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WSU Libraries & OhioLINK Celebrate 20 Years of Shared Services

November 21, 2012

In 1992, academic libraries and the Ohio Board of Regents joined forces to provide a competitive advantage for the state’s higher education community by creating: OhioLINK. The Wright State University Libraries, as a founding member of the Ohio Library & Information Network, celebrate 20 years of pooling resources to provide more than 600,000 college and university students, faculty and staff with access to millions of books and other library materials.

Celebrate this anniversary with the WSU Libraries in the Dunbar Library and Student Union Nov. 26-30 . We will have cookies and giveaways to share and a "memory wall" for you to write about your experience with OhioLINK.

OhioLINK has grown into a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio. Membership includes 16 public/research universities, 23 community/technical colleges, and 49 private colleges. Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide access to 46.5 million books and other library materials, more than 100 electronic research databases, more than 81,000 e-books, thousands of images and videos, and millions of electronic journal articles.

The statistics speak for themselves. The WSU Libraries alone purchase from OhioLINK:

  • Electronic Journal Center’s (EJC) access to 9,930 full-text journals , plus 13,825 full-text journals leased through the publisher Ebsco’s databases.
  • 65,065 eBooks from publishers Oxford University Press, Springer, and Wiley/Blackwell
  • 16,600+ leased eBooks from Oxford Reference and Safari
  • 114,000+ images in the Digital Resource Center
  • 22,400+ music albums
  • 3,500+ videos
  • 130+ databases

Through the EJC alone, WSU students, faculty and staff downloaded more than 259,000 journal articles in 2010 and almost 258,000 in 2011. Without OhioLINK this level of downloading would have cost millions of dollars.

OhioLINK is a necessity to Ohio academic libraries through its cooperatively and cost-effectively acquiring, providing access to, and preserving an expanding array of print and digital resources; and by centrally hosting digital content.

"I can think of no better example of shared services than what OhioLINK has been doing for the past 20 years," said Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. "Shared services are vital to keep Ohio thriving, and OhioLINK clearly shows how the sharing of Ohio’s vast scholarly resources can give our students, teachers and researchers the tools to excel."

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