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Posted by: Emily Wages
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The What, When, and Why of Weeding

If you've worked in a library for any amount of time, you probably have stories about items found on the shelf which could have been weeded long ago. Personally, I have seen examples from outdated science books (Pluto isn't a planet anymore) to items that were just physically demolished in weird ways - like a book that had actual shoe prints on the inside cover and pages. In fact, there are whole websites devoted to sharing the silly, gross, outdated, and sometimes unbelievable stuff we find in our collections. Certain subjects appear more than others, like cookbooks, which range in cuisine style from aspic (a form of gelatin) to, it seems, even more Jello.

While old Jello recipes or physically damaged books may be easy to discard, sometimes we have a hard time letting go of books.  Weeding, the withdrawal of materials from a library’s collection, is a necessary part of collection development, though. In fact, this process could more accurately be called "de-selection." All libraries have to do it at some point, whether it's through large weeding projects or everyday decisions. This task can be daunting, especially when faced with a massive collection. What should we weed? Why should we weed? How often should we weed? What criteria should we use in making these decisions? What do we do with materials that have been de-selected? Finally, how do we talk to our patrons or staff about weeding? This September 6th, SWON has teamed up with Sarah Geisler, Collection Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library, to answer these questions and more in Weeding 101, a webinar discussing the best practices of weeding a public library collection.  

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

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


OKI Conference 2018: #ReadLocal - Discovering Treasures in Your Own Backyard

It's trendy to #eatlocal and #shoplocal so why not #readlocal, as well? Join librarians, educators and lovers of children's literature as we discover the talented authors and illustrators who live in our very own states (and maybe our own neighborhoods). Spend the day getting to know Adam Watkins from Ohio, Heather Henson from Kentucky, and April Pulley Sayre from Indiana.

Adam Watkins - Author & Illustrator, Raybot and Weebot
Adam Watkins lives in southern Ohio with his wife, Amy and their two kids, Lucy and Fletcher. He graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004, where he majored in Illustration, studying under C.F. Payne his junior and senior years. After graduation, he worked for an advertising agency in Cincinnati and is now a full-time freelancer. He loves children’s books and the outdoors. Adam is the author and illustrator of R is for Robot, Raybot, and Raybot and Weebot. 

Heather Henson - Author, Lift Your Light a Little Higher
Born and raised in Danville, Kentucky, Heather grew up at the Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, founded by her father in 1950. Heather is the author of several award- winning books, including That Book Woman and Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop, Slave-Explorer. After living in New York City where she was an editor for Harper Collins Publishers, she returned home and now resides on a farm near Danville with her husband and three children.

April Pulley Sayre - Author & Illustrator, Thank You, Earth
April Pulley Sayre is a photo-illustrator, an award-winning author of over 60 books, and an expert in the fields of writing, science education, children’s literature, and wildlife. She has followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. She and her husband, Jeff Sayre, a native plants expert, love science and adventure, and when not leading tours to Panama’s rainforests, they can be found in their wildlife garden in South Bend, Indiana.

2018 Breakout sessions:

Music and Limberjacks – Barb and Russ Childers
Participants with learn DIY methods of homemade music and storytelling to engage youth by using handcrafted limberjacks to reinforce Appalachian folk tales and backyard wisdom.

Supporting the E in STEM on a Budget – Jessica Bowman
Participants will learn how to implement three affordable Engineering programs that are easily adaptable to a variety of environments and settings.

Using Authors as Co-Teachers – Jennifer Maschari and Jenn Bishop
Join authors Jennifer Maschari and Jenn Bishop as they provide tips for educators on how to “partner” with authors: using books as mentor texts in writing, arranging virtual visits, and making use of extended materials on author websites.

Coding without Computers – Cassondra Vick and Emily Wages
Participants will learn fun, interactive ideas for teaching computational thinking to small children... and big ones.

The Wonder of It All: Addressing Anti-bullying Behavior with Story – Kevin Cordi
Participants will learn how to use the book, Wonder, to address issues of bullying behavior with literature, to generate discussions around the issue of bullying and to use drama and story to question issues and to teach non-violence.

Programming on a Shoestring Budget – Pamela Jayne
Participants are encouraged to think outside the box as they learn about inexpensive programs for grades K-12 that costs $20 or less & can be executed at most libraries.

And everyone’s favorite… Book Reviews!
Participants will learn about outstanding new non-fiction, picture books and middle grade & young adult novels that they should read before the awards are announced.

Registration is open now! Register here. 

If you would prefer to mail in your registration, you may do so. Note that Early Bird registration must be postmarked by October 13th. Make checks payable to "SWON Libraries." To register by mail, please print out the registration form here and mail to:

OKI Registrations
c/o SWON Libraries
10250 Alliance Rd #112
Blue Ash, OH 45242


OKI Children's Literature Conference
$85 Early Bird - before 10/13/18
$95 Regular

$35 Student - with valid student ID
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 - Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, KY

  Register Here  


Dayton Metro Library presents Play with Music, Play with Words

Join children’s musician and author Jim Gill along with storyteller, author and teaching artist Sherry Norfolk for a jam-packed day of interactive learning.  

In the morning, Jim Gill will share examples of his work and discuss how his unique creations in music inspire young children not only to move and sing, but to regulate their movements and make connections between songs and print.  Gill will share strategies to involve adults in music play as well as how to create an inclusive environment for children with special needs.  In the afternoon session, Sherry Norfolk will introduce attendees to the highly interactive art of storytelling and its applications in the public library.  Norfolk will share tips for choosing and developing age-appropriate stories, effective use of voice, body language, gesture, and facial expression as well as using oral storytelling to enliven and enrich library programming.  Attendees will leave with at least one story ready to tell.

Free parking is available in the library’s parking garage accessible from St. Clair St. This workshop is sponsored by SWON, the Midwest Arts Fund, and Dayton Metro Library. For questions about the workshop, please contact Mandie Burns, phone: 937.496.8507 email:, for help.

Jim Gill completed his graduate studies in child development with a special emphasis on the study of play.  Among other awards and honors, Gill’s music and books have received five awards from the American Library Association.   

Sherry Norfolk worked in public libraries for 17 years and is currently a storyteller, author, and teaching artist.  She has co-authored several books and received numerous awards for her work from the Urban Libraries Council, the National Association of Counties, the American Library Association, and the Florida Library Association.


Play with Music, Play with Words
Wednesday, September 19th
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Dayton Metro Library
215 E. Third St., Dayton, OH 45402

  Register Here  

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

      PCI Webinar - Understanding and Defending Digital Copyright in Your Library
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
8/21/2018 - Online

Indiana State Library Webinar - Unleash Your Inner Marketer
FREE (an ISL event)
8/21/2018 - Online

ALSC Webinar - Out-of-School Time: How to Plan STEAM Programming in Your Library
FREE (an ALSC event)
8/22/2018 - Online

WebJunction Webinar - Getting Unstuck: Help Your Board, Staff, and Town Talk about Library Funding
FREE (a WebJunction event)
8/22/2018 - Online

Connecting to Collections Webinar - Whose Heritage? Objects, Politics and Collections Care
FREE (a Connecting to Collections Care event)
8/22/2018 - Online

PCI Webinar - It’s Not You, It’s How You Interview: Navigating the Public Library Interview
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
8/23/2018 - Online

edWEB Webinar - Back to School Basics: How to Reach the Child who Struggles from the Start
FREE (an edWEB event)
8/23/2018 - Online

SirsiDynix Webinar - Horizon Wizard: Patron and Item History
FREE (a SirsiDynix event)
8/23/2018 - Online

TrainingMag Webinar - Exploring the GOLDMINE That is CREATIVE COMMONS
FREE (a TrainingMag event)
8/24/2018 - Online

NIH Webinar - Health Statistics on the Web
FREE (an NIH event)
8/24/2018 - Online


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      Opioids in Communities: Libraries in Response
8/7/2018 - Dayton, OH

Picture Book Read-In
8/17/2018 - Milford, OH

Ohio Ready to Read - Early Literacy 101
9/11/2018 - Georgetown, OH

Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - A Universe of Stories
10/17/2018 - Springfield, OH

OKI Children's Literature Conference 2018
11/3/2018 - Crestview Hills, KY


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Blue Ash, OH 45242

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