OhioNET News

During the first full week of August, something very special happened all over the state of Ohio.  Staff members from libraries of all sizes and types came together to tackle a major national issue—the opioid crisis.  Hosted by the Regional Library Systems, the State Library of Ohio, and OhioNET, 4 separate events took place over 4 days in 4 cities around the state: Gallipolis, Dayton, Findlay and Twinsburg.  Each day-long event attracted between 70 and 120 attendees and featured national, state-wide, and local speakers and resources, including an opening keynote session with Sam Quinones, author of DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic and a closing presentation and brainstorming activity led by Dr. Meghan Harper (Associate Professor, School of Information at Kent State University).  At each of the 4 events, a panel of library staff members from various types of libraries in that region shared professional and personal perspectives on the impact of the opioid epidemic.  Each event also included a presentation from the host county’s Project DAWN team featuring local resources and giving background information on addiction issues. Attendees left at the end of each day with a better understanding of how we got where we are and, more importantly, what we can do to combat this scourge on our communities. 

The feedback folks shared was overwhelmingly positive with 85-95% of all attendees agreeing (or strongly agreeing) with statements about their learning and their intention to apply it to the work they do for the communities they serve. Over 75% of attendees returned our short survey at the end of each day, including over 180 unique comments like…

  • Have heard or read about most of these ideas, but each presenter sparked new thoughts about how to apply to library service.
  • Very good program. Got a lot out of the panel discussions. Good ideas to take back to my library. Enjoyed Sam Quinones & Dr. Harper. Lots to think about.
  • Opioid epidemic is a community problem that needs attention from the public. Loved the coming together to speak about these issues.
  • I felt so inspired to band together with other libraries and community leaders to have a conversation and brainstorming sessions about this epidemic.
  • Thank you for hosting an event like this in our neck of the woods. Workshops about opioids are so relevant to our work as librarians. Keep'em coming.
  • As mentioned, the problem is too complicated for a single solution, and libraries are one of those places that entire cross sections of the public frequent. All libraries should have this info available to the public.
  • Anyone can give someone kindness and hope.
  • I learned enough to know I need to learn more.
  • This was a well put together day-moved along quickly, quality speakers and I left with a to-do list.
  • Yes to collaborative events! Thank you for working together on an event that addresses a huge need.

Even if you weren’t able to join us at any of these events, we want to share the information we compiled to keep the larger conversation going.

Sam Quinones - Reporter’s Blog -- http://samquinones.com/reporters-blog/            

Dr. Meghan Harper’s website -- http://www.meghanharper.org/

Dr. Meghan Harper's handout -- Libraries Lending Hope - Dr. Meghan Harper.pdf

Project DAWN site -- https://www.odh.ohio.gov/health/vipp/drug/ProjectDAWN.aspx

Project DAWN location list -- List-of-Project-DAWN-programs-2-6-18.pdf

Link to YouTube Narcan Training Video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBF0ovVWPYc

Brainstorming Activity results -- OiC LiR Brainstorming Activity Responses.pdf


These events are made possible thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Congratulation to INFOhio on being awarded the 2018 John Cotton Dana Award! Inaugurated in 1946 by The American Library Association and the H.W. Wilson Publishing Company, this award is named after the first librarian to overtly make use of public relations to publicize library activities. INFOhio used communication strategies to inform and educate legislators and were  successful in their goal of reinstating funding for 2017. For more about the award, please check out the ALA link here.

OhioNET's Electronic Resources Program Manager, Carrie Waibel, spent some time this summer visiting libraries around Ohio. In her series, Three Questions, Carrie gives some insight on the projects and aspirations of the library community in our state.

Carrie stopped by the University of Akron Libraries this June and met with librarians Aimee deChambeau, Frank Bove, and Sean Kennedy. As part of the visit, the library was presented with a certificate honoring their 40 years of continuous membership with OhioNET.  Thank you to the University of Akron Libraries for your support of OhioNET!

Three Questions with The University of Akron:

What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on?

We’ve been able to connect faculty and students to the right library resources to add to the experience of their course while still experiencing the impacts of a reduced budget.  Part of how we’ve established a presence with faculty is by assigning a library liaison for every subject and making more regular presentations to add a personal touch and establish a relationship.

What is your library dream?

We’d love to see every course supported by our staff and the appropriate materials, which for us means a reduction in textbook use (Akron is in the process of integrating Open Educational Resources and Open Textbook Adoption, which you can read more about here: http://affordablelearning.ohiolink.edu/c.php?g=721993&p=5312354).  Textbooks have become prohibitively expensive and impact a large number of our students.

What are you reading right now?

Frank: I’ve been picking up musician biographies of luminaries like Townes Van Zandt as well as Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave.”

Sean: I’ve gotten into reading classic books I missed along the way, namely “The Old Man and the Sea” and “A Farewell to Arms.”

If you're planning to attend next month's OLC Convention & Expo at Kalahari in Sandusky, make sure to keep your eye out for OhioNET staff.  We'll be sharing information and conversation at our exhibitor's booth (#424), right next to the central lounge area.  Stop by and say hello.  Look for us at the sessions, the awards luncheon, and the evening activities (Battledecks, baby!), too.  Our own Carrie Waibel will also be sharing her expertise at a presentation on Wednesday afternoon--Vendor Communications or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Negotiation.  See you there!

The Miami University Copyright Conference has announced the winners of two OhioNET Registration Scholarships to attend the conference.

The recipients are:

  • Allison DeVito, Ohio State University - Main Campus
  • Amanda Dutter, University of Mount Union

Congratulations! We look forward to seeing everyone at what promises to be an engaging and informative exploration of copyright.

In today’s world of mixes, mash-ups, memes, and more, copyright is an increasingly complex topic.  To help you better help your patrons and your colleagues, our next two webinars in our Preservation & Access-Copyright in Action series will focus on day-to-day copyright issues that might arise in your library.  Click the links below to register today!

Coping with Copyright Questions in Your Library – Thursday, Oct. 18th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

Through our Reference Skills & Resources series, we explore tools and techniques that support a variety of services and projects.  We have three events already on the calendar this fall, with more coming soon. Click the links below for more information on each.

Unpacking Citations – Thursday, Sept. 20th, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Voter Information Sources – Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

Our Fundamentals of Cataloging webinars resume in October 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.  Click the links below for more information and registration.

Overview of Common AV Formats (Session 1) – Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

MARC for Common AV Formats (Session 2) – Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

RDA vs AACR2 for DVDs (Session 3) – Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

RDA vs AACR2 for CDs (Session 4) – Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Looking for a Way to Personalize Your Earbuds for Your Library?

Columbus State Community College Library’s Multimedia Center has created a fun and informative sleeve that can fit around individual Earbud packages.  With a little card stock, a stapler and some imagination you can create your own sleeves for your patrons like the one Columbus State shared with us as shown below.






OhioNET wanted to share these images with you to show you what you can do to give your Earbuds some flare and presentation.  If your library has already created some unique ideas to package these, we’d love to see them.  You can send them to Pam Rossman, Order Specialist at pamr@ohionet.org.  If this article inspires you to create a sleeve for your library, we'd love to see those, too!  These images will be shared exclusively with OhioNET staff, unless we have your permission to post them on our website.  A big thank you goes out to Robin Buser at Columbus State for sharing this great idea with us!  And don’t forget to check out our website for special pricing on these Earbuds from now until October 31st!

Now is the time to replenish your Earbud supply through OhioNET!

These Earbuds are always available year around to our members, but from now through the month of October, we are offering them at a special low price.  Minimum orders start at 100 sets and the more you purchase, the lower the price.  Earbuds must be ordered in increments of 100 sets.



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    $1.12 ea. *

300 to 499    $  .99 ea. *

500 to 999    $  .93 ea. *


*Minimum Order of 100 Sets
Price includes shipping
*Larger quantities are available at even lower prices.
These special prices are valid for a limited time.  
Orders must be received by 5:00p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2018


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, go to:  http://www.ohionet.org/products