Happy Spring! Now is the time of year when the snow melts, and things begin to grow, taking shape for the year ahead. As with our surroundings, this too is a time of growth at NEO-RLS. As we all slowly make our way out of 2020 and hopefully into a healthier and more comfortable 2021, I wanted to highlight some of NEO-RLS's recent activities and a few upcoming opportunities for member participation.
First, everyone at NEO-RLS is excited to announce the launch of the much anticipated Statewide Salary Survey - a comprehensive wage and benefits survey! We encourage everyone to submit their salary and benefits data to produce a robust and meaningful tool for Ohio's libraries. There is no cost to submit your data. The deadline for completion is April 30, 2021. All libraries will be able to purchase the results beginning July 1, 2021. If you participate by submitting your data, the cost to purchase reports will be significantly reduced depending on your library size and dues-paying status. A big kudos to the NEO-RLS staff and committee members for all their work on making this resource a reality!
Also, recent conversations and membership feedback regarding the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in NEO-RLS's programming offerings, including topics and speakers, have led to the creation of the Ad Hoc Committee on DEI Strategies. This committee is the first step in ensuring that NEO-RLS's offerings and opportunities reflect our diverse membership. For the committee to be successful, we seek volunteers to serve and represent our membership's full spectrum. If you would like to join the committee or have someone to recommend, please contact Betsy Lantz
Last, the NEO-RLS Board nominations and elections are coming up. Board members serve an essential role in shaping NEO-RLS's mission to empower the Northeast Ohio library community through high-quality staff development and dynamic collaborative opportunities. Serving on the Board has been an excellent opportunity to help shape NEO-RLS and work with a fantastic group of professionals representing various libraries. Please consider adding your voice to NEO-RLS. To nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Betsy Lantz
These are just a few of the many exciting things happening at NEO-RLS. We look forward to 2021 and another year of maximizing library potential together!
Here's to warmer and healthier days ahead!
President, NEO-RLS Board of Trustees