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Fall 2015 Membership Meeting
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When: 12/1/15
10:00 AM until 3:45 PM
Where: Public Library of Cincinnati, Reading Road Branch
8740 Reading Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio  45215
United States
Contact: Racheal
513-751-4422 x10

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    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Special Interest Group Meetings

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch

    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Kim Fender and Greg Edwards Talk

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Membership Meeting

    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Executive Board Meeting

Special Interest Group Meetings: 

The Special Interest Groups that are meeting are the Academic Special Interest Group and the Schools Special Interest Group. If you aren't a member of one of those special interest group you don't have to show up until Noon.

The Academic Librarians Interest Group is an informal discussion group that meets four times a year at various places in the service area to discuss the challenges, ideas, and strategies of academic libraries. This includes but is not limited  to instruction, information literacy, marketing, technology, trends, and more. This group is open to all interested parties, and our meetings are free. Join us and share your tips for a successful university life!

The School Librarians Special Interest Group is comprised of High School Librarians who are Supporting members of SWON Libraries. They meet periodically to discuss a wide range of issues such as library trends, emerging technologies, group purchasing, group discounts, staffing, best practices, school library patrons, YA literature and collaboration with other types of libraries.


Kim Fender and Greg Edwards will be discussing how libraries have changed over the years and what the future looks like for libraries. We will be ending the presentation with a tour of the new Reading Rd Branch.

Kim Fender Bio: Kim Fender has served as The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County since 1999. Ms. Fender received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Kentucky University and her MLS degree from the University of Kentucky. She was awarded a graduate internship at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and accepted a position as a reference librarian at the Boone County Public Library upon completing her MLS degree.

Ms. Fender also served as Head of Public Services at Campbell County Public Library, and as Manager of Information Services at ATE Management and Services Company, before beginning employment with the Library in 1988 as a Librarian in the Institutions/Books-by-Mail Department. In 1993 she was appointed to the position of Librarian, Deputy Librarian’s Office—Main Library Services. Ms. Fender was promoted to Assistant to the Director in 1995 and was named Head, Information Systems in 1998. She currently serves on the Success by 6 Executive Committee, the Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center Advisory Board, the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Council Board, the Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. Board, the CET Community Advisory Council, and the Leadership Cincinnati Steering Committee. She chairs the Ohio Library Council’s Government Relations Committee. She is a past-president of the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium Board and the Ohio Public Library Information Network Board.

Ms. Fender is an alumna of Leadership Cincinnati. In 2013, she received an Improving our Community Award from United Way of Greater Cincinnati. She was named a 2012 Career Woman of Achievement by the YWCA, a 2011 Woman of Distinction by the Girls Scouts of Western Ohio and was profiled in the Cincinnati Edition of the Women’s Book. In 2009 she was named Librarian of the Year by the Ohio Library Council and in 2008 the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency honored Ms. Fender with a Bridge Builder Award. In 2001 she received the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association Outstanding Alumna Award and in 1999 was honored with a Professional Achievement Award from Northern Kentucky University.

Membership Meeting:

Membership Meetings take place twice a year and they are meetings to vote on things relevant to SWON Memberships. Each supporting member library has one vote for the meeting. We will be voting on the finalized budget for FY2016.


We will be giving away sun shades, glasses, mugs, and photo frames!


Boxed Lunches will be provided! When you register you will have options for special dietary requests.



If you are only attending the Membership Meeting portion of the event then the event is free. If you plan on attending only the Membership Meeting please send an email to so I can make sure we don't charge you for the day.


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