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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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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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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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