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Digital Scholarship Conference Registration Open

August 18, 2017
Whether you attended the College & Research Division’s spring program in May, Digital Scholarship and the Academic Library, or not, you may be interested in attending this event, at which numerous librarians will be presenting.
Registration is now open for #BUDSC17, Bucknell University’s fourth annual Digital Scholarship ConferenceOctober 6th-8th. This year’s conference, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship,” will feature speakers with a range of interests and specializations, including faculty, educational technologists, librarians, and students.
We are happy to announce a keynote speaker for the conference: A.D Carson. His work focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. His doctoral dissertation is a 34-song album titled Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics Of Rhymes & Revolutions.
The schedule along with travel and hotel information are now available on the conference website.  The conference sold out last year so we encourage those interested in attending to register early.

C&C Series: “Fake” News Panel Discussion

August 10, 2017

“Fake” News Panel Discussion

August 24, 2017, 1 pm

Register here!

Panel will be led by Jeff Knapp, Emily Rimland, Hailley Fargo, Jose Guerrero, and Joel Bulkholder.

Based on an earlier discussion at Penn State, this panel will deliberate the “Fake News” term/phenomenon. It is a hot term in the aftermath of the most recent elections. But what does it mean? Is it really a binary of Fake/Non-Fake, or is there more to it than that? Jeff Knapp, the Foster Communications Librarian will attempt to deconstruct the term, and use some old-fashioned library classification skills to better understand it. He will then lead a discussion with the audience on ways we can better address this in our teaching, and Jose will discuss the “marketplace of ideas” that information literacy presumes. This conception disciplines individuals, normalizes fake news, and forecloses on the possibility of imagining alternatives to our current crises of legitimacy and authority.

Registration will be open to the first 50 participants. Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before the presentation is to begin.

Bios of our presenters:

Hailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Librarian at the Penn State Libraries. She spends a lot of time working with undergraduate students and trying to figure out how they use and think about information. In her free time, Hailley likes to roam Twitter and develop her own information seeking habits.  

Jose Guerrero is a Resident Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University, where he was a Project IDoL Fellow. Guerrero was also a 2016 IMLS-Rare Book School Fellow.”

Joel Burkholder is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State York. His primary research interest is the intersection between rhetoric and information literacy.

Emily Rimland is an Information Literacy Librarian and the Learning Technologies Coordinator at Penn State  University Park, where she enjoys providing instruction, reference, and outreach services to undergraduate students. Her research interests include pedagogical innovation and effective learning methodologies, the application of emerging technologies to library services, and instructional technologies.

Jeff Knapp is the Larry & Ellen Foster Communications Librarian, serving Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications, the largest accredited mass communications program in the United States. In addition to library and information science, his academic background includes international politics and history, with professional experience in marketing communications. Jeff believes it is his professional responsibility to be interested in everything. His research interests involve the role of academic librarianship and potential futures for the profession in an ever-changing information environment.

Register here!

50+ Tech Tools with Leslie Swope

July 31, 2017

Hi everyone, we had a lovely time listening and responding to Leslie’s presentation on technology tools. Thanks to Jill Hallam-Miller for doing the closed captioning during the session.

Here is the video, which will be up on this blog for 30 days. Password is palacrd.

Also, here is the link for Leslie’s slides!


C&C Series: 50+ Tech Tools in 50 Minutes

July 11, 2017

50 Tech Tools in 50 Minutes

Leslie Swope

July 21, 2017 at 1 pm

Technology has the power to make your life easier.  You can upload all of your files onto the cloud, eliminating the need to carry a computer; set reminders on your phone, so you never miss a meeting; and pre-load social media content months before it needs to be posted.  It has the power to connect us to people all over the world and at the same time learn about hidden gems in our own communities.

However, we are constantly inundated with information about the latest and greatest tools. The sheer volume of new apps, gadgets and websites can be overwhelming.  This webinar will pare down the list for you.  Learn about new gadgets, apps and websites to make your work and your life more efficient. 

Click here to sign up for this session, to be held July 21 at 1 pm!

Leslie Swope is the director of the St. Marys Public Library in Elk County, Pennsylvania.

She has worked in libraries since 2008.  Her past positions include youth services librarian and assistant director.  Swope holds a B.A. in English literature and an M.L.S. both from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Swope is a PaLA Board Member, PA Forward Financial Literacy Team Member, a graduate of PALS (Pennsylvania Academy of Leadership Studies), a graduate of Leadership Elk County, a member of the DISCOVER partnership of Elk and Cameron counties, and a member of the Early Learning Team of Elk County.

She is the mother of a two year old Noah, and wife of Robert.  Leslie is a tech gadget junkie and an avid knitter.

Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

June 22, 2017

The College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association is sponsoring the ACRL workshop

Two Paths Converge:  Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Date:  August 18th (Friday)
Location:  Arcadia University in Glenside, PA

This program will empower participants to leverage the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy in order to develop education and outreach initiatives that address the aspirations and needs of scholars, students, and researchers at their institutions. For more information about the program visit:

Our presenters:

Michelle Reed

Michelle Reed recently joined the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries as Open Education Librarian. She advocates for and leads efforts to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open educational resources. She received an MS in Information Science from the University of TN.


Emma MollsEmma Molls is a Publishing Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She assists campus partners in publishing a variety of scholarship in the open environment. Emma holds an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



The deadline to register for this event is August 11th. Attendance is limited to 100 people, So please register early.

Questions: e-mail


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 Wolf, Governor, through the College and Research Division ( of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!

2018 CRD Candidates

June 21, 2017

CRD members, you will soon be receiving ballots from PaLA to vote for the vice chair/chair elect and LSTA manager for 2018. Learn more about our candidates below.


LSTA Manager

Bryan McGeary

I first recognized the importance of involvement in PaLA while I was in library school at the University of Pittsburgh, and despite the fact that I am now employed in a neighboring state, I still consider it highly worthwhile to maintain my ties with Pennsylvania librarians. As LSTA Manager, I have witnessed the impact that CRD has on furthering the professional development of librarians throughout Pennsylvania. LSTA funding makes it possible to produce workshops and other programs that meaningfully contribute to their continuing education and development as professionals. I wish to do my part to see that CRD continues to provide such significant opportunities for librarians.

Bryan McGeary is the Subject Librarian for the Humanities at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where his liaison responsibilities include OU’s departments of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Philosophy as well as University College (i.e. first-year experience) and Honors Tutorial College. He previously worked for the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System. He has been CRD’s LSTA Manager since 2016 and a member of PaLA since 2014. He is also news editor for Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice. Bryan earned a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Melissa Correll

In these uncertain times, the work we do as academic librarians is absolutely essential. Regardless of our positions in our library systems, we share a mission to help our students develop their abilities to critically engage with the information ecosystem and add their own voices and educated opinions to the conversations on the topics they care about. I am running for Vice Chair/Chair Elect because I care about the Pennsylvania Library Association and the College & Research Division, and I want to do my part to serve the organization. The programming and professional development opportunities that CRD provides can help Pennsylvania’s academic librarians achieve their professional goals and improve services in their own libraries, and I would be honored to help CRD maximize our impact across the state.

Melissa Correll is Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and Instruction Librarian at Arcadia University’s Landman Library, a post she has held since June of 2016. From 2013-106, She served as Instructional Services Librarian, Coordinator of Information Literacy and Outreach at Lycoming College’s Snowden Library. Melissa is a member of the PALS graduating class of 2015, and has served on the College & Research Division board ever since, in 2016 as a Member at Large, and as Legislative Liaison in 2017. She earned her MSLIS form Drexel University in 2013.


Maggie Savidakis-Dunn


I am an academic librarian who is passionate about serving students, faculty, and my colleagues.  I believe academic librarians have the power to change and enrich students’ lives and college experiences.  As funding for institutions of higher education and for libraries has been decreased and as new funding conversations happen every day, I believe now, more than ever, academic librarians need to think out of the box, engage with our patrons, and demonstrate the very essence of what has called us to our profession in the first place.


In my experience, first as a library specialist and now as the STEM librarian at Shippensburg University, I have worked closely with students and faculty to ease the barriers between the library and the sciences, embracing new services and strategies to widen the appeal of the library to less traditional audiences.  In my interactions with students I have seen the impact a positive library experience can have on a student’s academic experience, and these have increased my drive to ensure the necessary support is available to librarians who are affecting the lives of students and faculty every day.


During my first year working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I have had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing librarians on the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) College & Research Division (CRD).  Working as part of the CRD board, I have seen the dedication of the members of PaLA’s CRD and have observed the opportunities and value it provides to its members.  I would be honored to serve the College & Research Division as vice chair and to provide support and leadership to a group who has given me an opportunity engage in direction college libraries will take move toward in the future.  



A Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) and College and Research Division (CRD) member for just under a year, Maggie Savidakis-Dunn has served on the CRD Board since January 2017, moving from a Member at Large to the Social Media Coordinator in March. In addition to serving on the CRD Board, Maggie begins her tenure as a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section Communications and Membership Committee and as a member of the ACRL Science and Technology Section College Science Librarians Discussion Group in July of this year. On her campus, Maggie is the Faculty Social Media Coordinator for the Council on Student Research and Creative Activities. This summer, Maggie will be attending PaLA’s Academy of Leadership Studies.


Maggie received her undergraduate degree in Food Science from Clemson University in 2013. In 2015, she graduated with her MLIS from the University of South Carolina. This past August she came on board as the STEM Librarian at Shippensburg University. She is currently in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University.

Maggie’s interests lie in student research, data visualization and management, library services for the sciences, and advocating for the many roles college and university libraries can play throughout their campuses.

C&C Mindfulness Panel Discussion is now available!

June 14, 2017

Thanks to everyone who showed up for yesterday’s session, we had a fabulous turn out for the Mindfulness and Academic Libraries panel. The video has been uploaded to the Vimeo site.


If you watch this session, please fill out the evaluation form which will help us with further programming!