NEO-RLS News-November 1, 2021

Here is What Our Members are Saying

"I just wanted to say thank you for all your help planning Staff Day. The speaker was (of course) a hit, and his presentation was excellent. 

I really appreciate all the hard work you do!"

A Note from Kendel Croston, Director, Stark County Law Library

The Stark County Law Library is part of a network of law libraries throughout Ohio, which many people have not heard about, and the libraries may be potential partners for providing services. If public library staff get legal questions that are not covered by their resources, a nearby county law library may be able to provide assistance. The Stark County Law Library is open forty hours a week to assist those with legal research questions, but hours for county law libraries vary widely. (There is a list with contact information for county law libraries throughout Ohio at: The Stark County Law Library has a public computer with Westlaw and one with Lexis, which can be used by anyone to do legal research. There is also access to the National Consumer Law database, Fastcase, Nutshells (overviews of legal topics), and much more. The library staff is familiar with how to track down current as well as superseded Ohio statutes and administrative code sections.
A resource anyone can use is the Stark County Law Library’s website, It has links to frequently requested sample forms, court information, municipal and township ordinances, legal help lines for those representing themselves, and research guides for various legal topics. We post our newsletter on our website and have a blog where we post current legal news. The library is also active on social media. On the Facebook page, we often post information about legal clinics and other resources that may be helpful to those representing themselves. Our Twitter feed tends to have more attorney followers, so on it we share continuing legal education opportunities and important case decisions.

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CE to Print and Share

Don't forget about CE @ a Glance.  A simple one-page flyer to share with your staff.

Where is the Jobline?

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

New Vendor

NEO-RLS Announcements

Where do I find the recording for a webinar that I registered for but couldn't attend?

After each webinar/online workshop an email is sent with the title "Survey & Materials-Webinar Name."  In this email is the survey for the event as well as a link to the Dropbox that contains the recording, materials, chat transcript, and CC webinar.  If the program is longer than 60 minutes you will want to download the video.  This email is normally sent within 24 to 48 hours of the program. 

If you did not register for the event you will most likely find it in the Archived Webinar Library as long as it was recorded.  Most of our webinars are recorded but there are some that are proprietary and not permitted to be recorded. 

Networking Meetings are not recorded.

Let us know if you have additional questions.  Thanks!
We are interested in receiving feedback on how you have used the NEO-RLS Statewide Salary Survey data.  Have you saved yourself the cost of a consultant?  Revised pay ranges?  Changed benefits?  Had a problem using the data?  Let Betsy Lantz know what you have done or are planning to do as a result of the data found in the Salary Survey.  We are already thinking about the next survey and the improvements we want to make.  Your input is invaluable.  Thanks!

From the State Library

A preliminary 2021 Ohio Summer Library Program evaluation report is available for download. A fuller report, including anecdotes and analysis from Ohio librarians, will be available by year’s end. The pandemic’s impact continued to be felt as librarians adapted programming for outdoors and online. For most, participation numbers in reading challenges and at programs and events was still way off from pre-pandemic numbers.  2021 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award voting is open until November 10. Buckeye Book Award voting takes place online.  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. Lists of the nominated titles in each grade band are on the student and teacher/librarian ballots. All these titles were nominated exclusively by Ohio students!
Monday begins a new month. As you welcome in November, consider posting a note on your social media or newsletter to remind families with young children about the
Day By Day Ohio
Family Literacy Calendar
 at This perpetual calendar features songs, activities, book suggestions, and videos for every day of the year. Day By Day Ohio offers resources to further develop early literacy skills and improve school readiness.

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More Fundraising

Grant Opportunities

Penguin Random House and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Launch New Grant Program Seattle, Washington, October 25 - Penguin Random House and The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) today announced a rolling grant program to recognize rural, small and tribal libraries that support underserved communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Supplemental Grant Funds Available
Ohio was selected through a competitive application process to receive supplemental grant funds enabling us to accept additional organizations.  At this time, we are accepting libraries that serve suburban populations.  There is a limited amount of space for new organizations, if you would like your library to be considered please complete this application and agreement.  The final training for 2021 will take place on Tuesday, November 23rd from 10a-2p.

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