NEO-RLS News-July 13, 2022

Come Celebrate with Us!

A Note From the Executive Director

I am pleased to announce that Jeff Laser will replace Ragan Snead in the position of Continuing Education Coordinator on August 1st when Ragan assumes her new role as Executive Director. Jeff brings a wealth of in-person and virtual programming experience as well as a demonstrated record of creation and implementation of innovative library services to meet evolving needs. Most recently, Jeff has been working as a Branch Services Librarian – Generalist with Cuyahoga County Public Library where he is a Coordinator for the Adult Programming Department and has played an active role in collection maintenance and merchandising. Prior to working at CCPL, Jeff served in a variety of roles at the Bexley Public Library in Bexley, Ohio. In his last role as Adult Services Librarian at BPL he launched and coordinated a Book-a-Librarian service and was the creator and host of the BPL Podcast, featuring prominent community figures, educators, and more. His background in both a single-branch library and a county-wide system has provided him with a keen understanding of the challenges libraries face and the needs of library staff. Jeff received his M.L.I.S. at Kent State University and was a 2017 Participant in the ILEAD Ohio program. Please join us in welcoming Jeff! Together we are maximizing library potential. Have a great rest of your week!

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.

NEO-RLS Board Update

Carlos Latimer Joins the 2022-2023 Board
Please join us in welcoming Carlos Latimer to the 2022-2023 Board of Trustees where he has been appointed to fill a Zone 3 Library seat made vacant through a resignation.  He will serve from July 1, 2022-June 30, 2024.  Carlos Latimer has served as the Executive Director of East Cleveland Public Library since 2019. Previously Latimer worked at the Cleveland Public Library for over 30 years in multiple management and administrative roles during his tenure. 
Many Thanks to Our Departing Board Members
Our region is so fortunate to have many dedicated members willing to serve our membership by providing their expertise, experience, and time to the NEO-RLS Board of Trustees.  We would like to thank William Rutger, Laura Leonard and Amy Switzer for their commitment, service, and advocacy as they move off the Board.  We wish them our very best!

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Two More Construction Series Webinars

NEO-RLS Announcements

After six years as the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System and thirty-five years working in Ohio libraries, Betsy Lantz will retire on July 29, 2022.
To honor her years of service and dedication to Northeast Ohio libraries, the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System invites you to attend an open house to celebrate Betsy Lantz’s retirement.
Please join us Friday, July 22nd from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
At the NEO-RLS Office
1737 Georgetown Rd. Suite B
Hudson, OH
We hope you will stop by to join us in wishing Betsy a happy and well-deserved retirement!
There are new Webinar Bundles available now! Visit our website to check out the Marketing Bundle and the Technical Services Bundle. 

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.

Where is the Jobline?

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

New Date

From the State Library of Ohio

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce an opportunity for up to 15 Ohio library staff members or cultural heritage professionals to form a cohort and complete coursework to earn a Digital Curation Certificate from Library Juice Academy.  Through a competitive application process, the State Library will select the participants and manage their enrollment in the six-course series.
Just a reminder that the 2022 Ohio Summer Library Program Evaluation survey is open:
Each year, the State Library asks all Ohio public libraries to report on their SLP. Your participation helps the State Library, Regional Library Systems, other partners, and the Collaborative Summer Library Program to provide helpful resources and support for future SLPs.

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