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Human Trafficking in the Heartland

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in labor or services against their will. Force, fraud, or coercion need not be present if the individual is under 18 years of age. The National Human Trafficking Hotline, which maintains one of the most extensive data sets on the issue of human trafficking in the United States, had over 8,000 human trafficking cases reported in 2017. Of those cases, 365 were reported in Ohio, while 81 were reported in Kentucky, and 93 in Indiana. These statistics are based on information learned through signals received by the Hotline, which includes phone calls, emails, and online tip reports

Human trafficking is a criminal industry that is based on the principles of supply and demand, just like drugs or arms trafficking. This criminal industry is fueled by a demand for cheap labor, services, and commercial sex. Labor trafficking is found in diverse labor settings including domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories while sex trafficking is found in a wide variety of venues including residential brothels,  escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. Labor and sex trafficking of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals thrives for a number of reasons. Traffickers believe there to be little risk or deterrence to affect their criminal operations. While investigations, prosecutions, and penalties have increased throughout recent years, many traffickers still believe the high profit margin to be worth the risk of detection. Factors that contribute to low risk include: lack of government and law enforcement training, low community awareness, ineffective or unused laws, lack of law enforcement investigation, scarce resources for victim recovery services, and social blaming of victims. 

Online tools such as Slavery Footprint can help you to see how human trafficking exists in the services and products you consume. Their website can also help you buy fair trade and survivor-made products, and hold your favorite brands accountable for fair labor practices. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. They also accept texts to 233733, and have an online chat service. The hotline also offers various resources for learning about trafficking on their website. 

Librarians and library staff interface with the general public and our communities every day. We are in a position to notice and report trafficking if we see it, but we must know what to look for first. Join us in October for a webinar by Tony Talbott, Director of Advocacy at the University of Dayton Human Rights Center, to learn about human trafficking and equip yourself to identify and respond to this terrible human rights abuse. We will define human trafficking, explain how and why it takes place, and discuss the impact on victims. We will end with an overview of the red flags of trafficking and cover proper and effective ways to respond. This training aims to educate, equip, and empower you to make a difference. Can't take time away on the webinar date? Anyone who registers for our webinars will recieve an archived recording, so go ahead and reserve your spot now

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


Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - A Universe of Stories

Join us for this energetic and STEM-filled workshop on the 2019 Summer Reading theme "A Universe of Stories." 

Presentations and Speakers:

STEM @ Your Library

Using techniques learned through the NASA@ My Library grant, we will discuss inexpensive ways to incorporate STEM into children’s and teen programming. Some topics include space, engineering, weather and exploring the moon. We will also offer suggestions on where to find free resources for STEM training and activities.

Kate Denier is the Senior Branch Manager for the North Central Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. She has over ten years of experience in youth services and is currently on the Board of Directors for YALSA.

Marni Blanken is the Children’s Librarian at the Northside Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She has been a Children’s Librarian for 15 years and served on various committees. Kate and Marni love science programming and are the facilitators of the NASA @ My Library grant for The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.

Moon Magic!
Space offers a whole universe of programming options, but many good ones are as close as the moon! View some wonderful moon-related books, look at free programming materials and resources, and try some space-tacular hands-on activities. Weather permitting, we’ll take a peek at the sun, as well!

Jennifer Beach is a Children’s Programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, where she has been for almost 30 years. She has been a space enthusiast for longer than that and has been offering astronomy and space programs for the past 15 years. She considers herself something of a space nerd; and has completed numerous space and astronomy classes and workshops- including a class taught by Prof. Mike Brown, “The Man Responsible for Killing Pluto.” She rarely goes outside without looking at the sky, especially at night. 

SWON in Space
Find out how you can use SWON's Tech to Lend materials to learn about space! From LittleBits to VR and AR, our Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, Emily Wages, will show you all the ways you can make use of our TTL program next summer. 

Exploring Space through Local Libraries
This presentation will explore the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador program in detail. Additionally, the presenters will also share the Science-Technology Activities & Resources Net (STAR_Net), which is a production of the Space Science Institute & National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. The STAR_Net is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (SEPA). Finally, the presenters will detail how the Wright Library in Oakwood has offered space-related programming by utilizing the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador program.

Kurtz Miller is a NASA Solar System Ambassador as well as a science teacher at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.
Robyn Case is an Adult Services Librarian at Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood, Ohio. She previously served for 6 years as Library Media Specialist for K-12 students at The Miami Valley School. She holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and is a recent “graduate” of Library Leadership Ohio.



9:30am Doors Open

9:30am to 9:50am Registration, Donuts & Coffee

9:50am to 10:00am Morning Announcements

10:00am to 10:50am A presentation from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum

11:00am to 11:50pm  STEM @ Your Library, presented by Kate Denier and Marni Blanken (Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County)

12:00pm to 12:50pm  Lunch

1:00pm to 1:50pm Moon Magic! presented by Jennifer Beach (Kenton County Public Library) 

2:00pm to 2:50pm SWON in Space, presented by Emily Wages (SWON Libraries)

3:00pm to 3:50pm  Exploring Space through Local Libraries presented by Kurtz Miller (Solar System Ambassador) & Robyn Case (Wright Memorial Public Library)

4:00pm to 4:30pm  Idea Share & Feedback


Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 
$30 for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$40 for members in our Ohio service area
$55 for everyone else
$15 for boxed lunch
10/17/2018  - Clark County Public Library

Main Branch
201 South Fountain Ave
Springfield, Ohio 45506

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PCI Webinar - Inbox Zero: Getting Out from Under the Email Avalanche

Email seems to be coming in faster and faster every day. Sometimes it seems so bad that declaring email bankruptcy is a viable option.  However, is it possible to keep up with the rapid pace of messages and still be stress free? Yes, it is! In this fun and engaging webinar, participants will learn the open secrets of efficient email management, including how to:
• Clear out inbox backlog, no matter how large
• Quickly recognize and respond to actionable email
• Archive email for quick recovery using a simple approach
By the end of the webinar, participants will learn the simple yet profound power that an empty inbox can bring to make their work lives more productive and engaging.


PCI Webinar - Inbox Zero
$FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
9/25/2018 - Online

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Webinar: HRDQ-U - Influencing Without Authority
FREE (an HDRQ event)
9/26/2018 - Online

SWON Level Up Lab: Coding without Computers
9/27/2018 - Kenton County Public Library Erlanger

SWON Level Up Lab: Effective Listening Skills
9/28/2018  10am-12pm- SWON Libraries Conference Room
10250 Alliance Rd
Next to Suite 135
Blue Ash, Ohio  45242

SWON Level Up Lab: Millennial Mindset - Discovering the Motivational Need of Millennial Employees
9/28/2018  2-4pm- SWON Libraries Conference Room
10250 Alliance Rd
Next to Suite 135
Blue Ash, Ohio  45242

ALSC Webinar - Advocacy for Everyone
FREE (an ALSC event)
10/3/2018 - Online

PCI Webinar - Beginning Readers 101: Emergent Literacy Made Easy
Cost: FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
10/4/2018 - Online


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Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months

      Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Conference
10/5/2018 - 10/9/2018
Cleveland, Ohio 

SWON Executive Board Meeting
10/11/2018 2-4pm
Blue Ash, Ohio

Internet Librarian 2018
10/16/2018 - 10/18/2018
Monterey, California

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