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South Central Chapter Call for PALS Nominees

March 28, 2017

The South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association would like to cover the registration fee for one attendee to the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies, to be held at the Best Western Premier: The Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, PA. Please share with your colleagues and staff!

We invite nominations and applications from public, academic, school and special librarians who have the potential to become the next generation of library leaders in our Commonwealth. Applicants must be part of the South Central Chapter service area (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York, and Perry counties), and must be PaLA members.

Further information about the Leadership Academy can be found at:

The program for 2017 is described below.

PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies – 2017 Program Dates: Sunday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Registration Fee (includes program, lodging, meals): $400 per person for PaLA Members

If you are interested in applying to be sponsored by the South Central Chapter, please send the following by March 31, 2017 to Christy Fic (

  • A letter of interest indicating why you feel you would be a good candidate for PALS and how you would like to serve the profession
  • Current resume
  • A letter of support from a supervisor, board member or trustee indicating why they feel the nominee has leadership potential and should attend PALS

The following are the requirements for sponsorship nominees:

  • Degreed Librarian (must have the degree before attending program)
  • Demonstrates leadership potential
  • Must be willing to remain at the hotel for the duration of the PALS workshop, including overnight
  • Must attend one South Central Chapter meeting after the program to report on what was learned at PALS

Nominees will be informed of the Chapter’s decision by April 7, 2017.

Contact Christy Fic with any questions or concerns about the process. Christy can be reached by email: or phone: 717-477-1516.

West Branch Chapter Workshop Call for Proposals

March 21, 2017

The West Branch Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association will hold its Spring Workshop on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. We invite proposals for presentations or lightning talks on the workshop theme, Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Users. Topics of interest include:

  • Health literacy programming
  • Movement-based programs and services in libraries (such as Story Walks, yoga in the library)
  • Healthy workplaces/successful wellness programs
  • Any other topic related to the theme of Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Users

If you have experience in any of these areas, please consider submitting a proposal to speak at our workshop. Presentations should be a maximum of 45 minutes; lightning talks should be 5-10 minutes.

To be considered, please submit your proposal by filling out our online form (, or emailing the following information to
The deadline to submit is Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

  • Your Name(s):
  • Your Library:
  • Your Email:
  • Format (presentation or lightning talk)
  • Title of presentation/talk:
  • Brief description of your proposed presentation/talk:
  • Any technology or special equipment needed:

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Rob Sieczkiewicz
Vice-Chair, PaLA West Branch

GPLLA Legal Research Course for 2017

March 17, 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association is pleased to announce the GPLLA Legal Research Course for 2017. We’ve made many exciting changes to this year’s course, including a reduced registration fee, payment forms accepted, and access to Westlaw and Lexis Advance for participants.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 11 – May 16
Time: 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Location: Online

This 6-week introductory legal research course is geared towards professionals and students interested in learning the basics of legal research or needing a refresher. The course will be presented by instructors from various Philadelphia area law schools and firms. Topics to be covered include an introduction to the legal system, statutory research, researching case law, using secondary sources, researching administrative law, and using paid and free services to locate the law. Each session will cover both federal and Pennsylvania-specific materials, so participants will be able to start

The course will be presented online live using Zoom, and participants will be able to access videos of each session and related materials on demand as well. Westlaw and Lexis Advance have agreed to supply temporary accounts to all participants for the duration of the course. Specific technical requirements will be emailed to participants closer to the course start date.

Registration for the course is $75 for non-students and $50 for students. Payment may be submitted via check or PayPal. Specific payment instructions are included on the registration form, which can be accessed at

Feel free to share this announcement with anyone you think might benefit from taking this course, regardless of their affiliation with GPLLA. If you have any questions, please contact Carla Wale (

CRD Sponsoring Two Future Leaders for PALS

March 17, 2017

PaLA’s College and Research Division (CRD) will again nominate and sponsor two PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS) attendees. In order to be considered by CRD, please submit your PALS application materials directly to CRD rather than to PALS. If we choose to nominate you, we will submit your application materials directly to PALS and, if you are accepted into the program, we will sponsor you. Our sponsorship will cover the cost of your program fee ($400 for PaLA members, $500 for non-PaLA members). If you are not chosen by CRD, you will still have time to submit your application materials to PALS for their consideration. The deadline for submission directly to PALS is Monday, April 10th.

Please keep in mind that a CRD nomination does NOT guarantee your acceptance into the PALS program.

In order to be considered for CRD nomination for PALS, please submit the following items to CRD at by Monday, April 3th:

  • A letter of interest indicating why you feel you would be a good candidate for PALS and how you would like to serve PaLA
  • A current resume/CV

You will be notified of CRD’s decision to nominate you by Friday, April 7th.

Prospective nominees/PALS attendees must meet the following requirements:

  • Degreed librarian (must have the degree before attending PALS)
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Must be willing to remain at the hotel for the duration of the PALS workshop, including overnight
  • Must be willing to provide services to PaLA and the profession after completing the program
  •  PaLA membership is not required to apply or attend, but will be required upon completion of the program.

PALS 2017 MLS/MLIS Librarian Program information:

  • Dates: Sunday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 7
  • Place: The Best Western Premier: The Central Hotel and Conference Center, 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg, Pa
  • Featured speaker: David Bendekovic of the B.A. David Company
  •  Cost: $400 per person, PaLA member or $500 per person non-PaLA member (includes program, lodging, and meals; transportation is not included)

For more information about PALS, visit

If you have questions about submitting your materials to CRD, please contact Leslie Christianson, CRD chair, at

SW PALA Proposal Request

March 16, 2017

The Southwest Chapter is seeking proposals for presentations at its Spring Workshop. The Workshop will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

The theme for the workshop is, “Teens and Tweens: What they need form us and what we want from them.” Tweens are considered between the age of 10-12 and teens are 13-19. Interacting with them has an impact on all types of libraries. For school librarians, these students span the word between children’s and young resources as they learn how to access and process information. For public librarians, serving this group runs the gamut from collection development to programming. For academic librarians, how public and school librarians serve these groups determines how prepared for college work they are when they arrive as freshman. Presenters should consider how to meet the needs of this age group while presenting on best practices for bridging the transition from pre-adolescent – to teen – to adult.

Topics include:

  • Programming
  • Collection Development
  • Information Literacy (including how public libraries prep students for college)
  • How to identify local scholarship opportunities for students
  • Engaging teens in literacy activities
  • Teens and Technology

To submit a proposal use this link:

Contact Barbara Zaborowski with questions at

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference Call for Proposals 2017

March 13, 2017

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC17). The theme of the conference is “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship.”

  • What can different disciplines learn from each other when it comes to adopting or using digital tools?

  • What is the role of innovation in digital scholarship?  Who is being innovative?

  • How is digital scholarship rewarded in, or beyond, academia?

  • How can we foster communication across intellectual disciplines and administrative units?

  • How is digital scholarship made?  Who produces it?  Who is excluded and who is included?

  • Where is digital scholarship published, promoted, and publicized? Is the message reaching the audience it deserves?

  • How is digital scholarship incorporated into the existing conversations of traditional scholarship?

  • What are the resources for sustaining digital scholarship?  How are those resources going to change in the future? Can digital scholarship be done inexpensively without sacrificing quality?

  • Does digital scholarship have a responsibility to be open or engaged beyond the academy?  How are these different responsibilities defined and grappled with?

  • Should digital scholarship be defined? Where should a definition of digital scholarship begin? What ends should it be directed toward?

#BUDSC17 is committed to expanding the definition of digital scholarship to be more inclusive across diverse communities, both inside and outside of academia. The conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, and others–engaged in digital scholarship both in research and teaching who share an interest in the evolution of digital scholarship.

The theme “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship” acknowledges the changes to scholarship wrought by the introduction of digital technologies across the disciplines.  Now is an apt time to reflect upon how digital scholarship has evolved over the past decades and where it may head in the future. Scholars and teachers, poets and administrators, artists and community members, are encouraged to reflect on the past of digital scholarship and work together to build a future for digital scholarship.

We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how digital scholarship has been done in the past and how it may change in the future.

Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, lightning talks, or other creative formats.

We look forward to building on the success of the last three years, in which we came together to discuss challenges, share working models, reflect on projects, and inspire new avenues for actively including students in public scholarly pursuits. For more information, please view our highlights from the 2016 meeting, the conference website and this year’s call (including promo video).

Submission Form

Proposals are due: 8:00 AM, Monday, May 15th
Notifications will be sent by June 26th


Save the Date: CRD Spring Workshop

March 6, 2017

Date: Thursday, May 25th

Theme: Digital Scholarship and the Academic Library

Location: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Description: Digital Scholarship has been included as a topic of research in the development of the NMC Horizon Report – 2017 Library Edition, and libraries across the country are opening Digital Scholarship Centers and hiring digital scholarship librarians. But what does digital scholarship actually mean, and what does it have to do with libraries? These are questions with which we will grapple during the CRD’s 2017 Spring Workshop.

The workshop features keynote speaker Laurie Allen from the University of Pennsylvania, students who will share their experiences in library-led digital scholarship programs at Gettysburg College and Lafayette College, and librarian presenters who will discuss practical applications of digital scholarship in their libraries.