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C&CS is an online gathering of librarians from Pennsylvania and beyond. We have an interest in hearing from you! Please contact us if you have an idea for an online program. Link to proposal form.

We are currently using Zoom for our recording sessions, which allows for multiple participants across the commonwealth to connect with colleagues on projects. We are working to provide some closed captioning to be available during the session using the software when available.

Recorded sessions from 2018 to present will have closed captioning from YouTube.

Current team members include:

Adam Balcziunas, Electronic Resources & Systems Librarian, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre (adambalcziunas at kings dot edu)

Amy Snyder, Education Librarian, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (asnyder at pacollege dot edu)

Kristi Addleman Ritter, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Mont Alto (kra132 at psu dot edu)

Ronalee Ciocco, Director of Library Services, Washington & Jefferson College (rciocco at washjeff dot edu)

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, Governor.

Support is also provided by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association:

Upcoming Programs:

Save the Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 @ 3:00 pm EST. More details will be shared soon!

Links to Past Programs:

If asked, the login information for Vimeo videos is palacrd. These videos are not accessible, and do not have closed captioning. More recent links to videos in YouTube will have closed captioning. Links to blog posts are the promotional blurbs about the speakers and the material being covered.


Funshots!: Gamification in Library Instruction. Emma H. Beaver, Angela R. Davis, Kristin E. C. Green, and Elizabeth Nelson. Video link

Once Upon a Time in the Academic Library: Storytelling Skills for Librarians. Maria Barefoot, Sara Parme, and Elin Woods. Video link

You’re Wrong About: Student Digital Literacy. Carmen Cole, Emily Mross, and Andrea Pritt of Penn State University. Video link

Collecting Pennsylvania Political Twitter Data. John Russell and Andrew Dudash of Penn State University. Video link


Using R Statistical Software for Library Assessment: Do More with Your Data, for Free!. Sara Kern of Juniata College. Video link

Working with Student Organizations to Enhance Outreach to Underrepresented Groups. Paul McMonigle of Penn State University. Video link

Five Revolutions for Advancing Cultures of Openness in Higher Education: Looking Beyond 2022. Video Link

Promoting Inclusion in the Academic Library with a CILLS Program Internship. Video Link

Microfilm Enters the Digital Age: A Big Evolution for a Microformat. Video Link


Academic Librarians, STEM Researchers, and Research Data Management – Oh My! Andrea Pritt, from Penn State Harrisburg, and Briana Ezray Wham, from Penn State University. Video Link

Oral History 101: Creating an Oral History Program for Your Library.  Heidi Abbey Moyer from Penn State Harrisburg. Video link

How to Build an Engaging Library Workshop. Katie Odhner from Penn State Abington. Video link

Library Staff Morale & the Academic Hierarchy. Celia Emmelhainz, Natalia Estrada, Bonita Dyess, and Ann Glusker  Video link

Revising the Revision: Moving New Information Literacy Instruction for FY Students Online in the Wake of COVID-19. Beth M. Transue, MLS MET is the Information Literacy librarian at Messiah University. Video link

Civic Literacy as a Campus Outreach Tool: ShipVotes. Eyoel Delessa Reference, Outreach, and Instruction Librarian at Shippensburg University.  Video link

Go with the Flow: Automations and More in Office 365. Adam Haigh. Video link

Supporting Innovation: Helping Our Users with Patents. Video link

Mindfulness and De-Stress Activities During Finals. Susan Tsiouris, was the Research & Information Services Librarian at Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University. Kirstina Dorsett is the Liaison to Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy & Business at Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University.


Is the Framework a teaching tool? How its language can help (and hinder) undergraduates’ learning. Rachel Hamelers and Jennifer Jarson. Recorded October 15, 2020. blog post. video. slides.

Health Information for Distance Learning. Brad Long and Kate Flewelling. Recorded April 21, 2020. blog post. video. Brad’s slides.

Setting the stage for Civic Minded Education, Jen Bonnet and Lily Herakova. Recorded April 16, 2020. blog post. video.

Academic Freedom and Academic Libraries, Danya Leebaw and Alexis Logsdon. Recorded March 13, 2020. blog post. video. slides.

Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gerry Shea and Sebastian Derry. Recorded March 3, 2020. blog post. video. slides.

Centering Student Voices, Hailley Fargo and Ally Mastrangelo. February 20, 2020. blog post. video. slides.


White Fragility book discussion. December 9, 2019. No recording. blog post.

Creating Safe Spaces for Seeking and Finding Help, with Sabrina Thomas, Kacy Lovelace, Michelle Alford and Leah Tolliver, recorded on Nov 8th 2019.  video linkblog post link. 

Listening to Community Users in our Academic Libraries, with Celia Emmelhainz and Monica Singh, recorded Oct 29 at 3pm EST (12pm Pacific). video linkblog post link.

If not us, who? Privacy Literacy at Academic Libraries, with Alex Chisholm and Sarah Hartman-Caverly. Recorded Sept 27, 2019. video link. blog post link.

Library Legacies Oral History Project, with Jackie Esposito. Recorded August 28, 2019. video link. blog post link.

Policies, Platforms and Promotion: Social Media for Every Library, with Emily Mross, Josephine Smith, and June Houghtaling. Recorded May 9, 2019. video link. blog post link.

Mapping your Journey: Steps for beginning a librarianship residency. Amanda Leftwich, Recorded March 18, 2019. blog post link. video link.

How do Critical Educators Approach Learning Outcomes Assessment? March 1 at 2pm EST (11am PST), with Rebecca Halpern and Carolyn Caffrey Gardner. blog post link. video link.

Digital Badging @ PSU. Presented by Torrie Raisch and Emily Rimland. Feb 26, 2019. link to blog post. link to video.

What Does PA Forward and the Star Library Program Have To Do With Academic Libraries? presented by Amy Snyder, Christina Steffy, and Joann Eichenlaub at February 21, 2019. blog post link. video link.


Code for Her, presented by Carmen Cole and Joslenne Pena. December 5, 2018. link to videolink to blog.

Deconstructing Environmental Conflict, Sharon Radcliffe, CSU East Bay. November 28, 2018. Blog post link. Powerpoint Link: Deconstructing Environmental Conflict. Video link.

Accessibility Awareness and Technologies with Patty Petronello and Scott Meneely, Aug 16, 2018 at 11am. video link. Powerpoint link: AssistiveTech. Link to Assistive Tech Resources.  link to blog post

Feminist Reference Desk Panel, with authors from the book, Feminist Reference Desk. July 9, 2018. Maura Seale, Erin Pappas, and Celia Emmelhainz, and Nina Clements.  Link to program information. video link.

Transparency in the Tenure Process: A Frank Discussion on Earning Tenure and Thriving as an Archivist in Academia. June 21, 2018. Presenters: Heidi Abbey Moyer, Rachel Walton and Elizabeth M. Scott. video linkblog post link. slides.

Unique PA Academic Library Student Book Clubs. May 30, 2018, 1pm.  Katherine Furlong, Ryan Ake, Wendy Brubaker and Kathleen Heidecker. video link. blog post link.

PA Forward Presents Money Smart Week, Presenters: Emily Mross and Olivia Sullivan, recorded April 23, 2018. video linkblog post link

IF I APPLY: Updated CRAAP Test for Evaluating Sources, Presenters: Kat Phillips, Sabrina Thomas and Eryn Roles. Recorded February 16, 2018. video link. blog post link.

Fruitful Collaborations: Building Bridges to Connect Student Services, Presenters: Emily Mross and Hailley Fargo, Recorded January 10, 2018. video linkblog post link


Human Libraries and a Day of Dialogue: The Franklin & Marshall Experience, Presenters: Jennifer Buch and Meghan Kelly. Recorded December 1, 2017. video linkblog post link.

Advocating Your Library Through Podcasting, Presented by Natalie Kulick and Brian Fulton (recorded on November 14, 2017)– Joint program with TL&T Round Table. video link. blog post link. Video is Adobe Connect.

Haunted Pennsylvania Libraries, Presented by Mark Podvia (Recorded October 30, 2017). video link. blog post link.

“Fake” News Panel Discussion, Presented by Jeff Knapp, Emily Rimland, Hailley Fargo, Jose Guerrero, and Joel Bulkholder. Recorded August 24, 2017. video link. blog post link.

50+ Tech Tools in 50 Minutes, Presented by Leslie Swope. Recorded July 21, 2017. video link. blog post link.

Mindfulness in the Academic Library: Perspectives and Practices, Presented by Madeleine Charney, Chanelle Pickens and Inga Haugen. Recorded June 13, 2017. video link. blog post link.

PA Digital Overview and Update, Presented by Doreva Belfiore. Recorded May 17, 2017. video link. blog post link.


Using Archives and Special Collections in Instruction, Presented by Christy Fic, Julia McGinnis, and Isabella O’Neill, Recorded April 29, 2016. video link. blog post link.

Student Advisory Groups, Presented by Ben Hoover, Karen Wanamaker and Dan Stafford, Recorded March 17, 2016. video link. blog post link.



“Tech Tools for Interaction: Get your Students to take an Active Role in the Classroom,” with Liz Johns. Recorded December 9, 2015.  blog post link. video link.

Library Security Strategies, presented by Scott R. DiMarco. Recorded October 30, 2015.  blog post link. video link.

Framework “Unconference,” panel discussion led by Leslie Christianson. Recorded September 17, 2015. no video available.

PA Forward Elevator Speeches, Presented by Leslie Worrell Christianson and Kathy Silks. Recorded April 30, 2015. blog post link not available. video link.

Spaghetti Session, informal discussion session with Amy Snyder. Recorded March 13, 2015. blog post link. video link. 

Safety and Security in the Campus Library, informal discussion session, January 30, 2015.  blog post link. video link.



Navigating Health Information for Academic Libraries: A National Network of Libraries of Medicine Presentation, presented by Jody Cole and Missy Harvey, December 14, 2014. video link. blog post link.

Discovery and the Future of the Catalog: A Panel Discussion, with Sara Pike, Robert Flatley, Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Amanda Avery, Jamey Harriy, Ashley Esposito. Recorded November 12, 2014. video link. blog post link

How Learning Objects and OERs Position the Library to Enhance Student Success, Presented by John Shank, Recorded October 17, 2014. blog post link. video link.

Diverse Literacies: PA Forward as a Framework for Academic Outreach, Presented by Barbara Eschbach and Erin Burns, Recorded October 15, 2014. video link.  blog post link.

Digital Learning Objects & Materials: What’s Our Role? June 6, 2014.  blog link.

Outreach in Academic Libraries: What works and what doesn’t in academic library outreach? Recorded April 25, 2014. video link.

Creating Infographics, Presented by Rebecca Hodson. Recorded March 14, 2014. video link. blog post link.


New Adventures: Circulating iPads from Your Library. Presented by Dolores Fidishun, August 8 2013. blog post link.


Information Literacy in an Age of Algorithms, Presented by Kristen Yarmey. Recorded September 11, 2012. video link. slides.

Technology in the Classroom: What works, what doesn’t. Presented by Ryan Sittler, Val Lynn and Tina Hertel. Recorded August 2012. video linkblog post link.

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  4. C&CS Accessibility Awareness and Technologies video link is now available | CRD of PaLA
  5. C&CS Presents: Deconstructing Environmental Conflict: Bias, News, Perspective, Nov 15 at 1pm EST | CRD of PaLA
  6. Digital Badges C&CS Session, Jan 30 at 1pm | CRD of PaLA
  7. “How do critical educators approach student learning outcomes assessment?” with Carolyn Gardner and Rebecca Halpern (a C&CS session) | CRD of PaLA
  8. C&CS Digital Badges @PSU video available | CRD of PaLA
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  11. Mapping Your Journey with Amanda Leftwich now available | CRD of PaLA
  12. C&CS Presents: If Not Us, Who? Privacy Literacy Instruction in Academic Libraries with Alex Chisholm and Sarah Hartman-Caverly | CRD of PaLA
  13. C&CS Presents: Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder with Gerry Shea and Sebastian Derry, March 3rd at 1pm Eastern | CRD of PaLA
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