NEO-RLS News-August 3, 2022


A Note From the Executive Director

Prior to coming to work for NEO-RLS in November 2021, I was a frequent user of NEO-RLS services. I attended countless webinars and in-person events, I reserved book discussion and technology kits for my library, and I served on the Marketing/PR Advisory Group. I thought I had a fairly good idea of the value that NEO-RLS offers to libraries and library staff in our region. However, after spending the last several months working alongside the amazing NEO-RLS staff, I realize that the potential reach of our programs and services far exceeds what I could have imagined. I am grateful for the opportunity to step into the Executive Director role and continue the exceptional work of my predecessor and the NEO-RLS staff while also working to expand our offerings to better serve our members. As I settle into my new role, I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to me at and let me know what you would like to see from NEO-RLS in the next year and beyond. I look forward to working with all of you to maximize library potential! 
Ragan Snead

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

Next Wednesday, August 10th @ 10:00 am
Omaha Public Library implemented a subject librarian model as a way to reimagine adult services. From idea, beta team, to embedding subject librarians in OPL’s library system and the greater community, you will learn how it all started and how the subject librarian team operates today. Highlights will include examples of successful projects, programs, and ways to implement this model if it is the right fit for your library.

Learning Objectives:
  • Introduction to the subject librarian model
  • Determine if the subject librarian model is a fit for your library
  • Be provided with a framework to get started
Presenter:  Amy Mather is an Adult Services Manager at Omaha Public Library. Amy believes in connecting the community through information, storytelling and relationships. She established and manages a team of subject librarians who develop programming, outreach and engagement strategies, and curated collections around community-based interests. 

2022 Directors' Retreat

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.

Here is What Happened in July

From the State Library of Ohio

Do you wonder what research really says about how to support school readiness?
Through an interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit.  This training is for library staff who work with children from ages 0 to 8 and their families.
 August 11, 2022 from
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration and more information can be found the State Library of Ohio’s website.
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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Want to Help?

From Amy Olson, Janet Ingraham Dwyer's counterpart at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, about the impact of the catastrophic flooding on KY libraries:
We know that Knott (water was up to the middle of their door) and Perry County public libraries were flooded.  Another county lost their roof and no word yet on the inside structure.  Quite a few counties have flooding in their basements or minor flooding in general.  Again, they’re still waiting to get inside to see all the damage.  One director lost their car.  Basically as time progresses we’re learning more. 

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