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Innovation is all around you and a network for new librarians!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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Innovation is all around you

Sometimes it seems like the big ideas are always happening elsewhere. Those Library Journal “Movers and Shakers” will never be you or anyone you know. You keep hearing about 3D printers, but your library can barely keep the Epson receipt machines functional. Makerspace? In what space, exactly?

However, innovation isn’t always about what’s big and flashy and it is happening right next door to you. And I don’t just mean when local librarians like April Ritchie of Kenton County Public, Jason Paul Michael of Miami University or Sue Polanka at Wright State do actually win LJ’s Movers and Shakers Award. I mean the innovations – big and small – that are happening all around you, often without the fanfare they may deserve.

In May, SWON will be conducting its annual Spring Staff Training Symposium and we are proud to bring you some of your local “Innovators Next Door.” We have a slate of leaders from 6 local libraries of all different types and sizes who will be coming to share their innovations and, more importantly, to have a conversation with you.

The entire morning will be devoted to this conversation with Ken Gibson of Xavier University, Dave Schroeder of Kenton County Public Library, Melida Busch of Cincinnati Children’s Edward Pratt Library, Cherie Roeth of the Bradford Public Library, Kim Senft-Paras of the Washington-Centerville Public Library and Jennifer Spillman of Dayton Metro. In the afternoon, we’ll feature two breakout sessions that we also hope will inspire you.

The price for this full-day of training that includes breakfast, a Cincinnati BBQ lunch and ice cream bars! We hope to see you on May 11th at Dayton Metro Library’s NEW Northwest branch (where we'll have a chance to see their new innovations on an included tour) for a great conversation about the innovation happening right next door.

~Cassondra Vick, Technology Educator, SWON Libraries

Registration Closes May 4th!

New to Libraries Special Interest Group

Are you new to libraries? Interested in developing as a professional and building your professional network? From the Southwest Ohio region?

If so, please consider filling out the following short form to show your interest in a new Ohio group called the New-to-Libraries Network SWON. Filling out the form in no way obligates you to participate--it’s just to get a sense of who might be interested!

The New-to-Libraries Network SWON is meant to serve those new to libraries through professional development programs, social events, and collaborations with Ohio library associations. The NLN and its events are open to all those who are new to libraries--LIS students, library staff, library HR professionals, and new librarians from any kind of library.

We are an independent group that owes a debt of gratitude for SWON Libraries Consortium's support and hosting. Each regional library system does (or will) have a New-to-Libraries Network (see this page for an example from another region), and the group for the southwest region of Ohio is ready to move forward with your help!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Mandi Goodsett at or Jillian Sandy at For more information, you can stop by this site: the SWON page here.

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