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Save the Date! 5th Annual PA Forward Information Literacy Summit

January 13, 2017

5th Annual PA Forward Information Literacy Summit
July 19, 2017
Located at the Penn State University Libraries in State College, PA  

The PA Forward Information Literacy Summit is back for 2017!  This summit will focus around libraries and maker culture, and will be relevant to any librarians interested or involved in teaching and learning, including academic, public, school, and special librarians, and other educators.

A detailed call for proposals will be shared at the end of January, and proposals will be due by March 15, 2017.  For more information, please contact one of the conference co-chairs:  Debbie Malone ( or Rebecca Miller (  We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you in State College in July!

Future of Libraries Fellowship Opportunity

December 20, 2016
If you haven’t signed up for the Future of Libraries email list-serve or follow the blog, you may not be aware of this amazing opportunity. Read more …

The American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries is pleased to provide a fellowship for an individual or group interested in exploring the future of libraries. The fellowship will provide a stipend of $10,000 to advance new ideas and perspectives for the future of libraries through the creation of a public product – report, white paper, video, resource, tool – that will help library professionals envision the future of library collections, partnerships, services, spaces, or technologies. Projects may build on existing work, research, or initiatives of the Association, its Offices, Divisions, and Round Tables, or explore new directions and interests.

Call for articles: Pennsylvania Libraries Research & Practice vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 2017)

December 7, 2016

Pennsylvania Libraries Research & Practice (PaLRaP) invites submissions for peer review for the Spring 2017 issue. Articles can fall under the category of research or practice, and must feature Pennsylvania libraries and librarians.

Full descriptions of the types of articles accepted, as well as online submission, can be found on the journal’s web site.

For full consideration of articles for peer review, please upload submissions by March 15, 2017.

Any questions can be directed to the journal’s editors, Anne Behler (, and Tom Reinsfelder (

NN/LM Training Needs Assessment

November 10, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) is seeking your opinion on the types of educational opportunities you would like to see offered by the NN/LM. We want to hear from you about the types of courses you need and what formats you prefer. Your responses will help us to prioritize class development.

We estimate that this needs assessment will take 10-15 minutes to complete. You can save your responses and return later, by clicking “Save and Continue” at the top of the screen, after the first page. This feedback form will close November 30, 2016.

For questions, please reach out to us at

Survey link –

CRD Board Positions Open!

November 7, 2016

CRD Board is looking for two people to fill open member-at-large positions for the 2017 year. In order to view the job description for this role, please visit the following website and click to view the board member descriptions:

The Board meets monthly via the online meeting platform Zoom. There is one annual CRD workshop that board members are strongly encouraged to attend. The CRD also sponsors programs and a luncheon at the PaLA annual conference each year; again, board members are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like to be considered for a member-at-large position, please submit a letter of interest along with your resume or CV to by Monday, November 21. You may also email me with any questions about the position.

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.