NEO-RLS News-October 12, 2021

Here is What Our Members are Saying

Love all the great webinars and services."

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A Note from the Executive Director

I have been visiting libraries in the past several months and have been gratified to see the results of library strategic planning at work.  There are renovated spaces, sensory gardens, new outreach initiatives, and new technology, all as a result of strategic plan goals and objectives.  Seeing these successes makes it that much more exciting to help new libraries with their planning.  It is very interesting to look at the input from community surveys, listen to what community stakeholders are saying and then work with board members and staff to put together a plan that supports and strengthens everyone while moving the library forward.  Although oftentimes there are common challenges or familiar themes that appear across multiple libraries, each plan is unique as it reflects library and staff strengths and community needs.  Next week, the NEO-RLS Board and staff will begin work on our next strategic plan.  We will be using the results from our membership survey this past summer, comments from evaluations, and the feedback that we regularly receive from our members.  As we work on crafting a plan for our next three years we would love to hear any additional thoughts about how we could serve you better or where you would like to see us heading as an organization. Feel free to drop me an emailTogether we are maximizing library potential.  Thanks and have a wonderful week!

Betsy Lantz

Newest Member

We welcome the College of Wooster, Andrews Library, as our newest member for 2022-2023!

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

Program Evaluation Survey Results
Thank you to the 132 people who completed our one question survey last week regarding program evaluations!  61.3% of respondents indicated that they would prefer having us provide the survey link and time for completion at the end of the webinar.  We are investigating how to implement the indicated preference via our Membership Management System and will implement as soon as possible.  In the meantime, it was suggested that we mark all of the open box questions on the survey as “Optional” and make certain that the words Program Evaluation or Evaluation Survey are at the beginning of the subject line for any emails sent out.  Thank you again for your input!
2022-2023 Letters of Intent Have Been Emailed
The 2022-2023 Letters of Intent have been emailed.  If you did not receive yours or need another copy, please contact Betsy Lantz.  We ask that you return the Letter of Intent by December 31, 2021 so that we can begin working on our budget for 2022-2023.  We look forward to your continued support and encourage you to let us know if there are ways in which we can better serve you.

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Where is the Jobline?

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

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 Board has awarded a $100,000 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant to Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) to create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) e-book collection with unlimited access for its member libraries.  Federal ARPA funds, received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will be used to purchase a consortially curated and shared DEI collection. The State Library of Ohio Board recently awarded a $60,000 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant to Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) to provide statewide access at public libraries to a digital literacy training program. Federal ARPA funds, received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will be used to purchase licenses to Northstar Digital Literacy for all Ohio public libraries.  

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A Chance to Network with Peers


USAC released the new ECF version of the Form 472/BEAR application for reimbursement this past Friday. Due to the number of questions received regarding how to file the application, Lorrie Germann created a step-by-step guide but also scheduled a couple of webinars to walk you through the process.  The training is appropriate for both school and library ECF applicants.
To register for one of the webinars, please go to
The guide can be found at
As a reminder, if you are applying during the 2nd ECF Form 471 filing window, the deadline to file is October 13, 11:59 PM.
If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Lorrie.


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