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Sample Social Media Guidance Documents Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Association is pleased to share the social media project from a 2018 PALS group.

From the PALS Group Members (Tegan Conner-Cole, Liz Kleusner, Jennifer Knechtman, Emily Mross, John Siegel and Josefine Smith):

This suite of documents was created to guide the Association and Pennsylvania libraries in developing social media policies and implementing engaging social media practices online. The documents consist of: Draft Social Media Policy for the Pennsylvania Library Association, Social Media Policy Template for Academic Libraries, Social Media Policy Template for Public Libraries, and a Best Practices Guide

The materials can also be accessed at

Click here to view the accompanying webinar. 

Tags:  Academy of Leadership Studies  PALS 2018  Social Media Guidance 

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2019 Best Practices Awardees Announced

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dear Pennsylvania Library Association Members:

Please join us in congratulating the following libraries who received the 2019 Best Practices Award for youth services!* 

Display & Design: Erie County Public Library - Blasco Memorial Library

High School: Martin Library

Infant/Toddler: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Lawrenceville

STEM: Wernersville Public Library

School Age: Kaltreider-Benfer Library

Preschool: Centre County Library and Historical Museum Library

Middle School: Radnor Memorial Library 

Family/Multi-generational: York County Libraries

Humanities in Action: York County Libraries

*For full details--Program name, librarian(s) name(s), and honorable mentions--click link above or go here.

One of these libraries will be awarded the David J. Roberts EXCEL Library Service Award. To find out who, join us at the Carolyne L. Smith Best Practices Awards Program on Monday, October 14 as part of our Annual Conference in Erie. Awards will be presented and honorable mentions recognized during the program on Monday, from 9am to 11:45am. Registration for the conference is now open. We hope to see you there for this special celebration!

We want to give a big thank you to the Best Practices Committee of the Youth Services Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association:

George Matthew, Chair

Elaine Volpe, Catherine Stewart, Heather Weleski, Ann Duffy, and Jennifer Roberts

for all of their time, review, and thorough deliberation to select the winners and honorable mentions! For more information about the award, please go to our website!

Tags:  Best Practices Awards  PA Library Association  Youth Services 

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August - December 2019 Media Toolkits Now Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)'s PR & Marketing Committee is pleased to announce the availability of the August - December 2019 media toolkits.

The kits can be accessed at…. Once on the page, please see the 2019 Media Toolkit section.

August - Explore Digital Resources
September - Library Card Sign-Up Month
October - Fire Prevention Month/Fire Prevention Week
November - International Games Day
December - World Aids Day

Toolkits from previous years are also accessible on this page as well.

Materials include press release templates, sample social media hash tags, lists of online resources and graphics for FB, Instragram and Twitter.

Tags:  2019  Digital Resources  Fire Prevention  International Games Day  Library Card Sign-Up  PR & Marketing; Media Toolkits  World Aids Day 

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PaLA Intellectual Freedom Committee Outreach

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, July 29, 2019

Dear Pennsylvania Library Association Membership:

Greetings from the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC). We are very fortunate to have a great group of individuals on this committee.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is currently working on creating a resource page on Pennsylvania Library Association’s website that will include information on how to report a challenge, and who to contact for immediate assistance along with other important information.

IFC was formed to support all members and member libraries. Each of our Pennsylvania Library Association Chapter has an IFC Chair. Please contact your Chapter Chair if you have a challenge to any material or to any program, or if there is censorship attempt to anything that your library does. IFC will be maintaining a database of challenges in our state.

IFC expects to meet every month via conference calls, and these meetings will be open to all. Please let us know if you are interested in attending and we will send you the necessary access information.

Following is a list of IFC Chapter Chairs and Committee Members with their contact information:

IFC Chapter Representatives


Last Name

First Name


Juniata Conemaugh



Lehigh Valley



Southeast (SEPLA)






South Central









IFC at Large Commitee Members




Library System of Bradford County



Neumann University





Free Library of Springfield Township



Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any member of the committee if you have questions or would like to volunteer.  We are always happy to help clarify or answer any questions.

In Service,

Sukrit Goswami


Haverford Township Free Library

1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083

Phone: 610.446.3082 Ext. 500

Tags:  Committee  Intellectual Freedom 

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Emerging Leader Applications - Due August 22

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, July 29, 2019

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is pleased to participate in ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program, which enables a select number of new librarians to get on the fast track to leadership within ALA and the library field. The Emerging Leader Program kicks off with a day-long leadership development session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Afterward, it grows and develops in an online learning and networking environment for six months.  The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference.

Participants commit to participating in all aspects of the program.  Participants may be offered an opportunity to serve on an ALA, division, chapter, or round-table committee, task force or workgroup as well as other library-related groups upon completion of program.  However, appointments are not guaranteed.

Pennsylvania Library Association will select one Pennsylvania member to sponsor.

ALA has set some eligibility requirements for this program. All applicants must be:

  • ALA members; and
  • New librarians (of any age) with fewer than five years post-MLS experience; and
  • Hold a recent MLS degree from an ALA- or NCATE-accredited program; and
  • Able to attend both ALA conferences (Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA: January 24-28, 2020; Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 25-30, 2020) and collaborate virtually between meetings; and
  • Ready to commit to serve on an ALA Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program.

In addition, for its support of the candidate, PaLA will ask the selected candidate to serve the Pennsylvania Library Association at the state or chapter level. Applicants must be members of Pennsylvania Library Association to qualify.

Completed applications should be sent to Christi Buker at to share with the selection committee by 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Please see the attached file for application details. Review of completed applications will be conducted and the selected PaLA representative will be notified after Sept. 25, 2019.

The scholarship committee looks forward to reviewing your application!
2019 Scholarship Committee Chair, Katie Greenleaf Martin

Download File (DOCX)

Tags:  ALA  Applications  Emerging Leaders 

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Carolyn W. Field Award Committee Opportunities

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, July 29, 2019

From the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Carolyn W. Field Award Committee:

Dear Pennsylvania Library Association Membership: 
• Do you love reading Children's and YA literature?
• Do you love talking about what you are reading?
• Do you love getting good books into the hands of children?
If you answered yes to these questions, this is your chance to join the 2020 Carolyn W. Field Award Committee!

This five-person committee helps choose the best book written and/or illustrated for children from birth through age 16 by a Pennsylvania author or illustrator in the previous year.

If you are interested in joining the 2020 committee, please fill out this google form ( by 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 7.

Questions? Contact committee chair, Melissa Adams at or

Tags:  Award  Carolyn W. Field  Committee 

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Libraries & Money Smart Week 2020

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, July 25, 2019

From the American Library Association:

Libraries and Money Smart Week April 4-11, 2020

Mark your programming calendars now to participate in Money Smart Week ( next spring, April 4-11!

Each year hundreds of libraries across the country create programming that helps consumers manage their personal finances better. Programs are offered to all demographics and income levels, and cover all facets of personal finance.

The American Library Association is a National Champion of Money Smart Week, along with other National Champions such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which provides free Money Smart Week resources for libraries. Money Smart Week is coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Thank you for helping build financial capability in your community. To sign up as a library partner is easy, and you will then be messaged with updates this fall into next spring with dates of information webinars, ideas for programs, partner opportunities. Visit to learn more.

Send questions to


Tags:  ALA  American Library Association  Financial Literacy  Money Smart Week 

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Nominations for the 2019-2020 "I Love My Librarian" Awards Now Being Accepted!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Nominate your favorite librarian for the 2019-20 #ILoveMyLibrarian award! Nominations are being accepted until October 21.


From the I Love My Librarian website: 
"The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college or university librarians."


Every year, 10 librarians receive the prestigious honor and there have been a few Pennsylvania librarians to be recognized 


For more information, including the nomination form, visit


For promotional materials, visit…/promotional-tools.

Tags:  Awards  I Love My Librarian 

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Scholastic Library Publishing Scholarships Available for 2019 PaLA Conference

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, July 25, 2019

If you are considering attending the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference for the first time and work with children/youth services, please consider applying for this scholarship program!

Scholastic Library Publishing is generously sponsoring three $400 scholarships for youth services librarians attending the 2019 Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) annual conference for the first time.

The application deadline is 11:45 pm, August 19, 2019.

You may apply online through Survey Monkey or email/mail the paper application to Pennsylvania Library Association at To be eligible you must not have attended the PaLA Annual Conference in the past, and be a current personal member of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Applicants are encouraged to register for the conference prior to August 31 which is the last day of the early bird rates. Winners of the award will be expected to follow up with a thank you letter to the appropriate representative of Scholastic Library Publishing and visit their representative in the exhibit hall.

The scholarship committee looks forward to reviewing your application!

--2019 Scholarship Committee Chair, Katie Greenleaf Martin

Tags:  Annual Conference  Scholarship  Scholastic Library Publishing  Youth Services 

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MLS/MLIS Scholarship Recipients Announced

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, July 12, 2019

Shared on behalf of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Scholarship Committee:

Greetings to all Pennsylvania Library Association Members,

We welcome you to share in our congratulations to all three 2019 MLS/MLIS Scholarship winners!

  • Danielle Gowen ~ Library Assistant Youth Services, Haverford Township Free Library
  • Jen Powell ~ Director, Tyrone-Snyder Public Library
  • Lisa Rand ~ Youth Services Coordinator, Boyertown Community Library

Congratulations ladies and best of luck in the pursuit of your degree in the Library Science field!

Tags:  Awards  Scholarship 

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