NEO-RLS News-August 17, 2022

In-person Youth Event

A Note From the Executive Director

I am excited to announce that our 2022 Technology Conference: The IT Factor is now open for registration. This one-day conference, planned in coordination with the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), will be held on Tuesday, October 25th, 2022.  

Our Keynote Speaker has changed since our last conference update. The day will now open with Tom Siu, Chief Information Security Officer at Michigan State University. Tom leads the Security Engineering; Security Operations; Incident Response; Governance, Risk and Compliance; and Resilience teams within the Information Security department and is responsible for the university-wide information security strategy. Tom joined MSU in the fall of 2020, after having served for 14 years as CISO for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Using lessons learned from a series of security incidents impacting libraries and research in higher-education, Tom will discuss how library leaders can understand how to prepare for ransomware risk by developing their incident/crisis management frameworks, protective technologies, as well as resilience. This practical and interactive keynote comes just in time for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! 

Breakouts will have something for everyone with topics such as working and collaborating with your IT department, technology literacy programs for patrons, advanced cybersecurity, technology training for staff, technology management solutions roundtable, and community outreach efforts centered on technology access.   

Our closing speaker is Michael Peter Edison, a digital strategist working at the intersection of tech, culture, and democracy around the world. He was Co-founder of the newly emerging Museum for the United Nations - UN Live and formerly was the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution. In his presentation, The Work of Librarians in a World on Fire, Michael will draw from 30 years of work in the library and museum sector to argue that librarians and their supporters at all levels need to adjust and expand our concept of librarianship if we are to respond to today’s most important questions about culture, society, and change.  

We hope you will join us for this exciting day! 
If you are interested in attending or would like more information, visit the event page

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.

Help Your Teens Navigate

Carving a Path from the Public Library to the College Classroom
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am

In this class, library staff will learn how to play an active, positive role in helping teen and young adult patrons navigate the process of applying to college. From learning the basics about the college application process today to programs they can run themselves and with partners, library staff will leave class not only more informed about the on-going changes and evolutions of the college application process, but also excited about using library resources to create a more equitable experience for young adults.

Vendor Spotlight

We would like to highlight FOLLETT 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

Registration is now open for the
NEO-RLS Annual Membership Meeting and Appreciation Breakfast
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Featured Presentation: 
No More Neutral: How to Use Marketing to Position Your Library in Challenging Times   

Presenter:  Angela HurshSenior Engagement ConsultantNoveList
In this role she helps libraries create effective and engaging marketing, within budget and with a personalized approach.  
LAST CALL 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

Just a reminder that the 2022 Ohio Summer Library Program Evaluation survey is open:
Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey!
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. It also gives us the information we need to communicate the value and impact of summer programs and activities provided by Ohio public libraries.
 Do you work with babies and want to make an impact?
Project S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supporting Healthy Infant Early Learning and Development) is looking for library staff who work with very young children, 0-24 months, and want to share the work they have done to support them and their families with brain development, health, and learning. This study is being conducted by Kathleen Campana at Kent State University and has been approved by the Kent State University IRB.

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Back to the Book is Back!!

2022 ALAO Annual Conference

2022 ALAO Annual Conference
Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, OH
New members welcome! 
Note:  Early Bird rates expire Sept. 24
Pre-Conference - Thursday, November 3, 2022 

A pre-conference with afternoon workshop given by keynote speaker Alexia Hudson-Ward.
Active Allyship in Action: A Framework for Personal and Professional Activation. 
Conference - Friday, November 4, 2022 
A keynote address by Alexia Hudson-Ward: Framing Equitable Access: Within and Outside Our Libraries. Her blog, Toward Inclusive Excellence, explores issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, particularly, though not exclusively, as they affect the academic library community. 


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