NEO-RLS News-November 29, 2021

What Our Members Are Saying

"Today's webinar was so good!! I think we all forget how important it is to take care of ourselves without feeling selfish. It was a great reminder of some "easy" things to do daily to achieve self-care"

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A Note from the Executive Director

As we continue to work on our new strategic plan, I have been thinking a lot about the growth of NEO-RLS membership.  With each new member, we become more financially sustainable and better able to afford the high-quality and high-value programs and services that you need and request.  We now have 98 member libraries and library staff from all of these libraries participate in staff development opportunities, utilize the circulating e-tech kits for programming, plan their future through strategic planning, compare compensation practices, and provide us with invaluable suggestions and constructive criticism.  Almost every one of the 22 counties that we serve includes a NEO-RLS member library, the exceptions being Carroll, Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, and Medina counties.  In addition, in some of our counties, every single public library is a member! (Ashland – 2 libraries, Ashtabula – 8 libraries, Geauga – 2 libraries, Mahoning – 1 library, Portage – 3 libraries, Richland – 2 libraries, Stark – 7 libraries, Trumbull – 6 libraries, and Wayne – 2 libraries).  Even in our most populated counties, most of the public libraries are members (Cuyahoga – 8 of 9 libraries are members, Lake – 7 of 8 libraries are members, Lorain – 7 of 8 libraries are members, and Summit – 6 of 7 libraries are members).  On top of this, we have the added value of representation from 18 academic libraries, 5 school libraries and 3 special libraries across our region.  I bring this up because NEO-RLS’s ability to help you depends upon our members.  Every single membership, regardless of the level or dues amount, is critical to helping NEO-RLS provide the libraries in our region with the development and training needed to keep Ohio libraries great.  We thank all of our members for their part in ensuring that the libraries in our region have access to needed services.    Together we are maximizing library potential.  Have a great 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 Call for Presenters

We are currently planning the Children’s Summer Reading Program workshop to be held Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg.  We are in need of presenters.  Below are areas in which we would love to have attendees share their ideas and experiences.  You may share anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes,  you don’t necessarily need a presentation, just a one pager about the program that can be shared with the attendees.  We are looking for people to share ideas about the following topics.  Ideas can be focused on the theme (Oceans of Possibilities) or not.
  • Outdoor programs
  • Virtual programs
  • Hybrid programs
  • Do you have a partnership with the parks or other organizations that you would be willing to serve on a partnership panel?
  • Crafts
  • Passive Programs – This will be a poster session
  • Theme oriented programs
Please contact Melissa Lattanzi if you are interested in presenting.
Call for Panelists
We are looking for libraries that have been successful with hybrid (virtual and in-person together) programming.  If this is your library, please contact Melissa Lattanzi so that we may include your library in a panel discussion.  The panel will cover the use of hybrid for programs for any age group.

NEO-RLS Announcement

Just 5 More Weeks to Return Your NEO-RLS 2022-2023 Letter of Intent!
Please remember to return your NEO-RLS 2022-2023 Letter of Intent no later than December 31, 2021.  Your membership dues make it possible for us to provide the quality and quantity of programs and development training that we offer.  We have begun to plan our budget for next year and the Letters of Intent are crucial to that process.  We thank you in advance for their quick return.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Where is the Jobline?

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

From the State Library

Public Libraries Study
On November 29th, you will receive an email message from “Public Libraries Study” ( inviting you to participate in an anonymized online survey to understand how your library system is responding to the ongoing opioid crisis.   This study of Ohio public libraries and the opioid crisis is being led by Dr. Janet Childerhose at The Ohio State University, in partnership with the State Library of Ohio. Dr. Childerhose is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She conducts research on the opioid epidemics in the US and Canada. ‚Äč
New Toolkit
The ALSC Summer/Out-of-School-Time Learning task force has created a new toolkit: Learning Beyond: 21st Century Summer and Out of School Time Programs for Youth. The toolkit is intended to elevate best practice, support the research, and assist in the training of library staff to deepen their engagement with youth in the summer and out-of-school time. 
Support for Young Children Survey
Do you offer programs for young children, 0-24 months, and their families to support brain development, health, and/or learning? If so, we invite you to complete our survey about the work you have done to support young children, 0-24 months, and their families. The survey should take no more than 20-30 minutes and your participation is anonymous. The study has been approved by the Kent State University IRB.

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Staff Development Week

FREE Webinar from Backstage Library Works

Project Management in Practice in Libraries
Wed, Dec 8, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

As information professionals, our calendars are filled with scheduled meetings, routines, and ongoing workflows. We have to be flexible to make room for unplanned encounters and emergencies. We also frequently take on projects large and small, simple and complex.

Thoughtfully identifying the projects that come up in the course of our work allows us to define their parameters, intentionally bring to bear project management tools and best practices, and successfully deliver on the goals of our stakeholders.

In this webinar, Jacob Bastian, vice president of on-site services at Backstage, explores key concepts of project management and applies the discipline to a library setting. He also gives real-world examples, drawing on years of experience leading collection management projects in libraries.  Click HERE to register.


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