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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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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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Randy Flaum

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Name:  Randy Flaum

Title: Community Videographer, Photography Instructor

Library/Organization: Self Employed

Phone Number: 717-324-0322

Address: 341 West Newton Ave. York PA 17401

Email: yorkstoryman@gmail.com

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/randy.flaum

Areas of Expertise: Visual community storytelling & youth instructor

Target Audience:  Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Children's Services, Teen Services, Library Instructors

Biography:  I, Randy Flaum, teach the craft of community storytelling through video and still photographs.
My experience as a visual storyteller goes back to 1969 when I began my photojournalism career.
Since 2000 I have been creating video stories for The York Dispatch where I was the assistant managing editor for visuals.
While at the Dispatch my personal mission was to teach young upcoming journalists my craft.
Recently retired from the newspaper I want to continue teaching the art of visual storytelling.
During my career as a photojournalist and editor, I joined the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) where I began coaching upcoming photographers.
Each year at the NPPA's Northern Short Course, a four-day workshop, I critiqued portfolios for the students, most of who were in or recently graduated from college.
Beginning with my work at the Bristol, CT., Press in the early 1990's I developed a photography internship to help a young photojournalist start their career in journalism.
Over the past years, I have worked with after school programs, teaching both video and still photographs, at York City School's after-school programs (through Martin Library), the Salem Square Library, and Conewago Valley Intermediate School (21st Century Cohort 8 program).
Video stories can help empower young people to use their creativity and digital skills to help change
their communities.


Availability: I am to make days and time ranges as long as we schedule the sessions at least a month in advance

Fees: $300 plus expenses such as hotel and traveling (outside of York area)

Speaking Experience:  My most recent presentation was at the 2019 PaLA Annual Conference in Erie, PA. Video Storytelling- Teens Documenting Their Communities was the topic and received a very good evaluation from the committee. Here are a couple of references that you to please check. Paula Gilbert, York County Libraries' Youth Services Director, pgilbert@yorklibraries.org; Mina Edmondson, Director of Martin Library, 717-849-6961, medmondson@yorklibraries.org; Susan Pannebaker, Youth Services Advisor, Bureau of Library Development; 717-214-4047, spanbaker@gmail.com

Tags:  Academic Libraries  children's services  Community Members  Library Instructors  Public Libraries  School Libraries  Special Libraries  teen services 

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Jordan Beck and Richard Lanni

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Name:  Jordan Beck and Richard Lanni

Title: Jordan-Chief Operations Officer, Voice Actor, 2D Sequence Director

Richard-Writer, Director, Producer, Documentary filmmaker

Library/Organization: Fun Academy Motion Pictures

Phone Number: 1-888-243-7677

Address: 111 12th Street, STE 202, Columbus GA, 31901

Email: TFreeman@FunAcademyStudios.com

Website:  https://funacademystudios.com/

Areas of Expertise: Film, filmmaking, directing, voice acting, animation, film self-distribution, animal activism, military working animals, military history, World War One history, animal involvement in WWI

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

Biography:  Jordan Beck is the Chief Operations Officer of Fun Academy Media Group as well as the 2D sequence director and voice actor for the animated feature film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. His duties on the film included the direction of all vintage-inspired map/propaganda animations and motion graphics, as well as the casting and direction of secondary voice roles including his own as Stubby’s squadmate and occasional antagonist, Elmer Olsen. For the studio, Jordan balances the creative aspects of filmmaking with the business of entertainment, overseeing day-to-day production, sales, and outreach efforts across Fun Academy’s international footprint.

Richard Lanni is a historical filmmaker – producing, writing and directing for cinema, television and home media – and is the founder of Fun Academy Media Group, Ltd. (formerly Labyrinth Media & Publishing), operating from his homes in Cork, Ireland, and Normandy, France, with production and distribution offices headquartered in Columbus, Ga.

Following a successful career in business, Lanni pursued his passion at film school with a goal of making fun, engaging, educational media for mass markets. Prior to Fun Academy, Lanni found success in documentary production. His series The American Road to Victory tells the story of three key engagements in the European theater of World War II.



Availability: Morning or evening programs preferred.

Fees: Travel expenses if possible. We would also like to set up a pop up shop with some of the branded merchandise from our film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Speaking Experience:  Both Lanni and Beck have spoken multi-nationally at events, conventions, festivals and in discussion boards about the filmmaking process, animating history, and the challenges of the entertainment industry.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  children's services  Community Members  Public Libraries  School Libraries 

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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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Taylor Lee

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Taylor Lee

Title: Children's Department Manager

Library/Organization: Wilkinsburg Public Library

Address: 605 Ross Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Phone: 412-244-2940

Email: leet2@einetwork.net

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-lee-4824889a/

 

Areas of Expertise: Youth Services, Public Libraries


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Children's Services, Teen Services

 

Brief Biography: I have been working libraries since 2011, from large libraries in rich suburbs to small libraries to urban libraries in impoverished neighborhoods. Throughout that time I've been a part time library assistant to solo department head to director to middle management, experiencing and learning so much from not just my colleagues, but my library users and communities as well. I love to share my experience with others as much as possible, as I truly believe we can learn best from our peers, regardless of how long or short our careers may be.

Outside of libraries, I'm an avid runner and love spending time outdoors with my family. 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Travel fees

Speaking Experience:

Since 2012 I have served on several local committees and presented on various topics like summer learning, STEM, early literacy, etc. PaLA 2018 was my first state wide presentation. 

Tags:  Children's Services  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Teen Services  West Branch  Youth Services 

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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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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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Celeste Behe

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name: Celeste Behe

 

Library/Organization: Toastmasters 
  

Address: 2258 Apple Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: 610-838-7151

Email: Celeste.L.Behe@gmail.com

 

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/celeste-behe-66701012/

Areas of Expertise:

The Joys of Logophilia
Finding Humor in the Humdrum
Confident Communication for the Cowardly
A Parent's Guide to Storytelling
The Fun and Fundamentals of Raising a Large Family
Life Lessons Learned in the Bygone Bronx


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

Brief Biography: Celeste Behe is a freelance writer and nostalgist who, according to one book author, "writes like Garrison Keillor would, if he had nine kids.” A former librarian with the Shea & Gould law firm, Celeste made history as the first female page at the New York City Bar Association Library. She is an enthusiastic speaker who strives to “put the merry in the message” by infusing her talks with humor. A mother of nine who has been homeschooling for over 25 years, Celeste enjoys drinking espresso and taking part in Toastmasters events.      

Availability: Daytime programs preferred, but will consider evening programs

Geographic Range: Lehigh Valley, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, West Branch

Speaking Experience:

2017 Toastmasters D38, Area 52/53 International Speech Contest, First Place
2017 IHM Homeschooling Conference Northeast
2016 IHM National Homeschooling Conference
2016 Toastmasters D38, Area 52/53 Humorous Speech Contest, First Place
2016 Scranton Moms' Day Out
2014 Toastmasters D38, Division E Humorous Speech Contest, First Place

Tags:  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Special Libraries  Support Staff  West Branch 

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Sara Frey

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Name: Sara Frey

Title: Library Media Specialist, Instructional Technology Coach

Library/Organization: Plymouth Whitemarsh High School        
  

Address: 201 East Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting PA 19462

Phone: 610-825-1500 x1940

Email: sfrey@colonialsd.org

Areas of Expertise: Makerspaces, Librarians as instructional coaches, Technology integration, Supporting English Language Learner (ELL) patrons

Target Audience:
Public Libraries, School Libraries, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services        

Brief Biography: Sara Frey, instructional media specialist/librarian and technology integration coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Her passions include makerspaces, collaborating to promote library services to diverse populations and technology integration in library services and programming.         

Availability: Prefer afternoon/evening programs September-June

Geographic Range: Lehigh Valley, Northeast, South Central, Southeast

Speaking Experience:

2013 NePaLA conference

2014 PsLA conference

2014 PaLA conference (poster session)

2015 AASL conference

2015 ISTE conference

2015 ISTE Hangouts on Air

2015 PaLA conference

2016 PaLA TRT webinar

2016 ISTE digital book club

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

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