NEO-RLS News-January 3, 2022

What Our Members Are Saying

"This is the exact training I was looking for to further my growth in understanding cataloging. Many cataloging sessions cover subject headings, genre and series topics in depth, but neglect the copy cataloging verification info. For someone from a non-catalog rich background, I found the LC explanations and OCLC examples invaluable. The explanation of descriptive cataloging was the best I've heard yet."

It is Winter However We are Planning Summer

A Note from the Continuing Education Coordinator

Early in my career I learned that networking with other library staff was not only essential to my professional development but also an invaluable resource when navigating tough decisions, seeking inspiration, and looking for feedback. NEO-RLS provides an opportunity to connect with your colleagues across the region through Discord, which allows for custom messaging channels, video calling, and media sharing. Currently, each Special Interest Network Group has a dedicated Discord server where they use various channels to engage in conversation with their peers about specific topics of interest such as programming ideas, current challenges, or general discussion. We are also looking to expand servers to include the NEO-RLS Academies. Our hope is that this platform will provide NEO-RLS members with an easy and accessible way to stay connected while also keeping their e-mail inbox free from clutter. Over the next few months, we will be working to refine the current servers and helping current users to utilize their servers more effectively and efficiently. 
If you have any questions about Discord or if you would like to be added to an existing server, please contact me at Together we are maximizing library potential. Thank you and have a great week!


Post and Share Continuing Education Opportunities

CE @ a Glance is simple one-page flyer to distribute to your staff.  You can print it, link it, or post it, please share it.

Start Your Own JEDI Council

JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Councils are an emerging best practice in workplaces. They are comprised of a group of employees with a shared goal: to drive the development and implementation of JEDI into all aspects of work. These are not event-planning committees; they support a core organizational function of ensuring policies, procedures, and practices of the library are equitable and inclusive to create a workplace where everyone feels connected, respected, and valued.

Learning Objectives:
  • You will review fundamentals of JEDI and identity
  • You will earn about how to develop your own JEDI Councils
  • You will learn what a JEDI Council is, what it does, and how it functions, as well as considering their organizational “why”
  • You will increase your knowledge about how to structure and begin a JEDI Council
  • You will increase  your skills to manage group dynamics and change resistance
  • Click HERE to register

NEO-RLS Announcement

2022-2023 NEO-RLS Letter of Intent
Your Letter of Intent is important to us.  Please return it as quickly as possible if you have not already done so.  We count on the information from the Letters of Intent to plan our upcoming budget so that we can serve you as effectively as possible.  Thank you!
2022 Statewide Salary Survey Coming Soon
We are pleased to be able to conduct our second Statewide Salary Survey in the early spring of 2022.  We know there have been many changes to the job market, making it more critical than ever to have the necessary salary and benefit data at hand for decision-making.  We will be refining the survey based on your suggestions and questions to make it as easy and beneficial as possible.  We look forward to your participation!

ATTN: Facilities and Management

Where is the Jobline?

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

Virtual Author Visit

Head shot of Kristen RadtkeJanuary can be a lonely month, but loneliness itself is a human condition, especially in contemporary America, and especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this silent epidemic, author and illustrator Kristen Radtke discusses her book Seek You, A Journey into American Loneliness, a graphic non-fiction work illuminating research, events, stories, personal experience, and astute observations.
Hosted by the Avon Lake Public Library- click HERE for details.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm


It's That Time of Year


Here are the upcoming FY2022 E-Rate filing dates/deadlines:
January 10thClose of FY2022 Admin Windowat 11:59 p.m. EST. This is the period before the Form 471 window opens when schools and libraries can update their EPC profiles. (For example, adjusting square footage of library branches after construction.) 
January 12th - FY2022 Form 471 Application Window opens at 12:00 noon EST.
February 22nd - FY2022 Form 470 Application deadline at 11:59 p.m. EST.
March 22nd - FY2022 Form 471 Application deadline. Window closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Lorrie Germann's 471 Workshop for Public Libraries will be held January 24th. To register, go to


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