Skip to content

Blog Contributors Wanted

November 20, 2017

Bloggers Wanted!

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) College & Research Division (CRD) is looking for those who are interested in contribution to the CRD blog, It’s Academic. We welcome new and experienced bloggers, as well as those who want to contribute frequently or those who would rather only post once or twice a year.

What we’re looking for:

People to author blog posts (of any length or format) on any topic relevant to college and research libraries (bonus points if it’s specific to Pennsylvania). We’ll put together a posting schedule (for the duration of 2018) that will let you know what weeks you’re responsible for posting to the blog. On your scheduled week, we’d like to have at least one new blog post by you go live (but you’re absolutely allowed to post more than once in the week if you want to).


Send a short email Maggie Albro at Please include how frequently you would like to contribute to the blog (once a month, twice a semester, etc.) and any scheduling issues you foresee so we know when is/isn’t a good time to put you on the calendar. If you have any questions, include them in your email.


Join Us! Human Libraries and a Day of Dialogue: The Franklin & Marshall Experience, Dec 1 at 2 pm

November 16, 2017

human_library_facebook.jpgHuman Libraries and a Day of Dialogue: The Franklin & Marshall Experience

with Jennifer Buch and Meghan Kelly

December 1, 2017, 2 pm, Zoom Session


Connect & Communicate Series

Register here!

Human Libraries are “designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue” ( On October 5th, 2016, Franklin & Marshall College hosted a Human Library in conjunction with F&M’s Day of Dialogue. The mission of Day of Dialogue is to create a space and time in which members of the F&M community could come together to explore and reinvent our community. Students, faculty, and staff volunteered to be the “books” in order to share their unique story with other members of the campus community who participated in the event as readers. It was our hope that by having a dialogue with a book, readers could challenge their own personal perceptions and further their sense of belonging within the F&M community. Learn about the planning, execution, and feedback received for this event.

Jennifer Buch is the Research Services Specialist at the Shadek-Fackenthal Library at Franklin & Marshall College. At the Shad Library, Jenn is the first contact in the Research Services and Interlibrary loan office, where she participates in research service, reference collection development and maintenance, social media, library marketing, and interlibrary loan. Ms. Buch received her undergraduate degree at Elizabethtown College and her Masters of Science in Library Science at Clarion University. In her spare time, you will find her volunteering at Warwick Little League in Lititz, PA, on their executive board as Information Officer & Marketing coordinator, entertaining her two crazy cats, traveling with her husband and son, or drinking coffee & reading!

Meghan Kelly is the Research & Emerging Technologies Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College. In addition to providing research services for students and serving as the liaison for a handful of departments on campus, she helps to maintain the library website, social media platforms, and their suite of Springshare products. Ms. Kelly received her MSLIS from the iSchool at Syracuse University.

Remember to register as we can allow only 50 people! Session will be recorded and made available via the CRD blog after the session is completed.

PALaunchPod teams up with TL&T Round Table and CRD’s Connect & Communicate Series

November 6, 2017

Advocating Your Library Through Podcasting

Presented by

Natalie Kulick and Brian Fulton

November 14 at 11am

Register here!

Podcasting can be used to advocate your library and is a creative gateway to the future of spreading the word to your patrons. PaLAunchPod, is a new podcast series created by Pennsylvania librarians. The coordinators that researched the how to’s and created the sound of the podcast would like to share what they have learned and show you how to start a podcast for your library!

TL&T Round Table and the CRD’s Connect & Communicate series are happy to bring you Natalie and Brian for this virtual discussion via Adobe Connect.

Natalie Kulick is the Information Resources and Services Specialist at the Penn State Worthington Scranton library.  At the library she manages reserve items, liaises for Circulation Appeals, and oversees the circulation desk.  She took part in Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies in 2016, where the group for PaLAunchPod launched.  She currently is on the board of Northeast Pennsylvania Library Associations for Electronic Resources and as of January 2018 will be the Secretary/Treasurer for the Northeast Chapter. She was awarded a B.S. in Library Science and Elementary Education from Kutztown University in December 2005.  After graduation she moved to New Hampshire where she was a Library Media Specialist in a school for four years.  After moving back to Pennsylvania in 2010, she began working at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale, Pa where she eventually pursued her Master of Science in Library Science degree along with working full-time as the Circulation Assistant and Teen Services.  She was awarded a MSLS. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in May 2015. In her spare time, you will find her cycling, swimming or skiing with her husband depending on the season, volunteering or attending library events, working in her garden, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, taking care of her twenty plus chickens and two dogs, always busy doing something!  

Brian Fulton is the Library Manager at The Times-Tribune in Scranton,Pa. At the paper, he manages the library, writes the Times-Tribune’s local history blog Pages from the Past and the daily This Day in NEPA feature in the paper, the weekly Time Warp feature in Weekend Times, and is editor of the weekly local history column written by Erin Nissley.   He volunteers with the Scranton Reads, One Book, One City program and he is a member of the Pennsylvania Library Association and the American Library Association. This year he is serving as the chair of the Digital Resources Roundtable. He also took part in Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies in 2016.
He was awarded a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University in 1998 and a B.S. in BioBehavorial Health from Penn State University in 2001. He was awarded an M.S.L.S from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in December 2015.
He also competed on National Public Radio’s quiz show “Ask Me Another,” were he was crowned grand champion. The show was broadcast on March 20, 2014.


C&C Series: Haunted Libraries with Mark Podvia

October 31, 2017

We had an excellent turnout for yesterday’s session, Haunted Libraries with Mark Podvia. This was a session he also did at PaLA this year, which I heard was also well attended. Below you will find a link to the Zoom session, which will be available for one month following this posting, as well as the handout from PaLA and an evaluation form. ghost.png

Zoom session: Link


Handout: PaLA Haunted Libraries Handout

If you attended the session, please fill out the evaluation form here: Evaluation Form

Happy Halloween!

C&C Series: Mark Podvia Presents Haunted PA Libraries

October 4, 2017

Haunted Libraries: Mark Podvia

Monday, October 30, 1 pm

Ready for something spooky?

Because I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

Andrew Bane Memorial Library- Haunted Libraries M Podvia

Andrew Bane Memorial Library

Several Pennsylvania libraries, including public, school, academic, and special libraries, are reportedly haunted.  A number of these libraries are located in the City of Pittsburgh, including several of the City’s Carnegie Libraries.  Some of these libraries were built on former graveyards or other disturbed sites, other library buildings previously served another purpose (private home, inn, etc.).  In some cases an individual died in the library or the library is haunted by former employees or former patrons.  In others, the items in the collection are responsible for the hauntings.  This presentation will look at approximately 25 haunted Pennsylvania libraries located throughout the Commonwealth–most of which have been visited by the speaker–as well as a few haunted libraries in surrounding states.  A detailed bibliography will be provided to attendees.

Mark Podvia

Mark Podvia

Associate University Librarian Mark Podvia is Interim Co-Director, Head of Faculty Services, Curator of Rare Books and Archivist at the West Virginia University College of Law George B. Farmer, Jr. Law Library. In addition, he is a member of the emeritus faculty of the Pennsylvania State University. Mark has published more than 80 articles, dedications, book and program reviews and indices and bibliographies in various publications including Law Library Journal, Penn State Law Review, UCC Law Journal, Unbound: A Review of Legal History and Rare Books, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, The Green Bag, Penn State International Law Review and Penn State Environmental Law Review. In addition, he has authored portions of four books, including A Citizens’ Guide to a Modern Constitutional Convention in Pennsylvania, and has written two entries for The Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution. Mark is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a past chair of the American Association of Law Libraries Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, the AALL Council of Newsletter Editors, the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee, and the Pennsylvania Library Association Preservation Round Table. He is also a past president of the Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania. A former member of the Pennsylvania Library Association, he is now a member of the West Virginia Library Association and the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of ACRL. He has spoken at local, state and national meetings and conferences on a wide range of topics including beer and the law, wine and the law, Bourbon and the law, Tequila and the law, American witchcraft trials, researching and writing institutional history, legal citation, the ghosts of Penn State, Pennsylvania law resources on the web, and state constitutional conventions. For the past seventeen years he has offered yearly ghost tours of Carlisle, Pennsylvania to benefit the Dickinson School of Law’s Public Interest Law Fund. For the record, he has never seen a ghost.

Remember, only the first 50 people will be guaranteed a spot for this session online through Zoom, so register ASAP here using this link.

Registration Open for ACRL/DVC Workshop “Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness”

October 2, 2017

The current political climate has called into question basic ideals of information quality. Objectivity, bias, opinion, fact, and evidence are thrown into question at every turn. Even for the savviest media consumer, the firehose of information seems to blast away any hope of reflection, critical thinking, or good judgement. The old standbys for teaching source evaluation now seem insufficient. So how do we teach our students to be ethical information consumers and producers? We’ll hear from expert journalists and academics about the guiding principles of their professions and how those principles can be used to teach students to find an ethical center to help them on their path to information enlightenment.

Keynote Speaker: Award winning author and journalist, Dr. Pamela Newkirk is a professor at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.  Her books include Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, (NYU Press 2000), Letters from Black America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 20090, and her latest book Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, (HarperCollins).

Moderated Panel:

  • Moderator: Tom Ipri, Associate Director for Public Services & Programming, St. Joseph’s University
  • Vanessa Schipani, Annenberg Public Policy Center and Science Writer for
  • Mark Dent, Reporter/Curator for Billy Penn/Politifact Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Delaware County Community College.

Lightning Talks:  Hear from your colleagues on how they are addressing these issues in their libraries.
When: Friday, November 17, 2017 

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm  

Where: University of Pennsylvania Law School Silverman Hall

Breakfast & Lunch included 

Register Now!

C&C “Fake” News Discussion Panel available for viewing

August 30, 2017

The “Fake” news discussion panel held last week is now available for viewing. I want to thank all our speakers, Jeff Knapp, Emily Rimland, Jose Guerrero, Hailley Fargo and Joel Burkholder for holding this discussion.

You can access the panel discussion by clicking here: Fake News Panel Discussion (removed on Oct 31, 2017).

You should not need to log in, the session was recorded by Zoom. The session will be available until September 30, 2017.

If you participated, please fill out the evaluation form, located here: Evaluation Form.