Libraries Connect Ohio FY2019 Collection Announced
On Thursday, March 15th, the State Library of Ohio Board approved a grant to contribute LSTA funding to the Libraries Connect Ohio collection of digital content for FY2019. INFOhio, OhioLINK, and OPLIN, representing school libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries, contribute funding for this collection of high quality digital content. Through this unique partnership of library organizations, Libraries Connect Ohio is able to provide a strong and consistent set of resources that demonstrates the benefits of shared services and effectively serves Ohioans of all ages.
INFOhio will provide more information in the coming weeks on digital content that will be available to all PreK-12 schools through Libraries Connect Ohio and INFOhio. Be the first to know about all high quality, digital, instructional content for next school year by joining our listserv, subscribing to our newsletter, and connecting with us through social media. Encourage all Ohio PreK-12 educators to do the same!
The Libraries Connect Ohio collection of digital content is licensed for a period of 5 years, contingent upon funding, and is evaluated annually. Beginning July 1, 2018 the Libraries Connect Ohio collection of digital content for all Ohioans will include the following:
Academic Search Premier
Alt Health Watch
Biography Reference Bank
Business Source Premier
Consumer Health Complete
ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Literary Reference Center
MAS Ultra: School Edition
Middle Search Plus
Points of View Reference Center
Professional Development Collection
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Regional Business News
Religion & Philosophy Collection
Science Reference Center
Vocational & Career Collection
Home Improvement Reference Center (new)
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center (new)
Small Business Reference Center (new)
Early World of Learning
World Book Kids
World Book Student
World Book Advanced
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
World Book Timelines
World Book Mobile
Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Very Short Introductions
Recorded Books (new)
Transparent Language Online
Additionally, the collection still includes Literature Online: American and English Literature and the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, as those resources were previously purchased outright.
Please note: The Libraries Connect Ohio collection will no longer include Ancestry (Proquest) or Science Online (Facts on File). In the coming weeks, we will provide additional information about future access for these resources.
INFOhio sincerely thanks the team of school librarians that served on the selection committee during this school year for thoroughly evaluating all resources and advocating on behalf of all PreK-12 students and educators:
- Tina Lindy, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools
- Amanda Brasfield, Findlay High School
- Christina Conti, Jackson High School
- Monica Williams-Mitchell, Elder High School
- Morgan Nickolai, Olentangy Local School District
Libraries Connect Ohio is a partnership of Ohio’s three statewide library programs, the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), and the Information Network for Ohio Schools (INFOhio), in coordination with the State Library of Ohio. LCO is founded on the belief that citizen well-being is furthered by efficient information exchange in all communities and institutions where quality teaching, research excellence, and lifelong learning are valued. LCO provides a foundation for us to work together to define common information needs and to investigate ways to effectively and efficiently provide information to Ohioans.
Through the Libraries Connect Ohio partnership that began in 2003, we can:
- Guarantee that Ohio citizens will have a core set of information resources necessary to compete in the global economy and improve their quality of life.
- Provide these resources to all Ohio citizens regardless of where they go to school or live.
- Maximize the efficiency of the investment in necessary information resources.
The partners agree that without statewide collaborative action there is no other way to achieve adequate and equitable information access across the state. Through web and telecommunication infrastructure we can deliver vast quantities of information directly to users at their libraries, schools, homes, or on mobile devices. Statewide licensing and purchasing of information is the only means through which we can leverage our buying power and guarantee universal statewide access to core information resources.