OhioNET News

On Thursday, May 17th, the Galion Public Library Association joined the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), adding over 97,000 items to the COOL-CAT collection. Galion Public Library is the 12th library to join the consortium, and begin using the Evergreen ILS, since its inception in 2012.

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 Galion's programs and services at http://galionlibrary.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.

Great news! All public libraries in Ohio are now eligible to receive several genealogy products for free through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) – including Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Fold3 Library Edition and ProQuest African American Heritage.

As a result, OhioNET libraries can complete their collection and save even more by subscribing to these complementary ProQuest resources at a special OhioNET member rate.

Top-Selling News Resources (Special Pricing for OhioNET Members)

  • Newspapers.com Library Edition – online access to 6,700+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s to the 2000s. This collection contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers – the definitive digital newspaper archive that empowers researchers to digitally travel back through centuries to become eyewitnesses to history, available on the award-winning ProQuest platform. Includes titles like the Cleveland Call & Post, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
  • U.S. Newsstream – search current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s, from more than 1,000 news sources.
  • Thousands of additional titles on microfilm

In-Demand Genealogy Resources (Special Pricing for OhioNET Members)

  • ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition – digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of U.S. towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 – detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities across a century of change.
  • Historic Map Works – one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with more than 1.5 million high-resolution, full-color historic maps.

Essentials for Homework Help (Special Pricing for OhioNET Members)

  • CultureGrams – country reports written by in-country experts that go beyond facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
  • eLibrary – simplifies the research process and empowers novice researchers to choose a research topic and find authoritative information to support their research claim. More than 11,000 editor-created Research Topics pages give essential information on a vast array of people, places, historical events and eras, literary genres, current events, broad curricular themes and much more.
  • SIRS Issues Researcher – delivers the pros and cons on today’s complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. Go in-depth into any one of 350+ critical, current and enduring social issues.
  • SIRS Discoverer – a general reference database for elementary- and middle-school learners covering curriculum areas like reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology.

Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 for free trials, pricing, and more information.

OhioNET is pleased to provide details about a new Primary Sources Library from ProQuest. Historically, many of these core historical collections have been unattainable to smaller institutions who have budget limitations.​ But the research demands are similar…. and teaching demands to increase the output of student learning outcomes is growing.

ProQuest is offering access to a Primary Sources library as an aggregated subscription​ – comprised of 137 Primary Source databases, including ProQuest and Alexander Street titles. A few of the highlights include:

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • NAACP Papers in ProQuest History Vault
  • 30+ Regional/International Historical Newspapers
  • Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires
  • Human Rights Studies Online
  • Disability in the Modern World

More details are available via the attached title list: Primary Sources Full Title List

This pricing is specifically tailored to our academic libraries with an FTE under 5,000.  Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager for more information and pricing at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064.

Did you know? Repetitive stress injury can result from lifting library materials on and off security tag sensitizers and desensitizers. Sentry Custom Security, a manufacture of high quality EM Security Tags, Systems and Accessories has the solution. The Sentry Bookwand™ is the only light weight (1 lb) portable hand-held Electromagnetic (EM) reactivator/deactivator available to libraries today. Bookwand™ features an ergonomic design that is compact and easy to use. It is compatible with all industry standard EM security strips, including the 3M Tattle-Tape™.

"Our staff loves the wand", said Barb Kondrick, Adult Services Librarian, City of Columbia Heights-Public Library. "It’s light weight, easy to use and since it’s cordless, it is very adaptable.  It saves a lot of time since you don’t have to pick up every book individually; you can scan a whole stack or shelf of books at one time.  We also appreciate that you don’t need to remove cds and dvds from their envelopes in order to sensitize & de-sensitize them".

In addition to Columbia Heights-Public Library, Sentry Custom provides security services to leading libraries throughout North America including Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, the Library of Congress and McGill University.

To see how your library can benefit from our Bookwand™ innovation, visit http://www.sentrycustom.com/libraries_video.html


Current Price to OhioNet Members: $811.00

Special Price Through Friday, June 29, 2018: $704.00*

*Call for a shipping estimate


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 

Michael P. Butler, Executive Director/CEO of OhioNET, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Morris as Deputy Director.

“As OhioNET prepares for leadership transition this fall, the role of Deputy Director will help give continuity to our members and our staff,” said Butler, alluding to his upcoming retirement.  Morris will participate in the leadership transition team and assist in the day-to-day functioning of the organization.  She will also continue to function as the director of the Member Services department.  Further information about the search process for the new Executive Director/CEO will be shared with membership as it becomes available.

Morris holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and is expected to complete a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the Glenn College of The Ohio State University in December 2018.  She has served OhioNET members in previous positions as Director of Member Services, Electronic Services Coordinator, and Member Services Representative.

OhioNET is offering special pricing exclusively for our members on the following ergonomic accessories for your workstations through Thursday, May 31st:

Microsoft® Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop USB Wireless Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard Combo

Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is built on advanced ergonomic principles, with a split keyboard layout that keeps wrists and forearms in a relaxed position, and a cushioned palm rest to provide wrist support.  The domed keyboard shape works to reduce and correct wrist pronation that can cause pain and limited mobility.


Fellowes® Mouse Pad and Wristrest

Fellowes® Wrist rest provides exceptional support while redistributing pressure points. Soft, durable Lycra covering withstands daily wear and tear. Non-skid base holds wrist rest firmly in place. Wrist Filling Material: Gel Mouse Pad.


       Sapphire Blue                                                                            Platinum


Fellowes® I-Spire Series™ Foot Cushion

Foot cushion, a part of Fellowes I-Spire Series, features a soothing, 1 foam cushion top that provides a soft resting place for your feet. Design elevates your feet and legs for a more comfortable working position and helps reduce lower back tension and leg pressure. No tools are required for assembly. Nonskid rubber feet protect your work-space surfaces. Base is made of rubberized plastic."


OhioNET Member Prices

Microsoft® Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop USB Wireless Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard Combo   $99.00*

Fellowes® Mouse Pad and Wristrest   $18.70*

Fellowes® I-Spire Series™ Foot Cushion   $51.69*

*Shipping charges may apply and depend on quantity ordered.
Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 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

More and more library staff members in all types of environments are being asked to employ data-driven decision-making methods.  But, this can be a new and daunting prospect for many who just aren't sure where to start.  In this two-part series, we will explore the research process and its history, why we value it, and what it might look like in real-world scenarios.  Join Miriam Matteson (Kent State iSchool) and Kara Reuter (Worthington Libraries) as they guide us through a mini apprenticeship around the basics of what makes good research, explore examples and outline the essentials of good planning.

For more information and to register:

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 1)
June 4th, 2018 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Dr. Miriam Matteson and Kara Reuter

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 2)
June 18th, 2018 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Dr. Miriam Matteson and Kara Reuter

Ready for journals? If you are responsible for maintaining catalog records for periodicals, are new to the task or just plain avoid them because they are challenging, we're here to help. The second set of sessions in our Fundamentals of Cataloging series focuses on the issues, fields and elements to be considered when cataloging periodicals. We will be covering both physical and electronic serials records. Each session includes dedicated practice and searching time, brief quizzes, and other learning engagement opportunities. You might even find you like cataloging journals and that they aren't so difficult after all.

For more information and to register:

Serials Cataloging Overview (Session 1)
June 12th, 2018 from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Sarah Schaff
The first session in the Serials series gives an overview of serials cataloging. We will describe the vocabulary and resources you need to get started.

MARC for Serials (Session 2)
June 19th, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Sarah Schaff
This session focuses on the key MARC fields frequently used in serials cataloging.

RDA vs. AACR2 for Serials (Session 3)
July 10th, 2018 from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Sarah Schaff
The third sesson in the series focuses on the key changes that the new cataloging standard, RDA (Resource Description and Access), brings to serials cataloging considerations.

SAGE Research Methods Video: Practical Research & Academic Skills Collection

The newest collection of streaming video on the SAGE Research Methods platform offers support on the practical skills that researchers need to successfully complete their research.  Key areas such as writing a research proposal, planning and designing a research project and securing ethical approval are explicitly covered.  Practical skills such as project management, writing for publication, presenting work, and building networks are also presented through helpful explanatory videos. This video collection will give researchers the confidence to successfully navigate their research work, take responsibility for their professional development and identify the transferable skills they need to progress their careers.

Practical Research & Academic Skills includes video on:

  • Writing a research proposal
  • Planning & designing a research project
  • Securing ethical approval
  • Writing for publication
  • Project management
  • Essay writing
  • Time management
  • Computer applications
  • Applied research
  • Research careers & networking
  • How to present at conferences

OhioNET members enjoy special loyalty pricing from SAGE Publishing on this and many other products. Contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 for pricing and more information.

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET are pleased to announce the cohort of developing leaders selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2018. Participants were carefully chosen based on their outstanding leadership potential; excellent communication skills; successful library employment experience; initiative, commitment and reasonable risk taking; forward-thinking approach to problem solving; and commitment to the profession.

“Library Leadership Ohio has long been recognized as Ohio’s premier institute for helping future leaders identify and develop their skills. It is gratifying to look around the state and see LLO graduates in key leadership positions throughout Ohio’s library community,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain. “I look forward to meeting the 2018 Library Leadership Ohio class and working with them to lead Ohio’s libraries to even greater levels of achievement.”

"OhioNET is pleased to partner again with the State Library of Ohio to facilitate development of the next generation of library leaders in Ohio. We have been working since last fall to make sure that LLO 2018 gives the greatest opportunities for invited attendees to learn from—and with—each other, and to further develop strong ties across library types,” said OhioNET Executive Director/CEO Michael P. Butler. "Library Leadership Ohio is a tremendous example of what collaboration can do for the benefit of the entire Ohio library community, and I am grateful to all who have helped to make LLO 2018 a reality."

Congratulations to the following individuals selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2018:

  • Claire Ballinger -- Athenaeum of Ohio
  • Elaine Betting -- Lorain Public Library System
  • Nimisha Bhat -- Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Angela Bronson -- Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Kaya Burgin -- Westerville Public Library
  • Robyn Case -- Wright Memorial Public Library
  • Hong Cheng -- University of Cincinnati
  • Natalie Dielman -- Way Public Library
  • Matthew Dyer -- Ohio Office of Budget & Management
  • Michael Dziabiak -- Shafer Library, University of Findlay
  • Kathryn Fisher -- Ralph M. Besse Library, Ursuline College
  • Meagan Fowler -- Saint Joseph Academy
  • Jaclyn Fulwood -- Dayton Metro Library
  • Morgan Hidy -- Worthington Libraries
  • Anne Jubera -- Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Mary Looby -- Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library
  • Kristin McCormick -- Worthington Libraries
  • Jessica McIntosh -- Otterbein University
  • Michelle McKinney -- University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College
  • Terrence Metter -- Cleveland Public Library
  • Katherine Midgley -- Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Macie Penrod -- Ohio University-Alden Library
  • Maryann Penzvalto -- Cuyahoga County Public Library - Bay Village Branch
  • Craig Person -- University of Cincinnati
  • Sara Phillips -- Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
  • Rebecca Ransberger -- Toledo Lucas County Public Library - King Road Branch
  • Kari Siders -- Southern State Community College
  • Jamie Stilla -- Medina County District Library
  • Desiree Thomas -- Worthington Libraries
  • Shannon Titas -- Shaker Heights Public Library
  • Amy Wainwright -- John Carroll University - Grasselli Library & Breen Learning Center
  • Adam Wanter -- MidPointe Library System

Library Leadership Ohio 2018 will be facilitated by Ivy Library from Charlottesville, Virginia and will take place July 17 – 20, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center and Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Library Leadership Ohio is co-sponsored by the State Library of Ohio and OhioNET, with support from the Ohio Educational Media Library Association (OELMA) and the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL). The program is funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio. For more information, visit the Library Leadership Ohio website.