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Monday, October 29, 2018  
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2018 Fall Membership Meeting

On November 15th, leaders of potential member institutions as well as long-time supporting SWON members are invited to come learn what we are all about and what we're planning for the future.

11:30 - 11:50 AM  IAP Government Services Group presenting on "The Pitfalls of Construction" 

Noon - 12:30 PM Lunch and networking (Lunch will be provided to attendees and is sponsored by IAP Government Services Group)

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Tour of Wright Memorial Public Library, which recently underwent renovations to their space. Learn how they preserved their historical space while updating it at the same time! 

1:00 - 2:30 PM   Barbara Allen, professional development and retention coordinator at Columbus State Community College - Equity in Hiring

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Membership Meeting (All are welcome)

-SWON Staff


Level-Up Lab: Working with the Deaf Community

Chantelle Phillips, from the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library, will share her experiences of programming for the Deaf community over the past three years. Amy Nitschke, a professional interpreter, will provide insight into Deaf culture and communicating with Deaf patrons.

Who should attend? Any public desk staff and programmers of any age group, though examples will mostly cover adults and older adults. 


Chantelle Phillips, Assistant Director of the Campbell County Public Library system as well as Manager of the Newport Branch, has been in libraries for nearly 20 years and worked in nearly every service area  – from shelving to circulation to storytimes to adult programming to management.

Amy Nitschke is a professional interpreter, mother of three, and wife to an amazing husband.  She graduated from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in 2007 with an Associate degree. In 2017 she completed her BA in liberal studies and is currently working on her Master’s Degree. She passed her Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf written exam in 2008 which spurred her on to become nationally certified through this professional organization. In July 2010 she passed her performance piece of her national certification test thus making her a Nationally Certified Interpreter. She has worked in various industries while interpreting including medical, educational, government, and industry sites. Most recently she has become a mentor to young interpreters wanting to become certified. She mentors them through this process by evaluating skill and discussing ethical and situational ideas. Her heart is in teaching and mentoring young interpreters in their professional growth. 

Level-Up Labs are a chance for you to get some hands-on help to take your tech skills to the next level. They are held either onsite at SWON or at a library near you! Level-Up Labs are always FREE for everyone, but space is limited, so register today to reserve your place! 

Want to present your own Level-Up Lab at your library? Contact us by e-mail or phone (513-751-4422) to pitch your idea!


Working with the Deaf Community 
11/13/2018 - Campbell County Public Library, Newport branch
901 East Sixth Street
In the President's Room
Newport, Kentucky  41071

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  Strengthening Communities Through Libraries: STEAM Minigrants Available

ALSC has received a $124,528 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to help libraries provide out-of-school time STEAM learning for children. ALSC will award fourteen $5,000 Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants to ALSC personal members in public libraries whose libraries are within 20 miles of a Dollar General corporate or retail location. Applications are due Nov. 9, 2018 - click here for more info!

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


Technical Services Special Interest Group (TeSSIG)
11/08/2018 - The Athenaeum of Ohio Eugene H. Maly Memorial Library 6616 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Databases 101
11/16/2018 - Lane Libraries, Fairfield Branch, 1485 Corydale Drive, Fairfield, Ohio  45014

SWON Presents: Make It Easy
11/27/2018 - Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger Branch
401 Kenton Lands Road
Emily Bronte Room, adjacent to the STREAM Center
Erlanger, Kentucky  41018

Academic Librarians Interest Group (ALIG)
12/03/2018 - Panera Bread 2911 Dixie Highway Crestview Hills, Kentucky 41017

Public Library Adult Program Planners Network Special Interest Group Meeting (PLAPPN)
12/05/2018 - Kenton County Public Library, Covington Branch, Conference Room 2 502 Scott Blvd Covington, Kentucky 41011


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


Kentucky Storytelling Conference 2018
11/16/2018 to 11/17/2018 - Owensboro, KY

SWON Executive Board Meeting 
12/13/2018 - SWON Libraries Meeting Room

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