OhioNET News

As we announced last month, Michael P. Butler will be retiring from OhioNET at the end of 2018.  We are now seeking his replacement.

Working with Summit Search Solutions, the Board Search Committee has developed a full profile for the position; the job posting is now live on the OhioNET website at https://www.ohionet.org/jobs/executive-directorceo.

We hope that you will share this opportunity with interested and qualified friends and colleagues.  For further information about the position and the search process, we encourage you to contact Stephanie Fowler, Senior Consultant at Summit Search Solutions, via telephone at 530-677-9945 or email at sfowler@summitsearchsolutions.com.

Join the Regional Library Systems, the State Library of Ohio, and OhioNET for Opioids in Communities, Libraries in Response—a day-long event coming to a location near you on August 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Bracketed by a keynote from author Sam Quinones and a closing presentation from Dr. Meghan Harper, we hope to provide an opportunity for education, discussion, listening, and learning centered around the opioid epidemic and the role that libraries can play in response to it.

Registration is just $45, and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, and to register, click here: https://www.ohionet.org/librariesinresponse.

As we approach the end of the first year of our new membership structure and benefits, we are glad that so many members have remained with us, and we are pleased that so many libraries have chosen to become part of OhioNET.

Among those libraries that have joined in the last year are:

We are also looking forward to having these libraries join us soon:

We hope that our long-supporting members will help us welcome these new members into the OhioNET community!

On Thursday, May 17th, the Galion Public Library Association joined the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL), adding over 97,000 items to the COOL-CAT collection. Galion Public Library is the 12th library to join the consortium, and begin using the Evergreen ILS, since its inception in 2012.

Evergreen, the open source ILS originally developed by PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) for the Georgia Public Library Service, is used by over 2,000 libraries across 31 states, 7 countries, and 6 Canadian provinces. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download, install and try it out for their library.

Read more about Galion's programs and services at http://galionlibrary.org.

COOL is always open to new members. If you are interested becoming a COOL library, or if you want more information on the consortium or Evergreen, contact Matt Polcyn, Director of Technology Services at OhioNET, at mattp@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975.

Great news! All public libraries in Ohio are now eligible to receive several genealogy products for free through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) – including Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Fold3 Library Edition and ProQuest African American Heritage.

As a result, OhioNET libraries can complete their collection and save even more by subscribing to these complementary ProQuest resources at a special OhioNET member rate.

Top-Selling News Resources (Special Pricing for OhioNET Members)

  • Newspapers.com Library Edition – online access to 6,700+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s to the 2000s. This collection contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers – the definitive digital newspaper archive that empowers researchers to digitally travel back through centuries to become eyewitnesses to history, available on the award-winning ProQuest platform. Includes titles like the Cleveland Call & Post, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
  • U.S. Newsstream – search current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s, from more than 1,000 news sources.
  • Thousands of additional titles on microfilm

In-Demand Genealogy Resources (Special Pricing for OhioNET Members)

  • ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition – digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of U.S. towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 – detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities across a century of change.
  • Historic Map Works – one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with more than 1.5 million high-resolution, full-color historic maps.

Essentials for Homework Help (Special Pricing for OhioNET Members)

  • CultureGrams – country reports written by in-country experts that go beyond facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
  • eLibrary – simplifies the research process and empowers novice researchers to choose a research topic and find authoritative information to support their research claim. More than 11,000 editor-created Research Topics pages give essential information on a vast array of people, places, historical events and eras, literary genres, current events, broad curricular themes and much more.
  • SIRS Issues Researcher – delivers the pros and cons on today’s complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. Go in-depth into any one of 350+ critical, current and enduring social issues.
  • SIRS Discoverer – a general reference database for elementary- and middle-school learners covering curriculum areas like reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology.

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

OhioNET is pleased to provide details about a new Primary Sources Library from ProQuest. Historically, many of these core historical collections have been unattainable to smaller institutions who have budget limitations.​ But the research demands are similar…. and teaching demands to increase the output of student learning outcomes is growing.

ProQuest is offering access to a Primary Sources library as an aggregated subscription​ – comprised of 137 Primary Source databases, including ProQuest and Alexander Street titles. A few of the highlights include:

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • NAACP Papers in ProQuest History Vault
  • 30+ Regional/International Historical Newspapers
  • Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires
  • Human Rights Studies Online
  • Disability in the Modern World

More details are available via the attached title list: Primary Sources Full Title List

This pricing is specifically tailored to our academic libraries with an FTE under 5,000.  Please contact Carrie Waibel, Electronic Resources Program Manager for more information and pricing at carriew@ohionet.org or 614-484-1064.

Did you know? Repetitive stress injury can result from lifting library materials on and off security tag sensitizers and desensitizers. Sentry Custom Security, a manufacture of high quality EM Security Tags, Systems and Accessories has the solution. The Sentry Bookwand™ is the only light weight (1 lb) portable hand-held Electromagnetic (EM) reactivator/deactivator available to libraries today. Bookwand™ features an ergonomic design that is compact and easy to use. It is compatible with all industry standard EM security strips, including the 3M Tattle-Tape™.

"Our staff loves the wand", said Barb Kondrick, Adult Services Librarian, City of Columbia Heights-Public Library. "It’s light weight, easy to use and since it’s cordless, it is very adaptable.  It saves a lot of time since you don’t have to pick up every book individually; you can scan a whole stack or shelf of books at one time.  We also appreciate that you don’t need to remove cds and dvds from their envelopes in order to sensitize & de-sensitize them".

In addition to Columbia Heights-Public Library, Sentry Custom provides security services to leading libraries throughout North America including Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, the Library of Congress and McGill University.

To see how your library can benefit from our Bookwand™ innovation, visit http://www.sentrycustom.com/libraries_video.html


Current Price to OhioNet Members: $811.00

Special Price Through Friday, June 29, 2018: $704.00*

*Call for a shipping estimate


For product availability, questions, or to place an order, contact Pam Rossman,
800-686-8975 x 10 or email pamr@ohionet.org  
To see what other products OhioNET has to offer, go to:  http://www.ohionet.org/products 

Michael P. Butler, Executive Director/CEO of OhioNET, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Morris as Deputy Director.

“As OhioNET prepares for leadership transition this fall, the role of Deputy Director will help give continuity to our members and our staff,” said Butler, alluding to his upcoming retirement.  Morris will participate in the leadership transition team and assist in the day-to-day functioning of the organization.  She will also continue to function as the director of the Member Services department.  Further information about the search process for the new Executive Director/CEO will be shared with membership as it becomes available.

Morris holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and is expected to complete a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the Glenn College of The Ohio State University in December 2018.  She has served OhioNET members in previous positions as Director of Member Services, Electronic Services Coordinator, and Member Services Representative.

OhioNET is offering special pricing exclusively for our members on the following ergonomic accessories for your workstations through Thursday, May 31st:

Microsoft® Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop USB Wireless Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard Combo

Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is built on advanced ergonomic principles, with a split keyboard layout that keeps wrists and forearms in a relaxed position, and a cushioned palm rest to provide wrist support.  The domed keyboard shape works to reduce and correct wrist pronation that can cause pain and limited mobility.


Fellowes® Mouse Pad and Wristrest

Fellowes® Wrist rest provides exceptional support while redistributing pressure points. Soft, durable Lycra covering withstands daily wear and tear. Non-skid base holds wrist rest firmly in place. Wrist Filling Material: Gel Mouse Pad.


       Sapphire Blue                                                                            Platinum


Fellowes® I-Spire Series™ Foot Cushion

Foot cushion, a part of Fellowes I-Spire Series, features a soothing, 1 foam cushion top that provides a soft resting place for your feet. Design elevates your feet and legs for a more comfortable working position and helps reduce lower back tension and leg pressure. No tools are required for assembly. Nonskid rubber feet protect your work-space surfaces. Base is made of rubberized plastic."


OhioNET Member Prices

Microsoft® Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop USB Wireless Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard Combo   $99.00*

Fellowes® Mouse Pad and Wristrest   $18.70*

Fellowes® I-Spire Series™ Foot Cushion   $51.69*

*Shipping charges may apply and depend on quantity ordered.
Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 31, 2018


For product availability, questions, or to place an order,  
contact Pam Rossman, 800-686-8975 x 10 or email pamr@ohionet.org
To see what other products OhioNET has to offer, go to:  http://www.ohionet.org/products

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.

For more information and to register:

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 1)
June 4th, 2018 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Dr. Miriam Matteson and Kara Reuter

Real-World Assessment: Demystifying Research (Part 2)
June 18th, 2018 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Dr. Miriam Matteson and Kara Reuter