NEO-RLS News-August 10, 2022


A Note From the Executive Director

Planning a project is something that I have always enjoyed. I relish in the early planning stages when the possibilities are endless and the optimism for a successful end-result is high but taking on projects in the library world has often left me dissatisfied. We all know the saying, “Death by Committee.” There have been many times that I have done a ton of work upfront researching an idea only for the project to stall during the process of implementation, sometimes due to ineffective planning meetings, or the idea is struck down at the administrative level because success is uncertain. When I discovered the Agile Methodology, I quickly realized that this approach to project management is a natural fit for many projects that we take on in libraries. In contrast to more traditional project management methodologies, Agile puts the emphasis on consistent collaboration, evaluation, and iteration throughout the project lifecycle to increase the possibility of a successful deliverable. In other words, failure and assessment are built into the process so the pressure is off to predict results upfront. On Thursday, August 18th at 10:00 AM, I will be presenting “Collaboration, Evaluation, and Iteration: The Agile Approach to Project Management”, where we will discuss Agile Project Management and the benefits of utilizing and adapting this methodology when embarking on a new library project, big or small. If you are interested in attending, please visit the event page to register.  

Have a great day! 
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 2021-2022 Annual Report is highlighted.

Let's Focus on STEM

STEM Programming for Youth Services
Thursday, September 8th @ the newly renovated Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

Welcome to a day of STEM programming for youth services at the newly renovated Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  The morning will consist of two sessions highlighting two successful programs for Youngstown. In addition, Westlake Porter Public Library will share their Making Music with Technology.   In the afternoon be sure to bring your own STEM programming ideas to share for a roundtable discussion.  We will also have a tour of the new library at the end of the day. Don't miss an opportunity to network with your peers in-person!

Vendor Spotlight

We would like to highlight POPAR as our participating vendor this week.
The outline of the discount for NEO-RLS members is as follows:
 For more information, contact Debbie Blair.

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!

ATTN: Academic Libraries

Where is the Jobline?

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

From the State Library of Ohio

 As Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library, INFOhio helps Ohio connect using quality digital resources and web tools available at no cost to all students, teachers, and parents. INFOhio is actively seeking public librarians and library specialists to join the INFOhio Integration Partner, or IPartner, program.
IPartners are part of a robust network of people in all areas of Ohio who help bridge learning gaps by sharing and promoting INFOhio’s quality resources
Thinking 365: Transitioning your summer meals program to afterschool meals is a webinar recording from No Kid Hungry’s “School’s Out, Food’s In” summer webinar series.
In this webinar, you will learn from program sponsors how they successfully transition their summer meal program to a year-round program through the USDA’s At-risk Afterschool option, part of the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

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How Libraries Can Help Prepare Students and Parents

2022 OHLA/SOA Fall Joint Conference

Joint OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting 2022: Be the Change

September 30-October 1, 2022, in-person at the Quest Conference Center, Columbus (Westerville).
Join the Society of Ohio Archivists and the Ohio Local History Association for our in-person fall meeting! This is OLHA’s annual 2-day meeting with the addition of a SOA track on Friday, September 30, serving as SOA’s fall conference. Come for SOA’s sessions or come for the entire conference!

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