NEO-RLS News-January 11, 2023

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A Note From the Board President

After welcoming our new trustees and Executive Director in July, the Board of Trustees and members of the DEIA Strategic Committee attended a training facilitated by Kent State University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The four-hour training was an amalgam of beginner and intermediate training, covering bias, microaggressions, and intersectionality. This training marked the beginning of a DEIA plan we have been implementing since early 2021. NEO-RLS has since hosted specific DEIA training opportunities, facilitated by KSU, available to the entire membership.

While there have been some changes with the DEIA Committee participants, and there many changes on the horizon in the organization overall, NEO-RLS will continue to search for and provide quality DEIA training and learning opportunities. As we head into 2023, NEO-RLS staff and the Board of Trustees remain steadfast in our commitment to real and lasting change for our library community and beyond.


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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.

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NEO-RLS Announcements

NEO-RLS New Mailing Address and Phone Number
A reminder that our mailing address and phone number has changed. 
12701 Ravenwood Drive, Chardon, Ohio 44024
*While we will be checking our voicemail daily, the best way to contact NEO-RLS staff for immediate assistance is via email. 
Customer Service Academy starts next Thursday, January 19th.  Don't miss this great blended learning experience.  To include three webinars and the ever-popular Day for Public Service Staff.  Click here for more details and to register.  Please contact Melissa Lattanzi if you have any questions.

Here is What Happened in December

From the State Library

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNet are pleased to announce ILEAD Ohio 2023 application is open. ILEAD Ohio helps develop present and future Ohio library leaders, no matter their position or title, through a team-based, problem-solving project. The goal of ILEAD Ohio is to support participants in addressing professional and/or community needs through the exploration and application of innovative communication, technology, and collaborative tools and skills. 
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.  The Dollar General Summer Reading Grant and Family Literacy Grant programs are currently open for applications.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides grant funding to support literacy and education initiatives serving individuals of all ages. The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores.

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Grant Opportunity

ALA invites library workers to apply for the third annual Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader responsible for the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.
The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant is an annual grant that recognizes, promotes, and supports meaningful programs in libraries that have limited and/or no access to budgetary support for programming. This grant aims to help ease budget challenges by annually awarding three libraries $2,500 to support a proposed program, program series, or programming effort.
Applications for the award will be accepted from December 1, 2022, to February 1, 2023.


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Hybrid Programming

E-Rate from OPLIN

Now is the time to register for Lorrie Germann's 471 Workshop for Public Libraries!
It will be held online on Tuesday, January 24th.
To register, go to
New this year: OPLIN will be hosting a hands-on, "office hour" style Form 471 walk-through opportunity with Lorrie Germann at the OPLIN office on Thursday, February 16th.
To register, go to

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