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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…/world-war-i-lessons-and-legacies….


Tags:  ALA  Lessons and Legacies  Poster Exhibition  WWI 

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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

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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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