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Diverse Literacies: PA Forward as a Framework for Academic Outreach

September 30, 2013

Diverse Literacies: PA Forward as a Framework for Academic Outreach

October 15, 2:00pm EST

by Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Penn State York and Erin Burns, Reference Librarian, Penn State Shenango

The PA Forward initiative is responsible for leveraging libraries’ and librarians’ expertise in what the initiative describes as 5 different literacies: Basic, Information, Health, Financial, and Civic/Social. While these literacies have been used with great success in many school and public libraries, we know that many academic librarians have used these literacies for successful outreach programs to their “communities” (faculty, staff and students), especially creating programs in conjunction with faculty colleagues. This Connect and Communicate discussion will be about how academic librarians can leverage the PA Forward literacies to create practical ideas for inclusion of the other literacies: Health, Financial and Civic/Social and other possible outreach opportunities at the campus level.

Please register at the following link:

To test your computer in advance (recommended): 

To run the Adobe Connect Meeting Connection Diagnostic at

To join the live program, please direct your web browser to: 
enter as a “guest,” providing your name OR your library’s name and the number of participants if attending as a group (example: Jane Doe OR School Campus Library – 6), as this will simply help us get an accurate count of attendance.

To troubleshoot audio problems in Adobe Connect by going to Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard (top left corner)

Any additional questions may be asked via the Chat box.

For this program, participants will need speakers to hear the presenter speaking, but will not need any additional audio equipment. Participants may ask questions via the Chat box; moderators will monitor the Chat box and facilitate question and response.

A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members and program registrants following the program.

If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!

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