Around the Consortium

OhioLINK and Ithaka S+R articulate needs that can guide future investmentsCOLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan 23, 2020) — 

The business of higher education is dramatically changing, and the software systems that support one of its most valuable campus resources—the library—have not kept pace. Campus Libraries are doing much more than managing collections of materials to support teaching, learning, and innovative research; they are also managing expanded... Read more

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec 4, 2019) — 

An estimated 8.3 million people tuned in to watch the fourth Democratic debate on the evening of Oct. 15, 2019. Twelve hopeful presidential candidates took to the stage at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Many viewers may be surprised to find out that Otterbein is a small, private, liberal-arts college because of the seamlessness of the broadcast. Behind the scenes, hundreds... Read more

Former OARnet leader returns to Ohio after four years leading Texas networkCOLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec 3, 2019) — 

Pankaj Shah, president and chief executive officer of the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) in Texas, has been named the seventh executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet).

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Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE)... Read more

Oct 22, 2019

Open access ETD boasts more than 100,000 submissions and nearly 85 million downloads from 234 countries.

OhioLINK’s Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) Center, which showcases the research output from Ohio’s institutions as researchers commence their careers, has surpassed 100,000 submissions and more than 85 million downloads from 234 countries. This cutting-edge research is delivered via open access—meaning the theses and dissertations are made available... Read more

Oct 21, 2019

Many OhioLINK institutions are promoting and hosting events for the 12th annual Open Access Week (October 21-25), an international week that focuses on resources that are freely available to anyone online. This year’s theme,  “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”, allows participants to showcase their... Read more

Jul 11, 2019

You’ve probably seen them on any road trip in the Buckeye State: brown aluminum signs with gold lettering detailing the story behind historical landmarks. Over 1,750 of these Ohio Historical Markers can be found around the state, with 20-30 new ones added each year. One of the people  behind the markers is Andy Verhoff, team lead for local history at the Ohio History Connection. After a select group of applications are chosen to become Ohio Historical Markers,Verhoff and a group... Read more

Schopis wraps up 23-year career with statewide broadband network June 30COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jun 25, 2019) — Paul Schopis, OARnet Executive Director

OARnet Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer Paul Schopis will retire June 30, following a two-plus-decade career that has made an enormous impact upon Ohio’s statewide IT network organization.

Schopis was appointed executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet... Read more

DUBLIN, Ohio (Jun 18, 2019) — 

As the world’s most prestigious golfers teed off at the second round of the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, just down the road an arguably more influential group gathered to discuss “courses.” Over 200 OhioLINK library staff members gathered for the second annual OhioLINK Summit May 31 at the Online Computer Library Center to share ideas, brainstorm on initiatives and ultimately change the lives of... Read more

Telecommunications veteran to step in for Schopis, who will retire June 30COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jun 18, 2019) — 

Longtime OARnet staff member Denis Walsh will serve as interim executive director of the statewide network organization beginning July 1, 2019, taking the reins after the June 30 retirement of current Executive Director Paul Schopis.

Denis Walsh

Chancellor Randy Gardner of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) made the... Read more

Pilot will allow OhioLINK and its members to investigate the consortial challenges of publication and management of open access research.Jun 12, 2019

OhioLINK is pleased to announce a ground-breaking, transformative, open access pilot with John Wiley and Sons, Inc. This collaboration was created out of service to our members and in consideration of the growing potential (and not yet entirely understood) impact of open access on library consortia like ourselves. We're committed... Read more