NEO-RLS News-September 14, 2022

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A Note From the Executive Director

I have been tasked with making the bittersweet announcement that Debbie Blair is leaving NEO-RLS, effective September 23rd, 2022. Debbie has served as Fiscal Officer with NEO-RLS for over 13 years and her kindness, professionalism, and expertise will be missed. I know the NEO-RLS Board, staff, and members share in my appreciation of all that Debbie has done for NEO-RLS over the years including keeping our organization fiscally strong, developing vendor relationships that benefit the members, maintaining our technology infrastructure, and so much more. Debbie has accepted the position of Fiscal Officer with the Southwest Public Libraries and will be moving closer to her family. Please join me in congratulating Debbie on her new adventure!

Have a great day!

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.

ATTN: Academic Libraries

Where is the Jobline?

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

Notary Training in Northeast Ohio

SAVE THE DATE! NEO-RLS is again partnering with The Ohio Society of Notaries to present their excellent "Beyond the Stamp" Ohio notary class, to be held the afternoon of October 19 at the Stow-Munroe Falls Library. The class is for anyone wanting to obtain an Ohio notary commission, any current notaries needing to renew before October 19, 2023, or those just wishing a refresher. 
Fee for NEW notary applicants also taking the exam is $130; renewing notaries and any others are $75. Complete details and registration information will be provided shortly.

Here is What Happened in August

From the State Library of Ohio

The Reimagining School Readiness workshop provides an overview of both practical research about how to support school readiness, and a toolkit with resources created for library staff to help families prepare children from birth to 8 years for success in school and in life. 
Through an interactive virtual presentation with hands-on activities, this training session will introduce library staff to the toolkit contents. 
 Free webinar:
Supporting America’s LGBTQ+ Youth: Approaches, Strategies and Opportunities

Wednesday, September 21, 2:00-3:30 ET

Join this SAMHSA-supported webinar sponsored by the National Federation of Families (NFF) and the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC). 

National Summer Learning Association annual conference, coming up October 24-26 in Washington DC at the Mayflower Hotel. This conference promises to explore what it takes to promote equity, create opportunity and build community through summer learning programs.
Libraries are such an important part of the universe of summer learning. 

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Genealogy Workshop

Applications for the Bechtel Fellowship

Now is the time to get lost in a good book (or a few thousand of them)!

Applications for the Bechtel Fellowship are now being accepted. 

The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship provides a grant up to $7,500 to a qualified children's librarian to spend up to four weeks reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 130,000 volumes of children's literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin.

The application and more information can be found at

The deadline for submitting materials is October 15, 2022.

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