NEO-RLS News-September 28, 2022

Less Than a Month Away

A Note From the Executive Director

With the departure of Debbie Blair, NEO-RLS is seeking a collaborative, professional, and proactive leader to serve as the next Fiscal Officer. The NEO-RLS Board has posted the position with a submission deadline of October 26, 2022. The successful candidate will be responsible for keeping all financial records and managing all financial functions of NEO-RLS in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. Appointed by and reporting to the Board of Trustees, consisting of 15 representatives of members of the system, the Fiscal Officer works in concert with the Executive Director, and two additional staff members to carry out the operations of the organization. . Starting January 2023, this position will be fully remote with occasional in-person meetings in the Northeast Ohio area.

The Board encourages the membership to share the posting with anyone who may be interested. A full description of the job position, including salary and benefits, can be found here

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.

Where is the Jobline?

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

NEO-RLS Announcements

Call for Poster Sessions
If you have an exciting technology-related project that you would like to share with your colleagues, then we have a great opportunity for you! Whether you have completed a project, are in the process of a project, or are just beginning the planning phase, you can present your efforts and achievements in a poster session during the 2022 Technology Conference: The IT Factor. Poster sessions are a great way to promote your work, inspire other library staff, and boost your resume!   Click this link for more information.
Summer Reading Committees
Do you have ideas about summer reading that you would like to share with your colleagues?  Would you like to assist with the content and the structure of NEO-RLS's 2023 Summer Reading Workshops?  Then we want you!  Please email Melissa Lattanzi if you are interested in serving on the Children's, Teen, or Adult Summer Reading Committees.  The meeting will be held virtually in November.  Please contact Melissa by October 19th.

ATTN: Reference Staff

ATTN: Youth Services Staff

Service Anchors: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Youth Library Services and Programming
Wednesday, November 9th
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Online Workshop

It’s crucial for youth services library paraprofessionals and Librarians to support lifelong learning by constantly developing cultural awareness, acceptance, and understanding of how diverse and rich our young library patrons and families are. During this speaking engagement, attendees will be introduced to basic diverse, equitable, and inclusive concepts, theories, and terminology key for youth library services and programming.  They will learn key knowledge regarding children and race research and identify how it’s helpful in planning EDI youth programming. Similarly, library team members will explore ways to equitably introduce diverse and inclusive collections and technology to youth, caregivers, and educators, and analyze the book banning movement.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Utilize take-a-ways to thoroughly analyze communities, services, and programs and develop an awareness and understanding of how important genuine representation is to young library patrons and their caregivers.
  • Commence their journey in designing and facilitating diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible library services and enriching programs without incorporating or displaying common misconceptions.
  • Spark the desire to continuously self-reflect on diverse, equitable, and inclusive concepts, theories, and terminology that will foster lifelong learning

Don't Miss the 2022 Membership Meeting and Appreciation Breakfast

From the State Library of Ohio

Within the next month you will receive resources from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office in a program titled “Outreach In A Box.”  This program will feature helpful items for your constituents including signage for your digital billboard and physical signage for your library.  We are very excited about the launch of this new outreach initiative. Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities. People with dyslexia have many strengths, but have unexpected trouble learning to read. These difficulties are not related to a person’s intelligence or motivation. Children with dyslexia can learn to read.
Save the Date! The State Library of Ohio is excited to share our in-person Solar Eclipse for Libraries training is scheduled for March 14, 2023.
Read more about the initiative from STARnet and the Space Science Institute and see the attached flyer for information about FREE solar eclipse glasses. Ohio is in the path for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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DEIA Webinars

Register Now Open for Notary Training

The Ohio Society of Notaries is the professional association for Ohio notaries, dedicated to awareness, education, and advocacy for Ohio's 200,000 notaries, and the important role they play in protecting our citizens. We have been THE primary resource for Ohio notary information since 2009. Visit us at 
We are again presenting our popular advanced notary seminar "Beyond the Stamp - Your Role, Responsibilities, and Risks as an Ohio Notary Public" , updated with Ohio's new notary laws. This is THE best, longest-running, and most comprehensive Ohio notary training available, and is particularly valuable if you are notarizing for your library! 
We are continuing our post-covid, statewide notary class tour in STOW with the assistance of NEO-RLS.

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