PaLA College & Research Division (CRD)
Current Elected Officers
2019 Chair: Maggie Albro
2019 Vice Chair: Betsy Reichart
2019 Secretary: Stephanie Sweeny Pennucci
2019 Professional Development Funds Manager: Bryan McGeary
2019 CRD Board
Jill Hallam-Miller, Past Chair, Archivist
Emily Mross, Publicity Coordinator
Matthew McNelis, Social Media Coordinator
Emily Reed, Tech Coordinator
Kristin Green, Membership Liaison
Erin Burns, Connect & Communicate Liaison
Melissa Correll, Legislative Liaison
Bryan McGeary, PaLRaP Liaison
Christina Riehman-Murphy, Member at Large
Carrie Bishop, Member at Large
Jordana Shane, Member at Large
Dana Kerrigan, Member at Large
Emily Reed, Member at Large
About the College & Research Division
The College and Research Division (CRD) of PaLA provides a focus for the academic libraries in the state.
Each year, the CRD provides a spring workshop on a topic or topics relevant to academic libraries. At the annual PaLA Conference, CRD sponsors sessions in the program that focus on academic libraries and a luncheon with an invited guest speaker.
The CRD receives annual Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant money from the state library. This division then reviews grant applications from across the state for a portion of this LSTA grant money to be used in support of professional development and library programs for academic librarians and libraries.
Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice is peer-reviewed by members of the Pennsylvania library community and is freely available online. Articles may be read online at palrap.org. The journal provides an opportunity for librarians in Pennsylvania to share their knowledge and experience with practicing librarians across the Commonwealth and beyond. Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice is published by the University Library System (ULS), University of Pittsburgh, through its E-Journal Publishing Program.
Join PaLA and get involved! Read the CRD Blog and like us on Facebook to learn more, and don’t forget to check out It’s Academic in the PaLA Bulletin.