NEO-RLS News-July 13, 2020

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A Note from the Executive Director, Betsy Lantz

We all know how important it is to evaluate and re-evaluate what it is we do, why we do what we do, and how we do what we do.  It’s important because it helps us make certain we are working effectively and efficiently and in the best interests of our communities.  Today the NEO-RLS staff participated in a brainstorming session with Chad Willett in order to think about what else we can do to support all of you while working in our new virtual environment.  We were encouraged to ask the three following questions – Why?  What if? and How?  Doing so helped us look beyond where we are at the moment and to consider how we might change things up in the near future.  One of our ideas until we can return to face-to-face events was to offer a livestreamed speaker for a change of pace from the standard Zoom meetings and webinars.  We also took a new look at our vendors and how we might be able to partner with them in a more mutually beneficial manner.  My main point however, is that despite the circumstances, in one short hour we were able to come up with some great ideas!  Evaluating where you are and what you are doing can be time-consuming but it can also be incredibly energizing and lead you to the next best idea.  We see this all of the time in the libraries in our region and in libraries throughout the world.  Whether it’s drones delivering books to kids in Virginia or grills being loaned out by libraries in Finland, whenever I look around I find interesting, meaningful and exciting developments brought about by the dedicated people working in libraries.  Together we are maximizing library potential!  Stay well and have a great week!

Betsy Lantz

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What Happened to A Day for Circ Staff?

A Day for Circ Staff was changed to A Day for Public Service in 2020.  It is now a virtual two-hour session, Ditch the Drama: Strategies for Peak Performance: More Peace, Less Drama.  This will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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NEO-RLS Announcements

New Payment Options Added for Annual Membership Dues
It’s that time of year again and invoices for NEO-RLS Membership dues have been emailed.  We are offering three payment options this year in an effort to assist libraries during this economic downturn...
2021 Summer Reading:  It is hard to believe that we need to think this far ahead.  NEO-RLS is looking for people to serve on a summer reading committee for Children's, Teen and Adult.  Email Melissa Lattanzi by August 3rd if you are interested.
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Have a great technology program, project, service or event that you have implemented at your library and would like to feature?...

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James Cook Book Award
Are you passionate about diversity in teen books? Applications are now being accepted for the James Cook Book Award Selection Committee...
State Library CARES ACT Mini-Grant Application is now available for all types of libraries.  The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce its new CARES Act Mini-Grant Program to help all types of libraries in Ohio respond to the COVID-19 pandemic...
REALM Project update: Third round of testing begins July 10:  Test Set 3 Announced: Five plastic-based items were selected for the third round of Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus...

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De-Escalating Difficult COVID-19 Customer Behaviors

Andrew Sanderbeck is offering De-Escalating Difficult COVID-19 Customer Behaviors on Tuesday, July 21st from 2:00 - 3:00pm EST.  Use Discount Code NEO29 to receive $20 off of this webinar.

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