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Friday, December 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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Everything’s Coming Up Greater Cincinnati

It’s been quite the year for the Greater Cincinnati area and the Ohio Valley region. We just had a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Summit in Cincinnati on November, 19th and the Microsoft Tech Leaders Forum will be right here in Blue Ash in just a few days. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) -- a worldwide library group based in The Hague -- met in Columbus, OH, while the national Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) was just over the Ohio river in Covington, KY. If you didn’t attend one of these, you’ve missed out!

But you’ve not missed it all. The upcoming year (and beyond!) will be another great year for library professionals in our region. In early May, Dayton will host to Take 5, An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue. Athens, OH hosted the event last May, and all reports were that it was a really meaningful event. So if you work with Teens, mark your calendars for May 5th, and keep an eye on this page for more info to come!

May will also see the annual meeting of OVGTSL (Ohio Valley River Group of Technical Services Librarians) right here at Cincinnati’s own Xavier University. This is as close as the conference has been in many years and now it will be in our own backyard. OVGTSL isn’t only a great opportunity to learn from Technical Service Colleagues in the Ohio Valley region, but a chance to network with an organization that provides recommendations to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services(ALCTS) division of the American Library Association. So, Tech Services professionals, mark your calendars for May 21st - 23rd.

A number of National organizations will be hosting conferences either in our area or nearby, as well. Again in May, the LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) Meeting will be in nearby Lexington, KY exploring the theme “Growing Stronger Together: Diversity and Community in Information Literacy.”  And the NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group) Conference will be in Indianapolis in June.

Looking much farther ahead, major ALA organizations ALSC and ACRL will be hosting their conferences in the area. The Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) National Institute will be right here in Cincy in 2018, and the Association for College and Research Librarians will be a little farther ashore in Cleveland in 2019. And, of course, the American Library Association will once again be hosting their annual conference a driveable distance away in Chicago.

There are also, of course, many great local conferences to keep an eye on, such as: the Virginia Hamilton Conference in Kent, OH which will feature author and founder of Dia, Pat Mora; Findlay, Ohio’s Mazza Museum Summer Conference, with dozens of authors on hand and beautiful artwork to buy; Books by the Banks  in October; and the wonderful children’s literature conference, OKI, which will be held in November in Crestview Hills, KY.

Bummed you missed that GAFE Summit I mentioned at the start? The good news (especially for our NKY members) is that there’s a GAFE Bluegrass Summit in Elizabethtown this spring. And who knows, with the Microsoft facility right here in Blue Ash, we might see some more local Tech Leader events hosted there. Keep an eye on our calendar, as always, and we’ll always do our best to keep you in the know.

Cassondra Vick, MLIS
Technology Educator
, SWON Libraries

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2017 and Beyond: Mark your calendars!

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Kentucky Public Library Association: Call for Proposals

Have you heard that the 2017 KPLA Conference will be taking place in Lexington at the Marriott Griffin Gate from Wednesday, April 19-Friday, April 21? This year’s theme, “Libraries: The Community’s Classroom,” promises to provide many opportunities for presenters and attendees to share knowledge, learn new skills, and make new friends. Be sure to note this on your calendar!

With that in mind, why make plans to JUST attend? Consider sharing your skills, talents, and creativity with your peers by presenting a regular conference, unconference, or ignite session. To submit your proposal, simply click here to visit the proposal submission page, answer a few questions, and click the ‘Register’ button. Simple. Painless. Rewarding!

If you need talking points to justify your attendance to your supervisor/Director/Board of Trustees, let us know. We can come up with all kinds of legitimate reasons to support your efforts!

Remember: Wednesday, April 19-Friday, April 21 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington.

Please feel free to contact Mark Adler at, or any of our conference planning committee members with questions. Thank you! See you in April!

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This interactive and informative webinar will probe the nature of these and other thorny issues you’re likely to encounter no matter where you work. Most important, we’ll explore different strategies you can employ to manage these challenges with aplomb.

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