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SW PaLA Chapter Library Crawl

September 21, 2016

Join the Southwest Chapter of PaLA on its second annual Library Crawl on Thursday, September 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Library and Museum in Oakland.

This year we will be crawling at The Carnegie Library and Carnegie Museum of Art…we will be partaking in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Carnegie Library’s William R. Oliver Special Collections Room with Archivist Greg Priore…then we’ll be behind-the-scenes at the Carnegie Museum of Art with Archivist Charlene Foggie-Barnett to see the Teenie Harris Collection.

The Crawl is FREE to all who want to attend and see what it takes to handle and preserve these special collections…not to mention the great stories that each item will tell.

To join us just register here…

After the Crawl we’ll be hanging out in a local establishment to network and share…we’d love to have you with us.

Call for News Items — Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, 2016 Fall Issue

September 20, 2016

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.

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.

Published biannually: March and October

 Editors: Anne Behler, Penn State University; Tom Reinsfelder, Penn State University

 Peer reviewers: Members of the Pennsylvania library community.


Announcing PaLAunchPod!

August 23, 2016

podcast-icon-1322239_640The Pennsylvania Library Association  is pleased to announce the start of PaLAunchPod, a series of podcasts featuring Pennsylvania Librarians doing what they do best…being awesome! Do you know of someone in a Pennsylvania library who is doing fantastic things and needs to tell the world about it?  PaLAunchPod is seeking nominations for a series of interviews featuring incredible librarians and staff doing amazing programs, providing exceptional services, involving their community in their library- or vice versa.

Share your library’s story!
Nominate a great librarian for the PaLAunchPod podcast series!

Perhaps there was a twist on the ordinary, a fortuitous turn of events, or an unexpected impact made by something done at your library, system or district. Do you know of someone that fits this description? Perhaps it is even you? Please submit your nomination at  Contact with questions.

Bucknell University’s Digital Scholarship Conference Registration Open

August 16, 2016


Registration is now open for #BUDSC16, Bucknell University’s third annual Digital Scholarship Conference. We’re excited to see you on campus October 28-30. This year’s conference, “Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration,” will feature speakers with a range of interests and specializations, including faculty, librarians, students, and those with careers outside of the academy.

We are thrilled to announce our keynotes for the conference: Dr. Tressie McMillian Cottom (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Dr. Safiya Noble (UCLA).

Early bird registration runs through September 15, and registration closes on October 17. Registration includes meals and refreshments throughout the conference. Information on travel, including ride-sharing, and lodging, including information about blocks of discounted hotel rooms, is available on the conference website.

And finally, please take a look at the conference schedule, which includes events and presenters. Presenter information and presentation abstracts will be added soon.

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

Engaging and Educating Student Voters on Your Campus

August 1, 2016

Join CRD’s Connect & Communicate Series for a Panel Discussion on
Engaging and Educating Student Voters on Your Campus
Monday, August 8, 2016, 1:00-2:00PM Eastern

Ever worry that the students of today–the future of our country–aren’t making important decisions based on accurate sources of information? That they’re apathetic, and only getting their “news” from sensationalized headings and Twitter feeds? You’re not alone! Join Connect & Communicate for a PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy event featuring a panel of newspaper editors and staff discuss their newspapers’ efforts to engage and educate voters. This discussion is particularly relevant for the 2016 election season.

Panelists include Tom Murse, Content Editor at LNP (Lancaster), Scott Fisher, Engagement Editor at the York Daily Record, and Gabriella Santoliquito, Social Media Manager from the Daily Collegian.  Discussion will be moderated by Paula Knudsen, Director of Government Affairs/Legislative Counsel from Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

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Connect & Communicate

Our registration is limited to 50 participants, so register early, and consider group attendance with a single registration and connection at your library!

Register at the following link:

Upon submitting your registration, you will receive an email confirmation that includes details about connecting to the conference. This is the only notification you will receive. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact Jill Hallam-Miller at

For this program, you will need speakers or headphones to hear the presenters. Participants are encouraged to ask questions via the chatbox; moderators will monitor the chatbox and facilitate question and response at the end of the panel discussion.

If you would like to be emailed directly about other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, provide us with your name and email address here:

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! 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.



PALA Annual Conference: Get Ready To Register – Be Prepared with these Tips

July 30, 2016

Email via

Do I have to log in before I register? 

Yes, members must log in to receive the membership rate (up to $100 savings). No login is required for non-members.

I don’t remember my username and/or my password. 

Contact PaLA headquarters- 717-766-7663

I am a presenter. Do I have to register? 

Presenters who are Pennsylvania librarians are expected to benefit from other conference sessions and events and to support the state organization by registering at the discounted member rate. Presenters outside the library profession or state are not required to register. Contact Kim Snyder to verify eligibility and to receive the discount code.

My library is a member. Does that get me the member rate? 

No. But, you can use PaLA BUCKS if your library membership is $100 or more.

What are PaLA BUCKS? 

A promo code that provides a non-member with the member rate. Member institutions receive one BUCKS discount code per $100 dues paid.

If my library is a member, how do I obtain the BUCKS discount code? 

Contact PaLA HDQ at 717-766-7663 to verify eligibility & receive the discount code.

Are meals are included in the registration fee? 

Each day, a lunch is included. Full breakfasts and dinner events require an additional fees.

My registration fee seems to be the wrong amount. 

Select the MONEY ORDER/CHECK option to delay payment and allow you to complete your registration. Then call PaLA before you pay!

How do I clear my cart if I made a mistake and want to start over? 

Click on the cart icon to clear it and start the registration process over.

How do I print an invoice or receipt? 

The final registration THANK YOU page has a View Invoice/Receipt link (use the printer icon) that will enable you to print your invoice/receipt. You may also print your itinerary via the VIEW EVENT REGISTRATIONS link.

My library/organization pays my registration. What should I do? 

It is best if you complete your own registration, select the MONEY ORDER/CHECK option, then print the invoice from the link available on the THANK YOU page to submit to your business office. Payment of the invoice can be made by either check or credit card.

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 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   (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

This virtual event is suitable for libraries of any type!