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To make e-resource access and management easier for you in 2010, Serials Solutions is offering a unique "Lock-In Your Savings Before 2010" pricing program through December 15, 2009. Through a unique pricing offer, you can realize cost savings for new subscriptions to all Serials Solutions 360 services, Ulrich's Global Intelligence Services, and WebFeat services, and can also take advantage of all other available discount opportunities to which you may qualify (multi-year, multi-product, consortium, community college, and others).

  • Save a significant amount with our special year-end prices for new subscriptions confirmed before December 15, 2009.
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Combine any of these offers with free access through the remainder of 2009 and stretch your budget dollars to the fullest!

Contact Mary Conroy (mconroy@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 16) or Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29) to “Lock-In Savings Before 2010” for a specific Serials Solutions service.

Gale's \Power to the user\ pledge means providing the products and services you want, and being an active advocate for libraries, especially during these tough times.

That's why Gale is offering select Ohio public libraries a special, limited-time collection of key resources that support career searching, training and much more. For about 6 cents per person, you can offer your patrons access to Career Transitions, Small Business Resource Center, Gale's Ready Reference Shelf titles, and Gale's Vocations and Careers Collection--a complete package of resources to help your patrons on the road to economic recovery.

Check out the free trial access now:
http://access.gale.com/ohionet

Contact Christine Morris (800-686-8975, ext. 29 or christinem@ohionet.org) for more information.

Hurry! Offer ends Dec. 31, 2009.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography's Fall 2009 update is now available. With a special focus on Scots—at home and overseas—and Britons in Latin America, this update includes entries on 96 men and women who died before 2000, plus 10 new theme articles. A full list of subjects is also available, along with the editor’s introduction to the new update.

OHIONET provides special pricing for this acclaimed e-resource. Please contact Mary Conroy (800-686-8975 ext. 16 or maryc@ohionet.org) if you have any questions.

Have you seen the latest Youth Matters column by Jennifer Burek Pierce in American Libraries? In it, she talks about several sources for helping teens \answer questions they care about.\

OHIONET offers a discount on Teen Health and Wellness, which is featured as a good source for answering the reference questions teens really want to ask. Want to see how it works? Ask for a free trial today!

Contact Christine Morris (800-686-8975, ext. 29 or christinem@ohionet.org) for more information.

Didn't get a chance to order the OHIONET October Special? Don't worry, it was so popular, we decided to offer it again this month!

\\The OHIONET November Special is the Metrologic MS 9520 Voyager Barcode Scanner.

Please see the MS9520 Voyager Brochure for more details.

To order, contact Pam Rossman at 800-686-8975 x10 or pamr@ohionet.org.

For product availability or other questions, contact Jill Boggs Brust at 800-686-8975 x20 or jillb@ohionet.org.

Save an additional 10% on your already discounted OHIONET prices!

Turn to the award-winning Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center for comprehensive, accessible, and intuitively organized career research information. You’ll find unparalleled profiles of nearly 3,400 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills such as applying for a job and acing an interview, more than 90 sample resumes and cover letters, more than 55,000 resource entries, hundreds of videos, special features, and much more.

Now more than ever, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is the indispensable career resource for your library or career center.

Click here for free trial access:
http://www.fofweb.com/Demo

Contact Christine Morris for trial login or pricing information (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29).

Limited time offer: order by December 31, 2009 to receive your discount.

After looking at ways we could reduce our energy consumption and paper use, the OHIONET Green Team started finding opportunities for recycling. Our recycling efforts include:

  • Using recycled paper - We got management buy-in and asked our purchasing agent to switch to recycled paper for all day-to-day printing.
  • Facilitating can and bottle recycling - One of our staff members takes the cans and bottles to a local recycling center.
  • Coordinating paper recycling - We tapped into the Just in Time Recycling Service from SWACO and got small desk bins for each staff member and a large container for on-site pickup of high-grade paper waste. Other staff members volunteer to take lower-grade paper waste to local drop-off sites.

You can do the same at your library with a volunteer or two and a couple containers. Start small and build on your success. Find a recycling center near you to get started!

For more information on the OHIONET Green Team, please contact any of its members: Mary Conroy, Jill Boggs Brust, or Susan Furniss.

In addition to saving energy, OHIONET has been working to save paper. You may find some of these ideas inspiring in your own efforts.

  • Paperless invoices - OHIONET is now using its accounting software to send electronic invoices to our members. What regular communications can you do electronically to save paper? Electronic reserve, overdue, or recall notices? Making checkout receipts optional in your ILS?
  • Electronic handouts - Our instructors now coordinate with our Community Manager to make handouts available for workshop attendees electronically. We've also made our entire background notes from the ALAO poster session available online. What opportunities for electronic handouts do you have at your library?
  • Online newsletter to blogs - OHIONET has been communicating with members via online newsletters for the past few years, but that mode has been transitioned to blogs for more rapid, timely communication. What methods of communication are your library using? Can any benefit from an e-makeover?

Reducing paper can save time and money as well as the environment. Make sure your library leverages technology to maximize savings to all three!

For more information on the OHIONET Green Team, please contact any of its members: Mary Conroy, Jill Boggs Brust, or Susan Furniss.

Inspired by the efforts of our member libraries, OHIONET started a \Green Team\ to try to coordinate efforts to make our office a little more environmentally friendly.

One of the first things we did was an energy audit to find ways we could conserve energy and resources. We found a few simple things to save a lot of energy--maybe these are things your library could try, too!

  • Turn off the computers at night - According to the folks at TechSoup, the carbon dioxide savings from a simple act like turning the computer off at night for the lifetime of the computer could be the rough equivalent of taking a car off the road for a year!
  • Turn off lights in unused areas - We made a simple little sign for each light switch in the building. You could use this sign or something similar in public places (like meeting rooms, study rooms) or staff areas (private offices, break rooms).
  • Save water - We took advantage of a free service from the City of Columbus and got kits to check toilets for leakage. Once we identified problems, a plumber fixed the leaks, and we saved water and money by prevention.
  • Change to energy efficient light bulbs - We got management buy-in and asked our purchasing agent to switch to more efficient bulbs, citing long-term savings.
  • Select Energy Star-rated equipment - We suggested our purchasing agent consider an Energy Star ratings when we had to replace our copier. Ratings are available for computers, monitors, and other equipment as well.
  • Telecommuting and flex time - A few of our staff telecommute a day or more per week, and some are on flex time to avoid gas costs or traffic. Telecommuting or flexing can reduce gas consumption by 20% per person for each day not spent in the office. These solutions require a little extra coordination of schedules for general coverage with flex-timers, and some coordination of schedules for in-person meetings with telecommuters, but that effort can be very worthwhile for the employee and the environment.

Some of these suggestions are easy to follow; some are a little more difficult. Look around and see what opportunities your library has to conserve, and celebrate what you are already doing!

For more information on the OHIONET Green Team, please contact any of its members: Mary Conroy, Jill Boggs Brust, or Susan Furniss.

OHIONET  staff members will be attending the 35th Annual ALAO Conference October 30, 2009 in Wilmington, Ohio.  The theme this year is  At the Crossroads: Recharging, Redefining, and Realigning Our Libraries.

Please  stop by our exhibit booth to visit with us and take a take a moment to check out our poster session, too.  For complete conference details, click here.

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