PaLA College & Research Division (CRD)
Current Elected Officers
2018 Chair: Jill Hallam-Miller
2018 Vice Chair: Maggie Albro
2018 Secretary: Christina Riehman-Murphy
2018 Professional Development Funds Manager: Bryan McGeary
2018 CRD Board
Leslie W. Christianson, Past Chair
Christina Steffy, Chair Emeritus
Larissa Gordon, Chair Emeritus
Bryan McGeary, PaLRaP Liaison
Emily Lauren Mross, Publicity Coordinator
Betsy E. Reichart, Membership Liaison
Andrew Marshall, Tech Coordinator
Erin Burns, Connect & Communicate Liaison
Matthew McNelis, Social Media Coordinator
Melissa Correll, Legislative Liaison
Rebecca Kate Miller, Member at Large
Stephanie Sweeney Pennucci, Member at Large
Gregory Szczyrbak, Member at Large
Carrie Bishop, Member at Large
Kerry Walton, 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.
New Co-Editor Announced
January 2018 - Larissa Gordon, instruction and scholarly communications outreach librarian at Arcadia University, has been selected as the new Co-Editor of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, the scholarly open access journal of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Gordon holds master’s degrees in library and information science as well as education, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English. She has a strong record of professional publications and presentations and previously served as chair of the College and Research Division of the PA Library Association. Gordon has also served as a news editor and peer reviewer for Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice.
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