NEO-RLS News-June 29, 2022

Using the NEO-RLS Salary Survey

“NEO-RLS’s salary survey enabled our Admin Team to make informed pay scale recommendations to our Board. Over 12 years had passed since the Library last reviewed a salary survey and made corresponding adjustments to our pay scale. The salary survey results illustrated to our board the need to participate in a salary survey on a regular basis.

 The ability to filter information to find the metrics that applied to our system was crucial. The survey allowed the team to give the board concrete pay information based on other library systems with similar revenue and number of employees. Reports could further be filtered based on job description, required education level and/or FSLA status. The ability to pick and choose parameters was essential to narrowing down the information that pertained to our situation.”
– Lisa Havlin, Fiscal Officer, Geauga County Public Library

Register Today-July is NEXT Week

A Note From the Executive Director

I’ve spent a lot of my time at NEO-RLS learning about leadership.  What are the traits of a good leader?  How to best develop leaders?  Why are some people better at leading than others?  I recently read an article entitled, “Finding Your Leadership Pathway: part 1” by Doug Crane, Director, Palm Beach County Library System (ALA Learning Exchange, June 2022) in which he talks about leadership development as a journey with multiple steps and reiterates the fact that being a leader doesn’t have to mean being a supervisor or administrator.  He stresses the importance of knowing your own strengths, weaknesses, and values so you can embark on the aspect of leadership that best suits you.  Mr. Crane uses the Nexus Lab: Layers of Leadership Model with its six different types of leadership (Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading the Department, Leading Multiple Departments, Leading the Organization, Leading the Profession) as a guide.  We need leaders in all aspects and at all levels of our libraries and we need to work together to develop our leaders.  NEO-RLS’ nine-month Leadership Academy helps enhance existing leadership skills and build new skills.  The Academy begins in the fall and is open to anyone beginning or already on a leadership journey.  We invite you to join us.  Together we are maximizing library potential.  Have a great rest of your week and a safe, relaxing and fun July 4th!

Betsy Lantz

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.  Information about the newly released 2022 Statewide Salary Survey is highlighted.

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NEO-RLS Announcements

Still Time to Nominate a Rising Star, Shooting Star or Advocacy Award Winner
Nominations close on June 30th.  Nominate someone TODAY!
2022 NEO-RLS Statewide Salary Survey Results Are Available
Contact Betsy Lantz or Debbie Blair to receive a copy of the Salary Survey results and access to CODA.  Visit our website for more information on the salary survey.
The NEO-RLS Newsletter Will Not Be Published Next Week Due to the July 4th Holiday
The next newsletter will be in your Inbox on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.  

Where is the Jobline?

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

ATTN: Youth and Teen Staff

From the State Library of Ohio

For libraries that participate as Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites or support other SFSP sites in your area with programming, SRP signups, or any other collaboration…
The recently introduced Keep Kids Fed Act is being fast-tracked through Congress and passed yesterday in the House of Representatives. If it becomes law, the Keep Kids Fed Act will allow summer meal providers the flexibility to provide grab and go meals, meal delivery, and distribution of up to a week’s worth of meals at a time in summer 2022. It will also make changes to the school meal program for the 2022-23 school year to make it easier for more kids to get free school meals.
Registration is open for a very interesting national conference taking place in Cincinnati on July 27-30. NatStart22: The Nature-Based Early Learning Conference brings professionals together to explore and promote nature-based learning for young children. Attendees include educators, program administrators, higher education faculty, researchers, education consultants, landscape designers, and others who are committed to or interested in bringing nature, outdoor learning, and environmental education to young children’s education. The program focuses on nature-based education for preschoolers (ages 3-5), early elementary students (ages 5-8), and infants and toddlers (ages 0-3).

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NEO-RLS Office will be closed on July 4, 2022


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