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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.  

 

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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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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Wendy McClure

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Wendy McClure

Title: Human Resource Coordinator

Library/Organization: Cleve J. Fredricksen Library

Address: 100 N 19th St Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: 717-761-3900 ext 252

Email: wmcclure@ccpa.net   
     

Areas of Expertise: Volunteerism, Customer Service, Library Policies, Human Resources

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

Fees (if any): Travel expenses

Brief Biography: Wendy McClure, is the Human Resources Coordinator at Cleve J. Fredricksen Library for over ten years.  Prior, Wendy had worked in other public and academic libraries.  In 2006, Wendy volunteered and was awarded the Anne Richardson Reading Is Fundamental Volunteer of the Year Award for developing and implementing a reading promotional program in the local elementary school. Wendy guides libraries though thinking about volunteers and showing appreciation for all they give.  Currently, Wendy is in the second stage of obtaining her national Certification of Volunteer Administration. As the Human Resources Coordinator, Wendy has knowledge of policies, practices and procedures for staff and volunteers including customer service training.
                  

Speaking Experience:     

Let's Chat about Volunteers- PaLA 2011

Volunteer Management: You Can Do it - PaLA 2015

Volunteerism - Meetings Professional International - 2016

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

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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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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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