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Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability

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

Speaker: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Area/s of Expertise:

  • Building Your Base of Support in the Community (Marketing & PR)
  • The Future of Libraries
  • Sustainable Thinking
  • Going Green at Your Library
  • Trustee Duties & Responsibilities

Target Audience/s:

  • Public Libraries
  • Community Members
  • Library Administrators & Management
  • Library Board Members 

About the Speaker:

 

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, is the owner of Sustainable Libraries, LLC and has been a public library development consultant since 1998. Author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State, Rebekkah currently holds the position of Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where she assists 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities.

Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University.

Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is a frequent presenter at libraries and conferences around the US.

 

Previous Speaking Experience:

  • 10 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Library’s Reputation (PR Essentials) | Pre-Conference | Public Library Association (PLA) Conference | Indianapolis, IN
  • Throw Out the Map and Get Out the Compass: Leading Libraries Forward in Uncertain Times | Library Survival Conference | Buffalo, NY
  •  Fear is the New F Word | New York Library Association Conference | Niagara Falls, NY
  • Strategies for Sustainable Funding | Westchester Library System | Ossining, NY
  • The Changing Season of Libraries | Lackawanna County Library System | Scranton, PA
  • Sustainable Thinking: Passageway to Better Buildings, Budgets & Beyond | American Library Association Conference | Anaheim, CA
  • Building Your Base (&Your Budget) | Public Library Association Conference | Philadelphia, PA
  • Grassroots Advocacy 101 | New York Library Association Conference | Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Greening Your Library | Long Island Library Resources Council | Plainview, NY 

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

 

Availability:

 

Fee:

 

Contact Information: 

Mid-Hudson Library System

33 Mahikan Dr.

 Hudson, NY 12534    

914.204.962

rebekkah@sustainablelibraries.org               

http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebekkahaldrich/  

                

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Bucks County  Chester County  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Administrators and Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Organizational Wellness  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Team Building  West Branch 

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National Association of Library Performers

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

Speaker: Dave Ehlert

Area/s of Expertise:

Educational Entertainment and Author Visits from The National Association of Library Performers

  • Mark Twain or Abe Lincoln Storytelling Programs
  • Musical Programs featuring Elvis, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and more
  • Author Visits: Autobiography, Sci Fy Spoof and Historical Murder Mystery
  • Fundraisers for Public Libraries in need of Program Funding

Target Audience/s:

  • Public Libraries
  • Academic Libraries
  • School Libraries

About the Speaker:

I've been in the theater business for 20 years in Branson, MO. In 2000, I began performing as Mark Twain. Since then I have performed at a theater in Branson and presented Educational Entertainment at over 300 Libraries in 44 states. The programs have been endorsed by College Professors, Museum Curators and Library Directors across the country.

 

Previous Speaking Experience:

Over 200 references are listed here:
http://www.libraryperformersassociation.com/nonmusicshows/referencelist 

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

Availability:

Fee:

$350-$500  

 

Contact Information:

 

National Association of Library Performers

1918 Herman Road   

Manitowoc  Wisconsin54220

800-358-4795  

 

daveelvisehlert@gmail.com        

www.libraryperformersassociation.com

  

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Programming  Adult Services  Bucks County  Chester County  Children's Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Teen Programming  Tween Programming  West Branch 

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Dawn Daria, Education Director & Paul Miller, Executive Director, Flow Circus

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Friday, November 8, 2013

Speaker: Dawn Daria, Education Director and Paul Miller, Executive Director

Area/s of Expertise:

  • Tween/Teen Programming
  • Active Learning
  • Team-Building
  • Skill-Based Play
  • DIY Projects for Skill-Based Play
  • Individual, Team, and Organizational Wellness

Target Audience/s:

  • Public Libraries
  • School Libraries
  • Community Members
  • Children's Services
  • Teen Services
  • Adult Services
  • Support Staff
  • Library Administration
  • Board Members

 About the Speakers:

Dawn Daria, Education Director Dawn has a B.S. in psychology and M.Ed. in Secondary Education/Social Studies. She has worked in a variety of formal and informal learning environments teaching everything from World History to Psychology to Red Cross Swimming Lessons. In 2007, she joined Flow Circus to create programs that engage tweens and teens in the development of healthy lifestyles, character education, and 21st century skills using the juggling arts. With the recent release of her first book, Grounded for Good, she now adds writer to her skill set. As both an educator and author, Dawn works to instill a love of learning in the children, teens, and adults she encounters.

Paul Miller, Executive Director After earning a degree in accounting, Paul Miller realized that he could have a much bigger impact on people by sharing his unique brand of humor and playfulness (which didn’t really fit in the corporate world). A self-taught juggler and performance artist, his influences include masters of silent film Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplain and physical stand-up comics such as Steve Martin and Robin Williams. Paul has toured his solo-show, Just Paul, across the US and recent credits include off-Broadway performances and Disney Cruise Lines. In 1999, Paul founded Flow Circus with a mission to promote active learning and play through the juggling arts. Since then he has taught thousands of tweens, teens, and adults to juggle and play with skill toys. Recent projects include the development of free educational resources such as FlowCircusKids.com and PlayFundama.com.

Previous Speaking Experience:

Together, Dawn and Paul have taught thousands of individuals to juggle and play with skill toys. They have presented workshops at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, Connecticut Library Consortium Southeastern Roundtable, State Library of North Carolina SRP Workshops, ACA Tri-State Conference, ACA Southeastern Conference, Northeast YMCA Camp Conference, YMCA Campfire Conference, NC Center for Afterschool Programs Synergy Conference, NC Foster & Adoptive Parent Association Annual Education Conference, and the NC State of the Arts Conference.

 Presenter at PaLA Conference: 2011,2013

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

 Availability: No restrictions

 Fee: $1000-$2500 (depending on duration, number of attendees, time of year)

Contact Information:

Dawn Daria, Education Director & Paul Miller, Executive Director
Flow Circus
P.O. Box 431
Wake Forest, NC 27588
(919) 426-9157
dawn@flowcircus.com
paul@flowcircus.com
FlowCircus.com

Tags:  Active Learning  Adult Programming  Children's Services  Community Members  DIY Projects  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators and Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Organizational Wellness  Public Libraries  School Libraries  Skill-Based Play  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Team Building  Teen Programming  Tween Programming  West Branch 

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Bernadette Lear, Associate Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Monday, November 4, 2013

Speaker: Bernadette Lear, Associate Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library

Area of Expertise:

  • History of public libraries in Pennsylvania

Target Audience:

  • Public Libraries   Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Library Instructors
  • Academic Libraries
  • Community Members
  • Reference Services
  • Technical Services
  • Children's Services

Presenter at PaLA Conference: 2012, 2013

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

Availability: Varies

Fee: Travel reimbursement if possible

Contact Information:

Bernadette Lear
Associate Librarian Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057
BAL19@psu.edu

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Computer/Electronic Resources  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Technical Services  West Branch 

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Mary Garm, Administrator Lackawanna County Library System

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Monday, November 4, 2013

Mary Garm, Administrator Lackawanna County Library System

Areas of Expertise:

  • Leadership Advocacy 
  • PA Forward |PennsylvaniaLibraries
  • Responsibilities of public library trustees
  • Planning
  • Customer service
  • Public speaking
  • Other topics of interest to the library community

Target Audience:

  • Public Libraries
  • Community Members
  • Library Administrators &Management
  • Library Board Members

About the Speaker:

Mary Garm is the Administrator of the Lackawanna County Library System, a seven member federated library system,where she has worked since2003. She frequently speaks on issues of interest to the library community. She is an adjunct professor in the Library Technical Assistant program at Northampton Community College. She has held positions a consultant librarian for a five county public library district, as a library director, and as head of technical services in an academic library. She earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She serves as Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development. She is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Library Association and a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. Currently, she is Chair of the PA Forward Steering Committee, 2014-15 Chair of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a member of the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies planning committee, and a member of the Campus Advisory Board at Penn State –Worthington.

Previous Speaking Experience:

Keynote presentation and breakout session at PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS). PA Forward training sessions, presentations, and comments for librarians and trustees across the state. Presentations to trustees in Delaware County, Bucks County, Wayne County, Monroe County, and as part of the State Library's Trustee Institutes and online trustee education videos. Staff Development Day keynote at Dauphin County Library System.

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

Avaliablity: Varies

 Fee: Negotiable

Contact Information:

Mary Garm, Administrator Lackawanna County Library System
520 Vine St.
Scranton PA 18509
570-348-3003
garm@echoes.net
www.linkedin.com/in/marygarm/  

Tags:  Adult Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Support Staff 

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Tricia Richards - Owner/Creative Director The PR Dept., LLC

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Speaker:

Tricia Richards, Owner/Creative Director The PR Dept., LLC

Area/s of Expertise:

  • Library marketing
  • Employee communications
  • Public relations
  • Building corporate and community partnerships
  • Effective public presentation
  • Grant writing
  • Media relations
  • Friends development
  • Communicating with emotional intelligence
  • Communicating your library's value (to public or the academic community)
  • Effective workplace communications
  • Communications and leadership

Target Audience/s:

  • Public libraries
  • Academic libraries
  • School libraries
  • Community members
  • Support staff
  • Library administrators and management
  • Library board members

About the Speaker:

Richards earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Shippensburg University of PA and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Scranton, PA. In addition, she completed master’s-level coursework in communications at Marywood University, PA, where she is presently working toward her doctoral degree.She is an adjunct faculty member at Marywood University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of marketing communications.Richards is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA), and Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries, the latter for which she serves as a board member. She is also a Friends of the Abington Community Library board member.varies considerably; please call to schedule

Previous Speaking Experience:

Past library clients include:
Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Contact Person: Leah Rudolph: 570-587-3440

Luzerne County Library System, 71 S. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Contact Person: Mary Ann Yonki, 570-823-0156

Office of Commonwealth Libraries Pennsylvania, Department of Education, Room 311 B, Forum Building, 607 South Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600.
Contact Person: Bonnie Young, 717-783-5732

Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania, 648 State St., Lancaster, PA 17603. Contact Person: Rebecca Rishar,Alvernia University Technical Services Librarian, 610-796-8395

Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries, 47 Gale Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
Contact Person: Sue Solarczyk or Al Kamper

Warren Library Association, 205 Market St., Warren, PA 16365.
Contact Person: Lois Strycula,

Seneca District Library Consultant, 814-723-4650 

Presentations at PaLA Annual Conference: 2011, 2012, 2013

Geography: Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest

Availability: Varies considerably; please call to schedule a time

Fee: Negotiable

Contact Information:

Tricia Richards
Owner/Creative Director
The PR Dept., LLC
918 Sarah Ave.
South Abington Township, PA 18411
570-955-6965
tricia@ineedprhelp.com
www.ineedprhelp.com

 

 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Community Members  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries  School Libraries  Support Staff 

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Wes Roberts - Senior Librarian / Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Job & Career Education Center

Posted By Charity Leonette, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Speaker:  Wes Roberts, Senior Librarian Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Job & Career Education Center

Area/s of Expertise: 

  • Libraries and job/career centers and programs
  • computer education and programs
  • general adult programming
  • eBook technology and how to use it
  • I'm good at diving into new topics, doing the research, and presenting on what I learned.

Target Audience/s:

  • Public Libraries
  • Adult Services
  • Library Administrators & Management
  • Computer/Electronic Resources
  • Library Instructors

About this Speaker:

I began my professional career as a student of sociology. I received a Master's degree in that field, and then taught for several years at the university level, developing a variety of classes and learning a lot about teaching and speaking in public. I intended to pursue a PhD, but became disillusioned by academia, and decided to try the world of libraries.

I worked as a Library Assistant at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and after receiving my MLIS in 2010, I attained my current position as Senior Librarian in charge of CLP's Job & Career Education Center.

My previous experience as a sociologist has really helped me in my role as a librarian, career development facilitator, instructor, and manager, as I approach my library work with an eye for theory and philosophy, and I am also sensitive to the need for using data to make sense of what we do. I'm considering finalizing the PhD idea later in life, perhaps in something related to public policy or labor economics.

Availability:  I would just need to coordinate around my regular work schedule, which is usually 9-5 M-F. I have flexibility coming and going from work as long as my department is covered and I don't have meetings.

Previous Speaking Experience:

I taught university classes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and St. Vincent College for a total of three years. Alex Heckert (724-357-2731) can speak to that experience. I've given many talks at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, including a series of exhaustive trainings on ebook technology to over 600 Allegheny County librarians, and summarized those trainings at the 2011 PaLA conference. Sarah Beasley (412-921-2521) can confirm that experience. I also provide frequent staff trainings on job resources and general computer resources to CLP staff, and have even begun doing job trainings in the Allegheny Jail. My manager, Sheila Jackson (412-622-3110), can confirm that.

Presenter at PaLA Annual Conference:  2011

Geography:  Juniata-Conemaugh, Northwest, Southwest

Availability: 

I would just need to coordinate around my regular work schedule, which is usually 9-5 M-F. I have flexibility coming and going from work as long as my department is covered and I don't have meetings.

Fee: NA

Website: www.linkedin.com/in/wesleywroberts

Contact Information:

Wes Roberts
Senior Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Job & Career Education Center
4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15213
412-578-2521
robertsw [at] carnegielibrary.org

Tags:  Adult Services  Computer/Electronic Resources  Juniata-Conemaugh  Library Administrators & Management  Library Instructors  Northwest  Public Libraries  Southwest 

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Karen Rege - Director, Library Services / Delaware County Community College

Posted By Charity Leonette, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Speaker:  Karen Rege, Director, Library Services,  Delaware County Community College

Area/s of Expertise: 

  • Academic libraries
  • Learning Commons
  • Cataloging ILS
  • Patron Driven Acquisitions

Target Audience/s:

  • Academic Libraries
  • Special Libraries
  • Reference Services
  • Technical Services
  • Support Staff
  • Library Administrators & Management
  • Computer/Electronic Resources
  • Library Instructors

About this Speaker:

Master of Science, Library and Information Science, Drexel University, September 1995. (I also have another master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in music history.)   Director of Library Services, Delaware County Community College, July 2002- present. I manage all aspects of library services for all campuses.  This includes supervising  9 faculty reference librarians, 2 administrators, as well as support staff.  I am responsible for the budget, including the acquisitions for all collections—print and electronic. 

I was hired to implement an information literacy program and to ensure adequate reference services at all campuses, both in-person and virtually.  I recently led the development of a Learning Commons.Prior to DCCC (1999-2002), I built a library-- conceptually and physically—from scratch for Delaware College of Art and Design (a new college at the time).  

I also worked as a cataloger in the manuscripts collection at Winterthur Museum from 1995-1999.I serve as adjunct faculty in Drexel University’s iSchool where I teach a graduate course in Academic Library Services.  Additionally, I’m on the Fulbright Specialists roster in library science.

Previous Speaking Experience: 

Invited panel speaker "Fitting the Pieces: Solving the Puzzle of Technology in the Library” Tri- State College Library Consortium, November 2006, American College, Bryn Mawr, PA Invited presenter, Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology, "GETTing Tuned Into Music Technology,” Chester County Intermediate Unit. March 2006 at Immaculata University. "Breaking the Barriers: Delivering Library Services to Students at a Distance.” Lecture delivered at the Pennsylvania Association of Two-Year Schools conference, March 2004, Harrisburg, PA. I also am part of the Delaware County Community College Speaker's Bureau where I often give talks on various aspects of music.

Presenter at PaLA Annual Conference: 2013

Availability:  Not available during first 2 weeks of the fall and spring semesters

Geography:  Lehigh Valley, Northeast, South Central, Southeast

Fee: NA

Contact Information:

Karen Rege
Director, Library Services 
Delaware County Community College
901 S. Media Line Rd., Media, PA 19063
610-359-5145
krege [at] dccc.edu

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Computer/Electronic Resources  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Instructors  Northeast  Reference Services  South Central  Southeast  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Technical Services 

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