Maryam Phillips, Executive Director, HSLC
Let’s Talk! You are invited to meet with HSLC staff to discuss the
status of the Access PA Database and ILL system. This meeting is
intended to update you on the status of the RFP responses, and
to get your feedback on the transition from the current systems
to the next.
Caralee Sommerer, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Patte Kelley, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Debbie Priore, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Lisa Strabala, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Combining literature, artists and a hands-on project, children gain
a greater understanding of the creative process. Learn how CLP
librarians created a program that expands on picture books of
Melissa Gold, Greg Szczyrbak, Krista Higham
The Association of College and Research Libraries’ Standards for Libraries in Higher Education provide a useful framework for studying the role of libraries and demonstrating their value in advancing the mission of academic institutions. Using surveys with questions that mapped to the Standards, a panel of students rated our library’s
performance. The presenters administered each survey twice over two years, capturing data during and after the recent library building renovation. Session participants will be guided through an investigation of the methodology and results of the study, while also considering alternative methods of using the standards for assessment.
At a Tipping Point: Online Learning, Is Your Library in the Loop?
Rob Favini, Member Liaison–Northeast Region, OCLC
Online learning is mobile, and is for everyone. According to the recent OCLC membership report, At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, nearly half of Americans 16 and older have participated in online learning. In this program we’ll explore who is turning to online learning, why, what they hope to accomplish, and what impact this has on libraries. In addition, attendees will be
invited to share what they are doing to curate online learning opportunities in their libraries. Come share ideas on how all types of libraries can get into the loop.
Sara Jane Lowry and Michael Kumer
What would 100% success look like for your community if the problems you struggle with were no longer a problem? How does the library play a role in transforming the future for your community? It starts with transformational leadership from the library’s trustees, including friends and foundation boards. This workshop
will provide a process for the board for moving past problem solving into proactive planning by reverse engineering from a transformational future, creating win-win success for the library and the community it serves.
Denise Sticha, System Administrator/ Executive Director, Berks County Public Library System
This program will focus on board development and best practices
from the perspective of the library director. Using a case-study
approach, the session will explore board orientations, board-level
legal responsibilities of public libraries as non-profit organizations,
meeting preparation and facilitation, board recruitment, separation
of duties between the board and the executive director, managing
small group dynamics and dealing with conflict.
Anne Bramblett Barr, MA, MLIS, Director, West Pittston Library
Michele Legate, District Consultant, Northeast Library District
Public librarians are asked to be marketing specialists, technology
gurus, social media experts and even (gasp!) fundraisers. With our
many roles, asking for donations and organizing creative fundraising
events can be overwhelming and intimidating. Increased service
demands and funding challenges, however, require we take a more
active role. By introducing you to basic fundraising principles and
best practices, Anne and Michele will teach you how to re-vamp
your Annual Campaign, create a Major Gifts program and see
examples of “out of the box” fundraising ideas that will take you
beyond the usual suspects of 5K runs, galas and wine tastings.
Kelli Knapp and Susan Jeffery
Through a variety of programs, community outreach services, print and online resources, and direct assistance from librarians, libraries help people meet the demands of life by building their literacy skills. Three librarians will share their experiences working with special populations whose needs present special challenges: incarcerated
people, autistic adults, and families wrestling with poverty. We will look at practices that work and partnerships that support these efforts. Bring your own stories to share about how to best serve populations in need.
Tina Hertel, Director, Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College
Pennsylvania was one of 22 state chapters selected to have an
individual certified as a Career Development Facilitator. Tina Hertel
was selected as the representative from PaLA. Come learn about
the program and how it will help PA librarians *engage, educate,
enrich* through career development. This session will be the start
of an ongoing program that will provide additional training and
resources to help build your own career development toolkit
Sara Frey, Instructional Media Specialist/Librarian, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
Whether you have a makerspace or are looking for new ideas for
programming, get started with coding and programming at this session.
Bring your own device (laptop or tablet) for hands-on exploration
of different applications while we discuss ways the library can
promote coding with children and young adults.
Calvin Wang, Assistant Librarian and Sciences Librarian, Arcadia University
Copyright is complex. Like a lawyer, it always answers you with “It
depends.” In the first half of the session, the presenter will provide
both an overview of copyright and a deeper look into various issues
like Fair Use and licenses. Fair Use is like a balance scale. Learning
how to weighing its four factors can help you decide how to act
in your copyright situations. In the second half of the session, we’ll
talk about issues you bring up. The presenter is not a lawyer and
doesn’t play one on television, but has taught a university seminar
about copyright for 4 years, and is presently pursuing SLA’s Certificate
of Copyright Management.
Helen Taylor, Outreach Librarian, Indiana Free Library/PA Forward; Panelists to be determined
Back by popular demand! Librarians from across the state will share exemplary program models, information resources, and other initiatives that bring the PA Forward five literacies to their patrons, all of which have been selected as “Best Practices” by PA Forward committee members. You won’t want to miss learning about these
great programs and how you can implement them in your library!
Kelly Cannon, Barb Eshbach, Lauren Reiter, Stephanie Riley, Josefine Smith
PA Forward is a great way to demonstrate the impact academic libraries and librarians have on student success and retention. This session will provide examples from five librarians on how they have used PA Forward tools to create innovative programming touching on all five literacies.
Jeffrey A. Knapp, Nicholas J. Rowland
Join the presenters—a librarian and a sociology professor—to learn more about the Engaged Scholarship movement in higher education: What is it? What role can librarians play in it, and why? A group discussion will follow to reflect on how librarians can increase their visibility by connecting to this movement.
Kathy Silks, PA Forward Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Library Association
PA Forward Community Partners and Committee Members
PA Forward is an excellent platform to help Pennsylvania libraries
move forward, and to validate our importance in the community
through the five- literacy model. You have heard about the value of
the elevator speech. This session will help you take the conversation
to the next level. Learn ways to engage the community about the
successful programs and services that you offer in your library. We
will provide you with strategies to open a dialogue that will help
you get donations, funding, and generate awareness about how
your library positively impacts the community.
Julie Tritt Schell, PA E-rate Coordinator, PA Department of Education
This session will provide libraries with an overview of E-rate 2.0,
along with a brief description of the application process. In addition,
library-specific topics such as discount calculations, the Pennsylvania
definition of a library system, and others will be discussed. There
will be plenty of time for Q&A!
Joel Nichols, Data Strategies Manager, Free Library of Philadelphia;
Christine Caputo, Children’s Services Administrator, Free Library of Philadelphia;
Floyd Cooper, independent author and illustrator;
Jennifer Walker, Library Supervisor, Free Library of Philadelphia;
Sarah Stippich, Library Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia;
Rachel Fryd, Library Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia
A panel of children’s librarians and a children’s author/illustrator
will describe the latest and best picture books that embody diverse
ways of being and living, including racial and ethnic, gender and
sexuality, body shape and ability diversities and suggest ways of
using them. There will be an interactive question and answer period
where participants can share examples of their favorite diverse
children’s books and how they use them.
Karen Rice-Young, Manager of Archives and Special Collections, Schmidt Library, York College of Pennsylvania
Harrison Wick, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
It is often assumed that digitization is the answer to increasing
access and awareness of archival collections. Since 2007, usage by
students and instruction at two academic institutions have increased
by more than 300%. Student engagement has increased significantly
by utilizing instruction and research that combines both traditional
paper-based archival collections with electronic records and
digital collections. Statistical analysis shows that in-person research
requests have increased as a result. Through successful collaboration
and education, there has been a significant improvement in student
engagement, the number of student-centered projects, and public
awareness of archival
Cynthia Richey, Chair of the GAC, Director, Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Brian Dawson, Acting State Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania
The Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development, established by the Library Code, offers advice and recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of Education and the State Librarian in
areas relating to general policies and operations of the State Library and the Commonwealth’s library program. Council members represent library trustees, librarians and lay advocates.
Barbara Zaborowski, Board President, Interlibrary Delivery Service of PA
Pamela Dinan, IDS Administrator
Join us to learn more about interlibrary loan in Pennsylvania! IDS
has launched several new options over the past year, including
nationwide shipping and smart pickup. All of the statistics from
these projects will be shared, along with a general update on IDS
operations. This meeting will serve as the Annual Member Meeting;
however, all are welcome to attend.
Abigail Kurtz and Adrienne Brown
Lego programs provide an opportunity for children to express their creativity and develop STEM skills through play. Lego programs are simple to implement and lend themselves well to a variety of library situations. Whether you are contemplating starting a Lego program in your library, or have questions about modifying an existing program for wider appeal, this session will provide you with ideas and experience. Three types of Lego programs will be discussed in order to give participants ideas applicable to their own library situation.
Molly E. Kane, Head of Teen Services & Emerging Technology, Upper Dublin Public Library
Via Skype: Martin Schneider, UDHS Class of 2015, MIT Class of 2019
Lauren Pyfer, UDHS Class of 2015, Lehigh University Class of 2019
Daniel Warszawski, UDHS Class of 2016
Mary Jane Lyons, Librarian & Media Specialist, Upper Dublin High School
Are you wracking your brain for ways to connect with teens? Do
you plan exciting programs only to get low attendance? Rather than
planning programs for them to attend, why not develop programs
for them to lead? This session will provide a practical model for
partnering with school organizations to create low-cost and high-interest
programming where teens are the instructors rather than
the learners. Hear from the teen leaders themselves as they Skype
into the session to explain the role they play in these exciting and
fun library programs.
Ashleigh Faith, Doctoral Student, University of Pittsburgh
Resource Description and Access (RDA) is getting to a higher adoption
rate but the possible connections between RDA and Resource
Description Framework Schema (RDF) linked data is only a recent
development. The Library of Congress has started to make these
connections as well as the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI).
In this session, the connections being made inside and outside the
library field, how library patrons and staff may benefit from leveraging
linked data, and how to communicate to staff and patrons the
usefulness of linking these data will be covered.
Tracee Yawger, Mary Glendening, Laura O’Grady, Allison Frick
Want to encourage the children in your library to tinker, invent, and create? Explore the makerspace movement with a panel of librarians who have integrated makerspace activities into their kids
programming. We will share the reasoning behind our decisions and describe how we facilitate hands-on learning with some exciting new technology for kids 12 and under. Have a tight budget
with no dedicated space? We can help! Makerspaces for Kids: 3D Printer NOT Required–Part 2 The second part of this session will include a brief discussion regarding the equipment and materials used in programming and will feature plenty of hands-on time to explore—a great opportunity for attendees to see what the buzz
is all about.
Karla Trout, President & CEO, Palmyra Public Library
Bill Overton, President, Overton & Associate
This program will outline how a library can make a successful move
of its collection utilizing a combination of movers, staff and volunteers.
Based on the very successful move of Palmyra Public Library,
the presenters will describe how the successful move was orchestrated
using 160 community volunteers within the span of less than
a week, saving the library more than $10,000 in moving costs. The
session will show how each group added significant value to the
process and saved the library money.
Mass mailings of the same proposal to multiple funders may be easy, but that approach will yield poor results. Grant writing best practices include identifying funders that are a good “match” and
then crafting a proposal suited to each one. Attend this session to learn about the myriad factors you must consider when developing a grant application. Techniques for improving clarity and brevity will be shared to help prepare grant requests that are limited to brief letters or online applications with character constraints.
Scott Thomas, Alice Lubrecht, Kristen Yarmey, Martina Soden, Cathy Wilt, Maryam Phillips
Are there valuable historic documents in your town or county? Are you concerned about how to get them digitized? How to make sure they are preserved, yet accessible? Are you interested in hearing
the latest on statewide efforts to get PA collections into the Digital Public Library of America? More than just an update, this panel discussion will also serve as a venue for exploring issues of how we, as a community, identify and work to digitize important and often hidden historic collections and provide open access.
Joshua McConnell, Outreach/Community Educator and Archivist, Altoona Area Public Library
Paint Space is a program that allows patrons to utilize technology
while they immerse themselves in the time-honored art of painting.
This program allows the patron to learn how to learn, using iPads
to access Youtube to paint their own creations. Unlike traditional art
classes, participants in Paint Space are free to learn, practice, relax,
or utilize the space and materials however they wish. Come learn
how this program works, how you can start your own Paint Space
program, and experience the program first hand, leaving with your
Karen Payonk, Mary Anne Stanley, Jan Betty, Aimee Nelson, Renee Christiansen,
No money? No worries--we’re there with you! Our thrift storeshopping youth librarians will share some tried and true effective low-cost programs for preschoolers to teens. Get budget-friendly tips on mining the wealth of your community, “how-to” strategies and resources from our panel of speakers to make these programs
and others, attainable.
Linda Ballinger, Metadata Strategist, Penn State University Libraries
Doreva Belfiore, Digital Projects Librarian, Temple University Libraries
William T. Fee, Library Development Advisor for IT, State Library of Pennsylvania
Kristen Yarmey, Associate Professor and Digital Services Librarian, University of Scranton
Several Pennsylvania libraries, museums, and cultural heritage
organizations have been collaborating to explore ways to make
Pennsylvania‘s digital collections widely and freely available in the
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DPLA brings together millions
of items and makes them findable in innovative ways, including
timelines, maps, and more. The magic behind these searches
is your metadata. It doesn’t have to perfect, but there are ways to
make it play well in DPLA and across the web. This session will offer
best practices for metadata cleanup and enhancement,
Elena Madison, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Placemaking is a movement that re-imagines public spaces as the heart of every community. Rooted in community-based participation and grass roots collaboration, Placemaking guides the planning, design, management and programming of public spaces and capitalizes upon a community’s assets—social and physical, as well as creative—to create vibrant destinations that serve a local as well as regional audience. Libraries already play a key role in strengthening local communities, and they can be at the center of Placemaking efforts. Elena Madison is a Vice President at the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the hub of the worldwide Placemaking movement. She will share a systematic approach to transforming libraries into community destinations based on PPS’s work with libraries around the country. PPS has worked with library staff on Placemaking efforts in small rural communities, large urban centers,
and everything in between.
Susan Jeffery, Ann Shincovich, Joanne Austin, Ann Bramblett-Barr
You get the call on a Saturday morning that the library is flooded or the fire department calls that there is a fire at your building. What do you do now? Hear from other librarians who have successfully survived a building disaster about how to prioritize, who to call, and what you need to know. This program will cover dealing with the immediate crisis, talking to the media and the public, handling insurance claims, and the aftermath of a disaster. Learn how to develop a one page disaster plan that you can have ready to go at a
This session provides librarians and library administrators basic knowledge and skills they need to develop and maintain a safe and secure environment for their patrons and staffs. When correctly designed and enforced, these safety measures operate in the background, invisible to the patron.
Carrie Bishop, Regional Campus/First-Year Experience Librarian, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Campus
The newly accepted ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for
Higher Education now stands as academic librarians’ guidepost for
teaching information literacy. This session will present a case study
of how the presenter designed two information literacy courses
based on the threshold concepts, knowledge practices, and dispositions
outlined in the Framework. Ms. Bishop will guide attendees
along the roadmap Megan Oakleaf provided in “A Roadmap for
Assessing Student Learning Using the New Framework for Information
Literacy for Higher Education.” The session will provide timely
and practical information for those wanting to integrate the Framework
into their practice.
Lori Hunter Overmyer, MBA, CFRE, Vice President, Goettler Associates, Inc.
David Goettler, CEO, Goettler Associates
Changing demographics and the advent of episodic volunteerism
have significantly impacted who volunteers, and why. As libraries
adapt to a changing customer base, demands for electronic service
delivery, and ever-increasing funding challenges, many Friends
boards lag behind in their growth and development. Friends boards
must attract talent and expertise in fundraising, advocacy and community
outreach to maintain significance and relevancy. In return,
board work must offer fulfilling and meaningful opportunities that
match the mission, goals and objectives of the library. This workshop
will provide participants with a practical toolkit to analyze,
redefine, and re-energize Friends volunteers
Do you want to design a research study but don’t know where to start? Are you intimidated by statistical analysis? Then you’ve come to the right place! This presentation will help dispel those anxieties by providing a simple step-by-step process for designing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting your research. You will leave this session with a concrete game plan that will help you complete your research projects in no time!
Jackie Esposito, University Archives; Digitization, Preservation and Conservation Dept, Penn State University Libraries; Paul Dzyak, University Archives Assistant, Penn State University; Bill Minter, Conservator, PSU Libraries Digitization, Preservation and Conservation Department; Ann Passmore, Penn State University Libraries Digitization, Preservation and Conservation Department; Cheri Banks, Penn State University Libraries, Digitization, Preservation and Conservation Department
Oversize drawings and maps are by far the most unwieldy library
materials to deal with due to size, shape and even weight! They
frequently become worn and torn more easily; they are difficult for
patrons to access; and storage is always an issue. Whether your
library has a few or many oversize drawings or maps, the processes
and lessons learned shared by the Penn State Unive
Joe Fennewald and Victoria Raish
Beginning a research project can be overwhelming. One of the decisions that need to be made is how to collect the data to address the problem you want to explore. For example, researchers frequently want to better understand how patrons use their libraries. Obtaining helpful data through observation alone can be challenging. Seating sweeps’ is a data collection technique used in libraries that streamlines and focuses the observation process and can provide valuable information. Come to this session to learn about them and how to design a ‘seating sweep’ for your library.
Looking for a new way to interest your school-age crowd? Tired of the same old book parties based on popular characters? Look no further than Simple School-Age Solutions for easy to replicate ideas for 45-minute programs specifically geared for first through fourth graders! With everything from lemon powered batteries that light up LEDs to puffy paint snow and our very own mock Caldecott Award, these programs won’t break the bank and the kids in your library won’t be able to wait to come back next time!
Alice Lubrecht, Bureau Director, State Library, State Library of
Brian Dawson, Acting State Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania
Join this session to learn more about the statewide projects and initiatives that the State Library of Pennsylvania is working on to support Pennsylvania libraries. Come and meet the State Librarian and staff from several areas within the State Library.
Anita Ditz, Head of Children’s Services, Schlow Centre Region Library
Paula Bannon, Children’s Librarian, Schlow Centre Region Library
Katie Brennan, Children’s Services Technician, Schlow Centre Region Library
Dazzle your families with storytimes that engage children and educate
grown-ups! Learn tips and tricks for keeping storytime exciting
with these tried and true techniques. Practice new fingerplays and
songs, listen to guaranteed crowd-pleasing books, and explore
multiple ways to tell the same story. Teach adults fun and easy ways
to incorporate early literacy strategies into their daily routines. Keep
your storytime families coming back for more, week after week!
Maria T. Accardi, Coordinator of Instruction and Reference, Indiana University Southeast (IN)
Feminist pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning that is informed by feminist theory. A form of critical pedagogy, feminist pedagogy seeks to raise consciousness about sexism and other forms of oppression through a collaborative, student-centered classroom. Feminist teaching strategies include decentering the authority of the teacher, empowering student voice, and privileging experimental knowledge. This interactive workshop will engage
participants in a conversation about what feminist pedagogy might look like in the library instruction classroom and other kinds of learning experiences the academic library helps facilitate, with an emphasis on practical applications that can transform and invigorate student learning
Catherine Alloway, Director, Schlow Centre Region Library
Randy Hudson, Partner, Hayes Large Architects, LLC
A library leader must stay abreast of trends in order to keep his/her
library vital for its patrons. This presentation on the near future of
library design examines The Vital Library. The Vital Library is sustainable,
cosmopolitan, and above all, place-based. Its staff and visitors
are comfortable with technologies, whether 15th- or 21st-century. It
is a place for making content, as well as consuming it. The presenters
will give library leaders and advocates powerful insights and
tools to create or reinvent their own Vital Library, and to communicate
its lasting value and relevance.
Wendy McClure, Human Resources Coordinator, Cleve J. Fredricksen Library
This session is structured for public libraries seeking to start or improve
upon a volunteer program. Fredricksen Library is a mid-sized
institution which employs predominantly part-time staff. The library
relies heavily on 400+ volunteers to meet the changing needs of the
community. The principles of building and sustaining a volunteer
force remain the same, regardless of the library’s size. This session
will cover creation of core documents, management of the program,
development of policies and apprec
Michele Leininger, Sue Banks, Jennifer Pickle
Public libraries have grown in complexity over the past decades, requiring these organizations to be more knowledgeable and responsive to communities, have a deeper understanding of fiscal issues,
participate more actively in governmental activities, and continually assist staff in adopting new approaches and skills. Yet, it remains unclear how successful managers are created and adapt. Discussion of the results from a research case study reveals the details of this journey, what impact gathering this information could have on the profession, and how individuals and organizations can replicate the study to discover their own journeys.