Melanie A. Blau McDonald
Melanie has had a diverse career in business and libraries with the consistent themes of responsible fiscal management, training, customer service, outreach and quality. As a third generation volunteer librarian, she finally 'made it official' and received her MLIS from the University of Illinois's GSLIS program in 2006. Melanie has volunteered or worked in school libraries, academic libraries and special libraries performing reference, reader's advisory, library usability studies, library outreach, instruction and staff development and training. At the National level, Melanie has presented at the Military Librarian's Workshop and held the Corporate Director position on the Military Librarian's Division Board.
Melanie's current large projects include shepherding a multi-type, all inclusive, library conference for Ohio into existence and supporting digital inclusion efforts throughout the state.
Melanie may be found on Twitter at melaniebmac.
Cassondra originally hails from Nashville, TN and has worked in public libraries for almost 15 years (and even served as a library page in her high school). She has spent most of her career in Youth Services, having worked in both Young Adult and Children's Services. However, her time studying for her MLIS at the University of Kentucky ignited a passion for library tech, allowing her to turn formerly personal interests into professional ones!
She currently lives in Finneytown with her husband, two spoiled cats and a new, non-pet addition born in February 2016.
Continuing Education Coordinator
Kaitlyn is finishing up a dual degree in Classical Studies and History from the University of Kentucky and will be graduating this year. For five years she taught classes at the YMCA and developed a strong interest in children’s services and programming.
She recently spent a year abroad studying philosophy and theology in Belgium at the Catholic University of Leuven. Since she’s been back she has been immersing herself in the field of library science. She spent some time as a library associate in Kenton county before coming to SWON in February 2016.