New Database Training Information

Since 2003, the State Library of Ohio, OhioLINK (Ohio Library and Information Network), OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network), and INFOhio (Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library) formed Libraries Connect Ohio as a partnership to define and deliver a statewide collection of databases to provide a common set of information resources. Since its formation, every five years the partners evaluate and select resources based on needs. Starting July 1, there will be several new resources available to public libraries as a result of this partnership: Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center, Home Improvement Reference Center, Small Business Reference Center, Chilton Library, Kids InfoBits, Transparent Language Online, Oxford Research Encyclopedias and Very Short Introductions. In addition, OPLIN plans to purchase a genealogy resource exclusively for public libraries. This resource(s) will also start July 1, 2018. Look for an announcement soon.

The following webinars are open to any public library staff member from Ohio. More webinars are scheduled every day, please check back for more listings:

Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement, and Small Business Reference Centers. (EBSCO)
Are you looking for knitting patterns, or articles about sailing? Or perhaps you’d like plans for building a garage workshop or instruction on simple wiring/plumbing projects. Maybe you’re ready to start your own business and need guidance in writing a business plan.  You can find information on all of these activities, and many others using EBSCO’s Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement, and Small Business Reference Centers, which contain thousands of full-text articles, reference books, patterns, plans, forms and more. Join us for a 1-hour webinar with EBSCO Sr. Customer Engagement Specialist Joe Ceterski who will provide an overview of these three Reference Centers, including content description, searching and browsing techniques, and printing/saving/emailing full-text information.

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Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language.  Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. With over 100 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 26 languages, there is something for every learner. Best of all, with enhanced support for mobile platforms, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias and Very Short Introductions

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Chilton Library and Kids InfoBits
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Introduction to Genealogy
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Please join this introductory session to learn more about the genealogy resources available for OPLIN libraries. This session will talk about things to think about before starting family history research. We’ll cover resources available in the databases that help organize research. We’ll also review basic genealogy practices that can lead to better outcomes. This webinar will be designed to help library staff as they prepare for their own onsite trainings for patrons or as they are working with genealogy researchers.
This session will cover descriptions of the databases available to OPLIN libraries – Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3, HeritageQuest and African American Heritage – but will not show searching or cover specific database information. Future sessions are scheduled for more in-depth searching, tips and content for the databases.

Ancestry Library Edition and Fold3
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Please join this 60 minutes session to learn more about these databases.

HeritageQuest and African American Heritage
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Please join this 60 minutes session to learn more about these databases. The webinar will cover:

• Search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman's Bank collections
• the Interactive Image Viewer
• save/print/email tools
• Research Aids and Maps features
• Primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history, including census records, vital records, free/d and slave records, and much more
• Navigation and Researcher Tools
• Review of the ProQuest-exclusive online editions of Black Genesis and AfriGeneas

Review of Genealogy Resources

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This webinar will review and wrap-up the information covered in the previous sessions for Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3, HeritageQuest and African American Heritage. This webinar will review unique content that can supplement family history research as well as content specific to the Ohio area. This session will tie together the previous sessions for a complete review and provide tips for next steps as researchers move along in their family history searches.