OhioNET News

Our long-running series of cataloging training continues in 2019 with overview of both original and copy-cataloging best practices.  Whether you’re new to cataloging or looking for a refresher, these two sets of webinars will get you up to speed.  Click the title links to register and get more information.

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction & Basic Description series
This first set of webinars explains basic cataloging concepts and processes for copy catalogers and demonstrates how to describe our most numerous resources—books! This series serves as an excellent stepping stone for later cataloging sessions. Series presenter: Sarah Schaff, Denison University Libraries.

Basic Cataloging Overview, 1/15/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Meet MARC, 1/29/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
RDA vs. AACR2, 2/12/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM


Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction to Original Cataloging series
Got local or unique items in need of records?  Our newest webinar series returns to provide an overview of the skills and knowledge needed to create MARC records from scratch.  Attendees to this session MUST have copy-cataloging experience or have taken the Introduction & Basic Description webinars. Series presenter: Misty Alvaro, Upper Arlington Public Library.

Basics of Original Cataloging, 3/26/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Simplifying Original Cataloging Workflows with Tools, 4/2/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Tricks, Resources, and Practice for Original Cataloging, 4/16/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Our newest training track, Preservation & Access—covering topics that help library staff collect, manage, share, and maintain access to materials—features both in-person and online events this spring.  Click the title links to register and get more information. 

The Copyright in Action series presenter is Carla Myers. And, remember all online OhioNET trainings are FREE to employees of member libraries!

Copyright in Action: Overview and Review
Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Copyright in Action: Understanding Fair Use
Wednesday, Apr. 24th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Whether you need to keep your circulating items looking great or to preserve local or unique materials in your collection, OhioNET has a hands-on book repair session for you.  Sign up for both or just one.  Please note that folks are strongly encouraged to take the basic workshop before registering for the advanced session.  Both workshops will be led by Dr. Miriam Kahn and both workshop fees include the cost of take-home supply kits for each attendee.

Basic Book Repair Workshop
Wednesday, Apr. 17th, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Advanced Book Repair & Structure
Thursday, May 23rd, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

We’re pleased to announce the return of our free series of informational webinars featuring resources available statewide.  Presented in partnership with OPLIN, our first pair of webinars will feature some of the most widely-used materials—genealogy databases.  These first two sessions will be led by Sarah Palmer from ProQuest Training, with user insights and real-life reference scenarios from Anne Wachs of Washington-Centerville Public Library. Click the title links to register and get more information.

Exploring our State-wide Resources: Ancestry vs. HeritageQuest
Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Exploring our State-side Resources: African American Heritage and Fold3
Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Coming soon in the Reference Skills & Resources track—business reference sources, Transparent Language, and Census 2020 information. Watch the Training Calendar for a complete listing of all our currently available events.

OhioNET is pleased to announce an agreement for the benefit of our members with Tech Logic, an American-owned, Minnesota-based company exclusively serving libraries with RFID-enabled self-checkout, sorting and security solutions.

Tech Logic connects people, products and solutions for a better library experience. Those products and solutions include:

For more information about Tech Logic, please visit https://tech-logic.com or contact Pam Rossman at OhioNET at pamr@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 10.

Our Three Questions series helps provide insight on projects and aspirations of the Ohio library community through interviews we conduct during our visits.  Earlier this year, Carrie Waibel, OhioNET’s Electronic Resources Program Manager, paid a visit to Cleveland Institute of Art and spoke with Library Director Laura Ponikvar.  As part of the visit, the library was presented with a certificate honoring their 40 years of continuous membership with OhioNET.  We deeply appreciate Cleveland Institute of Art for their longstanding support!

What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now?

Making it easier for students to access materials by rearranging and opening up the space and providing them with contemporary content that meets their current information needs.  For example, we just started a graphic novel collection that’s been really well received.  Students need pleasure reading too!  We already had some titles, but pulling them out, featuring them, and building the collection with topics students are facing has led to 80% of the collection being checked out at least once. 

What is your library dream?

I wish I could magically expand our space.  We recently turned one former staff office into an open collaborative space, but we always need more space.  For being a single building campus, we aim to organize efficiently.  I also would like to see more collaboration between the library and other departments to help encourage active learning and instruction with our students.

What are you currently reading?

Independent People by Halldór Laxness.  I also enjoy audiobooks on my commute, and I recently listed to a non-fiction political book.

One of the benefits of OhioNET membership is free access to our training webinars (In-person events and workshops are half-off the non-member rates). Anyone who would like to attend webinars either live or to view later should register. This guarantees that you will automatically receive a link to view the recorded session. We typically send those follow-up messages within 24 hours of our original broadcast. You are welcome to do this for any of our webinars. We have enough capacity that this does not affect anyone else's ability to attend.

Remember: All Ohio schools are members of OhioNET through INFOhio. K-12 librarians should select "INFOhio" from the drop-down menu of organizations on the registration page. Currently enrolled iSchool students should select "Kent State University-iSchool" from the drop-down menu when registering.

An individual OhioNET account gives you one-click event registration. Don't have a log-in yet? Sign up here.

Please let us know if you find yourself with additional questions: ohionet@ohionet.org.

Part of the discussion around RA21 involves the movement away from IP-based authentication and towards SAML-based methods of authentication for access to electronic resources. In a nutshell, SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is a secure protocol for exchanging user information between trusted systems. SAML is the underpinning to a number of technologies with strong branding and name recognition in the library world, like Shibboleth and OpenAthens. With the introduction of RA21, an opportunity has emerged for libraries to transition the authentication mechanism used by EZproxy, a commonly deployed application used to provide IP-based access to subscription content from outside of the campus network.
If there’s a movement away from IP-based authentication, you might be wondering why you’d be motivated to switch to using a SAML-based authentication method for an IP-based application. Or perhaps, why you’d need an application like EZproxy at all. It’s useful to keep in mind that not all publisher platforms will be SAML-compliant in the near term. While large publishers are capable of shifting technologies quickly, smaller publishers will continue to provide IP authentication or credentialed access to their content for the foreseeable future.
When compared to the III patron API, using a SAML-based service is more secure, provides synchronized password reset when needed, and more fully integrates the library's electronic resources into the campus environment by standardizing access credentials across multiple campus platforms (email and learning management systems, for instance). Improvements to user experience, such as reducing the hurdles to resource access for online-only students who may never come to campus or providing an intuitive and familiar login prompt are just a few. By switching the authentication method used by EZproxy, you'll gain the efficiencies and security provided by a SAML-based authentication method while maintaining IP authentication used by EZproxy and the layer of anonymity that it affords to the library user with respect to the subscription vendor.
What if you could gain these efficiencies by integrating EZproxy with an existing campus-based solution? 
When I talk with our members about moving towards a SAML-based authentication solution to access the library's electronic resources, they are often surprised that the necessary technology may already be available, and preferred, by the campus IT department. For example, Google's G Suite has the ability to function as a SAML-based identify provider for single sign-on.[1] Configuring EZproxy to authenticate using your G Suite directory is one step towards establishing a single sign-on environment that is inclusive of the library’s electronic resources.  
Microsoft subscribers also have a few options available for integrating EZproxy with a SAML-based authentication solution. Azure Active Directory can be used as a SAML-based identity provider. Keep in mind that a premium subscription to Azure Active Directory is required to integrate a “non-gallery application” like EZProxy.[2] Or, if you're running an on-premises instance of active directory, ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) can be used to establish a SAML-based single sign-on environment with EZproxy.[3]
If you’re interested, but aren’t sure how to get started, we’d be happy to give you guidance through the process. 

Whether you're looking to keep your collection looking healthy and in good circulating condition or want to preserve unique items--join us for one-day workshops demonstrating money-saving techniques in 2019. 

Basic Book Repair Workshop
April 17th, 2019 from 9:30am-3:30pm at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

This workshop is hands-on, allowing participants practice time for techniques such as repairing torn pages, tipping-in loose pages, hinge tightening, reattaching broken hinges and simple spine repairs.  Each attendee will receive a supply kit and a list of supplies to take back to the library.

Please note: The registration fees for this workshop include a $60 charge for the repair supply kit provided to each participant.


Advanced Book Repair and Structure
May 23rd, 2019 from 9:30am-3:30pm at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

Attendees 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.

Please note: The kit fee for this session ($70) is reflected in the session pricing. 

Libraries are hubs of the communities they serve--a space where all are welcome. Because of this central role, libraries are perfectly positioned to help people make the connections that are so essential to building strong communities.  In our Cultivating Connections training track, we cover a variety of topics that can help you foster those critical relationships.  We have two sessions in this series open for registration. Click the title links below for more information and sign-up today.

Feeding Hungry Minds and Bodies: Food Security Resources for Libraries
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Janet Ingraham Dwyer (State Library of Ohio), Shane Hoffman (Plain City Public Library), Kate McCartney (Marysville Public Library), and Sarah Schaff (Denison University)

Keep Your Community Connected with Burbio
Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Beth Talamas (Burbio), Michelle Alleman (McKinley Memorial Public Library), Jessica Horlacher (Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County), and Rebecca Wilden (Bucyrus Public Library)

Last winter, we launched a new series of webinars in our Preservation and Access training track--Copyright in Action.  The response to these sessions was amazing--staff members from all sizes and types of libraries registered in droves.  I'm very pleased to announce that our series presenter, Carla Myers, is ready to share more of her expertise with a new round of presentations.  To ensure that attendees have a solid foundation before exploring more complex topics, we will be starting the series with a repeat of the first two sessions from last year's series: Copyright Basics and Understanding Fair Use.  If you missed them or if you could use a refresher on this complex topic, plan to join us. Click the title links below to register today!

Copyright Basics: An Overview and Review
Tuesday, February 26th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Copyright in Action: Understanding Fair Use
Wednesday, April 24th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM