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Free Webinar April 13th: Common Core and Libraries

April 1, 2015
The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TL&T) Roundtable is hosting a free webinar for librarians titled “Common Core and Libraries.”

The webinar will be held on Monday, April 13 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  It will feature Allison Mackley, a National Board Certified Teacher-Librarian and Instructional Technology Coach at Hershey High School, and Ellysa Stern Cahoy, an Education Librarian and an Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book in the Penn State University Libraries.

You can register for the webinar at the following link:

You will also find a brochure there with more information.

For more details, contact:
Christine Iannicelli
Chair of Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable
610-647-4400 ext. 3831

PaLA Northeast Chapter Spring Workshop Call for Proposals

March 31, 2015

The Northeast Chapter of PaLA is currently seeking proposals for breakout sessions for our Spring Workshop on June 5th at the University of Scranton. Our theme this year is Today’s Librarian. Librarians’ roles in the library and the community in general are changing every day. We are seeking to showcase and explore the new, innovative ways in which librarians are meeting the challenges of 21st-century librarianship.

We are particularly interested in presentations concerning these topics:
• Leadership
• Change Management
• Technology and Innovative Services
• Outreach and Marketing
• Intergenerational Workforce

To be considered for a session, please submit the following form by April 17th. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Pennsylvania Library Leaders Announce New Initiative to Increase Access to Commonwealth’s Digital Collections

March 31, 2015

From Catherine Wilt, Executive Director, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI)–

Efforts to make digital collections held by Pennsylvania libraries, museums, and related cultural heritage organizations widely and freely available via the web are under way. In August 2014, a state-wide group of library leaders from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries/the State Library, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State University, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the University of Scranton, Access Pennsylvania/HSLC, the Keystone Library Network, the Interlibrary Delivery Service (IDS) of Pennsylvania, Scranton Public Library, and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) convened to explore opportunities and interest in collaborating to this end. The first step is the appointment of the PA-DPLA Planning Group, which is working to establish a Pennsylvania hub on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The PA-DPLA Planning Group has just completed a survey of cultural heritage organizations to determine which have digital collections and which are able and ready to participate in the early phases of this effort. With 207 institutions responding thus far, half of the institutions report they have digitization collections and related activities in place where the others do not. More information on the findings from this survey is available here.

A proposed organizational model has been developed to address governance and management, technology, metadata, standards, and content. Active involvement from information and collections professionals from across the Commonwealth will be needed to make this project a success. Therefore the PA Digital Listserv has been established as an open forum for discussing Pennsylvania digital collections and the PA-DPLA project, specifically.

Stacey Aldrich, Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, acknowledges the importance of this effort. “Pennsylvania is a state rich in history and culture. Our libraries and other cultural institutions have been collecting, preserving, and connecting people to the resources that tell the story of our state and country for over 200 years. This important project will make our stories more accessible and available to the world.”

Through this project, PA-DPLA will become one of the partner hubs in DPLA, supporting a state-wide technology infrastructure to make the Pennsylvania digital resources available through the DPLA portal. Partner hubs in DPLA include a wide variety of institutions including the National Archives; UCLA; state-wide groups in North Carolina, Minnesota, and Georgia; and the New York Public Library to mention a few. DPLA’s goal is to bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites, and make them freely available to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public.

“This is an enormously exciting and long-awaited moment for Pennsylvania’s libraries and cultural heritage organizations,” notes Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries at Temple University. “It opens a path for the global sharing of the uniquely rich materials in our collections and supports the development of educational and research applications that will serve many audiences across our state and the world, from children in Pennsylvania’s K-12 classrooms to scholars of colonial American history working in offices a continent away. Our DPLA service hub project demonstrates the direct value of collaborative action by libraries and cultural institutions to serve the public good.”

How to Get Involved

While this project is in the early stages, we invite libraries and all cultural institutions to get involved now and stay informed through the channels listed below.

Fill out the survey

Subscribe to the PA Digital Listserv

  • Send a message to
  • Type SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.
  • Type only SUBSCRIBE PADIGITAL Firstname Lastname in the body of the message and send.

Direct questions about the discussion list to Scott Thomas at

Contact the Pennsylvania DPLA Planning Group for more information

  • For more information about efforts to create a Pennsylvania hub in the Digital Public Library of America, e-mail us at

ACRL/DVC Spring Program

March 30, 2015

Registration is now open for ACRL/DVC’s Spring Program:

Bridging Information Literacy Skills: School & Academic Librarians in Conversation

April 16, 2015 @ Community College of Philadelphia

Please join us for a day of networking and learning from information literacy leaders who bridge the gap from high school to the college experience.   For program details and to register see: ACRL/DVC Spring Program


9:00-9:30: Registration and coffee

9:30-10:30: Cathi Furman, Library Department Supervisor, Hempfield School District, Landisville, PA.
The Model Curriculum for Pennsylvania School Library Programs: A Curricular Framework for School Librarians and Implementation in Practice.

10:30 – 11:15: Brenda Boyer, Teacher Librarian, Kutztown Senior High School, Kutztown, PA.
College Ready: Improving Research Skills through Collaboration.

11:15 – 11:30: Break

11:30-12:15: Tim Siftar, Liaison Librarian for Education, Computing & Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
A Summer Prep Sequence for Rising College Freshman.

12:15-1:30: Lunch and Business Meeting

1:30-3:00 Panel Discussion with:
Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Penn State-York

Joel Burkholder, Instruction Librarian York College of Pennsylvania

Laura Wukovits, Library Director, HAAC, Central Pennsylvania Community College

Jeremiah Mercurio, Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford College

Sharon Smith, Adjunct Professor of Reading, Delaware County Community College

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A Few Thoughts on Today’s Librarian

March 27, 2015

The PaLA Northeast Chapter will soon send out a call for proposals for its annual Spring Workshop. You can see it now on our Facebook page and we’ll post it to this blog early next week. Today, though, I want to share some quick thoughts on why I like the workshop title we chose. [I should make it clear that I’m speaking only for myself, not on behalf of the Board.]

Potential workshop themes we discussed mostly revolved around innovation and leadership in the face of change. We wanted to highlight innovative ways librarians are responding to new challenges and I think it’s also fair to say we were interested in exploring how the profession itself is evolving. (David Lankes’ The Atlas of New Librarianship is a good, if somewhat controversial, starting point for this discussion.)

After identifying some topics that related to these general themes, we needed a title. Now, granted, this was not a long or emotional discussion. We weren’t arguing over semantic nuances. Everyone agreed that “New Librarian” and “New Librarianship,” were both potentially confusing because we’re not focusing solely on new librarians. “Modern Librarianship” didn’t meet with a universal nodding of heads either. After a few minutes, we settled on “Today’s Librarian.”

Personally, I really like this title. For me, it emphasizes a focus on the possibilities of the present moment and the need to meet current challenges, not on divining the future of information work. I also like it because, unlike “new” or “modern,” it doesn’t necessarily imply a radical break with the past. Rather, it acknowledges that most of us, regardless of how long we’ve been in the profession, are adapting to meet the needs of our communities. (Yes, I’m overthinking this, but I kind of enjoy overthinking things.)

Today’s librarian must anticipate the opportunities and challenges of the future, while also learning how to operate most effectively within the current context. Change management, intercultural communication, important new skills, and evolving best practices are all relevant topics for a workshop on today’s librarian.

The title’s use of “Today” firmly situates us in the present. And yet, even as we marvel at our current moment, the very reference to time also brings to mind its passing and gently reminds us to remain humble. For, as silly and obvious as it may seem, today’s librarians will be yesterday’s librarians tomorrow. It will happen to all of us.

I told you, I really like the title.

Thanks for reading!

Social Justice in the Information Society Speaker Series

March 27, 2015

Access to information has never before been easier or more convenient. Conversely, the structures that have allowed technology to make information accessible have also helped to restrict access. Please join us for an event that will raise the awareness of the social, political, economic, technological, and ethical issues surrounding the access to information.

Social Justice in the Information Society is a four part speaker series which will give faculty, staff, students, and community members the benefit of participating in a forum with a highly respected scholar doing critical work in the interdisciplinary field of information science. Invited speakers will be asked to present on the ethical and social justice issues associated with information access and the information society. The speakers will videoconference into the forum and a local scholar will navigate the event. Following the presentation, the guest lecturer and facilitator will participate in a Q & A period so the audience can interact with the material and the lecturer. These events will be free and open to the public and a dessert reception will follow.

ZepNew Civic Spaces
Wednesday, April 8th 6:00 p.m.
Marywood University
Swartz Center, Conference Room B.
2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509

More and more of our lives are digitally mediated. This has meant that new players in the public sphere, such as platforms like Facebook and Google, and new methods, such as algorithms and gate-keeping have emerged as key issues. Zeynep Tufekci will touch upon both the potential and the perils of the new civic spaces. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Kenehan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marywood University.

AmmoriThe Net Neutrality Debate
What It Means for the Future of the US Economy,
Lobbying, and the DC Political World
Monday, April 13th 7:00 p.m.
The University of Scranton
Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center
900 Mulberry Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510

Marvin Ammori is both a legal expert and among the top political operatives in DC, who has led the fight for network neutrality and free expression online (such as leading the opposition to SOPA.) He will speak about both the substance and the politics of net neutrality from his point of view as one of the key leaders in DC ensuring network neutrality remains the law of the land. The event will be facilitated by Joseph Casabona, Adjunct Professor of Computing Sciences, University of Scranton.

For more information email or

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.


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