Greetings! As the NEO-RLS Board of Trustees strives to serve you, our members, we are reminded that the Board is representational and reflective of our membership. With that in mind, we would like to share with you highlights from our latest Board meeting on May 18th. This will be an ongoing effort, with a message from the Board following each of our bi-monthly meetings.
First, it is with mixed feelings that we announce the upcoming retirement of our Executive Director, Betsy Lantz. Betsy is the embodiment of the NEO-RLS values: collaborative, professional, and proactive, and has been instrumental in the success of NEO-RLS. Under her 5 years of leadership, not only has the membership increased, but it has been strengthened with a growing diversity of libraries - academic, public, special, and school. In addition, Betsy has been a guiding voice in expanding the offerings and services of NEO-RLS. She works, together with the entire NEO-RLS staff, to meet, often exceeding, the needs of our members. Her last day will be June 30, 2022, and the Board is already taking steps to begin the search for her successor. When the torch is eventually passed, the next Executive Director will be inheriting a solid foundation on which to continue strengthening NEO-RLS. While saddened that her time at NEO-RLS is coming to a close, we are equally excited to wish Betsy much joy and happiness on her well-deserved retirement!
Additionally, the Board resolved to change the Ad Hoc DEI Strategies Committee to a Standing Committee and the change to the Bylaws will be posted on the website for a 30 day review by members beginning today. The Committee has worked on questions focused around diversity, equity and inclusion for the upcoming Membership Survey and is working on the creation of an exit interview for Board members and Board Committee members. The Board also moved to accept NEO-RLS’ newly created Technology Plan, and a new Communication Etiquette policy to be used in conjunction with the Discord platform. Discord is being rolled out for use by the various NEO-RLS Network Groups in order to maintain connections and communication between Network meetings. Members currently affiliated with a Network Group will be invited into the conversation and new members can contact NEO-RLS if they wish to be added. The Salary Survey closed with 136 participating libraries statewide and the results will be available for purchase beginning July 1st
. The upcoming NEO-RLS Membership Survey will be distributed at the beginning of June and we hope you will complete it so that your ideas and suggestions inform our decisions regarding programs and services. The Multi-type Libraries Committee is hosting the first Multi-type Libraries Network Group on June 23rd
featuring discussions about multi-type library collaborations. And, lastly, strategic planning consulting services will resume in-person along with a continuation of our trial period for one-on-one management coaching.
As you can see, there is a lot of activity underway, and everyone at NEO-RLS, Board and staff, continues to work towards maximizing library potential
Stay healthy. Stay safe.
William Rutger, President | NEO-RLS Board of Trustees