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SWON Weekly: Goodbye Melanie, a safety and security webinar and OVGTSL

Tuesday, April 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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SWON is very sad to have to say goodbye to our Executive Director of almost six years, Melanie. We have grown and changed in many wonderful ways under her leadership. And on a personal note, so have I. She has made the effort to do for me personally what she has done for all of you -- encouraged learning, sharing, enthusiasm, cooperation, and heart. Melanie has left us with a message of farewell below, but before I let her have her say, I want to give her my thanks too. The region and I will feel her absence. Thank you, Melanie, for everything.

Cassondra Vick
SWON Libraries


"A Thousand Librarians"

Once, I was describing what I do, what SWON Libraries does, and the young person asking the questions said, “You must know a thousand librarians!” To which I answered in surprise, “I probably do.”

When you think about it, to know a thousand professional people in any one field is special. The breadth and depth of our expertise in so many disparate fields is astonishing. And that’s just one of the gifts I’ve received by working at SWON and with so many of you. Thank you!

My wishes for you:

  • Be kind to yourselves
  • Keep finding things at work that keep you engaged and excited
  • Do something important with a partner (maybe SWON?)
  • Never give up – change is hard

I’m leaving SWON for family reasons, but I will still be around. Feel free to contact me through LinkedIn at Melanie Blau McDonald.

All my best, always,



Public and Academic Libraries: OVGTSL is coming to Cincinnati May 21st to May 23rd

Xavier University Library is delighted to be hosting the OVGTSL conference this year. The “Technical Services by Design” theme is prevailing throughout the programming (See the conference web site for a complete list of programs as well as other information about the conference).

We are excited to have presenters from both academic and public libraries. We are in the process of confirming the continuing education credits from each state agency. These technical services issues cut across all types of libraries and help us to provide helpful information to our users.

To note:

  • Providing local subject headings that public know & use to enable finding the resources
  • Local cataloging decisions for better accessibly for special graphic novel collections
  • Workflows in electronic content

Even with the packed conference programming, there is an opportunity to attend a Post-Conference Design Thinking Workshop. This is a half-day workshop on May 23, 1-5 p.m. This event is free to any conference attendee -- but limited to the first 40 registrants. More information is available on the conference web site. Registration for this workshop is required.

All questions pertaining to registration can be submitted to:

Patty Greco, OVGTSL 2017 Treasurer
Xavier University, McDonald Library
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207

Deadline to register: May 7, 2017


2017 OVGTSL Conference
May 21-23, 2017
Xavier University - Cincinnati, OH

  Register Here  


PCI Webinar - Dealing With Challenging Patrons: Safety and Security At Our Library

SWON is pleased to be able to provide PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price).

Next up: "Dealing With Challenging Patrons: Safety and Security At Our Library." Spend an hour with one of the nation’s leading experts on library safety and security. Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the do’s and don’ts of handling challenging, entitled, odd, or even threatening patrons, including the homeless, mentally ill, gang members, thieves, Internet hogs, and others who want to disrupt the library.

This popular program offers practical and realistic tools which will make your facility a better, safer place to work. Enjoy Steve’s real-life experiences as a law enforcement officer, mixed with his use of humor.


Dealing With Challenging Patrons: Safety and Security At Our Library 
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
4/13/2017 - Online

  Register Here  

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Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

      We love to provide you with a list of upcoming events both in our region and across the country. With our current reduced staff, we will not be providing detailed listings, but do encourage you to check out our calendar for all the upcoming events. Thank you for your understanding.


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