NEO-RLS News-March 29, 2021


A Note from the Executive Director

With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of nominations for new members of the 2021-2022 NEO-RLS Board of Trustees.  We have 4 seats open for election.  The nomination process begins April 1st and runs through April 30th with elections held beginning May 1st.  Do you have ideas and opinions about the future of continuing education and member services for the libraries in our region?  Do you want to be part of a group of creative, engaged Board members helping to shape and realize the vision of NEO-RLS?  If the answer is yes, we hope you will decide to run for the 2021-2022 open Board of Trustees seats. We are looking for those interested in representing Zone 2 libraries (libraries with a total operating revenue of $1,500,000 - $3,999,999), Zone 3 libraries (libraries with a total operating revenue of $800,000 - $1,499,999), Zone 4 libraries (libraries with a total operating revenue of up to $799,999) and Academic Libraries.  Board terms are three years and new members of the Board will serve from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024.  In order to be eligible to run for election you must be the designated representative for your library.  Library Directors may serve as the representative OR may appoint others to serve as the representative.  An email including a link to the nomination form will be sent out to representatives on April 1st.  If you don’t receive the form and would like to run, please contact me.  Feel free to contact William Rutger, Board President, if you have questions about the responsibilities of a Trustee.  You can also visit our website to check out your current Board members and ask them your questions.  We hope you will consider being an active part of our vision to maximize library potential together!     
Betsy Lantz

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

NEO-RLS Announcements

Have a Question About a Question? NEO-RLS Statewide Salary Survey FAQ Updated Daily
We are pleased to see the number of libraries that are participating in the Statewide Salary Survey.  We are keeping an updated list of the answers to questions we have been asked on our Salary Survey FAQ.  If you don’t see your question on the list, please don’t hesitate to ask Betsy Lantz or Debbie Blair.  We are available to answer any of your questions and are happy to do so.  Your questions will help guide refinements to future surveys. 
NEO-RLS Libraries Innovate and Share!
The 16 Tapas Learning videos created by our members have an accumulative 2,496 views on YouTube.  In addition, they have 1,223 views on Facebook.  The total views are an impressive 3,719!  Clearly, your generosity in sharing your creativity and innovation impacts many.  That is why we are asking you to submit a poster session proposal for the 2021 Virtual Emerging Technology Symposium.  The Symposium is a great place to showcase your ideas and projects revolving around the use of emerging technologies. This year’s theme, Exploration | Adaptation | Transformation, gives you a forum to highlight what is happening in your library!  Please contact Holly Klingler if you have questions.


Empathetic Marketing: Connecting with Users through Marketing
Wednesday, April 21st at 2 pm

Empathetic marketing is the latest marketing trend—showing users how you can meet their core emotional needs. When libraries use empathetic marketing to show users how library services and staff can meet their emotional needs, it helps users feel more connected, shows them that people know and care about what they are experiencing, and lets them know that we can help them in a variety of ways. Once users realize that the library staff know and care about their needs, they often feel more comfortable seeking assistance from us when they need it—whether related to the library and research or not.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define empathetic marketing
  • Show examples of empathetic marketing
  • Demonstrate ways that libraries can incorporate empathetic marketing in their outreach endeavors
Presenter:  Carrie Girton is the Public Services Librarian at Rentschler Library at Miami University Hamilton in Hamilton, Ohio. 

Don't Miss One

Attention Youth Services

The NASA Glenn Research Center Office of STEM Engagement is soliciting proposals from youth-serving organizations and formal/informal education institutions in Ohio to receive professional development and implement NASA STEM content. This opportunity allows each organization to submit a brief proposal for collaboration with NASA with an option to request funding for up to $2,500.00 for materials to implement the content with students.
Virtual Music Production & Lyricism

Please share this program with your teens that have an interest in music, the music industry, hip hop, rap, and R & B.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
4-5 PM via Zoom
Ages 14-18
Library card not required.
Space is limited, register early.
Register on Grafton-Midview Public Library's website via the calendar.

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Meet with Your Peers

Employment Opportunities

See what's new!  View Job Postings on the NEO-RLS website. 

Other Events

Call for Proposals
The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for the 47th Annual Conference-Building Bridges: Dialogue, Deliberation & Connection in Academic Libraries-Wednesday-Friday, October 27-29, 2021
Next Live Ryan Dowd Webinar: Prejudice: Responding to prejudicial comments from customers
Thursday, April 8th at 2 pm
Some of the issues covered:
-Why most approaches to confronting prejudice actually increase prejudice (according to research!).

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