NEO-RLS News-March 9, 2022

New Webinar Added

A Note from the Executive Director

We are moving forward cautiously with a return to in-person programs and events and you will begin to see some of our workshops returning to libraries in our region.  One such in-person event is our annual Directors’ Retreat.  Normally held at the end of May, we decided to change it up this year!  We will be holding the Retreat on Thursday and Friday, July 28th and 29th.  We are hoping these dates will make it easier for those whose libraries are starting summer reading programs at the end of May or are finishing out the academic semester.  These dates will also give attendees the opportunity to meet the new NEO-RLS Executive Director.  In addition to the change of dates, we are going to hold the Retreat at Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center.  The Manor and Lodge are part of the Ohio State Parks and offer convenient access and meeting facilities on top of a scenic setting.  Our program for the Retreat will feature Elaina Norlin, Professional Development/DEI Program Coordinator of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, and author of The Six-Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement.  As in the past, participants will be responsible for booking their room using the NEO-RLS reserved room block price of $151.51 which includes all taxes and fees.  The cost for the Retreat itself will be $135 which covers all food (including breakfast on the 28th and a grab-and-go lunch on the 29th), the venue and the speaker.    We hope this information will help in your budget planning and will whet your appetite for an in-person professional development experience this summer.  Mark your calendars and plan to join us!  Registration and a full description of the Retreat will be available soon.  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.

Spotlight On…

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

ATTN: Catalogers

From the State Library

Ryan Dowd is redesigning the core homelessness training and needs your help! His next interactive session will be on March 10, 2022. During this session (the third and final in this feedback series), a section of the current core training will be shown.
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce registration is now open for an in-person Reimaging School Readiness training on April 12.
Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness? This 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.
Ohio Summer Food Service Program Virtual Summit            
Friday, March 11, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Ohio Department of Education invites meal program providers, community partners and summer food service program stakeholders to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Summit. This is a free event, but registration is required. Learn more and register.

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Where is the Jobline?

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


The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) is seeking nominations for its Board of Trustees. The OPLIN Board consists of eleven members appointed by the State Library Board (ORC 3375.65). These members are library directors, staff, and past or present trustees of public libraries.

The OPLIN Board has two vacancies: 
  1. One three-year term starting July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2025, with the option to be reappointed for an additional three-year term.
  2. A one-year appointment to fill an unexpired term, with the option for reappointment for two additional three-year terms.

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Here is What Happened in February

Call for Image Submissions: 2022 Ohio Archives Month Poster

This year for the annual Society of Ohio Archivists’ October Archives Month poster we are looking for archival image submissions having to do with Healthcare in Ohio.
For the past two years, healthcare professionals throughout the country have helped us through a pandemic, so this topic is in the forefront for many. With this in mind, we decided to highlight archival holdings related to all aspects of healthcare for this year’s poster, which will be distributed for Archives Month in October.

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Call for Proposals for ALAO

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 48th Annual Conference, The Tipping Point: Initiating Change in Academic Libraries.
As libraries challenge long-standing traditions and question our neutral stance, small changes or incidents often result in greater consequences. Share with your colleagues your programs, stories, and examples of defining, transformational moments in your libraries.

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Vendor Spotlight-Baker & Taylor

Most popular services utilized.
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Free and quick weeding/consignment method with sustainability in mind
Book Leasing
Rotating Reads to drive better circulation, holds ratios, turnovers all while reducing staff time. 
Global leader in library analytics to better buy and shape the collection
Modern cataloging utility to bring efficient (time + cost) to libraries; powerful bib editing and macros.  Retrospective cataloging projects easily attainable (DEI, RDA, etc.,)
Axis 360
eBook platform designed to help libraries directly own the relationship with patrons; creating service gates for non-cardholders (pop-up) and exposing deep collections through K-12 spaces (in native workspaces)


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