NEO-RLS News-December 20, 2021

What Our Members Are Saying

"Brilliant idea to allow people to join as individuals.  I’ll feel much better about all of the free web meetings in the last 2 years once I have an individual membership.
Thank you!"

Closed for the Holidays

A Note from the Executive Director

It is so hard to believe the end of the year has already arrived and that this is our last newsletter for 2021!  NEO-RLS will be closed December 24th through December 27th and from December 30th through January 2nd.  However, the moment we are back, we will be kicking off 2022 with a day-long, online workshop on how to establish your own JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) council or committee.  Although many of our libraries have already begun such a group they now find themselves uncertain as to what the group should be doing, how it should function or what the emerging best practices really are.  The program is open to anyone interested in developing and implementing JEDI in the workplace.  January 24th is the beginning of our Staff Development Week, “Self-Care as Community Care,” and in February we will welcome a new cohort for the 2022 New Supervisors’ Academy.   In addition, I am excited to announce that we will be holding a series entitled, “ABC’s of Construction” (beginning in April and continuing into the fall) for those of you who are considering a new building or a renovation, now or in the future.   To make certain we cover all areas of building/renovation interest, please take a moment to complete our one question survey.  We hope you will join us for many of our upcoming learning opportunities.  On behalf of all of us at NEO-RLS, I wish you a safe, healthy and peace-filled end to 2021 and the very best for 2022.  Together we are maximizing library potential.  Happy New Year!

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

Registration Deadline Extended for the 2022 NEO-RLS Staff Development Week
We are extending the deadline for libraries to register for the 2022 Staff Development Week.  Please let Melissa Lattanzi know by Friday, January 7th if your library is interested in participating.  Full program information will be posted by next week.  There will be a per person cost for the entire library staff to attend this year’s Staff Development Week - $10 per person for Gold Members, $25 per person for Silver Members, $37.50 per person for Bronze Members and $50 per person for Geographic Members.  We hope you will join us for “Staff Care is Community Care,” from January 24-28, 2022.
12 Days Left to Return Your 2022-2023 Letter of Intent by December 31st
Please remember that the Letter of Intent is due by Friday, December 31st.  If you need your Letter of Intent re-sent, please contact Betsy Lantz.  Thanks for your support!  Together we are maximizing library potential.

Diversity, Equity, & 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 ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced on Monday, January 24 starting at 9:00 a.m. EST during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

ALA, in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), announces Thinking Money for All Kids: Diverse and Inclusive Reads, an inclusive financial literacy programming kit.
One hundred US public and school libraries will receive free books and resources through this initiative to distribute diverse and inclusive financial literacy resources for children and young people.

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ATTN: Teen Library Staff

Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting 2022

Call for Proposals 
Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting 2022: Archives and Sustainability 
The 2022 Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 20, at the beautiful Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in Columbus. The plenary speaker will be Kathleen Smythe, professor, Xavier University department of history.
Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, January 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. at 


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