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The PALS class of 2012 maintains this list of the speakers, subjects and brief descriptions of their talks. The opinions expressed by participants in the Speakers Bureau do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of PaLA. The mention of an organization name, product, or service in a presentation should not be construed as an endorsement.

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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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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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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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Timbrel Chyatee Adidala

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Timbrel Chyatee Adidala

Title: Founder 

Library/Organization: Lush Bazaar 

Address: 50 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-283-7389

Email: TIMBRELADIDALA@GMAIL.COM

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timbrelchyatee/

 

Areas of Expertise: Importance of immigrants in business, Socially-Conscious fashion, Social-Enterprise, Culture and Connections, Women in business, Immigrant women in business. 


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Reference Services, Children's Services, Teen Services, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Board Members, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: Through my natural enthusiasm and my empathy for others, I inspire, empower, design, and develop victims of poverty, and vulnerability to use their God given skills, intelligence, and artistic traits to develop innovative products, and a brighter future. I believe in the DREAM.
I am a first generation immigrant business owner, passionate about sharing my culture and expertise to my community. I have given a Tedx talk, spoken in different countries and have conducted workshops about culture and business. I am passionate about helping women in business and immigrants in business. 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: $1,500/hour 

Speaking Experience:

TEDX Lancaster, ASSETS, Local high schools, Cultural workshops, 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Central  Children's Services  Computer/Electronic Resources  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Teen Services 

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Sara Frey

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Name: Sara Frey

Title: Library Media Specialist, Instructional Technology Coach

Library/Organization: Plymouth Whitemarsh High School        
  

Address: 201 East Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting PA 19462

Phone: 610-825-1500 x1940

Email: sfrey@colonialsd.org

Areas of Expertise: Makerspaces, Librarians as instructional coaches, Technology integration, Supporting English Language Learner (ELL) patrons

Target Audience:
Public Libraries, School Libraries, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services        

Brief Biography: Sara Frey, instructional media specialist/librarian and technology integration coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Her passions include makerspaces, collaborating to promote library services to diverse populations and technology integration in library services and programming.         

Availability: Prefer afternoon/evening programs September-June

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

Speaking Experience:

2013 NePaLA conference

2014 PsLA conference

2014 PaLA conference (poster session)

2015 AASL conference

2015 ISTE conference

2015 ISTE Hangouts on Air

2015 PaLA conference

2016 PaLA TRT webinar

2016 ISTE digital book club

Tags:  Adult Services  Children's Services  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Teen Services 

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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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