NEO-RLS News-November 22, 2021

What Our Members Are Saying

"Sure glad I didn't miss this one! Thank you for finding all these wonderful webinars. Although it is wonderful to get together in person, I am so happy to have had the opportunity to attend so many more fantastic programs via the webinars."

NEO-RLS Office Closed

A Note from the Executive Director

The annual NEO-RLS Membership and Appreciation Meeting gives us an opportunity each year to let you know what we have been up to, information about our financial situation and the opportunity to recognize our Award recipients and all of the volunteers who make NEO-RLS happen.    It is also an opportunity to let you know what we are planning for the future.  I’d like to mention a few of the ideas that we will be working on in the coming months for those of you that were unable to attend.  We are working on a refresh of our popular New Supervisors’ Academy, adding new topics of current interest and updating some of the basics.   We are putting together Archived Webinar bundles on specific topics in order to make training more accessible.  The first bundles will include selected webinars on Library Foundations, Management, Youth Services, Self-Care and Communication, with a expected roll out in January or February.  We will be distributing our second Statewide Salary Survey in early April 2022.  We are in the process of creating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource webpages which will include DEI resources organized into four categories – Leadership, Hiring, Organizational Culture and Collections.  Each category will feature resources for Defining DEI, Assessing DEI Needs, Planning DEI Initiatives and DEI Action. We are also going to begin crafting program ideas and curriculum to be used with our circulating emerging technology kits in order to help you maximize these resources.  This is just the beginning of what we hope to achieve in the coming year in order to help you achieve your goals.  Together we are maximizing library potential.  Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!

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 2021 Rising Star Award

We are pleased to recognize the winner of the
2021 NEO-RLS Rising Star Award, Amanda J. Balla
Teen and Patron Public Services Librarian, Hubbard Public Library.

Amanda Balla began her work in libraries in 2017 as a Youth Services Assistant at Hubbard Public Library. Her first experiences at HPL were when she brought her sons to early literacy programs and activities. From that beginning, she was inspired to pursue her career as a Children’s Librarian. Read More

NEO-RLS 2021 Shooting Star Award

We are pleased to recognize the winner of the
2021 NEO-RLS Shooting Star Award, Julia Boxler
Youth Programming Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Julia Boxler is the Youth Programming Manager at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, a position she was promoted to in 2013, after serving as a Youth Programming Specialist beginning in 2007. From 2001-2007, Julia served as the Teen Librarian at the Warrensville Heights Branch of CCPL, and at the Willowick and Eastlake Branches of the Willoughby Eastlake Public Library in Lake County.  Read More

Where is the Jobline?

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

Staff Development Week

From the State Library

In December Ryan Dowd is offering TWO webinars:
Too Many Bags: How to address someone bringing in too much stuff 
Thursday, December 9 at 2:00 PM

Hoarding: How to help someone not get evicted.
Thursday, December 9 at 4:00 PM ‚Äč
The James Cook Book Award recognizes a book for teens that promotes and celebrates cultural, ethnic, or social diversity. The 2021 James Cook Book Award winner is Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. 2021 Honorable Books include Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles Have you registered for the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s first-ever Summer Symposium? This FREE half-day event is for all library staff interested in summer programming.
CSLP Summer Symposium
Thursday December 2, 2021, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm (ET)

Read More


Northstar Digital Literacy
Our first training event for all staff is on Thursday, December 9 at 1:00pm via GoToMeeting. Anyone can register now at If you cannot attend in real time, a recording will be available shortly after the event.

Additional training will be available for staff to review the learner experience on Northstar. That will be on Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00pm via GoToMeeting.  Registration is open now at, and a recording will be available shortly after the event.

Read More


Email Us or Follow Us on Facebook


Template 11 - NEO-RLS News-November 22, 2021