OhioNET News

Whether you're looking to keep your collection looking healthy and in good circulating condition or want to preserve unique items--join us for one-day workshops demonstrating money-saving techniques in 2019. 

Basic Book Repair Workshop
April 17th, 2019 from 9:30am-3:30pm at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

This workshop is hands-on, allowing participants practice time for techniques such as repairing torn pages, tipping-in loose pages, hinge tightening, reattaching broken hinges and simple spine repairs.  Each attendee will receive a supply kit and a list of supplies to take back to the library.

Please note: The registration fees for this workshop include a $60 charge for the repair supply kit provided to each participant.


Advanced Book Repair and Structure
May 23rd, 2019 from 9:30am-3:30pm at OhioNET
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Kahn

Attendees will participate in decision-making and product evaluation for rare, brittle, and fragile books, apply stabilizing preservation decisions, and evaluate rehousing and boxing options. Techniques will include pamphlet binding, multiple signature binding, paper repair with wheat starch paste  and Japanese paper, appropriate use of heat set tissue, and encapsulation techniques.

Please note: The kit fee for this session ($70) is reflected in the session pricing. 

Libraries are hubs of the communities they serve--a space where all are welcome. Because of this central role, libraries are perfectly positioned to help people make the connections that are so essential to building strong communities.  In our Cultivating Connections training track, we cover a variety of topics that can help you foster those critical relationships.  We have two sessions in this series open for registration. Click the title links below for more information and sign-up today.

Feeding Hungry Minds and Bodies: Food Security Resources for Libraries
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Janet Ingraham Dwyer (State Library of Ohio), Shane Hoffman (Plain City Public Library), Kate McCartney (Marysville Public Library), and Sarah Schaff (Denison University)

Keep Your Community Connected with Burbio
Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenters: Beth Talamas (Burbio), Michelle Alleman (McKinley Memorial Public Library), Jessica Horlacher (Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County), and Rebecca Wilden (Bucyrus Public Library)

Last winter, we launched a new series of webinars in our Preservation and Access training track--Copyright in Action.  The response to these sessions was amazing--staff members from all sizes and types of libraries registered in droves.  I'm very pleased to announce that our series presenter, Carla Myers, is ready to share more of her expertise with a new round of presentations.  To ensure that attendees have a solid foundation before exploring more complex topics, we will be starting the series with a repeat of the first two sessions from last year's series: Copyright Basics and Understanding Fair Use.  If you missed them or if you could use a refresher on this complex topic, plan to join us. Click the title links below to register today!

Copyright Basics: An Overview and Review
Tuesday, February 26th, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

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



6464 Avery Removable Labels White 3 1/3" x 4" Rectangle/Laser Ink Jet Removable Adhesive 25 Sheets 6 labels per sheet 150 total labels per pack.


To offer the best possible prices, OhioNET purchases Avery 6464 blank removable labels in bulk.

The Current price is $16.95 per pack.

Prices are subject to change without notice.  If you order after the deadline of December 31, we will try to honor the price but it will not be guaranteed unless approved by Staples.

You can place your orders directly with Pam Rossman via email at pamr@ohionet.org and please include the following information in your email:

Number of packs you wish to order

Contact Name

Shipping Address (Please include phone number)

Purchase Order Number (If required)

All orders will be placed with our vendor in a timely manner and you should receive your labels within two to three business days.  I will confirm your orders via email.  If you have any questions, please contact me at the email address above or by phone at 800-686-8975 extension 10.

Avery 6464 Label - $16.95 per pack + shipping*

Orders must be received by Monday, December 31, 2018.

* Free shipping for all orders of 3 packs or more.


1500 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221-3975, Phone 800-686-8975, Fax 614-486-1527 www.ohionet.org

The election results for new members of the OhioNET Board of Directors are now official. 

Newly elected and re-elected Board members include:

  • Colleen Boff, Bowling Green State University Libraries (academic library representative)
  • Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Lorain Public Library System (public library representative)
  • Leslie Jankowski, Columbus College of Art and Design, Packard Library (special library representative)
  • Molly Meyers LaBadie, Delaware County District Library (public library representative)

These representatives join eight current Board members, with the newly-elected terms commencing in 2019.  The 12-member Board of Directors is elected at-large by the membership to serve staggered 3-year terms.  Each member of the Board is a professional librarian from an OhioNET member institution.

We thank Ms. Kacie Armstrong (Euclid Public Library), Mr. Don Barlow (Westerville Public Library), and Ms. Sheila Campbell (Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Library) for their service to OhioNET and to the Board, as they conclude their terms in December.  We appreciate all they have done to help steer OhioNET during their time on the Board, most especially their efforts in helping to choose the incoming Executive Director/CEO.

We would also like to thank the other candidates in this year's election:

  • Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries (academic library representative)
  • Mark Gooch, College of Wooster Libraries (academic library representative)
  • Andrew Mangels, Westlake Porter Public Library (public library representative)
  • Kelly Michalak, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (public library representative)
  • Chauncey Montgomery, Community Library, Sunbury (public library representative)
  • Deborah Saunders, Bossard Memorial Library (public library representative)
  • Stacy Gall, OhioHealth Library System (special library representative)
  • Laura Ponikvar, Cleveland Institute of Art Library (special library representative)

This was a highly competitive slate of candidates.  We are grateful for each candidate's enthusiasm and generosity.

If you have questions about the election process, please contact Christine Morris, Deputy Director, at christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.

We hope that you can join us on Friday, December 7 to honor Michael P. Butler on the occasion of his retirement.

An open house will run from 1pm to 3pm at 1500 West Lane Avenue. There will be no formal program; please come at any time to extend your goodwill and share in the company. Light refreshments will be served.

An indication of your planned attendance is kindly requested to ensure sufficient refreshments.

If you are unable to attend, recollections and words of congratulations may be sent to Michael in care of the OhioNET office or mpbutler@ohionet.org.

The Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) is pleased to welcome Ralph M. Besse Library at Ursuline College as its newest member.

Ursuline College is Ohio's first Catholic women's college and serves over 1000 students in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Ralph M. Besse Library is led by director Suzy Schroeder-Green and holds over 200,000 volumes, including a unique collection of thousands of stamps from all over the world, curated by a team of dedicated volunteers.

"Our staff is thrilled for the opportunity to join the OPAL consortium, which has allowed us to access to tools and collections we could not have acquired in the past. Being a part of this collaborative group has also given us a level of support that we never imagined could exist," Schroeder-Green said.

OhioNET and Innovative Interfaces Inc. kicked off the migration of Ralph M. Besse Library into the OPAL consortium in mid-August and is expected to officially complete on December 14th.

In May of 1992, I changed careers to become the Executive Director of OhioNET. I was a little nervous, but overall I felt confident I could handle this new career path. Ohio libraries, including OhioNET, were in flux, with many changes taking place both in libraries and in the information environment. I was brought in primarily to restructure OhioNET's finances and improve the stability of the organization. During this process, I learned a lot on the job.  Here it is 26 years later, and I am still learning.

During my initial time with OhioNET, I made sure that the administration of the company was clear and well-defined, and that we were doing the necessary procedural things to help OhioNET move through the times of uncertainty to survive as an organization. With the Board members and key staff support, I laid out new plans that would help the organization move forward. While it was a challenging time, the Board supported this new way of doing business. Over time the rest of the staff realized my perspective on the organization was sound as well, and we were all able to move forward together.

In addition to reviewing and resetting the finances and restructuring the internal working of the organization, my other initial priority was to try to engage the membership differently. My first couple of years were spent travelling around Ohio making sure that members were comfortable with our new direction. I was challenged by our members, and they did not hesitate to ask questions about OhioNET.  At the end of the day, once they had an opportunity to see some of the work we were doing, we began to move forward with our membership as well as with our internal operations.

After 20-plus years under my belt, there are a few accomplishments of which I am most proud.

  1. Collaborating with school libraries for affordable cataloging options. When I came to OhioNET, it was clear that school librarians were left out of the cataloging processes that many other librarians took for granted. OhioNET had a strong relationship with OCLC, and I decided to take a risk and present OCLC with an idea that I thought made sense. The idea was to develop a copy cataloging utility as an affordable way for schools to participate in World Cat. I allocated some funds from OhioNET to help develop this. Through this collaboration, we developed Cat Express. The schools were excited by this new approach to OCLC, and eventually OCLC made this option available worldwide.
  2. Working with the State Library of Ohio to redevelop Library Leadership Ohio. This has been a wonderful transition for me because I have had an opportunity to share my skills from a business perspective with young librarians who wanted to take a leadership role in our profession. I have been doing Library Leadership Ohio for over 14 years, both as a mentor and as an administrator of Library Leadership Ohio. This aspect of our profession has been very important to me because I can both share and learn. Library Leadership Ohio continues to be a key collaboration project for OhioNET, and I do believe that it will be around for quite a long time to come. This is simply a wonderful program for our profession.
  3. Developing a broader spirit of collaboration and partnership. Coming from a financial background, collaborating and partnering is extremely important. This allows you to reduce your internal costs by sharing the burden and to benefit from new perspectives from your partners.  With collaboration, you can do so much more than you can alone. I truly believe that partnering and collaborating will help OhioNET continue to be a viable institution within the framework of librarianship for many years. It is vitally important that, as a profession, we learn how to share costs without leaving behind our organizational focus. While we have some way to go, I believe we have made some progress, and that we can continue to learn from each other.

There is still so much to learn regarding the library profession, and I feel I am just hitting my stride. I have some ideas that I would like to develop going forward, and I am going to try to work on those things as a citizen of Ohio. I believe that I can still contribute to the profession, even as I retire from this position. I am still involved with the public libraries as a trustee, and that has been extremely important to me.  As a trustee, it seems like I learn something new every day, and I look forward to continuing to learn in that role.

So what else comes next?

  • I would like to do a little bit of traveling and volunteering.
  • I would like to continue to sit on the Delaware County District Library Board of Trustees.
  • In my role as a private citizen, I would like to continue to develop ideas on how libraries can collaborate and partner in an effective manner.

I am pleased that OhioNET has given me 26 years to learn the profession, but now it is time for a change. Often, we are apprehensive about change and transitioning from one leadership to another, but I truly believe it is the right time for OhioNET to move in a different direction. While I am pleased with some of my accomplishments, I know there is much more that can be done that can help our organization. The leadership of OhioNET will be in good hands, as the Board has done an excellent job of making sure that we have the right person for the new Executive Director/CEO. I am certain that the community will be pleased with the new leadership of OhioNET. It is a wonderful time for our profession, and it is a wonderful time for change.

I want to thank many people, but the names are too numerous to mention. Over the past 26 years, there have been so many people who have been helpful to me, and I am truly appreciative. I will miss you all, but I must say that I absolutely enjoyed the support you have given me, and I appreciated your patience and understanding as I learned and grew. I am forever grateful. Thank you.

OhioNET libraries have the opportunity to purchase access to all highly-cited publications from AIP Publishing at a discounted price.

Any new subscribers or current subscribers adding additional titles can choose to sign up now and receive free access through the end of 2018, with new subscriptions beginning on January 1, 2019 and running through December 31, 2019.

Everyday scientists, students, engineers and researchers turn to scitation.org to learn about the latest developments across the physical sciences, covering: applied physics, bioscience, chemical physics, energy, materials science, nanoscience, and photonics.

Available titles include, but are not limited to:

  • The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Applied Physics Reviews
  • Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data
  • Physics Today
  • Physics of Plasmas
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Journal of Laser Applications
  • Journal of Rheology
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Journal of Mathematical Physics

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


Access.NewspaperARCHIVE.com, one of the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.  Newspaper Archive is adding newspaper pages faster than you can search them - with one newspaper page added every second - that's over 80,000 images a day, or about 2.5 million pages per month! Designed for any individual of any age or profession, Newspaper Archive provides a comfortable and safe environment with easy-to-use tools for fast searching and browsing.

Right now, OhioNET libraries can obtain an extra 10% off on top of the already discounted OhioNET pricing for any new subscriptions.  This promotion will be honored through the end of 2018.

A free trial is available via IP authentication.  The site can be set up with access to the complete collection, just one state's content, or even just one title.  Interested libraries can contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager, at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064 for more information, pricing, and trial access. 

Technical information:  Libraries are set up with IP authenticated and referring URL. There is no limit to the number of IP addresses or the number of simultaneous users. Admin credentials are given to each client and usage stats can be accessed at any time. Newspaper Archive is constantly adding new content and working on improvements to the site, these come from both our own ideas and suggestions as well as our client's ideas and suggestions.