As they reach their one-year anniversary and wrap the third issue of the scholarly, peer-reviewed journal Libraries: Culture, History and Society (LCHS), academic librarian editors Bernadette Lear and Eric Novotny reflect with PA LaunchPod host Heidi Abbey Moyer on the process of creating a new journal and share what they see on the horizon for their fledgling publication. As the only journal that studies libraries in a historical context and with a focus on libraries’ relationships with their communities and world-wide coverage of all types of libraries, LCHS has attracted attention and applause from library history luminaries. Lear and Novotny make clear their commitment to new scholars eager to publish and affirm the journal’s strong emphasis on race, class and gender, particularly under-represented populations.
Listen today for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the startup of an academic publication and the hard work that goes into publication.
Read the first issue of Libraries: Culture, History and Society free on JSTORhere.
Have you heard of the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders program? Join host Tom Berman as he interviews Samantha Hull, a 2017 ALA Emerging Leader and Ephrata High School Librarian & Media Coordinator for the Ephrata School District in Lancaster County, PA. Hull shares how she became one of only fifty Emerging Leaders chosen this year from across the nation, and how the sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Library Association enabled her to participate fully in the many conferences, webinars and responsibilities required of an Emerging Leader. Tom and Sam discuss the impact of the program on her career and the contributions Sam has made as a result of being an Emerging Leader, including exciting new developments in the works for Ephrata School District students. Sam encourages all newer library professionals to look for opportunities such as the Emerging Leaders program so that they, too can feel like they have a team of thousands behind them.
Learn more about the ALA Emerging Leaders program here.
Everyone enjoys the annual Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, but how many of us know what goes into the planning? Join host Tom Berman as he interviews Dana Farabaugh, District Consultant for the Westmoreland County Federated Library System and the 2017 PaLA Conference Planning Committee Chair, about this years conference. With over seventy educational and almost fifty poster sessions, attendees could be overwhelmed; but Farabaugh offers tips on how to get the most out of the conference, including her best advice: Talk to strangers! Tom and Dana discuss the new all-member mixer, changes to the Exhibit Hall and exciting events happening outside the conference like a trip to the historic Strip District and a dessert reception at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017
Mina Edmondson talks to Deborah Van de Castle, Vice President of Library Relations for the York County Library System, about the newly opened Salem Square Library. Hear about how in just two short years York County Libraries, together with community partners, transformed a run-down corner bar into a lively neighborhood satellite library with a focus on early literacy, homework help and workforce development.
In this episode we talk with Molly Wolf, founder and curator of the Sexuality Archives at Widener University. Our discussion deals with how the archives got its start at the university, items in the their collection and how they use social media in promoting the archives. With it being April Fool’s Day, we also asked Molly to share with you a funny story that deals with her work.
In addition to her work with the Sexuality Archives, Molly also is a librarian at the Wolfgram Memorial Library at Widener.
Part 1 deals with the development of the Star Library programs by a group from the 2015 Pennsylvania Library Association Leadership Academy. In this part we hear from Joann Eichenlaub, Assistant Director of the Roger and Peggy Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA; Melissa Foltz, Director of the Manheim Community Library in Lancaster County; and Ed Wolf, Instructional/Reference Librarian at the Bethel Park Public Library in Allegheny County.
Team members also valuable to the success of the program were Anne Bramblett, Director of West Pittston Library; and Elizabeth Shoemaker, formerly at University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library.
Joann is the Assistant Director of the Roger and Peggy Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. She received her MSLS from Drexel University. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Library Association. She currently serves as chair of the PA Forward Star Library Team. She as is a member of the PA Forward Steering Committee, the PA Forward Training Team, and also the Civic and Social Literacy Committee as well as the PA Forward Academic Outreach Committee. She was co-founder and past co-chair of the ACLCP Copyright Special Interest Group and currently serves as a member of the ACLCP Programs Committee.
Melissais the Director of the Manheim Community Library in Lancaster County. She volunteers with the Pennsylvania Library Association as the Vice-President of the South Central Chapter. She also is a member of the PA Forward Civic & Social Literacy team and the PA Forward Star Library Program team. Melissa attended 2015 PALS and 2016 PALS for Directors. Outside of libraries, Melissa can be found thrifting, making, and laughing at humorous memoirs.
Ed is an Instructional/Reference Librarian at the Bethel Park Public Library, in Allegheny County. He earned his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned BA degrees in English Literature, History and Anthropology. In addition to providing one-on-one and group instruction in technology at the library, he also works closely with the PA Forward Star Library Program and was a PALS 2015 graduate.
Part 2 deals with the pilot of the Star Library Program. In this part we hear from Barbara McGary, Executive Director of the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport, PA; Dana Brigandi, Public Relations and Community Partnership at James V. Brown Library; and Lis Miranda, Director of the Blossburg Memorial Library in Blossburg, PA.
Barbara is the executive director of the James V. Brown Library. Prior to that she was the District Consultant for the North Central Library District. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and and Master’s of Science in Libraries from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Currently she is studying for an MBA at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
She lives in Muncy with her ten year old son, Patrick.
Dana is the public relations & community partnership manager at the James V. Brown Library, Williamsport. She is currently a librarian-in-training at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and the mother of two young readers.
Lis is the Director of the Blossburg Memorial Library. She previously worked for the YMCA at various locations for almost 18 years, most recently having held the position of branch executive director at the Tioga County Branch YMCA. Originally from New York City, she received a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in Near Eastern Archaeology and worked on archaeological digs in Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
Betty Lawson has been the Children's Librarian at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale, Pa for the past 14 years. After attending college at the State University of New York at Delhi, she moved to Florida where she became the Director of Admissions at a private school for special education. Before finding her current library position, she was a stay at home mother. Her love of reading to her own 3 children first led to a volunteer position coordinating storytimes at her present library. She now oversees the children's department, but her specific concentration is programming for children birth -5 years old. For the past 3 years, Betty has been on the steering committee of the statewide early literacy initiative, "Cruise Into Kindergarten." Over the years she has become passionate about her library outreach to struggling families and the incarcerated. In her spare time, she likes to read, bake, kayak and exercise...in that order! She is madly in love with her job.