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SWON News - New Director, Fortnite, and Genealogy

Tuesday, June 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Welcome SWON's New Director!




SWON Staff and board would like to welcome Gayle Ecabert as our new Director! 

Gayle comes to us with a long and diversified education and professional history. Originally graduating college with a BA in History, she taught middle school social studies for several years. Eventually, she made the decision to attend University of Cincinnati School of Law, received her JD, and thereafter practised business law for a number of years. She left the law field and ran two successful small family businesses until she attended Kent State University for her MLIS and became Director of Library Services at Beckfield College in Florence, KY in 2015, where she was working when SWON decided to make her our new director this year. 

Gayle's mix of knowledge, experience, and business expertise will help SWON to continue serving our patrons (YOU) with the highest quality educational offerings. We are looking forward to working together to serve our library community the best we can. 

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








SWON Webinar: Fortnite in the Library




Looking for ways to bring popular programming to your tween patrons? Fortnite IRL (in real life) is a great way to bring youth into the library. The program, like the video game, is built around hidden objects that are designed to aid your players in being the last one standing. On August 20th, Emporia Public Library will share tips and details on how to take this popular video game off the screen and into your library!

Presenter Tiffany Fay is in her fourth year as the Young Adult Services Librarian at Emporia Public Library. When she’s not developing programs or creating circulation statistic spreadsheets she can be found loving her mom life and gardening. 




  Fortnite in the Library
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
8/20/2019 - 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

PCI Webinar - The Quiet Approach for Serving Customers
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions 
$15 for everyone in Ohio
$20 for everyone else
6/19/2019 - Online

ROYAL (Reviewers of Young Adult Literature) - NKY
Cost: $50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions to Join ROYAL
$100 per year for everyone else to Join ROYAL
Free books included with cost!
7/3/2019 - Newport, KY

SWON Office Closed
7/4/2019 & 7/5/2019

SWON's 24th Annual Picture Book Read-In 
Cost: $30+ 
8/8/2019 - Clermont County Public Library
Miami Township branch
5920 Buckwheat Road
Milford, Ohio  45150





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 - Tiffin, Ohio

OPAL Annual Conference 2019 
8/1/2019 - 8/2/2019 - Cincinnati, Ohio

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

YALSA'S Young Adult Services Symposium
11/1/2019 - 11/3/2019 - Memphis, Tennessee





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10250 Alliance Rd #112
Blue Ash, OH 45231




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