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Keith A Scott, Crisis Intervention Specialist/ D&A Assessment Specialist Prisoners

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Keith A Scott, Crisis Intervention Specialist/ D&A Assessment Specialist Prisoners

Address:

1078 Molasses Valley Rd, Kunkletown, PA  18058

Phone:

570 801-2165

Email:

keith.scott7227@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

Psychiatric, Psychosocial Drug and Alcohol Assessment, Psychological and Substance Abuse Counseling, Emergency Room Crisis Intervention Specialist, Hospital-Wide Crisis Management, Crisis Intervention Instructor

Target Audience:

Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Reference Services, Technical Services, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Instructors

Fees (if any):

$0 -$300/hr

Brief Biography:

Service in the NJ Army National Guard and U.S. Air Force with Honorable Discharge. Higher Education from Montclair State College, County College of Morris & William Patterson University of NJ. Work experience at: NJ ARC- Respite Counselor, Kessler Institute Traumatic Brain Injury Unit Neurobehavioral Specialist, County of Morris Human Services Income Maintenance Technician Fraud Unit, NJ Dept of Parks and Forestry Seasonal Ranger, St.Claire's Hospital Mental Health Worker II Individual and Group Counseling, Pottstown Memorial Hospital Crisis Intervention Specialist/Management Individual and Group Counseling, Lehigh Valley D&A Intake Unit Assessment Specialist (Dual Diagnosis Specialty, Prisoner Assessments, Blue Mountain Health System Crisis Management, Crisis Intervention Specialist - Instructor for BERT Restraint Training, Carbon, Monroe, Pike D&A Commission D&A Counselor II, Assessment Specialist, Pocono Health System Crisis Intervention Specialist, Proprietor Renewal Services

Availability:

Not available during the last two weeks of August

Geographic Range:

Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, West Branch

Speaking Experience:

Forensics Team - Oral Interpretation: Academic

12 years as Lector for St. Lukes & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes

Group Counselor, various institutions

Behavioral Emergency Restraint Instructor BMHS

Name:

Keith A Scott

Title:

Crisis Intervention Specialist/ D&A Assessment Specialist Prisoners

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Technical Services  Teen Services  West Branch 

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Aaron W Dobbs, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Aaron W Dobbs, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Library/Organization:

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Address:

1871 Old Main, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania  17257

Phone:

931-206-6574

Email:

aaron@thelibrarian.org

Web Site Address, LinkedIn Profile, or link to other source of professional information:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aarondobbs

Areas of Expertise:

Advocacy, Copyright, Future Planning, Information Policy, Leadership, Networking, Scholarly Communication, Social Media & Institutional Credibility, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Academic Tenure & Promotion Processes

Target Audience:

Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Technical Services, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Board Members, Library Instructors, Strategic Planning

Fees (if any):

mileage, lodging, inexpensive, flexible

Brief Biography:

Broadly interested in most topics, I've developed reasonable authority with the areas of expertise listed above.

Library directors at two academic libraries asked me to lead future planning, succession planning, or reorganization efforts.

Participation in American Library Association committees led to several opportunities to present sessions on information policy, scholarly communication, advocacy, and networking & personal marketing.

Faculty participation at Shippensburg has included new faculty orientation sessions on Copyright compliance and library resources; new student sessions on library resources, hacking professor expectations, and plagiarism; and a workshop on effective use of LibGuides for scholarly information organization and discoverability.

Availability:

Flexible outside of ALA Midwinter and Annual dates.

Geographic Range:

South Central, Anywhere, really. I'm a driving fool.

Speaking Experience:

* Dobbs, A. (1 February 2015). Invited Speaker: “Career Development Workshop: Networking Made Easy.” American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

* Dobbs, A., Sohn, G. & Wynn, V. (28 June 2014). Invited Panel Discussion: "Respondents Panel for Information Manipulation Part I: Net Neutrality." American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

* Dobbs, A. et al. (2 May 2014). Panel Discussion: "Telling the Story of What to Do With a Library Degree." 2014 Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

* Dobbs, A., et al. (7 June 2013). Panel Discussion: "Encomium of Ethos: The Dwelling Place of Mechanization." Computers and Writing 2013: Mechanization and Writing, Frostburg, Maryland.

* Dobbs, A., et al. (16 February 2013). Panel Discussion: "Credibility and the Network: Evaluating and Establishing Digital Ethos." Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University, Lexington, Kentucky.

* Dobbs, A. (25 June 2011). Invited Presentation: "LibGuides & LibAnswers: They *can* take it with them." ALA Annual Conference 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.

* Dobbs, A. Moll, K. & Cook, D. (15 April 2011). "LibGuides Workshop: ACLCP Reference and Instruction Interest Group." Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. (full-day workshop)

* Dobbs, A. & Creech, A. (12 August 2009). Invited Presentation: "360 Counter: Dealing with Non-compliant Data." Serials Solutions 360 Counter Town Hall, Internet Webinar.

* Dobbs, A. (10 March 2009). Invited Presentation: "360 Resource Manager: How Libraries Use; Improvements Libraries Want." SerialsSolutions Software Developers and Product Managers 2009, Seattle, Washington.

Name:

Aaron W Dobbs

Title:

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Computer/Electronic Resources  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Reference Services  South Central  Technical Services 

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David DeKok, Author

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

David DeKok, Author

Address:

113 Conoy St, Harrisburg, PA  17104

Phone:

717-439-4159

Email:

ddekok@verizon.net

Web Site Address, LinkedIn Profile, or link to other source of professional information:

http://www.daviddekok.com

Areas of Expertise:

The notorious murder of Penn State student Betsy Aardsma in Pattee Library at Penn State University in 1969, and the failed investigation of her death. I am the author of "Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away (Globe Pequot, 2014).

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20150222_Book_review___Murder_in_the_Stacks__is_the_definitive_treatment_of_Penn_State_cold_case.html

The underground mine fire that destroyed the small town of Centralia, Pa. I am the author of Fire Underground: The Ongoing Tragedy of the Centralia Mine Fire (Globe Pequot 2009)

Target Audience:

Public Libraries, Academic Libraries

Fees (if any):

Negotiable. Generally, I charge $100-200 to a small library or organization within 50 miles of Harrisburg, $200-500 to a large library, organization or university, and $1,000 for a keynote address at a meeting or conference. Expenses may be extra if appropriate.

Brief Biography:

B.A. political science, Hope College, Holland, Mich., 1975

Graduate certificate, documentary filmmaking, George Washington University, 2009.

David DeKok has worked as a journalist in Pennsylvania since 1975 for The News-Item in Shamokin and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. He is presently a correspondent in Harrisburg for Reuters. Mr. DeKok is the author of four books: Unseen Danger: A Tragedy of People, Government, and the Centralia Mine Fire (University of Penna. Press, 1986); Fire Underground: The Ongoing Tragedy of the Centralia Mine Fire (Globe Pequot, 2009); The Epidemic: A Collision of Power, Privilege, and Public Health (Lyons Press, 2011); and Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away (Globe Pequot 2014). He appears on TV to talk about the Centralia mine fire, including in the Life After People series on the History Channel and in Ghost Cities, a Russian television production.

Availability:

Almost any time is good, depending on my schedule.

Geographic Range:

Juniata-Conemaugh, Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, West Branch

Speaking Experience:

Free Library of Philadelphia, fall 2013, Centralia and Silent Hill

Free Library of Philadelphia, March 18, 2015, Betsy Aardsma: The Girl Who Was Killed in the Library

Free Library reference: Cameron Dahl, (716) 907-2574, or dahlc@freelibrary.org

Name:

David DeKok

Title:

Author

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  West Branch 

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R C Kelly Law Associates, LLC

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Grace Bradley Kelly, MBA SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Library/Organization:

R C Kelly Law Associates, LLC

Address:

623 North Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446

Phone:

215-896-3846

Email:

grace@rckelly.com

Web Site Address, LinkedIn Profile, or link to other source of professional information:

www.rckelly.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gracebradleykelly

Areas of Expertise:

Human Resources, Risk Management, Employment Law

Target Audience:

Public Libraries, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

Fees (if any):

Varies

Brief Biography:

Human Resources Risk Management Consultant with diverse experience across many industries. Strong business acumen (MBA) and HRCI certification (SPHR) are combined to provide clients with the expertise and assistance needed to manage your greatest assets. Personal interest in family business development as well as non-profit board managed organizations.

Availability:

with advanced notice

Geographic Range:

PA

Speaking Experience:

Gwynedd Mercy University – Adjunct Professor School of Business; 2011- 2014 – courses taught Introduction to Adult Studies, Business Leadership and Management; Legal Aspect of Healthcare Administration.

Pennsylvania School Bus Association – Annual Convention 2011 (Harrisburg, PA) “How to Conduct an Effective Performance Review”

Pennsylvania School Bus Association – Annual Convention 2012 (Seven Springs, PA) “Developing an Effective Employee Handbook”

Pennsylvania Association of Library Administrators – Annual Convention 2012 (Gettysburg PA) “Your biggest enemy is the unknown and assumptions.” LTG Christianson - An Employee Manual Workshop

Pennsylvania School Bus Association – Regional Meeting Spring 2013 (Six locations throughout Pennsylvania) “Hot Topic in Employee Management for School Bus Industry”

North Central Library District - Continuing Education Day June 2013 (Williamsport PA) “Human Resources and Employment Law Seminar Managers’ Training Session”

Pennsylvania School Bus Association – Annual Convention 2013 (Penn State, PA) “Best Practices in Hiring and Firing”

National Association of Remodelers – Bucks Mont Chapter Meeting January 2014 (Horsham, PA) “How to Survive a Workers Comp Audit”

Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce – HR Summit January 2014 (Lansdale, PA) “Are you compliant?” (panelist)

Pennsylvania School Bus Association – Regional Meeting Spring 2014 (Six locations throughout Pennsylvania) “The Driver has the Key – Best Practice in Employee Management”

American Society for Association Executives – Finance, HR, & Business Operations Conference May 2014 (Washington DC) “Hiring and Firing Employees – Confidently and Legally”

Pennsylvania School Bus Association – Annual Convention 2014 (Seven Springs, PA) “Fitness for Duty: Managing your Workforce from a Legal and Medical Viewpoint”

Luzerne County Libraries - Human Resources and Employment Law Series Fall/Winter 2014 (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Directors, Managers and Trustees Training - A Primer on Employment Law for PA Library Employers; Developing an Effective and Compliant Employee Manual; Creating Operational Job Descriptions and Performance Management Tools and Processes; Mastering your Employment Law Risk Management Plan.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

Pennsylvania School Bus Association – Annual Convention 2015 (Center Valley, PA) “Background Clearances and Reference Checks: Are you Audit Ready?” Review of recently enacted PA legislation surrounding Act 126, Act 153 and Act 168.

References:

Pennsylvania School Bus Association - 717-975-1951

Richard C. Miller MLS, Executive Director, Osterhout Free Library

Luzerne County Library System, Phone: 570.823.0156

more available

PaLA Annual Conference:

2012

Name:

Grace Bradley Kelly, MBA SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Title:

HR Risk Management Consultant

Tags:  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries 

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Thomas and Taylor Music Works

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Lamar R. Thomas, Sr., President

Library/Organization:

Thomas and Taylor Music Works

Address:

PO Box 526, Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania  18344

Phone:

570-730-7627

Email:

LTshow@ptd.net

Areas of Expertise:

Lamar Thomas was the founder of the Award-Winning, Cross-Cultural Program, known as, SCEAP. The SCEAP (Student Community Enrichment Activity Program) program was instituted by Lamar throughout the Pocono Mountain School District. Through these various programs students involved, were exposed to Cultural Diversity through the Performing Arts that included Poetry, Drama, Dance, Music, Literature, and Lyrical Interpretation. The curriculum from all of the SCEAP Programs were written by Lamar, and his original program, “Conversation”, included dramatic stage presentation through the works of Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Carl Sandburg to name just a few. Each of his programs were considered and embraced by both the Language Arts and Social Studies Departments, as required, “Co-Curricular Programs for students’ grades 6 through 12. These programs were designed to have actual students present to their peers. With his elaborate Diversity and Leadership in from various educational institution including Cornell University, The National Multi-Cultural Institute and the HumaNext System, Lamar Thomas presented the first-ever, County-Wide Diversity Conferences in Monroe County. These two events were held and hosted by East Stroudsburg University, and The Shawnee Inn, in Shawnee-On-Delaware.

Lamar Thomas has written to date four books: Laying down the Sword, which is a book that has a mixture of Poetry and the reality of growing up in a racist society. His other books are, In the Presence of the Enemy, which is also about racial relations in America. His third book Teacher do you Know where I Come from?, speaks to Teachers, Administrators, and other educators, about teaching and reaching students across the racial divide. His fourth and present book in release is, DA Delta Black Music and ME!, which includes his original documentary, “Take me Home 2 DA Delta”. As a professional musician, performer, and producer, he has earned 8 Ampex Gold Reel Awards, and 2 Gold CD’s in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. Lamar Thomas is a Grammy Nominated Songwriter, who has written music for some of the top International Daytime Soap Operas that include, All My Children, One Life to Live, Another World, and Loving. www.lamarthomasbooks.com

Target Audience:

Community Members, Teen Services, Adult Services

Fees (if any):

$2,800.00 Plus Travel & Hotel

Brief Biography:

Bassline is an anti-bullying workbook for parents, teachers, guidance counselors, young people, and community members. The express purpose is to provide information that takes the imbalance of power from the bully. This workbook concept cuts across all forms of bullying in schools, the workplace, and it addresses the bullying that takes place against women in abusive relationships. I believe that we need a program such as BASSLINE to be made a part of school orientation for parents, teachers, administrators, and members of our community. I believe such a program, when instituted in our schools here in Monroe County (and around the Commonwealth) that we will begin to lessen the violence and violent behavior.

The overall concept that I express in my BASSLINE book, is offering ways in which you can deter the bully from bullying your child, or children. The secret to helping parents and students to do this is really not a secret. We simply need to encourage our children and ourselves, to believe in our upbringing, to believe in the values, and respect for others that we have been taught. What makes you tick? What makes us as individuals tick?

• Explain: BASSLINE

When someone is able to tear down your parental façade of protective armor that you have instilled in your children Bullies gain power.

• Encouragement Quotes: Page 78

• Silence for Violence against Women

It is our personal, social and collective silence about rape, spousal abuse, and many other forms of domestic violence against women that perpetuates the violence.

• Diversity (a Colorless View)

At first (if you are a Black person), you might think that you know what diversity is: If you are on the other hand ( a white person or Hispanic, and or Latino), you might also think that because you have one or two friends, who are black, White, Hispanic, or Latino that you know what Diversity is. I suggest that you do not!. It is easy to fool ourselves that we know what we need to create diversity. We do not!. Diversity is its own self.

Availability:

Available beginning after July 4th, and on through School term.

Geographic Range:

Northeast

Speaking Experience:

Presented on anti-Bullying and Diversity for

* PSEA state Education Commission

State Attorney General-On Domestic Violence against Women

Name:

Lamar R. Thomas, Sr.

Title:

President

Tags:  Adult Services  Community Members  Northeast  Teen Services 

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Tracy Carey - Facilitator & Project Manager, Engaged Scholarship

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:  Tracy Carey, Facilitator & Project Manager, Engaged Scholarship

Area/s of Expertise:     

  • Supervision Leadership
  • Hiring the Right Way
  • Conflict Management
  • Staffing for Results
  • Team Building
  • Developing Library Boards

Target Audience/s:   

  • Public Libraries
  • Academic Libraries
  • Support Staff
  • Library Administrators & Management
  • Library Board Members

About this Speaker:

Tracy Carey received her BS from Slippery Rock University and her MLS from Clarion University.  She has since worked in public libraries for 15 years in PA, NC, and SC.  Tracy has had over 400 hours of supervisory and leadership training exposing her to a variety of techniques and perspectives on the management process. 

Tracy has worked as a library branch manager, district consultant librarian, library director, and is currently the Director of Public Services at Centre County Library and Historical Museum.

Previous Speaking Experience:

  • Supervisory 101 - Central PA District 2007, PaLA 2008 & 2013
  • Fish Philosophy - Mifflin County 2007, Clearfield County 2007
  • Hire Right First Time - PaLA 2010, Northeast Region 2011
  • Conflict Management - PALS 2011, PaLA 2012, Cumberland County 2012
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation - PaLA 2011 (presented with Lisa Rives Collens)

Presenter at PaLA Annual Conference:   2011, 2012, 2013

Geography:   Juniata-Conemaugh, Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, West Branch

Availability:   Program time would depend on travel time and is negotiable to best suit the library client.

Fee: Travel, All other fees if applicable negotiable based on time and size of workshop

Website: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tracy-carey/36/512/5b3/

Contact Information:

Tracy Carey
Facilitator & Project Manager, Engaged Scholarship
Pennsylvania State University
329 Building Suite 312K, Innovation Park
University Park, PA 16802

814-441-5446

tlcarey@gmail.com

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Support Staff  West Branch 

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Laura J. Ax-Fultz, Information Services and Outreach Librarian

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker: Laura J. Ax-Fultz, Information Services and Outreach Librarian, Dickinson Law Library

Area/s of Expertise:

  • Legal Literacy
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Information Literacy

 Target Audience/s:

  • Public Libraries
  • Academic Libraries
  • Reference Services
  • Support Staff
  • Library Administrator & Management

About the Speaker:

Laura Ax-Fultz currently serves as the Information Services and Outreach Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson Law. Prior to entering library school, she spent eight years practicing law in the areas of family law and criminal law. Since becoming a full-time librarian, she has worked as an academic law librarian at both locations of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and served as the sole librarian at the law library of the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Wilmington, Delaware. Her research focuses on legal literacy.

Previous Speaking Experience: 

Teaching:
Integrated legal research instruction to first-year law students as part of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing I & II, as well as providing guest lectures in upper level courses.

Presentations:
"Pennsylvania Libraries and the Law," Berks County, 2014.
"Take 5 for Customer Service," PaLA Northeast Chapter, 2014.
"Customer Service: Behind the Scenes," PaLA Lehigh Chapter, 2014.
"Customer Service: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," Franklin/Fulton Library District, 2013.
"Pennsylvania Law: Basic Legal Research Skills for Librarians," PaLA Annual Conference, 2013.
"Does the Law Really Say That? Finding the Laws Applied in the Sandusky Case," Penn State University Libraries, 2012.

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

2013, Pennsylvania Law: Basic Legal Research Skills for Librarian

Availability:

Not available in July

Geographic Range:

  • Juniata-Conemaugh
  • Lehigh Valley
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • South Central
  • Southeast
  • Southwest
  • West Branch

Fee:

Contact Information:

Laura J. Ax-Fultz
Information Services and Outreach Librarian
Dickinson Law Library
150 South College St.
Carlisle, PA 17013

717-241-3541

lja10@psu.edu

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Administrators and Management  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Reference Services  South Central  Southeast  Special Libraries  West Branch 

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Jan McInnis, Professional Keynote Speaker/Comedian

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Speaker: Jan McInnis, Professional Keynote Speaker/Comedian

Area/s of Expertise:

Finding The Funny In Change Keynote Address:
Whether it’s going green or the myriad of new rules that govern the industry, we are constantly reacting to a new playing field. From reform to the new industry rules and regulations that are being developed, professionals are routinely having to reassess and re-evaluate their practices.
And all of this change causes fear, tension and miscommunications!
This is Jan’s most popular keynote, because she combines her hilarious comedy with PRACTICAL tips on dealing with change through using humor.
Jan will show you how to:
• diffuse tension instantly,
• kick off tough conversations
• facilitate communications
. . . all by using humor that you, yourself can do. And she’ll also give you the latest research between laughter and health – yes they’re actually studying this stuff! Customized for your event and industry this keynote will have attendees walk away laughing AND learning as they discover the steps they can take to conquer, and even embrace, change. 

Target Audience/s

  • Support Staff
  • Library Administrators & Management
  • Library Board Members
  • Library Instructors  

About the Speaker:

For professional speaker and comedienne Jan McInnis, life is full of “finding the funny.” She – and the audiences who continually rate her programs “hilarious” – wouldn’t have it any other way.
Inspired by fifteen years as a marketing director in the 9 to 5 world, Jan has cornered the association and corporate convention market. And over the past 19+ years on the full-time speaking circuit, she has spoken at hundreds of conferences, employee retreats and banquets held by such groups as Anthem Blue-Cross, the American Heart Association, the Federal Reserve Banks, and the Mayo Clinic. Jan was featured in the “Wall Street Journal” as one of the top convention comedians whose material is clean and in the Washington Post for her clean comedy writing.


Learning doesn’t have to be boring! Jan has a knack for humorous analysis, which enables her to keep her audiences laughing, not just with a comedy show, but also with some of her keynotes such as “Finding the Funny in Change.” In this keynote she shows people how to use humor to handle change.

Jan has also sold comedy material to just about everyone. . . from the Tonight Show monologue, to greeting cards, hundreds of radio stations and even guests on the “Jerry Springer Show” (yes, some of it is staged), and she is author of 2 books - “Finding the Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds.” And “Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs”

Born in D.C., Jan was in charge of the “Joke of the Day” for her junior high school lunch table. Not surprisingly, she majored in communications at Virginia Tech, where she was a disk jockey for the local radio station.

Previous Speaking Experience:

Oregon School Board Association, Florida Education Association, Indiana Association of School Superintendents, Missouri Association of School Business Officials, Pearson Educational Products (major book publisher for schools), Grand Valley School Business Officials ,SmartEd Services (the people who make the SmartBoards for schools), Illinois School Boards Association, Kansas Association of School Board Officials, Arkansas Headstart, Duval Teachers United, Michigan Education Special Services Association – MESSA, American Association of Cosmetology Schools, Johnson County Community College - Center for Business Education, National Association of College and University Food Service, University of Minnesota Medical Center, University of Maryland, University of Illinois, SUNY Colleges Oneonta, SUNY College Canton, National Association of College Administrators, DAFA, North County Community College, Towson University, Paul Smith’s College, Desales University, Delaware Valley College, Sage College, Norwich College, Rutgers University, Tucson Medical Center (Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser), Lewis & Clark Community College, Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Mayfield School, Indiana APSE, Community Action Association of Pennsylvania, Ohio Community Action Association, Kentucky Community Action Association, Georgia Headstart, Kas Kas Kia, Grand Valley School Business Officials, Housing Colorado Now!, Missouri Community College Association, Education Service Center 19, National Business Education Association, Southwest Regional Teachers Association

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

Availability:

Available upon request

Fee:

$3500+ travel/hotel

Contact Information:

The WorkLady  

PO Box 411016

Los Angeles, CA 90041   

800-492-9394    

jan@theworklady.com 

www.TheWorkLady.com  

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Library Administrators & Management  Library Administrators and Management  Library Board Members  Organizational Wellness  Public Libraries  Support Staff  Team Building 

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Adi Redzic, Executive Director

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Speakers: Adi Redzic, Executive Director

Area/s of Expertise:

Financial Literacy & Financial Empowerment, Leadership Development and Training, Personal and Professional Development, etc.

For more specific information on areas of expertise and speaking topics, please visit: www.iamgoodproject.com/speaking

Target Audience/s:

  • Public LibrariesAcademic
  • Libraries, School Libraries
  • Special Libraries
  • Community Members
  • Teen Services
  • Adult Services
  • Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members
  • Depends; please contact for specifics

About the Speaker:

Adi Redzic is a social entrepreneur, personal coach, author, and a motivational speaker based in Chicago, IL. He’s also the Executive Director of iOmeChallenge.org, a national think tank on financial security of the Millennial generation. To learn more about Adi, get a copy of his book or sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit: www.iamgoodproject.com or follow him @thinkchange

Previous Speaking Experience:

SELECT, RELEVANT & RECENT TALKS:

  • "Financial Literacy: Why You and Your Library Need to Get Involved." -- keynote at the PaLA Annual Conference | Lancaster, PA - September 2014
    http://bit.ly/1kX7sE6
    http://bit.ly/1DEvgKj

  • "Discover. Imagine. Achieve." - Money Smart Week presentation at Washington University in St. Louis | St. Louis, MO - April 2014
    http://bit.ly/1xm1j9j
    http://bit.ly/1C4aPlR

  • "Financial Literacy Forum: Why Students Need Librarians to Get Involved?" -- Presentation at the ALA Midwinter Meeting | Philadelphia, PA - January 2014
    http://bit.ly/1k3l3gy

  • "I graduated college debt-free ... and you can too." - a Jump$tart Coalition of IL talk at College of DuPage | DuPage, IL, September 2013
    http://bit.ly/1FSom6n     2014

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

"Financial Literacy: Why You and Your Library Need to Get Involved." -- keynote at the PaLA Annual Conference | Lancaster, PA - September 2014

Availability: Flexible

Fee:

Contact Information:

iOme Challenge

2 N. LaSalle Street, 14th Floor

Chicago    IL    60602

920-595-0678  

adi@iomechallenge.org   

www.linkedin.com/in/adiredzic

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Bucks County  Chester County  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Administrators and Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Teen Programming  Teen Services  West Branch 

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Ms. Melanie Simms, Simms Communications

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Speaker: Ms. Melanie Simms, Simms Communications

Area/s of Expertise:

I can speak widely and with confidence on publishing poetry, short stories and novels.

 

Additional expertise includes:

  • Starting a poetry group or organization
  • Public speaking      

Target Audience/s:

  • Public LibrariesAcademic
  • LibrariesSchool Libraries
  • Special Libraries
  • Community Members
  • Reference Services
  • Adult Services

About the Speaker:

I am a former Perry County Poet Laureate and can also speak with authenticity as an arts supporter and advocate.

Previous Speaking Experience:

I have been a public speaker for various radio and television shows and have presented several programs for television and local arts programs.
Radio and Television appearances include:
WVIA
WITF
WKOK
PA Matters
Bloomsburg Television
PCN Television

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

Availability:

  • Afternoons
  • Evenings
  • I will make exceptions for morning presentations depending upon the subject matter, and the travel and preparation time required.

Fee:     

Contact Information:

Simms Communications     

131 North 8th Street

Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801

5702042216

sirenbliss@gmail.com 

www.melaniesimmspoet.com

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