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This post will be updated with relevant information and resources as libraries begin to open across the state. If you have resources you feel have been helpful when plannning your library's reopening or have a knowledge of reputable vendors offering safety equipment, please send the information to jilliant@ohionet.org

Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by OhioNET of the product, process, service, or its producer or provider. 

OhioNET Contract Vendors offering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other safety equipment: 


For large quantity orders or purchases over $2,000, please contact Demco’s Inside Sales Team at 800-462-8709 or email quote@demco.com. You may be eligible for special bid pricing.


Sentry Custom Security

Steripower® Automatic Touchless Hand Sanitizer and Sanitizer Solution available at discounted prices to OhioNET members. 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 available to members at $35.50* per gallon, plus shipping and any applicable taxes (list price: $49).

*Through October 31, 2020

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


Be sure to check out our 2020 OhioNET Member Library Product Contract Discounts for additional savings. Log in with your user account to view member discount codes and additional order details. For questions, please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org or call 800-686-8975.

For additional information about general Reopening Information & Resources, safe use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Printable Signage, Materials Handling, and more, please visit:

NEO-RLS: Resources for Reopening Our Libraries

State Library of Ohio: Coronavirus Information and Resources

OLC: Best Practices for Ohio's Public Libraries under COVID-19

In an effort to bring added value to our members and the communities they serve, OhioNET is opening its Training Archive — a repository of the last 12 months of recorded webinars and professional development resources — to all member institutions through June 30, 2020. Read below to see what trainings were added in April and what will be leaving the Archive in May.

What’s New—Titles Added in April 2020

4/8 - Copyright in Action: Fair Use Myths and Misconceptions with Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries) 

4/14 - Re-thinking Census 2020 Outreach: Your Questions Answered with Kirstin Krumsee, Erin Kelsey, and Cindy Boyden (State Library of Ohio) 

4/16 - Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Home Improvement Reference Center with Jeff High (EBSCO) and Kimberly Bishop (Dayton Metro Library)

4/28 - Intentionally Intersectional: Feminist Programming in the Library with Rebecca Stanwick (Toledo-Lucas County Public Library) 

4/30 - Copyright and Online Learning with Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries) 

What’s Leaving—May 2019 Titles (Expire on Dates Listed Below)

5/14 - Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Transparent Language with Lauren Garcanz (Transparent Language) and Megan Sheeran (Upper Arlington Public Library) 

5/21 - How to Grassroots: Limitless Possibilities through Community-Based Solutions with Kate McCartney (Marysville Public Library), Shane Hoffman (Plain City Public Library), Sarah Schaff (Denison University Library), and Gina Maida (University of Mount Union) 

5/29 - Census Overview: Getting Ready for 2020 with Kirstin Krumsee (State Library of Ohio) 

To access the Training Archive, you will need an individual user account through our website. Sign up for an account here, or access the archive directly with an existing account. See our full announcement about opening the OhioNET Training Archive here

If you have questions about the Training Archive, or any other OhioNET service, please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.

You asked, we listened! Join us for "Copyright Under Quarantine: An Open Q&A Session" on Thursday, May 7. This is a free webinar, open to all library staff working in Ohio!

Our current circumstances are complex and dynamic, and libraries of all types are doing their best to respond to the needs of the diverse communities they serve. Our copyright trainer, Carla Myers (Miami University), is again offering her expertise to discuss ideas, options, and best practices. This online event will be an open-ended, attendee-driven Q&A session focused on copyright questions for our current climate.

Have a question you'd like to see addressed during the webinar? Please use this form to submit questions for consideration.

This event is part of our Preservation & Access Training Track. Online registration for "Copyright Under Quarantine" is available here

Can't make it in real-time? Sign-up to receive a link and view the recording of our online sessions at your convenience. Check out other upcoming opportunities on our website: https://www.ohionet.org/training-calendar.

Our team is busy working on webinars and training opportunities for the year ahead, and we want to hear from you! Do you have a topic you’d like to see us tackle in future trainings? Suggest a subject or speaker here or contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org.

Want to learn more about trainings OhioNET has already hosted? View past webinars and training materials in our Training Archive.

To access the Training Archive, use your OhioNET website login to view available webinars. Not sure if you have an account with our website? Head to www.ohionet.org/user to create an account or reset your password. If you already know your OhioNET website login, you can visit the archive directly at www.ohionet.org/OHN-training-archive.

Tomorrow’s OhioNET webinar, “Copyright and Online Learning,” is rescheduled for Thursday, April 30 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Our presenter, Carla Myers, is under the weather and unable to lead the session tomorrow afternoon as planned.

There is no need to cancel or re-register – your log-in credentials will be transferred automatically. If you’re already registered, please watch your email inbox for an updated message from customercare@gotowebinar.com with the new meeting date and time. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns: ohionet@ohionet.org.

From the services, resources, and programs we provide to how we create and market them, copyright considerations are all around us as information professionals.

However, if you work in K-12 libraries, the issues you face can complicate matters exponentially. Plan to join us for a day-long, in-person workshop to give you the foundation you need to feel more confident in your understanding and application of your rights and responsibilities in our complex information landscape. Our day of learning will include hands-on activities and plenty of time to discuss specific questions or scenarios.

Attendees to this session will have the opportunity to:

  • Review the basic concepts of copyright
  • Discuss the exceptions for face-to-face classroom instruction
  • Explore the concept of fair use & the reuse it offers for educators

Presented by Carla Myers, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries. This workshop is part of the Preservation & Access CE Training Track and is worth 5 CEUs.

The workshop will be on Wednesday, July 29 from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. with an hour long break for lunch on your own. For additional details and registration information, please visit our event page. For event updates or changes, please follow us on social media: @OhioNET.

The server hosting our website will be undergoing maintenance starting today (Wednesday, April 8) at 7:00 p.m. to upgrade our database server to improve security and provide new features.

Our website and other services will be unavailable for several hours during this upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at ohionet@ohionet.org. Thank you for your patience!

Is your Library running short of Earbuds?

In the hope that we will all be back soon providing personal service to our patrons and students, OhioNET has extended our special earbud pricing through the end of April. You can replenish your inventory of earbuds at 10% off OhioNET's regular member price. These are great for patrons, students and staff. Minimum orders start at 100 sets (the more you purchase, the lower the price), and must be purchased in increments of 100.


- Light-weight, mini earbud design
- L-shaped 3.5 mm stereo plug
- Use with MP3, CD, DVD players; computers; Playaways®
- Cord Length is 50" (may vary +/- 2")

Member Pricing

100 to 299         $1.01 ea. *
300 to 499         $  .96 ea. *
500 to 999         $  .91 ea. *
1,000 to 2,499  $  .86 ea. *

*Minimum Order of 100 Sets. Larger quantities are available at even lower prices. 

Shipping charges are based on quantity ordered, and you will be invoiced exact rates. Please request an approximate shipping estimate when placing your order. These special prices are valid for a limited time. Orders must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2020.

For product availability, questions, or orders, email Pam Rossman or call 800-686-8975, ext. 10. To see what other products OhioNET has to offer, visit our product listing

Although the OhioNET building is currently closed, we’re still open for business (remotely) and available via email and phone. In an effort to keep members connected, we've gathered a list of resources that may be helpful for you and the communities you serve —

General Resources:

  • OhioNET Training Archive (now open to all OhioNET members through June 30, 2020). To access the Training Archive, you will need an individual user account through our website. Sign up for an account here, or access the archive directly with an existing account. 
  • Audible Offers Free Books for Children & Teens
  • COVID CareLine: A toll-free number and emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addition Services. Behavioral health professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for confidential support at 1-800-720-9616
  • ICOLC Statement and Spreadsheet of Vendor/eResource Responses
  • OPLIN Guide to Expanded Database Access (including remote access to Ancestry Library edition, NewspaperArchive.com, World Book, and more) 
  • University Information Policy Officers Guide to Expanded Vendor Content

Academic Library Resources:

K-12 Library Resources:

Public Library Resources:

In light of recent recommendations from the Governor’s Office and health officials, and based on the changing landscape, OhioNET is temporarily closing our office in Columbus, beginning Monday, March 23.

Please note:

  • We are still conducting business, hosting webinars, supporting OPAL, COOL, PLC and all of our members — we’re just doing it remotely.
  • All meetings in our building have been canceled and the affected organizations have been notified. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the health and safety of our staff and those in our network makes it necessary to take this precaution.
  • In order to support our members, many of whom are also closed or who have employees that need to work from home, we’re making OhioNET’s Training Archive of continuing education webinars available to all members for free ‪through June 30. Please take advantage of this rich resource. For more information click here.
  • There have been a variety of vendor responses to COVID-19, as well as a statement from ICOLC. We’ve collected and linked to that information here, should it be helpful to you.

We hope you’re all doing okay, and that social distancing doesn’t have you feeling too disconnected. As we respond to the changing environment, we will continue to provide updates.

As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, please let me know.

Be well,

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, CEO/Executive Director