NEO-RLS News-October 4, 2021

Here is What Our Members are Saying

Speaker provided real content, as opposed to another,
"look at us, look what we did"-type webinar.
Truly appreciated solid, real-world materials we can use in our library.

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A Note from the Executive Director

In the past few weeks I have been busy writing the final narrative reports for the LSTA funding that we have received in support of many of our webinars.  The evaluation surveys are required by IMLS as part of the terms of the funding.  They are also critically important to us as we plan future programs.  We read every evaluation in order to implement requested changes, consider new and different topics and speakers, and refine the staff development opportunities that we offer.  The evaluation surveys are so important, both in terms of our funding and the input from members, that it can be a bit discouraging when only a handful of people are willing to take the time to complete them.  We know everyone is busy, we know that it’s just one more thing to do, but we really need to hear from you – the good and the not so good.  It’s one of the most important tools we have for change.  With this in mind, we’ve put together a ONE question, multiple choice survey to find out what would work better for you.  With your input, we hope we can make the process simpler and quicker so that it helps us all. Please take 10 seconds to complete the survey!     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 Bargaining Basics and  Best Practices online workshop that was scheduled for this Thursday, October 7th, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 20th from 9 am  to 12 pm.  If you haven't registered there is still time to register

ATTN: Youth Services

Where is the Jobline?

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

From the State Library

ARPA Outreach Grants Awarded
The State Library of Ohio Board has awarded $2,306,129 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Outreach Grants to 45 institutions. The purpose of the ARPA Outreach Grant initiative is to assist libraries and their communities as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address economic and community needs resulting from the pandemic through equitable approaches.
W‚Äče’re on the cusp of October and ODNFest is less than 3 weeks away! So, before you head on out to your local pumpkin patch, take a moment to check out our great lineup of sessions and register for this free and virtual event held on Tuesday October 19th. .
Teen Summit 2021
Friday, October 8, 10:00 am – 4:45 pm
This annual event is entirely virtual and totally free! It’s targeted at library staff who work with teens, or anyone who just loves talking YA books and libraries. To see the full line-up of live sessions check out the program and schedule. There will also be some on-demand videos that will go live the same day, that you can watch at any time.

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ATTN: Academic Libraries


Have you registered for the
2021 ALAO Conference?

Registration ends October 15. Register today!

The 2021 ALAO conference, scheduled for Oct. 27-29, will take place online and consist of a selection of engaging workshops, live keynote sessions, pre-recorded presentations, and interactive poster sessions.


It's now time to register for the Fall 2021 E-rate (Basics/Updates) and Form 470 webinar. In this workshop Lorrie Germann, State E-rate Coordinator, will cover changes to E-rate and a line by line review of the Form 470. Plan on attending to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
This public library-specific session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27.
9am-12pm: Overview of the E-rate process and upcoming changes for this funding year
12pm-1pm : Lunch break. 
1pm-3pm: Line-by-line review of Form 470, the first step in the application process
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