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Learn Something New with SWON

Are you always looking for new progamming ideas? Searching the internet for interesting programs you haven't tried before? 

This past Thursday, SWON hosted our Annual Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop, featuring tons of programming inspiration!  Amy Caswell from Campbell County Libraries shared musical picture books and many other story time strategies after introducing participants to the "freeze dance" (that she uses in toddler and preschool programs) to get us warmed up! Amy showcased the picture books One Love and What a Wonderful Worldshe uses these in musical programs to get everyone involved and build a sense of community. I spoke next and shared resources for creating your own in-library recording studio, no matter your budget, as well as programming ideas like MaKey MaKey instruments and podcasting clubs.

Next, Jennifer Beach from Kenton County taught us how the science of sound can be addressed with music and fun, hands-on activities, and concepts that can be extended to include waves and light. We made rubber band, hair pin, and straw instruments, experimented with DIY record players, and explored sound waves with tuning forks and water. Alice Beresford from Cincinnati then showed us how to make even more instruments out of found and recycled materials like horn hoses and craft stick harmonicas before teaching us how to play baritone ukelele. Using only one to three simple chords, we were able to learn and play many classic and parody songs! At the end of the day, participants shared their own ideas for programming with one another.

This is just one of dozens of events SWON offers throughout the year at which you can get and share great ideas for your own library programming - whether you work with children, teens, or adults.  SWON's Level-Up Labs explore various topics in depth and in person and are offered approximately once a month; coming up next is our Bullet Journaling lab on March 28th - more information on that lab is below in this newsletter. If you're looking for new and exciting STEM programming for people of all ages, our Tech to Lend is also a great resource! I have created Google Drive folders for most of our Tech to Lend that include curriculum and lesson plans, as well as links to even more program resources. You can browse our Tech to Lend collection online here, or come visit the office and see it in person. Tech to Lend is always free for supporting members, with free pickup at our offices, or delivery for the price of mileage. Have questions? Feel free to reach out to me ( Finally, our free Special Interest Groups (SIGs) can help you with programming ideas, networking, and other LIS issues ranging from technology to book reviews!

We hope to see you soon - check out all SWON events and register here!

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


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

Drawing from research completed for the NMC (New Media Consortium) Horizon Report and other resources, participants in this highly-interactive webinar 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, and learning offerings for staff and library users.

Taking a Flipped Classroom model approach, we are links to resources below so participants can skim these concise overviews. The live webinar will include brief summaries of key findings designed to be included in the report and include 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)

“NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition” 
NMC (New Media Consortium)

Paul Signorelli, author of the forthcoming Change the World Using Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield, fall 2018) and co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed (ALA Editions, 2011), served as director of staff training for the San Francisco Public Library system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-instructional designer-presenter-social media strategist-consultant. He collaborates with clients and colleagues to identify and work with current trends in ways that help them better serve members of the communities with which they work; has served on New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project expert panels identifying and documenting educational-technology developments, trends, and challenges in libraries and other learning organizations since 2010; is a member of the ALA Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), and writes extensively to document and promote ed-tech innovations. He earned his MLIS through the University of North Texas online program, and remains active in training-teaching-learning through ALA and ATD (the Association for Talent Development) at a variety of levels.

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

  Register Here  


Level-Up Lab: Bullet Journals

Have you seen bullet journaling mentioned online? Interested, but don't know where to start?

Join Emilly Wages, SWON's Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, to discover what a bullet journal is, how it works, and how you can facilitate a bullet journaling program at your own library or school! The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system for people of all ages. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less!

We will learn how to set up our own "bujos" and receive many physical and online resources for teaching others how to set up and use theirs as well. We will also brain storm with one another about how bullet journaling can be used in our professional and daily lives, as well as in the lives of our patrons/students. Finally, we will discuss how we can create programming to bring this organization system to our patrons. 

In this two hour level-up lab, you will receive a starter notebook (a small notebook with lines) to take home with you. If you would like to begin work on your book 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 all work). 


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

  Register Here  

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


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

Webinar - Supporting and Developing Staff: Building Library Leaders Through Better Management
FREE for members 
- Online


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

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

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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