Did you know that more than 50 of the electronic research resources that are available to all students, faculty and staff at OhioLINK member institutions are also available to all Ohioans? This core collection of electronic research resources, called the Ohio Web Library, is provided to all Ohio residents by Libraries Connect Ohio, a collaborative effort of Ohio's library organizations.
Two new Web sites describe this effort. The first, www.ohioweblibrary.org, provides a list of available resources and background information about the Ohio Web Library. It also provides a gateway to help Ohioans connect to the electronic resources via INFOhio, OhioLINK, OPLIN and the State Library of Ohio.
The second site, www.librariesconnectohio.org, provides detailed information on the way Ohio's libraries and library organizations are working together to provide valuable resources to Ohioans. Both sites link to a "for librarians" page which features a promotional toolkit of bookmarks, brochures, Web logos and buttons, a news release template and more.
If you’re an OhioLINK user, rest assured that the Ohio Web Library resources are already incorporated into OhioLINK’s and your library’s lists of available resources. But keep in mind that these resources will also be available to you after you graduate via any Ohio school or public library. In addition, all Ohio residents, including your parents, friends and children, can also use the Ohio Web Library collection of magazines, newspapers, journal articles, research databases and much more. Visit www.ohioweblibrary.org to learn more.
Sometimes research doesn’t quite go according to plan. Like when you’re looking for a particular journal issue in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center, but it isn’t there. What can you do next?
Now you can find out the status of missing EJC journal issues thanks to OhioLINK's Serials Check In and Claiming System. The system helps OhioLINK staff identify missing issues, so we can notify the publisher. The system will provide answers to questions such as: has the issue been claimed from the publisher, what issues are unavailable and, when applicable, notes of why the issue is not available. An issue is considered unavailable in the system if three consecutive claims have been sent to the publisher without resolution.
How do I check for information on a missing EJC issue?
1. Go to http://serials.ohiolink.edu/search
2. Search for the journal in question
3. Click on the “latest received” link
4. Look for information about the issue in question.
The system does not identify missing articles, corrupted PDF files or missing PDF files. Please use this form to notify us if you locate an article, but the PDF file for the text itself is blank, unreadable, incomplete, or otherwise inaccessible. Include the article URL. We will contact the publisher to get a corrected file.
Unfortunately, OhioLINK staff cannot make any projections about when or if publisher will supply missing issues or articles. If you have a time-sensitive need for the article, or other questions please contact your library for assistance in finding the information elsewhere (print, or interlibrary loan if your library does not subscribe to print).
More than 11,000 recordings of passerine birds--also called perching birds or songbirds--including sparrows, tanagers and warblers have been added to the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, Digital Animal Sounds Collection. The collection is part of the OhioLINK Digital Media Center and is available to all OhioLINK users and the general public.
RealPlayer is needed to listen to these recordings. Download a free version at http://www.real.com.
These latest additions bring the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, Digital Animal Sounds Collection to a total of more than 20,000 recordings. The recordings are from The Ohio State University's Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, which houses one of the largest collections of recorded animal sounds in the world. Founded by the late Dr. Donald Borror, Professor of Entomology and Zoology at The Ohio State University, the collection contains more than 30,000 recordings of more than 1000 species of animals.
Since 1992, OhioLINK and its member libraries have made significant progress in providing more scholarly information to Ohio students, faculty and staff at sustainable economic rates. But has the OhioLINK program fulfilled its mission? Read "Can the OhioLINK Mission Be Fulfilled - Providing for 21st Century Information Needs" to find out.
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Where can faculty, administrators, librarians and technology gurus all meet to discuss learning, libraries, technology and the convergence of these activities? At the Ohio Digital Commons for Education 2006 Conference, of course! ODCE 2006 will be held March 5-7, 2006, and will feature submitted and invited presentations, technology demonstrations, pre-conference workshops and plenary presentations.
Be a part of ODCE 2006! The Ohio Digital Commons for Education partners - Ohio Learning Network, OhioLINK, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center/OARnet - are seeking proposals for the following conference tracks:
Proposals must be submitted online by November 5, 2005. Visit the conference Web site for the complete call for proposals.
ODCE 2006 will include a keynote speaker, vendor exhibits and technology demonstrations. It will be held in the Columbus Hilton at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. Online registration will be available in December.
Now you can renew OhioLINK books up to four times, as long as another user has not requested the item. This increases the maximum borrowing period to as long as 15 weeks, to better meet your research needs.
“Users statewide have been asking to keep OhioLINK books longer than six weeks,” Tony Maniaci, chair of OhioLINK’s Inter-Campus Services Committee, which sets OhioLINK borrowing policies, said. “But OhioLINK has to carefully balance the needs of researchers who wish to keep an item for an extended period of time with those who have short time frames to meet a deadline or complete a class assignment. Recent improvements to the software used for online borrowing checks for holds before allowing a renewal. This new functionality allows us to extend the maximum borrowing period for items and better meet the needs of all OhioLINK users.”
Please plan your research needs carefully, however, because if the book has been requested, you won’t be able to renew it.
OhioLINK materials may be renewed online. Visit your library’s Web site, log on to your library account/record and check for renewal dates.