NEONews December 3, 2018

Continuing Education to Share

Our Winter/Summer CE Guide will be coming out shortly.  This will list workshops and webinars through June 30, 2019.  Please download and share with your staff the most recent CE @ a Glance.

Reminder that Letters of Intent for 2019-2020 are Due December 31, 2018

Thank you to those who have already returned this important piece in our budget planning process. Let us know if you have questions or need the Letter of Intent resent.

Are you ready for a new Strategic Plan? Interested in having NEO-RLS facilitate the process?

NEO-RLS offers a customizable strategic planning process for multi-type libraries in Northeast Ohio and Southeast Ohio.  Our calendar for the first part of 2019 is filling quickly.  Information and references are available upon request.  Please contact Betsy Lantz if you are interested in talking with us about facilitating your next plan.

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.
This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.
Institution types could include rural or urban public libraries, Native American tribal libraries, school districts representing elementary through secondary school libraries, or research or special libraries. For more details, please read the notice of funding opportunity 

Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinars, which will each cover the same material, are scheduled for:

And the Winner Is...

If you’ve been in the youth library world for even a short time, you know about the big three.  How about the other fourteen awards announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting? Did you know there are several established, prestigious awards for youth literature? This webinar will give an overview of the Youth Media Awards, the criteria for selecting winning titles, and introduce the audience to the cornucopia of national awards for youth literature. Both those who work with children or teens and those who enjoy reading books written for younger audiences will benefit from this webinar.
Learning Objectives:
  • Gain insight into the selection process for most Youth Media Awards
  • Exploration of lesser known youth literature awards, with emphasis on diversity
  • Brief history of the awards and how they reflect publishing materials for children and teens
Join us on Thursday, December 13, 2018 to learn more.

A Note from the Executive Director

I am very pleased to announce that NEO-RLS has been selected to provide association management services for the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) beginning January 1, 2019.  As you know, NEO-RLS has been working steadfastly over the past two and a half years to reduce our deficit.  Providing association management services to OELMA is another step toward that goal.  We are excited to enter into an arrangement that draws upon our collective staff strengths and supports an organization whose library focused mission meshes well with ours.  In addition, we feel our charge to serve school libraries will be better met by supporting this important professional organization in this manner.  I want to assure you that NEO-RLS will continue providing our members with the same excellent learning opportunities and services.  We feel confident that our members will benefit through our increased knowledge of the resources and expertise available through OELMA’s members and vice versa.  If you aren’t familiar with OELMA, please take a look at their website.  We look forward to working with OELMA and continuing to serve you!  If you have questions or comments, please contact me.

Betsy Lantz

Staff Development Conference aka Staff Day

WHEN:  The NEO-RLS Staff Development Conference aka Staff Day will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019
WHERE:  The Hilton Garden Inn, 8971 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087 
WHAT:  The day-long event runs from 8:45 AM - 3:15 PM and will feature a Keynote speaker and approximately 18-20 breakout sessions.  Breakout sessions will cover a wide variety of topics aimed at all levels and areas of staff.  Click here to see the program for the 2018 Staff Development Conference. 
HOW MUCH:  Cost for the day is $10 +25.00 (surcharge for food and amenities) per person for Gold Members, $25.00 + $25 (surcharge for food and amenities) for Silver Members, $37.50 + $25 (surcharge for food and amenities) for Bronze Members and $50 + $25 (surcharge for food and amenities) for Geographic Members  
HOW MANY:  We will take a maximum of 200 participants
HOW TO SIGN UP:  If you are interested in signing up for the Staff Development Conference or have questions, please contact Melissa Lattanzi.  We will accept libraries on a first come, first served basis 
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP:  February 1, 2019

LIBRARY MEETING SPACES:  We can reserve a room or area for your Library Staff Meeting after 3:15 as needed

Have ideas for what you would like to learn at the Staff Development Conference?  Contact Melissa Lattanzi to be part of the 2019 Staff Development Conference Committee.

2018 Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award Winners

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards:
  • Grades K–2: Dance! Dance! Underpants! (Ballet Cat) by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion, 2016) 978-1484713792
  • Grades 3-5: Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (Shadow Mountain, 2017) 978-1629723303
  • Grades 6-8: Refugee by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press, 2017) 978-0545880831
  • Teen: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray, 2017) 978-0062498533
Visit the BCTBA website: for further information on the voting process and to find past winners and nominees, extension ideas, author information, Common Core connections, and other literary links.
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