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.
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.
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 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.
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.