NEO-RLS News-January 5, 2020

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A Note from the Executive Director

Happy New Year!  Recently we have had a variety of questions regarding the availability of the emerging technology kits.  The kits are available!  Holly Klingler will be reaching out to you if you had previously reserved a kit to make certain that you still want to receive it.  In addition, she has been contacted about doing programming with the emerging technology kits in the coming months.  We are not doing any in-person programs until July 1st or later, dependent upon the availability of vaccines and the number of COVID cases.  However, Holly has prepared a virtual alternative which includes delivery of the kit of your choice to your library, a video demonstration of the various technology, and a live Zoom Q & A with her.  In addition, we have had a request for an Insta-Go camera (a first person camera).  It is on order and will soon be available for individual loan.  Don’t forget that other pieces of individual emerging technology may also be borrowed.  We hope you will take advantage of our emerging technology kits and welcome any ideas or suggestions for their use.  Lastly, we are still looking for input on the types of emerging technology needs and trends that you see for the future.  Please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey.  Your input will help us leverage our funds to benefit you and your communities.  Thanks and have a safe and healthy week!
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.

Instructional Design: Part 2

Still time to register!
Instructional Design: Ideas and Techniques you can begin using today - Part 2
This Thursday, January 7th at 10 am

In part 2, we will continue the walk with Kimberly Salcewicz through parts of the instructional design process. She will focus on Task Analysis which is when an instructional designer takes a detailed look at the instructional project’s topic/procedure, before beginning to design. In addition to Task Analysis, she will share instructional design tips and strategies by walking through examples and addressing two instructional challenges.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about task analysis and how it can help build effective instructional material
  • Explore two instructional challenges and some of their instructional solutions
  • Learn about the functions of graphics and how to use them to enhance your instructional material
If you missed Part 1 click here to register for the archive.  The link to the archived webinar will appear in your confirmation email.

Don't Miss the Statewide Directors' Networking Meeting

Would you like to hear what your fellow directors around the state are doing in the midst of the current surges in COVID cases?  Would you like to be able to discuss your challenges and share your solutions?  The four state regional library systems (NEO-RLS, NORWELD, SERLS and SWON) in conjunction with the State Library of Ohio invite you to a statewide directors’ Network Meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  Wendy Knapp, State Librarian, will share information from the State Library and Evan Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, will moderate the discussion.  This event is free and open to all.  Please register so that we can ensure an optimal experience. 

Here is What Happened in December

NEO-RLS Announcement

2021 NEO-RLS Awards
Are you in the midst of annual performance reviews?  Have you just completed them?  Just beginning them?  Wherever you might be in the process, take a minute to think about the great ideas that you and/or your colleagues have had and the impact upon your library community.  Then, take a further moment to nominate someone for the NEO-RLS Rising Star and Shooting Star awards.  The deadline is June 30, 2021 but nominations can be made at any time using the easy to complete, online form.  Don’t wait until the last minute to nominate the star in your midst!

Value of Technical Services

Pat Carterette Scholarship

The ALA Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to participate in continuing education event(s) between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, listserve, etc.).  This opportunity is open to everyone! You do NOT have to be an ALA member to apply.
This grant, named after our much-admired past-president, the late Pat Carterette, is designed to honor her passion for professional development in the field of library and information sciences.  A former staff development and continuing education coordinator, Pat believed in quality library service, leadership development, and continual learning. 
Applicants must respond to the Survey Monkey questionnaire located at by March 1, 2021, at 11:59 pm CST. 

E-rate 471 Workshop

Registration is open for the FY2021 E-rate 471 Workshop. This session offers a line-by-line review and analysis of the filing of E-Rate Form 471, the application for discounts on eligible services.
This webinar will be held on Friday, January 22, 9:30 AM - Noon.
This workshop will be recorded and accessible later from OPLIN's YouTube channel.
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