OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium, has entered into a 3-year transformative agreement with IOP Publishing (IOPP). The agreement provides OhioLINK member institution authors the opportunity to publish unlimited open access articles at no cost to the author and at no additional cost to OhioLINK institutions. In addition, OhioLINK library users have expanded reading access to 72 IOPP journals across the fields of physics, materials science, biosciences, astronomy and astrophysics, environmental sciences, and mathematics.
“OhioLINK has helped Ohio build and strengthen a world-class higher education system,” said Randy Gardner, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “With the consortium’s resources, our colleges and universities can support student education, advance workforce development, and stimulate faculty research and innovation. The State of Ohio receives a tremendous return on investment from OhioLINK.”
Affordable Learning Open Course Redesign Grants will help an additional 30 faculty members explore teaching with no-cost-to-student course materials. See the announcement for the full list of grant recipients.
OhioLINK has used additional Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding to purchase four new collections of shared digital books and streaming video. The new library resources support a broad curriculum for teaching and learning. Faculty can utilize two of the new collections for no-cost-to-student teaching materials, augmenting OhioLINK’s digital library of more than 180,000 digital books and other electronic information resources available to students and faculty at institutions across the state.
OhioLINK has completed a strategic planning process that will guide the statewide academic library consortium’s work with members through the next three to five years.
OhioLINK marks its 30th anniversary in 2022. This paper, the second of two parts, reviews the organization’s history through selected formative milestones and provides observations about the evolution of the consortium from its current executive director, revealing the importance of expanding cost-effective and easy access to scholarly resources, economies of scale, pushing technology, and a focus on the user.
The update adds new search functionality and an improved user experience to a collection of streaming music offered as part of OhioLINK's core digital library for teaching and learning.
An Integrated Library System (ILS) is the backbone of library operations and used to manage circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging, as well as to generate the underlying data that drives library business decisions and reporting. OhioLINK will leverage cooperative purchasing power and shared technical expertise to cover the cost of the software and the migration process for its member institutions.
In Times Higher Education, Amy Pawlowski and Gwen Evans talk about how library teams can prepare and protect their digital services from cybersecurity threats. Key takeaway: be prepared to rethink your systems and service providers in the event of a cyberattack.
Based on a recommendation from OhioLINK’s Database Improvement and Discoverability (DIAD) Policy Team, OhioLINK has removed the alternative subject headings added to its Central Catalog in April 2021 in favor of using the updated Library of Congress subject headings.