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Nobody “gets” what we do!

April 17, 2015

In two minutes or less get them to “get it” by giving them your elevator speech! Inform them of your value, and your library’s, by telling them how you prepare students to succeed at school and beyond!

Connect & Communicate Series Event!
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Literacies_Graphic_RGBJoin Kathy Silks (PA Forward) and Leslie Christianson (Marywood University) for an informative presentation about the value of PA Forward as a resource for your academic library, and the importance of sharing your value, and your library’s, through the creation of an “elevator speech.” An elevator speech is a concise, carefully planned, and well-practiced description of your organization that you can deliver in the time span of an elevator ride.

After this one-hour session, you will be able to

  • Locate the PA Forward toolkit and use its resources to develop programming and support and promote your academic library
  • Develop an elevator speech for yourself and for your library

About the presenters:

Kathy Silks is Project Manager of PA Forward, the Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative. Kathy’s advocacy for libraries is bringing attention to the essential role that libraries play in powering Pennsylvania’s progress. Through volunteer work and her service as a Dauphin County Library Trustee, Kathy has been promoting libraries and literacy since the 1990s.

Leslie Worrell Christianson holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America.  She is a 2012 graduate of the Pennsylvania Library Associations Academy of Leadership.   As the User Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Marywood University, she is committed to providing the best possible access to information for students, faculty, and staff.

Register (free!) at

You will receive information about how to join the session via email on April 29thCCLOGO_png

  • For this program, participants will need speakers or headphones to hear the presenters and may join the discussion via the meeting room chat box.
  • A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members.

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 570-577-2550 with questions.

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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