OhioNET News

Executive Director/CEO Michael P. Butler has officially announced his retirement from OhioNET, effective January 2, 2019.

Butler's 26-year tenure has been marked by innovation and collaboration.  Two of the most notable innovations of that time have been the OPAL and COOL projects.  Leaders from both OPAL and COOL conveyed their thoughts on Butler's crucial leadership.

“Michael was instrumental in the formation of the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) collaborative project in 1998 to implement a shared integrated library management system that allowed 16 private colleges to become part of OhioLINK to share physical materials”, said Andrew Whitis, University Librarian at the University of Findlay and current OhioNET Board President. “He created a solid financial foundation for OPAL members that has created benefits beyond the original shared catalog. Michael’s guidance over the past twenty years has helped OPAL add additional participating libraries, share expertise, and provide numerous professional development opportunities for all of our staff.”

Community Library Executive Director/Fiscal Officer, Chauncey G. Montgomery shared that same gratitude and esteem, “Michael Butler's interest in new technologies and innovative solutions provided the foundation needed to establish Ohio's first statewide open source ILS consortium, COOL. The COOL libraries greatly appreciate his leadership and OhioNET's support of our efforts.”

Likewise, collaboration has been a key theme during Butler’s tenure, and other library leaders have reflected on that point.

“Early on in his tenure as Executive Director of OhioNET, Michael had a vision that all Ohio libraries needed to be one community with equity at the core of our strategic mission,” wrote Theresa M. Fredericka , Director of INFOhio and OhioNET Board Member.  “His leadership to help PreK-12 school libraries through staunch support of INFOhio and OELMA led to helping school librarians achieve equal access to professional learning.  His vision of equity provided equal access to negotiated reductions in pricing for every library, regardless of size; and equal opportunities for school, public and academic libraries to work together. He is leaving a tremendous legacy to every Ohioan and to future generations.”

Tom Sanville, former Executive Director of OhioLINK, also remembered Butler’s spirit of cooperation as a hallmark. “Michael Butler’s unfailing spirit of cooperation and collaboration rather than competition is the hallmark of his tenure at OhioNET.  Those of us from the other Ohio consortia who have worked closely with Michael have had a trusted colleague who always puts the interests of Ohio libraries first.  Michael has made a lasting contribution to the continued excellence of the Ohio library community.”

Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, further elaborated on the theme of Butler’s commitment to collaboration.  “Throughout his time at OhioNET, Michael has shown a passion for libraries and a commitment to improving library services through collaboration.  His vision brings together libraries of all types and in doing so, makes us stronger and more responsive institutions. Michael has accomplished this vision by empowering his staff to work with other library organizations, leading to successful events such as Your Library, Your Community and Embracing eBooks.  And nowhere has his commitment to library collaboration been more apparent than Library Leadership Ohio.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael on LLO since 2010 when OhioNET stepped in to work with the State Library on retooling LLO.  He firmly believes that LLO fosters collaboration in Ohio libraries by investing in future leaders and showing them the value in working together.”

The OhioNET Board has named a search committee for the Executive Director/CEO position.  Whitis and Fredricka are co-chairing the committee.  Further information about the search process will be shared with membership as it becomes available.

Time is running out to register to attend OhioNET's long-running Basic Book Repair workshop!  Attendees will get hands-on attention and have plenty of time to practice their new skills--repairing torn pages, tipping in loose pages, hinge tightening, simple spine repairs and MORE!  Each workshop attendee will receive a supply kit to take home and start repairing items immediately. 

Registration closes at the end of business on Thursday, April 19th.

Basic Book Repair Workshop
Thursday, May 3rd from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

If you've been wanting to try your hand at original cataloging, and have prior training or experience with copy cataloging practices, wait no more! Our upcoming online series will introduce attendees to the key skills and workflows needed to create original records in MARC21 format.  Attendees will review standards for quality cataloging, explore time-saving tactics like creating templates or using constant data, and discover freely available tools to streamline their workflows and/or enhance their records.

Click each link below for more information or to register.

Basics of Original Cataloging (session 1)
Tuesday, May 8th from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Misty Alvaro

Simplifying Original Cataloging Workflows with Tools (session 2)
Tuesday, May 15th from 1:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Misty Alvaro

Tricks, Resources, and Practice for Original Cataloging (session 3)
Tuesday, May 22nd from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Presenter: Misty Alvaro

We're continuing our conversation around real-life applications of copyright. Join Carla Myers, Assistant Librarian & Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for Miami University Libraries, as she guides us through specific copyright applications. Sign up for the whole series or choose just the sessions that interest you.

Copyright in Action: Understanding Fair Use
April 11, 2018 from 3-4pm
Fair use is an exception found in US copyright law that users, including information professionals, can consider utilizing when looking to make copies of copyrighted works. Codified in in Section 107 of US copyright law (Title 17, United States Code), it outlines specific factors to consider when trying to determine if the reuse of a work may be considered fair or infringing. In addition to examining the responsibilities (and rights) of libraries as they relate to these four factors, this session will also provide attendees with tools and other suggested resources to help them make these crucial determinations.

Copyright in Action: Understanding Section 108
June 13, 2018 from 3-4pm
It's part of nearly every library's mission to preserve and freely share collected resources. However, as we move further into a world of contracting for access to (rather than ownership of) digital resources, it's critical for library staff members to understand how this section of copyright law impacts how we build collections and how we share them, through services like interlibrary loan.

Copyright in Action: Considerations for Instruction
August 16th, 2018 from 3-4pm
The federal copyright statutes provide guidance for both in-person and online instruction situations.  This session will describe our rights and responsibilities as information professionals under Section 110 of the copyright legislation.


More and more library staff members in all types of environments are being asked to employ data-driven decision-making methods.  But, this can be a new and daunting prospect for many who just aren't sure where to start.  In this two-part series, we will explore the research process and its history, why we value it, and what it might look like in real-world scenarios.  Join Miriam Matteson (Kent State iSchool) and Kara Reuter (Worthington Libraries) as they guide us through a mini apprenticeship around the basics of what makes good research, explore examples and outline the essentials of good planning.

The first session will focus on the background knowledge and vocabulary that will help you understand the basic research process—from context to data collection to analysis and conclusions—and how to identify quality research. 

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 1)
Monday, June 4th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 2)
Monday, June18th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm


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Many libraries have opted to subscribe to a discovery layer to help patrons uncover all the materials they provide through a single search interface. However, this new layer of software can have many quirks and requires thoughtful implementation and maintenance.

If you are a subscriber to the popular Summon service, plan to attend this webinar to learn about settings to ensure ALL your content is displayed, to gathera list of recommended data-maintenance tasks, and to explore options for front-end customizations, like chat pop-up boxes.

Getting the Most out of Summon
Thursday, March 22nd, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Presenter: Amy Fry, Bowling Green State University

Effective communication skills are central to our ability to work within the communities we serve, but some conversations can be very challenging. Whether you’ve struggled to talk about a sensitive issue with a colleague, to ask your boss an uncomfortable question, to deliver unpopular news to staff members you supervise, or even to set appropriate boundaries with an inquisitive patron, you aren’t alone. However, it won’t help to just avoid the subject or hide in the back room. So what can you do? Practice, practice, practice! Check out the link below for more details about our hands-on workshop!

From Problem Patrons to Sensitive Subjects: Dealing with Difficult Conversations
Monday, May 7th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (in-person, at OhioNET)
Presented by Dr. Miriam Matteson, Kate Porter, and Pam Cole

McGraw-Hill has recently opted to extend their trials on some additional Science & Technology resources through 3/19/18.  If an OhioNET member purchases a subscription (new subscribers only) to any of the below resources, they will offer a 20% discount for one subscription and a 30% discount for two or more subscriptions. Subscriptions must start 7/1/2018.

o       AccessScience

o       AccessEngineering – join our next training webinar on:  

March 8, 2018  10:00 am    |  Eastern Daylight   Time (New York, GMT-04:00). 

Click this link: goo.gl/2eDGdW to register, once you receive the calendar invite, make sure to save it.

o       AccessBiomedical Science

o       OMMBID

o       McGraw-Hill eBook Library: Business, Student Study Aids, Computing, or Language collections

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.  

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

We hope you have had an opportunity to take advantage of the OhioNET 2018 Database Preview, now running through February 28.  McGraw-Hill has graciously offered to extend their trial period until March 16. 

As a reminder, they are also offering these current promotions to OhioNET Libraries:

  • If an OhioNET member purchases a new resource, we will offer 20% discount off one subscription and 30% discount off two or more subscriptions. (Offer excludes F.A. Davis PT Collection.)
  • 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.  
  • As a token of their appreciation, they would like to also offer a raffle for a Kindle or $100 Amazon gift card to any participant that previews a new resource and completes a short 5 question survey. An additional entry is available if a demo is requested. CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Please use the same methodology as before to access the following resources beyond the end of February:

Ø  AccessMedicine - http://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com/

Ø AccessPharmacy - http://accesspharmacy.mhmedical.com/

Ø Pharmacotherapy Principles & Practice: http://ppp.mhmedical.com/book.aspx?bookid=1793

Ø AccessEmergency Medicine - http://accessemergencymedicine.mhmedical.com/

Ø AccessPediatrics - http://accesspediatrics.mhmedical.com/

Ø AccessSurgery - http://accesssurgery.mhmedical.com/

Ø AccessPhysiotherapy - http://accessphysiotherapy.mhmedical.com/

Ø F.A. Davis PT Collection: http://fadavispt.mhmedical.com/

Ø AccessAnesthesiology - http://accessanesthesiology.mhmedical.com/

Ø AccessCardiology: http://accesscardiology.mhmedical.com/

Ø JAMAevidence - http://jamaevidence.mhmedical.com/

Ø PAEasy - http://paeasy.com/

Ø RadReviewEasy - https://new.radrevieweasy.com

Ø USMLE Easy- https://www.usmle-easy.com/

Ø AccessNeurology -http://neurology.mhmedical.com

Ø AccessObGyn-http://obgyn.mhmedical.com

Ø AccessHemOnc: http://hemonc.mhmedical.com/

Ø Case Files Collection: http://casefiles.mhmedical.com/

Ø Clinical Sports Medicine Collection: http://csm.mhmedical.com/

Ø John Murtagh’s General Practice Collection: http://murtagh.mhmedical.com/

Ø Primary Care eBook Collection: https://mhebooklibrary.com/topic/medprc

Ø First Aid Test Prep eBook Collection: https://mhebooklibrary.com/topic/fircol  

Ø USMLE First Aid eBook Collection: https://mhebooklibrary.com/topic/libfausmle

Ø Nursing eBook Collection: https://mhebooklibrary.com/topic/mednur

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