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Wendy McClure

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Wendy McClure

Title: Human Resource Coordinator

Library/Organization: Cleve J. Fredricksen Library

Address: 100 N 19th St Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: 717-761-3900 ext 252

Email: wmcclure@ccpa.net   
     

Areas of Expertise: Volunteerism, Customer Service, Library Policies, Human Resources

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Community Members, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Library Instructors

Fees (if any): Travel expenses

Brief Biography: Wendy McClure, is the Human Resources Coordinator at Cleve J. Fredricksen Library for over ten years.  Prior, Wendy had worked in other public and academic libraries.  In 2006, Wendy volunteered and was awarded the Anne Richardson Reading Is Fundamental Volunteer of the Year Award for developing and implementing a reading promotional program in the local elementary school. Wendy guides libraries though thinking about volunteers and showing appreciation for all they give.  Currently, Wendy is in the second stage of obtaining her national Certification of Volunteer Administration. As the Human Resources Coordinator, Wendy has knowledge of policies, practices and procedures for staff and volunteers including customer service training.
                  

Speaking Experience:     

Let's Chat about Volunteers- PaLA 2011

Volunteer Management: You Can Do it - PaLA 2015

Volunteerism - Meetings Professional International - 2016

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

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Barbara Eshbach

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Barbara Eshbach

Title: Head Librarian

Library/Organization: Penn State York, Lee R. Glatfelter Library

Address: 1031 Edgecomb Avenue, York, PA 17403

Phone: 717-771-4023

Email: bee11@psu.edu

Website: http://sites.psu.edu/connected/

Areas of Expertise: Academic libraries involvement in the PA Forward initiative

Target Audience: Academic Libraries

Brief Biography: Barb Eshbach is the Head Librarian at Penn State York. Prior to becoming the Head Librarian, she was the reference and instruction librarian at the campus. She earned a B.S. in Education from Millersville University and an M.S.L.S. from Clarion University. Barb has spent her library career in higher education, working as an adjunct information literacy instructor before coming to Penn State. Her research focus is on academic library programming and how the academic library can support first-year student success.        

Geographic Range: South Central

Speaking Experience: I've presented on the topic of academic library engagement in the PA Forward initiative at several PaLA Annual Conferences; as well as the First National Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience Conference (Ohio, 2014), the Lilly International Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning (Maryland, 2015), the Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (2015), the Penn State Library Faculty Organization Research Colloquium (2015), and the Penn State University Libraries Faculty Retreat (2013). I also was invited to speak on this topic for the ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter Spring Program (2015), the PA Forward Civic & Social Literacy Summit (2016), and PA Forward Financial Literacy Summit (2016). I've also been a member of several "cream of the crop" panel discussions on this topic at PaLA conferences.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  South Central 

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Lori Hunter Overmyer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Lori Hunter Overmyer

Organization: Goettler Associates, Inc.        
   

Address: 580 S. High Street, Ste. 160 Columbus OH 43215   
     

Phone: 614-228-3268 ext. 105

Website: www.goettler.com

Areas of Expertise: Annual Fundraising, Capital Campaign Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Friends Boards and Membership Associations, Establishing a Foundation, Creating a Development Plan, Board Nominating and Governance, Building a Fundraising Board

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Community Members, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

Fees (if any): Travel expenses plus negotiable honorarium

Brief Biography: Lori Hunter Overmyer, MBA, CFRE, has more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience with a focus on the arts, and social and human service organizations. As a development director, Lori acquired an expertise in implementing annual and capital fundraising plans, strategic analysis, major donor solicitation, and establishing development procedures to maximize effective operations and communications. A consultant with Goettler Associates, Inc. since 2005, she has lent her knowledge of marketing research, proposal writing, personal donor cultivation, recognition strategies and volunteer leadership to some of the Columbus, Ohio’s most successful capital campaigns, many of which exceeded their original fundraising goal by millions of dollars.  An accomplished and successful speaker, she is frequently called upon to offer her take on topics as varied as major gifts, grants writing, donor metrics, and public-private partnerships.

 

From her first development director’s job at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, to her current position as vice president of Goettler Associates, Lori continues to be driven by a passion to provide best practices in every development function, and a commitment to professional growth.  She has been a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1986, and credits the professional organization with introducing her to a wonderful circle esteemed colleagues and life-long friends.  She received her CFRE certification in 1994.  Lori has been a member of AFP Chapter Boards in St. Louis, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbus, Ohio, where she served in 2010 as Chapter President. In 2011, Lori was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional at the Central Ohio Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day awards celebration.  She is a current member of AFP International’s Research Council, and was on the task force to create and pilot the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, an educational module to assist nonprofit agencies in the quantifiable measurement of development activities.  In 2015, Lori was elected to serve a two-year term as a district representative on the AFP international board of directors.  Since 2012, she has served as an adjunct professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, where she teaches a class on Fundraising and Development, and Board Skills.  Lori also enjoys her volunteer leadership affiliations with the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers, Local Matters, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. 

Availability: Not available end of May/early June 2016; Not available first 3 weeks of September 2016

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

Speaking Experience:

Goettler/BDO Seminar - April 2016

2015 PaLA Annual Conference  “Reinventing Your Friends Board: From Book Sales to Best Practices”

Adjunct Instructor, John Glenn College of Public Policy, The Ohio State University, 2012 - present

AFP Certified Instructor, Planning to Keep your Donors Workshop, 2015 - present

ADRP Keynote Speaker, 2014

Recipient, Central Ohio AFP Chapter Outstanding Fund Raising Professional Award, 2011

AFP Instructional Faculty, 2000 - present

AFP International Conference Faculty, 2000 and 2010

Recipient, LifeCare Alliance Outstanding Spirit Award, 2009

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Education Series Faculty, 2006 - 2009, 2012 - present

Big Brothers Big Sisters International Conference Faculty, 2005

Ohio Museums Conference Faculty, 2003

Public Broadcasting Service National Conference Speaker, 1999

AFP St. Louis Chapter Annual Conference Faculty, 1994 - 1998

American Humane Association Annual Conference Speaker, 1996

Junior League of St. Louis Education Series Faculty, 1990 - 1998

Wisconsin Association of Volunteers Annual Symposium Speaker, 1988

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

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Scott Thomas

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Name: Scott Thomas

Title: Executive Director

Library/Organization: Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

Address: 220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10 Mechanicsburg PA 17055

Phone: 717-873-9461

Email: scott.thomas@sparkpa.org

Website: www.linkedin.com/in/scottthomas41

Areas of Expertise: Technology in Libraries, Digitization and Digital Archives, Open Source ILSs, ILS in a Consortium.

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Technical Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources          

Brief Biography: Scott Thomas has been in the library profession for over 30 years in a variety of public service and management positions, but most of his career has been spent managing technology projects in public libraries. He has witnessed many changes including the advent of library automation, the Internet and TCP/IP networks, social media, and open source software. He is currently Executive Director of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System and an adjunct faculty member at Northampton Community College where he teaches library-related courses.

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

Speaking Experience: "PA Backward (One Year Later): An Update (and more) on Historic Digital Collections and Statewide Collaboration" (PaLA Conference 2015), "PA Backward: Historic Digital Collections and Statewide Collaboration" (PaLA Conference 2014), "Moving Day: ILS Migration" (PaLA Conference 2015).          

Tags:  Adult Services  Computer/Electronic Resources  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Support Staff  Technical Services  West Branch 

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Kelli Knapp

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Name: Kelli Knapp

Title: District Consultant Librarian

Library/Organization: Warren Library Association

Address: 205 Market Street  Warren PA 16365

Phone: 814.723.4650

Email: kknapp@warrenlibrary.org    
  

Areas of Expertise: Poverty, working with the incarcerated

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Community Members, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

Fees (if any): travel

Brief Biography: Received MSLS from Clarion University. District Consultant for the Seneca District since 2012. Live in Warren, PA.

Availability: Prefer not to travel distances in the winter.

Geographic Range: Juniata-Conemaugh, Northwest, South Central, Southwest, Capital/York

Speaking Experience: Leadership Warren County, Leadership McKean County, Zonta Club, Warren Library Association, PaLA conference.

Tags:  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southwest 

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David Low, MS PhD

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Name: David Low, MS PhD 

Title: Freelance Counselor/Lecturer on Religion and Spirituality

Address: Flourtown PA 19031

Phone: 215-948-3143

Email: dlow123@comcast.net

Website: worldspirituality.com

Areas of Expertise:
Philosophy of Religion
World Religions and Mysticism
Contemporary and New Age Spirituality
Transpersonal Psychology
Dreamwork and Mythology

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Adult Services

Fees (if any): Only if travel outside SE Pennsyl. If I can sell a book ($10) after the talks, no fee for Philadelphia area, $200 for 30-mile radius, all others travel expenses added on. If I can't sell a book, add $50 to all the above.

Brief Biography: DAVID LOW, MS (Community Counseling), PhD (Religious Studies) was an adjunct professor at Rutgers, Holy Family, LaSalle and Rowan Universities, worked as a drug counselor for 7 years, has taught meditation, does dreamwork, has lived in both eastern and western spiritual communities for five years (one of them in India), and for a couple of years out of college even worked as a circus entertainer. His first book, Universal Spiritual Philosophy and Practice, came out in 2015.

Availability: Not available Thurs or Saturday evenings, nor Sunday afternoons. Otherwise no restrictions.

Geographic Range: Whole state w/expenses pd.

Speaking Experience: 10 years’ experience teaching as adjunct professor in Philadelphia area; average class 30 students. Drs. John Wall at Rutgers-Camden, Jacqueline Pastis at LaSalle or Joseph Stoutsenberger at Holy Family call all vouch for me.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Public Libraries  School Libraries 

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Jeff Steiner

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Name: Jeff Steiner

Title:  I-GOAL A Way of Life

Address: Pleasant Gap PA 16823

Email: jeff@i-goal.org

Website: www.i-goal.org, www.i-goalblog.org, www.i-goalchallenge.org

Areas of Expertise:
Making the I-GOAL Commitment
Self Determination
The Power of Personal Responsibility
Living a Life of Success
Defining Failure
Having a Plan
The Ethos of Goal Setting

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff

Fees (if any): Variable

Brief Biography:
Bachelors in Sociology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Masters in Counseling Education from Penn State
Certified by the William Glasser Institute in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory
15 years’ experience as a youth and family counselor
Executive Director of youth based non-profits
Four year term on the Bellefonte Area School District Board of Education
Past Board President for the Bellefonte Family YMCA and Bellefonte Kiwanis

Availability: Open

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

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Teen Services  West Branch 

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Kim Cowell

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Name: Kim Cowell   


Title: Preschool Program Specialist and Graduate Assistant for the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at Kutztown University


Library/Organization: Berks County Public Libraries and Kutztown University


Address: Kutztown PA 19530


Phone: 484-793-5484


Email: kcowell36@gmail.com


Areas of Expertise: I am able to speak as a Preschool Teacher and Preschool Program Specialist (for the Berks County Public Libraries). My most recent speech was about integrating an iPad into a preschool story time at a library. I love using my iPad for behind-the-scenes work and to enhance or reinforce a lesson during a story time! I would love the opportunity to speak about the many ways you can integrate an iPad into any storytime and how many ways it can assist you with keeping in touch with the families you serve, making handouts, and being your "idea keeper."


Target Audience: Public Libraries, School Libraries, Children's Services, Support Staff


Brief Biography: I am the mother of three children. For many years, I supplemented their education at home with lessons, projects, and creative endeavors. A few years ago, I began teaching preschool and volunteering in the elementary library in my hometown. I now travel for Berks County Public Libraries, giving preschool lessons in libraries around the county. The story times are filled with stories, music, crafts, and fun! I am also back in school to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science and am the Graduate Assistant which involves helping to organize the events the department has, updating the website, and publishing our newsletter.


Availability: I prefer to work during the hours of 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM. If that is a problem, just let me know and I will adjust my schedule.


Geographic Range: Lehigh Valley


Speaking Experience: I have been speaking in front of students and parents for many years. Both as a teacher, assistant teacher (I sub for Kutztown Elementary School), and for our University events (most recently for our Fall Book Review). I also helped coach my daughter when she participated in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for three years. She progressed each year and was the tri-state winner in her final year. I would love the opportunity to teach others in the field how to give story times and incorporate a little bit of technology into the lessons to enhance, embellish, and reinforce lessons.

Tags:  Children's Services  Lehigh Valley  Public Libraries  School Libraries  Support Staff 

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Brian Keefer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Name: Brian Keefer


Title: Going the Distance


Address: Etters PA 17319

 

Phone: 717-938-4128


Email: d7sunrise@epix.net

 

Website: www.bing.com/videos/search?q=brian+keefer+youtube&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=5383604F0552F6291D7B5383604F0552F6291D7B


Areas of Expertise: I share my journey of healing as an inspirational speaker, motivating others to face adversity, and move forward.

 

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Library Instructors


Fees (if any): $200 honorarium, negotiable


Brief Biography: I sustained a spinal cord injury in 2008.  Since then I have returned to college and graduated with a degree in therapeutic recreational management. I have been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  I am a motivational speaker, and have presented approximately 40 speeches in my area about my journey of healing.  I am interested in expanding my area of speaking so that I may share my story with others.  Much of my biographical information can be found online through Google. 


Availability: I am available most times to speak as I do therapy in my home.


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


Speaking Experience:

Harrisburg Area Women's Business Association
Lower Allen Middle School
2015 Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Convention
2012 Occupational Therapy Association Convention
Central Penn College
Lancaster AMBUCS
PA College of Health Sciences, Zwiercan, 
Elizabethtown College
York County Association Of Credit Unions

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

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Bradford County Library

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Jeffrey R. Singer, Director

Library/Organization:

Bradford County Library

Address:

16093 Route 6, Troy, PA 16947

Phone:

570-297-2436

Email:

singerj@bradfordco.org

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

www.bradfordcountylibrary.org

Areas of Expertise:

Holocaust

Hong Kew Ghetto, Shanghai, China

Jewish Ghetto in China during WWII

Target Audience:

Public Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Teen Services, Adult Services

Fees (if any):

Travel expenses

Brief Biography:

Jeffrey R. Singer has been the Director of the Bradford County Library since 2009. His father's biography, "Marcel Singer: The Gentle Butcher of Hong Kew" by Sidney Kurtz, details his father's family fleeing Nazi Austria to the only free port in the world, Shanghai, China, where they not only survived, but thrived.

Availability:

Prefer evening or weekends

Geographic Range:

Juniata-Conemaugh, Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central

Speaking Experience:

Allen F. Pierce Library, Troy, PA

Bradford County Library, Troy, PA (thrice)

Sayre Public Library, Sayre, PA

System of Bradford County Libraries annual Trustees Dinner

Name:

Jeffrey R. Singer

Title:

Director

Tags:  Adult Services  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Special Libraries  Teen Services 

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