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College & Research Division

PaLA College & Research Division (CRD)

Current Elected OfficersMembers Only: College & Research Division

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 (PaLRaP)

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.orgThe 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.


It's Academic!

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Contact Us

220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-766-7663 Phone
717-766-5440 Fax
800-622-3308 (PA Only)