NEONews January 14, 2019

CE Publications to Print and Share

In case you missed this last week.  The new Winter/Spring CE Guide that lists all the workshops, webinars and network meetings for January - June 2019 is available.  Be sure to share this with your staff. Please let us know if you would like a printed and bound copy mailed to you.  In addition, here is the one page CE @ a Glance

Newest Member

A big welcome to our 90th member, Loudonville Public Library!

Keeping It Weird: Cataloging the Library of Things

Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 as Misty Alvaro keeps it weird and discusses how you catalog the library of things.  Register early so that this class can be customized to those that attend.

Libraries maintain collections of cake pans, bicycles, garden tools, musical instruments, equipment... you name it, somebody circulates it. This practical, interactive cataloging workshop will break down the areas of catalog records dedicated to content, usage, and physical description of all of your weirdest objects. We will also discuss the challenges of labeling and processing unusual formats. Please feel free to bring questions, stories, and tricky items from your workflows. See examples of effective descriptions and learn how to fearlessly catalog whatever comes your way!

Learning objectives:

  • Gain familiarity with format-specific areas of MARC bibliographic records
  • Learn to use physical details of objects to create effective descriptions
  • Explore creative solutions to physical processing and labeling challenge
Presenter:  Misty Alvaro is the Cataloger Librarian for Upper Arlington Public Libraries. She received her MLIS after achieving a degree in Japanese and Italian at the Ohio State University. Misty has worked in a variety of library types and contexts and is known to be highly enthusiastic in all of them. 


We are delighted to announce the dates for the 2019 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources & Image Management.
SEI 2019 will be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque from June 4-7, 2019. Registration will open on January 14, 2019

SEI is a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for professionals interested in creating and maintaining sustainable digital collections of cultural heritage materials, including librarians, archivists, museum curators, visual resources librarians, and graduate students. The workshop offers participants the chance to meet colleagues from various institutions who are facing similar challenges. Faculty and students share ideas and solutions to these challenges and make lasting professional connections.
For more information on SEI 2019, visit our website:

Fifth Annual Mock Caldecott Night

Please join us to discuss possible winners for the 2019 Caldecott Award
Limited seats available: Please register early
What: Non-credit Mock Caldecott workshop
When: Wednesday, January 16,  2019, from 5:45 - 9:00 p.m.(Snow date: January 23, 2019)
Where: Reinberger Children’s Library Center, 3rd floor library, room 311B, Kent State University School of Information OR Synchronously Online
Cost: $10 for onsite participants; no cost for online participants
Register now.


Reserve Your Spot for the 2019 Staff Development Conference

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.

Advanced Cybersecurity and IT Network

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Geauga West Branch in Chesterland.
The internet can be a scary place for you, but what about your users?  From ransomware and malware to data breaches you might think twice about letting them connect online. Learn the tips and tricks to keep data safe and get a good night’s rest.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Butterflies, Rainbows and Unicorns – What is really going on with your technology
  • Crowdsourcing – Cybersecurity is not just for IT
  • Game Over –  Where do you go from here?
After lunch we will have a roundtable discussion.  Don't miss this chance to network with your peers.  Please send topics to Melissa Lattanzi.

John Dolinar is the Executive Director Enterprise Infrastructure Services at Cuyahoga Community College. John has been with the college 32 years and served previously as the Director, Office of Safe and Secure Computing. His 30+ years of IT experience range from programming, network support and configuration, information security and project management.  
John holds a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance from Western Governors University, a Bachelor of Science in IT security from Western Governors University and an Associates of Applied Business in Data processing from Cuyahoga Community College.

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries

The start of the new year always brings a sense of opportunity, and this year WebJunction has a big opportunity for small libraries. We're expanding our Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), making it available to 15 more small libraries. The selected libraries will collaborate with their communities to transform a space in their library to encourage more hands-on, participatory active learning. 

It’s free to apply and free to participate. Selected libraries will receive $5,000 for project materials, and will engage in online learning with the WebJunction team. Take a look at the incredible transformations from the first round of participants and how they created smart spaces in their libraries, and then learn more this new opportunity and apply soon! Applications are being accepted through January 18, 2019. 

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is now seeking applications from organizations throughout Ohio interested in hosting AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate(s) for 8 to 9 weeks in summer 2019!
AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates work full-time for 8 to 9 weeks, often to provide direct and/or indirect service to help summer meals programs for hungry children. This capacity building resource can help you recruit volunteers, serve meals, implement programming, raise funds, and much more. Interested? Here are the steps you can take to prepare your application to be a VISTA Summer Associate host site:
  • Closely review pages 1-3 of the Host Site Application, which includes instructions about how to complete your application.
  • Complete pages 4-13 of the Host Site Application and submit it by email to Maureen Allen no later than February 8, 2019. Please save the file to your computer before editing it or your changes will be lost.
We look forward to receiving your application! If you have questions along the way, please contact Maureen Allen by e-mail at or call her at (614) 221-4336 ext. 230. Thank you for your interest!
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