NEO-RLS News-May 25, 2022

A Note From the Board President

On July 31, a chapter will close at NEO-RLS with the retirement of Betsy Lantz. But with all endings, a new beginning is close by. It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of Ragan Snead as the next Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, effective August 1, 2022. Ragan will not have far to move as she is already a fantastic member of the NEO-RLS team, having come on board last November as a Continuing Education Coordinator. During her time with NEO-RLS, Ragan has helped to bring about several initiatives that help our members be more productive and responsive to the needs of staff and patrons, including Archived Webinar Bundles, Networking Group Discord discussions, and improved Emerging Tech-Kits. Ragan’s commitment to collaboration and learning will help grow and maximize relationships with our School, Special, Academic, and Public Library partners in her role as Executive Director. I can speak for my colleagues on the Board of Trustees when I say that we are looking forward to working with Ragan as she brings her vision for the organization to fruition in the next chapter of NEO-RLS! If you have not had an opportunity to meet or work with Ragan yet, I invite you to take a moment to welcome her to her new role with NEO-RLS.
I also want to express my appreciation to the Executive Director Search Committee and the entire NEO-RLS Board of Trustees for their commitment and dedication in selecting our new Executive Director and positioning NEO-RLS for its next successful chapter.

CJ Lynce

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.

3 More Sessions Remaining-Are You Registered?

From the State Library

Through the IMLS-funded Public Library Virtual Storytimes: Meeting School Readiness and Community Needs through a Socially Distant Approach project, a team of researchers from the University of Kentucky School of Information Science is conducting a multi-state study to investigate the value of public library virtual storytime programs for young children and the larger community. ALSC's Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated its Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles for 2022!
The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading lists are available: birth-preschool, and grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Each list is available to download for free HERE.
School Library Journal has announced its second annual SLJ Picture Book Palooza on Thursday, July 14. This is a free, all-day, virtual celebration of authors and artists dedicated to the extraordinary craft of picture books. Attendees will enjoy keynotes, author panels, illustrator spotlights, an exhibit hall, digital galleys, and more!
Learn more and register HERE.

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Vendor Spotlight

We would like to highlight DEMCO as our participating vendor this week.
The outline of the discount for NEO-RLS members is as follows:
  • Receive up to 18% discount
  • Online catalog is accessible at
 For more information, contact Debbie Blair.

Face-to-Face Conference

The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI) is looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary with a face-to-face conference in Columbus this summer.
OLSSI will be held at Otterbein University July 17th-19th, 2022
Registration is now open and continues through June 29th. 
- While the institute is focused on Support Staff, all library staff are welcome.
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. For those who may not be familiar with the Institute, let me share two resources: first, this open letter from our 2022 Conference Chair, and secondly, a detailed list of classes for the 2022 Institute.  From program planning to cataloging, from collections to marketing, and even discussion roundtables, there is a session for every corner of the library.

Where is the Jobline?

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


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