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Connect & Communicate: You’re Wrong About: Student Digital Literacy recording available now!

March 22, 2023

The session recording for the February Connect & Communicate Series presentation on collecting Pennsylvania political Twitter data is now available on the C&CS YouTube channel. Thanks to Carmen Cole, Emily Mross, and Andrea Pritt from Penn State University Libraries for an informative session.

Please take a minute to fill out the evaluation form. Your feedback is very important to us, as we are required to submit evaluation data as part of our LSTA grant application.

Call for Proposals: Pennsylvania Library Association College and Research Division 2023 Spring Workshop

March 10, 2023

Theme: Academic Library Collaborations: Working Together for Better

Description: Academic libraries are an integral part of their home institutions, engaging patrons through ever evolving services and resources. By collaborating with people and departments outside of the library, academic libraries can leverage the work done to engage students and have a greater impact within their campus communities. Collaboration can be initiated formally or informally, and partnerships can take a variety of forms between colleagues. Some examples (but not meant to be limiting): collaborating to design a new research project with a faculty member, programming an event for a campus partner, or curating a list of resources to support a student-led cultural event. On May 2, 2023, the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association will explore how academic libraries partner with others in our home institutions to provide fulfilling experiences for our students and our campus communities.

To facilitate this exploration, we are seeking proposals that showcase your scholarship and/or your academic librarianship to showcase these collaboration efforts at your institution. CRD encourages librarians to think creatively and share their experiences with colleagues!

Proposals should broadly fit the theme of collaboration within higher education and may relate to instruction, programming, collection development, library processes, or any other area your library supports. 

Proposal Requirements: Proposals for 40-minute virtual sessions must include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and 2-3 learning objectives. Please refrain from including identifiable information in your abstract and other materials to help ensure a blind evaluation. PaLA CRD members will be given preference in session evaluation and selection. 

Submissions are due by Friday, March 31, 2023.

Submit your proposal here: 

Virtual workshop registration and additional conference information will be coming soon!

Questions? Contact Kristin Green at

New role: Supporting evidence synthesis projects as a hospital librarian

March 9, 2023

If someone had told me that three years ago that I would be working with clinical staff to help them support research in an effort to provide better clinical care, I would have not believed it would have been possible. However, here I am in the very beginning stages of learning how to better support clinical staff with their research. Little did I know that I would indeed be asked to support such rigorous and systematic processes as evidence-based synthesis research. In order to be in a place to help, I had to reach out for assistance with learning how to best do this. This blog post is a listing of resources that have helped me in me learning journey. I have to date, become more confident in my advanced searching abilities through these trainings  and have made some wonderful fellow librarian colleagues who are great support.

Happy Reading and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!


Networking and Learning  Opportunities

Medical library Association Caucus List servs

              Systematic Review, African American Library Alliance Discussion group, Evidence-based Practice

American Library Association – Interest Groups

              ALA Evidence Synthesis Interest Group

Training and Education

University of Minnesota Evidence Synthesis Institute

Duke University Evidence Based Practice training (freely available to view library guide but there is also a workshop)

University of Michigan Systematic Review Workshops

New York Medical College Critical Appraisal Institute

Comment on NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access

March 7, 2023

When the National Institutes of Health established its Public Access Policy in 2008, it was promoted by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

In 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo on “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” that establishes new guidance for improving public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from Federally supported research.

So, the NIH continued its commitment to providing public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from the research it supports with its 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing policy.

Now the National Institutes of Health has opened a period for receiving public comment on the “NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research.”

Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director of the Society for Scholarly Publishing recently reiterated to its members, “The NIH Public Access Plan outlines the proposed approach NIH will take to implement the new guidance, consistent with its longstanding commitment to public access.”

The Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central.

Comments must be submitted at Responses will be accepted through April 24, 2023.

Connect and Communicate Presents: You’re Wrong About: Student Digital Literacy

March 1, 2023

Presented by 

Carmen Cole, Emily Mross, and Andrea Pritt

Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00 pm EST

Registration Link

We may (incorrectly) assume that because most of our students were “born digital,” and have never known a time without computers in their classrooms, that they are innately digitally literate. However, interactions with students at all levels in a variety of settings have demonstrated that some students struggle with or are unaware of basic digital literacy concepts and skills. In this session, librarians will discuss how they have incorporated digital literacy objectives into their instruction. Participants may share their experiences with this challenge and how they have or would like to address it within their discipline’s curriculum.

Carmen Cole is the Information Sciences and Business Liaison Librarian at Penn State University Libraries, University Park. Emily Mross is the Business Librarian and Outreach Coordinator at Penn State University Libraries, Harrisburg. Andrea Pritt is the STEM Librarian and Data and Collections Coordinator at Penn State University Libraries, Harrisburg.

We will mute participants on entry into the Zoom room. Session will be recorded and available on YouTube after the session. We will enable Zoom’s Live Transcription feature during the session.

If you would like to present with C&CS, please contact the C&CS team.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, Governor.

Support is also provided by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association.