NEO-RLS News-March 16, 2022

Generational Poverty

A Note From the Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee

As announced last year, Betsy Lantz will be retiring this July, and with that, the search for her successor is underway. This week the NEO-RLS Board has posted the position with a submission deadline of April 6, 2022. The goal is to have the new Executive Director in place by June 27, 2022, which will allow for some overlap and training with Betsy before her retirement. The successful candidate will expand and improve existing services to engage membership libraries and be the catalyst for maximizing library potential. This individual will be responsible for the vision, strategic leadership, and administrative oversight of the organization's operations following the strategic plan, Ohio laws, and supporting the overall interests of the member libraries. The Board encourages the membership to share the posting with anyone who could be considered the next Executive Director of NEO-RLS! A full description of the job position, including salary and benefits, can be found here.
William Rutger
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee

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.

NEO-RLS Announcements

The 2022 Salary Survey was distributed to libraries in Ohio on March 1st.  If you are interested in participating but did not receive an invitation, please contact Betsy Lantz or Debbie BlairThe Survey will be available for input through April 15, 2022.  Results will be available in print and online beginning June 1, 2022.  We hope you participate in order to create a robust tool for the libraries of Ohio.
NEO-RLS is now offering individual memberships to various categories of library workers.  If you would like to be involved in a Network Group or participate in Continuing Education and are retired, unemployed, an MLIS student or working outside of our region or the state, please consider joining as an individual.  We would love to have you!
Our newest Archived Webinar Bundle is now available!  See what is available in the Self-Care Bundle to help you and those around you be their best selves.  Register today!

Spotlight On…

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

Safety and Security

New Construction Series Program Added

Trends in Library Design
Wednesday, April 27th from 10 am - 12:30 pm

Curious about what's new in library design? In this session, we will cover an overview of current trends in library design with a panel of experts in library design. Case studies of 5 new buildings will be reviewed to highlight examples in action. There will be ample time for questions.  The session will be moderated by Wendy Tressler, MLIS, Director of Capital Planning & Project Management, Columbus Metropolitan Library.  The panel of experts include:  
  • Marc Bittinger, Design Principal CBLH Design
  • Peter Bolek, President and Director of Design HBM Architects
  • Jonathan Moody, CEO Moody Nolan
  • Richard Ortmeyer, Partner Bostwick Design Partnership
  • Margaret Sullivan, Principal Margaret Sullivan Studio
Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding the Design Process
  •  DEI and ADA considerations
  • Hearing about current trends

ATTN: Managers

From the State Library

The date has changed for the upcoming Critical Conversation Series: What to know about Intellectual Freedom, Book Challenges and Libraries with ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The virtual event will now be held April 18, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.
Teen Think Tank is looking for planning committee members. Are you a creative leader who is not afraid of a little work?  Are you okay with getting hired but not getting paid? You can attend Teen Think Tank events for free, and we look good on a resume!
Summer Planning Bootcamp
Wednesday-Thursday, March 30-31
1:00-3:00 pm EDT both days
The National Summer Learning Association’s free, virtual Summer Planning Bootcamp will provide libraries and other youth-serving organizations with tools and best practices to meet the challenges of unfinished learning and educational inequity head on.

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Still Seats Remaining

Where is the Jobline?

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


This is a reminder that March 22nd is the deadline to file the FCC Form 471 for FY2022.  That is just under two weeks away. 
If you have questions about filing your FCC Form 471, you can refer to Lorrie's presentation from January on OPLIN's YouTube channel at or her list of resources at

You can also contact Lorrie directly at or 740-253-1153.


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