NEO-RLS News-June 21, 2021


A Note from the Chair of the NEO-RLS Technology Committee

This last year, the NEO-RLS Technology Committee has been busy working to create a technology strategic plan for NEO-RLS while continuing to advise on the use of technology for members services and benefit. 

The committee’s goal to create a technology strategic plan culminated in the adoption of the NEO-RLS Technology Plan by the Board of Trustees on May 18, 2021.  The Technology Plan outlines NEO-RLS’s existing technology environment and establishes its ongoing assessment to ensure its ability to work in tandem with the organizational goals and strategic plan.  Furthermore, the Technology Plan establishes goals and objectives to introduce current and future technology trends and ensure the technology infrastructure supports programming and services for members.  The plan will continue to be reviewed by the Technology Committee biannually.

The committee’s efforts toward the second goal focused on the Emerging Technology Kits.  A survey was designed and distributed to members to gain insight into how the kits can meet members’ current and future needs.  Additionally, the committee reviewed the Emerging Technology Kits fee structure and evaluation form. The committee updated the evaluation form to ask for information on how the loaning library used the kits.  NEO-RLS will use this information to promote the kits and inspire other libraries by highlighting their varied use.

This next year, the Technology Committee will continue to be a resource to NEO-RLS through advising on potential uses of technology and implementation of the new Technology Plan.  We invite you to join us as together we are maximizing library potential.

2020-2021 Technology Committee Members: Trent Ross, Chair (Rocky River Public Library), Tonya Briggs (Cleveland Public Library), Kalyn Kappelman (Cuyahoga County Public Library), CJ Lynce (Westlake Porter Public Library), Amy Switzer (Shaker Heights Public Library). Ex Officio:  William Rutger (Avon Lake Public Library), Betsy Lantz and Debbie Blair (NEO-RLS).

Trent Ross

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NEO-RLS Announcements

Only 10 More Days to Nominate the Stars of Northeast Ohio
Update on NEO-RLS Statewide Salary Survey Results
PeriscopeIQ informed us on June 16th that the Salary Survey results will be available on July 9, 2021.  We know that many of you are anxiously awaiting the results and will keep you apprised if anything changes.  Thank you for your participation and patience!
The 2021 Membership Survey will  closes on Friday, June 25th. 
Every two years we conduct a Membership survey in order to determine how effective we are in meeting your needs, helping with your challenges, and maintaining relevant programming and training. 
Have an opinion?  We want to hear it!  Please take 7 minutes to complete the survey so we are able to serve you with excellence.  Thank you to those who have already done so. 
  Only 3 More Days to Nominate Award Winners!!
Nominations for the 2021 NEO-RLS Awards will close at the end of the day on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  Don’t put off nominating those people who have made an impact in your library and community in the past year.  Nomination forms can be found online under Awards.

Multi-Type Libraries

Where is the Jobline?

Find the Jobline in its new location on the website under Services.


The recording of last week's ECF webinar is up on OPLIN's YouTube channel. You can find it at
The FCC and USAC will open the first Emergency Connectivity Fund Program application filing window on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at noon ET.
Schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.  During this 45-day application filing window, which will run from June 29 to August 13, eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services for the 2021-22 school year.
As soon as the Form 471 application becomes available, Lorrie Germann will schedule training sessions to help walk you through the filing process.
If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Lorrie.
Office: 740-223-2420
Cell: 740-253-1153


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