OhioNET News

This year continues to be a year of transformation and change at OhioNET.

We are pleased to announce that Heidi Beke-Harrigan will be moving to our Technology Services team on April 8.  Heidi's transition to the Technology Service team from our Member Services department is a key part of our plan to re-imagine the work we do for our members in the areas of technology services and support.

For the past several months, OhioNET has been preparing to launch Consortia Manager—an easy-to-use, self-service portal that will allow users to streamline their e-resources workflows, easily access current and past data, and quickly see their savings. We launched this new service on April 1 and will process all renewals set for July 1, 2019 and later using this platform. If you work with OhioNET to manage your e-resource subscriptions, don’t miss your last chance to join us for an overview and demonstration of this new service. Sign-up below by click the title link. Plan to attend in real-time to ask questions of the software developer/trainer and our Electronic Resources Program Manager, Carrie Waibel.  Can’t make it in real-time?  Register and automatically get a follow-up email within 24-hours containing a link to view the archived recording.

Welcome to Consortia Manager
Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

As a nation, the Census plays a critical role in how we understand who we are and how we allocate our shared resources. The next accounting is set for 2020 and preparations are already well underway. Plan to attend this session led by a Library Journal Mover & Shaker 2019, Kirstin Krumsee (State Library of Ohio). Attendees will get an overview of how this critical data is collected, compiled and used. Special attention will be given to explore how libraries can get involved in supporting Census 2020. Click the title link for more information.

Census Overview: Preparing for 2020
Wednesday, May 29, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presenter: Kirstin Krumsee (State Library of Ohio)

Take the next session in our Digitization Basics series to learn all about the various tools and basic steps for completing quality scans. This practical webinar is perfect for folks who know the scope of their projects and have a clear idea of what types of materials need to be digitized. Our webinar leaders, Jenni Salamon and Lily Birkhimer (Ohio History Connection), are ready to discuss all the options (including outsourcing) to consider when creating a set of archival-quality scans—from scanner types to resolution settings to file types. Click the title link to register today!

Digitization Basics 2: Tools and Techniques
Wednesday, May 8, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Presenters: Jenni Salamon and Lily Birkhimer (Ohio History Connection)

You've asked and we listened! After a few months of successful testing we're announcing a new option to claim CE credit for on-demand viewing of OhioNET webinar recordings. Here's how it works:

  • Register for the session(s) you are interested in, even if you can not attend in real-time. Event registration is critical!
  • After viewing the recording (emailed to you in a follow-up email after the session) simply fill out the form. Links to the form will also be included in each message.

Please allow a week for OhioNET to process your submission. After we verify your participation, the CE Certificate will be emailed to you.

Registration for an event you can not attend in real-time is a member benefit and does not take anyone else's slot in a session. We encourage you to sign up for any sessions you are interested in. Please note that due to the personalized nature of workshops, they are not recorded and we are not able to offer retroactive CE credit for those events.

Head to the OhioNET Training Calendar for a complete listing of all our currently scheduled events. 

Fair Use is a cornerstone principal of copyright practices in the U.S. Plan to attend this webinar to better understand your rights under the law.

Here are just a few highlights of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Introduction to the Fair Use exception in US copyright law.
  • Explore the four factors to consider when trying to determine if the reuse of a work may be considered fair or infringing.
  • Examine the responsibilities (and rights) of libraries.
  • Learn about tools and other suggested resources to help make crucial determinations.

As always Carla will consider various scenarios and answer your specific questions during the presentation. You can also send her copyright questions to be answered in the Copyright Q&A section of our newsletter.

For more information and to register

Have an immediate question? The ALA Copyright Advisory Network provides a number of resources, including  a Fair Use Evaluator.

Are you looking to build on the basic book repair workshop? Do you have local or unique items in your archives, manuscripts, special collections or local history collection in need of a little TLC?  If you've been on the fence, join us in May to learn about a variety of preservation strategies.  This is the last advanced book repair session on our training calendar this year. Our long-time workshop leader, Dr. Miriam Kahn, is taking a break for the foreseeable future and we want to be sure that you don't miss your last chance to take these workshops.


Participants 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.


Save money and preserve local and unique items—click the link below today!  Registration for this event closes May 9th and space is limited

For more information and to register


As the first round of the 2019 Library Journal Movers & Shakers have been announced, we are delighted to see Change Agents Gwen Evans and Amy Pawlowski on the list.

We are glad to see that their work on OER in Ohio is getting the national recognition that it deserves, and we join the library community in saying, "Well done!"

Congratulations to our OhioLINK colleagues!

Congratulations to Cleveland Public Library as they celebrate their 150th anniversary this year!  Their celebrations launched with Director Felton Thomas reflecting on the State of the Library at the City Club of Cleveland on Feburary 27, and the festivities will continue with a number of other events in the CPL150 series.

Best wishes also to North Baltimore Public Library, celebrating an impressive 100th birthday on March 10!  The celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, featuring honorary remarks from a number of state and local leaders, historical displays, a performance from the North Baltimore High School Jazz Band, and refreshments.

We wish North Baltimore Public Library and Cleveland Public Library many happy returns!

by guest contributor, Carla Myers (Miami University Libraries)

Storytime can be one of the more popular programs libraries offer for their patrons. Throughout my career, I have frequently been asked about the copyright issues related to storytime and recently we’ve seen some questions about the legality of storytime discussed on listservs, so I thought we could explore this issue in this months’ column.

Unless the book being shared during storytime is in the public domain, then it is most likely protected by copyright. In the case of children’s picture books, these works usually contain text and images, both of which are eligible for protection under Section 102 of US copyright law.

Section 106 of US copyright law grants certain, exclusive rights to the authors of copyrightable works, including the right to publically perform (17 U.S.C. 106(5)) and publically display (17 U.S.C. 106(6)) these works. Section 101 of US copyright law defines these terms. It says that…

To “perform” a work means to recite, render, play, dance, or act it, either directly or by means of any device or process . . .

To “display” a work means to show a copy of it, either directly or by . . . any . . . device or process . . .

And that…

To perform or display a work “publicly” means—

  1. to perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered; or
  2. to transmit or otherwise communicate a performance or display of the work to a place specified by clause (1) or to the public, by means of any device or process, whether the members of the public capable of receiving the performance or display receive it in the same place or in separate places and at the same time or at different times.

During storytime library staff are “performing” picture books by reading the text aloud. They are also, usually, also holding up the open book and “displaying” its illustrations for those in attendance to see. As libraries are places open to the public, this means that storytime results in a public performance and display of a copyrighted work and, as such, could be considered an infringement of the rightsholder’s Section 106 rights. Fortunately, libraries have exceptions like fair use available to consider when wishing to offer storytime for patrons. Fair use requires that we consider

  1. the purpose and character of our reuse of a copyrighted work;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work we’re reusing;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion we’ll be reusing; and
  4. the potential effect on the market for the original work.

In working through these four factors in relation to library’s in-person storytime programming, I would personally argue that:

  1. Characteristically, in-person library storytime programs involves a performance or display made to a small group of people in attendance, and our purpose in offering storytime is educational; we’re looking to develop a love of reading and promote literacy among those who attend.
  2. The nature of the works we’re sharing during storytime is often creative and colorfully illustrated picture books, but that’s because this level of literature is appropriate to our audience (usually young children).
  3. We’re performing and displaying the entire book during storytime, but I believe this is appropriate given the circumstances of the program. Not only could it be difficult to keep young children engaged if we only read a small portion of the book during story time, but if we’re looking to develop literacy skills in children then it is important to read through the whole work in an effort to help them understand plot development.
  4. Library storytime may actually help promote the purchase of books read during the program. If children hear a book during storytime and enjoy it, then they may wish to checkout the book so they can take it home. The more frequently a book is circulated, the more likely the library is to purchase additional copies to meet patron demand. If a child discovers a new favorite book during storytime, it could be that someone in their life chooses to purchase copy for them, which also increases the market for the book.

Technology presents an opportunity to change the nature of storytime, and these changes could impact a fair use determination. For example, recently discussions regarding the livestreaming of storytime have popped-up on some listservs. Storytime could also easily be videorecorded and posted to social media platforms like YouTube.

In-person library storytime involves a public performance and display of a copyrightable work to a small group. The livestreaming of storytime has the potential to expand the public performance and display of the work globally. In the case of videorecording storytime and posting it online, there is now the potential for people from across the world to watch the performance and display over-and-over again.

I personally feel a strong fair use argument can be made for in-person library storytime programming for the reasons I outlined above and, as far as I am aware, no library has ever been sued for this practice. That said, I think that library staff considering livestreaming storytime or posting videorecordings of storytime online would need to consider how these factors could impact a fair use determination. This may be one of those situations where library staff discuss their plans with their institution’s legal counsel in order to determine what legal risk may be involved with these practices.