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.