Around the Consortium

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jun 2, 2020) — 

Following the health emergency declaration, the State of Ohio urgently needed an IT network connection between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) offices in downtown Columbus and its ODH Receipt, Stage, and Store (RSS) warehouse.

The RSS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local resources during large-scale public health and medical emergencies. The RSS warehouse represented a critical... Read more

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 27, 2020) — 

On March 11, 2020, shortly after cases of the COVID-19 virus were officially detected in Ohio, Chancellor Randy Gardner and OARnet staff reached out to their communities to offer subsidized expansion of network bandwidth. This was done in an effort to better serve what was expected to be a dramatically increased need for online learning and teleworking arrangements.

"When it... Read more

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb 26, 2020) — 

OhioLINK announces the departure of Executive Director Gwen Evans. Deputy Director Amy Pawlowski has been named Interim Executive Director, effective February 28, 2020.

Statement from Gwen Evans:

“It is with deep respect that I announce my last day as OhioLINK Executive Director will be February 27th, 2020. As of February 28th, I will assume the role of Vice President, Global Library... Read more

Preliminary data shows the value of a hybrid approach to affordable learning. The takeaway? OER results in biggest cost reduction for students; IA scales faster to reduce costs for more students across more disciplines in more institutions. Feb 11, 2020

OhioLINK is determining how it can support the sustainability of the OER materials created through the Ohio Open Ed Collaborative. We will continue to gather cost savings data. In addition, we are working to identify barriers to OER adoption... Read more

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).

Pankaj Shah [enlarge]

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