NEO-RLS News-April 26, 2021

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A Note from the Executive Director

It’s amazing to me how long it takes to bring some ideas to fruition while others grow legs seemingly in an instant.  Our desire to provide some sort of listserv for our Network Groups has been one of those ideas that has taken a very long time and undergone many iterations.  But finally, due to a chance comment from Gayle Ecabert, Executive Director of SWON, we have a solution.  I am happy to be able to announce that we will be rolling out our listserv-like solution to two of our Network Groups on May 3rd.  We are doing a slow rollout in order to test the process and will begin with the HR/FO Network Group and the Academic Library Directors Network Group (ALDNG).  We are using a platform known as Discord which allows us to create a “server” for each of the Network Groups, allows Network Groups to create their own “servers” for chats about specific topics, and enables us to add participating Group members as requested.  Communication etiquette guidelines will be “pinned” to the “server” for each Network Group and we ask that you read and abide by the guidelines.  Discord is a very intuitive platform which allows you to easily ask a question or respond immediately to someone else’s question or comment, while also providing you the opportunity to look at the conversational thread at your convenience.  We have had fun testing it out and look forward to comments from our first users.  We think the use of Discord will provide our Network Groups with an easy way to maintain communication between meetings and ask questions and get answers from those involved in the same types of situations – all in an easily accessed and confidential environment.  We will announce the roll-out for the remaining Network Groups in the weeks following.  This is one of the services that our members have been requesting for the past several years and we are pleased that we finally have a solution in place that we think you will like.  Thanks for your patience and have a great week!
Betsy Lantz

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NEO-RLS Announcements

NEO-RLS Strategic Planning Services Will Resume in September 2021
We will be resuming in-person strategic planning facilitation beginning in September.  If you have been thinking about doing strategic planning this year or next, please let Betsy know as soon as possible so that we can get your library on our schedule.

Nominations Close April 30th for Open NEO-RLS Board Seats
There is still time to nominate yourself or a colleague for the open Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4 and Academic Library Board Seats!  Email Betsy if you are interested or need more information.  We hope you will considering joining the Board as we work with the libraries in our region to maximize library potential.  Elections begin May 3rd.
NEO-RLS Statewide Salary Survey Due April 30th
There is still time to complete your Statewide Salary Survey (online survey and uploading of payroll data).  Please don’t hesitate to ask Betsy Lantz or Debbie Blair if you have questions.  We have had 79 libraries complete all parts and another 55 in various stages of completion as of Friday, April 23rd.  Thank you for submitting your data!

Presenting Online

From the State Library

The National Summer Learning Association offers a new webinar:
Cultural Crossroads: Exploring the important intersection of summer program training & design with the critical need to address race, equity, and inclusion
Wednesday, April 28, 2:00 pm
The Ohio Inclusion State Leadership Team invites you to take a survey regarding the creation of a Family Engagement Resource Guide:
The Ohio Inclusion State Leadership Team is a group of individuals who are family members with children who have disabilities and/or work for state agencies or organizations committed to strengthening the inclusion of children with disabilities wherever children learn, play, and live.
Here’s an important update about the Ohio State Parks certificate for all your families who will have multiple people participating in your summer library program. The library certificate is ODNR’s very first discount program under a new reservation system for its overnight stay options including campgrounds and state operated cabins

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Employment Opportunities

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

From OPLIN Moves to LinkedIn Learning
In two weeks, Ohio libraries will begin moving from to LinkedIn Learning. All the new LinkedIn Learning for Library portals are active, and librarians can begin testing things out. 
One word of caution before you do: Lynda account activity hasn't migrated yet. Any logging in with a library card and PIN into the new system will create a new LinkedIn Learning user. Once that's done, I don't think the legacy Lynda activity can be merged into the new account, so only test with accounts that don't have a Lynda history you want to preserve.
You can find your library's custom link and your designated account migration date on this spreadsheet. Don't put the new link out for patrons yet; you'll want to wait until after accounts migrate before you do that. 
There is additional information at If you have questions, please reach out to me or any of the OPLIN staff at

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