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News Release: PA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY INVESTS IN LIBRARIANS, STAFF 10 YEARS

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

 

CONTACT: Christi Buker, PA Library Association Executive Director

717-766-7663 or christi@palibraries.org  

 

PA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY INVESTS IN LIBRARIANS, STAFF 10 YEARS STRONG

Association’s professional development tracks help librarians, staff and volunteers support library’s efforts in local communities

 

Mechanicsburg, PA (November 27, 2018) For the last decade, the Pennsylvania Library Association has been helping to develop librarians into (library) leaders through their Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS). This effort was launched with support from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and was established to develop and train professional librarians and staff on how to lead their organizations, connecting them with potential partners, maintaining staff morale and heightening community awareness of what all libraries offer.

 

“Since its inception in 2009, the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies has focused on investing in, mentoring and assisting librarians,” said Jessica Miller, Washington County Library System Coordinator and 2018 PALS Committee Vice Chair. “Ultimately, the program is designed to help participants develop their own individual leadership skills and learn how to apply those skills in their libraries and in their local communities. The driving philosophy behind what we do is that leadership is a choice, not a position.” 

 

During her tenure as Pennsylvania Library Association President, Mary Garm, conceived the idea for the creation of the Academy for Leadership Studies (PALS). Tina Hertel, current Association President, worked with Garm to implement the full program as of 2009. Their goal was for this program to teach librarian leaders how to use their personal and professional skills to enhance the value of their libraries in their communities.

What transpired was the development of a multi-day workshop for newly degreed librarians, providing them with leadership training and resources that could then be applied in their local libraries.

 

This session has since expanded and now includes a second 3.5-day workshop for directors as well as a one-day workshop for support staff. It is the hope of the PALS Leadership Development Committee to continue developing these programs, enlightening and empowering Pennsylvania’s librarians by giving them the needed tools and resources for them to become leaders both personally and professionally.

 

The workshop descriptions are below:

 

Choosing Leadership

This one-day workshop is specifically designed for any librarians and support staff who are looking for ways to hone their leadership potential. Anyone who works in libraries, regardless of their position, is welcome to attend. This workshop is also open to students.

 

Leadership Academy

This 3.5-day workshop is designed for Masters of Library Science (MLS) and Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degreed librarians whether they have just completed their studies or have been in the field a few years. Participants work closely with one another, on year-long group projects, along with an assigned mentor, and explore what it means to be a leader, as well as how they can make the choice to be leaders for their libraries. Participation in this workshop requires a one-year commitment to the assigned group project. All participants must hold an appropriate degree from an American Library Association accredited school at the time of nomination.  

 

Directors' Institute

This 3.5-day workshop is designed for library directors and assistant directors. Participants will work closely with each other and with appointed mentors to explore what it means to be both a library director and a library leader. Special sessions with the Office of Commonwealth Library staff highlight state offered tools to help all directors lead their libraries no matter how big or how small. Participants must be either a director or an assistant director at their respective libraries. There is no degree requirement for this workshop.

 

Once the training sessions, which take place annually in June, conclude, Leadership Academy participants remain engaged as members of small-group project committees, working together throughout the course of the year on an initiative that will benefit librarianship throughout Pennsylvania. Directors’ Institute participants are offered webinars, discussion and networking opportunities on continuing topics of interest for the group. One-day workshop participants are encouraged to remain engaged with the Association through various workshops and regional activities hosted throughout the year.

 

Many graduates have benefitted their careers through participation with the leadership institutes. As of 2018, the Leadership Academy boasts 217 graduates, while the three-year-old Directors’ Institute has nearly 60 graduates to date. 

 

“I came away from PALS with a notebook full of hastily scribbled notes, punctuated by exclamation points; a virtual rolodex of new friends and colleagues; my brain and heart refreshed; and my face lit up by a smile. My expectations were wildly exceeded in every way. I'll hold on to these three days for a long time,” said Tess Wilson, a 2018 PALS Leadership Academy participant.

 

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies or PALS is made possible, in part, by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

IMLS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. As the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, IMLS’ mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about PALS, visit https://www.palibraries.org/page/PALS.  For more information about the work of the Pennsylvania Library Association, visit www.palibraries.org.

 

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PA Library Association Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Library Association is closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will re-open Monday, November 26 at 8:30 a.m. 

 

From the staff here at the Association, have a wonderful holiday. 

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News Release: PENNSYLVANIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THEIR 2019 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION EMERGING LEADER

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, November 19, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

 

CONTACT: Christi Buker, PA Library Association Executive Director

717-766-7663 or christi@palibraries.org  

 

PENNSYLVANIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THEIR 2019 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION EMERGING LEADER

 

Mechanicsburg, PA (Nov. 19, 2018) The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is excited to announce their sponsorship for a participant in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program.  Robbin Degeratu, Administrative Director with the Centre County Library & Historical Museum, has officially been admitted to the ALA’s training and development leadership program and will kick-off her participation with the program in January as part of the 2019 cohort.    

 

“Robbin is one of those librarians who you meet, and you instantly feel her passion for her work and for helping others,” said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director. “She has immersed herself in Association activities, working with our Public Relations & Marketing Committee, participating as a mentee in our mentorship program and working to get her library more involved with PA Forward. Her work at her own library has resulted in increased programming and visitors to their site. Robbin realizes the value in partnership building and in working together as a team to get the job done. She is (definitely) an emerging leader and will be a wonderful addition to the American Library Association’s program. We are proud to sponsor Robbin and feel she will benefit professionally as well as share her experiences through the Pennsylvania Library Association.”

 

Each year, the ALA selects up to 50 librarians from throughout the country to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program. The program allows participants to gain leadership experience early in their library careers, providing insight into the structure and work of ALA as well as allowing them opportunities to work on project planning and to gain networking opportunities with their peers.

 

This year’s program will kick off with a day-long session facilitated by Maureen Sullivan during the ALA 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Following the kickoff session which includes orientation and training, the program will continue in an online learning and networking environment for six months. The program culminates with a poster session where the 2019 Emerging Leaders will showcase the results of their project planning work during the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

 

Selected program participants were sponsored by ALA divisions, roundtables, state chapters, affiliate groups and other organizations. Sponsors commit to financial support to help to minimize conference costs for selected attendees.

 

One other Pennsylvania librarian is participating in the 2019 class. Corey Hall, a school librarian, from Lebanon County, was also admitted to the 2019 cohort.

 

For more information about the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders Program, visit http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/leadership/emergingleaders.

 

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

 

The Association 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 at the local, state and federal levels and provides opportunities for professional growth, leadership development and continuing education for librarians.

 

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Opinion Piece: "Reframe Advocacy to Highlight Library's Essential Services"

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, November 16, 2018

Check out this opinion piece by PA Library Association member, Laura O'Grady, Director of the Hershey Public Library:

"A few weeks ago, an article was written by Christie Nieman and published in an Australian newspaper with the headline, “Libraries are about democracy, not just books.”1 I first dismissed the article as another feel-good squishy love note for library fans to read about how great libraries are. I likened it to the opinion article published in the New York Times a few weeks earlier, “To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library” by Eric Klinenberg which discussed the necessary social infrastructure that public places like libraries and parks bring to a community.2 While I completely agree with and support Klinenberg’s point (and intend to read his new book), my frustration with articles of this sort is that they tend to stay within the bubble of people who do not need to be convinced of the value of public libraries." 

To access the full article, visit  

http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2018/11/reframe-advocacy-to-highlight-librarys-essential-services/

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Snow delayed opening

Posted By Christi Buker, Friday, November 16, 2018
Due to snow, our office will not open until 10am on Friday, November 16.  Thank you for your patience.

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Resource News: "What does financial literacy mean to me?" - Contest for school students

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Check out the attached flier from Harrisburg University about a statewide financial literacy contest. Entries being accepted until November 26.

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Partner News: Oral Health Story Kit Follow Up Survey

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Please see the below from our PA Forward partners at the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: 

 

Did your library receive an Oral Health Story Kit last year? Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC), a program of the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is conducting a brief follow-up survey on this project. The survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RPXBPP takes no more than 5 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to improve community resources like this in the future. Responses are due as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, November 30th. We greatly value your feedback and, as a thank you for your participation, anyone who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. Please contact HTHC at hthc@paaap.org with questions or concerns.

 

Thank you again for your assistance and support!

 

Healthy Teeth Healthy Children Program

PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

hthc@paaap.org

 

 

Kristin Haegele Hill

Program Director

Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC)

 

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Libraries Work with PA Forward Partners at Insurance to Host Open Enrollment Sessions

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, November 2, 2018

The PA Insurance Department, a PA Forward partner, will be hosting a series of open enrollment health insurance plan sessions at state libraries through November and December. 

The following sessions have been scheduled:

November 5

Richland Community Library, Lebanon County, 2-6 p.m.

November 6

Slippery Rock Community Library, Butler County, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Greenville Area Public Library, Mercer County, 1-3 p.m.

St. Mary's Public Library, Elk County, 4-6 p.m.

November 7

Manheim Township Library, Lancaster County, 4-6 p.m.

November 8

Ashland Public Library, Schuylkill County, 4-6 p.m.

November 15

Emmaus Public Library, Lehigh County, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

November 27

Palmyra Public Library, Lebanon County, 4-6 p.m.

Manheim Township Library, Lancaster County, 4-6 p.m.

December 12

Adams Memorial Library, Westmoreland County, 4-6 p.m.

Adams County Library, Adams County, 4-6 p.m. 

The sessions are being offered to provide residents with information about individual health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Attendees can also sign-up for the selected plan on-site. 

From the PA Insurance Department's press release: 

“Open enrollment for individual health insurance plans under the ACA runs through December 15, and I encourage Mercer County residents who need coverage to take advantage of this opportunity,” Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said. “Trained navigators will be on hand to help people find the best deal for the coverage they need. There is no cost for the assistance navigators provide.”

“Many people could find comparable plans at lower prices than they are now paying,” Altman said.

Altman noted about four out of five Pennsylvanians currently insured through the ACA with plans bought on the Healthcare.gov website receive subsidies to offset much of their premiums. Individuals with incomes up to approximately $48,560 are eligible for tax credit subsidies, and families of four with incomes up to approximately $100,400 are eligible.

Information about health plans available by county, along with other resource information is available at www.insurance.pa.gov. 

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Girls Who Code Provides Free Books for 3-5 Grade Book Clubs

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Information from Girls Who Code

 

Girls Who Code Provides Free Books for 3-5 Grade Book Clubs

Girls Who Code, a national non-profit with the mission to close the gender gap in technology, is providing free books for our new 3-5 grade book Clubs.  Club members read and discuss our nonfiction book, Learn to Code and Change the World.  We provide five free books per Club and grant funding!  Clubs can be run entirely offline, and we offer an optional online component if you wish to use it.  No computer science experience necessary! To claim your free books, free curriculum and support, just submit our online Club application at www.girlswhocode.com/Clubs. For more information, contact Eve Balick at eve.balick@girlswhocode.com

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News Release: PA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES 2018 HONOREES DURING ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release


CONTACT: Christi Buker, PA Library Association Executive Director
717-766-7663 or christi@palibraries.org  


PA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES 2018 HONOREES DURING ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Martin Library, York County, Receives First-Ever Library of the Year Award; Master of Library Science Scholarships Awarded


Mechanicsburg, PA (October 16, 2018) – 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. And this year was no different. During their 2018 Annual Conference, the Association proudly recognized the following:  


Library of the Year Award: This is the first year this award is being given. 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. Martin Library, one of the York County Library System’s libraries, has the distinct privilege of being the first 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 Paula Gilbert, Martin Library, York County Library System. Paula is a past Association President and currently serves as Chair of the PA Forward Steering Committee.   

Certificates of Merit: These are awarded to individuals making outstanding contributions during the last five years in Pennsylvania. This year’s winners are Jessica Miller, Washington County Library System, and Ed Wolf, Peters Township Public Library. Jessica serves as vice-chair of the Association’s leadership program and Ed oversees the technical aspects of the Association’s Star Library Program.  

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 Senator Guy Reschenthaler. Senator Reschenthaler represents the 37th Senate District, covering Allegheny and Washington Counties. 

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 2018 awardee is Hailley Fargo 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 Radnor Memorial Library’s Helen Grommell-McGrane. 

“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 2018 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 very gratifying to once again chair this year’s Awards Committee and see that we were able to honor individuals with lengthy and successful careers as well as newer librarians who are developing their leadership skills in this field,” said Janis Stubbs, Assistant Director and District Consultant for the Delaware County Libraries. “Pennsylvania is fortunate to have dedicated professional librarians as well as volunteers who work to strengthen our libraries, so they in turn can continue to strengthen our communities. Congratulations to this year’s award winners. They are all well deserved.” 

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: 

George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator, Adams County Library System. Attending Drexel University.
Susan Lopez, Director, Boyertown Community Library. Attending Clarion University.
Hillary Hunter, Library Assistant, Williams Jeanes Memorial Library. Attending Clarion University.

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. 

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