NEO-RLS News-September 27, 2021

Here is What Our Members are Saying

"Just wanted to drop a note to say that I really‚Äč enjoyed this webinar on design thinking by Julia Maddox.  I am going to have my staff (myself included) work through the prompt:  How might we design the ideal work day?"

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A Note from the Executive Director

Last week was one of those weeks - the kind where you think it can’t get much worse than the toilet overflowing all over the only restroom in the office – but it can and did!  In the midst of everything going on and things going wrong, I was doing a bit of research and happened upon a quiz from the Oxford University Press called, “Which library matches your personality?”  Needing a bit of whimsy and a moment to put everything into perspective, I decided to spend a minute taking the quiz.  It’s a super short quiz (7 multiple choice questions) and it links you up with libraries all over the world.  My quiz resulted in a match with the Stuttgart (Germany) City Library.  The person at OUP who put out the information was matched up to The New York Public Library.  If you need a bit of fun to start your week, take a minute to see what library you match up with.  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

It’s almost October and that means we will be sending out our 2022-2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) Letters of Intent.  You should receive them via email between October 1st and 5th.  This year we have created a fillable form for your convenience.  Our fiscal year runs from July-June and as a result, we begin planning our budget in January.  We ask for your assistance with this by returning your Letter of Intent prior to December 31, 2021.  Your membership is important to us and to the libraries in our region.  Without you, we are unable to provide a robust schedule of continuing education opportunities and other services.  With you, we are maximizing library potential!  Thank you!
The survey reports salary information for approximately 97 job titles with 162 libraries participating.  Using CODA, the online reporting tool, you can search for data using a variety of “cuts.”  Want to look at the data from the participating libraries in your region (NEO-RLS, NORWELD, SERLS, or SWON)?  You can do that!  Want to look at the data from all of the participating libraries in your revenue band?  You can do that!  Want to look at your library compared to a specific participating library?  You can do that too!  CODA allows a high degree of flexibility for leveraging the data. Please contact Betsy Lantz or Debbie Blair if you have questions or would like to purchase the salary survey.

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Where is the Jobline?

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

Meet Vendor Discount Program Member, OrangeBoy

OrangeBoy, Inc., based in Columbus, OH, has worked with libraries for more than 25 years and is pleased to offer Savannah, our community engagement platform at special pricing for NEO Members.
Savannah provides libraries a way to understand and engage its community using targeted communication techniques and market trends.  Serving as many distinct software products in one—a data warehouse, a proprietary customer segmentation tool, performance dashboard, a customer communication engine with feedback tools, a powerful data mining and analytics feature, and GIS mapping capabilities - no other product offering in the library industry links these functionalities together in one integrated and searchable tool. 

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From the State Library

Applications for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Mentoring Program have opened. This program connects children’s services professionals together for approximately 10 months to help them build peer-taught skills, make connections, and increase familiarity with ALSC’s Core Competencies. The program is supported by ALSC’s Managing Children’s Services Committee, the ALSC Membership Committee, and staff.  Crane Center’s 8th Annual Symposium on Children
Friday, October 8,
Noon – 3:00 pm
The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at the Ohio State University invites you to its 2021 Symposium on Children, with the theme “Challenging Ourselves: Rethinking Family Engagement.”  This FREE half-day online event takes place Friday, October 8 from Noon to 3:00 pm.
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is pleased to announce its 2022 program with the all-ages theme of Oceans of Possibilities, featuring artwork by Sophie Blackall.
This year, each Ohio public library is receiving the CSLP manual online as part of the statewide purchase of CSLP manuals. Your library’s access code and instructions are on the attached note.

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Police Presence?


The American Library Association is seeking information about the library experience with the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund program. If your library applied for ECF funding, strongly considered applying but did not apply, or is considering applying in the second application window (September 28- October 13) please fill out this short survey Responses are anonymous and it should take less than 10 minutes to fill it out. ALA will use the aggregated data in their advocacy efforts with the FCC to seek improvements to the ECF program.
Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey. Deadline for responding is Wednesday, October 6.


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