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Southeast Regional Library System

Mary Leffler
Executive Director of SERLS

Greetings from the Southeast Regional Library System (SERLS)!

My name is Mary Leffler and I am the new Executive Director of SERLS.  The Board of Trustees, SERLS Staff and I are working hard to improve our caliber of service and quality of continuing education workshops for the libraries of Central and Southeast Ohio.  Currently, we are in the process of determining what types of new services and continuing education events we could offer to better serve you through the release of a needs assessment survey and library visits.  Please visit our blog at http://serls.wordpress.com/ to see blogs of library visits as well as continuing education events. We are also in the process of developing a new website that will provide more information in a better format to help our member libraries.

Did you know that by default, any Ohio library of any type (public, school, academic and special) is considered a Basic or Core Member of a Regional Library?  The Regional Libraries are geographically defined by counties, so you can determine which regional library you are a member of by checking out the regional service area map located at www.library.ohio.gov/LS/Directories/statecharterreg.  If you are located in one of the following counties, you are a member of SERLS:  Athens, Belmont, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington.

At SERLS, basic members can take advantage of services such as continuing education workshops, on-site use of our Ellison Die machines as well as our professional collection.  Basic members can choose to pay an economical annual fee and become enhanced members to obtain an additional level of services.  Services available to enhanced members include discounted or free continuing education workshops, participation in our dental and vision insurance programs, consortium purchasing, vendor discounts, in-house use of our Ellison Die machines and dies and use of our Reading Adventure Treasure Chest kits, as well as our Book Discussion Kits. 

By the end of March, SERLS will begin offering color printing and copying services to both basic members and enhanced members.  We are also improving our services by offering more continuing education workshops in 2008.  We have scheduled more workshops in the first half of 2008 than we offered the entire year of 2007!  I also want to clarify that any staff from any library located in Ohio as well as Kentucky and West Virginia are welcome to participate in the workshops that we offer. Simply register online (www.serls.org) and utilize the link within the workshop and choose basic member registration.  If your library is a dues-paying member of another Ohio Regional Library, we will let you have the same rate as our dues paying members!

I am very excited to be the director of SERLS and am looking forward to serving you.