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Collaboration Connection: Planting the seeds to building successful community partnerships


Are you waiting for a collaborator in order to get your great idea off the ground or to apply for a grant?  Do you have services, collections, skills, etc. that you or your organization could offer to potential collaborators?  How do unrelated organizations seeking a collaborative partnership make a case for funding, establish an MOU/MOA, what are the logistics of such partnerships, and how does each entity benefit?  Join us for this opportunity to learn more about successful collaborations and find the collaboration partner you are looking for.  This program is jointly sponsored by NEO-RLS and ALAO’s newly formed Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group.
Facilitators Kieth Peppers and Wendy Wasman have successfully collaborated on a grant-funded project between the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Baldwin Wallace University, The University of Akron and the Cleveland Metroparks.  The morning will be devoted to hearing about their collaboration and a collaboration between the Madison Public Library, Madison Local Schools and Lakeland Community College around College Credit Plus.   Presenters will discuss the creation of their projects, partnerships in practice and provide ideas for you to apply to your own situation and project.  The morning will continue with Cindy Boyden and Evan Struble from the State Library of Ohio talking about how to write an effective MOU/MOA and will end with a presentation by Annie Heidersbach and Dr. Paul Putman from the Cleveland Foundation on writing proposals and why partnerships are attractive to funders.  In the afternoon the facilitators will lead attendees through “Collaboration Connection,” an interactive process designed to help you find the collaborator or resources that you need, right in this very workshop.  Projects initiated during the afternoon will be judged based on specified criteria and eligible for one-time project support in the amount of $500.00.
Learning objectives:
  • Find out how to develop a successful multi-type organizational collaboration
  • Learn how to write a MOU/MOA
  • Learn more about how foundations look at funding applications for partnerships
  • Link to potential collaborators around project ideas

Kieth A. Peppers, University Archivist, Instructor, Baldwin Wallace University
Kieth A. Peppers received his education at Cleveland State University where he achieved a Master of History and Museum Studies summa cum laude. He is the co-founder and CEO of Pursue Posterity, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of all history. He is concurrently employed with Baldwin Wallace University as the archivist, historian, and faculty, where he teaches classes in Public History, curates exhibits, writes grants, and collaborates with external institutions. During the development of his vocation, Kieth worked with a variety of museums, archives, special collections, and libraries across northeast Ohio on numerous projects from publishing corporate histories to cataloguing and photographing museum collections.
Shawn D. Walsh, Emerging Services and Technologies Librarian, Madison Public Library in Madison, OH
Shawn has been in the library field since 1997, and is a contributor to Public Libraries Online, Children and Libraries, and chapters in several different library related anthologies. He is the co-author of the book Library Service to Tweens published in 2017. Shawn is also responsible for maintaining Madison Public Library's technology infrastructure and oversees computer and technology instruction to patrons and staff. Within the community, Shawn is best known for his school presentations and preaching the awesomeness of online library services
Thomas Hyland is a Professor, the Library Program Chair, and the Library Instruction Coordinator at Lakeland Community College.  He is currently in his fifteenth year there. In addition to an MLIS from Kent State, he holds an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio. Serving as Library Instruction Coordinator, Thomas has concentrated on creating and sustaining a scaffolded information literacy instruction program designed to prepare students to think critically about information. 
Writing an Effective MOU/MOA presented by CIndy Boyden and Evan Struble.

CIndy Boyden, LSTA Coordinator / Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio
Cindy has worked for the State Library of Ohio since December of 2014. In December of 2015, she was promoted to LSTA Coordinator / Library Consultant within the Library Programs and Development Department. Prior to joining the State Library, Cindy worked for eight years at Worthington Public Libraries as a Circulation Assistant.

Cindy received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in 2013 and completed her Cumulative Experience (practicum) within the Government Documents Collection of the State Library of Ohio.  She graduated cum laude from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2008.

Evan Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development.
Evan is responsible for the administrative functions and programming activities for library development, including Ohio’s LSTA program, consultant services, public library statistics, and special projects. He has extensive experience in program planning and project management. He has dedicated his career to supporting the work of libraries and has a keen awareness of current and emerging trends in libraries and the library profession.

Grant Proposal Writing and Review: Putting the Pieces and the Process Together

Puzzled by the process of crafting a great grant proposal? Flummoxed by how funders make decisions about which projects to fund? Explore the nuances of crafting a stellar proposal from the perspectives of a seasoned proposal writer and community foundation proposal reviewer. We will help you put the pieces together during this interactive session.


Annie Heidersbach, Director Academic Grants /Adjunct Faculty, Baldwin Wallace University
In working with the Provost, she provides leadership in securing corporate, foundation and government funding. Before her work in development, Annie served as Director of Career Services at Baldwin Wallace for ten years. She is an adjunct faculty member who teaches a Grant Proposal Writing course and First Year Success class.
Annie holds a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University, where she studied Speech Communication, and an Associate’s degree from Lorain County Community College

 Dr. Paul Putman, Donor Relations & Technology Officer, Cleveland Foundation.

Prior to joining the foundation, Paul spent a decade at Cleveland State University, managing the Center for Leadership and Service where he coordinated leadership development and service-learning experiences and taught several courses. Paul has continued teaching since earning his doctorate in urban education from CSU with a focus on leadership and lifelong learning – five years teaching in the Diversity Management master’s program at CSU and more recently, several years teaching undergraduate classes at Baldwin Wallace University in leadership in philanthropy and grant proposal writing. 

In addition to his doctorate, Paul earned his master's in psychology, with a specialization in diversity management from CSU and his master's in education, guidance, and counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Paul earned his bachelor's in English from Kent State University. Paul has published in multiple scholarly journals and authored several book chapters. His most recent work explores the development of strategic leadership competencies.

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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern

Mansfield-Richland County Public Library
43 West Third Street
Mansfield, OH 44902

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Contact Person:
Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)

Who should attend:  Anyone interested in finding collaborators for their next project or idea or in sharing resources

Competency:  Collaboration

Cost:  FREE
There is a $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

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