NEO-RLS News-October 5, 2020

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A Note from the Executive Director

It was with great dismay last week that I had to inform registrants for “Whose Lives Matter” that we could not hold the program scheduled for October 1st.  The presenters from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service were prohibited from providing the training pursuant to the two memoranda here.  In addition, it came to my attention that IMLS may provide new guidelines around the use of LSTA funding for such training.  Difficult conversations around diversity and anti-racism are paramount to ensuring that, as a profession, we are adhering to the ALA Code of Ethics.  As one registrant remarked after receiving the cancellation notice, “We were looking forward to what seemed to be a useful session about understanding people and being an ethical mediator. Who knew that was problematic behavior?”  Another registrant wrote, “Are we protesting this in some way, shape, or form?  "We" being librarians who do not believe in censorship and I cannot help but see this as the first step....”  Please be assured that NEO-RLS is committed to offering training that is socially relevant and responsible and that enables librarians and library staff to perform in accordance to our Code of Ethics.  The scheduled program could not proceed but we immediately contacted a variety of other speakers and will be adding new anti-racism training programs to our schedule as soon as we possibly can.  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.

System Migration

Organizing Chaos: Training for a Library Service Platform Migration
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 10 am

When a library system moves to a new service platform, it can feel chaotic and disruptive. The whole staff needs to be trained at the same time, while the implementation team is still actively working on configuration and data migration. How do you give everyone what they need to start work on Day 1 when even staff who know the most are still learning and the system isn’t entirely ready? Just as importantly, how do you address the change management needed to prepare staff for a new technological system that may also change physical workflows and even job responsibilities?

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That's a Wrap

What an amazing, informative and inspiring month we had at the 2020 Virtual Emerging Technology Symposium as we gathered throughout September to learn about creating intentional inclusion in our makerspaces in order to keep them relevant to our communities.  We learned how libraries of all types and sizes have created, developed and grown their spaces, creatively adjusting and reshaping their vision to serve customers before and during the pandemic.  Sessions reinforced the idea that a makerspace can include anything from top of the line emerging tech equipment to simple tools and crafts, but that they must be purposeful, and they can and should grow with the community. Most of all, we saw that makerspaces and making aren’t just about the tools and tech, but about providing inclusive spaces for people to use and to define for themselves, to prototype, to help others, to champion social justice, and to gain confidence. 

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NEO-RLS Announcements

Customer Service Academy
Please remember to let us know if you have completed the required 8 webinars during 2020 in order to earn your Online Training Certificate for Customer Service by emailing Melissa Lattanzi.  Those who have completed the requirements will be recognized in our newsletter at the end of the year and will receive their certificate in the mail.
Mark your calendars to attend the NEO-RLS 2020 Annual Membership and Appreciation Meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  Although we can’t bring you breakfast virtually, we promise the meeting will be informative and will provide you with time to network with colleagues around a variety of table topics.  We will use Zoom for the meeting and then will use a new software platform, the Remo Conference software, for the networking aspect of the meeting.  Remo will allow us to try out some fun, new features not available on Zoom...  Staff Week
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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What Happened in September

Grant Opportunities

Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is a special grant opportunity exclusively for small and rural libraries. LTC is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that provides community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities. Libraries can use this grant to develop and offer a conversation series in their community, using a model such as Turning Outward, Great Stories Club, or One Book One Community, or design their own conversation program around local or national issues or a book or film discussion...
There’s no debate about it: metadata is great, and grant money is even better!
So if your library or archive could use up to $4999 to clean up your metadata and join the Ohio Digital Network to share your collections with the Digital Public Library of America, you’ll want to apply for our Metadata Mini-Grant.
And if you think you might have questions or want to learn more about it, you’ll want to attend our informational webinar. It’s just one week from today on Wednesday October 7 at 11:00.
Registration is quick and easy, see you there!

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ATTN: Catalogers

From Other Sources

It's now time to register for the Fall 2020 E-rate (Basics/Updates) and Form 470 webinar. In this workshop Lorrie Germann, State E-rate Coordinator, will cover changes to E-rate and a line by line review of the Form 470. Plan on attending to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
This public library-specific session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28.
Register HERE.

From Library Journal:
When we talk to students, parents, educators, and librarians, they all share many of the same concerns: 

How will schools and libraries support students from afar?
How will parents become instant experts in algebra?
How will students learn remotely?

That's why libraries across the U.S. and Canada partner with us to provide 1-to-1 tutoring that engages students, makes sure they stay on track, and reduces the stress levels of students and parents alike. We've been doing this for two decades—and now more than ever, on-demand support is a lifeline for families.
Join us at the Library Journal Virtual Summit (registration is free)
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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