The Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is many things to many people. Investigating your family history, attempting to identify an old building site or searching for a Pittsburgh government department that doesn’t seem to exist any longer? Contact the Pennsylvania Department. Join PaLAunchpod host Tom Berman as he talks with Marilyn Holt, Library Services Manager of the Pennsylvania Department and president of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society about the origination and growth of the department. Over her thirty-five year history in what started as the Pennsylvania Room, Marilyn has seen many changes, from research using indexes and microfilm, to the interest in family history ignited by Roots in the 1970s, to classes this month on interpreting and charting DNA results. Listen as Marilyn gives advice to small libraries without big resources, beginning with maximizing your assets by networking with colleagues near and far, including the librarians and archivists at the Pennsylvania Department.
Visit the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh online here
Visit the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society online here
Founded to prepare students in the Pennsylvania capitol area for STEM careers, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has seen rapid growth since its 2005 opening. Join PaLAunchpod host Heidi Abbey Moyer as she talks with University librarian David Runyon about some of the challenges he faces serving 5000 students with only three library staff (himself included)! You’ll also hear about the library’s innovative board game collection which was established by Runyon to support the Interactive Media program at the University, as well as the partnership with the nearby U. S. Army War College. Listen as David describes the “Simulating Global Crisis” class which is based on a role-playing game framework, and the board game analysis course he developed and teaches. Finally, David gives advice on how and why to start a library board game collection. His first tip: Do your homework!
Visit the Library of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology here
Facing severe budget cuts, Penny Talbert, executive director of the Ephrata Public Library knows it is more important than ever to follow her philosophy of embracing craziness and being fearless in forging and strengthening community connections. Listen as Penny and PaLAunchPod host Heidi Abbey Moyer discuss the need to roar rather than whisper about the good works of Pennsylvania libraries. Roaring sometimes involves wearing wigs and costumes and can often include jumping in with eyes closed tight. While living the mission of the Ephrata Public Library (and seemingly working on the budget with an abacus and a ouija board), Penny has built the library into a community hub, complete with post office, bookstore, skate park and forthcoming social services center. Listen today as the Guerilla Librarian describes how to build connections and engage advocates, and defines the role of the librarian as one limited only by the imagination.
As the keeper of the Rare Collections of the State Library of Pennsylvania, Iren Snavely walks a delicate balance between access and preservation. Listen as PaLAunchpod host Tom Berman chats with Iren about the literary heritage of Pennsylvania, from its beginnings with Benjamin Franklin in 1745, through its various moves to escape danger during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to its current collection development efforts which involve endowments, donations and yard sales. Snavely describes how he tells the story of historic Pennsylvania through exhibits and published research; and how he encourages visitors to interact with history through supervised, hands-on experiences. Listen today to discover how you can arrange a visit to the Rare Collections Reading Room and perhaps view a 1493 edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle or a Pennsylvania Necrology Scrapbook.
Visit the Rare Collections of the State Library of Pennsylvania online here.
Digital Collections at the State Library of Pennsylvania can be viewed here.
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.
Posted By Brian G. Fulton,
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.