OhioLINK adds more no-cost-to-student teaching materials with Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding

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 awarded ARPA funds for DEI collection

OhioLINK announces the State Library of Ohio has awarded American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the purchase of a collection of unlimited- and perpetual-access Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) e-books. OhioLINK’s central coordination of the selection and implementation will make these e-books accessible to libraries that otherwise would not have the financial, staffing, or technical resources to acquire such a collection. The collection will be available for Spring 2022.

The past few years of national headlines and social justice demonstrations have focused collection development librarians' attention on the need for better representation of diverse communities and perspectives in library collections....

OhioLINK awarded Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds to bridge COVID-created gaps in higher education instructional materials and library resources

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium, has received $2.5 million from the Ohio Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds through the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The funds will be used to purchase digital resources for Ohio colleges, such as streaming video and e-books, to supplement online research, as well as provide instructional support for a wide range of curriculum, including physical and applied science courses that traditionally have not been taught online. GEER is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which authorized federal economic aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act includes several funding streams, such as GEER, to support the education...

OhioLINK is awarded Ohio Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Competitive Grant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (December 15, 2020) — OhioLINK announces that the State Library of Ohio has awarded grant funding to support OhioLINK’s 2021-2022 effort to expand its diversity initiative. OhioNET will be the program partner. Funding for the Ohio Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Competitive Grant comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The objective is to engage students from under-represented populations in stimulating, positive library work experiences, with 1-to-1 support and mentorship, to encourage them to consider a career in libraries, and provide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training and ongoing support to make academic libraries a more welcoming and inclusive place for under-represented library and information science professionals.

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Capital Allocations Support Depository Improvements; OhioLINK’s Digital Content

Columbus, Ohio – In the recent FY 2015-2016 Ohio Capital Budget Bill, the State of Ohio showed its commitment to Ohio’s intellectual and technology resources by allocating $12 million to OhioLINK for the purchase of consortium’s permanent digital library collection and another $2 million to support capital improvements for regional, high-density book depositories.

The Capital Budget is generally enacted every two years to fund the most pressing construction and maintenance needs of state government, schools and higher education, with priority given to improvements that boost job creation and economic growth.

Founded in 1992, OhioLINK blazed a trail by being one of the first statewide academic consortia for sharing printed library books. As the organization grew, the consortium expanded service offerings...