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Public Relations/Marketing Committee of the Pennsylvania Library Association Release the 2021 Digital Media Calendar!

Posted By Robin Lesher, Thursday, October 22, 2020

The PR/Marketing Committee is happy to release the 2021 Digital Media Calendar. 

The Calendar can be found here:  2021 Digital Media Calendar

In the coming months, the committee will be releasing monthly additional information such as social media posts, graphics, hashtags, and newsletter suggestions.  Look for these updates in future message. 

All PR/Marketing information can be found on the Pennsylvania Library Association under the PA Forward™ Marketing Materials (Get Involved, PA Forward™, PA Forward™ Marketing Materials, then click on the button for Communications & Media.)

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Registered for the Conference? Tips for Navigating and Networking in the Virtual Platform

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Friday, October 16, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2020

If you have registered to attend the 2020 PaLA Virtual Conference, we want to help you achieve the best experience possible in this new virtual format.  View our Tips Page for information on navigating and connecting with others in the virtual conference platform.

Tips for Navigating the PaLA 2020 Virtual Conference

"See" you October 19 - 21!

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Elected Official of the Year Named! Representative Carolyn Comitta

Posted By Robin Lesher, Thursday, October 15, 2020

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PA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES REPRESENTATIVE CAROLYN COMITTA AS 2020 ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

Representative Carolyn Comitta, 156th Legislative District, Chester County.

 

Mechanicsburg, PA (October 15, 2020) Each year, the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) honors the service of their members, as well as those community volunteers, who go above and beyond the call of duty to support the work of libraries throughout the commonwealth.

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, the 2020 Elected Official of the Year

The Pennsylvania Library Association is honored to present the 2020 Elected Official Award to Representative Carolyn Comitta of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 156th Legislative District, Chester County.

For over 45 years, Representative Carolyn Comitta has been an advocate of libraries, whether an elementary school teacher advocating for her school library, an avid user of her local public library in West Chester, or a voice in support of funding for all public libraries in Pennsylvania. 

Ms. Comitta started her political career in West Chester.  As a Borough Council member, she supported the increase of funding for the West Chester Public Library.  When she became a two-term Mayor of West Chester, PA, she backed many library projects, was especially active in the local summer reading programs, and always made room in her schedule for a library event.

When Ms. Comitta moved to the state-wide political arena, she maintained her commitment to libraries.  She still participates in the local Legislative Breakfast and often speaks on how to increase state and local library funding and how libraries should connect with elected officials.  And, as Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Representative Comitta was permitted one question at the Education Department hearings. Her question was directed at increasing library funding in Pennsylvania and she added her own emphasis by saying: “Libraries are an investment in our children and adults, as well as workforce development.  They provide enhanced opportunities for each person, regardless of economic class, race, or gender.  Libraries need, at the very least, continued funding now more than ever. I will continue to raise my voice on behalf of public libraries in Pennsylvania.”

For her dedication to supporting and advocating for public libraries in her role as an elected official, it is with sincere appreciation and gratitude that the Pennsylvania Library Association presents the 2020 Elected Official Award to Representative Carolyn Comitta.

“Representative Carolyn Comitta has been an enthusiastic library supporter, speaking passionately on behalf of the value of public libraries and the role they play in the everyday life of Pennsylvania’s residents throughout her political career.” Said Kimberley Hravnik, Chair of the Pennsylvania Library Association Legislative Committee. “The libraries of Chester County, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are fortunate to have a staunch ally in Representative Comitta.”

A committee comprised of association members reviews the nominations, submitted in late summer, and selects winners for a series of categories. Previous winners include Representative Stan Saylor in 2019, PA Senator Guy Reschenthaler in 2018, and Easttown Township Supervisor Christopher Polites in 2017.

“The Pennsylvania Library Association and its members rely on the support of elected officials.  Without State and Local funding support and awareness our libraries could not support their communities effectively.  We are grateful for the support of Representative Comitta and spotlighting the work of libraries in their communities.”  said Christi Buker, PaLA Executive Director.

Founded in 1901, the Pennsylvania Library Association is the state's oldest 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, click here. For more information about the work of the Pennsylvania Library Association, visit www.palibraries.org.

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PENNSYLVANIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES THE 2020 NEW LIBRARIAN

Posted By Robin Lesher, Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Mechanicsburg, PA (October 8, 2020) Each year, the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) honors the service of their members, as well as those community volunteers, who go above and beyond the call of duty to support the work of libraries throughout the commonwealth.

On Thursday, October 8, 2020, the 2020 Trustee of the Year was awarded.

The Pennsylvania Library Association is pleased to present the 2020 New Librarian Honors Award to Julie Miller, Interlibrary Loan Librarian at the Warren Public Library.

When Julie was hired at Warren Public Library, she was given the difficult task of revamping the Interlibrary Loan department, which was in much need of an update. She jumped at the opportunity with confidence and ability, improving accessibility and efficiency for not only Warren Public Library patrons and staff, but also for the 17 libraries and 5 counties within the district.

   With a background in graphic arts, Julie undertook the design and management of the library’s advertising and promotional materials which vastly improved the cohesiveness of the library’s marketing efforts. Sharing her editing skills and valuable insight, she also worked on the Midwinter Fundraiser and the Annual Giving Letter, which saw an increase in donation mailings under her new design.

Continuing to go above and beyond her responsibilities, Julie became an invaluable member to several library committees, including the art gallery and the Teen Space. She was instrumental in turning the library’s Teen Space project into a massive library renovation and managed the library’s Keystone Grant application, ensuring it was accurate, complete, and submitted on time. Julie also regularly assists the Teen and Adult Services Specialist and helped institute a special teen library card for Warren Public Library patrons.

 

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PENNSYLVANIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES THE 2020 TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR

Posted By Robin Lesher, Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Louis Labar of the Wayne County Public Library named Trustee of the Year

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the 2020 Trustee of the Year was awarded.

The Pennsylvania Library Association is pleased to present the 2020 Trustee of the Year Award to Louis Labar of the Wayne County Public Library.

Louis served on the Wayne County library’s Board of Trustees for nine years, including terms as President and Treasurer before rotating off the Board in accordance with the bylaws’ term limits. Because he inspires with words, leads by example, and advocates constantly, he was re-appointed to the Library’s Board in May 2018.   Concurrent to his time on the Wayne County Public Library Board, Louis was a representative to the Wayne Library Authority Board from 2009-2017 and held the offices of President and Treasurer. Recognizing that small rural libraries were under-represented, Louis applied for and was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Library Development and has held this important position since October 2010.   There are very few trustees who have been dedicated enough to serve on three library boards at the same time, but this is exactly what Louis did and part of why his work is so worthy of recognition.

One of Louis’ most notable efforts was his work with the Wayne Library Alliance, a federated library system, after they lost a dedicated library tax.  Louis was instrumental in the process which led to a reinvention of the Alliance. He attended member library board meetings, drawing on diplomacy and his experience as a trustee of a small and rural library to reassure those reluctant to change. And, when the process was finished, Louis represented the newly invigorated Alliance.

“Our members and libraries have been doing amazing things, particularly during this pandemic” said Michele Legate, 2020 President of the Pennsylvania Library Association.  “It is so important to take a little time to recognize the incredible work that our colleagues have done.”

A committee comprised of association members reviews the nominations, submitted in late summer, and selects winners for a series of 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.   

“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 2020 winners.”

A committee comprised of association members reviews the nominations, submitted in late summer, and selects winners for a series of 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.

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You Asked, and We've Delivered: 2020 Conference Session Schedule

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Friday, September 25, 2020
Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2020
We have a fantastic line up of sessions to take place during #pala2020!  Check it out and register to join us for this ground-breaking event!

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PENNSYLVANIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES 3 MEMBERS WITH 2020 CERTIFICATES OF MERITS

Posted By Robin Lesher, Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Mechanicsburg, PA (September 24, 2020) Each year, the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) honors the service of their members, as well as those community volunteers, who go above and beyond the call of duty to support the work of libraries throughout the commonwealth.

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, three members of the Association were honored with Certificates of Merit.

Certificates of Merit are awarded to individuals making outstanding contributions during the last five years in Pennsylvania.

This year’s winners are Joann Eichenlaub of the Madigan Library Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williamsport,  Marissa Guidara of the Reading Library District in Reading, June Houghtaling, Consultant for the North Central Library District at the James V Brown Library in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Joann Eichenlaub chairs the PA Forward™ Steering Committee and is now helping both the PA Forward™ and its Star program to adapt to the changing landscape of library services during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.   She also dedicates her time serving as a Director at Large for the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Library Association since 2017.

Marissa Guidara’s steady support and mentorship has empowered others to take on positions of leadership, further themselves educationally and to step forward in bringing their bravest ideas to fruition. She has also volunteered on the Carolyn W. Field Subcommittee of the Youth Services Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Awards Committee.

June Houghtaling has made many contributions to the Pennsylvania Library Association include involvement in her local West Branch Chapter, the PaLA Academy for Leadership Studies, the Mentorship Program, Chairing the PA Forward™ Training Team and involvement in many committees and annual conferences.

“Our members and libraries have been doing amazing things, particularly during this pandemic” said Michele Legate, 2020 President of the Pennsylvania Library Association.  “It is so important to take a little time to recognize the incredible work that our colleagues have done.”

A committee comprised of association members reviews the nominations, submitted in late summer, and selects winners for a series of 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.  

“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 2020 winners.”

 

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Library Supporters to Meet with State Legislators

Posted By Christi Buker, Monday, September 21, 2020

Librarians, staff, volunteers, trustees, patrons and supporters will be reaching out on Monday, September 21, 2020 for PA Library Legislative Day.  The purpose is to highlight how public libraries serve Pennsylvania and ask that library funding be maintained as essential support especially during the coronavirus pandemic.  ....

See the attached file for the full text of the news release.  

**If you had a meeting with a legislator or their staff, please give us a quick report on how it went by completing this form.  https://forms.gle/NA7tkQdQSV4Ee21J6 

Report on your meeting

 

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PA Library Legislative Day - Sept. 21

Posted By Christi Buker, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Library supporters across PA are asked to contact their elected officials on Monday, September 21 for Library Legislative Day!  Use the attached message with the ASK for public library funding, talking points, and even a short phone script as a guide - but personalize it with your local library story.

As the General Assembly only approved 5 of 12 months worth of funding, there is significant risk that library funding may be cut.  Please take a minute to reach your state level elected officials and their staff and connect them to the amazing work of our library staffs and libraries!

Questions or comments may sent to the Legislative Committee, Kimberley Hrivnak and Tom Reinsfelder, Co-Chairs. 

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Registration for #pala2020 is OPEN!

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Wednesday, August 12, 2020

We are pleased to announce that attendee registration for the 2020 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference - an online event - is open.

The virtual conference will take place October 19 - 21, 2020, which are the same dates as the former in-person conference.  The conference theme, Mountains of Possibilities, is appropriate as all of us have forged new paths, over mountains of uncertainty, to connect and collaborate - with patrons, and with each other in this COVID-19 world.  The possibilities for education and engagement at this virtual event are real and will prepare and inspire you to continue your important work!

More information on the conference, rates, and the link to register

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