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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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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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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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Keith A Scott, Crisis Intervention Specialist/ D&A Assessment Specialist Prisoners

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Keith A Scott, Crisis Intervention Specialist/ D&A Assessment Specialist Prisoners

Address:

1078 Molasses Valley Rd, Kunkletown, PA  18058

Phone:

570 801-2165

Email:

keith.scott7227@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

Psychiatric, Psychosocial Drug and Alcohol Assessment, Psychological and Substance Abuse Counseling, Emergency Room Crisis Intervention Specialist, Hospital-Wide Crisis Management, Crisis Intervention Instructor

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 Instructors

Fees (if any):

$0 -$300/hr

Brief Biography:

Service in the NJ Army National Guard and U.S. Air Force with Honorable Discharge. Higher Education from Montclair State College, County College of Morris & William Patterson University of NJ. Work experience at: NJ ARC- Respite Counselor, Kessler Institute Traumatic Brain Injury Unit Neurobehavioral Specialist, County of Morris Human Services Income Maintenance Technician Fraud Unit, NJ Dept of Parks and Forestry Seasonal Ranger, St.Claire's Hospital Mental Health Worker II Individual and Group Counseling, Pottstown Memorial Hospital Crisis Intervention Specialist/Management Individual and Group Counseling, Lehigh Valley D&A Intake Unit Assessment Specialist (Dual Diagnosis Specialty, Prisoner Assessments, Blue Mountain Health System Crisis Management, Crisis Intervention Specialist - Instructor for BERT Restraint Training, Carbon, Monroe, Pike D&A Commission D&A Counselor II, Assessment Specialist, Pocono Health System Crisis Intervention Specialist, Proprietor Renewal Services

Availability:

Not available during the last two weeks of August

Geographic Range:

Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, West Branch

Speaking Experience:

Forensics Team - Oral Interpretation: Academic

12 years as Lector for St. Lukes & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes

Group Counselor, various institutions

Behavioral Emergency Restraint Instructor BMHS

Name:

Keith A Scott

Title:

Crisis Intervention Specialist/ D&A Assessment Specialist Prisoners

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Technical Services  Teen Services  West Branch 

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Aaron W Dobbs, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Aaron W Dobbs, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Library/Organization:

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Address:

1871 Old Main, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania  17257

Phone:

931-206-6574

Email:

aaron@thelibrarian.org

Web Site Address, LinkedIn Profile, or link to other source of professional information:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aarondobbs

Areas of Expertise:

Advocacy, Copyright, Future Planning, Information Policy, Leadership, Networking, Scholarly Communication, Social Media & Institutional Credibility, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Academic Tenure & Promotion Processes

Target Audience:

Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Technical Services, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Board Members, Library Instructors, Strategic Planning

Fees (if any):

mileage, lodging, inexpensive, flexible

Brief Biography:

Broadly interested in most topics, I've developed reasonable authority with the areas of expertise listed above.

Library directors at two academic libraries asked me to lead future planning, succession planning, or reorganization efforts.

Participation in American Library Association committees led to several opportunities to present sessions on information policy, scholarly communication, advocacy, and networking & personal marketing.

Faculty participation at Shippensburg has included new faculty orientation sessions on Copyright compliance and library resources; new student sessions on library resources, hacking professor expectations, and plagiarism; and a workshop on effective use of LibGuides for scholarly information organization and discoverability.

Availability:

Flexible outside of ALA Midwinter and Annual dates.

Geographic Range:

South Central, Anywhere, really. I'm a driving fool.

Speaking Experience:

* Dobbs, A. (1 February 2015). Invited Speaker: “Career Development Workshop: Networking Made Easy.” American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

* Dobbs, A., Sohn, G. & Wynn, V. (28 June 2014). Invited Panel Discussion: "Respondents Panel for Information Manipulation Part I: Net Neutrality." American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

* Dobbs, A. et al. (2 May 2014). Panel Discussion: "Telling the Story of What to Do With a Library Degree." 2014 Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

* Dobbs, A., et al. (7 June 2013). Panel Discussion: "Encomium of Ethos: The Dwelling Place of Mechanization." Computers and Writing 2013: Mechanization and Writing, Frostburg, Maryland.

* Dobbs, A., et al. (16 February 2013). Panel Discussion: "Credibility and the Network: Evaluating and Establishing Digital Ethos." Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University, Lexington, Kentucky.

* Dobbs, A. (25 June 2011). Invited Presentation: "LibGuides & LibAnswers: They *can* take it with them." ALA Annual Conference 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.

* Dobbs, A. Moll, K. & Cook, D. (15 April 2011). "LibGuides Workshop: ACLCP Reference and Instruction Interest Group." Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. (full-day workshop)

* Dobbs, A. & Creech, A. (12 August 2009). Invited Presentation: "360 Counter: Dealing with Non-compliant Data." Serials Solutions 360 Counter Town Hall, Internet Webinar.

* Dobbs, A. (10 March 2009). Invited Presentation: "360 Resource Manager: How Libraries Use; Improvements Libraries Want." SerialsSolutions Software Developers and Product Managers 2009, Seattle, Washington.

Name:

Aaron W Dobbs

Title:

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Computer/Electronic Resources  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Reference Services  South Central  Technical Services 

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Laura J. Ax-Fultz, Information Services and Outreach Librarian

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker: Laura J. Ax-Fultz, Information Services and Outreach Librarian, Dickinson Law Library

Area/s of Expertise:

  • Legal Literacy
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Information Literacy

 Target Audience/s:

  • Public Libraries
  • Academic Libraries
  • Reference Services
  • Support Staff
  • Library Administrator & Management

About the Speaker:

Laura Ax-Fultz currently serves as the Information Services and Outreach Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson Law. Prior to entering library school, she spent eight years practicing law in the areas of family law and criminal law. Since becoming a full-time librarian, she has worked as an academic law librarian at both locations of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and served as the sole librarian at the law library of the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Wilmington, Delaware. Her research focuses on legal literacy.

Previous Speaking Experience: 

Teaching:
Integrated legal research instruction to first-year law students as part of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing I & II, as well as providing guest lectures in upper level courses.

Presentations:
"Pennsylvania Libraries and the Law," Berks County, 2014.
"Take 5 for Customer Service," PaLA Northeast Chapter, 2014.
"Customer Service: Behind the Scenes," PaLA Lehigh Chapter, 2014.
"Customer Service: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," Franklin/Fulton Library District, 2013.
"Pennsylvania Law: Basic Legal Research Skills for Librarians," PaLA Annual Conference, 2013.
"Does the Law Really Say That? Finding the Laws Applied in the Sandusky Case," Penn State University Libraries, 2012.

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

2013, Pennsylvania Law: Basic Legal Research Skills for Librarian

Availability:

Not available in July

Geographic Range:

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

Fee:

Contact Information:

Laura J. Ax-Fultz
Information Services and Outreach Librarian
Dickinson Law Library
150 South College St.
Carlisle, PA 17013

717-241-3541

lja10@psu.edu

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Administrators and Management  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Reference Services  South Central  Southeast  Special Libraries  West Branch 

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Bernadette Lear, Associate Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library

Posted By Leslie W. Christianson, Monday, November 4, 2013

Speaker: Bernadette Lear, Associate Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library

Area of Expertise:

  • History of public libraries in Pennsylvania

Target Audience:

  • Public Libraries   Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Library Instructors
  • Academic Libraries
  • Community Members
  • Reference Services
  • Technical Services
  • Children's Services

Presenter at PaLA Conference: 2012, 2013

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

Availability: Varies

Fee: Travel reimbursement if possible

Contact Information:

Bernadette Lear
Associate Librarian Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057
BAL19@psu.edu

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

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Karen Rege - Director, Library Services / Delaware County Community College

Posted By Charity Leonette, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Speaker:  Karen Rege, Director, Library Services,  Delaware County Community College

Area/s of Expertise: 

  • Academic libraries
  • Learning Commons
  • Cataloging ILS
  • Patron Driven Acquisitions

Target Audience/s:

  • Academic Libraries
  • Special Libraries
  • Reference Services
  • Technical Services
  • Support Staff
  • Library Administrators & Management
  • Computer/Electronic Resources
  • Library Instructors

About this Speaker:

Master of Science, Library and Information Science, Drexel University, September 1995. (I also have another master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in music history.)   Director of Library Services, Delaware County Community College, July 2002- present. I manage all aspects of library services for all campuses.  This includes supervising  9 faculty reference librarians, 2 administrators, as well as support staff.  I am responsible for the budget, including the acquisitions for all collections—print and electronic. 

I was hired to implement an information literacy program and to ensure adequate reference services at all campuses, both in-person and virtually.  I recently led the development of a Learning Commons.Prior to DCCC (1999-2002), I built a library-- conceptually and physically—from scratch for Delaware College of Art and Design (a new college at the time).  

I also worked as a cataloger in the manuscripts collection at Winterthur Museum from 1995-1999.I serve as adjunct faculty in Drexel University’s iSchool where I teach a graduate course in Academic Library Services.  Additionally, I’m on the Fulbright Specialists roster in library science.

Previous Speaking Experience: 

Invited panel speaker "Fitting the Pieces: Solving the Puzzle of Technology in the Library” Tri- State College Library Consortium, November 2006, American College, Bryn Mawr, PA Invited presenter, Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology, "GETTing Tuned Into Music Technology,” Chester County Intermediate Unit. March 2006 at Immaculata University. "Breaking the Barriers: Delivering Library Services to Students at a Distance.” Lecture delivered at the Pennsylvania Association of Two-Year Schools conference, March 2004, Harrisburg, PA. I also am part of the Delaware County Community College Speaker's Bureau where I often give talks on various aspects of music.

Presenter at PaLA Annual Conference: 2013

Availability:  Not available during first 2 weeks of the fall and spring semesters

Geography:  Lehigh Valley, Northeast, South Central, Southeast

Fee: NA

Contact Information:

Karen Rege
Director, Library Services 
Delaware County Community College
901 S. Media Line Rd., Media, PA 19063
610-359-5145
krege [at] dccc.edu

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Computer/Electronic Resources  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Instructors  Northeast  Reference Services  South Central  Southeast  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Technical Services 

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