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Level-Up Lab: Bullet Journals

Are you crunched for time? Have to-do lists on Post Its all around your desk? Have more than one planner or calendar - some digital, some physical? 

I used to get overwhelmed by the amount of calendars and notes I was keeping - one for work, one for home, and multiple to-do lists everywhere. There were wall calendars I never used, desk calendars with just work events, and a personal calendar with appointments and social events. It was always difficult to keep track of everything I needed to do when it was so unorganized and decentralized. Luckily, I found bullet journaling. You, too, may have seen the concept mentioned online somewhere, maybe Facebook or Pinterest, and wondered what it was and if it could help you or your patrons. A Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system that can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. 

If you've researched Bullet Journaling before, you may have become overwhelmed by the intricate and artistic layouts shared via Instagram and Pinterest as well as the time it must take to start a journal. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be that complicated or time consuming! Personally, I use my bullet journal as a calendar, planner, to-do list, and diary, as well as a habit, activity, and mood tracker. I do minimal decorating (with washi tape and colored pens) and I'm not a very great artist! Your own journal can be as simple or complex as you want to make it - from a single black pen on paper, to color-coding and drawing, or even using stencils for layouts. There are suggested basic sections that can go into each Bullet Journal, but nothing is required. This is a flexible system that you can make work for YOU! 

Are you ready to get started on your own BuJo? Join me on Wednesday, March 28th, to discover what a bullet journal is, how it works, and how you can facilitate an introduction class at your own library or school! In this two hour level-up lab, you will receive a starter notebook (a small lined notebook) to take home with you. We will go over the basics of what goes into a Bullet Journal (including a very handy quick reference guide), see many examples of how others use their journals, and share ideas about how we may use our own in work and life. If you would like to begin work on your decorating during the lab, please feel free to bring any supplies you'd like to use: washi tape, pens, stickers, stencils, etc. If you would rather, you are also welcome to purchase and bring your own bullet journal as well (a dot grid, lined, or even graph paper notebook will work). 

Emily Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


Level-Up Lab: Bullet Journals
3/28/2018- SWON Libraries Conference Room
10250 Alliance Rd
Next to Suite 135
Blue Ash, Ohio  45242
United States

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PCI Webinar - Ed Tech Trends and Challenges 2018: Transforming Information into Action

Drawing from research completed for the NMC (New Media Consortium) Horizon Report > 2018 Higher Education Edition and other resources, participants in this highly-interactive session will explore the latest developments, trends, and challenges in educational technology, with an eye toward finding ways to apply that first-rate content to our own training-teaching-learning offerings for staff and other library users.

This live webinar uses a Flipped Classroom approach and will include brief summaries of key findings designed to be included in the report. There will also be plenty of time for participants to compare their own workplace-based observations and develop rudimentary action plans for using those findings to the benefit of those they serve.

Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:
 Be able to demonstrate familiarity with at least three tech trends, three tech challenges, and three critically important technologies
 Identify at least three ways that colleagues in libraries are using the technologies under discussion
 Have at least two resources they can explore to increase their knowledge of tech trends and challenges

Please note: Although the information collected for the Horizon Report focuses specifically on higher education, the discussion will take a more inclusive view to apply the findings to public and other libraries.

Those who want to take advantage of the Flipped Classroom-model approach are encouraged to skim/view the following resources before attending the session:
“NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition” 
NMC (New Media Consortium)

Can't attend on the date and time listed? Anyone who registers in advance for PCI Webinars will receive an archived copy of the presentation for later viewing. SWON provides PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price), so there's no reason not to register today


PCI Webinar - Ed Tech Trends and Challenges 2018
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
3/29/2018 - Online

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Indiana Authors Award: Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the 2018 Indiana Authors Award! The goal of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is to celebrate the written arts in Indiana, inspiring Hoosiers of all ages’ love of reading, encouraging children to write and attracting greater attention to “home-grown” literary greats. The Award celebrates authors whose quality work has made, or has the potential to make, a lasting public impact.

Nominations are open now through March 16, 2018. For eligibility information, visit the Indiana Authors Award website. The nomination form can be found here


National Author: A writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
Regional Author: A writer who is well-known and enjoyed throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
Emerging Author: A writer who has published no more than two books during his or her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years.  Emerging authors will be evaluated on these specific works.
Genre Excellence Author: This category will rotate each year to recognize authors of excellence in specific genres and highlight the rich diversity of writing in the state. Both new nominations for this category and regular nominations from previous years will be considered. Note: We are awarding a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the Award's 10-year anniversary and will not have a Genre Excellence category in 2018. The Genre Excellence category will resume in 2019. 


National Author: $10,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.
Regional Author: $7,500 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.
Emerging Author: $5,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.
Genre Excellence: $6,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.


Nominations must be received by Friday, March 16, 2018.
The National Author and Regional Author winners will be announced by July 13, 2018. Finalists for the Emerging Author Award will be notified by July 13, 2018. The winner of the Emerging Author Award will be announced at the Award Dinner on October 13, 2018.  The National Author and Regional Author Winners and Emerging Author Finalists must be present at the Award Dinner on October 13, 2018 to win.


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

      Public Library Adult Program Planners Network Special Interest Group Meeting (PLAPPN)
SWON SIGs are always FREE
3/7/2018 - Burlington, KY

Webinar - Mental Heath Awareness and the Library Profession
FREE (an American Libraries event)
3/12/2018 - Online

Academic Librarians Interest Group (ALIG)
SWON SIGs are always FREE
3/14/2018 - Crestview Hills, KY

Webinar - Strategies That Promote Language and Literacy Development in Dual Languages
FREE (an Early Childhood Investigations event)
3/14/2018 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Blue Ash
SWON SIGs are always FREE
3/14/2018 - Blue Ash, OH

Webinar - How to Create Safe and Active Learning Environments
FREE (a Demco event)
3/15/2018 - Online

Technical Services Special Interest Group (TeSSIG)
SWON SIGs are always FREE
3/15/2018 - Dayton, OH

Webinar - Your State Association Supporting AASL Standards for Your Local Context
FREE (an AASL event)
3/20/2018 - Online

Webinar - LGBTQAI+ Books to Share, Conversations to Have
FREE (an ALSC event)
3/21/2018 - Online

Webinar - Makerspace Successes, Makerspace Challenges
FREE (an edWeb event)
3/21/2018 - Online

Illuminations for The Saint John’s Bible with Diane von Arx
FREE (a Xavier University Event)
3/22/2018 - Cincinnati, OH


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      Save the Date: Take 5: A Youth Services Day of Dialogue
5/4/2018 - In-person Loudonville, OH

3rd Annual Nonfiction Read-In with Graphic Novels
3/22/2018 - In-Person

Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Conference
10/5/2018 to 10/9/2018 - In-person Cleveland, OH

Save the Date: OKI Children's Literature Conference 2018
11/3/2018 - In-person Crestview Hills, KY

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