OhioNET News

by guest contributor Erica Clay

Through the Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) partnership, all Ohioans have access to a collection of information resources that support quality education, a skilled workforce, and lifelong learning in Ohio.

How can you help your patrons make the most of that collection? Use INFOhio’s Early Learning and Information Literacy tools, which have the LCO resources built in.

  • The Early Learning Portal gives parents and preschool teachers the tools to introduce children ages 3-5 to digital resources that help them build early literacy skills.
  • GO! Ask, Act, Achieve guides children in grades 4-10 through the research and inquiry process, helping them develop essential information literacy skills such as asking questions, researching and exploring the LCO resources, synthesizing and using the information they find, and sharing their results.
  • Research 4 Success (R4S) helps high school and undergraduate college students develop information literacy skills while completing a research project in six manageable steps. In each step, students learn about the skills, practice their skills through a variety of learning activities, and master their skills through practical application.

All Ohioans and Ohio library staff are welcome to use the Early Learning Portal, GO! Ask, Act, Achieve, and Research 4 Success to support Early Learning and Information Literacy. For more information on these learning and literacy tools, contact INFOhio at support.infohio.org.

When: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST

Hosted By: Melissa Wanger, Managing Editor of Acquisitions, IGI Global, and Peter Scott, Director of Sales for North America, IGI Global, and Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, Executive Director/CEO OhioNET

Description: With school back in session, librarians are challenged with ensuring that any investment in resources meets their institution’s needs in a turbulent academic landscape that includes the threat of predatory publishing, rapid advancement of technology, research, and the evolution of OA publishing.

This exclusive webinar for OhioNET members will outline how IGI Global, an international academic publisher, is challenging the industry standard by providing the most innovative content and solutions to help librarians navigate these obstacles. Speakers will break down the stigma of “traditional publishing”, provide insights on forthcoming research trends, and explain pioneering solutions that are being implemented by libraries around the world.

Additionally, they will outline a “true read and publish model”, IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative, which is providing institutions with a sustainable source of OA funding through the acquisition of IGI Global’s InfoSci-Books (5,300+ e-books) and InfoSci-Journals (185+ e-journals) databases.

Click Here to Register!

Explore the digital traces we leave behind as we surf, tweet, pin, dm and more. Whether you’re worried about your own digital footprint or interested in learning how to talk to your community about these important issues, plan to join us for this webinar for practical tips and eye-opening discussions. No technology expertise required!

Who’s Tracking You?: Privacy Tips and Programming Ideas
Thursday, September 19 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter: Megan Sheeran (Upper Arlington Public Library)

Our Fundamentals of Cataloging webinars resume this month with our series on Common AV Formats, which covers the issues, fields and elements you need to consider when copy cataloging CDs, DVDs, and streaming audio and video files.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to have taken our Introduction and Basic Description courses or have a working knowledge of general cataloging concepts and workflows.  All sessions in this series will be led by Tim Keller (Oberlin College). Click the links below for more information and to register.

Overview of Common AV Formats (Session 1)
Tuesday, September 24, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

MARC for Common AV Formats (Session 2)
Tuesday, October 1, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

RDA vs AACR2 for DVDs (Session 3)
Tuesday, October 8, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

RDA vs AACR2 for CDs (Session 4)
Tuesday, October 15, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

OhioNET is often contacted by organizations who want to work with us on new opportunities that benefit our member libraries. As a result, the eResources team is developing new strategies to work with our vendors and our members to identify the best of those opportunities. This month, we’re happy to introduce you to eMarketer. If your library is interested in learning more about this research product, please send an email to e-resources@ohionet.org. Your responses will help determine how we move forward.

Your one-stop-shop for digital intelligence. eMarketer PRO, home to all eMarketer research, is the definitive source for staying current on everything digital.

In an increasingly digital world, people are constantly wondering what’s changing and how they’re being affected. Libraries across the nation rely on our database of over 13,200 charts, 1,300 articles, 250 reports, 200 interviews, 400 podcasts so their library members can understand the most important digital trends and topics. Now you can also offer this within your library as a resource.

Empower your library members with the research and perspective needed to understand and thrive in the digital economy. Inquire about eMarketer PRO today.

One of the biggest announcements to come out of ACRL in Cleveland last April was the launch of Project Outcome for Academics—a set of freely available online tools modeled on the very successful outcomes assessment portal launched by PLA in 2015.  Over the last few years, libraries of all kinds have been under increasing pressure to demonstrate (and communicate about) the impact of the service they provide to the communities they serve. Now both academics and public libraries all across the country have access to these incredibly useful online tools that can help them do just that.

Project Outcome from PLA

Project Outcome for Academics from ACRL

Watch the OhioNET Training Calendar for webinars on these freely available services, as well as topics like data collection methods, analysis techniques, visualization tools, and more in our Data Analysis & Assessment training track.

Our series of freely available webinars open to all library staff members working in Ohio continues this fall with two sessions that feature resources available at libraries all across the state.  This pair of sessions will be led by veteran EBSCO trainer, Joe Ceterski, with suggestions and usage scenarios provided by Sara Churchill (Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County). Click the title links for more information and to register.

Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Quick Research Reference Sources
As the new academic year gets started, library staff members working in all kinds of communities will find themselves coping with the annual onslaught of requests for help starting a research project or paper. Check out this set of three great resources that can help: Biography Reference Bank, Literary Reference Center, and Science Reference Center.
Tuesday, September 10 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Hobbies and Craft Reference Center
Support your local makers, crafters, and the creative “gig” culture by learning more about a fantastic resource—the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center—that offers ‘how-to’ instructions, creative solutions, and useful life-hacks to meet the needs and interests of virtually any hobbyist.
Wednesday, November 6 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Got local or unique items in need of catalog records? Join us to learn the skills needed to create MARC records from scratch. We’re happy to host you in one of our recently re-designed meeting spaces, featuring easily moveable furniture for group work and with plenty of room and equipment to support laptops, tablets and more.  If you think you’d benefit from hands-on, face-to-face time with our workshop leader for this event, Misty Alvaro from Upper Arlington Public Library, plan to sign-up today—space it limited. Click the title links for more information and to register.

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction to Original Cataloging Workshop
Tuesday, August 20, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (with an hour-long break for lunch on your own)
CEUs: 5

Attendees to this workshop MUST have copy-cataloging experience or have taken the Introduction and Basic Description workshop or webinars.

Did you miss out on any of the sessions in the Digitization Basics webinar series?  Would you benefit from face-to-face instruction and one-on-one attention from our trainers?  Sign up today for the in-person version of our Digitization Basics webinar series and get all the content in one day—from planning tips to tool suggestions to file type and metadata recommendations.

Digitization-in-a-Day: The Basics*
Thursday, October 10, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
*In-person only—no recording will be available.
Presenters: Jenni Salamon and Lily Birkhimer (Ohio History Connection)

One of our newest training tracks, Data Analysis & Assessment, focuses on topics like data collection, analysis techniques, visualization tools, and more. We are excited to kick off a new series of sessions centered on the importance of measuring (and communicating about) the impact of the service we provide to our communities. The first session will be led by staff members from Lorain Public Library and give attendees an overview of PLA’s Project Outcome, and will also include suggestions for creating buy-in from staff and share important lessons learned throughout their implementation.  Plan to join us for this FREE webinar, open to all library staff members working in Ohio. Click the title link for more information and to register.

Measure Your Impact—an Introduction to PLA’s Project Outcome
Thursday, November 14 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenters: Cheryl Grizzell and Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz (Lorain Public Library System)