NEO-RLS News-July 19, 2021

Media Bias?

A Note from the Executive Director

134 people responded to our recent 2021 Membership Survey with 79 respondents completing the survey in full.  This isn’t a large number compared to the over 3,400 library employees that we serve but it is a still a large enough number to see themes emerging from the responses.  Because we start the new Board year in July, we form our Board Committees and our NEO-RLS Advisory Groups in July as well.  Each year, I put out a call in the newsletter asking for volunteers for the various Committees and Groups.  Thanks to the responses on the survey regarding participation, it is clear I need to do a better job at providing more information in order to make people feel comfortable about volunteering.  So, here we go!

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Newest Member

Lakewood Public Library – Gold Member

NEO-RLS 2021 Statewide Salary Survey is Available!

162 libraries (154 public libraries and 8 academic libraries) submitted data to the Statewide Salary Survey.  Compensation data was provided by 138 organizations for 6,753 employees covering 97 jobs.  Twenty-five organizations provided pay practices data only.  If you are interested in purchasing the results, please email me.  In addition, there is further information on the website regarding purchase and cost.  Information regarding CODA, the online reporting feature, will be available next week. 

CE to Print and Share

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

NEO-RLS Announcements

Meet the NEW NEO-RLS Board Members for 2021-2022
Every year there are open seats on the NEO-RLS Board of Trustees.  The 15 member Board consists of two representatives from each of our four library zones (Zone 1 – our largest libraries with revenue of $4M and up; Zone 2 – libraries with revenue of $1.5M - $3,999,999; Zone 3 – libraries with revenue of $8K - $1,499.999; and Zone 4 – our smallest libraries with revenue of Up to $799,999).  In addition, we have representatives for Academic libraries, Special libraries, School libraries and Geographic (non-dues-paying members) libraries as well as At-Large seats. 

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Where is the Jobline?

Check out the job postings at the new Jobline location on the website under Services.

Emerging Technology Symposium

What do the following have in common?
Broward County Library’s Project Welcome initiative
Richland (SC) Library’s My Life Experience Empathy Lab in VR
The Ashley Bryan Art Series at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Roanoke County Public Library’s greeting robot
Stanford’s Design Thinking process to prototype out-of-the-box solutions
These programs, and much more, will be featured at this year’s virtual Emerging Technology Symposium in September. These innovative programs will kick off our month-long FREE event that focuses on the theme of “Explore, Adapt, and Transform.” Register today!

From the State Library

The Collaborative Summer Library Program is gathering stories of inspiration from public libraries around the USA. CSLP seeks visual stories of how public libraries have met the needs of youth and families in their communities this summer or during the past year.  These inspirational stories can be told through photos and a brief narrative or through a short video. Perhaps you have already shared a promotional/publicity video or program recap on YouTube or Facebook, which makes it super easy – the work is already done! Just drop a copy of the video into this shared folder:

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Notary Training

From Other Sources

You can now access the Cochrane Library through December 31, 2021.
You now have access to the latest high-quality, independent healthcare evidence from the Cochrane Library thanks to OhioLINK, with support from the Ohio Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding through the Ohio Department of Higher Education. 
Trying to find trusted healthcare information can be overwhelming. The Cochrane Library provides an easy-to-search database of reliable and up- to- date evidence and uses stringent methods to summarize and interpret the results of existing medical research, including Plain- Language Summaries to make Cochrane evidence more useful to the public.

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