NEONews February 25, 2020

Continuing Education to Print and Share

Review our Continuing Education by Competency or Track.  Don't miss an opportunity to share our one-page CE @ a Glance with your staff and colleagues.  

Computers in Libraries Early Bird

Early Bird deadline for Computers in Libraries is approaching.  The early bird discount ends February 28.
Use NEO-RLS code: NEO20 to SAVE $160.

Body Odor Webinar

In September the State Library of Ohio purchased  statewide access to The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness through Niche Academy.  
Ryan Dowd will be hosting a live webinar March 5:
Body Odor:  The most dreaded conversation of all time
This webinar is designed to go beyond the core training.
Some of the issues covered:
  1. A script that will make this conversation easier.
  2. Why you can use the wrong words and still be ok (as long as you do this other thing).
  3. Wait!  Didn’t Emilio Estevez’s movie say it was unconstitutional for libraries to ask a patron to leave for body odor?
When:  Thursday, March 5 at 1:00 pm Central time (2pm Eastern, Noon Mountain, 11am Pacific) (A recording of the webinar will be available for one month after the webinar if the technology cooperates).
Length:  1 Hour (45 minutes of training and 15 minutes of live questions)
 Pre-Registration Required

The Empathy Expert

Don't miss Tamara King, the empathy expert, a 2019 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, at our Critical Conversations: Building Empathy to Build Community on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
The news bombards us with daily doses of tragedy from sexual violence, to homelessness and rising racial tensions – yet studies reveal that we are 40% less empathetic than preceding generations. However, research has also shown if you walk in someone else’s shoes, the experience creates understanding, understanding fosters empathy.
Hear from nationally-recognized public relations expert, Tamara King, as she shares the methods and initiatives Richland Library has launched to cultivate empathy and courageous conversations in their thriving southern city.  The talk will also discuss in depth how Richland Library developed a first-of-its-kind mobile empathy lab, that uses virtual reality (VR) technology to address major societal issues.  Be sure to join us on April 2, 2020 to hear Tamara and many other informative speakers.  Watch the newsletter each week for another speaker that you don't want to miss.

The Portfolio Process

Free Webinar: The Portfolio Process: Capturing and Documenting Your Workplace Learning Wednesday, March 11, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Career portfolios document evidence that you've learned and mastered skills in your workplace, in continuing education, and in formal classrooms. How evidence is documented might be dictated by institutional guidelines. You can create portfolios to earn college credit, record workplace success for evaluations, and present your independent learning and accomplishments to a future employer.
Facilitator Pat Wagner has personal and professional experience with the portfolio process as a college student and instructor.

Mark Your Calendars for May 7-8, 2020 and the NEO-RLS Directors’ Retreat

Join us at Mohican State Park Lodge on May 7 - 8, 2020  for Creating Vision, Culture and Advocates with Jamie LaRue and Patrick Sweeney.  Jamie LaRue is the CEO of LaRue and Associates and a well-known writer and speaker on issues of intellectual freedom, leadership and organizational development, community engagement and the future of libraries.  Patrick Sweeney is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries who was the former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and the Executive Director of EveryLibrary California. 

A Note from the Executive Director

Since the first public library makerspace was created at Fayetteville Free Library (NY) in 2011, libraries of all types and sizes have invested considerable amounts of space, funding, and staff time into creating their own version of the makerspace.  However, many of these libraries have also discovered that once the initial attention and activity has waned, spaces are often underutilized.  “We Built It, Why Don’t They Come?” is the theme for our 2020 Emerging Tech Symposium on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Twinsburg, Ohio.  This year’s Symposium will look at some of the barriers that prevent widespread and sustained use of the makerspace and offer some solutions.  The day will be interactive with something for anyone who is involved in the creation and success of a makerspace or its many variations.  Janet Hollingsworth, Adam Watts and Zack Weaver, 2019 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, from BLDG 61, Boulder Public Library, will kick off the day talking about their space and how they designed their environment, their programming, their partnerships and their staff training.  They will also talk about the inclusive opportunities they have created for a variety of communities that libraries haven’t always engaged.  Breakouts will include Amy Zell, MLIS graduate student, formerly at the Hubbard Public Library, speaking on the Maker Mindset Model that she has developed; Marian Fragola, Director, Program Planning & Outreach at North Carolina State University Libraries and a 2018 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, will talk about her Making Spaces series and efforts to be more inclusive, particularly in light of the issue of women’s underrepresentation in the Maker movement; and Gina Seymour, Library Media Specialist, Islip High School, NY, and a 2017 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, will take participants through her Make Care initiative which helps teens utilize their creative tendencies to make products that go out into the community.  Other breakouts will focus on the issues of staff training and engagement.  We are excited about our lineup of passionate and creative innovators and look forward to seeing you on May 20th!  Click HERE to register.
Betsy Lantz

Don't Miss A Day for Catalogers

Thursday, March 12th at Twinsburg Public Library

Respecting Authority: An Intro to Subject Analysis for Copy Catalogers (Morning Session)
Subject cataloging gets a bad rap as fussy and hard to learn. While mastery takes time, there are smaller steps copy catalogers can take to expand their knowledge and improve the use of subject terms in their catalogs. This brief workshop will introduce you to some of the most common subject systems, rules, and principles with a focus on Library of Congress Subject Headings.
Presenter:  Misty Alvaro is the Catalog Librarian for the Columbus Metropolitan Library​.

Harm Reduction in Library Classification (Afternoon Session)
Pernicious biases in subject headings and library classification schemes have been discussed at length, but how should our profession best address those biases? While resource description can never be neutral, using a harm reduction framework can help us identify potentially alienating terminology. Participants will learn how they can become active partners in democratizing classification to introduce more diverse perspectives.  Violet will talk about Dewey, LCC, and LCSH so both public and academic librarians will find something of interest in the presentation.​
Presenter:  Violet Fox is a library metadata expert and former cataloger and a Library Journal 2019 Movers & Shakers. 

A Chance to Network

Upcoming Networking Meetings:
Tuesday, 3/3/2020- The Return of Book Look-Network in the afternoon
Cuyahoga Falls Library

Friday, 3/20/2020-Human Resources Network Meeting
Akron Summit County Public Library

Friday, 3/20/2020-Academic Library Directors' Networking Meeting
Cuyahoga Community College – Metropolitan Campus​

Thursday, 3/26/2020-Construction and Facilities Network Meeting
Barberton Public Library

Friday, 4/3/2020-Book Discussion Network
Kirtland Public Library

4/7/2020-Northeast Ohio Teen Network Workshop
Medina County District Library

Friday, 5/15/2020-IT Network Meeting
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

Friday, 5/15/2020-Branch Managers Network Meeting
Dalton Branch
Wayne County Public Library​
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