join us for an overview and demonstration of this new service. Sign-up below by click the title link. Plan to attend in real-time to ask questions of the software developer/trainer and our Electronic Resources Program Manager, Carrie Waibel.  Can’t make it in real-time?  Register and automatically get a follow-up email within 24-hours containing a link to view the archived recording.

Welcome to Consortia Manager
Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

As a nation, the Census plays a critical role in how we understand who we are and how we allocate our shared resources. The next accounting is set for 2020 and preparations are already well underway. Plan to attend this session led by a Library Journal Mover & Shaker 2019, Kirstin Krumsee (State Library of Ohio). Attendees will get an overview of how this critical data is collected, compiled and used. Special attention will be given to explore how libraries can get involved in supporting Census 2020. Click the title link for more information.

Census Overview: Preparing for 2020
Wednesday, May 29, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenter: Kirstin Krumsee (State Library of Ohio)

Take the next session in our Digitization Basics series to learn all about the various tools and basic steps for completing quality scans. This practical webinar is perfect for folks who know the scope of their projects and have a clear idea of what types of materials need to be digitized. Our webinar leaders, Jenni Salamon and Lily Birkhimer (Ohio History Connection), are ready to discuss all the options (including outsourcing) to consider when creating a set of archival-quality scans—from scanner types to resolution settings to file types. Click the title link to register today!

Digitization Basics 2: Tools and Techniques
Wednesday, May 8, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenters: Jenni Salamon and Lily Birkhimer (Ohio History Connection)

You've asked and we listened! After a few months of successful testing we're announcing a new option to claim CE credit for on-demand viewing of OhioNET webinar recordings. Here's how it works:

  • Register for the session(s) you are interested in, even if you can not attend in real-time. Event registration is critical!
  • After viewing the recording (emailed to you in a follow-up email after the session) simply fill out the form. Links to the form will also be included in each message.

Please allow a week for OhioNET to process your submission. After we verify your participation, the CE Certificate will be emailed to you.

Registration for an event you can not attend in real-time is a member benefit and does not take anyone else's slot in a session. We encourage you to sign up for any sessions you are interested in. Please note that due to the personalized nature of workshops, they are not recorded and we are not able to offer retroactive CE credit for those events.

Head to the OhioNET Training Calendar for a complete listing of all our currently scheduled events. 

Fair Use is a cornerstone principal of copyright practices in the U.S. Plan to attend this webinar to better understand your rights under the law.

Here are just a few highlights of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Introduction to the Fair Use exception in US copyright law.
  • Explore the four factors to consider when trying to determine if the reuse of a work may be considered fair or infringing.
  • Examine the responsibilities (and rights) of libraries.
  • Learn about tools and other suggested resources to help make crucial determinations.

As always Carla will consider various scenarios and answer your specific questions during the presentation. You can also send her copyright questions to be answered in the Copyright Q&A section of our newsletter.

For more information and to register

Have an immediate question? The ALA Copyright Advisory Network provides a number of resources, including  a Fair Use Evaluator.

Are you looking to build on the basic book repair workshop? Do you have local or unique items in your archives, manuscripts, special collections or local history collection in need of a little TLC?  If you've been on the fence, join us in May to learn about a variety of preservation strategies.  This is the last advanced book repair session on our training calendar this year. Our long-time workshop leader, Dr. Miriam Kahn, is taking a break for the foreseeable future and we want to be sure that you don't miss your last chance to take these workshops.


Participants will participate in decision-making and product evaluation for rare, brittle, and fragile books, apply stabilizing preservation decisions, and evaluate rehousing and boxing options. Techniques will include pamphlet binding, multiple signature binding, paper repair with wheat starch paste and Japanese paper, appropriate use of heat set tissue, and encapsulation techniques.


Save money and preserve local and unique items—click the link below today!  Registration for this event closes May 9th and space is limited

For more information and to register