NEO-RLS News-November 30, 2022

Did you Know?

A Note From the Executive Director

Did you know that NEO-RLS offers a variety of consulting services to our members? We strive to provide services that are cost-effective and customized to meet the individual library’s needs. Our team brings not only years of combined experience but also a passion for helping our libraries succeed.

Last fiscal year, we completed 12 strategic plans, assisted in the planning of 14 staff days, and provided 7 customized trainings. With the New Year quickly approaching and our consulting calendar beginning to fill up, I would like to highlight these services in this special edition of the NEO-RLS Newsletter.

Don’t forget! Gold Members receive 4 FREE hours of consulting each year.

If you have any questions regarding consulting services, please contact me at
Have a great day!

Strategic Planning

NEO-RLS offers two Strategic Planning Tracks and can work with you to customize the process to fit your library’s needs. We have successfully facilitated strategic plans for both public and academic libraries. Our team guides the process and engages your Board, community stakeholders and staff in defining long-term goals and objectives. We also provide a framework for the final report and subsequent action. Click here for detailed information on our process and costs.

"We were very satisfied with the strategic plan that NEO-RLS helped us create. They did a lot of the work we didn’t have the time or staffing for such as running focus groups, collating and synthesizing feedback, facilitating staff retreats and wordsmithing. I can say that every penny was worth it." -- Chuck Vesei – Library Director, Baldwin Wallace University

All Staff Planning

Here is What are Members are Saying

Through our Gold Membership we were able to take advantage of the Strategic Planning Services offered through NEO. In the past Strategic Planning had been a daunting task without a skilled facilitator. Within a few hours, Betsy actively engaged the Library Board to create focus areas in which achievable goals could be created. The Kingsville Public Library is pleased that, in just 6 months, objectives from the new Strategic Plan are being met through our smart action steps. We now have a solid strategy to better fulfill our mission. -- Mariana Branch, Director, Kingsville Public Library

Board Development

Trustees are at the heart of a library’s relationship with its community. They should be your library’s best advocates and your most informed stewards of growth and success. NEO-RLS offers customizable, effective and efficient Board Development training to help you create an environment of trustee professionalism. Click here for detailed information and costs

Libraries that have used NEO-RLS for Board Development:
Burton Public Library
Mentor Public Library
Twinsburg Public Library

Staff Day Planning

NEO-RLS offers Staff Day planning for a single library, for multiple libraries or for all of the libraries in a county or specified area. We can assist in finding speakers, a venue or put the entire day together. Let us help you invest in your staff by taking the worry and stress out of Staff Day. Click here for detailed information on our services and costs.

I just wanted to tell you how happy we were with Christina Dorr at our recent Staff Development Day. She was absolutely dynamite. Her presentation on book bans and materials challenges was as thoughtful as it was invigorating. It encouraged participation from staff but did not make anyone feel "on the spot," and the material presented was empowering to library staff members holding any job title or classification. I so appreciate you recommending her to us! – Andrea Legg, Director, North Canton Public Library

Customized Consulting

NEO-RLS staff our also able to provide customized consulting services in a number of other areas.
  • Grant Review
    • Review grant proposals in order to save you time and provide the feedback needed to increase funding success
  • One-on-One Management Coaching      
    • One-on-one coaching sessions for managers to identify management strengths.  Coaching sessions utilize the Supervisor's Skills Questionnaire and assessment tool in combination with discussion of general and specific management scenarios and solutions to grow management skills and increase confidence 
  • Leadership Coaching
    • Assess skills and provide practical methods to improve leadership ability for library professionals at any level 
  • ​​​Training to Meet Your Needs
    • Develop training to meet your library’s specific needs
  • Team Building
    • Facilitate inter-departmental cooperation with practical exercises designed to build trust, communication and effectiveness  
Please contact Ragan Snead, Executive Director, for further information and costs.

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