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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!

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

June 15, 2016


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.


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 with questions.


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