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SWON News - GEAR up for College, Closing the Homework Gap, and Free Genealogy

Monday, June 3, 2019  
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GEAR Up for College: An Energizing Boost for Instruction and Programming




Northern Kentucky University’s W. Frank Steely Library’s annual summer workshop brings P-12 librarians and educators together to discuss issues impacting the 21st century information environment. This year’s workshop will explore the ways in which educators can use information literacy to prepare students at all levels to GATHER, EVALUATE, APPLY, and RESPECT information, setting them up for success beyond high school.

·      What: “GEAR Up for College: An Energizing Boost for Instruction and Programming”

·      When:  July 9, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

·      Where: W. Frank Steely Library, Room 102

Registration for the FREE workshop ends on July 3:

For more information about sessions, presenters, and schedule visit:

Questions?  Contact: Dr. Jennifer Smith – – (859)-572-6620

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








edWEB Webinar - Closing the Homework Gap: Digital Equity for All Students




During the past two decades, efforts to provide America’s classrooms with high speed Internet access have made great progress. However, the steady increase in the use of technology tools for learning brings with it a new digital divide between students who have home Internet access and those who do not. This “homework gap,” often exacerbates other preexisting inequalities, making it difficult for students to complete homework assignments. The lack of home Internet access also negatively impacts school-to-parent communication and makes it more difficult for parents to support their children academically. The promise of anywhere, anytime learning for all students requires that schools and communities come together to close the “homework gap” and the widening disconnect that impacts parents and guardians as well.

In this edWebinar a school superintendent, a district technology director and a public library director tell how they came together to address the challenges of digital equity for the students in their Illinois school district. CoSN’s Chief Innovation Officer joins the conversation to share highlights from the CoSN Digital Equity Toolkit as well as other tools and resources that school and community leaders can use to bridge the digital divide.




  Closing the Homework Gap
*not a SWON event
6/10/2019 - Online





PCI Webinar - Beginning Genealogy: Free Resources




Where do we come from? Researching our family history is becoming more popular with subscription services such as and 23andMe ancestry kits. But what if we don’t want to spend a fortune answering this question? How can we find our ancestors without costly subscriptions? How can I confirm that my ancestors were from (insert country) or that the stories my great aunt tells are true?

Knowing about free genealogy resources, both digital and physical, is one way to get started researching your genealogy. We all have a history and lack of funds should not be a barrier. 
Familiarize yourself with free websites and databases as well as local resources so that you can research your own history, help a patron research, or conduct a class on genealogy.

At the conclusion of webinar, participants will be able to:

Generate a list of geographic specific resources
Locate hidden resources buried in databases
Interpret Census records
Evaluate digital resources
Record your research

Can't attend on the date and time listed? Anyone who registers in advance for PCI Webinars will receive an archived copy of the presentation for later viewing. SWON provides PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price), so there's no reason not to register today




  FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
7/3/2019 - Online



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Coming up on the calendar...

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

ALSC Webinar - Inclusive Technology for Babies to Teens in the Library
6/11/2019 - Online

SWON Executive Board Meeting
6/13/2019 - SWON Conference Room

PCI Webinar - The Quiet Approach for Serving Customers
6/19/2019 - Online

SWON Offices Closed - Independence Day
07/04/2019 and 07/05/2019 





Save the Date!

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

OLSSI 2019 - Ohio Library Support Staff Institute Conference
7/28/2019 - 7/30/2019 - Heidelberg University

2019 OPAL Annual Conference
8/1/2019 - 8/2/2019 - The Athenaeum of Ohio

IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives
8/6/2019 - 8/7/2019 - Ohio State University

24th Annual SWON Picture Book Read In
8/8/2019 - Clermont County Public Library
Miami Township branch 





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