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Thursday, December 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Happy Holidays!

SWON is closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week for the holiday. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

SWON Libraries Staff


Teen Reading Challenge starts in February - Sign Up Now!

Need an excuse to read YA? Want to show off your reading skills? The Teen Reading Challenge is for you! As one of our most popular events, the Teen Reading Challenge encourages librarians and library staff to read materials for teens. What is the Teen Reading Challenge? Teams compete to see who has the best average of pages read during February and March! The top three teams will receive lovely prizes!

Want to join? First, you need to create a team of at least three people including yourself! Second, decide who the team captain will be for they are responsible for forwarding information about the challenge to their teammates. Finally, read! Any YA books or books with teen appeal will be logged using a team LibraryThing account. Only books read between February 1st and March 31st can count for this challenge. 

The earlier you register, the sooner you can prepare for the challenge and receive your group LibraryThing account. We encourage you to create your teams as soon as possible. The deadline to form and register teams is January 25th

More details and in-depth rules are located on this page: Reach out to us if you have any questions or you can send a general inquiry to the SWON Infobox ( We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!


2019 Ohio Private Academic Libraries Annual Conference: call for proposals

You are invited to submit proposals for the 2019 Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) Annual Conference!

The annual conference is held to promote the work of academic libraries, to share information and practices, to provide vision for future OPAL activities, and to recognize the achievements of OPAL libraries and staff. The 2019 conference will be held August 1-2, 2019 at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati.

We are looking for presentations that balance theory and practice and are presented in an engaging manner. Suggested topics of interest to the consortium include:

•             Information literacy, bibliographic instruction, or trends in library & research instruction

•             Outreach & instruction to different student cohorts: first-years, graduate students, online/distance, international

•             Creating inviting spaces in your library, library renovations

•             Special collections & archives, preservation, etc.

•             Cataloging: RDA, linked data, cooperative cataloging, etc.

•             Technical services: processes, efficiencies, tips, training

•             Circulation, PCIRC, ILL, etc.

•             Library statistics & data-driven decision making

•             Student staff training & duties

•             Collection management, weeding, acquisitions, book repair, etc.

•             Technology in the library: LibGuides, social media, digitization projects, online tutorials, open educational resources (OER), etc.

•             Building relationships with or collaborating with other departments (internal) or community organizations (external)

•             Assessment, accreditation

•             And more!

 Proposals are due by March 31, 2019. For more details and to submit your proposal, please visit

You do not need to work at an OPAL library to participate.

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


HRDQ-U - The Myths that Plague Us
FREE (an HRDQ-U event)
1/09/2019 - Online

PCI Webinar - Storytime Starters
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
1/09/2019 - Online

SWON Level-Up Labs - Roll for Initiative! Why you should have D&D at your library
1/10/2019 and 3/7/2019 - SWON Libraries Conference Room

PCI Webinar - Standing Up for Yourself: How to Ask for a Raise or Promotion
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
1/23/2019 - Online

SWON Level-Up Labs - Google Expeditions
1/31/2019 and 2/25/2019 - SWON Libraries Conference Room


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

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

4th Annual Nonfiction Read-In + Graphic Novels
4/4/2019 - Erlanger, KY

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

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