NEO-RLS News-February 8, 2023

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A Note From the Executive Director

One of the four Strategic Goals in the 2022-2025 NEO-RLS Strategic Plan is: Embed best practices for diversity, equality, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in all that we do.  

The NEO-RLS Staff, Board, and Board Committees are committed to the work that falls under the purview of this goal and over the last year have participated in mandatory training workshops provided by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kent State University. With the success of these workshops, they will now be offered on an ongoing basis for membership participation. Registration is open for the following upcoming workshops: 

Intersectionality 101: Tuesday, February 14th, from 10:00am – 11:00am (webinar) 

Intersectionality is a concept that allows us to examine multiple areas of our lives and social identities. During this session, participants will examine what it actually is, discuss the history of the theory and begin to apply an intersectional lens. 

Understanding Race and Racism: Wednesday, May 3rd, from 10:00am – 11:00am (webinar) 

Race and racism are significant parts of our society and shape the way it works. Participants will explore their own understandings, discuss how racism is upheld through policy and practice, and develop strategies to disrupt it. 

A Day for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Wednesday, June 7th, from 9:30am – 12:30pm (in-person) 

Here is your opportunity to be introduced to diversity, equity, and inclusion training all in one day with Recognizing Bias, Addressing Microaggressions, and Intersectionality 101. 

For DEIA webinars you may have missed, check out our DEIA Webinar Bundle

Have a great day! 


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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.

NEO-RLS Announcements

NEW NEO-RLS Staff Phone Numbers  

Ragan Snead, Executive Director                              440-384-0522 

Christine Vinion, Fiscal Officer                                440-384-0592 

Melissa Lattanzi, Continuing Education Coordinator    440-384-0868 

Jeff Laser, Continuing Education Coordinator            440-384-0634 

Available Services

From the State Library

Registration is now open for Take 5: Back to Basics, Friday, May 5, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (doors open 9:00) at the newly-renovated Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, in Warren, Ohio, “The City of Modern Methods”!
Join other teen advocates for a day of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building. From basic needs to cooking basics, our teens need to be fed, be healthy, be and feel safe and valued, have hope, and have a place where they are welcome. Come explore how we address those needs with allies in and out of the library field.
Registration is open for the 35th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference: Her Story – A Forum on the Power of Storytelling on Friday, April 28 at the Design Innovation Hub at Kent State University.
The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth is the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults. The mission of the conference is to promote cultural awareness and affirmation of cultural pride while addressing the array of issues which surround the concept of culture.

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Here is What Happened in January


Join OPLIN for cybersecurity webinar Practical Defense, as Sean Whalen discusses the most common attack vectors and how to defend against them.

This webinar is for public library IT staff, and anyone seeking to apply practical security guidance to defend the library's IT and business resources.

Practical Defense with Sean Whalen
March 29, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM (America/New_York)
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