INFOhio Services Update

Home Access to INFOhio Resources Now Even Easier


INFOhio is now using geolocation to simplify access to the INFOhio website, which will make it easier for our students, teachers, and parents to access INFOhio’s resources, especially from home. Geolocation means that users located in Ohio will not be required to enter a username and password.  

Geolocation is used on the INFOhio website as the third step in the authentication process and primarily impacts home users.

Step 1: IP Authentication. The first step in the process will continue to be IP authentication. IP authentication is what triggers the district login when a user is at school. This remains INFOhio’s primary authentication method.

Step 2: Use Previous Login. If their IP is not recognized, the second step will log the user in with the account they used last. The system now remembers which INFOhio login was most recently used on a device.

Step 3: Geolocation. The third step uses geolocation. If the user is in Ohio, they will be logged in automatically with the statewide username and password.

Step 4: Manual Login. Finally, if the user’s IP is not recognized and they have not logged into that device within the last year and they are outside Ohio, the user will need to log in manually with their district username and password or the statewide username and password.

It is important to note that geolocation is not 100% accurate, so it is possible that locations near the border of the state or users with certain internet providers may not be identified as Ohio users.  In such cases, the site will continue to function as it always has.

Below is a link to a document that answers a couple common questions and explains the change in more detail.  The important news is that accessing the INFOhio site and our resources has never been simpler!

More about INFOhio’s geolocation implementation can be found at

If you have any questions, please email library[at]neonet[dot]org


                                                                                Library Leadship Ohio

Whatever your career goals – from library director to library advocate in your community, Library Leadership Ohio will allow you to define and inspire your leadership skills and potential. 

The State Library of Ohio and OHIONET are again collaborating to bring you the 2018 Library Leadership Ohio Institute. Recognizing the ongoing challenges faced by all Ohio libraries, we believe that developing the next generation of transformative library leaders is vital to ensure the continued depth, growth, and quality of library services for all. LLO is an opportunity to develop future leaders for Ohio libraries, and to help Ohio library staff become leaders in the communities they serve. 

LLO 2018 will be held at the Quest Conference Center and Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, beginning the evening of July 17, 2018 and concluding at noon July 20.  Tuition for LLO 2018 is $500. The event will once again be facilitated by Ivy Library from Charlottesville, VA, along with special guest speakers, both from inside and outside of the library profession. Ivy Library has over 20 years of experience with academic, public, school and special libraries.

LLO 2018 targets both support and professional library employees working in public, school, special, and academic libraries and all are eligible to apply. The selection committee is seeking applications from individuals that demonstrate the following:

  • Outstanding leadership potential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Successful library employment experience
  • Initiative, commitment and reasonable risk taking
  • Forward-thinking approach to problem solving
  • A commitment to the profession

If these phrases are often used to describe you, or if these are areas you would like to develop further, then LLO 2018 offers a venue, a curriculum, and a network of colleagues to grow your strengths and skills to become an Ohio Library Leader.

32 individuals will be selected to attend LLO 2018.  More information about the selection process and the online application are available at: www.libraryleadershipohio.orgComplete applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. January 12, 2018.  Questions should be addressed to Evan Struble, estruble[at]library.ohio[dot]gov.

Library Leadership Ohio is supported in part by an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded to OHIONET by the State Library of Ohio.


Technology Integration Update

This December, schools all around our area celebrated the annual Hour of Code. “Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.” ( The Hour of Code happened this year during the week of December 4-10, 2017. During the week schools all over the world participated in practicing their coding skills with the use of and other interactive coding sites. Many districts hold district wide initiatives to participate in the Hour of Code, whereas some teachers hosted in class Hour of Code projects.

If you are interested in learning more about the Hour of Code or building your students coding skills please visit In Ohio, there are over 14,000 unfilled computing jobs ( Coding is making a big push in the education landscape and it requires our attention. Students are eager to learn new skills that will help them to build games, puzzles, website, robots, and software. Listed below are also some great resources to get started with Coding in the classroom.

            Top Coding Sites:

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