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July 2008 Press Releases

July 10, 2008

Patrick Fitzer joins State Library of Ohio Staff

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that Patrick Fitzer has joined its staff as the new Systems Analyst in the Information Systems and Technology department. He will be responsible for a wide variety of technologies including network administration and security, Unix server administration, and web application administration. Patrick will have a significant role in many of the State Library’s technology dependent initiatives. He will be providing technical support for the State Library’s participation in OhioLINK, while also supporting the delivery of electronic information and resources to State agencies and employees. Additionally, Patrick will be supporting the State Library’s web site and web based activities targeted to the State Library’s patrons and customers.

Patrick has a B.S. in Business Administration from Shawnee State University and a M.S. in Information Systems from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Patrick came to the State Library from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction where he worked for several years serving in the role of Network Administrator and Electronic Design Specialist.

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July 3, 2008

Ohio Web Library - New and Improved

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The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), an independent board within the State Library of Ohio, launched a new and improved Ohio Web Library website that features an easy-to-use database search tool. According to State Librarian Jo Budler, “Our goal is to allow easy access for our customers statewide to the many valuable resources we provide online. Ohio Web Library gives the user a single place to search, discover and retrieve information from those resources. But this is just the beginning; we will be looking for suggestions from our users to improve Ohio Web Library over time.”

The Simple Searching – Trusted Resources theme of Ohio Web Library represents a culmination of marketing research and product development to match significant service with the needs and expectations of users from all types of libraries in Ohio.

OPLIN provides Internet connections and information services to Ohio's public libraries. “We needed a new federated search tool for retrieving information from all our information databases one that was fast and simple to use. We also wanted something we could continuously improve,” said Stephen Hedges, OPLIN Executive Director. “Our solution was to use robust, open source software components to construct the Ohio Web Library interface.”

The Ohio Web Library provides access to a collection of databases that are funded in part through a $1,467,414 federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio to Libraries Connect Ohio. In addition to the Ohio Web Library collection, Ohio's three library networks INFOhio, OPLIN, and OhioLINK offer research resources and services that serve the specialized needs of their school, public and academic library communities.

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