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Our Vision

Each Ohio PreK-12 student has equal access to high quality digital resources for a successful education and future.

Our Mission

INFOhio transforms student learning by providing equitable access to quality resources and cost-effective instructional and technical support for each student, educator, and parent in Ohio.

Structure & Governance

INFOhio is a division of the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network (MCOECN). The MCOECN is governed by a Board of Trustees representing all 18 Information Technology Centers (ITCs). The Board provides direction for a wide variety of software applications.

The INFOhio Advisory Board (IAB) is a program board that provides input to the INFOhio Director on direction for delivering products and services designed to assist districts as they strive to improve student learning. The Board meets quarterly and is composed of 11 members representing school districts, education resource agencies, and ITCs.

Information Technology Centers (ITCs)

The OECN, through its 18 Information Technology Centers (ITCs), is the technical backbone for INFOhio services. Each ITC has at least one person who offers technical support and training for INFOhio’s library automation system and digital resources.

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INFOhio Users Council

The 40+ members of the INFOhio Users Council meet three times a year to assess INFOhio’s products and services. Primarily building-level library media specialists, the members of the Users Council provide insight into the most pressing student and teacher needs.

IPartners and ICoaches

IPartners are staff in Ohio education agencies—ESCs, ITCs, Ed Techs, universities, public or academic libraries, and more—who stay updated on and share  about INFOhio’s digital content and web tools and how to integrate them into PreK-12 instruction. Currently, more than 100 INFOhio IPartners deliver training and professional development on INFOhio's resources and tools to their member schools, their patrons, or their students.

ICoaches are staff in PreK-12 school districts and buildings who have completed the rigorous ICoach training program. Currently, more than 300 INFOhio ICoaches deliver training and professional development on INFOhio's resources and tools to their school staff.

How We Deliver Services

INFOhio uses a shared services model to deliver all of our services.

Library Automation: Using the Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN) with the support of its Information Technology Centers (ITCs), we deliver library automation to 80 percent of the schools in Ohio. The ITCs contract with their member schools individually to provide automation licenses and Level 1 technical support, while at the same time working through the OECN as a whole to license the software, which saves school districts money over what they would pay individually for the same service. The INFOhio Technical Support Team provides Level 2 statewide support for library automation.

Digital Resources: The INFOhio Central, Instructional, and Technical Teams support the evaluation, curation, and licensing of digital resources that all Ohio PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators can freely use for teaching and learning. The selection of resources is guided by the Collection Development Guidelines, which are reviewed by the INFOhio Advisory Board every three years. The INFOhio Instructional and Technical Teams provide Level 1 statewide support for the digital resources.

Web Tools: The INFOhio Instructional and Technical Teams are instrumental in the design, development, and maintenance of INFOhio websites and web tools for teaching and learning. INFOhio Instructional and Technical Teams provide Level 1 statewide support for those tools.

Professional Development & Training: In addition to our staff, INFOhio ICoaches and IPartners provide hundreds of hours of training each year to Ohio educators using training resources developed by INFOhio and shared in the INFOhio Learning Pathways.

1989

INFOhio begins when a group of school library media specialists meet to develop a plan to computerize all the school libraries in Ohio.

1993

After a comprehensive needs assessment, the planning group selects library software and plans to roll it out statewide. The largest library computerization project on Earth had begun.

1995

Austintown Fitch and Boardman High Schools in Mahoning County are the first two schools to automate through INFOhio.

1996

Theresa M. Fredericka is hired as Executive Director of INFOhio in August 1996. She is responsible for coordinating the state efforts to implement INFOhio to PreK-12 schools and agencies throughout Ohio. Fredericka leads INFOhio for more than 20 years, retiring in June 2020.

1998

More than 500 schools are computerizing their libraries through INFOhio, improving library access for over 250,000 Ohio students.

2000

Now 1,300 schools are improving library and media access for more than 645,000 Ohio students through INFOhio.

2001

INFOhio develops CAT and CAT Jr., web-based online catalogs with interfaces for both older and elementary students.

2006

INFOhio introduces the Digital Video Collection containing thousands of quality educational videos. The Digital Video Collection is available at no charge to all Ohio PreK-12 students, teachers, and parents.

2009

Now 2,600 schools serving nearly 1.2 million students have computerized their libraries through INFOhio. Learn With INFOhio, a series of free professional development webinars begins.

Thousands of people listen to the bi-weekly webinars and thousands more listen to the recordings to learn more about digital tools, education technology trends, and curriculum changes.

2010

INFOhio ICoach program begins. The 17 regional ICoaches are educational technology specialists and provide local onsite training on INFOhio tools as well as broader education trends, such as using technology in the classroom to meet Ohio's New Learning Standards.

2012

GO! Ask, Act, Achieve debuts at the Ohio Education Technology Conference in February. GO! helps budding researchers manage big projects step by step from defining a good research question to presenting the results.

INFOhio unveils IMatrix for grades 6-12 as part of the Back to School package. IMatrix helps teachers find classroom resources, professional journal articles, and test options related to particular inquiry standards. Its sophisticated search engine also allows teachers in different subject areas to work together easily on grade-wide projects and even see how skills build from grade to grade. Grades K-5 are added for 2013.

2013

Research 4 Success (R4S) goes online. R4S is a blended learning course to teach juniors and seniors the deep research skills they need in college and careers. Districts can download the course into their learning management system to use for high school, or teachers can use just the sections they need straight from the website, r4s.infohio.org, and are able to Power Up with INFOhio.

The Regional ICoach Program was so successful that INFOhio expanded the program with "District/Building" ICoaches. More than 50 people signed up to receive the training needed to help fellow faculty members and use INFOhio tools to improve student learning. In two years, the number of D/B ICoaches has grown to 244.

INFOhio hires three statewide virtual integration librarians to expand instructional support for early literacy, digital literacy, and college and career readiness. With the additional staff, INFOhio develops tools, such as the Curriculum Toolbox, instructional "bags," and online guides, to help educators use digital resources.

2014

INFOhio releases ISearch, a discovery tool that lets students search almost all of INFOhio's digital resources in one search, which prepares them for the research tools they will use in college. It marks the start of INFOhio's move to the next generation of library automation.

2016

IWonder, a collection of safe, reliable websites handpicked by Ohio school librarians to support student exploration and Ohio’s Learning Standards in grades 3-9, goes live in January.

A new partnership with the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and the Ohio PTA results in a new series of flyers and videos for parents. The five flyers and three videos give parents tips for helping their children practice reading during everyday activities.

Success in Six, a self-paced online learning program that helps teachers learn the latest ways to use digital resources to support 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, differentiation, and more, is launched.

INFOhio releases Book Nook - Gallery of Student Creations where students can view, create, and share their work with other students around the state.

2018

INFOhio releases its new website.

  • 1989

    INFOhio begins when a group of school library media specialists meet to develop a plan to computerize all the school libraries in Ohio.
  • 1993

    After a comprehensive needs assessment, the planning group selects library software and plans to roll it out statewide. The largest library computerization project on Earth had begun.
  • 1995

    Austintown Fitch and Boardman High Schools in Mahoning County are the first two schools to automate through INFOhio.
  • 1996

    Theresa M. Fredericka is hired as Executive Director of INFOhio in August 1996. She is responsible for coordinating the state efforts to implement INFOhio to PreK-12 schools and agencies throughout Ohio. Fredericka leads INFOhio for more than 20 years, retiring in June 2020.

  • 1998

    More than 500 schools are computerizing their libraries through INFOhio, improving library access for over 250,000 Ohio students.
  • 2000

    Now 1,300 schools are improving library and media access for more than 645,000 Ohio students through INFOhio.
  • 2001

    INFOhio develops CAT and CAT Jr., web-based online catalogs with interfaces for both older and elementary students.
  • 2006

    INFOhio introduces the Digital Video Collection containing thousands of quality educational videos. The Digital Video Collection is available at no charge to all Ohio PreK-12 students, teachers, and parents.
  • 2009

    Now 2,600 schools serving nearly 1.2 million students have computerized their libraries through INFOhio. Learn With INFOhio, a series of free professional development webinars begins.

    Thousands of people listen to the bi-weekly webinars and thousands more listen to the recordings to learn more about digital tools, education technology trends, and curriculum changes.

  • 2010

    INFOhio ICoach program begins. The 17 regional ICoaches are educational technology specialists and provide local onsite training on INFOhio tools as well as broader education trends, such as using technology in the classroom to meet Ohio's New Learning Standards.
  • 2012

    GO! Ask, Act, Achieve debuts at the Ohio Education Technology Conference in February. GO! helps budding researchers manage big projects step by step from defining a good research question to presenting the results.

    INFOhio unveils IMatrix for grades 6-12 as part of the Back to School package. IMatrix helps teachers find classroom resources, professional journal articles, and test options related to particular inquiry standards. Its sophisticated search engine also allows teachers in different subject areas to work together easily on grade-wide projects and even see how skills build from grade to grade. Grades K-5 are added for 2013.

  • 2013

    Research 4 Success (R4S) goes online. R4S is a blended learning course to teach juniors and seniors the deep research skills they need in college and careers. Districts can download the course into their learning management system to use for high school, or teachers can use just the sections they need straight from the website, r4s.infohio.org, and are able to Power Up with INFOhio.

    The Regional ICoach Program was so successful that INFOhio expanded the program with "District/Building" ICoaches. More than 50 people signed up to receive the training needed to help fellow faculty members and use INFOhio tools to improve student learning. In two years, the number of D/B ICoaches has grown to 244.

    INFOhio hires three statewide virtual integration librarians to expand instructional support for early literacy, digital literacy, and college and career readiness. With the additional staff, INFOhio develops tools, such as the Curriculum Toolbox, instructional "bags," and online guides, to help educators use digital resources.

  • 2014

    INFOhio releases ISearch, a discovery tool that lets students search almost all of INFOhio's digital resources in one search, which prepares them for the research tools they will use in college. It marks the start of INFOhio's move to the next generation of library automation.

  • 2016

    IWonder, a collection of safe, reliable websites handpicked by Ohio school librarians to support student exploration and Ohio’s Learning Standards in grades 3-9, goes live in January.

    A new partnership with the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and the Ohio PTA results in a new series of flyers and videos for parents. The five flyers and three videos give parents tips for helping their children practice reading during everyday activities.

    Success in Six, a self-paced online learning program that helps teachers learn the latest ways to use digital resources to support 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, differentiation, and more, is launched.

    INFOhio releases Book Nook - Gallery of Student Creations where students can view, create, and share their work with other students around the state.

  • 2018

    INFOhio releases its new website.