OhioNET News

Although the OhioNET building is currently closed, we’re still open for business (remotely) and available via email and phone. In an effort to keep members connected, we've gathered a list of resources that may be helpful for you and the communities you serve —

General Resources:

  • OhioNET Training Archive (now open to all OhioNET members through June 30, 2020). To access the Training Archive, you will need an individual user account through our website. Sign up for an account here, or access the archive directly with an existing account. 
  • Audible Offers Free Books for Children & Teens
  • COVID CareLine: A toll-free number and emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addition Services. Behavioral health professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for confidential support at 1-800-720-9616
  • ICOLC Statement and Spreadsheet of Vendor/eResource Responses
  • OPLIN Guide to Expanded Database Access (including remote access to Ancestry Library edition, NewspaperArchive.com, World Book, and more) 
  • University Information Policy Officers Guide to Expanded Vendor Content

Academic Library Resources:

K-12 Library Resources:

Public Library Resources:

In light of recent recommendations from the Governor’s Office and health officials, and based on the changing landscape, OhioNET is temporarily closing our office in Columbus, beginning Monday, March 23.

Please note:

  • We are still conducting business, hosting webinars, supporting OPAL, COOL, PLC and all of our members — we’re just doing it remotely.
  • All meetings in our building have been canceled and the affected organizations have been notified. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the health and safety of our staff and those in our network makes it necessary to take this precaution.
  • In order to support our members, many of whom are also closed or who have employees that need to work from home, we’re making OhioNET’s Training Archive of continuing education webinars available to all members for free ‪through June 30. Please take advantage of this rich resource. For more information click here.
  • There have been a variety of vendor responses to COVID-19, as well as a statement from ICOLC. We’ve collected and linked to that information here, should it be helpful to you.

We hope you’re all doing okay, and that social distancing doesn’t have you feeling too disconnected. As we respond to the changing environment, we will continue to provide updates.

As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, please let me know.

Be well,

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, CEO/Executive Director

Recognizing that libraries globally are being asked to support eLearning in new and different ways in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC), of which OhioNET is a member, is compiling a list of the ways in which information services providers are addressing the ongoing crisis. Vendor responses range from enabling unlimited access to providing certain products and collections at no cost for a specified period.
This list is being updated daily as more information services providers' actions are communicated. It is our hope that this timely information will be of value to the OhioNET community in supporting electronic access to necessary resources in this uncertain time. View-only access to the spreadsheet is available here: https://tinyurl.com/COVID19vendresps
In conjunction with the compilation of vendor response information, ICOLC has released a statement on the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on library services and resources. The statement may be in read in its entirety here.
As always, OhioNET remains committed to supporting the community's success. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns  we are happy to help!

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing many libraries and information centers to cancel programming or shut their doors temporarily, OhioNET is offering free access to our training archive of webinar recordings for all members.

Libraries across the country are facing unprecedented uncertainty. At OhioNET, we share the concern of library staff doing their best to navigate the COVID-19 challenge on behalf of their communities. We know that many libraries have already made the difficult decision to pause services or close temporarily and are now facing reduced hours or remote work.

To aid with this transition, OhioNET is opening its Training Archive  a repository of the last 12 months of recorded webinars and professional development resources  to all member institutions through June 30, 2020.

Topics covered in the archive touch on all five of our Continuing Education (CE) Training Tracks: Cultivating Connections, Fundamentals of Cataloging, Data Analysis & Assessment, Preservation & Access, and Reference Skills & Resources. Many of the archived webinars qualify for CE credit. To claim CE credit after viewing a webinar, fill out the form here. Please allow one week for OhioNET to process your submission. After we verify your participation, your CE Certificate will be emailed to you.

To access the Training Archive, use your OhioNET website login to view webinars in the archive. Not sure if you have an account with our website? Head to www.ohionet.org/user to create an account or reset your password. If you already know your OhioNET website login, you can visit the archive directly at www.ohionet.org/OHN-training-archive.

As always, if you have questions about the Training Archive, or any other OhioNET service, please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975. We are here to help!

As communities begin to feel the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share with you the steps we’re taking at OhioNET to help protect the health and safety of our members, colleagues, and staff. Although we do not anticipate any service interruptions at this time, our office has a business continuity plan that can be implemented quickly, if needed.

Our top priority is the safety and well-being of those in our network. We’re asking all staff and visitors to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection, and we have guidelines in place that allow our employees to work remotely.

OhioNET will continue to make determinations about hosting in-person meetings and events based on recommendations from applicable public health agencies and will communicate any substantial changes or updates. 

Again, the health and safety of those in our OhioNET community are our top priority, and we’re committed to doing our part to help keep you safe.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, Executive Director/CEO

Califa is looking for librarians in rural public libraries who are interested in providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) programming for adults; must have at least 5 years' experience in a library. In exchange for completing a brief survey (10-15 minutes), you will receive a $100 honorarium and access to Rural Gateways website offering professional development training, planning, and program materials. 

The Rural Gateways project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to build librarians' capacity to plan and facilitate science-based library programs. The series of library programs uses videos and popular books to engage audiences and promote thought-provoking discussion, giving community members another reason to love their local library!

Please submit your application no later than March 20, 2020. Application and FAQs can be found here

Grant Award: $100 and access to Rural Gateways website offering public program materials, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community. 

Earlier, we announced a special offer for public libraries for the EBSCO magazine archive collections. We are pleased to announce that the same offer is now available to our academic library members.

Access cover-to-cover archive issues of some of the most popular magazine titles of all time — through a one-time purchase that's at least 50% off the regular price. The offer includes any (or all) of the following:

  • Architectural Digest
  • The Atlantic
  • Businessweek
  • Ebony
  • Esquire
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Life
  • Macleans
  • People
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Time
  • US News and World Report
  • Vanity Fair

This special offer is available through June 15, 2020. For more information, please contact us at e-resources@ohionet.org.

Save shelf space, replace lost copies, and provide unparalleled historical access...not to mention the cost savings!

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Sarah Probst as OhioNET's Electronic Resources (eResources) Coordinator. As eResources Coordinator, Sarah will lead the maintenance of OhioNET's electronic resource management (ERM) software, ConsortiaManager, negotiate pricing and contract terms on behalf of members, and assist in troubleshooting access issues. 

Sarah comes to us from her role as Member Services Coordinator at ConnectNY, a 15-member academic library consortium in New York. There, Sarah acted as the primary liaison between members and ConnectNY services and handled the organization's communications needs, negotiated eResources contracts, managed product implementations, and coordinated events.  

Sarah holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Technology (audio engineering) from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, going to concerts, crocheting, needle felting, and cooking. She resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with her husband and their two cats, Jack and Seraphina. 

Please join us in giving Sarah a warm welcome to the OhioNET team! 

Join ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) for their upcoming webinar, "Census 2020 Outreach to Communities of Color" on February 18 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Participants will learn key tools and recommendations for census outreach geared toward communities of color. The census is vital for political representation and resource distribution. However, this iteration faces limitations related to underfunding, litigation, a new digital response option, and an acrimonious political landscape. All of these challenges pose civil rights concerns; communities of color are especially at risk of an undercount. In addition to communicating the importance of participation, libraries are now tasked with dispelling misinformation and providing secure, reliable digital access for respondents.
This webinar will be presented by Ana Ndumu, Assistant Professor at the UMD iSchool; Gavin Baker, Deputy Director of Public Policy & Government Relations in ALA's Washington Office; Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries Division; and Cecilia Tovar, Principal Librarian of Public & Branch Services at the Santa Monica Public Library (CA). View a full description of the webinar and register here
The webinar will be offered at no cost to attendees. Registration is required both to attend the webinar live at the scheduled time and to receive a link to the recording. Due to platform capacity, only the first 100 attendees to log in will be able to attend live. After the webinar, all registrants will receive a link to the recording.
For more information on ALA's efforts to support a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census, visit ala.org/census. To connect on social media, follow #CountOnLibraries and #2020Census.


We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Michael Dziabiak as OhioNET's Library Systems Coordinator. As Library Systems Coordinator, Michael will help support the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) through maintenance of Evergreen, the consortium's integrated library system (ILS) and its holdings. Michael comes to us from the University of Findlay where he was the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. Michael has been a library cataloger in both public and academic libraries. Prior to becoming a librarian, he was a research assistant and media production specialist for the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Michael holds a Master of Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies both from the University of Pittsburgh. Michael is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Security and Analytics and is expected to graduate in 2021. In his free time, Michael enjoys lampworking (making glass marbles, beads, and pendants using a tabletop torch), kiln-forming glass, and hiking. He resides in Findlay with his wife and son. 

If you happen to be in our office, please stop by Michael's desk and ask for an introduction. We know Michael would like to meet you and learn more about your organization.