OhioNET News

The 2019 OhioNET discount codes for a variety of supplies are now available to members on our website.

Do you order items from Demco, Gaylord Archival, Kapco, or Staples, etc.? Check out the current list to make sure you are getting the most for your budget dollar. Members can login into the OhioNET website and use the link on our Services and Resources page at any time.

Don't have a login for the OhioNET website yet? Click here to sign up today.

Not a member of OhioNET? See what you are missing and contact us to learn more about OhioNET membership.

Starting good assessment practices doesn’t have to be intimidating. Attend this online session to learn some fast ways to get patron input on collections, spaces, resources, services, and more. Click the title link to register and get more information.


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


Looking for more topics in our Data Analysis & Assessment track?  Watch the Training Calendar for events coming soon on usage statistics for e-resources and data-visualization tools.

The 2019 OhioNET eResources Preview will be available from Friday, February 1 through Thursday, February 28.  In preparation for the Preview, we would like to remind users of how to access the trials page.

Users will need to login to their existing OhioNET account, or to create one by visiting https://www.ohionet.org/user.  With a unique OhioNET login, users can update contact information, register for continuing education, and access the annual database preview. More information about how to use your OhioNET account can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ybx3qaz3.

Since new accounts need to be approved manually to ensure we are appropriately providing access to these resources, we appreciate your patience as we authenticate them.  Signing up for an account before February 1 will ensure your immediate ability to access the Preview once it goes live, but we will authenticate users any time.  Please be sure to sign up with your institution’s e-mail address instead of a personal one, as memberships are verified at the institutional level.

Renewals for existing subscribers will continue to appear in a separate portal at http://www2.ohionet.org/ref_renew2.php, although we are planning to launch a new renewal service in early 2019.  More information about that transition will be sent out separately in the near future.  

Please feel free to contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 with any questions.

Our long-running series of cataloging training continues in 2019 with overview of both original and copy-cataloging best practices.  Whether you’re new to cataloging or looking for a refresher, these two sets of webinars will get you up to speed.  Click the title links to register and get more information.

Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction & Basic Description series
This first set of webinars explains basic cataloging concepts and processes for copy catalogers and demonstrates how to describe our most numerous resources—books! This series serves as an excellent stepping stone for later cataloging sessions. Series presenter: Sarah Schaff, Denison University Libraries.

Basic Cataloging Overview, 1/15/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Meet MARC, 1/29/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
RDA vs. AACR2, 2/12/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM


Fundamentals of Cataloging: Introduction to Original Cataloging series
Got local or unique items in need of records?  Our newest webinar series returns to provide an overview of the skills and knowledge needed to create MARC records from scratch.  Attendees to this session MUST have copy-cataloging experience or have taken the Introduction & Basic Description webinars. Series presenter: Misty Alvaro, Upper Arlington Public Library.

Basics of Original Cataloging, 3/26/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Simplifying Original Cataloging Workflows with Tools, 4/2/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Tricks, Resources, and Practice for Original Cataloging, 4/16/19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Our newest training track, Preservation & Access—covering topics that help library staff collect, manage, share, and maintain access to materials—features both in-person and online events this spring.  Click the title links to register and get more information. 

The Copyright in Action series presenter is Carla Myers. And, remember all online OhioNET trainings are FREE to employees of member libraries!

Copyright in Action: Overview and Review
Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Copyright in Action: Understanding Fair Use
Wednesday, Apr. 24th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Whether you need to keep your circulating items looking great or to preserve local or unique materials in your collection, OhioNET has a hands-on book repair session for you.  Sign up for both or just one.  Please note that folks are strongly encouraged to take the basic workshop before registering for the advanced session.  Both workshops will be led by Dr. Miriam Kahn and both workshop fees include the cost of take-home supply kits for each attendee.

Basic Book Repair Workshop
Wednesday, Apr. 17th, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Advanced Book Repair & Structure
Thursday, May 23rd, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

We’re pleased to announce the return of our free series of informational webinars featuring resources available statewide.  Presented in partnership with OPLIN, our first pair of webinars will feature some of the most widely-used materials—genealogy databases.  These first two sessions will be led by Sarah Palmer from ProQuest Training, with user insights and real-life reference scenarios from Anne Wachs of Washington-Centerville Public Library. Click the title links to register and get more information.

Exploring our State-wide Resources: Ancestry vs. HeritageQuest
Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Exploring our State-side Resources: African American Heritage and Fold3
Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Coming soon in the Reference Skills & Resources track—business reference sources, Transparent Language, and Census 2020 information. Watch the Training Calendar for a complete listing of all our currently available events.

OhioNET is pleased to announce an agreement for the benefit of our members with Tech Logic, an American-owned, Minnesota-based company exclusively serving libraries with RFID-enabled self-checkout, sorting and security solutions.

Tech Logic connects people, products and solutions for a better library experience. Those products and solutions include:

For more information about Tech Logic, please visit https://tech-logic.com or contact Pam Rossman at OhioNET at pamr@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 10.

Our Three Questions series helps provide insight on projects and aspirations of the Ohio library community through interviews we conduct during our visits.  Earlier this year, Carrie Waibel, OhioNET’s Electronic Resources Program Manager, paid a visit to Cleveland Institute of Art and spoke with Library Director Laura Ponikvar.  As part of the visit, the library was presented with a certificate honoring their 40 years of continuous membership with OhioNET.  We deeply appreciate Cleveland Institute of Art for their longstanding support!

What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now?

Making it easier for students to access materials by rearranging and opening up the space and providing them with contemporary content that meets their current information needs.  For example, we just started a graphic novel collection that’s been really well received.  Students need pleasure reading too!  We already had some titles, but pulling them out, featuring them, and building the collection with topics students are facing has led to 80% of the collection being checked out at least once. 

What is your library dream?

I wish I could magically expand our space.  We recently turned one former staff office into an open collaborative space, but we always need more space.  For being a single building campus, we aim to organize efficiently.  I also would like to see more collaboration between the library and other departments to help encourage active learning and instruction with our students.

What are you currently reading?

Independent People by Halldór Laxness.  I also enjoy audiobooks on my commute, and I recently listed to a non-fiction political book.

One of the benefits of OhioNET membership is free access to our training webinars (In-person events and workshops are half-off the non-member rates). Anyone who would like to attend webinars either live or to view later should register. This guarantees that you will automatically receive a link to view the recorded session. We typically send those follow-up messages within 24 hours of our original broadcast. You are welcome to do this for any of our webinars. We have enough capacity that this does not affect anyone else's ability to attend.

Remember: All Ohio schools are members of OhioNET through INFOhio. K-12 librarians should select "INFOhio" from the drop-down menu of organizations on the registration page. Currently enrolled iSchool students should select "Kent State University-iSchool" from the drop-down menu when registering.

An individual OhioNET account gives you one-click event registration. Don't have a log-in yet? Sign up here.

Please let us know if you find yourself with additional questions: ohionet@ohionet.org.

Part of the discussion around RA21 involves the movement away from IP-based authentication and towards SAML-based methods of authentication for access to electronic resources. In a nutshell, SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is a secure protocol for exchanging user information between trusted systems. SAML is the underpinning to a number of technologies with strong branding and name recognition in the library world, like Shibboleth and OpenAthens. With the introduction of RA21, an opportunity has emerged for libraries to transition the authentication mechanism used by EZproxy, a commonly deployed application used to provide IP-based access to subscription content from outside of the campus network.
If there’s a movement away from IP-based authentication, you might be wondering why you’d be motivated to switch to using a SAML-based authentication method for an IP-based application. Or perhaps, why you’d need an application like EZproxy at all. It’s useful to keep in mind that not all publisher platforms will be SAML-compliant in the near term. While large publishers are capable of shifting technologies quickly, smaller publishers will continue to provide IP authentication or credentialed access to their content for the foreseeable future.
When compared to the III patron API, using a SAML-based service is more secure, provides synchronized password reset when needed, and more fully integrates the library's electronic resources into the campus environment by standardizing access credentials across multiple campus platforms (email and learning management systems, for instance). Improvements to user experience, such as reducing the hurdles to resource access for online-only students who may never come to campus or providing an intuitive and familiar login prompt are just a few. By switching the authentication method used by EZproxy, you'll gain the efficiencies and security provided by a SAML-based authentication method while maintaining IP authentication used by EZproxy and the layer of anonymity that it affords to the library user with respect to the subscription vendor.
What if you could gain these efficiencies by integrating EZproxy with an existing campus-based solution? 
When I talk with our members about moving towards a SAML-based authentication solution to access the library's electronic resources, they are often surprised that the necessary technology may already be available, and preferred, by the campus IT department. For example, Google's G Suite has the ability to function as a SAML-based identify provider for single sign-on.[1] Configuring EZproxy to authenticate using your G Suite directory is one step towards establishing a single sign-on environment that is inclusive of the library’s electronic resources.  
Microsoft subscribers also have a few options available for integrating EZproxy with a SAML-based authentication solution. Azure Active Directory can be used as a SAML-based identity provider. Keep in mind that a premium subscription to Azure Active Directory is required to integrate a “non-gallery application” like EZProxy.[2] Or, if you're running an on-premises instance of active directory, ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) can be used to establish a SAML-based single sign-on environment with EZproxy.[3]
If you’re interested, but aren’t sure how to get started, we’d be happy to give you guidance through the process.