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The PALS class of 2012 maintains this list of the speakers, subjects and brief descriptions of their talks. The opinions expressed by participants in the Speakers Bureau do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of PaLA. The mention of an organization name, product, or service in a presentation should not be construed as an endorsement.

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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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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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Richard Bowra

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Richard Bowra

Title: Public Library Consultant

Library/Organization: Individual Consultant

Address: 6080 Station Circle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Phone: 717-903-0767

Email: bowra@comcast.net

 

 

Areas of Expertise:Library Buildings/Building Program Reports, Keystone Grant Program, Engaging an Architect, Strategic Planning 


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries

Brief Biography: Most recently, Executive Director of the Dauphin County Library System (1986-2016). Public librarian in various positions from 1973-Present.
Extensive consulting work with approximately 90 projects.

PaLA Certificate of Merit
Past Chair, PaLA Legislative Committee
Member-OCL Statewide funding/structure task force 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Fee required plus expenses. Fees vary depending on topic and scope. $500-$5,000

Speaking Experience:

PaLA Conferences
PaLA Chapters
ALA/Public Library Association Conferences
Office of Commonwealth Libraries workshop sessions
Assorted other groups/conferences
(Do not have specific years available)

Tags:  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  West Branch 

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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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Rob Oliver

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Monday, July 16, 2018

Name:  Rob Oliver

Title: Motivational Speaker

Library/Organization: Your Motivational Speaker

Address: 2513 White Tail Lane, White Oak, PA 15131

Phone: 412-450-0433

Email: rob@yourmotivationalspeaker.com

Website: www.yourmotivationalspeaker.com

 

Areas of Expertise: Overcoming adversity, Disability, Bullying


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

Brief Biography: Rob Oliver is a renowned facilitator, award winning speaker and bestselling author. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a Masters degree from Duquesne University, Rob was recognized as the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Alumni of Distinction for 2012.

As an author, Rob’s bestselling autobiography entitled “Still Walking” chronicles his determination to move along life’s pathway regardless of limitations and barriers. Rob has 2 new books: “Still Falling”, which shares more life stories and lessons including the fact that a positive attitude won’t prevent you from tipping over your wheelchair and “Who Me, Yeah You!” an Anti-Bullying book for elementary aged children.

As a speaker, Rob has shared his message with thousands, speaking at companies, schools, associations and conferences as well as multiple radio and TV appearances. Rob has twice received the annual “Best Of... Motivational Speaker” in the Pittsburgh market.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Reasonable and negotiable 

Speaking Experience:

Rob has been speaking for over 20 years. Testimonials are on the web site.

Tags:  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  West Branch 

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Tina Hertel

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Monday, July 16, 2018

Name:  Tina Hertel

Title: Director

Library/Organization: Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College

Address: 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104-5586

Phone: 484-664-3550

Email: tinahertel@muhlenberg.edu

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

 

Areas of Expertise: Career Management, Career Development,  Leadership Development,  Library Management,  Professional Networking,  Public Speaking,  Strategic Planning, Technology 


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Library Administrators & Management, Tailor presentation to audience

Brief Biography:  Tina Hertel is the director of Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College, where she has been since 2011. She teaches two first year seminars at Muhlenberg. Prior to Muhlenberg College, her library experience includes Lehigh University, Marywood University, University of Scranton, and Bloomsburg University. Before becoming a librarian, Tina also gained extensive experience in higher education as a research analyst and instructor at Indiana University, where she earned her Masters of Information Science. Currently, she is the 2018 President of Pennsylvania Library Association, and a member of the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies planning committee.

 

Availabilityvaries

Fees: Reasonable and negotiable 

Speaking Experience:

Presented at PaLA Annual Conferences over several years on topics related to technology, online tools, career development, networking, storytelling, and teaching. Keynote presentations and breakout sessions at the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS). Presentations to PaLA chapters as well as in NY and NJ. Library staff development programs in PA, NJ, and NY.  

Tags:  All of PA  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  West Branch 

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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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Denise Sticha

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name: Denise Sticha

 

Title: System Administrator 

 

Library/Organization: Berks County Public Libraries, also President of Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries
  

Address: 1040 Berks Road, P.O. Box 689, Leesport, PA 19533

Phone: 610-378-5260

Email: denise.sticha@berks.lib.pa.us

 

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-sticha-55a7aa27/

Areas of Expertise: Friends of Libraries, Trustee and Board development, non-profit management


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

Brief Biography: Served as the Director of the Murrysville Community Library for 20 years. Served as Executive Director of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System from 2009-2012 and currently serving as the System Administrator/Director of the Berks County Public Library System. On the Board of the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries and am the current President. Currently, Vice-President of the Association of Pennsylvania Public Library Systems

Availability: Daytime programs preferred, but will consider evening programs

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

 

AvailabilityAvailability contingent upon current schedule

Speaking Experience:

I have presented programs on "Board Room Basics at PaLA annual conference in 2014 and 2015, years reaching a target audience of both new and tenured library directors. I presented a similar program at the PaLA Lehigh Valley Spring Chapter workshop in 2016.

I have also done the program for Board members and Library trustees for the Delaware County Library System.

In my capacity as System Administrator, (and in my role as District Consultant with the Reading Public Library) I provide comprehensive orientation for library trustees and library directors annually.

On behalf of PCBL, I have presented programs at the annual Friends/Trustee Institute on the relationships between Library Boards, Library Friends and Library Directors.

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

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