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Don’t Miss Out: Explore the Benefits of PaLA!

May 8, 2017

For a limited time only, the Pennsylvania Library Association is offering half-off for first-time regular personal members, who join between March 15 and June 15, 2017.

Membership in PaLA provides opportunities of particular importance to college and research librarians. These benefits include networking opportunities, professional development, annual conference discounts, scholarships, and the latest in statewide library news through the www.palibraries.org website, and the PaLA Bulletin. PaLA also provides access and publishing opportunities through our scholarly peer-reviewed journal, Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (www.palrap.org). Academic librarians are encouraged to present at local workshops, the state-wide annual conference through poster sessions or full conference sessions, as well as special topic workshops like the Information Literacy Summit.

PaLA also has numerous outlets for service to the profession at the local chapter level, division level through CRD, or subject areas through the round tables such as Teaching, Learning and Technology or Technical Services, amongst others. As you can see, PaLA provides a wealth of resources and services that academic librarians require to progress in their field, providing a real value for your membership dollars.

Take this once in a lifetime opportunity and explore the benefits of PaLA. If you are already a member, we encourage you to share these benefits with your colleagues who are not members. Please, encourage them to take advantage of this one-time offer to join at a discounted rate.

If you have any questions about PaLA, please contact our PaLA Headquarters at 717-766-7663,  www.palibraries.org.

CRD members share how they have benefited from membership:

“Membership in PaLA has given me the opportunity to develop leadership, presentation, and collaboration skills as well as to make valuable connections with talented professionals throughout the state. These connections remain important to me even after having moved to another state. Additionally, I believe that becoming actively involved in PaLA while I was still in library school provided me with experiences that helped to set me apart from other candidates as I entered the job market. I heartily recommend that students become involved in PaLA as much as they can.”
– Dr. Bryan J. McGeary, LSTA Manager, CRD

Membership in PaLA has given me leadership opportunities that have helped me advance my career. I’ve also been able to connect with and learn from librarians across PA, and this has helped me learn about trends in the profession and integrate new programming at my library.
– Christina Steffy, Director, Learning Commons, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Membership in PaLA has given me a sense of connection and community with other librarians and the opportunity to build confidence in pursing leadership experiences.  – Maggie Savidakis-Dunn, Social Media Coordinator, CRD, Associate Professor, STEM Librarian, Shippensburg University

Membership in PaLA has given me the confidence to pursue leadership roles, the opportunity to improve my public speaking and presentation skills, and resources to speak to my community about the important role libraries play in Pennsylvania.
– Leslie Worrell Christianson, Chair, CRD, Assistant Professor, User Services Librarian, Marywood University

Membership in PaLA has afforded me many professional opportunities.  Through PaLA have been able to present at the Annual Conference, at workshops, write for the PaLRaP journal and have recently tried my hand at a board position in the College and Research Division. PaLa membership opens up a world of opportunity to librarians in all areas. I have been a member when I was a Public Librarian, School Library, Academic Librarian and now Virtual Librarian.
Betsy Reichart, Membership Liaison, CRD, Institutional Librarian and Instructor, Penn Foster Education, Scranton, PA

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