NEO-RLS News-December 7, 2020

Think Summer

A Note from the Executive Director

Although December has barely begun, I am pleased to announce that our continuing education opportunities for January – June 2021 are posted on our website and open for registration.  As you contemplate the New Year and all of the promise it brings, take a look at the wide variety of programs that we have planned for you.  Between Network Groups, Staff Development Week and our regular programming, January starts out strong and the schedule continues strong throughout the first half of the year with topics that are timely, informative, interactive and engaging.   No matter your position, your experience or your interest, we have something for everyone.   We welcome your participation and look forward to seeing you online.  Have a great week and stay healthy!  Together we are maximizing library potential.
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

Update the Interests/Tracks Portion of Your NEO-RLS Member Profile
Thanks to a recommendation from the NEO-RLS Marketing/PR Committee, we have made some changes to our membership database in order to provide you with CE information tailored to your interests.  In order to take advantage of this, we need you to do the following:
2021-2022 Letters of Intent Due December 31st
Thank you to the libraries that have already returned their Letters of Intent for 2021-2022!  We appreciate your timely response and your continued support.  If you haven’t already returned your Letter, please do so by December 31, 2020.  Together we are maximizing library potential!

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Here is What Happened in November

Other Sources

Applications for the 2021 Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) Jane Myers Scholarship are now being accepted. Scholarship(s) will be awarded at the discretion of the OTSL Scholarship Committee, not to exceed $500, dependent upon need and number of applicants.


Wanted: Your Memories for James Cook Memory Project Ohio Library Council's James Cook Book Award celebrates diversity in YA literature, but who was James Cook? The Teen Services Division and James Cook Book Award are hoping you can help tell us. The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards:

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Vendor Spotlight

We would like to highlight JanWay as a participant in our vendor discount program. NEO-RLS members receive a 10% discount. To access this discount and others click here.
Online catalog is accessible at

Grant Opportunities

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for Ohio libraries to apply for grant funds to build or expand a collection of books receiving honors and awards in Ohio and by Ohio authors.  Since 2016, the State Library of Ohio has awarded LSTA funds to support Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors (COBAA) to provide funds specifically for collection development purposes


The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual grant supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.
Applications will be accepted between Dec. 1, 2020, and Feb. 5, 2021. View the full award guidelines and apply online at

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Digital Readers' Advisory

Free Program from State Library of Ohio

Burnout and Stress (Updated): Strategies in case 2021 is as bad as 2020
 Some of the issues covered:
  • How burnout changes the brain (some parts shrink and other parts grow!)
  • The six areas that influence burnout
  • What you and your team can do to prevent burnout
 When: December 10 at 2pm EST  Click HERE to register.

Surveys to Assist Libraries

From Kent State School of Information:
We invite you to complete our short survey about social justice in your library. Your responses will be used to inform research and curriculum development at the Kent State School of Information (which includes the library science program). 
Click the link below to learn more about the study or to give your consent to complete the survey.  
 Survey link
From the State Library of Ohio:
This is our second (of three) reminder emails for the statewide Survey of Digital Collections and Preservation, designed for all types of libraries and cultural heritage organizations, whether or not they are currently working with digitization and digital collections.

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