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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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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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Kimberly A. Nash

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Name:  Kimberly A. Nash

Title: Owner

Library/Organization: THriv

Phone Number: 717-298-3030

Address: 976 Clifton Heights Road, Hummelstown PA 17036

Email: kim@uthriv2.com

Website:  https://uthriv2.com/

 

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources, Leadership, Management

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

Biography: In 2017, Kim founded her company, THriv, to accompany leaders on their professional growth journey to achieve results. She serves leaders through coaching, teaching, and public speaking.

As the Vice President of Client Compliance and HR Services for Brown & Brown of PA, Kim partners with organizations to provide a variety of business consulting, compliance management, and human resource related services. Additionally, she delivers a variety of presentations for organizations.

Kim also serves as a part-time instructor for Villanova University, Pace University, George Mason University, and Temple University teaching the Professional Human Resource Management course for human resource professionals.

Kim holds the SHRM-SCP certification through the Society of Human Resource Management, the Senior Professional Human Resource certification through HR Certification Institute, the Compensation Management Specialist designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, and has completed the John C. Maxwell Certification Program to teach, coach, train, and speak.


Availability: No Restrictions

Fees: Fees may apply. Reimbursement of Travel Expenses

Speaking Experience:  More than 20 years of training and speaking experience for numerous organizations and associations. From small groups to large groups, locally to nationally, on a variety of topics ranging from managing employees to leadership development. References will be provided upon request.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries  Support Staff 

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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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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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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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Colin McShane

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Colin McShane 

Title: Executive Director 

Library/Organization: McShane Consulting, LLC

Address: 1225 Butztown Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: 610-216-5598

Email: cmcshane@mcconsultsllc.org 

Website: www.mcconsultsllc.org

 

Areas of Expertise: Health care services, Child Welfare servcies, Small Business success

 

Target Audience: Community Members, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff

Brief Biography: Former child welfare youth turned advocacte, bulit a career in health care and now started by own consulting business that focuses on improving communities by working together.  

Availability: Preferably afternoons, however mornings can be accommendated with advanced notice 

 

Fees: $250 per event; negotiable .

Speaking Experience:

As an Active Member of Foster Care Alumni of America PA Chapter and former member of PA Youth Advisory Board, I have conducted countless speaking engagements and panel presentations to various child welfare organizations over the last ten years 

Tags:  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  South Central  Southeast  Support Staff  Teen Services 

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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.  

 

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