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Kahooting! in Libraries!

July 6, 2016

What is Kahooting!?
Kahoot! is a free, fun!, web-based game learning platform that can be used for any subject, any age, and any device.

The Event
Join the West Branch Chapter for a live virtual event… “Kahooting! in Libraries” …with Rhonda Fisher, Librarian, Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology teaching us how to play!

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.

This presentation will engage attendees in a live demonstration of how easy it is to play as well as provide instruction on how simple it is to set up, along with tips on creating games and ways to use it for instruction.

Preparation:  To take advantage of the opportunity to play the demo game, be sure to have your mobile device on hand with internet browser open to https://kahoot.it when the session begins. If you are comfortable toggling between the virtual event screen and your computer’s browser, you can play along on your computer.

Registration:  Session is limited to the first 50 registrants. We encourage you to attend in groups using one computer to allow for maximum attendance.  Register at  http://tinyurl.com/WB-kahoot-reg   (After submitting your registration, you will receive an automated email with details about connecting to the virtual event. Please save this information and use it to access the session on July 21!)

Questions about registration: Contact Jill Hallam-Miller at jbhm001@bucknell.edu.

This virtual event is suitable for libraries of any type!

CRD- PALA : 2 Candidates for Vice Chair & 1 for Secretary. Please see below!

June 15, 2016

CRD-PALA 

Hello!  We have two candidates for Vice Chair, and one for Secretary. Please see below!

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Erin Burns

Candidate Statement:  “I have been a member of CRD since I joined PaLA when I was hired by Penn State University in 2008. I have a unique perspective, as I have worked at both ends of Pennsylvania during my time at Penn State, at both the Wilkes-Barre campus and the Shenango campus. Currently, I serve as the membership liaison for the CRD, and as such, am a member of the board. Additionally, I have had other leadership experience at Penn State, as I served as chair of the Library Faculty Organization from 2014-2015. I am running for Vice-Chair/Chair-elect because I do have experience leading and collaborating within statewide organizations, and would enjoy this opportunity to further advocate for libraries in Pennsylvania.”

Jill Hallam-Miller

Candidate Statement: I am running for CRD Vice Chair because I see and want to develop opportunities for communication and collaboration between PaLA’s chapters, divisions, and roundtables, and I want to continue to support the efforts that this division’s current and previous leaders have begun.

Candidate Bio: Jill is the Blended Learning Librarian at the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. She has been involved in reference and instruction, and in incorporating technology into those realms, in academic libraries since 2010. Prior to her life in academic librarianship, she worked in the finance and insurance industries.

Jill earned her M.S.L.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. in Humanities from University of Maryland University College. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational technology through Boise State University.

Her PaLA activities include:

  • Archivist, College & Research Division, 2015-present
  • College & Research Division Connect & Communicate Series planning committee chair and CRD Board Member, 2014-present
  • Secretary/Treasurer, West Branch Chapter, March 2015-present
  • Secretary/Treasurer, South Central Chapter, 2013-2014

She has presented posters at the PaLA Conference, and at at ALA Annual Conference, and has presented at the LOEX and ACLCP conferences.

In addition to her PaLA activities, she is a member of ALA and ACRL, and has served ACRL as Chair/Co-Chair of the Distance Learning Section Discussion Group, is currently a co-editor of the Instruction Section Newsletter, and is incoming Vice Chair of the Instruction Section’s Communication Committee.

Jill is the West Branch Chapter’s nominee for sponsorship to the Pennsylvania Library Association Leadership Academy (PALS)  for 2016.

Secretary 

Christina Riehman-Murphy

Candidate Statement: Christina Riehman-Murphy is an Assistant Librarian at Penn State University Abington College. Combined with my previous experience as a high school teacher, circulation assistant and librarian at a Pennsylvania public library, and librarian at a small private university, I value the unique offerings of collections and place that libraries of all kinds hold for their patrons. Now as an academic librarian, I see my role on campus as that of both an expert matchmaker and scaffold disassembler who partners students and researchers of varying information literacy competencies with the information they seek while providing students with the tools they need to become their own expert researchers in their chosen fields. At Penn State I engage students via outreach and reference, introduce faculty to OERs, serve on the Committee for Internationalization and Diversity, and currently research gender issues and assessment of one-shot library instruction. I see college and research libraries as academic intermediaries for our campuses and see our work as core regardless of evolving formats or future platforms

 

**Ballots will be forthcoming in July and due back early August.**

Christina Steffy, MLIS, AHIP
Chair, Pa Library Association College & Research Division

Call for Proposals Extended: #BUDSC16: Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration

June 6, 2016

In response to numerous requests for an extension, the call for proposals for the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference has been extended until June 15th.

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference, #BUDSC16: Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration, to be held October 28-30, 2016.

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its third annual digital scholarship conference on October 28-30, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration.”

This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define “borders” as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration.

We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how crossing institutional boundaries, whether within or beyond the university, can facilitate the expansion of borders, broadly conceived.

Some topics may include:

  • Digital tools that bridge the gap between scholarship and teaching
  • Computational methods that explore intersections of identity, power, and social justice
  • Global and multilingual aspects of digital scholarship
  • The role of technology in creating communities of practice that bridge cultural, racial, and economic divides
  • Digital technologies that facilitate equitable collaborations between faculty and students, or that bridge the town/gown divide
  • New modes of inquiry that negotiate and rethink normative ideas of gender and sexuality
  • Forms of digital scholarship that allow for increased accessibility

Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, or lightning talks.

We look forward to building on the success of the last two years, in which instructional technologists, librarians, archivists, faculty, students, and community members came together to discuss challenges, share working models, reflect on projects, and inspire new avenues for actively including students in public scholarly pursuits. For more information, please view our video from the 2015 meeting and visit the conference website.

Proposals due June 15, 2016 via the online application form

Please feel free to contact Jill Hallam-Miller at jbhm001@bucknell.edu with questions.

Expanding MLS Opportunities beyond Libraries

June 2, 2016

Special Guest Posting authored by Kim Braun

As the pomp and circumstance surrounding commencement fade, it is an opportune moment to contemplate employment opportunities for those with an MLS/MLIS. The degree easily lends itself to careers within library settings (public, academic, and school libraries). Positions in special libraries, such as legal and medical librarians, are also intuitive fits. Job descriptions usually stipulate that applicants must have the degree. However, the research and analytical skills honed during an MLS program can transfer surprisingly easily beyond traditional libraries. Job descriptions in varied fields may not list an MLS, but the required skill set can provide a complementary fit. Whether a librarian has a newly-minted MLS or is reentering the job market, looking beyond the stated required degrees and instead focusing on the employer’s desired skills can significantly expand employment opportunities.

For those with prior library experience, vendor work opens opportunities beyond the physical library, but still within the broader library space. Vendors providing materials, services, and databases value staff who thoroughly understand library issues and can communicate effectively with librarians about their needs. Librarian-trained vendor representatives speak their customers’ language, correctly using and interpreting library jargon. Library science graduates bring their unique knowledge and skill set to influencing, designing, and marketing products and services. In the vendor representative role, MLS-trained employees can thoroughly understand and anticipate customer needs: librarians can naturally create better solutions for other librarians. Here, librarians become the patrons: the representative addresses their needs and provide appropriate services.

Moving beyond the library sphere, the nonprofit world can also prove welcoming. Many nonprofit institutions perform fundraising incorporating prospect research. Prospect researchers work in private educational institutions, universities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. They analyze institutional constituents to identify prospective major donors. Researchers use proprietary online databases and complex Internet and deep-web searches to locate prospects’ professional and philanthropic details. This information is then aggregated and condensed into profiles, which fundraisers use to prepare for prospect meetings and donation solicitations. The fundraisers and the institutions act as the prospect researcher’s patrons, receiving the crafted analysis products.

While it may seem more natural to transition into nonprofit or governmental work, library science graduates can also succeed within the private sector. In knowledge management positions, librarians’ classification skills prepare them to create useful taxonomies to organize business information in meaningful ways for retrieval and analysis. Knowledge managers organize existing organizational information so that it can be used and shared by their “patrons” within the company to inform key business decisions. This work can even involve designing business-specific classification, storage, and retrieval architecture from the ground up.

Similarly, librarians’ analytical skills make them well-suited for analyst positions. Market analysts compile and synthesize information from numerous sources to best position their companies to market products. They channel their curiosity to glean insights about why things are the way they are in a business sector. Analysts use the quantitative and qualitative skills honed in graduate study to gather and analyze market data and trends and present colleagues with their findings to position the business strategically.

In today’s information-rich environments, facility and comfort with data are significant advantages. MLS grads not only have the ability to competently manage data, but tend to have a genuine enjoyment (and dare I say love?) of data as well. This personality trait, coupled with the librarian skill set, broaden the range of available career opportunities. In non-library settings, Ranganathan’s five laws of library science expand beyond books and libraries to incorporate all information and services, including users and organizations of all kinds. Today, these reimagined laws guide MLS professionals both within and beyond libraries:

  1. Information is for use.
  2. Each user his/her information.
  3. Each piece of information has its user.
  4. Save the time of the user.
  5. The organization is a growing organism.

Rather than limiting jobs, the degree expands opportunities when the unique skills are understood and marketed as transferrable within the ever-expanding information economy. Don’t be afraid to think outside the library walls – and beyond the MLS.

Ms. Kim Braun is the Associate Director of Prospect Research at Widener University. She can be reached via phone at 610-499-4199 or kdbraun@widener.edu

 

Call for Proposals Extended: #BUDSC16: Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration

May 18, 2016

The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to June 15th. We welcome your submissions.

CRD of PaLA

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference, #BUDSC16: Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration, to be held October 28-30, 2016.

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its third annual digital scholarship conference on October 28-30, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration.”

This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define “borders” as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration.

We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how…

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Register today – “Digitize Locally, Share Globally” workshop

May 2, 2016

 

The West Branch Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association invites you to attend its spring workshop:

“Digitize Locally, Share Globally”

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

 

Workshop topics to include: Pennsylvania Digital Collections Project for the Digital Public Library of America, examples of public & academic library collaborations on digitizing local collections, the POWER Library PA Photos & Document service, metadata for local digital collections, funding for digitizing projects, outreach events with local digital collections, and the PA State Library’s Scribe Station mobile scanners.  View the brochure for more information.

 

Hurry – registration closes on May 4!  https://www.palibraries.org/events/register.aspx?id=803067  (If you are a PaLA member, be sure to log in before registering so that you receive the member rate.)

Contact Alison Gregory at gregory “at” lycoming “dot” edu with questions.

 

Registration is Open: 2016 Lehigh Valley Chapter Spring Conference

April 26, 2016
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Registration is now open for the 2016 Lehigh Valley Chapter’s Spring Conference. The conference will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in the Academic Forum building at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

The registration fee is $40 for PaLA members and $45 for non-members who register online by May 6th, 2016. Your registration fee includes 3 breakout sessions with 4 choices per session, a keynote session, a hot buffet lunch, and continental breakfast.

Our day begins with check in/registration and continental breakfast from 7:45-8:30am. We will hold a short business meeting from 8:30-8:50am. Please see this brochure for session and keynote details.

Use this link to register: https://www.palibraries.org/events/register.aspx?id=756087

You may register the day of the event by cash or check only. Please add $10 if you register the day of the event.  If you have any questions, concerns, or dietary restrictions, please contact Christie at clhimmelreich@hotmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at KU on May 19!

The Lehigh Valley Chapter Committee

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