How to Join a SIG:
Check out the descriptions below to find the Special Interest Group that's right for you. Click on the name of the SIG to learn how to join.
If you have an account with us, you'll need to sign in. Otherwise, you'll need to register. It's free an open to everyone!
You'll need to keep an eye on the events calendar for upcoming SIG meetings, and please register so our conveners know how many people to expect!
Current SIGs (January, 2017)
Academic Librarians SIG (AL-SIG)
The Academic Librarians Interest Group is an informal discussion group that meets four times a year at various locations in SWON's service area in order to discuss challenges, ideas, and strategies for academic libraries.
Topics include, but are not limited to: instruction, information literacy, marketing, technology, trends, and more. This group is open to all interested parties. Join ALSIG and share your tips for a successful university life!
Denise Fritsch, Gateway Community and Technical College
Joe Fox, Cedarville University
Kari Jones, Southern State Community College
Children’s Literature Evaluation and Review (CLEAR)
CLEAR is a group of school and public library staff serving children who meet regularly to review and share information about new children's books, which are provided by publishers via SWON, and get to keep the books!
There are several CLEAR groups facilitated by SWON. School and Public Library Staff who serve children are welcome to join any of our CLEAR groups. Can't attend any of our existing groups? Contact us for more information on forming your own CLEAR group.
Please see the CLEAR page for more information on individual CLEAR groups.
The Construction Special Interest Group meets quarterly at MidPointe Public Library, West Chester. Meeting topics are determined by members and include invited speakers followed by open discussion. Topics/speakers for 2016/2017 include, "Basic Bidding", "Working with Your Architect", Legal Issues, Reserve Studies, and Vendor presentations.
Convener: Melanie Blau McDonald, email@example.com
Ethnic Librarians and Staff (ELS-SIG)
ELS-SIG is dedicated to promoting the issues and concerns of ethnic librarians and library staff in our region. ELS-SIG is an informal group that strives to provide networking, resource sharing, recruitment, and mentoring information and opportunities. This group is open to librarians and staff from all library settings and all underrepresented ethnic groups.
Convener: Craig Person, Head of Access Services, Northern Kentucky University, firstname.lastname@example.org
New to Libraries Network (NLN)
The NLN group open to anyone new to libraries – LIS students, library staff, information professionals, and librarians from any kind of library. The network meets a number of times throughout the year to provide networking and professional development opportunities for those new to libraries.
The network is hosted by SWON and uses the online platform SWON provides, but the group is otherwise independent of SWON. This network and the other New to Libraries regional groups throughout Ohio meet annually at regional library conferences.
Convener: Jillian Sandy, University of Dayton email@example.com 937-266-0994
Public Library Adult Program Planners Network (PLAPPN)
The Public Library Adult Program Planners Network (PLAPPN) is an interest group dedicated to encouraging and promoting adult programming in area libraries. Whether you're new to programming or, simply need some new ideas, we share information at each meeting about our most interesting and successful programs.
Convener: Kate Sowada, Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Convener: Andrew Hissett, Clermont County, email@example.com
Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL)
ROYAL is a group of school and public library staff serving teens who meet regularly to review and share information about new books, which are provided by publishers via SWON, and get to keep the books!
There are several ROYAL groups facilitated by SWON. School and Public Library Staff who serve Young Adults are welcome to join any of our ROYAL groups. Can't attend any of our existing groups? Contact us for more information on forming your own group.
Please see the ROYAL page for more information on individual ROYAL groups.
School Librarians Special Interest Group
The School Librarians Special Interest Group is comprised of volunteer, aide and professional school librarians. They meet periodically to discuss a wide range of issues such as library trends, emerging technologies, group purchasing, group discounts, staffing, best practices, school library patrons, Children’s and YA literature and collaboration with other types of libraries. This SIG is free and you do not need to be a member of SWON to attend our meetings.
Marianne Cramer – Summit Country Day School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Varner – Library Services Specialist | INFOhio Coordinator, Hamilton Clermont Cooperative, Tracy@mail.hccanet.org
Technical Services Special Interest Group (TeSSIG)
In today’s climate, libraries are facing many of the same struggles and Technical Services departments have their own share of challenges. The goal of the Technical Services Special Interest Group (TeSSIG) is to provide a community of resources for Technical Services departments in SWON Libraries Consortium's Members (all libraries of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky).
TeSSIG will encompass all areas of Technical Services – from acquisitions, to cataloging, to processing and any other hat we need to wear! Through regularly scheduled meetings, TeSSIG will explore current trends and challenges, as well as share workflow ideas.
Each meeting will focus on a predetermined topic of discussion along with a period of open discussion.
In order to support TeSSIG’s goal of sharing ideas and resources, each meeting will be held at a different library in the area (or at SWON’s office if no library is able to host). Ideally, each meeting will conclude with a brief tour of the hosting library’s department to see how that library is structured and get an idea of the workflow.
Convener: Tina Beis - Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian at Union Institute & University, Tina.Beis@myunion.edu
Teen Services SIG (TeenSIG)
The TeenSIG hopes to create a community that shares resources and provides support for librarians and information professionals who work with young adults. We welcome all library and information workers who serve teens to join the Teen Services SIG.!
Convener: Deanna Pina email@example.com