OhioNET News

The J.R. Clarke Public Library recently celebrated over 100 years of service to the Covington Area Community with a program on April 13.  The event included special speakers, an open house, and a guided tour of the library and its many services.  Among the tour highlights were the SCANPro 3 available in the J.R. Clarke Alcove and the SMARTBoard in the Community Room.

Congratulations to the library for their many years in the Covington community, and we wish them many more!

Registration has opened for a great multi-type library event taking place in just a few weeks--ReIMAGEing Ohio's Libraries at the OCLC Conference Center on Friday, June 14th! Conference participants will have opportunities to network with other library staffs outside of their usual networks, learn what other types of libraries are doing, and explore mutual benefits across different types of libraries.

Registration Fee: $45 | Registration Deadline: June 7, 2019
Please note: the registration fee is only $45 per person thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more information, head to the conference website.

Ready to register? Click here for the Eventbrite page - credit card and PayPal transactions only.

Question: How much is the TEACH Act really used? How exactly can you prevent a student from keeping permanently or redistributing a copy of a copyright-protected work without faculty having an easy way to apply digital rights management to the file? Our LMS doesn't offer a way to prevent students from downloading PDF files. Maybe I'm missing something, but I think of the TEACH Act as being useless due to its high technological requirements.

Answer: I don’t think the TEACH Act is utilized by academic libraries and institutions as often as fair use, but that does not mean it can’t be useful to them! The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act was passed back in 2002 to help address copyright considerations in distance education. Found mostly in Section 110(2) of US copyright law, it provides options for lawfully making performances and displays of copyrighted works in distance education. The part you are referring to is one of the technological requirements of the TEACH Act and is found in Section 110(2)(D)(ii). It requires that the institution “applies technological measures that reasonably prevent retention of the work [being shared under the TEACH Act]. . . by recipients of the transmission . . . for longer than the class session and unauthorized further dissemination of the work . . . by such recipients to others.” This requirement is put into place for digital transmissions of works made in distance education, which could include the performance of a work such as a film or a sound recording. Here, the law tells us that the institution should take measures that reasonably prevent those accessing the work from retaining it or sharing it with others. For films and sound recordings, most institutions that are taking advantage of the TEACH Act do so by streaming these works. Savvy students may be able to find ways to capture these streams in order to make copies of the films or sound recordings that they can then retain after the class is over or share with others. However, as Congress recognized there might not be a way to prevent such actions they included some flexibility in the statute by directing institutions to make their best effort possible to prevent such actions.

The sharing of a PDF with students via a learning management system (e.g. Canvas or Blackboard) is generally not going to be considered a digital transmission unless it is a video or audio recording of someone reading aloud from it. As such, it would not be bound by this particular restriction.

The TEACH Act does have other technological requirements as well as institutional copyright policy/education requirements and requirements instructors must adhere to. You can read more about these in Section 110(2) of US copyright law. I would also recommend taking a look at the Original TEACH Act Toolkit developed by Peggy Hoon for the Louisiana State University Libraries. While the TEACH Act does set forward many requirements, if all are met by the institution and course instructors then it offers an option for lawfully making performances and displays of works as part of distance education.

For more information, check out last year's Copyright in Action: Considerations for Instruction webinar recording.

Click here for a copy of the handout.

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Bucyrus Public Library (BPL) joined the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), adding nearly 55,000 additional items to the COOL-CAT collection. The Bucyrus Public Library is the 13th library in Ohio to join the consortium, and begin using the Evergreen ILS, since its inception in 2012.
Resource sharing will begin with all other COOL member libraries on May 13th, making over 700,000 materials available to the Bucyrus community. This means shorter hold periods, faster access, and a family of libraries within driving distance where a BPL card is honored.
BPL will host informal classes about using the new system - and searching for materials from both BPL and the other COOL libraries - on two dates:
* Monday, May 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, May 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
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 Bucyrus's programs and services at https://bucyruslibrary.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.

Preserving and providing access to information are core values of librarianship. Our newest training track, Preservation & Access, covers a variety of topics related to services and skills like digitization, resource sharing, book repair, and more. As with all our training tracks, we offer both in-person and online training opportunities. Click the title links below for more information and to register.

Advanced Book Repair and Structure Workshop*
This in-person workshop will cover decision-making and product evaluation for rare, brittle, and fragile books. This will be the LAST offering of this workshop for the foreseeable future—sign up today!
Thursday, May 23, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Registration closes May 9.)
*In-person attendees only, no recording will be available.
: Dr. Miriam Kahn (MBK Consulting)

Exploring Your CopyRIGHTS in K-12 Environments—a Hands-on Workshop*
This in-person workshop is designed for library staff working in K12 environments and will give attendees the foundation to feel more confident about their understanding and application of their rights and responsibilities in our complex information landscape.
Thursday, August 8, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Registration closes July 31.)
*In-person only—no recording will be available.
Presenter: Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries) 


Check out our upcoming webinar series options. All online sessions are recorded for your convenience. Can’t make it in real time? Sign-up anyway and automatically receive a follow-up email including session handouts and a link to view the recording.

Digitization Basics 2: Tools and Techniques
Take the next session in our Digitization Basics series to learn all about the various tools and basic steps for completing quality scans. Our webinar leaders are ready to discuss all the options (including outsourcing) to consider when creating a set of archival-quality scans—from scanner types to resolution settings to file types.
Wednesday, May 8, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenters: Jenni Salamon and Lily Birkhimer (Ohio History Connection)

Digitization Basics 3: Providing Access and Measuring Success
Now that you’ve scanned it all, will they come? Find out how you can ensure the huge investment of time and resources involved brings the rewards you’d hoped for. This final session in the series focuses on making your materials accessible and on assessing your project’s impact.
Thursday, July 11, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenters: Jenni Salamon & Lily Birkhimer (Ohio History Connection)

Copyright in Action: Fact or Fiction?-Myths about Copyright and Fair Use
As information professionals, we are on the front lines of answering questions and providing services that have copyright implications.  Most of us have probably heard someone say, “it’s only one chapter/part of a song/movie clip,” right? Further our discussion of copyright by sharing your stories and questions about fair use and reuse of works.
Wednesday, June 12, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenter: Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries)

Copyright in Action: Considerations for Open Educational Resources
As everyone feels pressure to do more with fewer resources, OERs (Open Educational Resources) have become an attractive option. As more folks explore how to select (or create their own) OERs, we need to better understand the copyright implications for these complex intellectual products.
Wednesday, August 14, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenter: Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries)

Are you new to cataloging or in need of a refresher?  Let us bring you up to speed in a day. Check out the descriptions of our hands-on, in-person workshops listed below. If you think you’d benefit from focused study with one-on-one attention from our workshop leader, Misty Alvaro, plan to sign-up today!

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction and Basic Description Workshop
New to cataloging? Jump in and make yourself comfortable with common copy cataloging tasks, learn about basic cataloging concepts, and walk through the process of describing our most numerous resource—books.
Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (with an hour-long break for lunch on your own)

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction to Original Cataloging Workshop
Got local or unique items in need of catalog records? Join us to learn the skills needed to create MARC records from scratch. Attendees to this workshop MUST have copy-cataloging experience or have taken the Introduction and Basic Description workshop or webinars.
Tuesday, August 20, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (with an hour-long break for lunch on your own)


Did you know that OhioNET equipment and supply discounts go beyond our catalog discount codes and monthly specials on barcode scanners and receipt printers?

We have discount agreements with with a number of other partners, including:

  • Book jobbers
  • Security systems providers
  • Automated handling vendors

Want to know more? Contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org.

OhioNET would like to offer our felicitations to the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University on the occasion of its selection as the 2019 recipient of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category.

Among the many accomplishments cited by the selection committee, the Kelvin Smith Library was recognized for its Freedman Fellowship for Digital Scholarship program, National Personal Librarian Conference, and efforts to leverage assessment data into improved spaces for student success.

We highly recommend a visit to the Kelvin Smith Library, and we hope that if you’re visiting Cleveland for ACRL (or otherwise), you will have a chance to stop by.

Kudos to Arnold Hirschon, Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, and to all of the Kelvin Smith Library staff whose hard work and dedication brought this honor to fruition.

The 2019 cohort of ILEAD USA - Ohio teams met for the first time at the Mohican State Park & Lodge on March 19-21. 

OhioNET is pleased to help support the development of library leaders through the ILEAD - USA Ohio and Library Leadership programs.  Our support of ILEAD - USA Ohio includes providing stearing committee leadership, mentor support to the teams, and grant administration in cooperation with the State Library of Ohio.

Interested in learning more about ILEAD USA - Ohio?  Check out the State Library website to read about the 2015 and 2017 cohorts and the current 2019 group.

While we noted the early announcement of Mover & Shaker honors for our colleagues at OhioLINK in the OhioNET March newsletter, there are other Ohio honorees that should be recognized as well.

Kudos to Andrea Francis of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library for her work with the Grandparent Project, and Kirsten Krumsee of the State Library of Ohio for her development of Libraries by the Numbers!

There is one other 2019 Mover & Shaker with Ohio ties: Violet Fox, of Cataloging Lab fame, is also a Dewey Editor at OCLC.

Congratulations to all of our Ohio library colleagues!