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As information professionals, we are on the front lines of answering questions and providing services that have copyright implications.  Most of us have probably heard someone say, “it’s only one chapter/part of a song/movie clip,” right? Further our discussion of copyright by sharing your stories and questions about fair use and reuse of works. Attendees will have the opportunity to review the four factors of fair use, discuss ways they can (and can’t) be applied, and learn about best practices when serving patrons. Click on the title link below for more information and to register. 

Copyright in Action: Fact or Fiction?-Myths about Copyright and Fair Use
Wednesday, June 12, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenter: Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries)

Tell us about your real-life copyright and fair use questions or conundrums.  Use our Copyright Q&A form.  Submissions can be made anonymously and we'll answer them during our session.

In today’s media-saturated culture, copyright considerations are all around us. From how to access materials for the classroom to helping students understand the concept of intellectual property, there is a lot you need to know. Plan to attend this day-long, in-person workshop to give you the foundation to feel more confident in this complex information landscape we live in. Attendees will learn about their rights (and responsibilities) as educators, including specific exceptions allowed for classroom use of copyrighted materials, and discuss the concept of fair use and how to apply it to an educational environment.

Click the title link below for more information and to register.  We invite all K12 staff members, librarians and administrators working in Ohio to select “INFOhio” from the drop-down menu and register at the member rate for this event. Please enter your school district information under Billing Address on the registration form. Have a question?  Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Exploring Your CopyRIGHTS in K-12 Environments—a Hands-on Workshop*
Thursday, August 8, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Registration closes July 31.)
*In-person only—no recording will be available.
Presenter: Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries)

As a multi-type membership organization, we know that there are many things that unite libraries across the diverse and different communities they may serve.  Part of our mission at OhioNET is to facilitate cross-type connections and collaborations, and we are pleased to be part of the conference planning team for ReIMAGEing Ohio’s Libraries: a Joint Conference of Library Associations.

This day-long event will take place on Friday, June 14th at the OCLC Conference Center in Dublin, OH. Conference participants will have opportunities to network with other library staffs, learn what other types of libraries are doing, and explore mutual benefits of collaborating across different types of libraries.

Registration Fee: $45 | Registration Deadline: 12:00 PM on June 10, 2019
Please note: the registration fee is only $45 per person thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more information, head to the conference website.

Ready to register? Click here for the Eventbrite page - credit card and PayPal transactions only

Is it time to replace the receipt printer?  Are you looking for the latest in thermal receipt printers?  OhioNET is offering specialing pricing on the Star Micronics TSP100 futurePRNT USB Thermal Receipt Printer through Friday, June 28, 2019. 

This thermal receipt printer comes with many updated features including:

  • Fully Loaded
  • Internal University Power Supply
  • Drop In and Print
  • Auto Cutter
  • Auto Install Drivers
  • Digitally Signed by Microsoft(R)
  • Free Complete Software Solutions Included in the Box

The Star TSP100 USB Thermal Receipt Printer is available to OhioNET Members for $229.95

Shipping is Free

Includes 3-year factory warranty

Available in Dark Gray Only


For product availability, questions, or to place an order,
contact Pam Rossman, 800-686-8975 x 10, or email pamr@ohionet.org
To see what other products OhioNET has to offer, got to: http://www.ohionet.org/products


Directors of the COOL Libraries have recently been recognized for their leadership with the Evergreen ILS.

On April 22, Chris Owens of the Blanchester Public Library was named a new Evergreen Board Member, and on April 26, Chauncey Montgomery was honored as the Evergreen Contributor of the Month.

Congratulations to Chris and to Chauncey on these honors!  We deeply appreciate their dedication to the COOL Consortium and the Evergreen ILS community.

OhioNET coordinates many July 1 eResource subscription groups on behalf of our members. This year, we are coordinating those groups via software called ConsortiaManager, which has replaced our home-grown website portal.

If your library participates in our eResource groups and if you haven't already done so, please log on to your Consortia Manager account and indicate your intent with regard to renewal by Friday, May 31st for most groups. We greatly appreciate your sharing a PO number; please do so in the "Reference" field so that we can record it on your invoice. You can also use the shopping cart to enter any purchase order numbers (or attach them) and let us know of your billing preferences. For Summer 2019, we’ll be providing drop down options of bill “immediately” or you can ask for invoices to be held until "July 1."

With our McGraw-Hill subscription groups, we must submit renewals to the vendor two weeks earlier than the other groups. All McGraw-Hill renewals should be entered in ConsortiaManager by Monday, May 20th.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are happy to help you through this process. You can contact us at e-resources@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.

The J.R. Clarke Public Library recently celebrated over 100 years of service to the Covington Area Community with a program on April 13.  The event included special speakers, an open house, and a guided tour of the library and its many services.  Among the tour highlights were the SCANPro 3 available in the J.R. Clarke Alcove and the SMARTBoard in the Community Room.

Congratulations to the library for their many years in the Covington community, and we wish them many more!

Registration has opened for a great multi-type library event taking place in just a few weeks--ReIMAGEing Ohio's Libraries at the OCLC Conference Center on Friday, June 14th! Conference participants will have opportunities to network with other library staffs outside of their usual networks, learn what other types of libraries are doing, and explore mutual benefits across different types of libraries.

Registration Fee: $45 | Registration Deadline: June 7, 2019
Please note: the registration fee is only $45 per person thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more information, head to the conference website.

Ready to register? Click here for the Eventbrite page - credit card and PayPal transactions only.

Question: How much is the TEACH Act really used? How exactly can you prevent a student from keeping permanently or redistributing a copy of a copyright-protected work without faculty having an easy way to apply digital rights management to the file? Our LMS doesn't offer a way to prevent students from downloading PDF files. Maybe I'm missing something, but I think of the TEACH Act as being useless due to its high technological requirements.

Answer: I don’t think the TEACH Act is utilized by academic libraries and institutions as often as fair use, but that does not mean it can’t be useful to them! The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act was passed back in 2002 to help address copyright considerations in distance education. Found mostly in Section 110(2) of US copyright law, it provides options for lawfully making performances and displays of copyrighted works in distance education. The part you are referring to is one of the technological requirements of the TEACH Act and is found in Section 110(2)(D)(ii). It requires that the institution “applies technological measures that reasonably prevent retention of the work [being shared under the TEACH Act]. . . by recipients of the transmission . . . for longer than the class session and unauthorized further dissemination of the work . . . by such recipients to others.” This requirement is put into place for digital transmissions of works made in distance education, which could include the performance of a work such as a film or a sound recording. Here, the law tells us that the institution should take measures that reasonably prevent those accessing the work from retaining it or sharing it with others. For films and sound recordings, most institutions that are taking advantage of the TEACH Act do so by streaming these works. Savvy students may be able to find ways to capture these streams in order to make copies of the films or sound recordings that they can then retain after the class is over or share with others. However, as Congress recognized there might not be a way to prevent such actions they included some flexibility in the statute by directing institutions to make their best effort possible to prevent such actions.

The sharing of a PDF with students via a learning management system (e.g. Canvas or Blackboard) is generally not going to be considered a digital transmission unless it is a video or audio recording of someone reading aloud from it. As such, it would not be bound by this particular restriction.

The TEACH Act does have other technological requirements as well as institutional copyright policy/education requirements and requirements instructors must adhere to. You can read more about these in Section 110(2) of US copyright law. I would also recommend taking a look at the Original TEACH Act Toolkit developed by Peggy Hoon for the Louisiana State University Libraries. While the TEACH Act does set forward many requirements, if all are met by the institution and course instructors then it offers an option for lawfully making performances and displays of works as part of distance education.

For more information, check out last year's Copyright in Action: Considerations for Instruction webinar recording.

Click here for a copy of the handout.

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Bucyrus Public Library (BPL) joined the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), adding nearly 55,000 additional items to the COOL-CAT collection. The Bucyrus Public Library is the 13th library in Ohio to join the consortium, and begin using the Evergreen ILS, since its inception in 2012.
Resource sharing will begin with all other COOL member libraries on May 13th, making over 700,000 materials available to the Bucyrus community. This means shorter hold periods, faster access, and a family of libraries within driving distance where a BPL card is honored.
BPL will host informal classes about using the new system - and searching for materials from both BPL and the other COOL libraries - on two dates:
* Monday, May 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, May 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Evergreen, the open source ILS originally developed by PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) for the Georgia Public Library Service, is used by over 2,000 libraries across 31 states, 7 countries, and 6 Canadian provinces. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download, install and try it out for their library.
Read more about Bucyrus's programs and services at https://bucyruslibrary.org.
COOL is always open to new members. If you are interested becoming a COOL library, or if you want more information on the consortium or Evergreen, contact Matt Polcyn, Director of Technology Services at OhioNET, at mattp@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.