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PA Forward and Academic Libraries

June 28, 2012

The following blog post is by Debbie Malone, 2012 PaLA President:

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s new marketing and advocacy initiative, PA Forward, is growing, and we want to invite academic libraries to participate more fully. I see this project as a nice companion to ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiatives. PA Forward aims to leverage the power of libraries to build literacy levels and to communicate the importance of libraries.

We are looking for specific examples of academic libraries working with their local communities to advance literacy. For example, DeSales University has partnered with the Southern Lehigh Public Library to provide a series of small group basic literacy workshop on using the Internet and Word processing software, and Bloomsburg University librarians work with local high school teachers and students in a model UN program and a gifted program. I am sure there are many more such interesting projects across the state. Please take a few moments and let me know about your community literacy project. Email me at Debbie.malone@desales.edu or add a comment to this post.

Thanks,
Debbie Malone

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