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Civil War Digital History Project

Posted By Kristen Yarmey, University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library, 570-941-7003, kristen.yarmey@scran, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic, Public

Partnership

Lackawanna Historical Society, Everhart Museum, Scranton Public Library, Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives, University of Scranton History Department, Scranton Times-Tribune

Description

This digital history project increased access to rare Civil War documents while also exposing undergraduate students to local history and the professional worlds of libraries, archives, and museums. University of Scranton history professor Dr. Kathryn Meier and her HIST314 (Civil War & Reconstruction, 1850-1877) students worked with Digital Services Librarian Kristen Yarmey to build a digital collection of local, Civil War-era primary sources.
The students gained exposure to historical research by 1) searching for and examining original Civil War letters in the Lackawanna Historical Society’s genealogy files, 2) preparing those documents for long term preservation, 3) digitizing, describing, and 4) transcribing the documents at the Weinberg Memorial Library, and 5) interpreting the documents for the public via a web interface, with the help of the Everhart Museum (which was then hosting an exhibit of regional stories of the Civil War). The images, descriptions, and transcriptions were then transferred to the Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives, a collaborative repository hosted by the Scranton Public Library, and the students’ work is now publicly available as part of an LVDA digital collection called “Out of the Wilderness: The Industrialization and Development of the Scranton Area, 1850-1865."

Tags:  Adults  Civic & Social 

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Basic Computer Literacy Workshops

Posted By Lynnette Saeger, Southern Lehigh Public Library, lsaeger@solehipl.org , 610-282-8825, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic, Public

Partnership

DeSales University

Description

Two series of basic computer literacy workshops held in labs at DeSales for mostly retired community members. We covered learning to use a mouse, online searching, and setting up personal emails. Plans for additional sessions in October.

Tags:  Adults  Information 

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College 101: Information on Grants, Scholarships, & Applying to College

Posted By Mary Barna, Director, Valley Community Library, 570-489-1765 X3, mbarna@albright.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

Pennsylvania State University, Worthington Scranton Campus

Description

Aimed at removing the trauma of the act of applying to college and looking for grants and scholarships. This event will help potential college freshmen understand the process of applying to college.

Tags:  Basic  Civic & Social  Teens 

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Computer and Job Resource Classes

Posted By Wes Roberts, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, robertsw@carnegielibrary.org, 4125782521, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

General library operating budget with some dedicated part-time staff and some assistance from full-time staff in other departments. Occasionally grant funds subsidize the cost.

Partnership

PodCamp Pittsburgh, local employers, and volunteers sometimes present classes. Recruiting volunteers or outside groups is a great way to increase the number of class opportunities you can provide.

Description

Classes were taught to community members about the use of computers and how to find job resources on the internet.
Recommendation: Develop scripts and computer exercises, have a registration system to accommodate the amount of computers available, and make phone call or email reminders to registered students (this helps to improve attendance numbers).

Tags:  Adults  Information 

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Computer Buddy Assistance

Posted By Sandy Thompson, Wynnefield Branch – Free Library of Philadelphia, 215-685-7428, thompsons@freelibrar, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic, Public

Partnership

St. Joseph University, Kappa Delta Pi – provides student volunteers who are interested in assisting with computers

Description

One-on-one classes were taught to library users about basic computer use.
Recommended tips: 1. You must have a pool of volunteers who are reliable and willing to assist people with varying abilities
2. Get contact info for your volunteers and registrants in case a session needs to be cancelled or rescheduled.
3. Be adaptable.

Tags:  Adults  Information 

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Computer Classes on the Road

Posted By Bernice Crouse, Franklin County Library System, 717-709-0282 ext. 212, bdcrouse@fclspa.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic, Public

Cost and Funding

1,000

Partnership

To meet the needs of clients of the local Migrant Education program, a local college volunteered their services and provided staffing for an intense summer workshop for Spanish-speaking teens

Description

An intense summer workshop for Spanish-speaking teens to learn computer classes.
Must know which instructors will be interested and supportive.
Must know how information literacy fits into the strategic plan or mission of the college.
Must know course outcomes required.
Advance registration is essential.
We were awarded a grant from HACC to develop an opportunity for students to work closely with a librarian for their semester in English 101.

Tags:  Information  Teens 

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Computer Tutor

Posted By Licia Slimon, Whitehall Public Library, 412-882-6622, slimonl@einetwork.net, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public, School

Partnership

The high school helped us recruit their students to become tutors.

Description

A librarian with teaching/computer skills teams up with high school students to provide one-on-one help for older adults who wish to improve their computer skills.
The librarian provides an orientation/training session to teens prior to the first session.

Tags:  Adults  Information  Teens 

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Consumer Health Library

Posted By Linda Rice, Bosler Memorial Library, 717-243-4642, lrice@ccpa.net, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Funded by grant from the Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation. The initial three-year grant for $126,500 was to begin a collection of consumer health materials in five libraries in Cumberland County and two libraries in Perry County. At the end of the grant, a second mini-grant of $17,200 was approved to provide the online Gale Health and Wellness databases for the libraries in the Cumberland County Library System.

Partnership

Worked with area physicians and the Sadler Health Center to refer patients to the public library for health and wellness information.

Description

Goals:
Improving consumer health education and prevention library materials and services in Cumberland and Perry County public libraries
Providing consumer health information and referral services;
Developing cooperative relationships with area agencies and organizations to promote the library’s services and to target at-risk populations, such as the low income/underinsured elderly and children
Promoting the public library’s role in providing timely consumer health education and prevention materials to the public
Consumer Health Collection Development
Provide adults and children with accurate, relevant, quality-filtered, current, unbiased, full-text information via books, journals, videos, computer databases, and Internet resources for adults and children at each participating library. No item purchased for this collection would have a copyright date older than two years.
Consumer Health Information Services
Provide adults, young adults, and children with quality consumer health medical information assistance.
Outreach Activities
Develop cooperative relationships with area agencies and organizations to promote the library’s consumer health services and to target at-risk populations, such as the low income/underinsured elderly and children; and through community-based outreach activities such as health fairs, library resources will be promoted to encourage use of each library and its consumer health resource collection. Provide free meeting room space for health organizations to provide on-site preventive screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, flu shots, or other immunizations at each library.
Develop outreach program (such as flyers, library tours, orientations, etc.) to promote the library as a resource for consumer health information to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners at Sadler Health Center and other clinics, area hospitals, support groups, Head Start programs, health care workers, and social workers.
Marketing Activities
Promote the public library’s role in providing timely consumer health education and prevention materials to the public. Contract with a professional marketing firm to develop consumer health service marketing materials such as flyers, bookmarks, posters, and radio advertising to promote the library’s role in providing consumer health education.
Distribute promotional materials to support groups, nursing associations, physicians groups, health care workers, social workers, etc.
Distribute materials to targeted audiences via hospitals, clinics, human service agencies, food kitchens, etc.
Awards or recogition: U. S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science awarded the Consumer Health Award in 2004 to CCLS.

Tags:  Adults  Health 

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Conversation Corners

Posted By Hedra Packman, Free Library of Philadelphia, 215-686-5305, packmanh@freelibrary.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Description

Volunteers and/or college work study students are recruited to facilitate conversations with new Americans who want to practice English. Mayor’s Commission on Literacy ESL staff train facilitators who introduce a special topic/English idiom/vocabulary and then converse with participants on topics they need to discuss in English with others (health, getting a job, talking with schools, etc.). Participation is voluntary and participants come weekly or as needed.
1. Work with an ELL/ESL teacher to develop training for volunteers.
2. Recruit volunteers from the target community if possible.
3. Identify and partner with organizations serving the target population to promote program and recruit participants.

Tags:  Adults  Basic  Civic & Social  Financial  Health  Information 

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Conversation Salon

Posted By Charity Leonette, Allegheny County Library Association, 412-921-1123 ext. 304, leonettec@einetwork.n, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Description

Established in 2001 with a few libraries in partnership with Elderhostel Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) Conversation Salons have grown to include fourteen libraries hosting monthly discussions. ACLA’s Conversation Salons provide a forum for active participation in the discussion of the meaningful and interesting events of our time. Conversation Salons provide an opportunity for people to become an active participant in the larger world around you to develop the skills of good conversation, and to connect and contribute to the community. Each two hour salon is led by a trained facilitator and is responsible for selecting their own discussion topics. The only guideline is the topics focus on "here and now" issues. Salons meet on a monthly basis in public libraries throughout the county and are free and open to adults of all ages.
After the first few sessions, the program is fairly autonomous with the direction of a regular facilitator. Although library staff may choose to actively participate, this is not necessary for success.
Profiled in American Library Association’s 50+ Services: Innovation in Action by Diantha Dow Schull

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