NEO-RLS News-October 12, 2022

DEI for Youth Services

A Note From the Executive Director

We are excited to host our NEO-RLS 2022 Annual Membership Meeting & Appreciation Breakfast in-person on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg and we hope you will join us! You will have a chance to Learn how NEO-RLS is progressing financially, celebrate those who have contributed time and expertise to NEO-RLS over the past year, congratulate the 2021 Rising Star, Shooting Star, and Advocacy Award recipients, and hear from Wendy Knapp, State Librarian of Ohio.  
In addition, Angela Hursh, Senior Engagement Consultant at NoveList, will present No More Neutral: How to Use Marketing to Position Your Library in Challenging TimesIn this session, you’ll learn marketing tactics you can use now to clarify your library’s policies, solidify your library’s positions, and clearly communicate your mission, vision, and values. With book challenges becoming more frequent in our region and around the county, this presentation is particularly timely. You’ll hear tactics to use to rally community and stakeholder support to your defense if your library should face such a challenge. 
If you would like to attend, please register at the Event Page
Hope to see you there! 

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

LAST CALL for Poster Sessions 
Complete the Submission Form by October 17th to guarantee your spot. 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 
You should have received your 2023-2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024) Letter of Intent via email last week.  Our fiscal year runs from July-June and as a result, we begin planning our budget in January.  We ask for your assistance with this by returning your Letter of Intent prior to December 31, 2022.  Your membership is important to us and to the libraries in our region.  Without you, we are unable to provide a robust schedule of continuing education opportunities and other services.  With you, we are maximizing library potential!  Thank you! 

E-Resources-Still time to Register

ATTN: Reference Staff

A Day for Genealogy
Tuesday, November 8th at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

Genealogy: First Steps in Research
A patron has arrived with a genealogy question. What can you do to help? Here are a few basic pointers to get them started. 

Genealogy in the Public Library
Way-pointing is what librarians do best! With some basic understanding of genealogy terms, forms, resources and best practices, you can help a patron start researching their family's history. We will show simple searches on free and library version genealogy websites and “check out” the best books. . 
Comparing the Genealogy Giants:,, and 
The "genealogy giants" all provide audiences with tools and records for researching family trees online. They offer access to billions of historical record images, from newspapers to censuses to baptismal registers from the United States and around the world.  But they aren't all the same. Their record selection, geographical coverage and user bases vary widely. 

Resources of the Ohio Genealogical Society and its Chapters
 We will learn how to access collections, programs, websites, and people!
In addition, the Cleveland History Center will focus on genealogy and special collections. We will end the day with a Q & A with a panel of speakers.

Here is What Happened in September

From the State Library of Ohio

Department of Aging now accepting applications for 2022-2023 Ohio Scholars in Aging program
Participating students will receive $2,000 stipend
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA), in conjunction with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE), is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Ohio Scholars in Aging program.
As picture book creators, we respect and appreciate librarians so much! We know how much time you spend developing activities, resources, and lessons for kids. For that reason, we’ve prepared free, engaging, easy-to-use activities using simple materials for each of our six books celebrating the theme of our favorite season - FALL!
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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ATTN: Special Libraries


Registration for the Fall FY2023 E-rate Workshop is now open.  The workshop will be online again this year.
In this workshop Lorrie Germann, State E-rate Coordinator, will cover changes to E-rate and a line by line review of the Form 470. Plan to attend to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. This public library-specific session is scheduled for Thursday, October 27. Agenda
9am-12pm: Overview of the E-rate process and upcoming changes for this funding year
12pm-1pm: Lunch break 1pm-3pm: Line-by-line review of Form 470, the first step in the application process Register now at
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