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James R. Siverly, PhD

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  James R. Siverly, PhD

Title:Principal Scientist

 

Address: 1268 Seidersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: 610-653-8763

Email: jsiverly@rcn.com

Website: www.raseproject.org

 

Areas of Expertise:Global Warming, Climate Change, Climate Science


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Reference Services, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services

 

Brief Biography: 
Retired Pharmaceutical Scientist. For over ten years I have been researching the underlying sciences (Physics, Chemistry) involved in climate science. My focus is on explaining why the science is not settled, reviewing the issues that are most debated, and making the relevant complex scientific concepts understandable.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Flexible

Speaking Experience:

Hellertown Public Library, Hi Neighbors First Presbyterian Church Bethlehem, Delaware Lehigh Amateur Radio Club

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Teen Services 

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Julie Averill Shore

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Julie Averill Shore

Library/Organization: Career Development Advisors

Phone Number: 717-695-1141

Address: 10 Dishley Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055

 Email: jshore@careerdevelopmentadvisors.net

Website:  www.careerdevelopmentadvisors.net; https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliepeopleadvisor/

 

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Community Members, Teen Services, Adult Services, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

Areas of Expertise: Self-Leadership, Team Synergy, Managing Your Career, Job Search Techniques

 

Biography: 20+ years human resources, talent management, recruiting and career consulting experience, passionate about people using their strengths at work, and teams working together effectively 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Complimentary for 1 hour; mileage reimbursement for travel from Harrisburg, PA area

Speaking Experience:  HRP of Central PA Annual Conference 2015, PACHC Annual Conference- 2015, Multiple Conferences for Estate & Long Term Care Planning- multiple US cities

 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries  Teen Services 

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Preethi Fernando Fernando

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Preethi Fernando Fernando

Title: Author | Speaker

Library/Organization: Preethi Fernando

Address: Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, Colorado 80537

Email: paxpref@gmail.com

Website: preethifernando.com 

LinkedIn: preethi fernando

 

Areas of Expertise: 1 Diversity and Inclusion. 2. Emotional Intelligence. 3. Mother Teresa's Compassionate Customer Service and What Libraries Can Learn from Her Leadership 4. Work Life Balance


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 Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Board Members, Library Instructors

 

Brief Biography: 
Preethi Fernando is the author of six books and the winner of Stephen King's Haven Foundation Award,


Availability: Flexible

Fees: To present up to three topics my fee is $1500 plus hotel and travel

Speaking Experience:

Vermont Clerks and Treasurers Conference, Vermont, Sep 13, 2019
Wyoming Solid Waste Recycling Associatio, Keynote Speaker, Sheridan WY

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Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Computer/Electronic Resources  Library  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Technical Services  Teen Services 

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Stephen Mihaly

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Stephen Mihaly

Title: Political Historian

Phone Number: 724-444-5685

Address: 803 Oxford CtGibsoniaPA,15044

 Email: smkm@consolidated.net

 

Areas of Expertise: Political & Presidential History

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

 

Biography: I have been a collector of political americana for over 50 years, with a private collection between 20,000-25,000 different presidential pieces. It is believed to be one of the largest and most varied of it's kind.
The presentation I give is entitled "Marketing The Presidency-A Visual Tour of 125 Years of Presidential Artifacts."
During the 45 minute presentation, I take the audience on a visual journey showing approximately 300 items from my collection. During the presentation I show the audience how our presidential candidates have marketed themselves via the artifacts their campaigns distributed to try and get folks like you and I to vote for them.
This is not a "heavy" political presentation, but one that is light, with lots of laughs. At the same time, I explain to the audience why the candidate produced such an artifact, and sneak in a few funny and interesting stories of our chief executives.
Items that I show and describe during the presentation are such things as a William McKinley soap baby doll, Theodore Roosevelt cast iron door stop, Franklin Roosevelt stove pot covers, Thomas Dewey women's compacts, John Kennedy Halloween masks, and a Richard Nixon shower head.
I also bring many of the artifacts with me so that after the presentation, audience members can ask questions and take a look at them up close and personal.
In addition, I also try and bring political pieces with me that are from that particular area where I'm speaking. For example, if I were speaking in Beaver County, I would bring multiple items from towns in the Beaver County area from as far back as the late 1800's.
My hope after the presentation is that the audience not only has a fun, enjoyable time hearing and viewing political artifacts from the past, but also that they learn a few pieces of political history that they did not know before, and thus they walk away with the belief that the time they invested in hearing the presentation was time well spent.


Availability: No Restrictions

Fees: Flexible

Speaking Experience: I have spoken in the past 4 years at over 100 different libraries, historical societies, civic groups, museums, and private events, mainly in the western Pennsylvania area. These venues include multiple historical societies in Butler County, Beaver County, Lawrence County, Washington County, Fayette County, and Indiana County; multiple libraries in Allegheny County and beyond, including, but not limited to Cranberry, Pa., McCandless (Northland), Pa, Gibsonia, Pa., Canonsburg, Pa, Mercer, Pa., Waynesburg, Pa., and Connelsville, Pa.; and multiple museums and cultural centers including the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., Old Economy Village, Ambridge, Pa., and West Overton Village, Scottdale, Pa. I have been featured in several western Pa. publications such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Magazine, as well as multiple local newspapers. On the national scene, I have also been featured in such publications as the LA Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, among others, and have been on local TV talk shows and broadcasts. To further round out my political historian resume, I have been honored to personally meet 4 US Presidents, along with many other politicians at the local, state and national levels from all sides of the political aisle.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northwest  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  Southwest  Special Libraries  West Branch 

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Grace Kelly

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Name:  Grace Kelly

Title: Human Resources Consultant

Library/Organization: RC Kelly Law Associates

Phone Number: 215-896-3846 x101

Address: 623 North Broad Street, Lansdale Pa, 19446

Email: grace@rckelly.com

Website: http://rckelly.com/Practice-Areas/Training

 

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources

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

Biography: 

Grace Bradley Kelly is a Human Resources Risk Management Consultant with RC Kelly Law Associates. Grace has concentrated her practice on proactive employee management and regulatory compliance. With two decades of operational management experience along with formal MBA training, postgraduate certification in human resources and workplace investigations, Grace has the insights and business acumen to help clients with day-to-day HR Risk Management decisions for thousands of employees (she has seen or heard it all!). She is an experienced speaker, presenting on HR Risk Management topics at both the state and national level.

Grace holds a Master’s in Business Administration from DeSales University and has taken post graduate classes at Villanova University. Grace obtained her Certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute and holds a certificate from The Institute for Workplace Investigators.

Availability: Please contact for availability.

Fees: Negotiable 

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

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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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Diane Marie Word

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Diane Marie Word

Title: Business Owner

Library/Organization: Knowledge Connections, LLC

Address: 506 Jackson Boulevard, Freedom, PA 15042

Phone: 724-591-0832

Email: knowledgeconnectionsllc@gmail.com

Website: www.knowledgeconnectionsllc.com

 

Areas of Expertise: Business, Personal Growth, Career Development, and Educational Topics


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Community Members, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Instructors

 

Brief Biography: 
Diane has over 35 years of business and teaching experience. She has started her own training and business consulting company called Knowledge Connections, LLC. Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Business (BS) and Master’s degree in Training and Organizational Development (MS). She is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Education. Diane earned her IEPP (International Event Planning Professional) designation in the event planning field. She is a keynote speaker and holds many seminars at conferences throughout the United States. Diane has over 10 years of teaching experience at corporations, universities, colleges, and technical schools. She also works at local community colleges in the non-credit and workforce development divisions.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Can be waived in some cases; most workshops under $250

Speaking Experience:

I have presented at various ATD conferences around the country, keynote speaker at WALA in Seattle, local community colleges, PAPSA, International Alliance for Learning international conferences, etc. Would love to present at your PaLA Annual Conferences too.

Tags:  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Instructors  Northwest  Public Libraries  Southwest  Support Staff  West Branch 

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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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Colin McShane

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Colin McShane 

Title: Executive Director 

Library/Organization: McShane Consulting, LLC

Address: 1225 Butztown Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: 610-216-5598

Email: cmcshane@mcconsultsllc.org 

Website: www.mcconsultsllc.org

 

Areas of Expertise: Health care services, Child Welfare servcies, Small Business success

 

Target Audience: Community Members, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff

Brief Biography: Former child welfare youth turned advocacte, bulit a career in health care and now started by own consulting business that focuses on improving communities by working together.  

Availability: Preferably afternoons, however mornings can be accommendated with advanced notice 

 

Fees: $250 per event; negotiable .

Speaking Experience:

As an Active Member of Foster Care Alumni of America PA Chapter and former member of PA Youth Advisory Board, I have conducted countless speaking engagements and panel presentations to various child welfare organizations over the last ten years 

Tags:  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  South Central  Southeast  Support Staff  Teen Services 

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