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Thursday, May 3, 2018  
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Tech Testimonials 

SWON's Tech to Lend program has been ramping up over the past several months! This week, I wanted to take a moment to share examples of the fun, creative, educational programs and projects that some of our members have done at their libraries and organizations using our Tech to Lend! 

Recently, Adams County Libraries borrowed our Hue Animation Studio kit for their STEM Saturdays program and created their own videos to learn about film editing and computers at the same time! Here is a mash up of some of their great (and funny) stop motion projects:

Midpointe Libraries also recorded their borrowed Tech to Lend in action - the Dash & Dot robots working together to create beautiful music! MidPointe Librarian Sarah told SWON that she used these with 4th through 8th graders for a Creative Coding program. She says, "The students LOVED them! They couldn't get enough of the xylophone attachments."

Additionally, our 3D printers have begun to make the rounds! Clara at Campbell County has used our Flashforge Finder to create dice rolling castles for her Dungeons & Dragons programming as well as fun prizes for children's programs and more! 

Is your library or organization looking to buy a new piece of tech? Check with us and you may be able to borrow it before you decide to buy one of your own! This is what several libraries have done so far with tech items like the da Vinci MiniLittle Bits Educator KitMaKey MaKey, and Snap Circuits

SWON's Tech to Lend is always free for supporting members and available at an extremely reduced price for geographic members. Our Tech to Lend program is all about getting new technology into the hands of library staff and patrons across our area, no matter your budget! All of our Tech to Lend come with access to resources like manuals, curriculum, lesson plans, software, and more available through our shared Google Drive folder. Throughout the next year, I will continue to add lesson plans and even more resources for you to use with our tech. For more information on our Tech to Lend program, including descriptions and images of most of our tech, visit our Tech to Lend page and follow the links to view individual tech items and their specs. If you are looking to reserve tech, you can see the availability calendar here and then follow the link above "Current Bookings" to our registration page

We would like to thank everyone who has already utilized our Tech to Lend and shared their programming & projects with us! We look forward to working with many more of you soon. If you have any questions or want to share photos/video of our Tech to Lend in action, feel free to email me at! 

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


PCI Webinar - Make Today Ridiculously Amazing: Motivation in the Workplace

In this interactive and informative program, we will discuss extrinsic opportunities that managers can use to inspire their teams to regularly perform well in the workplace. 

Attendees will learn how to: 
• Motivate their team through positive modeling. 
• Identify motivation practices they can readily use in their workplace.
• Understand the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic types of motivation.

Increased productivity and overall employee satisfaction can be realized when your team is motivated to perform well. There are many different ways to encourage your team. Some employees are intrinsically driven to achieve regardless of the workplace environment. More often, external incentives are more successful in motivating an employee to perform well.  

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 - Make Today Ridiculously Amazing 
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
5/11/2018 - Online


  Register Here  


Library Programming Live on Periscope and Facebook!


As social media has grown in popularity and importance, libraries have learned to incorporate it in spreading their message. Since the early Web 2.0 days, social media has evolved to let us do many things, including hold book clubs online, creating online raffles, and interacting with our patrons directly. Did you know you that you can also stream programs LIVE to your patrons? In this webinar, learn how to interact with patrons by creating and broadcasting library programs live on the mobile app Periscope and the popular social media network Facebook. We'll show you how to plan and execute programming to be consumed by Library patrons online!

Can't attend on the date and time listed? Anyone who registers in advance for SWON Webinars will receive an archived copy of the presentation for later viewing. SWON provides 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


SWON Webinar - Library Programming Live on Periscope & Facebook
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
6/5/2018  - Online

  Register Here  

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

      Conversation Starters Webinar - Let's talk about teen book clubs
5/15/2018 - Online

Infopeople Webinar - Visual Merchandising for Public Libraries
FREE (an Infopeople event)
5/15/2018 - Online

GrantSpace Webinar - Introduction to Fundraising Planning
FREE (an GrantSpace event)
5/16/2018 - Online

VolunteerMatch Webinar - Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities
FREE (a VolunteerMatch event)
5/17/2018 - Online

Academic Librarians Interest Group (ALIG)
SWON SIGs are always FREE
5/21/2018 - Crestview Hills, KY

Texas State Library - Developing Digital Citizens - Resources and Strategies
FREE (a Texas State Library event)
5/22/2018 - Online

HRDQ-U - Taking the Lead: Five Things Every Supervisor Needs to Know
FREE (an HRDQ-U event)
5/23/2018 - Online


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Save the Date

      Save the Date: Opioids in Communities: Libraries in Response
8/6/2018 to 8/9/2018 - In-Person Dayton, OH

2018 ALSC National Institute
9/27/2018 to 9/29/2018 - In-Person Cincinnati, OH

Internet Librarian 2018
10/16/2018 to 10/18/2018 - In-person Monterey, California

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

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