OhioNET News

Like so many others, we have been shocked by the sudden passing of our colleague and former Board member Clyde Scoles.  We join the library community in our condolences to Clyde's family and our friends at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, and we wish them comfort as we all reflect on the many gifts Clyde shared in his time with us. 

OVID has shared the following training sessions with OhioNET to assist current customers:

If you would like to learn more about increasing usage with Ovid Discovery, check out our winter webinar calendar and register for one of these upcoming sessions:

How to Increase Usage with Ovid Discovery

So much to read, so little time! Tune in to see a live demo of Ovid Discovery—a powerful search-and-find tool that increases discoverability of resources, even beyond your own library holdings.

February 12th, 2019 | 1:30 pm EST
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March 13, 2019 | 10:00 am EST
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How Can We Help? Ovid’s Access Metamorphosis for Students, Clinicians, and Researchers

This webinar will be presented by Kathi Grainger and focuses on highlighting how our marketing, support, and training can assist librarians and administrators to drive usage and promote content.

February 19th, 2019 | 9:00 am EST
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March 26th, 2019 | 4:00 pm EST
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McGraw-Hill has recently announced the following offers for OhioNET Libraries:

  • If an OhioNET library purchases a new resource, McGraw-Hill will offer 20% discount off one subscription and 30% discount off two or more subscriptions. 
  • Additional discounts are available on new resource purchases, if members are able to pre-pay for multiple years up front.  This offer could provide a significant cost savings.  
  • McGraw-Hill is also offering a raffle for a $100 Amazon gift card to any participant that schedules a WebEx or onsite demo and completes a short 5 question survey. CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

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

EBSCO has recently updated many products in the NoveList Suite and shared that information should it be helpful to our membership.  


This spring, NoveList added Themes  --  popular and recurring plot elements found in fiction -- think ‘chosen ones’ in fantasy or ‘fake relationships’ in romance. Readers will see them in NoveList where the genre and appeal terms of a book are displayed. Customers can learn more through a short YouTube tutorial on searching for them in NoveList and a longer webinar on using them in your readers' advisory practice.

NoveList partnered with LibraryReads to offer genre-related education beginning in January. We’ll cover a different genre every session, led by librarians from LibraryReads and NoveList, along with searching tips for finding genre information in NoveList. Next up: Crime, Mysteries and Thrillers, in March.

NoveList Select

NoveList launched the latest version of Select this year, enhancing readers’ user experience by making it easier to see title, author and series recommendations along with why they’re being recommended.

Other new features: 

  • An interactive story mixer so that readers can select the terms most important to them to choose a read perfect for them.
  • Accelerated Reader, making it easy for students to identify that just-right book
  • On the Shelf, so readers will know -- in real time -- if a recommended title is available and in what format, and will be able to determine whether read-alikes and their picks in the story mixer are available


The drag and drop editor is now available in all three different sizes of bookmarks. Now, librarians can create bookmarks to match the other readers’ advisory templates NoveList offers.

NoveList added Learning Express templates to LibraryAware, making it easy for libraries to get the word out about all Learning Express offers.  See them all in one place on their Pinterest page


OhioNET Libraries can now receive:

  • Extra 15% discount: Flexible packaging with customized options tailored to meet faculty, library and budgetary demands.  
  • JoVE's new content aligns with campus affordability initiatives: JoVE Core and JoVE Lab are an interactive video textbook and lab manual included in selected Science Education bundles. 
  • A dedicated Customer Success Team: Helps faculty integrate subscribed content into course curriculum and support librarian outreach.

About JoVE:
JoVE has two products that work together to accelerate scientific research and education. 

  • Journal: Researchers save time, money and resources
  • Science Education: Innovative and effective teaching tool for students and faculty; training tool for on-boarding new lab members

JoVE videos are an active learning tool:

  • Students perform up to 2x better on assessments
  • 9 in 10 feel more confident during lab
  • Faculty save 20-30 minutes in class time and prep time
  • Researchers increase their lab's productivity and efficiency


  • Support international students: Science Education videos come with captions in 10 languages
  • Easily integrate into courses: LMS embedding, curriculum mapping, JoVE Tests

Please contact Carrie Waibel at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 for more information and pricing.

Congratulation to Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library on being awarded the 2019 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category!

The award is sponsored by ACRL and GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO to recognize the staff of three academic libraries each year, with one award each for a college library, a community college, library, and a university library for programs that "deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution."

The Kelvin Smith Library was recognized for its many collaborative partnership initiatives, including their Freedman Fellowship for Digital Scholarship. CWRU's Kelvin Smith Library is the first Ohio institution to be honored by this award since Oberlin College received recognition in the college category in 2002.

For more about the award, please check out the ACRL link here.

The OhioNET eResources Preview trials are now live through Thursday, February 28.  Please access them by either logging in to your existing OhioNET account or signing up for one here:  www.ohionet.org/user.  If you have an account and have forgotten your password, you can also reset it at the link.  (A quick note on the logins:  Please create an individual account so that we can authenticate the users of these free trials appropriately.) 

What is the preview?  It is a free month long trial period on the OhioNET site where all Ohio libraries (not just OhioNET members) can view subscription and database content from a litany of vendors for free, without any outside pressure.  Vendors often extend special discounts during this time if you purchase through OhioNET, and it’s a great opportunity to “shop around” and compare your resource options.

Once you are logged in, trials can be accessed from the main page by clicking “Services & Resources > Trials.”  Please contact me directly if any of these trials are inaccessible at any time throughout the duration of the trial period -- hiccups happen with the high number of trials, so we appreciate your patience while we work out any kinks. 

We will be adding more trials throughout the remainder of the month, so please check back often for additional titles.  For any questions on products, pricing, or placing orders, please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager at either carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064. 

With the Level 1 Snow Emergency in Columbus, OhioNET will be delaying our opening on 2/1 until 10am.

We hope that all of our members stay safe and warm.

We've been very busy bees at OhioNET during this first month of 2019. All the events listed below have been added and opened for registration in the last few weeks.  As always, you can head to the Training Calendar for a full listing of all our currently available continuing education opportunities.

Digitization Basics 1: Plan Before You Scan
Tuesday, March 5, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenter: Jenni Salamon (Ohio History Connection)

Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Business Reference Sources
Thursday, April 25, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Joe Ceterski (EBSCO) and Megan Sheeran (Upper Arlington Public Library)

Get Started with Grant Writing
Tuesday, April 30, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenter: Cindy Boyden (State Library of Ohio)

Micro-Assessments: Quick and Easy Approaches to Data Collection
Wednesday, May 1, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Colleen Boff & Linda Rich (Bowling Green State University Libraries)

Exploring Our Statewide Resources: Transparent Language
Tuesday, May 14, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Lauren Gancarz (Transparent Language) and Megan Sheeran (Upper Arlington Public Library)

How to Grassroots: Limitless Possibilities Through Community-Based Solutions
Tuesday, May 21, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Shane Hoffman (Plain City Public Library), Gina Maida (University of Mt. Union), Kate McCartney (Marysville Public Library), and Sarah Schaff (Denison University)

Think searching tools are all the same?  Ever read the fine print in the license agreements for your e-resource subscriptions? Join us for this thought-provoking discussion that will shine a light on the algorithms and assumptions that underpin the resources we use every day and discuss the pitfalls and limitations you may encounter when using Google, subscription databases, and other resources.

Rebooting Reference and the Myth of Technological Neutrality
Thursday, April 4, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenters: Don Boozer (Cleveland Public Library) and Bill Meltzer (Worthington Libraries)

Can't make it in real-time?  Sign up and be sure to get the link to review the recording of our session at your convenience.