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Staff Training Symposium: Innovators Next Door

Staff training for all library types.

When: 5/11/16
9:00 AM until 3:30 PM
Where: Dayton Metro Library, Northwest Branch
2410 Philadephia Drive
Dayton, Ohio  45406
United States
Contact: Kaitlyn
513-751-4422 x 10

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Innovators Next Door

Join us at the Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Public Library for a day full of innovation. 


Innovators Next Door Panel

Ken Gibson - Xavier University, McDonald Library

Dave Schroeder - Kenton County Public Library

Melida Busch - Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Edward Pratt Library

Cherie Roeth - Bradford Public Library

Kim Senft-Paras - Washington-Centerville Public Library

Jennifer Spillman - Dayton Metro Library

We're inviting leaders from a variety of libraries (types/sizes) to talk about their latest, newest initiatives and then open it up for questions. Many people dismiss ideas as being too costly or just 'not for them' but when they hear more about the thought process, the trials and errors, and they can ask the questions they need, the idea becomes more concrete, doable. Come join us!


9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:30am Panel
12:00pm to 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm to 3:00pm Breakout Sessions
  1. First Set of Breakout Sessions 12:45-1:45pm
    1. Election Resources with Jay Burton, SERLS Executive Director
    2. How to Apply to Academic Libraries with Ken Gibson, Xavier University
  2. Second Set of Breakout Sessions 2:00-3:00pm
    1. Readers Advisory with Emily Wichman
    2. Developing Your Career with Andrea Brooks
3:00pm to 3:30pm Wrap up: Feedback forms and parting gifts


Andrea Brooks: Andrea joined the Northern Kentucky University Steely Library faculty in 2010 and coordinates the library's information literacy program, working with multiple departments on campus to integrate information literacy concepts into courses. Prior to NKU, Andrea was a solo librarian for Brown Mackie College - Northern Kentucky. In this role, she wore many hats, including collection development, educator, technology support, administrative, reference, and everything in between! Andrea has an MS in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and will graduate in May with an MA in Communication from NKU.

Jay Burton: Director of SERLS (South East Regional Library System) and has been for 5 years. Prior to that, Jay was an elementary teacher for 10 years. He worked in libraries in Utah. Jay then moved to Ohio where he started to work in prison libraries. He then worked 17 years at the State Library of Ohio while simultaneously working part-time at the Columbus Metro Library.

Melida Busch: Melida Busch has served Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center as the Director of the Edward L. Pratt Research Library since 2009. Previously she worked as a Senior Information Analyst at Johnson&Johnson and News and Current Awareness Librarian at Pfizer. She remains passionate about helping communities create, manage and implement knowledge. Feel free to connect with her via LinkedIn or Twitter

Ken Gibson: Director of Xavier University Library since October 2014. Prior employment includes directorship at a private liberal arts college library as well as various health sciences library positions in public universities and federal government. Other experiences include serving as a county public library Board of Trustee member, president of the executive committee for a multi-institutional statewide academic library consortium, and as an elected town council member.

Cherie Roeth: Through the years, Cherie Roeth has developed a wide array of administrative and library skills, which she puts to use as Bradford Public Library’s Director.  Cherie began her educational career as an English and Learning Disabilities teacher.  She progressed to working at the Darke County Educational Service Center as Special Education Supervisor, Bradford School’s Elementary Principal, and Covington School’s Middle School Principal, Co-Athletic Director & Transportation Supervisor.  Then she went back to college for a Master’s Degree in Library-Media.  She worked thirteen years in the Covington and Bradford school libraries before accepting the position of Library Director at Bradford Public Library. Cherie has served on the Small Rural Library committee with OLC and is currently on the Executive Board of SWON libraries and is in charge of the Northern Miami Valley CLEAR group.

Dave Schroeder: He was named Executive Director of the Kenton County Public Library in April 2007. Dave began his career at Kenton County Public Library in 1986 as a shelver. Schroeder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. He serves as President of Board of the Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives, was appointed a member of the Kentucky Archives and Records Commission by Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2007 and reappointed by Governor Steve Beshear in 2011 and 2015.

Kim Senft-Paras: Kim joined Washington-Centerville Public Library as Director in September 2009. She began her library career at the Burton Public Library in Burton, OH as a reference librarian in 1983. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Library Science from Kent State University. Prior to joining Washington-Centerville Public Library, she spent 18 years at Lakewood Public Library, first as the Manager of the Madison Branch and later as Deputy Director. Her significant accomplishments while serving the Centerville Washington Township community include opening the library year-round on Sundays; establishing a successful Friends of WCPL group who has contributed over $100,000 to the library since 2011; and making plans for the expansion and renovation of the Woodbourne Library. Kim serves on the Ohio Library Council Board of Directors and the Government Relations Legislative Network Committee.

Jennifer Spillman: Jennifer Spillman has been serving patrons in libraries, both public and academic, for over 15 years. She currently works for Dayton Metro Library as Manager of the Temporary Main Library and the Adult Services Division. She is also responsible for system-wide adult programming for a 21 branch system. She holds a BS in Management, a Minor in Business Administration, and a Masters in Library and Information Science.

Emily Wichman: Emily began her career with Clermont County Public Library in 2003 and is currently manager of the Williamsburg Branch.  She trains all new public services staff on readers' advisory and has spoken on the subject previously for SWON and OLC. Emily is the author of the Librarian's Guide to Passive Programming: Easy and Affordable Activities for All Ages (Libraries Unlimited, 2012) and has spoken on passive programming at PLA and for several state library associations.  She is a member of the Library Leadership Ohio Institute Class of 2014.  Emily holds a Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Aspects of Conservation and History of Science, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Early Bird Special Until April 15th

Employees of Supporting Member Libraries: $65.00

Geographic Libraries: $90.00

Out-of-State Libraries: $115.00

After April 15th

Employees of Supporting Member Libraries: $75.00

Geographic Libraries: $100.00

Out-of-State Libraries: $125.00


Continental Breakfast with donuts, danishes, scones, bagels, and fruit.


Cincinnati BBQ pulled chicken and pork with rolls, saratoga chips, coleslaw, hot macaroni and cheese, and hot baked beans.

End of the Day Dessert

Homemade Lemon Squares
Oreo Cheesecake Bars
Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Chocolate Truffle Bars

When you register, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, or email Kaitlyn Marsh at


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