NEO-RLS News-May 18, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A Note From the Continuing Education Coordinator

Over the past several months I have been working on new ways to utilize the technology kits that NEO-RLS has available to our members. In the past, the emerging tech kits have served as a way for library patrons and staff to try out new and emerging tech that they may not have seen or even heard of before. While that hands-on experience is great, I felt that there could be a way to enhance that experience by incorporating technology literacy into the kits. With that in mind, I have decided to start with a reconfiguration of our e-Health kits. NEO-RLS has a plethora of digital health technology including air quality monitors, comprehensive home health monitoring devices, wearable fitness trackers, meditation headbands, and many more. Rather than circulate the health kits with an assortment of tech included, they are now available as three themed kits, which include: 
  • Digital Fitness 
  • Home Health Technology  
  • Preventative Technology  
Each kit includes relevant technology for a hands-on experience and a fully developed PowerPoint presentation. In addition, there is health literacy information included in the PowerPoint as well as printable health literacy handouts and resources. My hope is that these kits will provide library staff with a turn-key program that not only introduces technology but also empowers patrons with critical health literacy information. 
If you are interested in reserving one of the Health Literacy Kits, please click here or contact me at  
Together we are maximizing library potential!  


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…

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NEO-RLS Announcements

Do you know a STAR working in a Northeast Ohio library?
There is still time to nominate someone for the NEO-RLS Rising Star, Shooting Star, and Advocacy Awards. Honor and celebrate your colleagues' achievements!
Please fill out the Nomination Form and submit no later than June 30, 2022.  Selection of the winner will be made by the State Librarian of Ohio with the award presented at the 2022 annual NEO-RLS Membership and Appreciation Meeting.

Time Management

From the State Library

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNet are collaborating to bring you the Be the Change online workshop series under the umbrella of Library Leadership Ohio (LLO). 
The LLO committee recognizes the ongoing challenges facing library staff around Ohio, and we are committed to broadening access to these programs and resources by creating a new, online leadership opportunity.
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the third round of Metadata Mini-Grants. This grant enables libraries to digitize and create new collections for the Digital Public Library of America. Applications are due by Wednesday,July 13, 2022
Ryan Dowd is hosting his next live training Mental Illness: Basic Introduction to Mental Illness which is the second in a 3-part series on mental health. If you can’t attend live the replay will be available on zoom for 4 weeks and in Niche Academy 5 days after the live training.  

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Project Management

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Thursday, June 9th from 10 am - 11:30 pm
In this 90-minute webinar you'll gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States and how to begin to evaluate your own library's site for potential issues. We'll also discuss some common pitfalls and things to avoid.
 Topics for this webinar include:
  • What accessibility means in a web context, and how it differs from web usability
  • Legal issues surrounding web accessibility and how these can affect libraries
  • National and international standards commonly used for accessibility evaluations, and which to use, when
  • An introduction to automated validators and what they can and cannot do
  • Actual code examples for both good and bad implementations of some common HTML elements
Click HERE to register and for more information.

ATTN: Directors and Assistant/Deputy Directors

OhioDIG Project Management & Workflow Tools for Digitization

Please join the Ohio Digitization Interest Group for our May meeting (virtual) at 10:30am on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 on Project Management & Workflow Tools for Digitization
Registration: Please register by Monday, May 23, 5pm at  (Microsoft Teams connection info will be shared with registered attendees.)
Topic: Project Management & Workflow Tools for Digitization
Lighting round speakers will share tools/platforms that they use in their work managing digitization workflows and project management.

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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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