NEO-RLS News-December 14, 2020

Virtual Meetings

A Note from the Executive Director

This week we had our first ever problem with Zoom, and of course, it had to occur at the beginning of our webinar, “How to Be an Effective Anti-Racist” with 146 participants registered!  Like many of the online platforms, Zoom isn’t the quickest at responding to customer needs and therefore, the problem resulted in a number of people experiencing delays in being admitted into the webinar, problems with people coming in after a long wait and people giving up and moving on to other things.  We are so sorry that this occurred but appreciate the “electronic grace” that came our way from our members.  I am happy to say we have already rescheduled the program for February 17th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and it is open for registration.  We have also read the evaluation feedback from those who attended and have sent it along to our presenters for their information.  We look forward to continuing the discussion and want to remind everyone that attends that this webinar will not be recorded per the policy of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and to ensure privacy and confidentiality for the participants.  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

Try the Remo Conference Software Through NEO-RLS
Would you like to explore a new software platform for meetings or events?  NEO-RLS is happy to assist you by letting you try out our Remo software.  If you are interested, let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.  Want to know more about Remo before contacting us?  View our Remo webinar from the Emerging Technology Symposium


NEO-RLS Survey
In an effort to make certain we are addressing the interests of our members and maximizing the monies we spend on emerging technologies, the NEO-RLS Technology Committee has created a five question survey to ascertain current knowledge of our kits and future emerging technology needs and trends.  The Committee would like anyone interested in emerging technologies, anyone working with emerging technologies, anyone programming with emerging technologies, anyone paying for emerging technologies – in other words, almost everyone - to take a few minutes to answer our survey.
NEO-RLS Awards
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 Shooting Star Award to honor library employees who have been working in the field with more than 10 years’ of experience and the Advocacy Award for those who have supported the libraries of our region through their advocacy.  The first two award recipients will be selected by the State Librarian and presented at the annual NEO-RLS Membership Meeting.  

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Free Program

21 Things to Do for Yourself in 2021 
Thursday, December 17t at 2:00 pm

A New Year approaching is an opportunity to stop, breathe and reflect on who and where you are today and to consider changes for the future.
Many of us are in the habit of being busy. So busy in fact, that we leave little time for ourselves which can lead us to a less fulfilling life than we had dreamed and believed was possible.
Even in these historically uncertain times, you can gain more control of your life by using one or more of the 21 Things we will discuss in this interactive and enlightening program.


From the State Library

A survey shared on behalf of the project team at UNC:
The nature of public library youth services work has shifted dramatically in recent years, and is likely to continue evolving in response to local and national demographic, economic, social, and political changes. Yet, LIS education on a national scale may not be keeping up with these changes, resulting in early career librarians who lack the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be immediately successful at the job. As part of an IMLS-funded project to facilitate a national conversation on the future of LIS youth services education, we are surveying public library staff, administrators and hiring personnel to ask for your thoughts on this issue.

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Office Closed


Someone at your library may have received (or will soon receive) an email from LinkedIn that says, "Don’t forget to take these steps before your upgrade!"
There are no steps you need to take at this time.
We are working with Lynda/LinkedIn to change their configuration so libraries will stop receiving these instructions, and to streamline authentication to ease the network chores on your part.
Thanks for your patience. 
                    Don Yarman
                    Director, Ohio Public Library Information Network
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