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Children’s Literature Conference

March 2, 2015

Join us for our 19th Annual Pitt-Greensburg Children’s Literature Conference, Friday May 1, 2015

Educators, librarians, and writers are primary audience for this annual event.

Conference fee: $70 if postmarked on or before March 31, 2015, $80 thereafter.

Collaboration with the Campus Community

February 27, 2015

Hi! My name is Hilary Westgate, and I’m the Information Literacy Librarian at Misericordia University and part of the new blog team for the PaLA-CRD blog! I’m the liaison to the English, Communications, Fine Arts, and Religious Studies departments, the FYE program, and the Writing Center, and I also assist with our outreach programs and services. I attended Rutgers University for my MLIS and graduated in May of 2012, and I came to Misericordia in August of that year, so I am still fairly new to the profession. I’m honored to be a part of this blog team and hope that I can bring you some interesting and useful discussions!

I’d love to open up a conversation here about collaboration with other departments and groups on campus. Since I’ve been at MU, I’ve been fortunate to work with staff and faculty members from other departments who are interested in pairing with the library on special programs and projects. In particular, the Student Success Center and the Writing Center have been amazing partners in collaboration. As a couple of examples, we have offered workshops together in which librarians and the Writing Center coordinator have co-taught about citation styles and formats, and I have offered cross-training opportunities for Writing Center tutors about aspects of their work that coincide with where the library can help.

Our most recent project in this partnership is a satellite Writing Center in one of our new study rooms in the library. We recently had eight new study rooms installed on the second floor of the library, and they are extremely popular with our students, especially because the walls are white boards! It’s amazing to see students filling up the walls with words and diagrams as they study. For three evenings during the week before Spring Break, from 5:00—9:00 p.m., we had writing tutors come to the library and set up to offer their tutoring services in a library study room. At the same time, some writing tutors remained in the original Writing Center location. Unfortunately, for our very first try with this outreach project, the writing tutors did not have students drop in to meet with them. We are looking forward to tweaking our approach a bit to offer the same service in April during the week before finals, and we are hoping for greater visibility and increased attendance from our students. We now know what we would like to change and improve for next time!


This sign was placed in the window of the designated study room, along with other directional flyers throughout the building.

What are some of the ways in which your library works with other departments and groups on your campus? What has worked well (and not so well) for you? Please share in the comments!

Connect & Communicate Spaghetti Session

February 27, 2015

Spaghetti Session
A Connect & Communicate Series Discussion
Friday, March 13, 1:00pm

During this hour, we’ll discuss a variety of topics suggested by PA academic librarians through our Padlet wall at You throw your ideas (spaghetti) on our wall (Padlet), and we’ll see which ones stick. We’ll spend some time discussing ideas and possibly shaping some of them into topics for full-length discussion or presentation.

This will be an informal discussion, during which all attendees are encouraged to participate. The easiest way to participate is through the use of a headset with microphone, but attendees may alternately participate via chat.

Throw spaghetti at

Register at

Join the conversation on Friday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m. at

  • For this program, participants are encouraged to utilize a headset with microphone. However, a headset is not required, and participants may join the discussion via the meeting room chat box.
  • A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members.

Before the Discussion:

If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!

The Connect & Communicate Series of online programming offered by the PaLA College & Research Division aims to help foster a community of academic librarians in Pennsylvania. Please contact Jill Hallam-Miller at or at 570-577-2055 with questions.

WPWVC Virtual Poster Session Now Online

February 26, 2015

Winter is a difficult time to travel to a conference: Just ask your colleagues who were “lucky” enough to attend ALA Midwinter in snowbound Chicago in February.

To avoid the ice and the snow yet still provide a professional development opportunity for its members, the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (WPWVC/ACRL) is now hosting the 2015 Virtual Poster Session.

This online event, a first for the chapter, features digital posters on the theme of “Building Community @ Your Library.” The presentations provide examples of how academic libraries and their staff can build community with their native audiences as well as with external groups.

Featured posters include–

  • “Building Community @ the Bevier Engineering Library” by Anne Schwan and Judy Brink, University of Pittsburgh
  • “Hello Neighbor: Building Community with the High School Next Door” by Carrie Bishop, Penn Sate-DuBois
  • “Creating Community through the Sharing of Primary Sources: Or, That’s Why They’re Known as Special Collections!” by Clare Withers and Jeanann Haas, University of Pittsburgh

All posters were peer-reviewed by members of the WPWVC/ACRL. This virtual programming was envisioned and organized by David Kupas, University Of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, who is the Chair of the WPWVC Program Committee.

As part of this online engagement, WPWVC/ACRL Website Administrator Stephanie Gillespie of Duquesne University also hosted a virtual chat via Twitter, in which presenters logged on to discuss and answer questions about their posters. This session took place on Tuesday, February 24, from 3 to 5 p.m.

It’s not too late, though–you can read the discussion and continue to contribute to it by tweeting to the WPWVC Twitter account, @wpwvcacrl, and by using the hashtag, #wpwvcvirtual15.

Save the date: ACLCP Spring Conference

February 20, 2015

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015

Location: Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, Harrisburg

Save the date for the ACLCP (Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania) Spring Conference! This year’s theme is “The Evolving Academic Library”. Take this opportunity to learn about the continuing changes in physical space, the new generation of students, and even our very jobs themselves.

Attend the conference and discover how libraries continue to evolve and what your job might look like in the near future. Stay for the afternoon and learn about Generation Z, the next generation of students who are soon to hit college campuses.

Details on the programs are pending, so stay tuned, but please note that this year’s conference takes place on a THURSDAY.

For more information, contact the ACLCP Programs Committee Co-Chairs, Ben Hoover ( and Denise Shorey (

Call for bloggers

February 4, 2015

Attention readers: If you enjoy writing and blogging about academic libraries, the CRD has a great opportunity for you. The content for our blog has largely been generated by members of CRD board; however, we’re tired of hearing our own voices! This year, we are asking for volunteers who would be willing to contribute more original content to our blog (yes, this blog!). Volunteers would be part of a CRD “blog team” where each individual would be placed on a rotating schedule and asked to write and post content on a regular basis. Posts may consist of news, event announcements, commentary, or opinions relating to your own experience in academic libraries and/or academic libraries in general. If you enjoy writing and wish to share your ideas with a broader community, we would love to have you join our team. Although no prior experience with blogging is required, volunteers will need to create their own accounts in order to post to the blog. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering to be part of the team, please contact Katie Stewart, the CRD’s Social Media Coordinator, at or 717-871-7122.

Please feel free to forward this message to your fellow colleagues or anyone else you know of that might be interested.

Thank you!

TCLC’s Annual Spring Program for 2015

January 27, 2015

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

SugarLoaf Hill, Chestnut Hill College, April 24th, 9:30am to 3:30pm

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! See how academic and public libraries are collaborating within their communities. Come learn how to prime your physical space for innovation and creation.

Refer to the attachment link below for speakers and program descriptions.

TCLC Spring Program 2015 Save the date


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