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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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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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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. 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  West Branch 

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Lori Hunter Overmyer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Lori Hunter Overmyer

Organization: Goettler Associates, Inc.        
   

Address: 580 S. High Street, Ste. 160 Columbus OH 43215   
     

Phone: 614-228-3268 ext. 105

Website: www.goettler.com

Areas of Expertise: Annual Fundraising, Capital Campaign Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Friends Boards and Membership Associations, Establishing a Foundation, Creating a Development Plan, Board Nominating and Governance, Building a Fundraising Board

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

Fees (if any): Travel expenses plus negotiable honorarium

Brief Biography: Lori Hunter Overmyer, MBA, CFRE, has more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience with a focus on the arts, and social and human service organizations. As a development director, Lori acquired an expertise in implementing annual and capital fundraising plans, strategic analysis, major donor solicitation, and establishing development procedures to maximize effective operations and communications. A consultant with Goettler Associates, Inc. since 2005, she has lent her knowledge of marketing research, proposal writing, personal donor cultivation, recognition strategies and volunteer leadership to some of the Columbus, Ohio’s most successful capital campaigns, many of which exceeded their original fundraising goal by millions of dollars.  An accomplished and successful speaker, she is frequently called upon to offer her take on topics as varied as major gifts, grants writing, donor metrics, and public-private partnerships.

 

From her first development director’s job at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, to her current position as vice president of Goettler Associates, Lori continues to be driven by a passion to provide best practices in every development function, and a commitment to professional growth.  She has been a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1986, and credits the professional organization with introducing her to a wonderful circle esteemed colleagues and life-long friends.  She received her CFRE certification in 1994.  Lori has been a member of AFP Chapter Boards in St. Louis, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbus, Ohio, where she served in 2010 as Chapter President. In 2011, Lori was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional at the Central Ohio Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day awards celebration.  She is a current member of AFP International’s Research Council, and was on the task force to create and pilot the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, an educational module to assist nonprofit agencies in the quantifiable measurement of development activities.  In 2015, Lori was elected to serve a two-year term as a district representative on the AFP international board of directors.  Since 2012, she has served as an adjunct professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, where she teaches a class on Fundraising and Development, and Board Skills.  Lori also enjoys her volunteer leadership affiliations with the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers, Local Matters, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. 

Availability: Not available end of May/early June 2016; Not available first 3 weeks of September 2016

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

Speaking Experience:

Goettler/BDO Seminar - April 2016

2015 PaLA Annual Conference  “Reinventing Your Friends Board: From Book Sales to Best Practices”

Adjunct Instructor, John Glenn College of Public Policy, The Ohio State University, 2012 - present

AFP Certified Instructor, Planning to Keep your Donors Workshop, 2015 - present

ADRP Keynote Speaker, 2014

Recipient, Central Ohio AFP Chapter Outstanding Fund Raising Professional Award, 2011

AFP Instructional Faculty, 2000 - present

AFP International Conference Faculty, 2000 and 2010

Recipient, LifeCare Alliance Outstanding Spirit Award, 2009

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Education Series Faculty, 2006 - 2009, 2012 - present

Big Brothers Big Sisters International Conference Faculty, 2005

Ohio Museums Conference Faculty, 2003

Public Broadcasting Service National Conference Speaker, 1999

AFP St. Louis Chapter Annual Conference Faculty, 1994 - 1998

American Humane Association Annual Conference Speaker, 1996

Junior League of St. Louis Education Series Faculty, 1990 - 1998

Wisconsin Association of Volunteers Annual Symposium Speaker, 1988

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

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Scott Thomas

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Name: Scott Thomas

Title: Executive Director

Library/Organization: Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

Address: 220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10 Mechanicsburg PA 17055

Phone: 717-873-9461

Email: scott.thomas@sparkpa.org

Website: www.linkedin.com/in/scottthomas41

Areas of Expertise: Technology in Libraries, Digitization and Digital Archives, Open Source ILSs, ILS in a Consortium.

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Technical Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources          

Brief Biography: Scott Thomas has been in the library profession for over 30 years in a variety of public service and management positions, but most of his career has been spent managing technology projects in public libraries. He has witnessed many changes including the advent of library automation, the Internet and TCP/IP networks, social media, and open source software. He is currently Executive Director of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System and an adjunct faculty member at Northampton Community College where he teaches library-related courses.

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

Speaking Experience: "PA Backward (One Year Later): An Update (and more) on Historic Digital Collections and Statewide Collaboration" (PaLA Conference 2015), "PA Backward: Historic Digital Collections and Statewide Collaboration" (PaLA Conference 2014), "Moving Day: ILS Migration" (PaLA Conference 2015).          

Tags:  Adult Services  Computer/Electronic Resources  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Support Staff  Technical Services  West Branch 

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