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Full Frontal Competencies: Technical Excellence for Libraries

When: 12/8/2015
From 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM
Where: Upper Merion Township Library
175 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania  19406
United States
Contact: Robyn Langston

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Full Frontal Competencies: Technical Excellence for Libraries

Jeanne Clancy, Margie Stern, Penny Talbert & Gary Childs

3.5 Hours CE Credit

$40- members
$60 - non-members
$35- students

Penny Talbert is the Executive Director of the Ephrata Public Library in Lancaster County, PA, where she’s worked in various roles over the past 15 years. As a consultant, she travels around the country and speaks about staff technical competencies and how to start your own program. She will give an overview of the competency program at her library. Find out how to transform the culture of your library and have fun doing it!

Breakout Sessions

Penny Talbert – Self Directed Learning: Becoming Competent Through a Personal Learning Plan

Explore the many options to consider when starting a competency program. Get access to timelines, exam samples and training materials-- for FREE! Discussion will include buy-in, program development and how to deliver the program.

Gary Childs – The Perils of Online Instruction: How to Prepare, Avoid Pitfalls, & Knock ‘em Dead! Worried about how to smooth over those online instruction jitters? Worry no more, learn the in and outs of online instruction from start to finish. Learn more about techniques that will make the delivery of your online courses a breeze.

Gary provides library instruction for Health Sciences programs and is the direct liaison for the Creative Art in Therapies, Nursing, and Physician Assistant programs, along with select programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Gary also received a Masters of Library & Information Science from Drexel University in 2000. He received the Nathaniel Alston Service Award from the Physician Assistant Program in 2010, the Department Chair Award from the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in 2011, the Outstanding Performance & Dedication award from the College of Nursing & Health Professions in 2013, and the Professional Contribution Award from the Drexel University Libraries in 2015.

Outside his activities at Drexel, Gary volunteers as the Treasurer for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Medical Library Association and at the ACCT Philly animal shelter in N. Philadelphia. He is the volunteer lead for Project P.E.T. (Positive & Effective Training), a positive-reinforcement canine training workshop for volunteers and foster parents, and a participant in the “Pen Pal” Program, which pairs volunteers with a specific dog at the shelter.

Jeanne Clancy and Margie Stern – Youth Services Competencies

Jeanne has served as the Head of Youth Services at the Chester County Library since 1999, and provides consulting to the Chester County Library System’s Children’s Librarians, as well as coordinating county-wide programs like Summer Reading Club, Science in the Summer and Family Place. Always a voracious reader, Jeanne still owns the first book she read by herself – Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarek. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature, with a concentration in medieval and renaissance literature from Fordham University, and her MSLS from Drexel University.

Margie is Youth Services Coordinator for the Delaware County Library System. For a number of years she taught literature for children and young adults at Northampton Community College. She has been very active in PaLA, including a term as president.

Learn how competencies are used as a tool to evaluate and improve service, a framework for staff training and a set of guiding principles for use when speaking out for the importance of services to children and teens in libraries. Presenters will share Pennsylvania Youth Services, ALSC and YALSA competencies.

If you cannot register online, please send registration form and check ( payable to PaLA) to:

Melissa Kohl
Chester County Library
450 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA 19341


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