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Academic Librarians SIG

The Academic Librarians Interest Group is an informal discussion group that meets four times a year at various places in the service area to discuss the challenges, ideas, and strategies of academic libraries. This includes but is not limited to instruction, information literacy, marketing, technology, trends, and more. This group is open to all interested parties, and our meetings are free. Join us and share your tips for a successful university life!


Group Admins: Denise Fritsch, Gateway Community and Technical College, denise.fritsch@kctcs.edu, and Joe Fox, Cedarville University, jfox@cedarville.edu, Kari Jones, Southern State Community College, kjones@sscc.edu

Adult Planning and Services (APS-SIG)

Have you run out of ideas for programs to offer your adult patrons? Do you have a lot of great ideas, but no one attends your programs? Are you wondering how to offer the best services to grown-ups in your service area but aren't sure where to start? We have APS for that!

APS (Adult Planning and Services) is a new group designed to provide an opportunity for libraries in the northern most counties of the SWON area (Darke, Miami, Champaign, Clark, Madison, Preble, Montgomery, Greene and Fayette) to gather to exchange information and ideas. We all know how frustrating adult programming and services can be - let's work together to bring the best service possible to our library patrons.

Convener: Jennifer Spillman, Adult Services Manager, Dayton Metro Library, jspillman@daytonmetrolibrary.org

Children’s Literature Evaluation and Review (CLEAR)

CLEAR members review books from publishers and, in exchange, keep all of the books they’ve reviewed. At each meeting, each reviewer is expected to share a booklist and to discuss each of their reviews. There are two CLEAR groups at present. One group meets in Northern Kentucky and the other group meets in Cincinnati.

If you are a Publisher and would like to be included in our review process, please contact Kaitlyn at the SWON Libraries office: (513) 751-4422 x10.

CLEAR members pay $50.00 per year if they currently work for a SWON Libraries Supporting Member Library.  All others pay annual dues of $100.00. Dues are not pro-rated. If you have any questions about your standing, please contact Kaitlyn at the SWON Libraries office and she will be happy to assist you.

Conveners:

Kentucky - Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian, Kenton County Public Library, amy.schardein@kentonlibrary.org

Cincinnati – Jennifer Vickey, Children’s Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County jennifer.vickey@cincinnatilibrary.org

North Miami Valley - Cherie Roeth, Library Director, Bradford Public Library bradfordpublic@gmail.com

Construction SIG

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, "Working with Your Architect", Legal Issues, Reserve Studies, and Product Showcase.

Convener:Melanie Blau McDonald, melanie@swonlibraries.org

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, personc1@nku.edu

New to Libraries

This is a 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 completely independent. This network and the other New to Libraries regional groups throughout Ohio meet annually at regional library conferences.

Convener: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Cleveland State University, a.goodsett@csuohio.edu

Outreach Services

Outreach Services is a discussion group that meets regularly to share ideas and challenges we encounter with Outreach programs in all our libraries. Our meetings are free and open to all interested parties, so we hope to see you at our next gathering!

Convener: Melanie Sperling, Outreach Manager, Boone County Public Library, msperling@bcpl.org

Public Library Adult Program Planners Network (PLAPPN)

The Public Library Adult Program Planners Network 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, ksowada@bcpl.org
Co-Convener: Andrew Hissett, Clermont County, ahissett@clermontlibrary.org

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL)

ROYAL members review books from publishers and, in exchange, keep all of the books they’ve reviewed. At each meeting, each reviewer is expected to share a booklist and to discuss each of their reviews.  There are now three ROYAL groups. There are four to six meeting a year depending on the group. Two groups meet Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Fairfield and Blue Ash and the other meets Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boone County Public Library.

If you are a Publisher and would like to be included in our review process, please contact Kaitlyn at the SWON Libraries office, (513) 751-4422 x10.

Convener in Blue Ash: Megan Whitt, Teen Librarian at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, megan.whitt@cincinnatilibrary.org

Convener in Kentucky: Valerie Davis, Adult Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library vdavis@cc-pl.org;

Convener in Fairfield: Emmy Piatt, Teen/Reference Services at Fairfield Lane Public Library, e.piatt@lanepl.org

Membership Dues: ROYAL members pay $50.00 per year if they currently work for a SWON Libraries Supporting Member Library.  All others pay annual dues of $100.00.  Dues are not pro-rated. 

How to Join: Contact Kaitlyn at the SWON Libraries office and she will be happy to assist you: (513) 751-4422 x10.

School Librarians Special Interest Group

The School Librarians Special Interest Group is comprised of High School Librarians who are Supporting members of SWON Libraries. 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, YA literature and collaboration with other types of libraries.

Conveners:
Marianne Cramer – Summit Country Day School, cramer_m@summitcds.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 (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, TSSIG 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

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