NEO-RLS News-March 2, 2022

What Our Members are Saying About the Salary Survey

The ability to filter information to find the metrics that applied to our system was crucial. The survey allowed the team to give the board concrete pay information based other library systems with similar revenue and number of employees. Reports could further be filtered based on job description, required education level and/or FSLA status. The ability to pick and choose parameters was essential to narrowing down the information that pertained to our situation.”
– Lisa Havlin, Fiscal Officer, Geauga County Public Library

Construction Series

A Note from the Executive Director

I live in a high-rise condo building with over 300 units.  As you can imagine, there are many different needs, concerns and interests among the people living there in terms of what things should be done and how they should be done.  This past Monday I attended one of the open Board meetings for the Condo Association and was reminded of the important role that a Board plays within an effective organization.  As Board members answered questions from homeowners, discussed their thinking on a variety of issues and communicated current decisions, I was reflecting on how fortunate we were to have engaged Board members with diverse backgrounds working on creating a positive quality of life in our building.  Those thoughts led me to thinking about the NEO-RLS Board and the expertise and engagement trustees regularly provide as we contemplate dues, fees, programming, membership benefits, etc. - all with the goal of helping libraries and library employees thrive.  Due to the range of issues in front of a Board it is important to ensure that many different voices are present and heard.  That is one of the reasons the NEO-RLS Board is comprised of representatives from different types and different sizes of libraries, and also from different areas of our region.  Just as importantly, the Board must have enough diversity of experience and expertise to offer a variety of perspectives when considering ideas and looking for solutions.  On April 1st we will be opening up nominations for three NEO-RLS Board seats – one for the largest of our libraries (budget over $17.5M), one for our academic libraries, and one for the smallest of our libraries (budget up to $799,999).  If you are interested in running for an open Board seat, please nominate yourself.  If you know of someone you think would make a great Board member, let them know and nominate them.  If you are interested but not sure you have enough experience, consider volunteering for a Board Committee when we make the call for volunteers in July.  You do not have to be the Director of a library to run for the Board.  You do, however, have to be the Member Representative.  Your library director can name you as a Member Representative by letting us know of the change.  Please consider serving the libraries of our region by running for an open Board seat.  If you have questions, let me know.  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.

Diversity & Dewey

NEO-RLS Announcements

2022 NEO-RLS Statewide Salary Survey Sent Out March 1st
Yesterday libraries across the state received an invitation to participate in the 2022 Statewide Salary Survey.  If you did not receive an invitation and would like to participate by submitting your data, please contact Betsy Lantz or Debbie Blair.  The survey will be open through April 15, 2022 with print and online results available on June 1, 2022.  If you have questions, check out our FAQ.

Spotlight On…

Visit our homepage feature, Spotlight On…, for more information on our newest offerings.  The new Archived Webinar Bundles are currently highlighted.

From the State Library

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNet are excited to announce the 4th installment in the Critical Conversations SeriesWhat to know about Intellectual Freedom, Book Challenges and Libraries with ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedomis a virtual event on April 6, 2022, at 3 p.m. The presentation is geared toward Ohio library staff of all types. Library staff strive to provide their communities with diverse resources, programming, and services to ensure that the library is a welcoming and inclusive institution for everyone.
We wanted to share with you some updated resources and training opportunities for the recently expanded Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project.  The project is aimed at enhancing and expediting the pardon application process in Ohio for people meeting certain criteria who can show that they have been rehabilitated and have contributed positively to their communities after completing their sentences.  
The Ohio Center for the Book, in collaboration with the State Library of Ohio, is hosting a virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon from March 26​ through April 2​ to add information about Ohio women to the online encyclopedia. Full details are here as well as on our Wikipedia Project Page.
At the Wikipedia link, you can sign up as a participant, ask questions on the Talk page, and see lots of resources and tips.

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Generational Poverty

Where is the Jobline?

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

Talk Story

Talk Story is a joint project sponsored by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA). We are accepting applications from libraries and community organizations for programs that intentionally promote family literacy and oral traditions among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indigenous, and/or Alaskan Native communities. Four total recipients will each receive a $500 grant to support their family literacy programs.
The press release with more information can be found here:
Grant information can be found here:
Grant application can be completed here:

Computers in Libraries Goes Virtual

Computers in Libraries Connect 2022Computers in Libraries has moved to a virtual format and here is the link to the new platform. Starting on February 26, the regular rate will be $299 and NEO-RLS members will receive a discounted rate of $199 with the use of our code.
Member code: NEO22


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