The OhioLINK Library Catalog went live on the World Wide Web 10 years ago on July 1, 1996. Prior to that, the catalog was available as a text-only system operating via Telnet protocol over the Internet.
The OhioLINK Library Catalog has grown rapidly since the first six universities began building it in November 1992. Today the catalog contains 9.9 million records representing 45.3 million library items that are held statewide.
Thanks to the OhioLINK Library Catalog and the work of member librarians and library staff statewide, users can request an item online and pick it up at any participating library in just two to three days. OhioLINK has delivered 6,176,800 library items to users since online borrowing began in 1994.
See the OhioLINK Library Catalog Fast Facts page for more stats and facts.
OhioLINK is constantly striving to provide the strongest portfolio of research resources possible, within our budgetary limitations, to support Ohio higher education’s teaching, learning and research needs. In order to better achieve this goal, the OhioLINK community has agreed to cancel some database subscriptions and use those funds to upgrade current subscriptions and subscribe to new databases beginning July 1, 2006. As a result of these changes, OhioLINK and its member libraries will be able to cost-effectively provide the community with more full-text resources across a broader array of disciplines.
The following new databases will be available to all students, faculty and staff at OhioLINK member institutions: Agricola, Bibliography of Native North Americans, Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, Economia y Negocios, Education Research Complete, Environment Index Complete, Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine (coming soon), Film & Television Literature Index (full text version coming late 2006), Fuente Academica, Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index, Gender Studies Database, GLBT Life, Gongwer News Service, Insurance Periodicals Index, International Political Science Abstracts, Legal Collection, Literary Reference Center, MedicLatina, SPORTDiscus, Vente et Gestion and Women’s Studies International.
OhioLINK users will be able to access more full text from their desktops, thanks to upgrades of several current database subscriptions to: Academic Search Complete (coming in 2007), Business Source Complete, CINAHL Plus, Humanities International Complete, International Bibliography of Theater and Dance (with full text), Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (with full text), MEDLINE (with full text) and SocINDEX (with full text).
We will cancel subscriptions to the following databases on July 1, 2006: Applied Science & Technology Abstracts, Biography Index, Biological & Agricultural Index, Book Review Digest, Business & Industry, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Women’s Issues, Education Abstracts, Essay & General Literature Index, Humanities Abstracts, Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, Library Literature, Ohio Capitol Connection and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.
Many new and existing OhioLINK resources can meet or exceed most needs formerly served by the cancelled resources. The table below provides some suggestions of new resources to try that cover the same subject areas. Contact your library for additional suggestions or assistance using these resources.
|Applied Science & Technology Abstracts
(covers: science and technology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics and physics)
|Compendex, Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, INSPEC, GeoRef, and other science databases|
|Academic Search Premier|
|Biological & Agricultural Index
(covers: biology and agriculture)
|Biological Abstracts (BIOSIS Previews), Web of Science, and Agricola|
|Book Review Digest
(covers: book reviews, English, humanities, language and literature, science and technology and social sciences)
|Academic Search Premier|
Business & Industry
(covers: biography, English, and language and literature)
|Literary Reference Center|
|Contemporary Women's Issues
(will remain available and searchable, but it will not be updated after June 30, 2006. Covers: women's and gender studies, business, international studies, medicine and health, political science, psychology and sociology)
|Women’s Studies International and Gender Studies Database|
|Education Research Complete|
|Essay & General Literature Index
(covers: humanities, art and architecture, economics, history, language and literature, music, political science, psychology, religion, social sciences, and women's and gender studies)
Search Premier and Humanities
(covers: humanities, art and architecture, communications, history, language and literature, music, philosophy and religion)
|Academic Search Premier and Humanities International Complete|
|Index to Legal Periodicals and Books
(covers: law and legislation)
|Legal Collection, LexisNexis Academic, and LexisNexis Congressional|
(covers: library/information science)
|Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (with full text)|
|Ohio Capitol Connection
(covers: law and legislation)
|Gongwer News Service|
|Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
(will remain available and searchable, but it will not be updated after June 30, 2006. Covers: political science, law and legislation, public policy and social sciences)
|International Political Science Abstracts|
Looking for news on the latest OhioLINK developments? The April 2006 issue of the OhioLINK Update newsletter is now available online in PDF format.
This issue of the OhioLINK Update newsletter focuses on the Ohio Digital Resource Commons, which OhioLINK is currently building. The DRC will improve the quality of instruction and research statewide by providing a common point of access to Ohio’s scholarly knowledge. The DRC eliminates the need for redundant and costly local investments by allowing Ohio colleges and universities to use one robust system, rather than creating and maintaining their own separate systems. The benefits of the DRC can also extend beyond higher education to help support Ohio’s K-12 community and other Ohio institutions.
This issue also highlights: a new tool from OhioLINK that can help you stop searching and start finding, OhioLINK's Digital Video Collection and more.
OhioLINK has created a new position, Systems Engineer – Access Manager. This position will work with other OhioLINK staff in providing support of daily operations and will serve a primary role as Access Manager. As Access Manager, this position will support users who are experiencing access issues to OhioLINK’s databases and services including IP management, remote authentication, Shibboleth implementation, and analyzing networking issues.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s of Science or Arts in computer science or a related technical field, OR a minimum of three years equivalent experience in computer operations. Knowledge of UNIX/Linux systems, networking infrastructure, backup and security strategies, performance monitoring and tuning is required. Understanding of and experience with LDAP, e-mail, Apache, mSQL, Sun Java Enterprise System, Shibboleth, Perl, Shell Scripting, C/C++ programming is highly desirable. Good communications skills are expected.
Please send a resume and a list of three references to email@example.com. Or mail a copy to: Resume, 2455 North Star Road, Columbus, OH, 43221. Review of candidates will begin July 3, 2006, and will continue until the position is filled. Minimum salary for this position is $48,000.
The seven millionth journal article was recently added to OhioLINK’s award-winning Electronic Journal Center. The EJC provides students, faculty and staff at participating OhioLINK institutions with instantaneous online access to more than 6,900 journal titles from 90+ publishers.
OhioLINK users downloaded 4.81 million articles from the EJC annually. A total of 21.9 million articles have been downloaded from the EJC since its inception in April 1998.
More EJC stats may be found on the EJC Fast Facts page.
Tip: Try OhioLINK’s E-Journal Finder to see if OhioLINK offers a particular journal online. The OhioLINK E-Journal Finder searches the EJC and several other databases to help find desired journals. If you don’t find the journal in question using the E-Journal Finder, check with your librarian as there may be other means of accessing the journal online.
The Electronic Reference Books Collection is a great resource for when you need a quick fact, illustration or overview of a topic. The collection now contains 483 reference books, including encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical collections and guides.
OhioLINK has added 12 new e-books to the Electronic Reference Books Collection:
Looking for more e-books? OhioLINK has several other e-book collections including the History E-Book Project, netLibrary, Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection and the Safari Tech Books Online Collection. Your library may provide additional e-books, so be sure to ask what is available.
With the addition of 291 new digital videos from Ambrose Video Publishing, OhioLINK’s Digital Video Collection now offers 1,842 educational videos that you can show in class, link to from course pages and utilize for research. The new videos cover a wide variety of subjects.
Some of the newest digital videos include:
The OhioLINK Digital Video Collection is available to all students, faculty members and staff at OhioLINK member institutions. The videos are available for viewing and downloading (for temporary storage only). Free software from RealNetworks is needed to view these videos. The current version of this software, called "RealPlayer," is available.
Looking for more digital videos? Try these other OhioLINK resources:
Note: The original post was updated on 6/15/06 to reflect the 132 digital videos added today.