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WPWVC/ACRL is looking for a few good candidates

March 26, 2015

The Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of ACRL is in need of enthusiastic members willing to run for the following offices:

  • Vice President/President Elect (Pennsylvania): This is a two-year appointment (2015-2017), with an additional year as Past President. Candidates must be from Pennsylvania. This position alternates between West Virginia and Pennsylvania members.
  • Treasurer: This is a two-year appointment (2015-2017) and is open to West Virginia and Pennsylvania members.
  • Member at Large: This is a two-year appointment (2015-2017) and is open to West Virginia and Pennsylvania members.

Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself to serve the chapter in one of these positions. Send nominations and inquires to Melissa Brooks, Elections Committee Chair, at by April 1, 2015. Election will be held in via electronic ballot.

This year’s nominating committee also includes Mary Horn, West Virginia State University – Chloe Mills, Robert Morris University – Diana Sasso, Duquesne University – David Stanley, Seton Hill University.

Find out more about WPWVC/ACRL here.

Reminder — TCLC Spring Program, April 24th

March 25, 2015

Time to sign up for a day of creating, collaborating, crafting…and more!

TCLC (Tri-State College Library Cooperative) invites all library staff to explore ways you can turn your library into a maker space, a place where library and user interest converge to create ideas, projects or objects – and all on a shoestring budget!


“The Maker Movement & You: Creating, Collaborating, and Crafting in Your Library”

The place? SugarLoaf Hill, Chestnut Hill College

The Date? April 24th, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

See how academic and public libraries are collaborating within their communities.

Come learn how to prime your physical space for innovation and creation.

Please refer to this PDF flyer (also available at TCLC’s web site: for speakers, program descriptions, and registration details.

PaLRaP now accepting news item submissions

March 20, 2015

Has something exciting happened at your library this last year that you want to share? Share it with Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP), the peer reviewed, open access journal of PaLA’s CRD. Click here to submit information such as staff changes, awards/recognitions, events, initiatives, etc. happening in PA libraries that may be of interest to other libraries. Submission deadline is April 3.

For more information about PaLRaP, visit

PaLRaP is a peer reviewed, online, open access publication of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s College & Research Division. This journal will provide an opportunity for librarians in Pennsylvania to share their knowledge and experience with practicing librarians across the Commonwealth and beyond. It includes articles from all areas of librarianship, with a special focus on activities at or of interest to Pennsylvania’s academic libraries.

When available, audio and video content will supplement text based documents.

Published biannually: March and October

Editors: Anne Behler, Penn State University; John Barnett, University of Pittsburgh

Peer reviewers: Members of the Pennsylvania library community.


TCLC active learning session — March 27th

March 18, 2015

You are invited!

On March 27, TCLC members Mary Beth Parkinson and Sara Hartman-Caverly–at Montgomery County Community College–will facilitate an active learning session to explore the concept of Inquiry Guided Learning (IGL), a teaching philosophy promoting student-centered learning through increasingly independent inquiry and investigation.

A morning of brainstorming will reveal ways to bring IGL principles and strategies to your information literacy instruction.

Participate in a discussion of the draft ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.

Explore how IGL concepts relate to the ACRL guidelines, and more importantly, how to use them to produce more effective information literacy instruction.


your lesson plans,

student learning outcomes,

classroom activities,

and your thoughts, questions, and ideas        

…to the workshop for discussion.


“Engaging Information Literacy Instruction:

Applying Inquiry-Guided Learning Pedagogy to Information Literacy Teaching and Learning”.

The time? Friday, March 27, 2015

The place? Montgomery County Community College

Please refer to the flyer at for complete details and registration information.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

CRD wants to be PALS with you

March 17, 2015

The College and Research Division (CRD) of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) wants to be friends PALS with you.

Put more clearly, CRD wants to sponsor an early career librarian to attend the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies in 2015, also known as PALS. CRD encourages you to nominate yourself or a professional you know for this prestigious professional development opportunity.

PALS is a cooperative endeavor of the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries that provides leadership development for librarians. Through training and mentoring support, PALS aims to develop a a new generation of library leaders who are prepared to meet present needs and to face the challenges of tomorrow in providing high-quality library services for Pennsylvanians. PALS also helps librarians recognize their potential as leaders and encourages participants to become involved in and provide service to both PaLA and Pennsylvania libraries.

More information about the PALS program can be found here.

This year PALS will take place from Sunday, June 14, until Wednesday, June 17, in Camp Hill, PA. CRD invites you to nominate yourself or someone you know for sponsorship to attend this year’s academy. For the chosen nominee, CRD will pay for the cost to attend the program ($550).

To apply for CRD sponsorship to PALS, please e-mail the following documents to CRD by Monday, April 6, 2015.

  • A letter of interest indicating why you feel you would be a good candidate for PALS and how you would like to serve PaLA
  • A current résumé

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Degreed Librarian (must have the degree before attending the program)
  • 0 – 6 years post-MLS/MLIS work experience
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Must be willing to remain at the hotel for the duration of the PALS workshop, including overnight
  • Must be willing to provide service to PaLA and the profession after completing the program
  • PaLA membership is not required to apply or attend but will be required upon graduation from the program

The CRD board looks forward to receiving your nominations for PALS 2015.

WPWVC ACRL call for proposals for spring 2015 conference

March 16, 2015

The WPWVC/ACRL Program Committee is accepting proposals for our Spring Conference program – Creating Connections – at Clarion University (Clarion, Pa.) on June 5, 2015.

WPWVC is the Western Pennsylvania West Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Types of sessions:

  • In-depth presentations (45 minutes)
  • Lightning round talks (10 minutes)
  • Posters – by graduate students only

The success and sustainability of 21st-century academic libraries will ultimately depend on the networks and relationships we build. Have you created connections through specialized outreach efforts, liaison programs, collaborative projects, online communities, digital collections or in some other way?  Share the details with your peers in a 45-minute presentation or give a brief overview in a lightning round talk. Student presenters are invited to participate in the poster session.

While proposals related to the program theme will receive a higher priority, all topics related to academic libraries are welcomed and encouraged.

Please submit a proposal (max. 150 words) at by April 3, 2015.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by April 10, 2015, after a blind peer-review process. All selected presenters will receive a reduced conference registration rate.

Questions about presentations and submissions may be directed to the Program Committee <>.

The WPWVC/ACRL Program Committee: David Kupas (chair; University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown), Lori Hostuttler (co-chair; West Virginia University), Brad Coffield (Saint Francis University), Leslie Eibl (University of Pittsburgh), James Maccaferri (Clarion University), and Heather Ricciuti (Bethany College.)

For more information about the Western Pennsylvania West Virginia Chapter of ACRL, visit the chapter’s website.

Some Enchanted Evenings…in the Library

March 14, 2015

It’s about 8 pm, and the usual complement of patrons is in our library. Two students are having a study session at the big table in the middle of the stacks area. Several other students are using computers—some doing homework, some watching YouTube videos. Another student is making photocopies of a homework assignment from one of the textbooks we have on our Reserve shelf. There is a student worker manning the Circulation desk, waiting for someone to return something (or check something out)—while doing his homework. As the librarian on duty, I am at my desk, logged into our Chat Reference program and monitoring my email account—that’s where the Text Reference questions appear—while I work on various projects and tasks such as finding an article in full-text at another library for one of our students.

Around 9 pm, the students start to trickle out, returning to their rooms to watch Netflix or play the Xbox game they just checked out from us. By 10, there are usually 1 or 2 people left, contentedly working away with their headphones on, enjoying the quiet that settles over the library at night. Some nights—especially in the colder months—it is only me and the student worker after 10 pm. Our various Reference-question channels are quiet most nights, and generally no one comes up to the desk with questions any more complicated than, “Can you show me how to use the copier?”

Although it is nice to have mainly peace and quiet for my work environment, that atmosphere does raise certain questions. We know our students need help with things such as searching databases for useful articles and creating correct APA citations. Are they not aware of our various options for contacting the library at night? Do they even know we’re open at night, until 11 pm Monday through Thursday? Do they not realize all the questions we can answer for them, all the help we’re waiting and hoping to provide?

Perhaps our students do much of their work during the day—or on the weekends. However, I fear some of the silence stems not from our students already knowing what they’re doing, but from them: a) believing they know what they’re doing (although they don’t) and/or b) not caring whether their answers are correct or whether their papers have useful arguments from evidence found in the wonderful articles, books, and e-books to which the library gives them access. I wonder if some of the students’ attitudes come from a generation so accustomed to asking Google for everything that they haven’t yet realized that quality college work requires answers that not even Google can provide.

What are evenings like in your library? Are they bustling with students working hard, asking questions, looking for resources? Or are they mostly quiet, with a few scattered patrons submitting “something” (anything[?]) to Blackboard so they can go hang out with their friends?  I’m hoping that with the weather improving, our library will find itself used by more of our students.  We’re going to continue thinking of creative ways to spread the word about librarians being available–and interested–in helping students improve their grades–and their minds.


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