Servers.  We all have them!  Scattered away throughout our libraries, servers of all types help keep our libraries accessible and useful for both patrons and staff.  However, as much as any other type of computers, these need to be updated as well. Given the Shellshock* and Heartbleed* vulnerabilities that have been reported in the last few months, it seems to be a never-ending job!  

What’s Your Plan?    

Given all of this, one of the best methods of staying on top of all of these updates and critical server information is to keep your technology planning up to date.  If it’s been a while since you’ve thought about this, now’s the time!  When’s the last time you talked with your IT support?  If your library contracts that out, when is the last time you sat down with your vendor to look over your network?

If you’re library is larger, more than likely your IT staff or contracted organization is on this and can assure you the status of your servers and network.  However, if you’re a small library, it can be hard to find the time (and staff) that can do this.  Take some first steps, either with an inventory or just putting together what you do know.  From here, talk with other libraries, network a bit, and see how they accomplish these same goals.  It may take longer, but will give you a good grasp on your current setup as well as what needs to be addressed.

Staying Current and Up To Date!

While knowing your technology plan gives you a good start, the next steps are staying informed!  Check your operating system, your IT contracts, and other important documentation to help get up to speed and in the know.  The web is always a great place to start, so try these sites as well:

•    Microsoft Security Response Center, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn440717.aspx
•    Threat Post, http://threatpost.com

While there are many others out there, these are great places to get started with!  Remember, if you are an OHIONET member, we offer training and other technological opportunities that might be helpful in this area.

*Shellshock:  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/24/bash_shell_vuln/
*Heartbleed:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed

October is a busy month for Ohio's health sciences librarians.

In addition to the MLA Midwest Chapter Conference October 11th - 14th in Fargo, North Dakota, the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) will hold its annual fall meeting at Summa Hospital in Barberton on October 24th (registration deadline is October 16th).  This fall, OHSLA is marking its twentieth anniversary - congratulations OHSLA members!   

The Ohio State University - Prior Health Sciences Library is also hosting an intensive 2-day workshop covering "Evidence-Based Medicine to Evidence-Based Librarianship" on September 30th and October 1.

OHIONET's Mary Conroy will be attending the Ohio events and is looking forward to seeing you there.

Several OHIONET workshops this month may be of particular interest to health sciences librarians, including:

For details on these workshops and other upcoming events, see the OHIONET training calendar.

Naxos Music Library has officially launched a brand new app, which is included at no additional charge to all subscribing libraries.  Users can download the new app now at the Apple iTunes Store.

Please contact Christine Morris (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext.  29) or Carrie Waibel (carriew@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 25) for more information about Naxos Music Library or other Naxos services.

OHIONET's trial to IBISWorld has been extended through October.

IBISWorld provides industry intelligence that analyzes the business operating risks and opportunities of over 1300 US industries. Each industry report provides the most detailed performance data and analysis on the market.

In addition to the US industry research to which many of our academic library members already subscribe, IBISWorld also offers a growing set of supplemental collections, including specialized industries and a variety of international collections, with industry reports on the following topics and regions:

  • US Specialized (niche and emerging industries)
  • China
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Global

For your convenience, all reports are structured in the same user-friendly format as our US reports.

These supplemental collections are available to OHIONET members at a special discount rate now; adding one collection will be at a special rate of savings, and adding two, three, or more collections will increase the savings even more for each subscribing library.

OHIONET members can register for their own trial now by registering here.  Quotes and additional information are available by contacting Christine Morris at OHIONET (christinem@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 29).

You've attended the OHIONET RDA events, but are you ready to start using RDA to catalog library materials?  ALA's online RDA Toolkit will guide you.

OHIONET's RDA Toolkit subscription group renews in November, so this is a great time to join. You'll get a 10% discount from list pricing via OHIONET. See http://www.rdatoolkit.org for a trial, updates, best practices, and the 2014 list pricing.

Please contact us at ohionet@ohionet.org for information and to renew or add to your subscription.

Thanks to our diverse membership, OHIONET has been able to foster conversation and collaboration between libraries of various types and sizes through our recent day-long conferences, Everyday Advocacy and RDA 4 Everyone.  Feedback from attendees to each of these events was very positive; but, to build on these successes and keep creating cross-type events that are beneficial to our members and the wider Ohio library community, we're asking YOU for just a little help.  We've created a short survey (taking 5 minutes or less to complete) and we'd love to hear your opinion!  The link will remain active through Sunday, October 19th.

CLICK HERE to give us your feedback!  And, remember, never hesitate to contact me (shellym@ohionet.org) if you find yourself with questions (or suggestions!) for any of OHIONET's CE events.


Conference season is here and we hope you will join us at your favorite conference.

OHIONET will be among the exhibitors at the OLC, OELMA, and ALAO conferences this fall.

The 2014 Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo will be Oct. 8-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hilton in Downtown Columbus. This year's theme is Bridging the Past and Building the Future. You can view the full conference schedule at http://olc.org/conventionandexpo.php.

School libraries will be Taking Charge of Change at the OELMA 2014 Conference, at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus from October 23-25. The conference information and registration is at http://oelma.org/events/conference.

ALAO is celebrating its 40th Annual Conference & Pre-Conference this year as they work together toward Empowering Our Communities on November 13 & 14 at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky. Full details and registration are at http://www.alaoweb.org/event-830948.

Please stop by and say hello!

Overwhelmed by too much data? SimplyMap helps patrons convert complex statistics into colorful, thematic, professional maps.

Geographic Research's web-based SimplyMap provides the raw data and the easy-to-use tools for mapping socio-economic data to illustrate trends in employment, housing, quality of life, transportation, population, public health, market profiles, etc., as well as showing current Points of Interest (POI) and historical census statistics for any geographical location in the US.  The upgraded Version 3.0 has over 50 new features and tools.

This product could be of interest to business collections, academic research, corporate market analysts, government agencies, and to health science libraries. OHIONET members receive a discount.

See www.GeographicResearch.com for more information about SimplyMap.  To participate in our group or for more information, just contact ohionet@ohionet.org

OHIONET is once again offering a bulk purchase of Avery 6464 blank removable labels. We are able to offer the best possible price by purchasing the labels in bulk.

Avery 6464 Label - $16.05 per pack + shipping

Let us know how many packs you would like to purchase, and we will ship them to the location you indicate on the order form. If there are shipping charges, they will be indicated on the confirmation email.

Avery Order Form

FREE access period in September – SAGE Stats and CQ Press Political Science Resources

Sign up* or share your interest in acquiring SAGE Stats and/or CQ Press Political Science Resources with Christine Morris at (christinem@ohionet.org).

As an OHIONET member library, you are entitled to special pricing on these resources. Be sure to indicate your consortium affiliation when signing up for this free access so that we may send you information on this special pricing.

SAGE Stats adds power and context for researchers at all levels by providing such features as visualization and data comparison functionality along with curated data. Learn more here.

CQ Press offers the leading online research tools covering government, politics, and world affairs. Learn more here.

*Please note: there is a short delay when loading this trial sign-up page. We appreciate your patience.