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Kristin Varner

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Kristin Varner

Title: Chief Communications Officer 

Library/Organization: The RASE Project

Address: 100 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-307-5748

Email: kristinv@raseproject.org

Website: www.raseproject.org

 

Areas of Expertise:Drug and Alcohol Addiction & Recovery


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

Brief Biography: 
 Kristin Varner, BA, CRS
Chief Communications Officer
The RASE Project

Kristin Varner received her BA from Shippensburg University in August 2000. Prior to joining the RASE Project, she worked as an assistant for the television station, WHTM ABC 27 in Harrisburg, PA. She was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee for Cumberland County Children & Youth in 2013 to serve as a representative of the recovery community. Most recently, Kristin was appointed to The Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. As an active member of the Recovery Community, Kristin volunteers on several community-based committees such as The Substance Abuse & Prevention Coalition, and The Cumberland County Opiate Overdose Coalition (COOP). Kristin is a Certified Recovery Specialist and has been in recovery herself since September 2, 2005. Currently, Kristin oversees all Carlisle RASE Programs, facilitates RASE educational trainings, maintains the “In My Own Words Speaker’s Bureau” and is the responsible for all RASE advocacy efforts.  


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Flexible

Speaking Experience:

I speak between 70-80 times per year. Anywhere from 30min-6 hours.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Support Staff 

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Dan Weiss

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Dan Weiss

Library/Organization: Libraries and Autism: We're Connected

Address: 54 Burroughs Way, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Phone: 908-803-5887

Email: dweiss@fanwoodlibrary.org

Website:www.librariesandautism.org

 

Areas of Expertise: Making the library a welcoming place to all users and providing excellent universal service to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities and their families, autism awareness, neurodiversity, universal customer service strategies, programming ideas and considerations


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Reference Services, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

 

Brief Biography: 

Dan Weiss is the co-founder of Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected, a nationally recognized, award-winning program (now it its 11th year) that promotes inclusion, connecting libraries with the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with ASD and their families to the library community. He has been the director of the Fanwood Memorial Library for over 20 years, and has served locally, regionally and state wide on many civic and library related organizations, committees and boards. After hours, Dan continues his varied music career, now with well over 50 years of performing, playing the guitar, singing and writing songs.

Availability: Flexible

Fees: Workshop fee (to be negotiated - flexible and affordabe) + expenses

Speaking Experience:

See list of previous engagements: http://www.librariesandautism.org/pastworkshops.htm

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southea  Support Staff  Teen Services 

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Rob Lesher

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Rob Lesher

Title: Consultant

Library/Organization: Consultant

Address: 4720 Laurel Ridge Drive, Harrisburg, Pa 187110

Phone: 717-580-8293

Email: robiobinsk@gmail.com

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-lesher-b2a00b52/

 

Areas of Expertise: Advocacy, IT Planning, Community Engagement, Outreach


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

 

Brief Biography:
Rob Lesher received his MLS from Syracuse University in 1996. Over his professional career he worked for the Adams County Library System as Head of Information Services, Assistant Director/IT Director, and Executive Director. He worked as the Executive Director for the Dauphin County Library System. I have served as PaLA President, Treasurer, and ALA Councilor. I have just finished my six year term on the PaForward Steering Committee. I believe strongly in the power of the public library to change lives, but to be successful at that, the library needs to be a part of the community and look to the community for insight into what its goals should be.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Mileage

Speaking Experience:

Public Library Association Conference- 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries  School Libraries  Special Libraries  Support Staff 

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Timbrel Chyatee Adidala

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Timbrel Chyatee Adidala

Title: Founder 

Library/Organization: Lush Bazaar 

Address: 50 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-283-7389

Email: TIMBRELADIDALA@GMAIL.COM

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timbrelchyatee/

 

Areas of Expertise: Importance of immigrants in business, Socially-Conscious fashion, Social-Enterprise, Culture and Connections, Women in business, Immigrant women in business. 


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Reference Services, Children's Services, Teen Services, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Board Members, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: Through my natural enthusiasm and my empathy for others, I inspire, empower, design, and develop victims of poverty, and vulnerability to use their God given skills, intelligence, and artistic traits to develop innovative products, and a brighter future. I believe in the DREAM.
I am a first generation immigrant business owner, passionate about sharing my culture and expertise to my community. I have given a Tedx talk, spoken in different countries and have conducted workshops about culture and business. I am passionate about helping women in business and immigrants in business. 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: $1,500/hour 

Speaking Experience:

TEDX Lancaster, ASSETS, Local high schools, Cultural workshops, 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Central  Children's Services  Computer/Electronic Resources  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Teen Services 

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Joe Quartullo

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name:  Joe Quartullo

 

Title: Data Dissemination Specialist

 

Library/Organization: U.S. Census Bureau
  

Address: 100 South Independence Mall WestPhiladelphia, PA. 19106

Phone: 215-756-5238

Email: joseph.p.quartullo@census.gov

 

 

Areas of Expertise: History of the U.S. Census; Giving presentations and hands-on workshops on accessing social and economic census data - especially for small geographic areas; census geographic concepts; how businesses and prospective businesses can benefit from using census data; census data for seniors; census data for service organizations.  


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Adult Services, Support Staff, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: I have held several positions with the Census Bureau over the past 20 years including Survey Statistician, Area Manager, Program Coordinator and Data Dissemination Specialist. I also have over 20 years experience teaching as an Adjunct Professor (Sociology).  

Availability: Year-round, generally

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

 

AvailabilityAvailable at any time including evenings and weekends.  

Speaking Experience:

I have presented to Rotary Clubs, Seniors Groups, Teachers Organizations, and at Conferences. I also have many experiences speaking to students.  

 

Tags:  Friends of Libraries  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  West Branch (add +)

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

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Jeffrey A. Knapp

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name:  Jeffery A. Knapp

 

Title: Larry & Ellen Foster Communications Librarian

 

Library/Organization: Penn State University Libraries
  

Address: E-309D Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802 

Phone: 814-867-6051

Email: knapp@psu.edu

 

Website: about.me/jeff.knapp

Areas of Expertise: Engaged Scholarship, Undergraduate Research, Communications & Journalism Librarianship, Liaison Librarianship


Target Audience: 
Academic Libraries, Special Libraries, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: Jeffrey A. Knapp is the Larry & Ellen Foster Communications Librarian for the Penn State University Libraries, serving Penn State's College of Communications, the largest accredited communications program in the country. Prior to his appointment to this position in 2014, he was the Coordinator of Instruction for nine years at Penn State Altoona, teaching both resident and online students. Mr. Knapp has experience with the Engaged Scholarship movement in higher education, serving on the University's Council on Engaged Scholarship, and publishing scholarly papers on the subject with Dr. Nicholas Rowland. 

Availability: Year-round, generally

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

 

AvailabilityAvailability contingent upon current schedule

Speaking Experience:

Knapp, Jeffrey A (Co-Presenter), Rowland, Nicholas J (Co-Presenter), 2015 Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, "Engaged Scholarship: Joining the Conversation," PaLA College & Research Division, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA, Presentations. (October 4, 2015).

Knapp, Jeffrey A (Co-Presenter), Rowland, Nicholas J (Co-Presenter), 2013 Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, "Increasing Student Engagement: Embedding in Undergraduate Research Experiences," PaLA College & Research Division, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, PA, Presentations. (October 22, 2013).

Knapp, Jeffrey A (Co-Presenter), Rowland, Nicholas J (Co-Presenter), 2013 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit, "Undergraduate Research Experiences: Fertile Ground for Embedded Librarianship," Pennsylvania Library Association, University Park, PA, Presentations. (July 24, 2013).

 

Tags:  Friends of Libraries  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  West Branch (add +)

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

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Dr. Spero Lappas

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name: Dr. Spero Lappas

 

Library/Organization: 
  

Address: 2080 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-645-5734

Email: sperolappas@gmail.com

 

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/spero-lappas-j-d-ph-d-84a0069/

 

Areas of Expertise: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Wrongful Convictions, American Government and Civilization, American Literature


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

Brief Biography: Dr. Lappas is a public speaker, author, lawyer, and prize winning artist headquartered in Harrisburg.

He has a PhD in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University where he researches American law and culture. His teaching areas include American Studies, History, Law and Society, Political Science and Public Policy. He graduated from Allegheny College (BA cum laude ‘74), where he was twice named an Alden Scholar, received Departmental Honors at graduation and the Muhlfinger Prize for his independent research; and from Dickinson School of Law (JD cum laude‘77), where he was on the Editorial Board of the Law Review, a member and faculty adviser of the National Trial Moot Court Team, and winner of two American Jurisprudence Awards. He was later named to the Woolsack Society.

He is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, all Pennsylvania state courts, and several federal courts. He has been lead counsel in 100s of major cases including some of the region's most important trials. He served as an inaugural member of the Pennsylvania Senate Advisory Committee to Study the Causes of Wrongful Convictions and the Pennsylvania Legislative Advisory Committee to Study the Death Penalty.

He was one of the nation's youngest attorneys to be named in the first edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He has been in Who's Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in America, and The Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.

He is published in the Dickinson Law Review, The Champion (the journal of the National Association of criminal Defense Lawyers), the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. He is a member of American Mensa, a tournament Scrabble champion, and a competitive three weapon fencer.

Dr. Lappas has spoken internationally on subjects of academic and legal interest. To discuss a public appearance, contact him here or at sperolappas@gmail.com. 
     

 

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

Speaking Experience:

Dr. Lappas have spoken to civic, academic, legal, and medical organizations about the above topics throughout Pennsylvania and occasionally in Europe. 

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Christine Iannicelli

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Christine Iannicelli

Title: Instructional Technology Librarian

Library/Organization: Ursinus College

Address: 601 E. Main St. Collegeville, PA 19426

Phone: 610-409-3466

Email: ciannicelli@ursinus.edu

Website: https://www.ursinus.edu/live/profiles/1785-christine-iannicelli 
    

Areas of Expertise: Game-based learning, game design, instructional technology, learning management systems, information literacy instruction, PowerPoint design, research design

Target Audience:  Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Reference Services, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: Christine Iannicelli is the instructional technology librarian at Ursinus College. She manages the college's learning management system, assists faculty with using instructional technology in the classroom, and is a library liaison to several departments. Christine has presented at numerous conferences, including PaLA and ACRL. She is the past Chairperson of the PaLA Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable.

Availability: Contact Christine for availability. 
         

Geographic Range: South Central, Southeast

Speaking Experience:                             

"Research design and analysis made easy!" - presented at the ACRL Conference (2015) and the PaLA Annual Conference (2015).

 

"Librarian as teacher: Examining our role as educators in the 21st century" - presented at the PaLA Northeast Chapter Spring Workshop (2015).

 

"Tell me a story: Using metaphor and analogy to teach information literacy" - presented at the PaLA Annual Conference (2014).

 

"You're faculty now so act like it! Embracing the tenure-track process" - presented at the PaLA Annual Conference (2014)

 

"Game design for librarians" - presented at the PaLA TL&T Spring Workshop (2014)

 

"Stand up and participate: Incorporating active learning and assessment into your library instruction" - presented at the PaLA Annual Conference (2013)"

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Computer/Electronic Resources  Library Instructors  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast 

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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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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.

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