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SWON News - Google Expeditions, Membership Meeting, and Library Safety

Monday, November 26, 2018  
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Go on an Adventure with Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions is an immersive education app that allows librarians, teachers, patrons, and students to explore the world through over 900 virtual-reality (VR) and 100 augmented-reality (AR) tours. Users can experience places and things that they may never have the opportunity to see in "real life," such as the International Space Station, the Great Barrier Reef, Buckingham Palace, national monuments, historical sites, and more. Browse the entire list of available expeditions here. With a 360 camera (included in kit) and Google's Tour Creator you can also create your very own expeditions! There is so much to explore and learn about this app, kit, and related materials that SWON is offering two Level-Up Labs for you to get aquainted with the equipment and software before you decide to borrow it. Join us on January 31st or February 25th to learn all about Google's Expeditions app, SWON's kit, and all kinds of related materials. Attendees will get to experience an expedition from the leader's and the student's point of view as well as learn all about the various ways one can use this hardware and software. 

SWON's Google Expeditions AR/VR Classroom Kit comes complete with:

  • A Leader's Tablet
  • 15 student/patron devices
  • 15 VR viewers
  • 15 selfie sticks
  • 360 camera
  • Router
  • All apps pre-installed
  • All charging devices needed

Included with all of our Tech to Lend are online resources, including instructions & curriculum, which can be found through Google Drive here

SWON was awarded and used 2018 LSTA grant funds to purchase our Google Expeditions Classroom Kit

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


Membership Meeting Rescheduled!

On November 15th we had to cancel our Membership Meeting due to weather. We have rescheduled the meeting for December 11th. The location has been moved and we will be meeting at the Sharonville branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Our agenda is not yet set, but please plan to attend in the afternoon. You can confirm your registration by visiting this link


PCI Webinar - Ask the Expert About Library Safety and Security

Most crime prevention experts will attest that there is no “silver bullet” that can guarantee a safe working environment. Because we live and work in very dynamic environments facing unpredictable challenges, factors and behaviors, we must be ever cognizant of our surroundings, consistently practice safe smart habits and learn to respect our intuition when it signals trouble. We must also understand our role, responsibilities and ability in such a given situation and be prepared to respond accordingly. 
In this interactive Question and Answer program with Captain Harry Katt, he will answer your questions and provide guidance on safety and security issues that libraries face every day. 
Submit your questions to Captain Harry Katt before the program by email at Please include “December 20th webinar” in the subject line of your email.


PCI Webinar - Library Safety & Security
$FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
12/20/2018 - Online

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


Academic Librarian Interest Group (ALIG)
12/03/2018 - Crestview Hills, KY

Public Library Adult Program Planners Network Special Interest Group Meeting (PLAPPN)
12/05/2018 - Covington, KY

PCI Webinar - Recommended Read Alouds, Age 0-6
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
12/11/2018  - Online


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


Mock Coretta Scott King Award
12/13/2018 - Cincinnati, OH

Mock Printz
1/8/2019 - Cincinnati, OH

Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - A Universe of Stories
3/14/2019 - West Chester Township, OH

Computers in Libraries 2019
3/26/2019 to 3/28/2019 - Arlington, VA

ACRL 2019
4/10/2019 to 4/13/2019 - Cleveland, OH

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