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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.

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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

Tags:  Academic Libraries  children's services  Community Members  Library Instructors  Public Libraries  School Libraries  Special Libraries  teen services 

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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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Rob Lesher

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Rob Lesher

Title: Consultant

Library/Organization: Consultant

Address: 4720 Laurel Ridge Drive, Harrisburg, Pa 187110

Phone: 717-580-8293

Email: robiobinsk@gmail.com

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-lesher-b2a00b52/

 

Areas of Expertise: Advocacy, IT Planning, Community Engagement, Outreach


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, 

 

Brief Biography:
Rob Lesher received his MLS from Syracuse University in 1996. Over his professional career he worked for the Adams County Library System as Head of Information Services, Assistant Director/IT Director, and Executive Director. He worked as the Executive Director for the Dauphin County Library System. I have served as PaLA President, Treasurer, and ALA Councilor. I have just finished my six year term on the PaForward Steering Committee. I believe strongly in the power of the public library to change lives, but to be successful at that, the library needs to be a part of the community and look to the community for insight into what its goals should be.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Mileage

Speaking Experience:

Public Library Association Conference- 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018

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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).

 

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Celeste Behe

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name: Celeste Behe

 

Library/Organization: Toastmasters 
  

Address: 2258 Apple Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: 610-838-7151

Email: Celeste.L.Behe@gmail.com

 

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/celeste-behe-66701012/

Areas of Expertise:

The Joys of Logophilia
Finding Humor in the Humdrum
Confident Communication for the Cowardly
A Parent's Guide to Storytelling
The Fun and Fundamentals of Raising a Large Family
Life Lessons Learned in the Bygone Bronx


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

Brief Biography: Celeste Behe is a freelance writer and nostalgist who, according to one book author, "writes like Garrison Keillor would, if he had nine kids.” A former librarian with the Shea & Gould law firm, Celeste made history as the first female page at the New York City Bar Association Library. She is an enthusiastic speaker who strives to “put the merry in the message” by infusing her talks with humor. A mother of nine who has been homeschooling for over 25 years, Celeste enjoys drinking espresso and taking part in Toastmasters events.      

Availability: Daytime programs preferred, but will consider evening programs

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

Speaking Experience:

2017 Toastmasters D38, Area 52/53 International Speech Contest, First Place
2017 IHM Homeschooling Conference Northeast
2016 IHM National Homeschooling Conference
2016 Toastmasters D38, Area 52/53 Humorous Speech Contest, First Place
2016 Scranton Moms' Day Out
2014 Toastmasters D38, Division E Humorous Speech Contest, First Place

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Jeff Steiner

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Name: Jeff Steiner

Title:  I-GOAL A Way of Life

Address: Pleasant Gap PA 16823

Email: jeff@i-goal.org

Website: www.i-goal.org, www.i-goalblog.org, www.i-goalchallenge.org

Areas of Expertise:
Making the I-GOAL Commitment
Self Determination
The Power of Personal Responsibility
Living a Life of Success
Defining Failure
Having a Plan
The Ethos of Goal Setting

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff

Fees (if any): Variable

Brief Biography:
Bachelors in Sociology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Masters in Counseling Education from Penn State
Certified by the William Glasser Institute in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory
15 years’ experience as a youth and family counselor
Executive Director of youth based non-profits
Four year term on the Bellefonte Area School District Board of Education
Past Board President for the Bellefonte Family YMCA and Bellefonte Kiwanis

Availability: Open

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

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Brian Keefer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Name: Brian Keefer


Title: Going the Distance


Address: Etters PA 17319

 

Phone: 717-938-4128


Email: d7sunrise@epix.net

 

Website: www.bing.com/videos/search?q=brian+keefer+youtube&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=5383604F0552F6291D7B5383604F0552F6291D7B


Areas of Expertise: I share my journey of healing as an inspirational speaker, motivating others to face adversity, and move forward.

 

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Library Instructors


Fees (if any): $200 honorarium, negotiable


Brief Biography: I sustained a spinal cord injury in 2008.  Since then I have returned to college and graduated with a degree in therapeutic recreational management. I have been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  I am a motivational speaker, and have presented approximately 40 speeches in my area about my journey of healing.  I am interested in expanding my area of speaking so that I may share my story with others.  Much of my biographical information can be found online through Google. 


Availability: I am available most times to speak as I do therapy in my home.


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


Speaking Experience:

Harrisburg Area Women's Business Association
Lower Allen Middle School
2015 Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Convention
2012 Occupational Therapy Association Convention
Central Penn College
Lancaster AMBUCS
PA College of Health Sciences, Zwiercan, 
Elizabethtown College
York County Association Of Credit Unions

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