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Sophie Penney

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Sophie Penney

Title: President

Library/Organization: i5 Fundraising

Address: 19 Colonnade Way, Ste. 117, #275 State College, PA 16803

Phone: 814-206-6731

Email: sophie@i5fundraising.com

Website: www.i5fundraising.com

 

Areas of Expertise:Fundraising


Target Audience:Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

 

Brief Biography: 
Sophie is a dynamic development leader with extensive expertise in building strategic fundraising initiatives within higher education and non-profit sectors. A seasoned professional Sophie is able to capitalize on the strengths of nonprofit partners to identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit prospects, steward donors, and drive effective outcomes.

Sophie is also the author or co-author of numerous books, articles, and reports including: Dollars for Dreams: Student Affairs Staff as Fundraisers (NASPA 2001) and Student Affairs Fundraising: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar (NASPA, 2019). She is a sought after facilitator, teacher, and coach for aspiring and current fundraising professionals, executive directors, board members, and others involved in fundraising. Recently recognized by the AFP Allegheny Mountains Chapter as the 2019 Fundraising Professional of the Year. 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Flexible

Speaking Experience:

Multiple AFP Conferences, Leading Age, Central PA Library Directors (via Schlow), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Conferences, Instructor for Penn State online fundraising courses. 

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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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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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Paige Andrew

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Paige Andrew

Title: Cartographic Resources Cataloging Librarian

Library/Organization: Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Phone Number: 814-867-0786

Address: Cataloging Dept., 126 Paterno Library University Park, PA, 16851

 Email: pga2@psu.edu

Website:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/paige-andrew-652375a/

 

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Technical Services, Support Staff

 

Biography: Paige Andrew has been the Cartographic Resources Cataloging Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries since 1995. He achieved tenure at Penn State in 2001, promoted to the rank of Librarian in 2012, and named Distinguished Librarian in 2018. Prior to coming to Penn State he was the Maps Cataloging Librarian at the University of Georgia from 1986 through January 1995.

Penn State holds one of the largest research-level map collections in the country, and Mr. Andrew has been leading a team effort to completely catalog their cartographic collections. As an active maps cataloger he and his department participate in all of the four Library of Congress PCC programs, BIBCO, NACO, SACO, and CONSER, plus ECIP. Paige also was one of the first to earn OCLC Enhance status for maps, which he retains.

Mr. Andrew co-authored RDA and Cartographic Resources (2014) and authored Cataloging Sheet Maps, the Basics (2003). In addition, he co-edited Maps and Related Cartographic Materials: Cataloging, Classification and Bibliographic Control with Mary Lynette Larsgaard (1999), which was simultaneously published as volume 27, numbers 1/2 and 3/4 (1999) of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. He also has numerous published articles on the bibliographic control of cartographic resources, and co-founded and was co-editor of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries for a dozen years.

Mr. Andrew has served his profession as an officer and leader for several map librarianship organizations, including the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table of ALA (chair, 2014-2016), the former Geography and Map Division of the Special Libraries Association (chair, 1994-1996), and the North East Map Organization (chair, 1999)

Paige was awarded the 2009 Nancy B. Olson Award for significant contributions to audiovisual cataloging by Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC). In 2016 he received the ALCTS Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding professional achievement in the cataloging profession. And in 2018 was awarded the MAGIRT Honors Award for service and leadership to MAGIRT.

His MLS is from the University of Washington, Seattle, (1986) and BA, majoring in Geography, from Western Washington University, Bellingham (1983).


Availability: Prefer delivering full-day workshops; prefer morning presentations but am flexible

Fees: Depends on length of workshop/presentation

Speaking Experience:  I have delivered presentations (20-minute, 1 hour, etc.) at national conferences (SLA, ALA, OLAC), regional organizations such as the Northern Ohio Technical Services Libraries (NOTSL), at PaLA (including poster sessions), and locally at my own library. I have delivered basic map cataloging workshops of varying lengths (anywhere from 2-hour up to 2-day but most usually full-day) since 1994 to national audiences at the American Library Association (ALCTS preconferences), state library organizations (Alaska, Oregon), OCLC regional offices when they had them, other regional consortial settings, staff at individual universities and colleges, staff of the Government Printing Office (twice), and even staff of a company. 

 

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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

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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

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