OhioNET News

Over the last year, OhioNet's team took the opportunity to update our brand identity to better reflect who we are as an organization that serves the Ohio library community. We have has also been working on revamping the OhioNet website, which will launch later this year. “We are really excited to share our new look with our members. The updated brand is more attuned to who we are now, and who we want to be in the future. And the website redesign not only looks good but, when launched, will also make it easier for members to find the information they’re seeking and stay connected with OhioNet and its member libraries,” says Nancy Kirkpatrick, OhioNet Executive Director and CEO.

After conducting a comprehensive member survey this spring, OhioNet used member feedback to ensure the new website highlights key services and member benefits, while still remaining easy to navigate. The OhioNet team will keep members updated throughout the transition to the new website. Stay in touch with us online for more information about upcoming trainings, eResource offers, and more: @OhioNet.

About OhioNet

OhioNet is a membership-driven organization serving libraries and information centers of all types and sizes in Ohio and surrounding areas. OhioNet began in 1977 with 103 members and has since grown to serve more than twice that number.

Through learning opportunities, technology solutions, collaborative purchasing, and strategic connections, we support our members’ efforts to meet the needs of the diverse communities they serve.  

“We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are." - Oprah Winfrey

We are (still, perhaps) at a crossroads – as individuals, as a library community, and as a country. This begs many questions, including:

  • What do we want to be?
  • What do we need to be?
  • What are we willing to do to get there?
  • What is stopping us from making progress?

One thing that may be slowing or preventing growth and change is fear. When facing any challenge, much less those involving sensitive topics like race or identity, the fear of doing it wrong and causing more harm is real. The fear of doing it right and making people uncomfortable is also real. However, we need to weigh that against the harm of inaction. We must face our fear of making mistakes or failing. Growth inevitably means there will be change. Progress, not perfection, is the goal.

I’ve been with OhioNet for just over two years, and I can tell you we’ve made some changes, and we’ve made some mistakes as we’ve grown. That hasn’t stopped us from moving forward. When we make mistakes, we acknowledge them, learn from them, and then do our best to do better moving forward. Is change uncomfortable? Yes. Is it worth the effort? Absolutely.

Speaking of change, you may have noticed a new look to our newsletter. OhioNet went through a rebranding process in 2020 and we’re finally ready to share it with the world. There are more changes to come, including a new website which will launch later this summer. Based on feedback from our membership, we hope to make our site easier to navigate and more useful for you. Let us know what you think! And if you notice any mistakes? Share those with me too; correcting mistakes is part of growth and change.

Be well, 

View the rest of OhioNet's July 2021 newsletter here

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Michelle Bradley as OhioNET's Director of Consulting Services. As Director of Consulting Services, Michelle will develop a program of consulting services to meet the needs of OhioNet’s member libraries.

Michelle comes to us from her role as Manager of Engagement, Consulting and Training at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), a library consortium that serves multi-type libraries in Indiana and Michigan. At MCLS, Michelle developed a program of consulting services that included strategic planning, change management, and meeting facilitation. Michelle's previous experience also includes over 20 years working in public libraries in various capacities including public services, technical services, branch manager, assistant director and director of libraries in Florida and Indiana. She is proud to have managed one of the first joint-use public/community college libraries in the country during that time.

Michelle holds a BA in Advertising from Purdue University, an MLS from Indiana University, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from IUPUI. She is certified as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator through the Center for Appreciative Inquiry. Michelle's advanced credentialing includes a Certificate in Creating Positive Change from the Change Lab, a Certificate in Creating Wellbeing from the Wellbeing Lab, a Change Management Certificate from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), a Facilitation Skills Certificate from ATD, and a Consulting Skills Certificate from ATD. She is in the process of becoming a certified trainer in Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys travel, reading, learning, hiking, bike riding, kayaking, and birding. She shares her home with her husband Morgan, two dogs (Coco and Jagger), and one ironically named cat, called Itty Bitty Kitty.

Please join us in giving Michelle a warm welcome to the OhioNet team!

Get a solid overview of all the steps needed to plan, execute, and assess a digitization project. If you’re new to digitization or are still thinking about how to get started, this series will lay the groundwork you need to create a successful project. Attendees of this series will have the chance to explore factors to consider before your first scan, to learn about the steps (and tools) needed to complete archival quality scans, and to plan for storage and organization options from the start that will provide the best access for your users.

Digitization Basics - Plan Before You Scan (Session 1)
Wednesday, 9/15 | 2:30-4 p.m.

Digitization Basics - Tools & Techniques (Session 2)
Tuesday, 10/5 | 2:30-4 p.m.

Digitization Basics - Providing Access & Measuring Success (Session 3)
Wednesday, 10/27 | 2:30-4 p.m. 

Does your library have unique local materials you want to include in your catalog? It’s not an impossible task (we promise!). This webinar series is aimed at library staff who are already familiar with their ILS cataloging module and are responsible for importing or managing MARC records. Join us to learn the basic steps in creating a new record, to explore tools to help you streamline that process, and to examine free resources to support your continued cataloging practice. Sign up today for one or all of the sessions listed below, led by Sarah Schaff (Denison University).

Basics of Original Cataloging (Session 1)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

Simplifying Original Cataloging Workflows with Tools (Session 2)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

Tricks, Resources, and Practice for Original Cataloging (Session 3)
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. | CEUs: 2

If you’d like to know more about how to improve search experiences, utilize customization options, and where to find help resources, join us on 8/26 for this free webinar to learn key components of EBSCOadmin — the administrative tool used to manage customizations, profile creation, authentication, reports, and statistics. Attendees will learn from EBSCO Senior Trainer, Lisa E. Jones and have ample time to ask questions.

This is a free event open to all library staff working in Ohio.

Online Database Overviews: EBSCOadmin
Thursday, 8/26 | 2-3 p.m.
Session Presenter: Lisa E. Jones (EBSCO)

It’s been a year since I wrote a newsletter article imploring you, personally and organizationally, to act on issues of racial injustice. Recognizing that in those 12 months we have also been living through a pandemic and dealing with economic and other uncertainty, I want to ask you now to pause and reflect. What are you or your library doing differently in 2021?

I am encouraged by activities I see in our field. OhioLINK, supported by grant funding from the State Library of Ohio and several private donations, has reimagined their Workforce Diversity Initiative and grown the number of participating libraries. VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, is demonstrating their commitment to anti-racist actions by hosting a webinar series and incorporating DEI into their operational framework. Ithaka S+R partnered with the libraries at Binghamton University and the University of Delaware to create an Anti-Racism Talent Management Audit tool. At OhioNET, we are beginning work with The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio in order to ensure that we serve our team and our membership in ways that are inclusive and respectful. These are just four examples of many.

As we get back to normal life, whatever that means after the past fifteen months, let us recognize that “normal” life prior to the pandemic was not perfect. Instead, we should focus on creating a better life, for all of us.

Be well,

To view the rest of OhioNET's June 2021 newsletter, click here

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET are pleased to announce the cohort of developing leaders selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2021. Participants were meticulously chosen based on their outstanding leadership potential; excellent communication skills; library employment experience; initiative and reasonable risk taking; forward-thinking approach to problem solving; and commitment to the profession. 

“Building on the success of the online Library Leadership Ohio in 2020, this year’s program will be one of the most empowering experiences available to library staff interested in furthering their leadership abilities,” said Wendy Knapp, State Librarian.  “We are grateful for the thoughtful work of both the Planning Committee and the Advisory Committee for taking steps to address issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, ensuring the 2021 cohort will be one with many diverse backgrounds and voices represented from throughout Ohio’s libraries.”

“OhioNET always enjoys partnering with the State Library of Ohio to bring the Library Leadership Ohio program to fruition. We learned much from last year’s online experience and hope to provide an equally collaborative, engaging and fun workshop for the cohort,” said Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, OhioNET Executive Director/CEO. 

Congratulations to the following individuals selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2021: 

  • Marnie Alvarez, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
  • Angela Brady, Dayton Metro Library 
  • Julie Burley, Stark County District Library 
  • Catie Carlson, University of Cincinnati Clermont 
  • Jen Coventry, Wadsworth Public Library 
  • Lindsey Crego, Lourdes University 
  • Jennifer Dziabiak, Lima Public Library
  • Katy Farrell, Geauga County Public Library 
  • Kelly Gonzalez, Avon Local School District 
  • Mandi Goodsett, Cleveland State University 
  • Cathleen Grossman, Rocky River Public Library 
  • Andrew Hart, State of Ohio - Ohio BWC Library
  • Aeisha Hearn, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Katie Hildman, Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
  • Renee Hopper, Defiance Public Library System
  • Zachary Huber, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Timothy Keller, Oberlin College 
  • Jacey Kepich, Case Western Reserve University 
  • Gina Kromhout, Avon Lake Public Library 
  • Eric Lochtefeld, Mercer County District Library 
  • Brittany Lutes, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library 
  • Alice Mackey, Marysville Public Library 
  • Elizabeth Martin, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
  • Cathy Mason, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
  • Christina Meister, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
  • Ashley Mensah, Pickerington Public Library 
  • Stephanie Michaels, State Library of Ohio 
  • Linsey Milillo, Lane Libraries
  • Ella Mulford, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Kristen Newby, Ohio History Connection
  • Keloni Parks, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Kirsten Peninger, Otterbein University 
  • Carrie Phillips, Bluffton University 
  • Kenneth Redd, Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled 
  • Ben Richards, Cleveland State University 
  • Ryan Rigaux, Toledo Lucas County Public Library 
  • Dierric Rogers, Worthington Libraries 
  • Jenni Royce, Heidelberg University 
  • Steve Sanders, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library 
  • Emily Skunda, Perry Public Library 
  • Elizabeth Sullivan, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library 
  • Bridget Sutter, Medina County District Library
  • Wendy Torrence, Tippecanoe Middle School Library
  • Amanda Toth, Lane Libraries
  • Beate van der Schalie, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Jade Walker, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Amia Wheatley, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library 

Library Leadership Ohio 2021 will be held online and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from July 13 – August 6, 2021.  Library Leadership Ohio is co-sponsored by the State Library of Ohio and OhioNET, with support from the Ohio Educational Media Library Association (OELMA) and the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL).  The program is funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.  For more information, visit the Library Leadership Ohio website. 

The eResources Team at OhioNET is always looking for ways to improve ConsortiaManager (CM) for our members. We shared some information about the cleanup and data migration projects we've been working on in April's newsletter, and we are excited to share additional updates this month. 
One of our long-term goals is to make ConsortiaManager a one-stop shop for all things concerning OhioNET eResources. As was briefly mentioned last month, OhioNET now has the ability to create our own pages within ConsortiaManager's interface. This feature will be used to communicate a variety of important information moving forward, including:
  • New resources,
  • Limited-time offers and discounts,
  • Potential new content providers,
  • Trial information,
  • And more!

Once logged in to CM, you will find these pages by clicking on the Pages dropdown in the navigation bar.



Seasonal eResource Digests will be a regular feature in ConsortiaManager and will contain information about limited-time discounts as well as resources newly available through OhioNET. Digests will be updated regularly and cover a three-month period: Spring (April - June), Summer (July - September), Fall (October - December), and Winter (January - March). 

New content providers looking to work with OhioNET will provide trial access and a product demonstration recording. Access credentials and recording URLs will be housed in CM and available to members for 30-45 days. A link to a short, five question survey will also accompany each trial, allowing members to provide feedback directly to the OhioNET eResources Team. We will be sharing more information about our updated vetting process in the coming months, so stay tuned! 
For those who do not currently have accounts in CM, we will continue to share out information via blog posts, newsletters, and social media, however, pages within CM will contain additional information, such as pricing and trial credentials, that we cannot share publicly. 
We are happy to receive suggestions for improvements to ConsortiaManager! Please email your feedback to e-resources@ohionet.org


The OhioNET Training Archive — a repository of the last 12 months of recorded webinars and professional development resources — is open to all staff at any member institution. Check out the list below to see what recordings were added in April and May and what will be expiring from the Archive between June and August.

To access the Training Archive and Handouts Page, you will need an individual user account through our website. Sign up for an account here or access the archive directly with an existing account.

What's New (Titles Added in April and May)

  • Copyright in Action: Fair Use Myths and Misconceptions (4/1)
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging: Overview of Serials Cataloging (Session 1) (4/6)
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging: MARC for Serials Cataloging (Session 2) (4/13)
  • Fundamentals of Cataloging: RDA vs AACR2 for Serials Cataloging (Session 3) (4/20)
  • Online Database Overviews: HeinOnline (4/22)
  • Newspaper Digitization 101 (5/4)
  • Online Database Overviews: Points of View Reference Center (5/6)
  • Introduction to ConsortiaManager (5/11)
  • Intentionally Intersectional: Feminist Programming in the Library (5/27)


What's Leaving Soon (Recording Expires on Dates Listed)

  • Copyright in Action: Understanding Section 108 - The Reproductions in Libraries Exception (6/10/21)
  • Veteran Outreach Programs Benefit Your Community and Your Library (8/4/21)
  • Copyright in Action: Creative Commons Licensing (8/12/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 1) (8/19/21)
  • Online Database Overviews: AIP Publishing (8/24/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 2) (8/26/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 3) (9/2/21)
  • Shout it from the Rooftop Create Engaging Annual Reports (Session 4) (9/9/21)