NEO-RLS News-June 1, 2022

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A Note From the Executive Direcor

The wonderful sunshine and warmer temperatures make it easy to think about shifting into our summer routines at home and in our libraries.  At NEO-RLS we are looking forward to welcoming three new Board of Trustees members this summer.   The nomination period for new board members is in April of each year and any designated member representative may be nominated.  Elections occur every year in May.  Member representatives are able to vote for nominees in their respective category (i.e. Academic, Special or School) or in their respective Zone (i.e. Zone 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).  Trustees serve three year terms and each year there are varying open seats for election.  This year nominees were sought for open seats representing Academic libraries, Zone 1 libraries (total operating revenue of $17.5M and up) and Zone 5 libraries (total operating revenue of up to $799,999).  I am happy to report that we will be welcoming the following new trustees as of July 1, 2022.  Scott Trimmer, Learning Commons Director at Cuyahoga Community College – Eastern Campus, will join us representing Academic libraries.  Scott has overseen the Library, Open Lab, Media Services, Testing & Tutoring at Tri-C since 2014 and was the University of Findlay’s Academic Technology Services Manager prior to that.  Scott currently serves on the NEO-RLS Marketing/PR Advisory Group.  Patrick Manning, Neighborhood Services Manager, Akron-Summit County Public Library, is responsible for supervising the system’s 18 branch locations.  Patrick will represent the Zone 1 libraries and has 35+ years of service experience in public libraries, the university and the private sector.  Kara Cervelli, Director, Fairport Harbor Public Library, will represent our Zone 5 libraries.  Kara brings over 30 years of library experience and has been Director since 2019, previously serving as Head of Children’s Services and Technology Coordinator at Perry Public Library.  We congratulate each of them and look forward to having them join us in July.  Together we are maximizing library potential.  Have a great rest of your week! 


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NEO-RLS Announcements

NEO-RLS Statewide Salary Survey Results Available June 13, 2022
Thank you to everyone that participated in the second NEO-RLS comprehensive salary and benefits compensation study.  The results will be available beginning Monday, June 13th.  Any library in the state of Ohio may purchase the results which will be available in a printable pdf format and online via password access to CODA.  Cost of the results varies based on participation level and level of membership in one of the four state regional library systems (NEO-RLS, NORWELD, SERLS, SWON).  Watch the newsletter and website for additional details!
We know that Northeast Ohio libraries are full of stars - those who are innovating, caring, and going above and beyond every day.  Join NEO-RLS in recognizing those stars by nominating them for the Rising Star Award, Shooting Star Award or Advocacy Award.  It’s not always easy to be a star but it’s easy to nominate one. Deadline for nominations is June 30th.  Complete the online form on our website today! 


From the State Library

Page Count is a new literary podcast presented by the Ohio Center for the Book (OCFB) at Cleveland Public Library. This interview-format podcast will feature authors, librarians, booksellers, illustrators, publishing professionals, and literary advocates in and from the state of Ohio. Guests range from internationally recognized and bestselling authors to professionals working on a grassroots level to improve access to books and literacy resources.  A reminder of this survey with a Friday, June 3 deadline. It’s undeniably a very busy time of year, but if you can make the time, Janet encourages you to invest ~15 minutes to participate. She has the privilege of being on the advisory team for this research project, and for Maria and colleagues’ previous project, Storytimes for School Readiness. Janet thinks this is important research that will inform and benefit storytime practice into the future. The State Library of Ohio and Ohionet hosted What to Know About Intellectual Freedom, Book Challenges, and Libraries on April 18.  The virtual event garnered a huge response with about 200 tuning in live! A recording of the event is now available to view on the State Library of Ohio’s YouTube page.  

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Here is What Happened in May

Banned Books Library Card

A limited-edition library card proclaiming "I read banned books" is so popular that officials in Nashville have decided to make it a permanent option.
Why it matters: The Nashville Public Library unveiled the provocative design in April following months of national and local debate about censorship and book banning, including the McMinn County school board removing the graphic novel "Maus" from their curriculum.
Read the entire article.

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


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