NEO-RLS News-September 7, 2021

Police in the Library

A Note from the Executive Director

We have spent a fair amount of time going back and forth in our thinking about our annual Membership and Appreciation Meeting.  When we started thinking about it, we thought we could have it in person this year - back at the Hilton Garden Inn, where everyone could enjoy the delicious breakfast buffet that has been provided in the past – and it would be a great way to get our members back together in celebration of being back together.   However, as things have continued to change, we concluded that the event we were picturing would need to wait for another year.  Therefore, we will be holding our 2021 Membership Meeting virtually on November 16th from 9-11 a.m.  Because it will be virtual, we have the opportunity to more easily change things up a bit.  This year, we will be asking you to participate in some fun polls where you will have the opportunity to provide input and show off your NEO-RLS knowledge.  We will have our regular update from the State Library of Ohio, the presentation of our 2020 Rising Star and Shooting Star Award winners and recognition of all who have helped NEO-RLS in a myriad number of ways.  We will conclude with a presentation by Nick Tanzi, a nationally recognized library technology consultant, and author of the books Making the Most of Digital Collections Through Training and Outreach (2016) and Best Technologies for Public Libraries: Policies, Programs, and Services (2020). In addition, from 2019-2021, Tanzi served as the column editor for Public Library Magazine’s “The Wired Library” and his work has been featured in publications including VOYA Magazine, Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, and Marketing Library Services.  Nick will talk about “Altered Patron Expectations After a Year of Upheaval” and help us identify new program and service opportunities.  Although we can’t bring breakfast to your door, we hope you will join us and register today.  Thanks and 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.


I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the following members that agreed to step in as guest facilitators for sessions of the 2021 Virtual Emerging Technology Symposium:  Missy Littell (Cuyahoga Falls Library), Molly Auchter (Hubbard Public Library), Jessica Conley (Tuscarawas County Public Library), Tawnee Isner (Kinsman Free Library), and Marisha Sullivan (Stark Library).  Thanks to you and your libraries for supporting the Emerging Technology Symposium!  The Symposium, which begins on September 8th at 10:00 with Roslyn Dean speaking on "The Innovation of Libraries," continues throughout the month of September with an exciting array of presentations and poster sessions.  We hope you will join us and our guest facilitators!  Together we are maximizing library potential.

Different Generations

Where is the Jobline?

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

Digital Buyers Group

Cathy Mason at Columbus Public Library is forming an Ohio Digital Buyers Group to meet every now and then to share ideas, discuss vendors, and troubleshoot issues with digital buying.  She is looking for people in libraries that specifically do the digital buying for either the system or branch.  Email Cathy Mason if you are interested.

Here is What Happened in August

From the State Library

The 2021 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards voting period begins today, September 1 through November 10. Buckeye Book Award voting takes place online at There is a button for students to vote directly, and a button for teachers and librarians who collect student votes and wish to submit them in bulk.
Thank you to everyone who has completed the 2021 Ohio Summer Library Program Evaluation survey! Surveys are in from 130 Ohio public libraries. Please join them and share your results and feedback by completing the survey:

The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness core training was purchased by the State Library in 2019 and was recently renewed for another year (access through August 2022).  Subsequent archived webinars are now available as separate modules in Niche Academy.  The online training, authored by Ryan Dowd, is now available for all Ohio public and academic library staff.  

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Kent State’s iSchool Receives IMLS Grant to Support Infant Learning

In August 2021, a research team from Kent State University's School of Information, working in partnership with Kent State’s College of Nursing, received a National Leadership Planning Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) for $99,982.
The funds will support the first stages of what Katie Campana, Ph.D., principal investigator, and Michelle Baldini, MLS, co-investigator from the School of Information, and Elaine Thomas, MSN, RN, CNE, co-investigator from the College of Nursing, have named Project SHIELD (Supporting Healthy Infant Early Learning and Development).
Click here for more information:  iSchool and College of Nursing Secure $100,000 Grant Researching Libraries and Childhood Development | Kent State University


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