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Victoria Raish

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Victoria Raish

Title: Online Learning Librarian

Library/Organization: Penn State University

Phone Number: 412-352-4910

Address: W216 Pattee Library, University Park, PA, 16801

 Email: victoria@psu.edu

Website:  sites.psu.edu/onlinelearninglibrarian

 

Areas of Expertise: Innovative teaching, educational technology, microcredentials, digital badges, microlearning, online instruction, online tutorials, instructional design, systems thinking, qualitative methodologies, user-design

Target Audience: Academic Libraries, Library Instructors

 

Biography: Victoria Raish is the online learning librarian at Penn State University. She has her Ph.D. in learning, design, and technology from Penn State and her MAT in teaching from the University of Southern California. She is a leader in the online learning field and her work has been recognized and rewarded by national organizations including as the 2019 recipient of the Routledge Distance Librarian of the Year Award at the ALA conference. She has presented at conferences and workshops ranging from local to national and was a keynote presenter last year at the College & Research Division's spring workshop. She is also a leader in curriculum development and consulting with professionals in diverse industries.

Availability: No Restrictions

Fees: Travel Fees, Meals, Stipend (depends on budget of program)

Speaking Experience:  I have several previous speaking engagements at conferences. My first keynote was in Spring 2019 for the College & Research Division of PaLA. 

 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Library Instructors 

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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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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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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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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 +)

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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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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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