NEO-RLS News-January 19, 2022

ATTN: All Staff

Monday, January 24, 2022 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Words Matter: Mindful communication that creates caring connections

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Library Safety as Burnout Prevention:
Re-framing Safety and Security for Staff Sustainability

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Self-Care: How to Increase Productivity while Avoiding Burnout

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Be the Change: Improving staff morale from within

Click HERE to register for the week!  Archives will be available only to those that are registered.  

A Note from the Executive Director

I read the news last week and noted the disheartening information about the increase in car accidents due to reckless driving, the high increases in the number of opioid-related deaths, the climbing percentages around suicide in the U.S., the uptick in violent crimes and hate crimes – all on top of, and intermingled with, the continuing distress of Covid.  Taken all together it’s hard not to feel as though our society is falling into complete disarray and that we have developed a social climate that promotes anti-social behavior rather than pro-social behavior.   It was such a relief then to pick up the January 2022 issue of LJ: Library Journal and read the cover article, “Collective Support,” by Lisa Peet.  The quote highlighted reads “All library staff are named 2022 Librarian of the Year winners for taking care of themselves, patrons, and one another through tough times.”  And so, in the words of William Shakespeare (and from the mouth of Gene Wilder in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), “So shines a good deed in a weary world.”  The article is filled with amazing services both big and small that libraries across the country have performed over the course of the past year.  Reading it not only gave me a much needed shift in perspective but humbled me and made me inordinately proud of the profession to which I belong.  I cannot stress what an honor it is to be able to be a small part of what the libraries in the northeast Ohio region are doing to take care of each other and their communities.  Despite staffing shortages, illnesses, patron aggressions, and small budgets, we have seen continuing creativity, innovation, flexibility, and commitment, all combined with energy and a willingness to learn and change.  Kudos to you all!  And, thank you to you all!  Together we are maximizing library potential.  Have a great week! 


Post and Share Continuing Education Opportunities

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

Cross Training

NEO-RLS Announcements

The NEO-RLS Board of Trustees has proposed several changes to the Bylaws including changes in our Mission and Values and in the composition of the Board.  The proposed Board composition change creates 5 Public Library Zones rather than the current 4 in order to better include representation of all sizes of public libraries on the Board of Trustees.  One At-Large seat will be converted to a Zone 1 seat.  If approved, the Board will be comprised of 1 representative from Zone 1, two each from Zones 2-5, 1 At-Large representative, 2 Academic Library representatives, 1 School Library representative, 1 Special Library representative and 1 Geographic Member Library representative.  The proposed changes to the Bylaws will be posted to the website from January 19 – February 21, 2022 for member review.  Please send any comments or questions to Betsy Lantz.  The changes will be approved at the March 15, 2022 Board meeting pending member review and comments. 

Protect Yourself and Your Library

From The State Library

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the next Reimaging School Readiness training date. Registration is now open for the March1 training date!
Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness?
The is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages birth to 8 years for success in school and in life.‚Äč
Children in Trauma Bibliography
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as poverty, parental imprisonment, encounters with violence, or a family member’s death can negatively affect a child’s long term development and health. The Children in Trauma Bibliography is for teachers, parents, counselors, and others interacting with children that had ACEs.
A publisher permissions update as many libraries and schools pivot back to online programming for now. Please note that some publishers have extended their permissions for virtual storytimes, but others have not, so proceed with caution, especially with any recordings. Be sure to check each publisher’s website for specifics on the titles you are using in virtual programming.

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Where is the Jobline?

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



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