We invite you to participate as a member of one of our NEO-RLS Standing Board Committees. Board Committees meet as scheduled on the approved Board Calendar
for each year. Date, time and location is noted on the Calendar.
All Committees with the exception of the Nominating Committee and the Personnel Committee are open to anyone in our region. We encourage participation from members and non-dues-paying members in order to receive a multitude of perspectives. We encourage participation from all levels of library staff in order to help grow leaders within our region. For more information on our Committees, see the list below. Contact Betsy Lantz if you are interested in serving on any of the NEO-RLS Standing Board Committee or if you are interested in learning what each Committee is working on during the current Board year. Committee meetings are open to the public and the link to meetings can be obtained by calling the NEO-RLS office at 330-655-0531.
For more information on our Committees, click here.
The Awards Committee serves to establish and oversee the categories of awards, their criteria and the application process for the awards to be granted by NEO-RLS. The Committee works with the Executive Director and staff of NEO-RLS to publicize the awards via the website and newsletter. The Committee periodically reviews the criteria for all awards and makes needed recommendations to the Board. The Committee makes recommendations for new awards.
The Board‘s Bylaws and Administrative Policy Manual include all policies pertaining to the general operation of NEO-RLS. The NEO-RLS
Bylaws/Policy Committee familiarizes themselves with the Bylaws and the Administrative Policy Manual and reviews them for their current implementation. Sections are referred to staff, Board, and committees to recommend needed changes. The Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the NEO-RLS Board, after notifying all Membership Council representatives of the complete proposed alteration or amendment(s) at least 30 days in advance. The Bylaws and Administrative Policy Manual are distributed to all board members in July. When possible, the Executive Director informs the Committee of areas that need addressed so a well-developed policy can be established and adopted to deal with the identified issues. The Committee will review and make changes with input from the NEO-RLS staff. The Bylaws/Policy Committee is chaired by the NEO-RLS Board Secretary.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategies
The DEI Strategies Committee serves as a resource to the Executive Director in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion in order to promote a diverse work force, foster DEI in policies, practices, programming and services, and ensure that the staff, Board members and member libraries and their employees understand that DEI work is everyone’s responsibility. The Committee will also make recommendations for the recruitment of a diverse community of Board members, Committee members, program presenters and future staff members using a DEI lens.
The Finance Committee serves as a resource to the Executive Director and Fiscal Officer in the areas of financial and budgetary matters. It is the Executive Director and Fiscal Officer’s responsibility to monitor the budget and alert the Committee and Board to potential problems. The Committee ensures that NEO-RLS’ goals are met through the best possible application of the available funds. The Finance Committee is chaired by the NEO-RLS Board Vice-President/President-Elect.
The Legislative Committee serves as a resource to the Executive Director by helping to develop a legislative platform for NEO-RLS by studying legislative issues impacting the state’s libraries and making recommendations for effective advocacy on the part of the Board and staff.
The Marketing/PR Committee serves as a resource to the Executive Director in the areas of marketing and public relations by examining the objectives and baseline analytics for NEO-RLS marketing efforts and making recommendations for Marketing/PR strategy and effective message content and delivery.
Multi-Type (Special, School, and Academic) Libraries
The Multi-Type Libraries Committee serves as a resource to the Executive Director in the areas of membership, continuing education, and member services. The Committee will ensure that NEO-RLS’ goals are met by making recommendations related to the membership structure and promotional information, as well as the continuing education, professional development, and service needs of multi-type libraries.
The Technology Committee serves as a resource to the Executive Director and Fiscal Officer by developing a strategic technology plan ensuring that NEO-RLS’ goals are met through the best possible application of available technology. The Committee reviews the technology plan on a regular basis to maintain currency and effective operations for NEO-RLS. The Committee advises on potential uses of technology for member services and benefits.