NEO-RLS News-September 21, 2020


A Note from the Executive Director

There is so much to learn and think about as we enter into increasingly challenging conversations regarding diversity, equity and inclusion within our institutions and workplaces.  As we become more and more immersed in understanding our own conscious and unconscious biases it is equally important to continue increasing our knowledge of the systemic reasons behind why some lives have come to matter less.   Our upcoming program, Whose Lives Matter, on Thursday, October 1st, will provide an opportunity for you to increase your knowledge and understanding of race relations within the United States and the meaning and benefit of diversity within the workplace. Participants will have the opportunity for facilitated and confidential conversation around the intent of the Black Lives Matter/All Lives Matter debate and brainstorm ideas for bridging the gap.  In order to provide the optimal experience for all participants, we are asking that you register for this program only if you are able to attend the live virtual event.  There are still seats left and we hope you will join us for this important conversation.  Have a great week and stay well!

Betsy Lantz

CE to Print and Share

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

NEO-RLS Announcements

Yet Another Way to Share Your Projects With Colleagues!
We are continuing to build our Tapas Learning collection of short, sharable lessons about a wide variety of library services and now have a second option for you to share YOUR project.  Our first method of sharing was to feature 2-20 minute recorded lessons.  We are now able to offer you the opportunity to present a live “show and tell” or  “poster” session of 20-50 minutes duration.  We will host you on Zoom, record your live “show and tell” or “poster,” post it on YouTube and link it to our Tapas Learning webpage...
Mark Your Calendars for the NEO-RLS 2020 Membership and Appreciation Meeting!
This year our Membership and Appreciation Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 10:45 -12:45.  We will welcome our new State Librarian, Wendy Knapp, who will speak about her vision for the State Library of Ohio.  In addition, the leadership of many of Ohio’s library organizations will speak on the topic – “Look to the Future: Next Steps after the Pandemic.”...
We are excited to bring you a week-long staff development opportunity.  The week-long event, "Positive, Proactive and Prepared," will feature an opening Keynote speaker, a closing Keynote speaker and 7 breakout sessions.  Network Group Meetings will also be held daily.  Breakout sessions will cover a wide variety of topics aimed at all staff. 
HOW MUCH:  Cost for the day is FREE for Gold Members; $10.00 per person for Silver Members;  $25.00 per person for Bronze Members; and $50.00 per person for Geographic Members ..

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New Vendor

We would like to welcome University Products as our newest vendor.
They are offering a 15% discount off website pricing.
Current pricing without discount can be seen here:

For more information, contact
Debbie Blair.

From the State Library

When budgets are cut or a community is in need, libraries often demonstrate their value by working hard to add more services and more workload to their already full plates. Rarely is there a discussion about eliminating services, optimizing the assets of staff, or advocacy for staff well-being and safety. Learning how to advocate for yourself, your team, and your library is a critical conversation we must have to discuss and reflect thoughtfully about the profession and work to make it better... The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce a new grant program for libraries enabling them to digitize and create new collections for the Digital Public Library of America. Through work with Ohio Digital Network, Ohio’s DPLA Hub, and support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, libraries who are not currently contributing to DPLA can apply for up to $4,999 to remediate metadata for collections that have already been digitized and create new digital collections.


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Managing Projects

From Other Sources

The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is hosting a virtual conference Oct 13-16, 2020 and would love to invite all interested parties to "attend."
The conference schedule is packed with programs for librarians interested in or engaged in outreach services. In addition, since the conference is virtual, all sessions will be recorded providing an opportunity to view even more workshops.
For more information or to register for the conference go to the ABOS website

New Tapas Learning

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