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Statement on digital lending models by 2019 Board of Directors

Posted By Christi Buker, Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019

PA Library Association Joins Call for Equitable Digital Lending 
for Libraries and Readers

      The Pennsylvania Library Association joins the American Library Association and other state library associations across the country in condemning restrictive digital lending models for libraries and calling for publishers to work together with libraries to provide equitable access to eBooks, digital audiobooks, digital journals and research materials for all library users.
     As a statewide organization dedicated to supporting libraries of all types across the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Library Association believes that publishers and libraries are strong partners in fostering a culture of reading and learning. This relationship is beneficial to vendors, publishers, authors and to libraries and their communities. Making materials broadly and equitably available to users of libraries through flexible lending models should be the shared goal of all parties involved. While recent attention has focused on lending terms that disadvantage public libraries, the Association recognizes that publisher restrictions have long been an issue for school and academic libraries as well.
     “This is an issue that impacts all libraries,” says Christi Buker, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Library Association. “Regardless of whether it is an academic or school library serving students, or a public library serving the community, publishers should provide access to materials in a way that benefits everyone.”
     While the Association recognizes that publishing is a business, one size fits all lending models are a poor fit for Pennsylvania’s diverse libraries. By working with libraries and the American Library Association, publishers could develop flexible lending options which enhance service to patrons, drive additional sales for publishers, and expose authors to new audiences through discovery and promotion in libraries.
     “We believe that the goals of libraries and publishers aren’t mutually exclusive,” says Denise Sticha, 2019 Pennsylvania Library Association President. “Better digital lending options for libraries will benefit everyone involved in providing and promoting these resources.”
     The Pennsylvania Library Association encourages members to take action on this issue by continuing the conversation about equitable access with library staff, patrons, and with the vendors and publishers you have relationships with.


This statement was approved by the 2019 Board of Directors, Denise Sticha, President.

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2019 Pennsylvania Library Associatlon Award Winners

Posted By Robin Lesher, Tuesday, October 22, 2019

PA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION HOSTS IT ANNUAL GATHERING OF LIBRARY PROFESSIONALS IN HISTORIC ERIE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS.

 

Mechanicsburg, PA (October 13, 2019) The Pennsylvania Library Association is hosting its 2019 Conference in Erie Pennsylvania.  The event will be held at the beautiful Bayfront Convention Center from Sunday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 16.

 

·         Library of the Year Award: This award is given to the Chester County Library.  The recognition honors a library that demonstrates excellence in the following areas: service to the community, advancing staff development and leadership in and support of Association activities such as the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS) and the PA Forward initiative. Chester County Library is the second library to receive this honor.  

 

·         Distinguished Service Award: This award is given annually to one person in recognition of exceptional meritorious service to libraries of the commonwealth. This year’s awardee is David G. Schappert with King’s College-PA. David is a past Pennsylvania Library Association President, member of the Association’s Legislative Committee, as well as the PA Forward Steering Committee and Training Team member.   

 

·         Certificates of Merit: These are awarded to individuals making outstanding contributions during the last five years in Pennsylvania. This year’s winners are Sheli Pratt-McHugh, University of Scranton-Weinberg Memorial Library; Chris Snyder, Bucks County Free Library; Sylvia Orner, Scranton Public Library; Jennifer Knisely, Altoona Area Public Library; and Kimberly Hrivnak, Allegheny County Library Association.   

 

·         Elected Official Award: This award may be given annually to an elected official or officials for exemplary support of library service in Pennsylvania. This year, the association was proud to award this deserving honor to  Representative Stan Saylor, Chair Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 94th District. Rep. Saylor serves part of York County. 

 

·         New Librarian Honors Award: Honors a librarian who has been in the profession fewer than six years. It recognizes the originality and inventive ability of a new librarian who devises new and improved methods in library service on a statewide or local level.  The 2019 awardee is Emily Mross with Pennsylvania State University Libraries 

 

·         Trustee of the Year Award: Presented to a public library trustee in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to library development at the local, system, district and/or state level. This year’s recipient is Chester County Library’s Earl Baker.  

 

“The Pennsylvania Library Association is able to do what we do thanks to the unwavering efforts of our volunteers and our members,” said Christi Buker, PaLA Executive Director. “These awards are just our small way of shining a light on what all librarians, library staffs and our volunteers do to continue promoting the value libraries bring to communities they serve. We are thankful for their support and engagement and are honored to be able to recognize their efforts. Congratulations to all of our 2019 winners.”

 

A committee comprised of association members reviews the nominations, submitted in late summer, and selects winners for the listed categories. Awardees are then invited to attend the association’s annual conference where they are recognized among the membership, their peers, representing all library types and sizes from throughout Pennsylvania.  

 

It was my honor to serve as the Chair of the 2019 PaLA Awards Committee and to be a part of the process of shining the spotlight on so many library professionals and partners who work humbly behind the scenes not for the sake of recognition, but sincerely out of commitment to promoting and improving libraries in Pennsylvania.” Said Carrie Sturgill, Head of Youth Services, Radnor Memorial Library.  “Congratulations to all the award winners and thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. It was incredibly rewarding to read about the innovative work that is happening all around the Commonwealth. Thank you for sharing your stories, and please keep it up!”

 

The Association’s MLS or Master of Library Science degree scholarship was also awarded during the afternoon event. Three Pennsylvania Library Association MLS Scholarships are available to Association members who are working toward their Master’s degree in the Library Science field.  Each recipient receives a $1,500 scholarship and is required to complete a minimum of three credits toward the degree during the scholarship year. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

 

·         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

 

For more information about the scholarship, including application information, visit https://www.palibraries.org/page/Aid.
 

Founded in 1901, the Pennsylvania Library Association is the state's oldest and most diverse professional library organization serving libraries, library employees, library trustees, and Friends of the Library groups.

PaLA represents more than 1,300 personal, institutional and commercial members affiliated with public, academic, special and school libraries throughout the commonwealth. The association represents the profession in Harrisburg with the state legislature and provides opportunities for professional growth, leadership development and continuing education for librarians.

 

For a listing of previous award winners, visit https://www.palibraries.org/page/Awards. For more information about the work of the Pennsylvania Library Association, visit www.palibraries.org.

Tags:  Annual Conference  Certificates of Merit  Distinguished Service Award  Elected Official Award  Erie  Library of the Year Award  New Librarian Award  PaLA Awards  Trustee of the Year Award 

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Annual Conference & Office closing 10/11-18

Posted By Christi Buker, Thursday, October 10, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The 2019 Annual Conference is in Erie!  We hope to see you there!  

Our office will be closing on Friday, October 11 at noon so that we can pack up the cargo van and prepare to head out.  Since all staff will be in Erie, the office will remain closed until Thursday, October 17 when we will open from noon - 4:30 pm to wrap up conference matters.  Then the office will be closed on Friday, October 18.  

During our time in Erie we will have limited ability to respond to email, and appreciate your patience.  If you are at the conference, please stop by the registration desk if you have any urgent matters and need to reach us.  

See you soon!

Christi, Kim, Susan, Rob

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Annual Business Meeting - October 15, 2019

Posted By Christi Buker, Sunday, October 6, 2019

Annual Business Meeting - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Harrisburg Hilton

All members of the Pennsylvania Library Association are invited to attend the annual business meeting.  The agenda is posted on the membership communications webpage, and will include the presentation of Association Awards, reports from officers, and an address from the incoming 2020 President Michele Legate.

Membership Communications page

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Office Closed September 2 for Labor Day

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, August 30, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2019
The Pennsylvania Library Association is closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 3 at 8:30 a.m. 

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Request your free WWI: Lessons and Legacies poster exhibition

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, August 26, 2019

From the American Library Association Public Programs Office:

"The Smithsonian Institution is offering a free poster exhibition to libraries. Request your posters now!

Posters are available while supplies last. The deadline for requests is Sept. 13, 2019.

The opportunity is available to all types of libraries (e.g., public, school, college/university and special libraries).

Participating libraries will receive, free of charge:
• Collection of eight 18” x 26” posters
• Digital World War I: Lessons and Legacies Educators Guide with discussion questions and resources that align to national teaching standards
• Detailed Poster Handbook and User Guide, with display instructions and promotional resources
Available exclusively to libraries of all types, World War I: Lessons and Legacies explores the history of World War I and its lasting impact on American life.

Sparked by the assassination of one man, the war eventually included the forces of the world's major industrial powers (over 18 countries in all) and led to pivotal changes in America’s culture, technology, economy and role in the world."

For more information, visit https://www.sites.si.edu/…/world-war-i-lessons-and-legacies….

 
SITES.SI.EDU

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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 

https://www.palibraries.org/blogpost/998783/329525/Sample-Social-Media-Policy-Documents

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!


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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 https://www.palibraries.org/members/group_content_view.asp…. 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.

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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

Chapter

Last Name

First Name

Email

Juniata Conemaugh

Martin

Katie

bcl@blaircountylibraries.org

Lehigh Valley

Rand

Lisa

boyertownlibraryyouth@gmail.com

Southeast (SEPLA)

Goswami

Sukrit

goswami@haverfordlibrary.org

Southwest

Kamper

Al

alkamper@comcast.net

South Central

Major

Tara

tmajor@ccpa.net

Northwest

Gates

Anitra

agates@eriecountypa.gov

Northeast

Banyas

Kelly

kelly.banyas@scranton.edu

IFC at Large Commitee Members

Library

Last

First

Library System of Bradford County

Chisum-Chaffee

Lea

Neumann University

Decker

Lindsay

Lesher

Rob

Free Library of Springfield Township

McGarvey

Marycatherine

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

Director

Haverford Township Free Library

1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083

Phone: 610.446.3082 Ext. 500

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