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SWON Weekly: Stories for Life, a new Tech Services Group and More!

Monday, May 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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SWON Libraries Weeekly and Stories for Life

Stories for Life

(Note: Apologies for the broken links in the previous email. These should be correct.)

There’s a lot of talk, lately, about bringing the library to the people, rather than the other way around. To some extent, we have been doing that for a long time: Bookmobiles have existed for  about 100 years (check out that link for a great picture of “elephant libraries" in Thailand) and many libraries have excellent outreach divisions, including those that bring books to homebound patrons.

We can also acknowledge that, as the baby boom generation approaches “senior” status, the amount of Americans aged 65 or older is growing rapidly – in fact, the number of adults living in the US that are over 65 is  larger than it has ever been. Of that population,  rougly 5% are in a nursing home, and that percentage increases with age.

Many of us also know someone whose life has been touched by dementia. The statistics are startling: 1 in 9 people over 65 have Alzheimer’s, it is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and fully 1 in 3 senior citizens will die of either Alzheimer’s or another dementia (this, and more information can be found in  a great infographic created by the Alzheimer’s Association).

One such person whose life was touched by this disease was librarian Tysha Shay, one of last year’s Library Journal  Movers and Shakers. Tysha spent time caring for her grandmother while she had Alzheimer’s and as a result of her experiences, developed the “Stories for Life” program, which brings outreach visits and programming to area nursing homes.

What a great initiative to address this growing concern and an excellent way to bring the library to the people!

That's why we here at SWON are excited to share the opportunity to talk with Tysha during one of our upcoming  Innovation Conversations on May 31st. These conversations are FREE for employees of our  supporting member institutions, $25 for anyone living in our  Ohio service area or $50 for anyone, anywhere.

Can’t make the webinar? Let us know and we can make the archive available to you. We hope you can  register for the event here and we look forward to talking with Tysha about this innovative program that touches the lives of an often underserved population. See you there!

Cassondra Vick, Technology Educator, SWON Libraries

PS – for those interested in Alzheimer’s advocacy,  The Longest Day, a day to raise Alzheimer’s awareness, if coming up very soon, on June 20th!

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Over five million Americans have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Stories for Life was created to connect the Library with this under served audience. The program is designed to inspire, entertain and engage residents through discussion and pleasant reminiscing, while bringing the fun, educational benefits of the library to their facility.

ALAO UX Conference


The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for Poster and/or Roundtable proposals for the 2016 ALAO conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 28th at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. The theme this year is "User Experience: ExceedingExpectations By Design". More information and submission guidelines are available on the attached PDF or the  conference website.

The deadline for submitting poster and/or roundtable proposals is June 24th. 

To submit a proposal, use the  online submission form.

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Girton at

Join our Technical Services Special Interest Group and tour Xavier's new Makerspace!

Upcoming TeSSIG Meeting

Join the Technical Services Special Interest Group at our upcoming meeting at Xavier University McDonald Library!  We will be meeting on Thursday, July 21st from 1-3 pm for a tour of their new MakerSpace and an update on the OVGTSL 2017 conference plans.  Register now for this free event and meet other local Technical Services Librarians!

--Tina Beis

Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, Union Institute & University &  TeSSIG convener


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