NEO-RLS News-August 10, 2020

Emerging Technology Symposium

A Note from the Executive Director

As I was thinking about what to write about for today, I recalled my wonder at how “the library” isn’t a “one size fits all” institution although so many people make the assumption that it is.  Our communities are so varied and, as we all know, this variance demands different approaches with regard to services.  While we have common best practices, the way they are implemented may differ quite a lot.  As we turn to each other in the midst of the pandemic for guidance and advice, that guidance and advice is not always as helpful as we might imagine, but for the very best of reasons - we are staying true to our desire to serve our own communities well.  However, reaching out to colleagues for encouragement and support can be incredibly helpful and provide affirmation of the decisions we are making.  We have no real idea of the long-term customer behavior changes that the pandemic may leave us with but the methods that have been put into place to connect with colleagues virtually, to motivate staff working remotely, to heighten our creativity and to remain flexible in our approach to our communities will serve us in good stead as we continue to move forward.  If you haven’t already done so, look for a Network meeting of interest to you and start connecting.  Hang in there and stay well!

Betsy Lantz

From the State Library

In an effort to provide Library Directors with information for decision-making and better enable the State Library of Ohio in supporting library systems across the state, we ask all Ohio libraries to complete the Reopening after COVID-19 Closings survey... Just a reminder that the 2020 Ohio Summer Library Program Evaluation survey is open:
Each year, the State Library asks all Ohio public libraries to report on their SLP. 2020 is no exception, though it’s been an exceptional summer, to say the least...

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CE to Print and Share

Please take a moment to share CE at a Glance with your staff.  There is something for everyone.

Teens, Tweens and Mental Health

Recognizing and reacting to Mental Health Challenges in Adolescents and Young Adults
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10 am

How can we help our teens and tweens when they are struggling?  Come to this webinar to find out what we should be aware of and what we can do.

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Many Online Learning Opportunities for Everyone-Sign Up Today!

Brand Touchpoints: All the Staff & All the Stuff
It's Tea Time: Understanding Gen Z
The Quiet Approach for Serving Customers
Resilience in Challenging Times
Click the calendar to see all of our continuing education opportunities.

NEO-RLS Announcements

Awards Deadline September 1st
Do you deserve an award?  Do you know someone who does?  Along with the Rising Star Award which honors a library employee with no more than five years’ experience, we now have the NEW Shooting Star Award...
Volunteers needed for the NEO-RLS Technology and Multi-type Libraries Committees
Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to serve on a NEO-RLS Board Committee..

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Customer Service Academy

News From Other Sources

Library Fundraising in the Wake of COVID-19: A Free ALA Editions Webinar, is now scheduled for August 10 at 1pm Eastern Daylight Time. It'll definitely give you some options on improving your cash flow. Please share with your Friends groups!...  The Ohioana Book Festival usually takes place in Columbus in April. This year, the festival will be held as a free virtual event taking place over three days, August 28-30. Here’s a complete list of participating authors... CARES Act Funding for Ohio Libraries: Free Webinar
As part of the emergency CARES Act legislation passed by the U.S. Congress earlier this spring, the State Library of Ohio has received stimulus grant funds to support libraries throughout the state to purchase equipment and supplies related to the current pandemic...

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NEO RLS Tapas Learning -

Welcome to our new NEO-RLS Tapas Learning video: short, sharable lessons about library services. Deb Logan, Maker Space Teacher and Gifted Coordinator at the Pleasant Local Schools, talks about how her virtual Idea Lab was created developed and adapted to the times while considering the needs and growth of the children. The Something from Nothing Choice Boards can be found at:

Poster Sessions

We have continued to build on the 2020 Emerging Technology Symposium and are excited to bring you even more sessions during the month of September. We have just added these interactive and informative virtual poster sessions:

9.23.2020 - Creating Your Own Reality: Using AR and VR in Virtual Programming
9.28.2020 - Poster Session: Putting the TEAM in STEAM Week
9.30.2020 - Ana-Tour-Me: 3D Modeling's Use in Individualizing Anatomy Education in the 21st Century
To register for these, and all events in the Symposium, click HERE.

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