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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

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

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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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Tags:  Academic Libraries  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Special Libraries  West Branch 

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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

Tags:  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Special Libraries  Support Staff  West Branch 

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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

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Teen Services  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

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Teen Services 

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Bradford County Library

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Jeffrey R. Singer, Director

Library/Organization:

Bradford County Library

Address:

16093 Route 6, Troy, PA 16947

Phone:

570-297-2436

Email:

singerj@bradfordco.org

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

www.bradfordcountylibrary.org

Areas of Expertise:

Holocaust

Hong Kew Ghetto, Shanghai, China

Jewish Ghetto in China during WWII

Target Audience:

Public Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Teen Services, Adult Services

Fees (if any):

Travel expenses

Brief Biography:

Jeffrey R. Singer has been the Director of the Bradford County Library since 2009. His father's biography, "Marcel Singer: The Gentle Butcher of Hong Kew" by Sidney Kurtz, details his father's family fleeing Nazi Austria to the only free port in the world, Shanghai, China, where they not only survived, but thrived.

Availability:

Prefer evening or weekends

Geographic Range:

Juniata-Conemaugh, Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central

Speaking Experience:

Allen F. Pierce Library, Troy, PA

Bradford County Library, Troy, PA (thrice)

Sayre Public Library, Sayre, PA

System of Bradford County Libraries annual Trustees Dinner

Name:

Jeffrey R. Singer

Title:

Director

Tags:  Adult Services  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Special Libraries  Teen Services 

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Jennifer Burtyk

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Monday, June 29, 2015

Speaker:

Jennifer Burtyk

Address:

Aliquippa, Pennsylvania  15001

Email:

jennyburtyk@yahhoo.com

Areas of Expertise:

Turner Syndrome awareness, Turner Syndrome and me

Target Audience:

Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services

Fees (if any):

Not at this time

Brief Biography:

My name is Jennifer Burtyk. I was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome as a teenager, and I would like to help others struggling with the Turner Syndrome, answer questions, and educate people who aren't familiar with Turner Syndrome and it's effects on daily life.

Availability:

Evenings

Geographic Range:

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

Speaking Experience:

I have given talks at my local church.

Name:

Jennifer Burtyk

Title:

Turner Syndrome, What You Need To Know

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Special Libraries  Teen Services  West Branch 

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

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

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

Area/s of Expertise:

  • Legal Literacy
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Information Literacy

 Target Audience/s:

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

About the Speaker:

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

Previous Speaking Experience: 

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

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

Presenter at PaLA Conference:

2013, Pennsylvania Law: Basic Legal Research Skills for Librarian

Availability:

Not available in July

Geographic Range:

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

Fee:

Contact Information:

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

717-241-3541

lja10@psu.edu

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

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Bernadette Lear, Associate Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library

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

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

Area of Expertise:

  • History of public libraries in Pennsylvania

Target Audience:

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

Presenter at PaLA Conference: 2012, 2013

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

Availability: Varies

Fee: Travel reimbursement if possible

Contact Information:

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

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

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