NEO-RLS News-December 6, 2021

What Our Members Are Saying

"Our families who tried the kit really enjoyed it.  All the staff members were very excited."

Closed for the Holidays

A Note from the Executive Director

Effective January 1, 2022, NEO-RLS will be offering individual memberships to persons in specific categories.  Once again, a member suggestion inspired the staff and Board to create a new opportunity - providing those who are retired, unemployed, or outside the NEO-RLS region a way to easily participate in continuing education opportunities at a reduced cost.  Individuals in these categories will be able to purchase an annual NEO-RLS membership and then register for CE programs and webinars at a 50% discount off the NEO-RLS Geographic Member cost.  Memberships will run July 1-June 30 and can be pro-rated.  The cost of the annual membership is $25 for retirees, $25 for those that are unemployed (for a maximum of 2 years) and $55 for those outside of the NEO-RLS region and/or the state.  In addition, we are also offering an individual membership to those who are on a leave of absence from their position.  This membership will be effective for a maximum of 2 years at an annual cost of $55 and applies only to those working in any library within the NEO-RLS region.  Beginning in January, the NEO-RLS website will reflect the addition of these new individual categories of membership.  If you know someone who is no longer associated with a library but would like to continue building their skills or someone who wants to maintain their ties to the library world through our Network Groups, please let them know that they will now able to do so through the new individual memberships.  If you are outside of the NEO-RLS region and/or state, we invite you to take advantage of the individual Out of Region membership in order to receive continuing education at a reduced cost.  We hope these new memberships fulfill a heretofore unfilled need.  Please contact me with any questions.  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 Announcement

​26 Days Left to Return Your 2022-2023 NEO-RLS Letter of Intent!
The 2022-2023 NEO-RLS Letter of Intent is due by December 31, 2021.  72% of our Local Fund budget is comprised of your membership dues.  As a result, the timely return of your Letter of Intent provides the foundation for the information we need as we work on planning programs and services for the following year.  Thanks for helping us serve you!
Are You a Member of SLA, ALAO or OELMA?  Do You Work or Volunteer in a Historical Society or Archive?
As you look toward the New Year and your continuing education and professional development needs, remember that you are eligible for 50% off the NEO-RLS Geographic Member cost for programs, services and consulting even if your library is not a member of NEO-RLS.  Contact us for your special discount code before registering in order to have the discount automatically applied.  We look forward to your participation and continue to work to provide learning opportunities for all segments of the region’s library community.

Staff Development Week

NEO-RLS Bronze Membership Status for NORWELD, SERLS and SWON Members Expires 12/31/21

  •  The Bronze membership status for member libraries in NORWELD, SERLS and SWON will expire on December 31, 2021.  
  • Effective January 1, 2022, all individuals outside the NEO-RLS region may purchase an NEO-RLS Individual Out of Region membership for an annual cost of $55 (July 1 – June 30; can be pro-rated).  
  • NEO-RLS Individual Out of Region Memberships will enable all individuals outside the NEO-RLS region to participate in NEO-RLS programs at a cost of 50% off the NEO-RLS Geographic member cost. 
  • Purchase of the NEO-RLS Individual Out of Region Membership is open to anyone outside of our region whether they are a member of their regional or not.

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

The State Library of Ohio invites libraries to apply for a collection development grant to purchase books by Ohio authors and books recognized by Ohio-based book award programs. The Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors (COBAA) LSTA grant program is a unique opportunity to enrich library collections with books having an Ohio connection. The maximum grant award is $2,000 per eligible institution.  COBAA grant proposals must be submitted via the State Library website by midnight, January 15, 2022. Using the online grant application process is required.  
The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards:
  • Grades K–2: Happy Narwhalidays (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #5) by Ben Clanton (Tundra Books, 2020)
  • Grades 3-5:  The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins, 2020)
  • Grades 6-8: Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic Press, 2019)
  • Teen: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020)
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) invites you to apply for the 2022 Summer Learning Awards.
Each year, the NSLA recognizes programs that provide high quality summer learning opportunities to young people in communities across the nation.  Program candidates for the Summer Learning Awards demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low income children and youth between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

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