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"Judy Cobb, Manager of Digital Platforms at OhioLINK, says that the challenges on this front are enormous for libraries."Jun 30, 2020

No Shelf Required is an open source of information on books and digital content for information professionals, including publishers, editors, authors, librarians, and educators. Editor and author Mirela Roncevic interviewed Judy Cobb for... Read more

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jun 23, 2020) — 

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), through a partnership with IBM, has expanded their storage capacity by 8.6 petabytes. This addition almost tripled the Center’s high performance storage capacity, ensuring researchers across Ohio will have access to cutting-edge secure storage options.

OSC supports a large community of educators and scientists alike from 27 Ohio universities as well as 47... Read more

I-Light, Merit, and OARnet team up to provide internet access and support online learning, research, and state and local government initiatives to aid communities amid pandemicBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Jun 12, 2020) — 

Please Note: This press release was originally published by Indiana University and can be found on their website... Read more

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).

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