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INFOhio History

INFOhio History


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


INFOhio introduces the Knowledge Building Community (KBC), an online community where professional educators from around Ohio (and beyond!) can meet virtually to discuss everything from broad education trends to specific techniques for incorporating them in the classroom. Membership is free.


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.


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.


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,, 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.


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.


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.

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