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SWON News - Library Websites, Raises & Promotions, and Teen Read Challenge

Monday, January 7, 2019  
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Is Your Library's Website an Obstacle Course?

Library websites can be prone to a number of issues that frustrate their users. Many sites use outdated conventions, anecdotal “data,” or fail to use standard practices, resulting in poor experiences for patrons, and a loss of credibility for the library as a community institution.

Join Laura Solomon, Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network, to learn about common problems found on today’s library websites, backed by current research, from a web designer/developer who has been working with library websites for more than two decades. Laura has been doing web development and design for twenty years in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She specializes in developing with Drupal. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She's written three books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally on both these and technology-related topics. As a former children's librarian, she enjoys bringing the "fun of technology" to audiences and giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.

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


PCI Webinar - Standing Up for Yourself: How to Ask for a Raise or Promotion

As helping professionals, librarians often put the needs of others first. But there is always a time and place to stand up for your own personal development and compensation. How do you know when it’s time to ask, and how do you present your case? We’ll dive into self-awareness, growth plans, and what to do on the big day.


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

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SWON's Teen Read challenge starts in February - sign up now!

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 ( I look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!

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


HRDQ-U - Team Effectiveness: What Is It Any Way?
FREE (an HRDQ-U event)
1/16/2019 - Online

NEO-RLS Webinar - Moving Forward Through the Fog: Navigating the Internet in a Post-Truth Era
Free to $24 for NEO members and SWON supporting member libraries $40 for everyone else (a NEO-RLS event)
1/16/2019 - Online

edWEB Webinar -The Wonderful World of Words: Help Struggling Readers Connect with Reading
FREE (an edWEB event)
1/17/2019 - Online

ALSC Webinar - Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning
Free for ALA members, $25 for non-members (an ALSC event)
1/17/2019 - Online

PCI Webinar - Spanish Storytime: Where to Start and How to Do It
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
2/6/2019 - Online


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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

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

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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