Volume 11, Number 1
August 2008

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What's new for INFOhio in 2008-2009
The start of the new school year will see many changes to INFOhio's products and services. Use this list for links to additional information.

INFOhio's Core Collection of Electronic Resources has many changes. Many exciting, new resources join other high quality INFOhio products that are easily searchable, standards-based materials that encourage knowledge construction and enhanced teaching strategies. Read more...

New Core Collection username and password. Read more...

Help Resources pages are revised, with new pages for the new resources.

Toolkit and promotional resources are revised for 2008-2009, with a new flier and bookmarks.

New online catalog for automated schools

Updated SirsiDynix library staff software for automated schools, including improvements to Cataloging, Circulation and Reports modules

 Spence White Award honors two providers
The INFOhio Spence White Service Award recognizes exemplary service provided to the INFOhio community by ITC personnel. For the 2008 Award, the INFOhio Governing Advisory Board selected two ITC providers, Dianna Ashburn and Christina Schmoll. Dianna is Manager of Library Automation Services at SPARCC. Christina, longtime Library Services Support Specialist at NOECA is recognized posthumously, having passed away from cancer last year. Presentations were made at the joint meeting of ITC providers who support INFOhio and the INFOhio Users Council in June. Read more...

INFOhio adds features to SchoolRooms
If you haven't checked out SchoolRooms recently, here's another reason to investigate this new discovery portal: Near the end of last school year INFOhio added articles from many of our Core Collection of Electronic Resources. Not only can you and your students search among more than 22,000 Web sites selected by Ohio educators to support Academic Content Standards, results lists can link to magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedia articles and more. Let us know what you think; use the Help Evaluate section on the main SchoolRooms page.

Important News, Stories and More Links
Looking for an accelerated Internet? One that delivers more and faster videoconferences? Virtual field trips to interesting places? Real time science experiments? Remote music instruction? The Internet2 Network is on and available now to members of Ohio's K-12 community served by the Ohio Education Computer Network and its Information Technology Centers.. INFOhio will be leading the efforts to help Ohio educators learn more about Internet2 through professional development, Web links and other tools. Read more...

The INFOhio Users Council provides grassroots involvement for INFOhio's products and services, with two representatives from each ITC. Most INFOhio Users Council Representatives have been selected for the 2008-2009 school year, and the current directory is now available. Contact your representatives to comment on any aspect of INFOhio.

OH! Kids, OH! TweensI and OH! Teens are no longer available, so INFOhio now links to KidSpace and TeenSpace on our Grade Level and Other Online Resources pages. Both sites are published by the Internet Public Library.