NEONews October 7, 2019

Continuing Education to Print and Share

Don't miss an opportunity to share our one-page CE @ a Glance with your staff and colleagues.  Here are two other ways to view continuing education, by competency and by track, take a look.

Call for programs: OLC Technical Services Retreat 2020

Program proposals are currently being accepted for the 2020 Technical Services Retreat: Moving Forward with 2020 Vision, set for April 15-16, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in North Columbus.

Libraries focus on offering open and affordable access to resources despite changing budgets, expectations, and environments. Programming at the 2020 Technical Services Retreat will highlight innovative approaches, clear visions, and fresh perspectives for the future.

To submit a program proposal, click HERE.  Proposal Deadline: Oct. 21, 2019.

Apply To Present At ITEEA’S 2020

ITEEA Conference Theme: Technological and Engineering Literacy for ALL
Bringing Librarians and STEM Collaborations Together!
The 2020 ITEEA conference theme focuses on providing access and equity for all PreK-12 students to become technologically and engineering literate through high-quality STEM instruction. Students who study technology and engineering through an integrative STEM education approach learn about the technological world that inventors, engineers, and other innovators have created. The goal is to produce students with a more conceptual understanding of technology and engineering and its place in society. Click HERE for more information.

Network Meetings You Don't Want to Miss

Branch Manager's Network Meeting
Reference Network Meeting: A Tour of University Circle
IT Network
Small Libraries Network
And more coming soon, watch the newsletter and website for details.

A Note from the Executive Director

As many of you may have heard, in 2019 NEO-RLS became the association management company for OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association), the professional organization for school librarians. Since doing so, I have had a couple of people ask me why we would do such a thing since association management hasn’t been within the purview of the state regionals in the past.  Originally, the decision to put forth a proposal was made in order to help with NEO-RLS’ financial deficit.  However, as we entered into discussions with the OELMA Board, it became clear that such an arrangement would also allow us to more effectively fulfill our charge to serve school libraries.  Last week OELMA held their annual Conference in Columbus, a conference that NEO-RLS staff helped to plan and facilitate in conjunction with the many volunteers serving on OELMA’s Board and Committees.  The Conference was well attended and as Deb Logan, President of the OELMA Board, wrote on the listserv, “The authors were inspiring…they entertained, informed and touched my heart. Most important, they gave me great stories I will share with my kids to excite them about the books. The keynote speakers fired me up and I left with cool ideas and new perspectives! These speakers will also support my efforts as I work with teachers and students. The sessions I attended also are now in my strategy toolkit and will help as I work to meet the needs of students and teachers. In addition, I am bringing home catalog ideas from our exhibitors that I will be sharing with administrators and the other educators I work with. I love knowing about the newest ways to meet the needs of the diverse students and teachers I serve.”  It doesn’t get much better than that and her words and those of other attendees provide tangible evidence that this partnership is indeed, an important step in helping NEO-RLS better support school libraries throughout the state.

Betsy Lantz

The Ohio Ethics Law: It's Everybody's Business!

Join from Your Desktop on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10 am.
This lively session will help public officials and employees in understanding how to identify and avoid acting on potential conflicts of interest.
Learning Objectives:
  • Hear about ethics prohibitions related to public contracts and potential post-employment requirements
  • Learn about general assistance available from the Ohio Ethics Commission to assist both the public and public sectors
Presenter:  Susan Willeke is an accomplished government-relations professional with more than 27 years’ experience in public affairs, communication and public speaking.
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