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Article of Interest - I’m a public librarian.

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, July 2, 2018

Full article available at:

This story is a part of Open Data PGH, a joint reporting project by and PublicSource on open data trends in Pittsburgh. 


I’m a public librarian. This is why I’m also a civic-tech advocate

This is a guest post by Tess Wilson, a LYNCS outreach librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

"...There are software developers working closely with companies to incorporate new tech into their systems. There are city planners who envision a Pittsburgh built on a foundation of free and open data. There are curious citizens coding for a better community, county employees who carry with them the weight of the big picture, and funders with an eye for innovation.

And, of course, there are staff from the public library..."

Tags:  Civic Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Forward 

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Article of Interest - The Critical Role Your Neighborhood Library Could be Playing in Public Health

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, July 2, 2018

From Penn Medicine News: 

The Critical Role Your Neighborhood Library Could be Playing in Public Health

Homelessness, mental health, and more recently, the opioid crisis: Librarians across the country have been on the front lines tackling these issues for years. They guide patrons towards health literature. They connect them to the right care. And they even administer the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, when necessary.

For the full article text, visit

Tags:  Health  Health Literacy  PA Forward 

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6/6/18: PaLA Phone System Back Up and Running

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

***UPDATE AS OF 3:30 PM, 6/6/18: The phones are now working. Thanks for your patience as we waited for this to be resolved.***



Our phone services are currently down! We can not make or receive calls. If you need to reach us, please email us. We'll let you know when the phones are back up. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!

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The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath - Community-Wide Forum in York County

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

On May 30, Martin Library (York County) opened their building for a community-wide forum, “The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath.” The program drew 170 members of the community, including seniors, young adults and children with their families. The panel discussion, hosted by the York Daily Record discussed precursors to the 1968 and 1969 race riots, the history surrounding the riots and Charrette following them.

A Charrette is described as a form of community group therapy. Discussion focused on key findings of the Charrette: the need for transportation, equitable medical care and affordable housing. Many changes have occurred in York during the 50 years since the race riots.

Panelists represented community agencies such as York Daily Record, Family First Health, Crispus Attucks, Rabbittransit, Wellspan, York NAACP and the City of York Human Relations Commission. Participants shared how York has dealt with these issues and acknowledged more must be done, while sharing their personal stories and observations. Ideas for future action include creation of a county-wide human relations commission, engaging youth in the community and inclusion of more minority groups and diverse populations into this discussion.

A Charrette 2.0 is being planned.

To see more event photos, visit 


Tags:  Charrette  Civic Literacy  Community Forum  Social Literacy 

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Poster Session Proposals for Annual Conference Due by Friday

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
FINAL REMINDER- This Friday (5 p.m.) is the deadline to submit a proposal for a poster presentation during the PaLA Conference! 
Visit to submit your session today!

Tags:  Annual Conference  Call for Posters  Poster 

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May 30 Community Forum: The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath -

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, May 17, 2018

The York Daily Record is hosting a Community Forum at Martin Library, 159 E Market St in York on May 30th at 7 p.m.

The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath -

After the race riots in 1968 and 1969, York held a Charrette, described as a form of civic group therapy. The community-wide forum focused on the causes of the wrenching unrest and ways to address those crucial issues. Several organizations grew directly out of that effort, which covered nine days in April 1970: Family First Health, Rabbittransit, The Housing Council and York Housing Development Corporation. About 50 years after the riots and the Charrette, how far has York come in dealing with these weighty community issues – and how much work is left to be done?

The event is free and open to the public.

The evening's panelists include: 
Jim McClure – York Daily Record
Jenny Englerth – Family First Health
Michael Jefferson – Crispus Attucks
Richard Farr – Rabbittransit
Dr. Kenneth Woerthwein – York NAACP and City of York Human Relations Commission
Dr. Deborah McMillan – WellSpan Health

This event touches on #CivicLiteracy#SocialLiteracy#HealthLiteracy, and #FinancialLiteracy.

Tags:  Civic Literacy  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy  Martin Library  Social Literacy 

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Resource Information Available from PA Forward partners at Alzheimer's Association Greater PA Chapter

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Our #PAForward partners at the Alzheimer's Association- Greater PA Chapter has some information available for you. The Alzheimer's Association recognizes Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) in June as an opportunity to hold a global conversation about the brain and Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

Topics covered include: 10 ways to protect your brain, alzheimer's workplace alliance, know the 10 signs, the longest day, 6 steps to approaching alzheimer's and 10 steps to take post diagnosis.

If you're interested in any of these materials, send an email to

Tags:  Alzheimer's Association  Brain Health Awareness  Health Literacy  Longest Day  PA Forward 

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Senator Casey Co-Sponsors Re authorization of Museum & Library Services Act!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, May 14, 2018

Thank you, Senator Bob Casey for signing on as a co-sponsor to the re authorization of the Museum & Library Services Act!…/115th-cong…/senate-bill/2271/text

Tags:  Act  Library Services  Museum  Senator Casey 

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Call for Posters!

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Friday, May 4, 2018

Call for Posters! 
Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference!
October 14 - 17, 2018  -  Hilton Harrisburg

Poster sessions provide an informal forum for library professionals from across the state to share their successful program ideas or innovations with colleagues during the PaLA Conference.

An effective poster presentation highlights, with visual display, the main points or components of the topic; the presenter fills in the details verbally and answers questions from those viewing the poster. The object is to gather feedback and to make connections with others interested in the same subject.

The posters will take place on Monday & Tuesday at the Hilton, as well as a special session for PA Forward & STAR Libraries on Wednesday at the State Capitol. The deadline for submission of poster proposals is FRIDAY, June 1, 2018.

POSTER FAQS  (Note: Information for poster presentations taking place at the State Capitol may differ -- specific information regarding these sessions will be provided at a later date.)


Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals, we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries!

Tags:  #CallforPosters #Conference  #pala2018 

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May 1 Deadline for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TL&T) Round Table fall webinar proposal submissions

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)'s Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TL&T) Round Table is seeking presenters for their Fall Webinar. Topics can include anything linking teaching, learning, and/or technology use in any type of library.

Anyone interested in presenting can submit a proposal idea by visiting

Proposals are due by May 1. Questions can be sent to


Tags:  learning  teaching  technology  TL&T 

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