NEO-RLS News-May 11, 2022

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A Note From the Executive Director

Last week we were working with a Focus Group for strategic planning  and much of the conversation revolved around themes we hear frequently discussed.  One of those themes is that of libraries partnering with community organizations to further various initiatives.  From the library side of the conversation we hear something like this - We want to do X, who can we partner with?  From the community stakeholder side we hear something like this - Why doesn't the library partner with X?  Oftentimes, we are focused on what we need as opposed to what we have to offer as a partner.  This was brought home when a member of the Focus Group talked about how their community organization was approached by the Library Director to have a conversation about what the organization did, what challenges they were facing and what they needed.  As a result, the Library Director was also able to share the same type of information with the organization, educating them as to the library's services, programs and aspirations.  Upon hearing this, another Focus Group participant mentioned that libraries tend to wait to be asked to partner.  The takeaway for the evening was that community organizations want community stakeholders involved and that means libraries must stop waiting to be invited and instead, must invite themselves to the table.  The library might not be welcomed everywhere but we won't know if we don't ask!  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.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Webinars

From the State Library

Registration is now open for the Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) Special Collections Conservation Care online class.  This professional development opportunity will take place virtually through pre-recorded talks that attendees will move through, self-directed, between the dates of June 1st and June 24th.    
Afterschool Meals in Libraries – Offering Year-Round Nutrition
Wednesday, May 18, 3:00pm ET
Libraries provide a unique opportunity to combat food insecurity and improve the health and well-being of children in their communities. Interested in learning how?  in this webinar to learn how the Afterschool Meals Program can provide nutritious meals and snacks in libraries.
Partnering with Families to Support Early Math is a free, self-paced, online course for family-supporting professionals. This course is part of a research study by the University of Minnesota. The target audience includes home visitors, librarians and library specialists, and early childhood family educators who work with families with children birth – 8 years old.

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Strange but True


We have recently refreshed both the Ohio Web Library listings for World Book Online resources and the marketing and training resource lists for the same. From pre-K to high school and beyond, World Book Online has digital resources for every learner at every level.

Go to any of the World Book Online resources in the Ohio Web Library now: In addition to the ability to translate articles from Advanced, Kids, and Student into one of 100 different languages, World Book also has resources exclusively for Spanish and French speakers:

NOTSL Virtual Spring Meeting

NOTSL will hold its virtual Spring Meeting on Monday, June 6, 2022, via Zoom.
Registration is now open for “A Dive into Data: Using COUNTER and Tableau.” All are welcome; membership is conferred on all attendees.

Visit NOTSL’s website ( for full program information and to register.

Serving Immigrants

Vendor Spotlight

We would like to highlight Backstage Library Works as a participating vendor in our vendor discount program.
The outline of the discount for NEO-RLS members is as follows:
  • Receive 8% discount
  • Online catalog is accessible at
 For more information, contact Debbie Blair.

Digitization and Born Digital Records in Local Archives

Join us on Wednesday, May 18th, at 6:30 pm, via Zoom, for a panel discussion on digitization and born digital materials. Mazie Adams, Executive Director, Cleveland Police Museum; Virginia Dressler, Digital Projects Librarian, Kent State University; and Michael Scharer-Zielinski, Digital Archivist and Preservation Manager, Western Reserve Historical Society will describe some of their current and ongoing projects. Issues to be addressed include digitization of items in a local museum, the organization of individual digital exhibits, and efforts to begin the acquisition of born digital resources.  

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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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