NEO-RLS News-July 27, 2022

ATTN: Youth Services

A Note From the Executive Director

I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to work in libraries over the course of the past 35 years and even more fortunate to have worked with many amazing people.  My path to librarianship and throughout my career was never a straight path but one filled with unexpected opportunities, often at what seemed like less than optimal moments.  Taking the position at NEO-RLS was one such unexpected opportunity.  Without me knowing it at the time, the position turned out to have all of the elements necessary to become my dream job.  It came with an expert, creative, dedicated, caring, and fun team in the form of Debbie Blair, Melissa Lattanzi, Ragan Snead, Holly Klingler, and Rachelle Perry.  It came with Board Trustees, Committee and Advisory Group members, all equally invested in providing their expertise, their commitment to staff development, their time and their creativity, to make the organization relevant and sustainable.  It came with challenges that allowed me to use my particular skill set and then enjoy the results of overcoming the challenges.  And, it came with the opportunity to meet, get to know, listen to, and learn from - all of you, our members!  It has been an absolute joy to be a part of what is happening in the libraries within our region and to witness the innovations, the creativity, and the impact on your communities.  I have been humbled on a regular basis by all that is being accomplished and I thank you for including me.  I’m looking forward to retirement and leave with confidence, knowing that NEO-RLS is strong and the future filled with exciting possibilities.  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.

ATTN: Reference

NEO-RLS Announcements

WE INVITE YOU to serve on a
NEO-RLS Board Committee or Advisory Group
Have you thought about changes you would like to see at NEO-RLS?  Are you interested in gaining leadership experience?  Do you have expertise you would like to offer?  If so, we want to encourage you to volunteer for one of our Board Committees or Advisory Groups.  Contact Ragan Snead by August 29th if you have questions or are interested in volunteering.  We would love to have you join us!
2022 Statewide Salary Survey Results Are Available
The results are here!  Please contact Debbie Blair if you would like to obtain the results of our 2022 Statewide Salary Survey.

Where is the Jobline?

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

ATTN: Academic Libraries

From the State Library of Ohio

The National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression Program invites kids and teens to participate in its Youth Free Expression Film Contest. This year’s theme is “What Does Free Speech Mean to Me?”

Contest entrants create and submit a video (up to 3 minutes) using film, animation, photographs, music, or anything else to explore what free speech means to them–a student, a citizen and a human. The deadline is September 19. 
Ryan Dowd is hosting his next live training, Sexual Harassment: How to Respond to Customer's Inappropriate Comments.  The replay will be available on zoom for 4 weeks and in Niche Academy 5 days after the live training. 
Title: Sexual Harassment: How to Respond to Customer's Inappropriate Comments
When: August 11 at 2 p.m. ET 

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OELMA 2022 Conference

Loading indicatorRegistration is open for the OELMA 2022 Conference: Powerful Connections, October 5-7 in Dublin (Columbus area). Ohio’s annual conference for school librarians will feature keynote addresses by Donalyn Miller and Marc Tyle Nobleman, plus educational sessions, exhibit hall, author visits, awards presentation, and more. This will be OELMA’s first full-scale in-person conference since 2019.
Public librarians who collaborate with local schools (or would like to!) will find much of interest at the OELMA Conference. Check out a conference preview here:
Conference registration is here:


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