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Rock’s Backpages is the world’s only comprehensive archive of music journalism, featuring over 37,000 full text, primary source articles on the last 60 years of music and popular culture. It has proven to be an invaluable resource for students, researchers and library patrons at over 250 schools, universities and public libraries across the world, including Dallas Public Library and Harvard, NYU and Princeton.

Public libraries have discovered Rock’s Backpages to be a resource that engages younger and older patrons alike. With over 6,000 artists represented in the database covering over 60 genres, all fully indexed, searchable and interlinked, users are able to dive into exploring their favourite bands and topics quickly and easily. For instance, it is possible to trace the history and influence of The Beatles through more than 300 articles, ranging from reviews of their first trip to America in 1964 to a previously unpublished feature about Sgt. Pepper 10 years later.

At Rock’s Backpages, they believe in connecting communities and equipping young learners with the skills they will need to succeed going into further education. For this reason, they would like to offer libraries the opportunity to secure gratis subscriptions for all local schools as long as the library subscribes on or before December 17, 2018. Public libraries which subscribe to Rock’s Backpages are eligible for a consortial discount of 20% on orders placed through OhioNET. Furthermore, should libraries subscribe as a group of two or more, they can take advantage of aggregated discounts, making Rock’s Backpages even more affordable and opening up access to even more schools.

Rock’s Backpages enables students to get to grips with research techniques and citation while being an engaging, living resource featuring a diverse range of content. Articles cover all forms of popular music from grunge to soul, funk and R&B, as well as topics including politics, fashion and festivals. As a result, Rock’s Backpages has found a home in a broad range of classes from American and cultural studies to history and social studies.

To take a look at the resource yourself, please use the following details to sign in at rocksbackpages.com:
Username: RBP@OhioNET
Password: LibrariesRock!
This username and password will provide unlimited access to Rock’s Backpages until December 18, 2018.

For further information and to obtain a quote, please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 or email Rock’s Backpages directly at ohionet@rocksbackpages.com.

The Ohio Library Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) recognized Michael P. Butler at their Awards Celebration on October 25, with an official proclamation.

The proclamation cited Mr. Butler's passion for library collaboration and his specific dedication to helping school libraries, most notably in his work with INFOhio and OCLC to develop CatExpress.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Butler noted,"Children are indeed our future, and the work of school libraries is tremendous in giving young people opportunities for learning."

We thank OELMA for recognizing our Executive Director/CEO, and we echo OELMA's sentiments of praise.


Pictured above:
Michael P. Butler (OhioNET Executive Director/CEO) and
Deb Logan (2018 OELMA President)

We’ve explored many aspects of copyright this year. Now we’re going to bring everything together with a discussion around developing copyright policy, because clear and consistent policies are the key to easing your copyright-related worries.  In this webinar session, attendees will discuss how to make policy determinations in a wide variety of areas, including digitization projects, donor agreements, accessibility issues, licensed materials, interlibrary loan practices, maker space set-ups, film screenings and more. Participants will be well equipped to draft policy that meets the unique circumstances of their libraries and institutions. If you are interested in the topic but can’t attend in real-time, register to automatically be sent a copy of the recorded session.

Creating Sustainable Copyright Policies
Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

How would you like to see the Copyright in Action series continue? Weigh in on copyright topics for 2019 with our quick survey!

Only a few days remain to register for our last in-person workshop of 2018--Hands-on Local History: Sources and Strategies for a Community-Centered Project.  If you have local or unique historical items in your collection, make sure they do more than collect dust. Join us to learn how to build an engaging community-focused project to bring awareness to your resources.  Click the title link below for more information.  Registration closes Nov. 7th.

Hands-on Local History: Sources and Strategies for a Community-Centered Project
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

Don't miss out! If you work with cataloging or records maintenance at your institution, register for our online series today to learn about the variety of subject heading systems, the process for assigning headings in the most widely used systems, and how to locate subject authority records to help you verify or edit headings in your local catalog. This final cataloging series of 2018 will be hosted by Misty Alvaro from Upper Arlington Public Library. Click the links below for more information and to register.

Fundamentals of Cataloging ONLINE: Overview of Subject Analysis for Copy Catalogers
Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Fundamentals of Cataloging ONLINE: Subject Analysis Tools for Copy Catalogers
Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Fundamentals of Cataloging ONLINE: Subject Analysis Suggested Workflows
Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM


Please join us to extend our thanks and warm wishes to Michael P. Butler on the occasion of his retirement.

OhioNET will host an Open House on Friday, December 7, from 1pm to 3pm. 

There will be no formal program; please come at any time to extend your goodwill and share in the company.  Light refreshments will be served.  An indication of your planned attendance is kindly requested by December 3 to ensure sufficient refreshments.

Cards and stories will be collected happily; Mr. Butler has requested that any gift-giving beyond that be directed toward the Alzheimer's Association.

Attendees at the recent 2018 Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Conference were treated to a unique opening act - a Night at the Museum. The Friday evening event was hosted by the Cleveland Medical Library Association and the Cleveland Health Sciences Library at the Allen Memorial Medical Library, Case Western Reserve University. After a delicious Greek dinner, library staff generously shared their time in the evening to offer tours of the Allen Library and Dittrick Medical History Center (open to the public), which showcases museum artifacts, archives, rare books collections and images. From the beautiful building to stories shared about medicine, healing and community through the exhibits and resources, everyone left with new impressions.

Special thanks to the CMLA and its board, Cleveland Health Sciences library, Christopher Dolwick, Dr. Anthony Tizzano, Tom Hayes and Jessica DeCaro for making the evening possible and sharing these library treasures.

Conference attendees packed in three more days of learning and sharing in Cleveland with 112 attendees, 32 companies/organizations, two keynote speakers, presentations, posters and round-table discussions with a vibrant Rock-n-Roll theme. Check out the greatest conference hits  on the website. Many OhioNET members are represented. Cleveland Clinic librarians Mary Pat Harneige and Mary Schleicher co-chaired the conference along with an extensive planning committee. Ohio medical librarians may have taken their final bow for the 2018 conference, but are definitely rockin' on.

Photos courtesy of Don Pearson

Tom Hayes, Collection Development and Engagement Librarian at the Allen Memorial Medical Library shares rare books from the collection.
Mary Schleicher and Theresa Kline explore some of the exhibits at the Dittrick Medical History Center.
Stephanie Schulte, Lynda Hartel and Kerry Dhakal catch up while exploring the exhibits.
Planning Committee for 2018 Midwest Chapter MLA.


The election link for open positions on the OhioNET Board of Directors is now live. The election runs through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2.

Each member institution has one vote for each open position. The election link and a unique voter key have been sent to the director (or designate) at each institution. Members will elect two public library representatives, one academic library representative, and one special library representative.

OhioNET is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, elected at-large by the membership to serve 3-year terms. The Board consists of professional librarians from OhioNET member institutions.

If you have questions about the election process, please contact Christine Morris, Deputy Director, at christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.


OhioNET is pleased to announce that Nancy S. Kirkpatrick has been selected as the next Executive Director/CEO, to succeed Michael P. Butler. Ms. Kirkpatrick is currently the Associate Director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS).

“Nancy’s enthusiasm for all types of libraries came through loud and clear during the interview process,” says Andrew Whitis, Board Chair. “She is the clear choice to lead OhioNET forward. Nancy’s thoughtfulness and analytical skills will help to ensure that OhioNET continues to provide the types of services members want and need. I want to again thank both OhioNET staff and Board members for their engagement throughout the search process.”

In addition to Ms. Kirkpatrick’s current position with MCLS, she also served on the Boards of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) and Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) while she was the Director of Library Services at Marian University in Indianapolis. Ms. Kirkpatrick holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond (VA).

“I am excited to become part of the Ohio library community,” says Ms. Kirkpatrick. “I have been impressed with the OhioNET staff and Ohio librarians, having collaborated on projects including the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Ms. Kirkpatrick is expected to start on January 3, 2019.

We would not normally make public note of the retirement of our colleagues from other library organizations, but we feel we must make an exception for Missy Lodge, who is retiring from the State Library of Ohio at the end of September.

In her various capacities at the State Library of Ohio, Missy has always been a friend to OhioNET and a supporter of our efforts to complement the State Library's work in cross-type collaboration. 

Every Ohio library has been touched by her work over the years--through the ongoing LSTA support of statewide initiatives like Libraries Connect Ohio, Library Leadership Ohio, and ILEAD, as well as individual LSTA program grants that have enabled projects like COOL and the Opioids in Communities, Libraries in Response conferences.

We are glad to have known you, Missy, and we are grateful for your commitment to Ohio libraries for so many years.  Best wishes to you!