NEO-RLS News-February 1, 2021

Office Closed

A Note from the Executive Director

Once again a member request has resulted in a potential new service to benefit our region.  I was recently asked to do a one-on-one coaching session for a library manager.  The session was virtual and we spent two hours talking about the role of managers, discussing general and specific situations and utilizing the Supervisor Skills Questionnaire to assess management strengths and areas that might need improvement.  We both agreed that it worked out well and the manager felt it was helpful.  As a result, we will be offering one-on-one management coaching on a trial basis as a one-time service for those who feel it would be beneficial.  The Supervisor Skills Questionnaire is used in the day-long Supervisor’s Toolkit workshop for the New Supervisors’ Academy.   The assessment provides a framework for discussion regarding one’s current skill set as a manager.  Strong leadership begins with a knowledge of our strengths and the areas in which we need to improve and grows as we become confident in applying that knowledge.  If you or someone you know is interested in improving your management skills or in building confidence in those skills, please contact me.   Gold Members can apply their 4 free consulting hours toward one-on-one management coaching sessions.  Depending on the need and interest, we will be looking into providing a variation of the service at a later date for those who have already participated in the Supervisory Skills Questionnaire and assessment.   I look forward to working with you!  Thanks and have a safe and healthy week!
Betsy Lantz

CE to Print and Share

Don't forget about CE @ a Glance.  A simple one-page flyer to share with your staff.

Succession Planning

The Role of Administration in Succession Planning
Thursday, March 25th at 10 am

This engaging session is designed for Human Resources Executives as well as other senior leaders.  All participants will be provided tips and trained on tools that can be taken back to their library that will immediately address succession challenges they are currently facing.
Learning Objectives:
  • Administration's Contribution to Succession
  • 70/20/10 Model of Talent Development
  • Succession Planning Continuum – what can we do today?

NEO-RLS Announcements

New Program Added:

February 24th
Tools for Tense Situations with Angry Customers
Presented by:
Dr. Steve Albrecht 
5 Seats remaining in the Professional Writing Online Workshop Series which starts on March 3rd.
We have a new look.  Be sure to view our new website.


From the State Library

Many libraries in Ohio and around the USA participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a USDA-funded program that provides free meals and snacks to children ages 0-18 in communities with high levels of need.
The need for this program has never been greater. The pandemic has driven a sharp increase in economic instability and food insecurity. At the same time, many families do not know how to access free meals for their children, or they lack transportation to get to meal distribution sites.
The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET are again collaborating to bring you the 2021 Library Leadership Ohio Institute. LLO develops great libraries by developing great leaders. We offer exceptional programs focused on personal development and transferable leadership skills, while fostering connections and collaboration within Ohio’s diverse library community.
Library Leadership Ohio will be held virtually on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons over the span of three weeks in July and August. Applications for the program will open in mid-February. The event will be facilitated by OhioNET and The State Library of Ohio.

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New jobs added to the NEO-RLS Job Postings!

From ALA

APALA and AILA (American Indian Library Association) are currently accepting applications from community organizations and libraries who serve API and AIAN families, and are looking for funding for family literacy programming.  The Talk Story grants are intended to support programming that celebrates American Indian, Asian, and/or Pacific Islander stories through books, oral traditions, and cultural arts. Library and community organizations are encouraged  to work together on this program. Talk Story programs may be presented face-to-face or over virtual platforms, given the evolving circumstances. The amount of the grant is $750. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2021. Eligibility, details, and grant applications can be found at Click for a copy of the press release from APALA as well.

Gadgets and Gizmos

Serving Teens Survey

Katie Corcoran at Grafton-Midview Public Library is surveying Ohio library leaders about how libraries serve their teen population. Please take a quick moment to complete this form. If your library has multiple branches, please have each branch complete the questionnaire.
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