NEO-RLS News-September 20, 2021

Here is What Our Members are Saying

"Really happy with the range of workshops being offered. It's now my go-to organization for accessible and useful professional development. Keep doing what you're doing."

An Opportunity to Talk with Your Peers

A Note from the Executive Director

Are you interested in building your digital marketing skills?  Do you have a limited (or no) budget and limited (or no) staff for marketing?  Then we have the program for you!  Join us on November 10th for our two-hour online workshop, Digital Marketing Tips, Tricks & Trends.  Using Canva, Alexandria Yurosko from the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, will walk us through the basics of graphic design and best practices for your marketing efforts.  Canva is a graphic design platform that can be used to create graphics for social media, posters, charts, presentations, etc.  It is available for free or with a subscription for increased functionality.  No matter your type of library (academic, special, school or public), this program will provide those of you without a marketing department with information to help you reach a new level in your marketing efforts.  Alexandria will also talk about upcoming social media trends and how to leverage them effectively.  Register today to join us! Together we are maximizing library potential.  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.

NEO-RLS Announcements

The Multi-type Libraries Advisory Group met last week and determined that it would be appropriate to start a Special Libraries Network Group to serve those working in the many special libraries (museum, hospital, law, business, historical societies, etc.) and archives in our region.  The next meeting will be held before the end of 2021.  We hope you will join us and spread the word to your colleagues working in our special libraries and archives.  If you are interested in participating in the Special Libraries Network Group, contact Melissa Lattanzi for more information.
New Name and Purpose for Multi-type Libraries Advisory Group
The Advisory Group also agreed last week to rename the group to focus on providing guidance regarding the needs of the special libraries and archives in our region.  Moving forward the group will be the Special Libraries Advisory Group.  If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this Advisory Group, please contact Betsy Lantz for more information.


Do you want to do even more to fundraise for your library?  Our five part series on Fundraising that begins on October 26th is open to anyone involved in fundraising for our libraries.  Join us for information on attracting and engaging donors, setting up your fundraising systems for success,making the ask, Planned Giving basics and developing effective marketing strategies for fundraising.

Where is the Jobline?

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

New Vendor

Pam Linger is an experienced Human Resources professional and owner of PML Consulting, LLC.  Pam also represents InterviewPath, LLC (  She holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Case Western's Weatherhead School of Management.  Pam has experience working both inside organizations as an HR professional, and outside of organizations, as an HR consultant. Checkout our Vendor Discount page for more information.

From the State Library

From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Why
Wednesday, December 15, 11:00 AM – Noon ET
Online via Zoom
Register HERE
Join Kymberlee Powe, Children and YA Consultant for the Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development, as she dives into the makeup of the publishing industry
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce registration is now open for the Reimaging School Readiness training on November 3.
Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness?
This is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages birth to 8 years for success in school and in life.
The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET hosted Sustainable Thinking: What the World Needs Now on September 8.  The online event garnered a huge response with over 100 tuning in live!  A recording of the event is now available to view on the State Library of Ohio’s YouTube page

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With the opening of the 2nd Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Form 471 filing window on September 28th, OPLIN has scheduled training dates to provide a step-by-step walk-through of the application.  In addition, new information/program clarifications received from the FCC and lessons learned from the 1st window will be discussed. OPLIN has scheduled both AM and PM sessions that will hopefully accommodate most of you and is appropriate for both school and library applicants.  Each session should last approximately 2.5 hours.    

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From Other Sources

Ohio Preservation Council Mini Grants
Are you seeking professional development opportunities but falling short when it comes to funding them?
If you answered yes, then the Ohio Preservation Council has the solution for you!
Apply for one of our Mini Grants.   It’s easy.
ALAO Support Staff Conference Grant
Are you a staff member planning to attend or present at the 2021 ALAO Conference? Consider applying for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Support Staff Conference Grant.
The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to encourage support staff development and participation in ALAO activities through the Support Staff Grant.
The Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians’ (NOTSL) virtual Fall meeting, It’s All Subjective: Modern Subject Analysis, will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 via Zoom.

Registration will open soon.

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