Databases

Databases

Providing answers to questions is a basic service of public libraries; currently this service may be delivered in-library, using print and electronic resources, or remotely, generally using electronic resources. Because of the importance of electronic resources, one of OPLIN's main functions has always been to provide access to high-quality electronic information databases. Since 2003, OPLIN has been a partner in Libraries Connect Ohio, which supports a core collection of database resources statewide. These resources are provided to all Ohio citizens, regardless of where they go to school or live, so they will have a core set of the information resources necessary to compete in the global economy and improve their quality of life.

Service objectives:

What is the Ohio Web Library?

The Ohio Web Library term has also been used to refer to the web page that searches the statewide collection and resources purchase by OPLIN for public libraries (http://ohioweblibrary.org).

What is Libraries Connect Ohio?

Libraries Connect Ohio is a strategic partnership of OPLIN, OhioLINK, INFOhio, and the State Library of Ohio. While the three library networks provide many different services to different types of libraries, all three provide access to electronic databases. The Libraries Connect Ohio partnership allows the three networks to combine their resources, adding them to Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding distributed by the State Library, in order to get the best possible terms from database vendors.

Can't connect to one of the Ohio Web Library research databases? Something isn't working properly? Please contact the OPLIN Support Center for assistance.

 

hedgesst Tue, 08/16/2011 - 10:27

Database List and Title Content

Database List and Title Content

Often librarians wonder what's included in the Ohio Web Library.

Through our partnership with Libraries Connect Ohio, we offer:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • American and English Literature Collection
  • Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)
  • Business Source Premier
  • Chilton Library
  • Computer Source
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • ERIC
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Kids InfoBits
  • Literary Reference Center
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • MEDLINE
  • Middle Search Plus
  • Newspaper Source
  • Oxford Research Encyclopedias
  • Points of View Reference Center Primary Search
  • Professional Development Collection
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • Regional Business News
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
  • Science Reference Center
  • Small Business Referencer Center
  • Sociological Collection
  • Topic Overviews 6-12
  • Topic Overviews K-5
  • Topic Overviews Public Libraries
  • TOPICsearch
  • Transparent Language Online
  • Worldbook suite of products include Early World of Learning, World Book Student, and World Book Kids.
  • Very Short Introductions
  • Vocational and Career Collection

In addition, OPLIN purchases the following resources just for public libraries and public library patrons to use through the Ohio Web Library:

  • African American Heritage
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Fold3
  • HeritageQuest
  • Lynda Library

The EBSCO package on Ohio Web Library includes the following resources:
Often patrons will need to access an article in a particular magazine or journal. When this happens it's helpful to know what resources are included in which database. Clicking on the link beside the resource should give you this information:

If you'd like to download these lists in a spreadsheet format or if you are curious as to the contents of other EBSCO packages, a comprehensive list is available on EBSCO's page here.

mandy Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:57

Linking databases from your library's website

Linking databases from your library's website

OHIO WEB LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES
 

All EBSCOhost Databases http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-all
     Academic Search Premier http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/academic
     Alt HealthWatch http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/healthwatch
     Biography Reference Bank http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-bios
     Business Source Premier http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/business
     Computer Source http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/computer
     Consumer Health Complete http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/consumerhealth
     ERIC http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-eric
     Explora Public Libraries http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-explora
     Health Source:
     Consumer Edition
http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/healthsource
     Health Source:
     Nursing/Academic Edition
http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/nursing
     Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/hobbies
     Home Improvement Reference Center http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/homeimprovement
     Literary Reference Center http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/literary
     MAS Ultra - School Edition http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/mas
     MASTERFILE Premier http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/masterfile
     MEDLINE http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/medline
     Middle Search Plus http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/middle
     Newspaper Source http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/newspaper
     Points of View Reference
     Center
http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/pov
     Professional Development
     Collection
http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/professional
     Psychology and Behavioral
     Sciences Collection
http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/psychology
     Religion and Philosophy
     Collection
http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/religion
     Science Reference Center http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-science
     Small Business Reference Center http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-smallbusiness
     Vocational and Career
     Collection
http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/vocational
   
African American Heritage http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/africanamericanheritage
American & English Literature http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/literature
Ancestry Library Edition http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ancestry
Chilton Library http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/chilton
Fold3 Library Edition http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/fold3
Heritage Quest http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/heritagequest
Kids InfoBits http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/kidsinfobits
Oxford Research Encyclopedias http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/oxfordre
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/sanborn
Transparent Languages http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/transparent
Very Short Introductions http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/veryshort
WorldBook http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook
WorldBook Early World of Learning http://www.ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook-early
WorldBook Kids http://www.ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook-kids
WorldBook Spanish http://www.ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook-spa

BASIC RESOURCES

Find an Ohio Public Library tool

http://www.oplin.org/fal
Ohio Web Library http://www.ohioweblibrary.org
What Tree Is It? http://www.oplin.org/tree
What's That Snake? http://www.oplin.org/snake
What's the Point? http://www.oplin.org/point

OTHER RESEARCH DATABASES

These databases are optional subscriptions. Check whether your library subscribes before putting these links on your own website

TO MOBILE VERSIONS (if available):

EBSCO http://www.oplin.org/go/EBSCOmobile

 

Questions? Problems? Something missing? Contact the OPLIN Support Center.

oplin Fri, 03/14/2008 - 10:12

Get database statistics

Get database statistics

New Statistics Portal (beta)

The new Statistics Portal uses automation to pull usage numbers from the various vendor sites, and presents the most useful numbers (generally “searches” and “items”) in a consistent interface. Over the coming months, we’ll be adding more databases to the new portal, and making improvements to the interface and navigation.

To see your library's numbers for last month, visit stats.oplin.org/common/report.
If the site does not automatically detect your library, please select your library from the drop-down list. Click the linked database name for more usage numbers. Individual databases are also linked below.

African-American Heritage
Also available from the vendor, with various options for statistics delivery. These stats take some time to completely compile, so ProQuest recommends waiting until the 5th of the month to get accurate usage statistics for the previous month.
 
American & English Literature Collection
 
Alldata (subscribers only)
 
Ancestry Library Edition
Also available from the vendor, with various options for statistics delivery. These stats take some time to completely compile, so ProQuest recommends waiting until the 5th of the month to get accurate usage statistics for the previous month.
 
ChiltonLibrary
Also part of the CSV detail file for all Gale resources.
 
EBSCO
Contains stats for each database under the EBSCOhost umbrella. Includes usage number for library-paid databases separately. Download CSV detail file for specific database titles. Additional reports are available from EBSCOadmin. Requires library password; contact OPLIN Support for assistance.
 
Fold3
Also part of the CSV detail file for all ProQuest resources.
 
HeritageQuest
Also available from the vendor, with various options for statistics delivery. These stats take some time to completely compile, so ProQuest recommends waiting until the 5th of the month to get accurate usage statistics for the previous month.
 
Kids Infobits
Also part of the CSV detail file for all Gale resources.
 
Lynda Library edition
Does not contain usage for the new LinkedIn Learning platform.
 
Oxford Reference Encyclopedias
Also part of the CSV detail file for all Oxford resources. Please note that Oxford stats are not available until after the 18th of the following month.
 
Sanborn Insurance Maps
More stats available from the link at the bottom of the resource website.
 
Very Short Introductions
Also part of the CSV detail file for all Oxford resources. Please note that Oxford stats are not available until after the 18th of the following month.
 
World Book
All World Book products reported together

The new automated collection method may be reporting slightly different numbers than you've seen in the past. If you have questions, please contact OPLIN Support.

Some other vendors provide direct access to statistics from their websites:

EBSCOadmin
Additional reports of EBSCOhost usage, including NoveList, Auto Repair Reference Center, and any other EBSCO databases for which the library has a subscription. Requires library password. EBSCOadmin is EBSCO's own tool for checking EBSCO database usage statistics, creating reports, and customizing certain interface options. Since it is maintained by EBSCO and not OPLIN, a separate ID and password are required. If you do not know your ID and password, please contact the OPLIN Support Center, support@oplin.ohio.gov for assistance. For further details on how the tool itself works, click on the "Help" link at the top of the screen after logging in.
 
Transparent Language
This is the same link users will use to access the learning portal. There are links inside the program that can bring admins to the Admin Portal. Once you login, you’ll see a link to the “Admin Portal” at the top of the page. If you don't know your admin login credentials, please contact OPLIN support.

Service objectives:

  • Incident Response: OPLIN staff will respond within one hour to malfunctions of database statistics during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding State of Ohio holidays; contact us through the OPLIN Support site.
  • Incident Resolution: OPLIN staff will either resolve the incident within 4 business hours or will open an incident ticket with the database vendor(s) and work collaboratively toward resolving the incident within the timeframe specified in the vendor's agreed service objective.

Custom statistics

If you have a special statistics request, please contact http://support.oplin.org, and we will do our best to get what you need.

oplin Thu, 03/20/2008 - 13:18

Marketing & training materials

Marketing & training materials

Please use the links to the left to find a variety of useful information about the databases. Resources are broken down by database.

 

 

 

oplin Thu, 03/20/2008 - 10:59

African American Heritage

African American Heritage

African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. It provides users a dedicated, user-friendly resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.

Go to African American Heritage now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/africanamericanheritage

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

  • Ongoing and Recorded Webinars. These approximately hour-long webinars are conducted by Proquest's training team. Trainings include African American Heritage as well as other Proquest products.

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

mandy Wed, 05/16/2018 - 16:39

American and English Full Text Literature Collections

American and English Full Text Literature Collections

The American & English Literature Collections contain many works of poetry, drama, and prose from the 16th through 20th centuries. It includes the complete text of more than 200,000 poems, 2,000 plays, 100 works of prose, 11 major editions of Shakespeare’s works, and 21 editions of the Bible.
 
Use this resource to

  • Access full-text of more than 200,000 essential works of English and American literature.
  • Look for a specific work by author or title.
  • Search for a word or phrase within one book, within one collection, or across all the literature.

Go to American and English Literature Collections now: http://www.ohioweblibrary.org/literature

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

 

 

oplin Thu, 03/20/2008 - 11:27

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. It's resources cover the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.

ProQuest Ancestry Library Edition includes:

  • U.S. collections – hundreds of millions of names from sources such as the federal census; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
  • Military collections – more than 150 million records from the colonial to the Vietnam era, including World War I and II draft cards, POW records, and casualty records.
  • Multimedia collections – millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.

Remember, Ancestry Library Edition can only be used inside the Library. Go there now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/ancestry

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

  • Ancestry Library Edition. These 3-minute YouTube videos created by ProQuest Training are a good place to start learning about Ancestry Library. Topics include searching, the catalog, understanding the image viewer and the interactive viewer.
  • Ancestry's 5 Minute Finds. These 5-minute YouTube videos from Ancestry.com show interesting ways to explore Ancestry's collections.
  • Ongoing and Recorded Webinars. These approximately hour-long webinars are conducted by Proquest's training team. Trainings include Ancestry Library Edition as well as other Proquest products.

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

mandy Thu, 01/26/2017 - 09:57

Biography Reference Bank

Biography Reference Bank

Biography Reference Bank contains articles about more than a half-million people, living and dead, from around the world. Contents include a robust collection of biographies from such notable sources as Biography Today and Biography Magazine.

Use Biography Reference Bank to:

  • Research and study notable individuals worldwide.
  • Access both concise and/or detailed biographies.
  • Search for biographies by gender, occupation, nationality, etc.

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

  • Promotion Kit. This file of graphics from EBSCO can assist you in marketing this resource.

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
mandy Wed, 05/10/2017 - 09:35

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier offers information from business publications as well as tens of thousands of company profiles.  It contains news and journal articles on marketing, management, accounting and more. Also included are company profiles, industry and marketing reports and company financial data.

Go to Business Source Premier now: http://www.ohioweblibrary.org/business

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
oplin Thu, 03/20/2008 - 11:40

Chilton Library

Chilton Library

Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks.

Go to Chilton Library now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/chilton

Use Chilton Library for:

  • Step-by-step instructions that provide a one-stop source for automobile repair answers.
  • Videos and animations that show how to complete repairs.
  • Close-up photos and images to enhance understanding of the text.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Troubleshooting and diagnostic information that help pinpoint searches.
  • Maintenance and specification tables that highlight key information.

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Marketing Materials

 

mandy Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:59

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It contains full text for more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias including the American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia, Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2012, Cornell Illustrated Encyclopedia of Health, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Oxford Handbook of Child Nutrition, and many more.

Go to Consumer Health Complete now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/health

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.

 

 
mandy Fri, 01/27/2017 - 09:03

Explora Public Libraries

Explora Public Libraries

Explora Public Libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books, grouped into easy-to-browse categories. Explora provides research collections on thousands of topics to help them find the information they need quickly and easily. You can search hundreds of professional journals, popular magazines, reference books, images, primary sources, and more by keyword or by topic.

Go to Explora Public Libraries now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-explora

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
  • All EBSCO webinars. Check this list of all available webinars from EBSCO to see training options
mandy Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:06

Fold3 Library Edition

Fold3 Library Edition

Fold3® Library Edition is the premier collection of historical military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3 Library Edition.

Go to Fold3 now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/fold3

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

  • Fold3 Library Edition. These 3-minute YouTube videos created by ProQuest Training are a good place to start learning about Fold3 Library Edition. Topics include searching, the catalog, understanding the image viewer and the interactive viewer.
  • Ongoing and Recorded Webinars. These approximately hour-long webinars are conducted by Proquest's training team. Trainings include Fold3 Library Edition as well as other Proquest products.

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

mandy Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:51

HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest® Online is an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. The collection can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past, while also providing a comprehensive treasury of genealogical sources rich in unique records, local and family histories, and finding-aids.

Go to HeritageQuest now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/heritagequest

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

mandy Fri, 05/18/2018 - 14:52

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Content Includes:

  • Full text for nearly 2,000 magazines and books
  • More than 720 videos
  • More than 180 hobby profiles
  • More than 10,000 recipes

Go to Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/hobbies
 

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

  • Getting Started Guide (PDF) This one-page guide created by OPLIN is designed to get your patrons started.
  • User Guide.The links on this page are designed to cover the basics of searching and browsing the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center interface.

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

  • Promotion Kit. This file of graphics from EBSCO can assist you in marketing this resource.

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
mandy Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:57

Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. All of the content is organized in a robust, easy-to-use interface so that users can quickly find the information they need.

Content Includes:

  • More than 130 full-text reference books, including major reference works from Creative Publishing International
  • More than 40 full-text magazines and trade publications
  • 35,000 images not available anywhere else online
  • Nearly 100 videos of popular home repair projects

Go to Home Improvement Reference Center now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/homeimprovement
 

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

  • Promotion Kit. This file of graphics from EBSCO can assist you in marketing this resource.

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
mandy Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:43

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use. and features age-appropriate, reliable, and perfect for today's young learners. Its curriculum-related content covers a broad range of educational topics via a modern, graphical interface. The design helps kids explore the product and gain comfort with database searching. Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research – and makes it fun!

Features of Kids InfoBits include:

  • Continuously updated content, appropriate for elementary school students.
  • Indexed, searchable content—including books, magazines and news.
  • Fun and important facts with connections to current and past events.
  • More than 1,700 kid-friendly charts and graphs and nearly 600 high-quality educational videos.
  • Filter by content level and streamline search results based on basic, intermediate or advanced learning levels.
  • Popular subject categories covering Animals, Arts, Geography, Health, Literature, People, Social Studies, Technology and more.

Go to Kids InfoBits now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/kidsinfobits

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

mandy Mon, 04/02/2018 - 15:53

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center provides you with abroad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across time and literary discipline.
 
Literary Reference Center contains:

  • Plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews.
  • Nearly 100,000 pieces of literary criticism.
  • Author biographies and interviews.
  • More than 693,000 book reviews.
  • Full-text poems and short stories.

Go to Literary Reference Center now: http://www.ohioweblibrary.org/literary

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

  • Getting Started Guide (PDF) This one-page guide created by OPLIN is designed to get your patrons started.
  • User Guide. For an in-depth understanding of Literary Reference Center, try this in-depth guide.
  • FAQ. This guide compiles frequently asked questioned about Literary Reference Center.

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
mandy Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:53

Lynda Library

Lynda Library

Lynda.com has more than 6,600 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. Learning paths are step-by-step structured courses, supported with quizzes, practice, and learning reminders to encourage you and support you as you make progress towards your goal. Examples of learning paths include how to become a web developer, manager, bookkeeper, project manager, small business owner, digital marketer, or digital illustrator.

Thousands of Courses Available

With a public library card, you can access free training in:

  • 3D
  • Animation
  • Audio
  • Business
  • Creative Inspirations
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Home Computing
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web & Interactive
  • And more!

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

mandy Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:36

Magazine and Journal Articles via EBSCOhost

Magazine and Journal Articles via EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost delivers articles from more than 6,000 magazines and newspapers, most in full text, ranging from children's magazines to professional research journals. Different interfaces designed for specific age groups and curricular areas make EBSCOhost easy to use for all researchers. Magazine and journal articles are contained in two databases: MasterFILE, which is primarily popular magazines, and Academic Search Premier, which is primarily academic or scholarly journals.

Go to all EBSCO resources now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/ebsco

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

  • Academic Search Poster This 8.5 X 11 inch poster created by EBSCO outlines what a patron might use Academic Search Premier for.

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
oplin Thu, 03/20/2008 - 11:19

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Oxford Classical Dictionary and  Encyclopedia of Social Work are two of those encyclopedias.

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Go to Oxford Research Encyclopedias now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/oxfordre

Marketing Materials

Oxford Research Encyclopedias Materials

Encyclopedia of Social Work Materials

Oxford Classical Dictionary Materials

Other Oxford Materials

 

mandy Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:27

Points of View

Points of View

Points of View Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database that provides a series of essays that present multiple sides of today’s most controversial scientific, social, economic, and political issues. Each of the more than 340 topics features the following four main essays:

  • Overview–an objective background description.
  • Point –the arguments supporting one side of the issue.
  • Counterpoint –the arguments supporting the opposing side.
  • Guide to Critical Analysis–questions and tips to help you analyze the issue in-depth.

In addition, Points of View Reference Center lets you easily search leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books for more information. POV is updated twice a day.

Go there now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/viewpoints

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Marketing Materials

mandy Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:26

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Maps
The Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanized areas in the United States. Our collection includes over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962. Each map includes detailed information regarding town and building information. Although these maps were originally published in color, our collection is digitized from microfilm and is in black and white.

 
You can use this collection to:

  • Locate the residences and workplaces of ancestors.
  • Understand the significance and historical evolution of buildings.
  • See what your town looked like in the past and how it has changed over time.

Go there now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/sanborn

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Helpful Links

Marketing Materials

oplin Thu, 03/20/2008 - 13:02

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center

EBSCO’s Science Reference Center provides easy access to full-text, science- oriented content appropriate for middle and high school students. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Go to Science Reference Center now: http://www.ohioweblibrary.org/scienceref

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
mandy Mon, 03/27/2017 - 16:17

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

Go to Small Business Reference Center now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ebsco-smallbusiness

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

  • User Guide.The links on this page are designed to cover the basics of searching and browsing the Small Business Reference interface.
  • EBSCO Tutorials. On this page, you can find a powerpoint and a video recording of a tutorial on Home Improvement Reference Center.
  • All EBSCO webinars. Check this list of all available webinars from EBSCO to see training options.

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

  • EBSCO help. This website is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your EBSCO questions
  • EBSCO training. This website links to all EBSCO training resources, include upcoming and recorded webinars as well as YouTube Trainings.
mandy Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:23

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online
mandy Mon, 04/02/2018 - 16:20

Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. In this digital resource, hundreds of titles can be searched at once, opening up new pathways across subjects. Students can use Very Short Introductions to con sider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject.  Teachers and other educators can assign chapters, or whole books to students. Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.

Go to Very Short Introductions now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/veryshort

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

  • Short Introduction (PPTX) This presentation moves through screenshots of Very Short Introductions and describes it's component parts
  • Quiz (DOC) Use this quiz to learn how to use the resource.
  • Tour This presentation, available as a PPT and PDF, walk the viewer step by step through the resource.
  • Recorded Demo This recorded tour of Very Short Introductions requires a login.
  • Top 10 Things You Should Know From Very Short Introductions. This YouTube series from Oxford University Press highlights 10 takeaways from Very Short Introductions.

Marketing Materials

Other Resources

mandy Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:11

World Book Early World of Learning

World Book Early World of Learning

World Book Early World of Learning, part of the resources available through World Book, is an online resource for preschoolers and early elementary grade students.
 
World Book Early World of Learning includes three interactive learning environments:

  • Trek’s Travels – narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
  • Welcome to Reading –  practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know It – a visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them

Go there now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook-early

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Helpful Links

  • Online Help. A website from World Book designed to help and train libraries and educators on World Book Early World of Learning.

Marketing Materials

mandy Wed, 02/01/2017 - 15:30

World Book Kids

World Book Kids

World Book Kids is a general reference website developed especially for kids. The site offers simple search and browse navigation, easy to read articles with embedded multimedia, thousands of illustrations, and a wealth of engaging activities.
 
Use World Book Kids for

  • Just about any subject – Find thousands of easy-­‐to-­‐read articles, images and illustrations,  as well as interactive  games and  activities.
  • Games – Keeps kids engaged in research. Search by subject or game type. These educational games cover a variety of topics.
  • Hands-­‐on Activities – Keeps kids actively working using their hands and logic skills.
  • Definitions – Double click on any word in an article and the World Book Dictionary will define it.
  • State and Country information – The Atlas provides up-­to-­date, full-‐color maps of the world, continents, countries, states, provinces, and many     cities.

Go there now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook-kids

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

mandy Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:06

World Book Student

World Book Student

World Book Student includes the World Book Encyclopedia, the World Book    Dictionary, and the World Book Atlas. It contains an extensive multimedia collection, including editor-­selected websites, correlations to state standards, and much more.

Use World Book Student for

  • Just about any subject – More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles; thousands of websites, images, and illustrations; interactive games and activities; and more.
  • State and Country information – The Atlas provides up to date, full color maps of the world, continents, countries, states, provinces, and many cities.

Go there now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook-student

Quick Start Guides & Tips Sheets

Helpful Links

  • Online Help. A website from World Book designed to help and train libraries and educators on World Book Student

Marketing Materials

mandy Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:57

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines allows you to discover and map important events with accurate information powered by World Book’s wealth of knowledgeable resources. There are over 400 interactive timelines to learn from.

Use World Book Timelines to:
• Browse existing timelines in subjects such as art, literature, notable people, parts of the world, science and technology, sports, and world history to visualize the cause and effect relationship between events.
• Organize information visually for genealogy, local history, or school projects.
• Work individually or in small groups to save existing timelines, edit and customize existing timelines or create your own timelines on any subject.

Go there now: http://ohioweblibrary.org/db/worldbook-timelines

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

Marketing Materials

Other Helpful Links

mandy Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:35

Ohio Web Library Specialist

Ohio Web Library Specialist

Are you interested in sharing your research expertise with the library community? Or an opportunity  to boost your professional development by doing some training? Become an Ohio Web Library Specialist! OPLIN's Ohio Web Library Specialists help libraries by providing professional in-person training in effective use of Ohio Web Library resources.

What is an Ohio Web Library Specialist?

Ohio Web Library Specialists train library staff and patrons to use Ohio Web Library resources effectively. Ohio Web Library Specialists serve as an expert in their region on these tools.

The Ohio Web Library Specialist will endeavor to work with local libraries to provide the type of trainings that staff need. This training can include stand-alone sessions, webinars, part of a staff in-service day or regularly scheduled staff meeting.  These training sessions will deepen understanding of Ohio Web Library resources in a practical, hands-on way.

How can I become an Ohio Web Library Specialist?

OPLIN is currently training the inaugural class of Ohio Web Library Specialists. Our next round of applications will be in Spring 2019.

What’s expected of an Ohio Web Library Specialist?

Each Ohio Web Library Specialist is expected to attend a one hour training and idea sharing on the subject(s) of his/her selected database. In addition, Ohio Web Library Specialists are expected to provide one training to library staff annually. This can be a stand-alone session, a webinar, or part of a staff in-service day. Ohio Web Library Specialists should report training dates and numbers of participants to OPLIN. In addition, the specialist must provide their own copies of handouts.
Trainers are solely responsible to determine the day, time and provision of a facility for their trainings.  OPLIN will reimburse mileage for trainers, but  will not pay for a trainer stipend, computer lab, or other expense or liability, which may be incurred through offering this instruction.

How does becoming an Ohio Web Library Specialist benefit me and my library?

Benefits to the Ohio Web Library Specialist:

  • Certified as an authorized Ohio Web Library Specialist, a role that can be used to demonstrate professional learning growth.
  • Learn about Ohio Web Library tools and resources updates first.
  • Be connected to the online learning community of trainers to share ideas and training resources.

Benefits to the Library:

  • Local trainer for professional development training on the Ohio Web Library.
  • Ease of scheduling with a local trainer for professional development.
  • Knowledge growth through sharing in the online learning community for Ohio Web Library Specialists.

Who can apply?

Anyone currently employed at an Ohio public library can apply to be an Ohio Web Library Specialist. Here are some of the qualities we’re looking for:

  • Ability to encourage the use of Ohio Web Library resources by staff and patrons in a thoughtful manner.
  • Willingness to learn and try new technologies.
  • Interest in helping other library staff members learn new technologies.
  • Experience or interest in presenting classroom-style training.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Permission of direct supervisor.

What kind of training do Ohio Web Library Specialists receive?

Selected applicants will participate in an online webinar. The webinar will cover best practices and resources for training. Ohio Web Library Specialists will be re-certified each year through a training webinar.

mandy Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:14

Find an Ohio Web Library Specialist Near You

Find an Ohio Web Library Specialist Near You
Central
Name Library Email address Specialty
Cindy Linday Bexley Public Library clindsay AT bexleylibrary.org Ancestry Library Edition and other Genealogy Resources
Susan Shipe-Giles Bexley Public Library sshipe-giles AT bexleylibrary.org Business Source Premier,  EBSCOhost, Hobbies & Crafts, Small Business Reference Center, Very Short Introductions, and Oxford Research Encyclopedia
Megan Sheeran Upper Arlington Public Library msheeran AT ualibrary.org Business Source Premier & Small Business Reference Center, Transparent Language Online, Very Short Introductions
Jeff Garringer  Pickaway County District Public Library Jgarringer AT pickawaylib.org Genealogy Resources, EBSCOhost
Elizabeth Tait  Westerville Public Library etait AT westervillelibrary.org Genealogy Resources
Northwest
Name Library Email address Specialty
Megyn Graham   mgraham3 AT kent.edu EBSCOhost 
Sherry Seiler Bucyrus Public Library sseiler AT bucyruslibrary.org  Genealogy Resources, Transparent Language Online
Christine Mills Huron County Community Library cmills AT huroncolib.org Genealogy Resources, Chilton Library, EBSCOhost
Janet Hutchinson Lima Public Library hutchinsonj AT limalibrary.com Genealogy Resources, EBSCOhost, Kids InfoBits
Rachel Myers Tiffin-Seneca Public Library myersra AT tiffinsenecalibrary.org Consumer Health Complete
Holly Higgins Upper Sandusky Community Library Hhiggins AT seolibraries.org Genealogy Resources
Northeast
Name Library Email address Specialty
Sarah Schmitkons Amherst Public Library sschmitkons AT amherstpubliclibrary.org Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
Jessica Dovel Amherst Public Library jdovel AT amherstpubliclibrary.org Lynda.com
Marisha Sullivan Stark County Library  msullivan AT starklibrary.org Transparent Language Online, EBSCOhost and Lynda.com
Laura Ploenzke Avon Lake Public Library lploenzke AT
avonlake.lib.oh.us
Genealogy Resources
Nadge Herceg Avon Lake Public Library nherceg AT
avonlake.lib.oh.us
Transparent Language Online
Jen Gardner Dover Public Library jenjogardner AT me.com Genealogy Resources
Christina Thurairatnam Holmes County District Public Library cthurairatnam AT holmeslib.org Genealogy Resources, Transparent Language Online
Jodie  DeLamatre Hudson Library & Historical Society jodie.delamatre AT
hudson.lib.oh.us
Business Source Premier,  EBSCOhost
Cheri Campbell Lorain Public Library System ccampbell AT
lpls.info
EBSCOhost, Genealogy Resources, Consumer Health
Sara Churchill Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County schurchill AT libraryvisit.org Biography Reference Bank, Chilton Library, Consumer Health Complete, World Book Online, Explora, Hobbies & Crafts Center, Kids InfoBits, Literary Reference Center, Lynda.com, Oxford Research Encyclopedias, Points of View Reference Center, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Science Reference Center, Transparent Languages Online, Very Short Introductions.
Nate Moran North Canton Public Library nmoran AT northcantonlibrary.org
Chilton Library
Shelia Mawdsley North Canton Public Library smawdsley AT northcantonlibrary.org Transparent Language Online
Mary Anne DiAlesandro Mansfield/Richland County Public Library mdialesandro AT mrcpl.org Consumer Health Complete, EBSCOhost, Very Short Introductions, Points of View Reference Center and Science Reference Center
Rachel Myers Mansfield/Richland County Public Library rmyers AT mrcpl.org Kids InfoBits, EBSCOhost
Annelise Hoftmaurer Shaker Heights Public Library annelise.hoftmaurer AT shakerlibrary.org Consumer Health Complete, Transparent Language Online, Very Short Introductions
Jennifer Coventry Wadsworth Public Library jennifer.coventry AT wadsworthlibrary.com Consumer Health Complete, EBSCOhost, Literary Reference Center, Very Short Introductions
Darci Stitt Warren-Trumbull County Public Library stittd AT wtcpl.org Chilton Library, Consumer Health Complete
Leah Schmidt Warren-Trumbull Public Library schmidtl AT wtcpl.org Transparent Language Online, Very Short Introductions
Southwest
Name Library Email address Specialty
Kim Bishop Dayton Metro Library kbishop AT daytonmetorlibrary.org Chilton Library, EBSCOhost,Biography Resource Center, Consumer Health Complete, Hobbies & Crafts, Home Improvement, Lynda.com, Points of View, Science Ref Center.
Gillian Izor Germantown Public Library gillian AT gtownlibrary.net Genealogy Resources, Consumer Health Complete, EBSCOhost
Steve Heglin Lebanon Public Library steveheglin AT lebanonlibrary.org Genealogy Resources, Transparent Language Online, Lynda.com
Dylan Posa Lebanon Public Library dylanposa AT lebanonlibrary.org EBSCOhost
John Piatt Piqua Public Library jpiatt AT piquapubliclibrary.org Genealogy Resources, EBSCOhost
Morgan Paul St. Marys Community Public Library mpaul AT seolibraries.org Genealogy Resources, EBSCOhost
Pam Ade Wilmington Public Library pam AT wilmington.lib.oh.us Chilton Library
Southeast
Elizabeth James Belmont County District Library ejames AT bcdlibrary.org Genealogy Resources, EBSCOhost, Transparent Language Online and Lynda.com
Karen Carter Portsmouth Public Library kcarter AT yourppl.org Business Source Premier & Small Business Reference Center, Chilton Library, Consumer Health Complete, EBSCOhost, Literary Reference Center, Transparent Language Online
Misty Wyscarver SEO Library Center mwyscarver AT library.ohio.gov EBSCOhost, Genealogy Resources, Chilton Library, Transparent Language Online, Lynda.com, Kids InfoBits, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, and Home Improvement Reference Center
mandy Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:03

Get MARC records for your catalog

Get MARC records for your catalog

Some of the Ohio Web Library vendors provide MARC records that can be loaded into a library's catalog, so their online resources will appear in catalog search results. These MARC records will contain a link to the resource in the 856 field of the record (subfield u); however, for people outside the library, these links will not allow access to the resource, because they do not pass through the user authentication associated with our statewide subscriptions.

To fix this, the URLs in the 856 fields must be modified in two ways:

  1. Add this to the beginning of each link:
    http://oplin.org/auth?url=
  2. Replace every "&" in every link with "%26" (percent-encoded ampersand)

For example, a link to Consumer Reports in the MARC record downloaded from EBSCO might have "http://search.ebscohost.com/direct.asp?db=f5h&jid=%22CRP%22&scope=site" in the 856u tag, and that would need to be changed to "http://oplin.org/auth?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/direct.asp?db=f5h%26jid=%22CRP%22%26scope=site".

One easy way to make these modifications is to use Terry Reese's MarcEdit tool that can be downloaded free from http://marcedit.reeset.net/downloads. Open the MarcEditor, open the file of MARC records downloaded from the vendor, and from the "Tools" menu choose "Edit Subfield Data." In field 856, subfield u, look for field data http:// and replace it with http://oplin.org/auth?url=http://. Repeat this process, looking for & and replacing it with %26. Save the edited file and it should be ready for importing into your catalog.

The vendors below currently provide MARC records for Ohio Web Library databases:

EBSCO
A large selection of MARC record files can be downloaded from the EBSCO Administrator interface, http://eadmin.ebscohost.com/eadmin/login.aspx. (If you don't know your login credentials, contact http://support.oplin.org.) Navigate to "Database Title Lists" and click on the "MARC 21" tab.
World Book
World Book provides some very general MARC records at http://www.worldbookonline.com/training/marc/.
Lynda.com
Guide to downloading Lynda.com MARC records

 
oplin Wed, 03/05/2008 - 13:05

Learn more about databases

Learn more about databases

                    Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO), a partnership of OPLIN, OhioLINK, and INFOhio, built off the previous success of prior 5-year contracts to select the products in the current five-year statewide resource package which will start July 1, 2018. The five-year contract ensures optimal pricing from vendors. The selection process began in July of 2017. In that month, heads of the partner organizations met to set a project budget. A steering committee of three staff members from each partner organization was formed in order to guide the process. In the following month, that steering committee recruited and appointed five members from their respective communities to a database selection committee, joined by one person appointed by the State Library.  
                    In order to get a wide range of bids, the steering committee set broad parameters for proposals:
                                          “High-quality full-text databases or resources that cover general purpose information needs including general reference materials, business, consumer health information, news, and current affairs interest; High-quality full-texts databases or resources that cover academic curricula in upper level high school and undergraduate higher education, covering subjects such as literature, the social sciences, the sciences, health sciences, and other general education requirements; High-quality full-text databases or resources that support workforce development, career choice, and lifelong learning and certifications, including languages, test prep, etc.; High-quality full-text technical databases, materials, or collections of manuals that are of interest to a wide audience, both DIY and the trades and professions; Products related to developing early literacy skills and the reading proficiency of K-3rd graders; Full-text primary source collections of interest to a wide audience; Associated products and software of general applicability to the constituents that help deliver relevant library content, such as link resolvers, discovery layers, tutoring platforms, etc.”
                    In addition, the steering committee worked to set mandatory service elements in the RFP as well as primary and secondary service elements.   The RFP was posted by the Ohio State University, acting as fiscal agent for LCO, on September 12, 2017. Responses were due by October 11, 2017. Vendors were required to use a response form designed to align with the specifications outlined in the RFP.
                    Twenty-one (21) information vendors submitted proposals for over 60 products and product packages by the October 11 deadline.  These proposals covered a very broad range of subject areas and formats. Communicating by a closed email list, the selection committee then reviewed the submitted proposals.  The selection committee broken in to subcommittees by library type to review proposal documents and test product performance through temporary access provided by the vendors.  The goal of each subcommittee was to prioritize and review proposals using a standardized form based on the criteria outlined in the RFP. This standardized form assigned a numeric value to the review to assist in prioritization.
                    The selection committee then met in person on November 13, 2017 to discuss all the proposals and select vendors and products for further negotiation.  The day began by each subcommittee reporting out the scoring given to products and product packages. Using this scoring system allowed the committee to focus on those products which were ranked the highest. Using this system eliminated approximately half the products and product packages. The committee then dissected the product packages and discussed the priority of the component parts. By the end of the day, a prioritized list of products was decided, even though the cost of the products in the list exceeded the available funds.  OhioLINK then immediately began the process of negotiating lower prices where possible, and weeding out some lower-priority products, in order to meet the budget constraints.
                    The selection committee next met for an online update on February 5, 2018. In this session, OhioLINK updated the selection committee on the progress of the negotiations. Not all pricing goals were met. Thus, the selection committee faced some difficult decisions for which products to include in the final proposal. Each subcommittee articulated the needs of their community. Based on this information, OhioLINK continued to negotiate with vendors to get the best price possible. Another update call was held on February 21, 2018. At this meeting, a vote was held to approve the suite of resources. The suite was unanimously approved by the selection committee.
                    The final results of this selection process, and the negotiations were presented on March 15, 2018 to the State Library Board for approval of the LSTA funding component of the budget. The State Library Board voted unanimously in favor of the proposal.

oplin Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:01

Content Advisory Committee

Content Advisory Committee

The 2019 meeting of the Content Advisory Committee was held on March 28, 2018.  A 2019 meeting has not yet been scheduled. Meetings will be held at the OPLIN office, 2323 W. Fifth Ave., Suite 130, Columbus.

Charter

In keeping with the purpose and goal of the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) as defined in Ohio Revised Code 3375.64, OPLIN acquires access to electronic information resources, and develops electronic resources, for the use of all residents of Ohio. To assist in the selection of these information resources, the Board hereby charters a Content Advisory Committee.

I. Purposes

The committee is created for the purpose of working with the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Public Library Information Network to offer recommendations and provide information relevant to the electronic information resources purchased by OPLIN and shall limit its activities to advising on those matters only. It is the role and sole prerogative of the Board to enact policy regarding electronic information resources. The specific purposes of the Committee may include the following responsibilities:

  • Review current information resource needs;
  • Prioritize content for retention, weeding or replacement;
  • Prioritize content for possible addition;
  • Recommend configuration of content for delivery via the World Wide Web;
  • Recommend changes to OPLIN and/or vendor support of information resources, including statistics.

II. Membership

The advisory committee shall consist of ten (10) members and may not include any OPLIN Board members. Members serve voluntarily at the invitation of the OPLIN Director and will constitute a cross-section of the Ohio public library community including reference and public service managers in public libraries. Members shall be recruited from library systems that invest in content beyond what OPLIN provides. Membership will be reaffirmed at the annual spring planning meeting of the OPLIN Board.

III. Relationship to Libraries Connect Ohio

This committee nominates five (5) of its members to be part of any Libraries Connect Ohio advisory committee, which would also include five members from OhioLINK and five members from INFOhio. Such a committee will meet as needed to define the core Ohio Web Library collection.

The OPLIN Board recognizes that purchasing information resources statewide through the Libraries Connect Ohio partnership (http://librariesconnectohio.org) is the most economical way to provide a core collection of information resources and library services that will help all Ohioans. The Board also recognizes, however, that the information needs of public libraries sometimes differ from the needs of libraries supporting the curriculum of a school or college. This committee will therefore define any additional information needs of public libraries, despite the fact that funding for resources in addition to the resources purchased for the Ohio Web Library may not exist at the time. Committee recommendations regarding the content of the Ohio Web Library collection will be used to inform the work of committee members serving on any Libraries Connect Ohio advisory committee.

IV. Procedural Rules

Meetings: The committee will meet at least one time a year. Because this committee may make recommendations to the OPLIN Board regarding purchases, it may be considered a "public body" under Ohio's Open Records and Open Meetings laws; committee meetings will therefore be open to the public. While members may attend by telephone or Internet connection, they must be present to participate in any vote or be counted toward a quorum. Notices of meetings will be posted at http://oplin.org in accordance with Ohio's Open Records and Open Meetings laws.

Minutes: Minutes of each meeting shall be created by OPLIN staff attending the meeting. After review by the committee, they will be posted at http://oplin.org.

Recommendations and Reports: Committee recommendations and reports will be submitted to the OPLIN Board through the OPLIN Director prior to the Board's annual planning meeting. Recommendations will include both suggested action and justification for suggestions.

V. Review

This charter shall be reviewed at the annual planning meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Public Library Information Network.

Adopted by the OPLIN Board October 11, 2013.

hedgesst Wed, 10/30/2013 - 11:55

Meeting minutes

Meeting minutes

See the navigation panel to the left for links to annual meeting minutes.

hedgesst Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:34

2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING of the CONTENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
of the OHIO PUBLIC LIBRARY INFORMATION NETWORK (OPLIN)

Minutes — February 26, 2015

1. WELCOME and CALL TO ORDER

The 2015 annual meeting of the Content Advisory Committee of the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) was called to order at 10:05 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 by OPLIN Director Stephen Hedges at the OPLIN office in Columbus, Ohio.

Present were committee members: Don Boozer, Tamar Kreke, Kirstin Krumsee, Francie Labriola, Chris May, Joe O'Rourke, Jeff Regensburger, and Randall Fulks; David Topoleski and Charley Voelker were unable to attend.

2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

The agenda was approved as presented without a vote.

3. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The minutes were approved as read without a vote.

4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There was no public participation.

5. OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to come before the committee.

6. NEW BUSINESS

6.1. Discuss Ohio Web Library collection

There was general discussion of recent interface changes by vendors. Stephen Hedges noted that they make more use of graphic elements. He also reported that database usage continues to decline by about 20% a year.

This initiated a discussion of database marketing. The committee felt it was important that libraries be able to brand the databases as their own, and might then be more likely to "sell" them. Most of the committee members put their databases under a "Research" tab on their websites. More use of social media was suggested, perhaps to promote the most useful research resources, as well as possibly developing a network of local experts who could support and promote database use.

Additional resources the committee recommended included Lynda.com, auto repair information, and foreign language instruction.

6.2. Discuss Ohio Web Library search interface

The committee reviewed some proposed changes to the ohioweblibrary.org search page. There was discussion of the single search box as opposed to "app" buttons for individual databases. There was also discussion of graphic additions to the page to make it more visually appealing. The committee favored grouping of databases within subject categories.

7. ADJOURNMENT

Stephen Hedges asked if there was any more business to come before the committee. None appearing, he thanked the committee members and adjourned the meeting at 11:40 a.m.

hedgesst Fri, 04/03/2015 - 14:03

2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING of the CONTENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
of the OHIO PUBLIC LIBRARY INFORMATION NETWORK (OPLIN)

Minutes — February 17, 2016

1. WELCOME and CALL TO ORDER

The 2016 annual meeting of the Content Advisory Committee of the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) was called to order at 10:05 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by OPLIN Director Stephen Hedges at the OPLIN office in Columbus, Ohio.

Present were committee members: Randall Fulks, Tamar Kreke, Kirstin Krumsee, Francie Labriola, Joe O'Rourke, Jeff Regensburger, David Topoleski, Anne Wachs, and Holly Varley; Don Boozer was unable to attend.

2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

The agenda was approved as presented without a vote.

3. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of February 26, 2015 meeting

The minutes were approved as read without a vote.

4. OLD BUSINESS

4.1. Discuss Ohio Web Library interface changes

Stephen Hedges briefly presented the changes to the Ohio Web Library search interface that had been implemented after the last committee meeting. He also presented the graphics OPLIN created for promoting the databases.

5. NEW BUSINESS

5.1. Discuss changes to Ohio Web Library collection

Stephen Hedges explained the financial reasons for the cancellation of the contract for the LearningExpress Library resources. INFOhio suffered an unexpected budget cut in the current biennium budget, and none of the other Libraries Connect Ohio partners could cover the shortfall.

5.2. Discuss usage statistics

Stephen Hedges provided Ohio Web Library usage statistics, both from the schools and colleges and from the public library community. The public library usage no longer seems to be declining, but still lags behind school and college usage with the exception of Ancestry Library Edition.

5.3. Discuss selection methodology

Stephen Hedges presented a table of funding information for the Ohio Web Library, showing resource cost and cost allocation among the partners both before and after the INFOhio budget cut. He explained that the Libraries Connect Ohio partners have concerns about the disconnect between the cost allocations and the collection usage, and are seeking ideas for correcting the imbalance. In two years, Libraries Connect Ohio should be evaluating bids for the next group of five-year contracts for online resources. Can we tweak that process to improve the situation?

There was discussion of the current selection process, and Anne Wachs noted that more information about this process needs to be communicated to the library community, since many do not understand why certain databases are selected while others are not. Ensuing discussion raised many questions. Can the EBSCO package be broken into pieces, with some available only to certain library communities? Can the RFP be structured to request pricing on some resources for public library access only? Would better marketing of the collection improve usage?

It was noted that marketing includes offering the resources people want. Committee members' libraries tend to buy resources for lifelong learning, financial planning, and repair instructions to meet demand not filled by the Ohio Web Library.

It was suggested that OPLIN should conduct a survey, to be sent to library directors, asking the following questions:

  • What online resources are you currently buying? What is your budget for such purchases?
  • What requests for information are you unable to satisfy?
  • What online resources (up to 10) do you consider indispensable?
  • What online resources do you have now, including the Ohio Web Library, that you feel are not useful?

7. ADJOURNMENT

On motion of David Topoleski and second of Kirstin Krumsee the Board adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

hedgesst Fri, 03/04/2016 - 16:14

2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting
ANNUAL MEETING of the CONTENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
of the OHIO PUBLIC LIBRARY INFORMATION NETWORK (OPLIN) Minutes
February 23, 2017

1.WELCOME and CALL TO ORDER
The 2017 annual meeting of the Content Advisory Committee of the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday February 23, 2017 by Mandy Knapp, OPLIN Digital Resources Manager at the OPLIN office in Columbus, Ohio.
Present were committee members: Randall Fulks, Tamar Kreke, Kirstin Krumsee, Francie Labriola, Joe O'Rourke, Jeff Regensburger, David Topoleski, Anne Wachs, and Holly Varley; Don Boozer was unable to attend. OPLIN Director Stephen Hedges was also in attendance.

2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
The agenda was approved as presented without a vote.

3. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of February 17, 2016 meeting
The minutes were approved as read without a vote

4. OLD BUSINESS
No old business at this time.

5. NEW BUSINESS.
5.1 Discuss usage statistics
            A. Tableau demo and discussion
Mandy Knapp shared current statistics for OPLIN databases from the public library community.  Ancestry Library Edition continues to be the most widely-used resource by public libraries.
            B. Best practices for reporting stats
Mandy Knapp discussed the challenges reporting vendor statistics, including lack of consistency. David Topoleski suggested that the ITN (RFP) include information from the vendor about the level of statistical reporting available. Holly Varley suggested that the ITN committee ask specifically for samples of reports from vendors. Jeff Regensburger noted that sessions appear to be the best statistic to report on at this time.
            C. Directions and suggestions based on usage statistics
5.2. Seeking Volunteers for the ITN (AKA RFP) Committee
Tamar Kreke, Francie Labriola, David Topoleski, Anne Wachs, and Holly Varley will represent OPLIN on the ITN Committee.
The committee discussed the need to gather feedback from the library community for direction on databases. Suggestions included surveys and focus groups.
A. Vendor webinar during ITN process.
After discussion, the committee decided to decline a vendor’s offer of a vendor webinar during the ITN process.
5.3 Discuss trainings to be offered
            A. Vendor-Offered trainings
Tarmar Kreke noted that librarian-lead trainings are often more helpful than the vendor-sponsored trainings.
            B. Modelling the iCoaches program
Mandy Knapp discussed the ways of modelling the iCoaches program: regionally, by consortium or by expertise. Anne Wachs noted that there are many existing experts out in the library field; they just need to be organized and recognized. Jeff Regensburger notes that it would be worthwhile to reach out to OLC to add information Ohio Web Library Information to the Ohio Reference Excellence Module.
5.4 Evaluation of trainings
Mandy Knapp asked about the evaluation of these trainings and the possibility of using the same questions as other state projects with some modifications. Anne Wachs noted that it was important to evaluate right away.
5.5. Marketing
Mandy Knapp mentioned that the state of Iowa has had some success marketing their databases through yard signs. David Topoleski noted that digital signage that libraries were able to add branding to would also be helpful and also a paragraph suitable for library newsletters would also work well. Mandy Knapp asked about the usefulness of bookmarks; several committee members noted that they are useful as handouts.

6. ADJOURNMENT
Mandy Knapp asked if there was any more business to come before the committee. None appearing, she thanked the committee members and adjourned the meeting at 12:15 p.m.

mandy Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:44

2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Minutes
ANNUAL MEETING of the CONTENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the OHIO PUBLIC LIBRARY INFORMATION NETWORK (OPLIN) Minutes

March 28, 2018
1.WELCOME and CALL TO ORDER
The 2018 annual meeting of the Content Advisory Committee of the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) was called to order at 11:04 a.m. on Wednesday March 28 by Mandy Knapp, OPLIN Digital Resources Manager at the OPLIN office in Columbus, Ohio.
Present were committee members: Randall Fulks, Tamar Kreke, Kirstin Krumsee, Francie Labriola, Joe O'Rourke, Jeff Regensburger, Anne Wachs, and Holly Varley; Don Boozer and David Topoleski were unable to attend.
2. OLD BUSINESS
No old business at this time.
3. NEW BUSINESS.
3.1       Update on LCO databases Mandy Knapp updated the committee on the outcomes of the Libraries Connect Ohio Database selection committee.
*3.2     Discuss Responses to Genealogy RFP. After a lengthy and robust discussion of the needs of public libraries and the bids proposed, the committee prioritize the databases and made recommendations for how to OPLIN staff should proceed.
*3.3     Discuss Responses to Careers and Workforce RFP After a lengthy and robust discussion of the needs of public libraries and the bids proposed, the committee prioritize the databases and made recommendations for how to OPLIN staff should proceed.
3.4       Ohio Web Library site—ideas for improvement. The committee discussed the current Ohio Web Library. Tamar Kreke noted that there had been a substantial redesign 2 years ago. Committee members had new ideas for subject headings and offered to assist with descriptions of databases.
3.5       Marketing materials. The committee members discussed what tangible materials would be good for marketing new resources. Several committee members mentioned the importance of allowing libraries to brand their own items.
3.6       Committee vacancy. Don Boozer is no longer able to participate on the committee. Mandy Knapp asked the committee for ideas for new committee members. Several worthy names were mentioned.
4.ADJOURNMENT
Mandy Knapp asked if there was any more business to come before the committee. None appearing, she thanked the committee members and adjourned the meeting at 2:20 p.m.

mandy Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:18

OPLIN Database Authentication

OPLIN Database Authentication

Please see the attached chart for a full explanation of how database authentication at OPLIN works.

Service objectives:

  • Incident Response: OPLIN staff will respond within one hour to malfunctions of database authentication during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding State of Ohio holidays; contact us through the OPLIN Support site.
  • Incident Resolution: OPLIN staff will either resolve the incident within 4 business hours or will open an incident ticket with the database vendor(s) and work collaboratively toward resolving the incident within the timeframe specified in the vendor's agreed service objective.
What do I need to give OPLIN in order for you to authenticate one of the extra databases my library purchases?

First, the vendor has to be able to do authentication based on IP address only. This usually isn't a big issue; we've only run into one small vendor out of the hundreds that libraries subscribe to that couldn't handle it in some way.

Second, we need a generic link to the resource, that is, it doesn't have any information in the URL that is specific to any one library. We keep a database of generic links here at the office, since the same link will work for any library.

Lastly, you just need to give the vendor your OPLIN proxy IP address. All the authentication in the world won't save us if the proxy IP address doesn't have access. OPLIN proxy IPs always start with 66.213.41 and have a 4th octet of whatever their FSCS is. For example, Ada (OH0001) is 66.213.41.1. We will try to set up authentication for anything that you request.

Why must I have a static IP address for my branch libraries to authenticate access to the Ohio Web Library databases?

Technically, you don't, unless the database vendor does not allow access from outside a library building, because patrons at the branch can just authenticate to the Ohio Web Library databases as if they were at-home ("remote") users. If you want your patrons to have seamless, in-library access, however, and to have their usage of the databases automatically added to your library statistics, we have to give the vendor an unchanging, static IP address they can associate with your library.

If you have further questions, please contact OPLIN Support.

 

oplin Wed, 03/05/2008 - 13:17

Libraries Connect Ohio

Libraries Connect Ohio

Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) is a partnership of Ohio libraries and library organizations that work together to build and provide the Ohio Web Library core collection of information resources. The principal partners are:

  • INFOhio, the statewide cooperative school library and information network, supporting and enriching teaching and learning by providing equitable access to quality resources for Ohio's PreK-12 community of students, educators, and parents.
  • The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), a consortium of 120 Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty, and researchers with the information they need for teaching and research.
  • The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), providing internet connections to Ohio public libraries and contributing to the Ohio Web Library.
  • The State Library of Ohio, a state agency serving state government and all types of libraries.

 


  1. What is Libraries Connect Ohio?
  2. Who are the Libraries Connect Ohio partners?
  3. How does Libraries Connect Ohio benefit the state?
  4. Why license and provide these resources statewide?
  5. What resources does LCO currently provide?
  6. Why does LCO provide these resources when the internet is free?
  7. How are LCO activities funded?
  8. Will LCO's funding be sustained?
  9. Who can I contact for more information?

What is Libraries Connect Ohio?

Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) is a partnership of Ohio libraries and library organizations that work together to provide a core collection of information resources and library services that will help all Ohioans compete in the global knowledge economy. This collection of resources, called the Ohio Web Library, supports quality education, a skilled workforce, business growth, and lifelong learning in Ohio. By providing resources statewide, LCO can cost-effectively provide necessary information resources to all Ohioans, regardless of their location, age, education, or economic status.

Who are the Libraries Connect Ohio partners?
Libraries Connect Ohio is a collaborative effort of Ohio libraries and the following organizations:

How does Libraries Connect Ohio benefit the state?
The Ohio Web Library provides all Ohioans with access to the authoritative, educational resources that are necessary for life in the information-intensive 21st century, and ensure that:

  • Every school, public, and academic library throughout the state—regardless of size, location, or fiscal resources—has equal access to available online materials.
  • Ohio students have a consistent set of online resources to use, at home or at school, as they move through primary, secondary, and higher education.
  • Educators across the state have access to a broad range of online materials to support curricula and to meet core competencies and proficiencies.
  • Ohio business owners, entrepreneurs, government officials, state employees, and workers have instantaneous access to the vital information necessary to do their jobs, make decisions, develop the workforce, and promote economic growth.
  • All Ohioans are provided tools for lifelong learning, and for improving the quality of their personal lives through more informed decisions.

Why license and provide these resources statewide?
As a democracy, it is critical that access to necessary information resources be provided to all citizens. Historically, in print and even now via the internet, the highest quality information is sold commercially. Libraries have traditionally provided the means of providing information access to the masses. By working together and purchasing authoritative, commercially-provided reference and research resources at the statewide level, Libraries Connect Ohio is able to provide all Ohioans with access to the resources necessary for life in the information-intensive 21st century. Comprehensive individual purchases by libraries across the state are not affordable, and thus statewide access is not assured. If every school, college, university, and public library were to purchase these resources individually, either in print or electronic forms, the cost would be in the multi-millions of dollars. With ever-tightening local budgets, few libraries can afford these resources on their own, let alone the space to store them. Electronic access also allows for more convenient, faster, and cheaper information sharing.

What resources does LCO currently provide?
Via the Ohio Web Library, Libraries Connect Ohio provides instant access to thousands of online publications and research resources. The current Ohio Web Library includes: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more. For more information about the Ohio Web Library, read the FAQ.

Why does LCO provide these resources when the internet is free?
It is a myth that the authoritative information Ohioans need for school, work, and lifelong learning is available for free on the internet. Authoritative information has never been and will never be free. When you need reliable, authoritative resources for school assignments, business research, or lifelong education, turn to the Ohio Web Library for trusted information.
While the free internet can also be useful in the research process, you have to watch out for broken links, unverified information, questionable results from search engines, and fees for full-text materials. The Ohio Web Library goes beyond the internet and provides you with access to subscription-only resources. Ohio Web Library resources are verified by editors and scholars, are created by reliable sources, and are acceptable for class assignments.

How are LCO activities funded?
As a taxpayer, you fund the Ohio Web Library through a combination of state and federal taxes. Specifically, the Ohio Web Library is funded by a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant through the State Library of Ohio, which provides about $1.5 million per year for five years. In addition, the three LCO library networks—INFOhioOhioLINK, and OPLIN—provide about $2.5 million in state funds each year from their current budgets.

Will LCO's funding be sustained?
There is no permanent funding in place to sustain these resources, let alone expand them. The LSTA grant and matching funds that support the Ohio Web Library are likely to continue as long as funds are available and Ohio libraries/residents continue to see the value in the collection.

Who can I contact for more information?
Please send questions about Libraries Connect Ohio to director (at) oplin (dot) org. If you need help finding information or using the Ohio Web Library, please contact your local public libraryacademic library, or school library for assistance.

 

oplin Wed, 01/03/2018 - 07:47

Lynda: Librarian Tips

Lynda: Librarian Tips

Using the Lynda App

If your patrons log in to Lynda with a Library card number and PIN (ie, if your library uses SIP or API authentication)

To sign in to the Lynda.com app with your library card, select the "Already a member?" option. Then choose the "Organization" tab, and enter your library's web address as the web portal. You'll be directed to a page where you can enter your library card number and PIN or password to connect your library card to the app.

Lynda accepts many variations of your library's web address, so try entering it differently, for example, without http at the beginning, or with https.

Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up the Lynda App.

If your patrons log in with a Lynda.com account (ie, your library uses another authentication method or does not use PINs)

Unfortunately, the Lynda app is not available for these patrons.

Resetting a password

If your patrons log in to Lynda with a Library card number and PIN (ie, if your library uses SIP or API authentication)

Once the patron updates their library card and/or PIN in your library's catelog, that information should work in Lynda.

If your patrons log in with a Lynda.com account (ie, your library uses another authentication method or does not use PINs)

To reset a patron's password on a Lynda account, he or she must call Lynda customer service at 1-888-335-9632.
 

How to Share Certificates of Completion.

Once a Staff/Patron completes the entire course they will be able to save the Certificate of Completion to their desktop in a PDF format.  Have them login into their LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter accounts and post The Certificate of Completion to their account to share their achievement.
 
In LinkedIn, if they click on their profile picture it will bring up all of the different areas of their profile.  Right below where they can share which organizations they belong to, they can add in the Certificate of Completion information to show it in their profile. 
Staff/Patrons cannot use the Share your Achievement within their profile in lyndaLibrary because they are logging into lyndaLibrary with their Library Card and pin/password, not the email address that is associated within LinkedIn.   They can still share this information but it needs to be added by the Staff/Patron themselves.

Instructions with screen shots

 

MARC records for your catalog

Guide to downloading Lynda.com MARC records More tips on editing MARC records can be found here.

mandy Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:24

Transition to LinkedIn Learning

Transition to LinkedIn Learning

Lynda.com's parent company LinkedIn is absorbing the content into a new platform called LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is expected to be integrated with other LinkedIn features, and therefore will require former-Lynda.com users to have a LinkedIn account. The transition was expected to be completed by early November. Due in part to protests from the library community, LinkedIn has paused these changes indefinitely.

What Patrons Will See

  • If a user already has a LinkedIn account, she will log into it, then verify her library card number and PIN. Once authorized, she will get introductory information about LinkedIn Learning, and then proceed to the content. Any Lynda.com history—learning paths saved, playlists compiled, certificates earned—will transfer over.
  • If the patron does not have a LinkedIn account, she will need to create one and complete LinkedIn's introductory process. After that, she can use her library card and PIN to get access to LinkedIn Learning as above.

With LinkedIn Learning, users will receive more personalized recommendations for Lynda.com content, suggesting courses and learning paths that are more closely aligned with their career goals and educational interests.

Without a LinkedIn account, patrons will not be able to reach Lynda.com content, including any certificates they've acquired or courses they've completed.

Getting the Word Out

Information for patrons about the change has been added to ohioweblibrary.org/lynda. Libraries are encouraged to put notices about the transition and new requirements on their own websites wherever their patrons find the current Lynda.com link. As soon as a library is scheduled for migration, Lynda users will see a banner notification after logging in.

Some libraries may want to email their Lynda.com patrons directly. User lists can be downloaded from the Lynda Reports Dashboard. Access requires an admin login and password. If you have forgotten yours, please contact OPLIN Support

When advising patrons about the change, suggest that they download and store copies of their existing certificates. Certificates can be accessed from the user menu located at the top right of the Lynda.com page. Sample message (docx).

Librarian FAQs

Are there training materials available to help us guide patrons through the new product?
This presentation (PPTX or PDF) contains screenshots of the patron transition experience. Logos and additional materials about LinkedIn's privacy policies, GDPR-compliance, and other transition-related information can be accessed from this site maintained by Ohio's LinkedIn Learning rep.
 
Will patrons have to login twice—with their LinkedIn password and their library card—every time?
On personal computers and devices, LinkedIn sets a cookie that will keep users authorized for both LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning. That persists for multiple sessions. If users log out, clear their cookies, or use different computers, they will have to log into both services.
 
Does LinkedIn store the library card number and PIN?
LinkedIn will encrypt and store the library card number for abuse prevention. PINs are not stored.
 
Will all the stats and information I currently have at Lynda Admin transfer over to LinkedIn Learning?
Not all of it. After the change, libraries will no longer have access to some user learning activity (such as certificates earned) or personally identifiable information (such as email addresses). You will have access to basic use metrics: number of users, number of videos, etc. OPLIN has collected these basic usage statistics for all libraries since July 2019. If you want more detailed information or a longer history of stats, please visit the Lynda Reports Dashboard and download the reports you need.
 
Note: once a library has been moved over to LinkedIn Learning, the admin functions  will require a LinkedIn account to access. This must be a library employee's personal LinkedIn account; LinkedIn does not allow shared profile access, nor do they allow multiple administrators for LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.
 
I have concerns about the privacy of patron information that is to be shared with LinkedIn.
Online privacy is important, and it is good for librarians to inform themselves and to help educate their patrons. In part, LinkedIn is moving the Lynda.com information within the LinkedIn environment to strengthen protections around user data, and to provide Lynda users with better tools for managing how their information may and may not be used. More information about LinkedIn's privacy policies and tools is at https://privacy.linkedin.com.
 
How can a library opt out of the new platform?
Library directors can email OPLIN Support, support AT oplin.ohio.gov, to tell us not to move current users to the LinkedIn Learning platform. That library and its users will remain on the existing lyndaLibrary platform until the servers are decommissioned December 31, 2019.
don Mon, 07/15/2019 - 15:02

New Database Training Information

New Database Training Information

Since 2003, the State Library of Ohio, OhioLINK (Ohio Library and Information Network), OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network), and INFOhio (Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library) formed Libraries Connect Ohio as a partnership to define and deliver a statewide collection of databases to provide a common set of information resources. Since its formation, every five years the partners evaluate and select resources based on needs. Starting July 1, there will be several new resources available to public libraries as a result of this partnership: Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center, Home Improvement Reference Center, Small Business Reference Center, Chilton Library, Kids InfoBits, Transparent Language Online, Oxford Research Encyclopedias and Very Short Introductions. In addition, OPLIN plans to purchase a genealogy resource exclusively for public libraries. This resource(s) will also start July 1, 2018. Look for an announcement soon.

The following webinars are open to any public library staff member from Ohio. More webinars are scheduled every day, please check back for more listings:

Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement, and Small Business Reference Centers. (EBSCO)
Are you looking for knitting patterns, or articles about sailing? Or perhaps you’d like plans for building a garage workshop or instruction on simple wiring/plumbing projects. Maybe you’re ready to start your own business and need guidance in writing a business plan.  You can find information on all of these activities, and many others using EBSCO’s Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement, and Small Business Reference Centers, which contain thousands of full-text articles, reference books, patterns, plans, forms and more. Join us for a 1-hour webinar with EBSCO Sr. Customer Engagement Specialist Joe Ceterski who will provide an overview of these three Reference Centers, including content description, searching and browsing techniques, and printing/saving/emailing full-text information.

Link to archived recording: https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/lsr.php?RCID=82fc84eea8614649a1f9f28a0f582517
 

Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language.  Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. With over 100 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 26 languages, there is something for every learner. Best of all, with enhanced support for mobile platforms, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.

Link to archived recording: https://transparent.wistia.com/medias/etwl9ta8e6

Oxford Research Encyclopedias and Very Short Introductions

Link to archived recording: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FlShXIx9XjdcmDmmURM208rtrk6la4zc
 
Chilton Library and Kids InfoBits
Link to archieved recording: https://support.gale.com/doc/owlwebinar-itkechll
 

Introduction to Genealogy
Link to archived recording: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?PRID=4cc06ce6e8e99bbe2a4eedd201db4827

Please join this introductory session to learn more about the genealogy resources available for OPLIN libraries. This session will talk about things to think about before starting family history research. We’ll cover resources available in the databases that help organize research. We’ll also review basic genealogy practices that can lead to better outcomes. This webinar will be designed to help library staff as they prepare for their own onsite trainings for patrons or as they are working with genealogy researchers.
This session will cover descriptions of the databases available to OPLIN libraries – Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3, HeritageQuest and African American Heritage – but will not show searching or cover specific database information. Future sessions are scheduled for more in-depth searching, tips and content for the databases.

Ancestry Library Edition and Fold3
Link to archived recording: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?PRID=4cc06ce6e8e99bbe2a4eedd201db4827

Please join this 60 minutes session to learn more about these databases.

HeritageQuest and African American Heritage
Link to archived recording: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?PRID=4cc06ce6e8e99bbe2a4eedd201db4827
Please join this 60 minutes session to learn more about these databases. The webinar will cover:

• Search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman's Bank collections
• the Interactive Image Viewer
• save/print/email tools
• Research Aids and Maps features
• Primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history, including census records, vital records, free/d and slave records, and much more
• Navigation and Researcher Tools
• Review of the ProQuest-exclusive online editions of Black Genesis and AfriGeneas

Review of Genealogy Resources

Link to archived recording: https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?PRID=4cc06ce6e8e99bbe2a4eedd201db4827

This webinar will review and wrap-up the information covered in the previous sessions for Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3, HeritageQuest and African American Heritage. This webinar will review unique content that can supplement family history research as well as content specific to the Ohio area. This session will tie together the previous sessions for a complete review and provide tips for next steps as researchers move along in their family history searches.

mandy Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:17