Turning the Page 2.0

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Who Are the Facilitators?

Turning the Page 2.0 has put together a training corps of nine highly skilled facilitators. Each brings a breadth of experience related to advocacy and community service training. All are committed to strengthening libraries.

Jill Bremer is a nationally recognized coach in the areas of presentation skills, communication skills, professional image, business protocol, and civility. A member of the original Turning the Page team, Jill works hard to foster supportive environments. She is the owner and principal of Jill Bremer Communications, based in Oak Park, Illinois.

Laurie Brown owns The Difference, a training and consulting company based in Ferndale, Michigan. For more than 24 years, Laurie has been a trainer, facilitator, speaker, IDL instructor, and designer with an emphasis on customer service, sales, diversity presentation, and leadership skills. In this capacity she developed a popular and successful customer service training for the Ferndale (Mich.) Public Library.

Judy Drescher is the former director of Libraries for Memphis, Tennessee. Under her leadership, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center won a 2007 IMLS National Medal. Since her retirement, Judy has been involved in a wide variety of civic projects, arts groups, and grant-making consultancies. She served as the M.C. at previous Turning the Page events and is back as a facilitator for the Turning the Page 2.0 kick-off events

Colette Ellis is also a returning member of the first Turning the Page team. Colette, based in Brooklyn, New York, has more than fifteen years experience as a facilitator and executive coach. In addition to owning InStep Consulting, she also has experience teaching at the university level.

Stephanie Gerding holds an MLS from the University of Tennessee and now lives in Seattle. She has fifteen years of professional experience in supporting libraries through library-related nonprofits, government, and other organizations. A nationally known consultant, Stephanie has presented at workshops and conferences including ALA, PLA, the Internet Librarian, and others.

Cathy Hakala-Ausperk is an Ohio-based librarian and trainer. Now the executive director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS), Cathy has held positions at all library staff levels and is a certified public library administrator (CPLA). She is also an author and highly-rated speaker for PLA, ALA, and many other regional associations and systems.

Brenda Hough is based in Lawrence, Kansas, where she is a continuing education consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System. She has 15 years of experience in training in libraries, and began her career as a reference librarian.  She has presented and published on a variety of topics, including technology training and rural library sustainability.

Steve Yacovelli, owner and principal of TopDog Learning Group, Orlando, Florida, is the final returning member of the original Turning the Page team. Steve has twenty years experience in learning and development including eleven years experience in e-learning management. He has worked with major corporations, national nonprofits, and academic institutions.

Participants will be assigned to facilitator cohorts based on scheduling preferences. All facilitators have gone through extensive PLA training.

Additional Information

For more information about Turning the Page 2.0, please email Lynn Slawsky at lslawsky@ala.org.

ALA members can still register for the self-paced, unfacilitated version of Turning the Page online. For this version, you will need your ALA membership credentials to register (for the facilitated version you do not).