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Election Results

August 27, 2014

Thank you kindly to all of our members that voted this year.

I’m pleased to announce the results of the election of officers for the 2015 CRD Board:

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect – Christina Steffy, Librarian, Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing

Secretary – Beth Transue, Librarian/Collection Development Coordinator, Messiah College

Congratulations to Christina and Beth!

PaLA West Branch “Chapter Chatter” Event

August 8, 2014
West Branch Chapter invites you to a "Chapter Chatter" event!

West Branch Chapter invites you to a “Chapter Chatter” event!

Please join the West Branch Chapter of PaLA on Friday, August 15, at Mansfield University, for discussion and dessert.  This meeting is open to PaLA members and non-members – please share this with all of your library colleagues!

Parking at Mansfield University is available in any legal spot except the Alumni Hall lot.

RSVP to Barbara McGary by Thursday, August 14,  bmcgary@jvbrown.edu.    Hope to see you there!

Alison Gregory, Director of Library Services, Lycoming College

Connect & Communicate Series Discussions Resume in Fall

July 17, 2014

The Connect & Communicate Series discussions scheduled for the summer months have been postponed. Information about upcoming events will be posted in mid-August.

In the mean time, we’d like to hear from you!

What should Pennsylvania’s academic librarians be talking about?
Have you done something in your library that you think others should try?
Are you looking for an opportunity to present?

Talk to us! Take our brief survey to let us know what’s on your mind.

 

Meet the 2015 CRD Board Candidates

July 2, 2014

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Christina Steffy

I am a solo librarian at the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing in Pottsville, and I am also an adjunct instructor at Reading Area Community College where I occasionally teach the Library Research Strategies course. My background is in communications and professional writing – I hold bachelor’s degrees in both field with concentrations in public relations; I also have an MLIS from Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. I have been a CRD board member-at-large since February 2012 and, since then, I have been a member of the Open Access Committee which created Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP), a scholarly, open access journal that focuses on topics that are of interest to Pennsylvania’s academic libraries. I am currently the journal’s marketing coordinator, I am working with the coeditors on development initiatives, and I am on the CRD board’s subcommittee to evaluate candidates for PaLRaP’s new coeditor. In addition to this work, I have been active in PaLA conferences and CRD workshops by volunteering to moderate sessions and to help out wherever needed. Recently, I volunteered to be a part of the CRD board’s subcommittee to write the upcoming LSTA grant. All of this experience has given me the opportunity to work with professionals across the field and to learn so much from them; it has also allowed me to hone my leadership skills. I was fortunate to join the CRD board at a time of substantial growth in the services we offer, and I would be honored to continue working with the board and to have a hand in continuing that growth so we can better serve our libraries in higher education throughout the Commonwealth.

Secretary

James Maccaferri

I have been a member of PaLA and CRD since 1998 and have served as the CRD legislative liaison since 2012. I have also served PaLA as treasurer and as chair of the Preservation Roundtable and the Technical Services Roundtable. I currently serve as secretary for my university’s chapter of the Association for Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties and for a local community organization. My MSLS and doctorate are from the University of California, Los Angeles, and I have been a faculty member at Clarion University of Pennsylvania since 1991. I look forward to the opportunity to further the smooth functioning of the College and Research Division and to help advance its mission.

Beth Transue

Beth Transue is the Librarian/Collection Development Coordinator at Messiah College. She manages the materials budget, provides collection development and analysis, and is the liaison librarian to the science departments on campus. Beth serves on many campus committees including Educational Technology, Digital Humanities, and Administrative Council. In PaLA, Beth served on the PaLA Conference Planning committee in 2009 and 2012, and is currently a Member-at-Large on PaLA CRD. She has presented several sessions at PaLA conference events, most recently discussing ebooks at the 2013 Spring PaLA CRD workshop. Beth published an article on connectivism learning theory and information literacy standards in Public Services Quarterly in August 2013. Beth completed a Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State in December 2013, so free time is once again a possibility! Outside of work, Beth enjoys time with family, her two cats, and travel; she is headed to Korea and China in June, and her next cruise for March 2015 with a large group of friends is almost booked!

Don’t Forget to Register – Building Bridges: Extending the Conversation

June 11, 2014

The 2014 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit Committee is pleased to announce that registration for our July 23, 2014 Summit—Building Bridges: Extending the Conversation—is still open at http://tinyurl.com/REGpafils14

The event will be held in Paterno Library, Penn State, State College, PA and our two key note presentations are:

Library Model Curriculum for PA Schools: Cornerstone Tasks for Assessment, presented by Eileen Kern (Past President, PA School Library Association) and Allison Mackley (Librarian, Hershey High School)

and

ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Implications for Practice, presented by Ellysa Stern Cahoy (Vice-Chair, Chair Elect, ACRL Instruction Section) and Donna Witek (The University of Scranton, member of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee)

Our nine breakout sessions have been finalized, and you will find full details on the registration site:

  • College-Ready: Collaborative Instructional Design & Practices to Promote Student-Centered Inquiry & Information Fluency, Brenda Boyer, Mount Saint Mary College
  • Connecting With Students: Our Personal Librarian Pilot for ENG 101, Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College
  • Decoding Format as Process with the Information Cycle, Amanda Clossen, Pennsylvania State University
  • Digital Curator or Digital Hoarder?, Heather Lister, Hempfield School District
  • Embracing Embedded: The Experiences of a Pilot Project, Liz Berilla, Misericordia University
  • From Skills to Transformative Understanding: Fostering Higher Order Thinking Through Collaborative Research Instruction, Blake Doherty, Brookdale Community College
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Collaborating with Faculty to Build Information Literacy Skills in Our Students, Nancy Frazier and Kathleen McQuiston, Bucknell University
  • Social Media Curation: A New Path to Information Literacy, Brenda Boyer, Mount Saint Mary College
  • Superhero Team Up! Working Together to Teach Intellectual Property to Our Students, Maria Burchill, Schlow Centre Region Library,  and John Meier, Pennsylvania State University

ACT 48 credit certification is pending.

If you would like to book a room at the Nittany Lion Inn, we have secured a discount rate but reservations must be made by June 27, 2014. More information about the program, the hotel discount code, and parking atPenn State are available on the reservation website under Program Description & Details and Parking Information.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett Governor, through the College and Research Division (http://crdpala.org) of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!

Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice is now accepting submissions

June 9, 2014

Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP) is now accepting submissions for research, practice, and commentary articles and for news items for the October issue. Manuscripts are welcomed at any time; however, for full consideration for the October issue, please submit your manuscripts by August 15. See palrap.org for submission guidelines.

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: Tom Reinsfelder, Penn State University – Mont Alto; John Barnett, University of Pittsburgh

Peer reviewers: Members of the Pennsylvania library community.

Registration is now open for the 2014 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit

June 2, 2014

The 2014 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit Committee is pleased to announce that registration for our July 23, 2014 Summit—Building Bridges: Extending the Conversation—is now open at

http://www.palibraries.org/events/event_details.asp?id=443960#

The event will be held in Paterno Library, Penn State, State College, PA and our two key note presentations are:Library Model Curriculum for PA Schools: Cornerstone Tasks for Assessment, presented by Eileen Kern (Past President, PA School Library Association) and Allison Mackley (Librarian, Hershey High School) andACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Implications for Practice, presented by Ellysa Stern Cahoy (Vice-Chair, Chair Elect, ACRL Instruction Section) and Donna Witek (The University of Scranton, member of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee).

If you would like to book a room at the Nittany Lion Inn, we have secured a discount rate but reservations must be made by June 27, 2014. More information about the program, the hotel discount code, and parking at Penn State are available on the reservation website under Program Description & Details and Parking Information. 

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett Governor, through the College and Research Division (http://crdpala.org) of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!

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