NEO-RLS News-May 4, 2022

ATTN: Directors and Assistant/Deputy Directors

A Note From the Executive Director

I thought today might be a good time to let you know that our Board Committees and Advisory Groups have been hard at work since July 1, 2021 and have managed to accomplish a wide variety of projects. The Awards Committee coordinated the Awards at the Membership Meeting last November and provided the winners’ libraries with a press release and Board resolution in acknowledgement of their achievement.  The Bylaws/Policy Committee modified the Bylaws, with membership approval, to add a Zone 1 for our largest libraries.  In addition, the Policy Manual was revised.  The DEIA Strategies Committee approved their charge, reviewed and revised DEIA goals, objectives, and actions items for the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, and put together resources pages for our website which go live this fall.  Committee members also consulted on the DEIA training which will be provided for all Committee and Advisory Group members, Board Trustees and NEO-RLS staff.  The Finance Committee examined dues and fees and provided input into every aspect of our financial situation in order to keep us in the black.  The Personnel Committee is in the process of a full revision of our Employee Handbook, making significant changes in the area of procedures around telecommuting. The Marketing/PR Advisory Group continued to review the website and newsletter for enhancements and reviewed our new Marketing Plan for approval.  The Technology Advisory Group weighed in on planned changes to our technology kits, the potential of our upcoming Technology Conference in October and our adherence to our Technology Plan goals, objectives and action items.  And, last but not least, our Special Libraries Advisory Group has taken steps to provide us with up-to-date contacts for the special libraries in our region, held two Network Group meetings and provided input into CE topics of relevance.   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.

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

Here is What Happened in April

From the State Library

The State Library of Ohio and the Ohioana Library Association, with the Ohio Center for the Book and the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Council, are pleased to announce the 2023 & 2024 Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) booklist.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation invites applications for its Youth Literacy Grants program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to support efforts to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.
 INFOhio's Beach Bingo Challenge flyer provides fun activities for students in grades K-6 to complete using INFOhio's quality digital resources and web tools. This flyer is a complement to your summer library program, promoting reading and learning about ocean and beach topics.

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Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI)

We are pleased to announce that the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI) will be holding our annual conference in person this summer, and all library staff are welcome to attend.
OLSSI offers library staff from all types of libraries the chance to attend an institute that is part-conference and part-retreat, focused on the professional development of Support Staff. Please feel free to share this announcement with your coworkers as well.
Details: OLSSI will be held at Otterbein University July 17th-19th, 2022
- Regular registration opens today, May 1st, and continues through June 29th. 
- In an attempt to support our libraries, OLSSI registration remains at $299.
- While the institute is focused on Support Staff, all library staff are welcome.

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