NEO-RLS News-July 12, 2021

Networking Opportunities

A Note from the Executive Director

Do you have objects that you have accumulated through donations, gifts, etc.?  Do you want ideas for how to utilize them to expand your digital outreach?  Do you need to better understand the best practices around the management of the objects in your collection?  Although we’ve scheduled a fair number of past and upcoming programs on collection development and management, we haven’t had a program in a while that speaks to what to do with those non-book objects that you might have acquired.  If you have items that fall into this category, and especially if you don’t have a position devoted to the management of these items, I would encourage you to attend What do we do with this? Managing artifacts in your Collection on August 19th.  Even when objects are non-circulating, they still need to be preserved appropriately and made accessible.  Register today to learn how to preserve and leverage the objects in your care.  Together we are maximizing library potential.  Have a wonderful week!

Betsy Lantz

CE to Print and Share

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

Policies and Procedures

NEO-RLS Announcements

Thanks to our 2021-2022 NEO-RLS Members!
We would like to thank our 98 dues-paying members for their support of NEO-RLS.  Our members make it possible to provide the region with high-quality programming and services.  We value you and work hard to listen and meet your changing needs and expectations.  Thank you for your continued support!
2021 Statewide Salary Survey is Now Available!
If you are interested in purchasing the results of the Statewide Salary Survey, please contact Betsy Lantz or Debbie Blair.  Your library will be invoiced and the results sent to you.  You will be receiving information in the coming weeks regarding the use of CODA, an online customizable reporting tool.  CODA will allow you to sort the salary and benefits data in a wide variety of ways in order to make certain you are receiving the greatest benefit from the information.

Lindsay Bonilla

Indoors, and Outdoors, and Zoom! Oh My! – Flexible Storytelling for the 21st Century
Tuesday, September 14th

Storytelling in the 21st century (and during a pandemic!) poses new challenges. But these challenges are also opportunities to grow our skills and expand our audience!

Learning Objectives:
  • Adapt storytelling to different settings
  • Story selection
  • Audience involvement
  • Technology concerns
Presenter:  Lindsay Bonilla is a professional storyteller and children’s book author from North Canton, Ohio. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in theatre and religion at Northwestern University, she fell in love with folktales and world travel and has been performing interactive theatre, sharing stories and teaching workshops all over the world ever since. 

Where is the Jobline?

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

We would like to welcome LibraryCall as our newest vendor.
They are offering 15% discount off website pricing.
Visit their website here: Welcome to LibraryCall | LibraryCall
For more information, contact
Debbie Blair.

From the State Library

AASL has announced its 2021 Best Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning. This recognition honors electronic resources that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their educator collaborators. View the list here:
Traveling Exhibition - In 2018, the Miami University Art Museum (Oxford, OH) presented an original art exhibition based on children's picture books exploring African-American history and cultural identity. Telling A People's Story: African-American Children's Illustrated Literature was 3 years in the making in collaboration with some of the top scholars in the field of African-American children's literature, including Ohioans Rudine Sims Bishop, Darwin Henderson and Arnold Adoff, along with 2 Ohio librarians, Sam Bloom and Gratia Banta, involved with ALA and the Coretta Scott King Award.

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This is the last week to register for the annual Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI), which will be held online July 26-30th.  As always, all library staff - both in Ohio and beyond - are welcome to join in.
This will be a free conference with a schedule that alternates between morning and afternoon sessions throughout the week; it is our hope that this format will accommodate as many schedules as possible.  All sessions will be recorded for later viewing as well, so please feel free to tune in when it suits your schedule.
The annual OELMA Conference is on and in person! For the first time in over a year the librarians of Ohio are finally able to get back together for a day of exciting professional development opportunities! The date is set for October 9, 2021! It will be a one day conference but we already have some great things lined up including graphic novelist Derf Backderf, creator behind My Friend Dahmer, Trashed, and most recently Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles and Tiny Pretty Things (now a Netflix series!), and COO of the nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books, will also be joining us virtually at the conference. 

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