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PALaunchPod teams up with TL&T Round Table and CRD’s Connect & Communicate Series

November 6, 2017

Advocating Your Library Through Podcasting

Presented by

Natalie Kulick and Brian Fulton

November 14 at 11am

Register here!

Podcasting can be used to advocate your library and is a creative gateway to the future of spreading the word to your patrons. PaLAunchPod, is a new podcast series created by Pennsylvania librarians. The coordinators that researched the how to’s and created the sound of the podcast would like to share what they have learned and show you how to start a podcast for your library!

TL&T Round Table and the CRD’s Connect & Communicate series are happy to bring you Natalie and Brian for this virtual discussion via Adobe Connect.

Natalie Kulick is the Information Resources and Services Specialist at the Penn State Worthington Scranton library.  At the library she manages reserve items, liaises for Circulation Appeals, and oversees the circulation desk.  She took part in Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies in 2016, where the group for PaLAunchPod launched.  She currently is on the board of Northeast Pennsylvania Library Associations for Electronic Resources and as of January 2018 will be the Secretary/Treasurer for the Northeast Chapter. She was awarded a B.S. in Library Science and Elementary Education from Kutztown University in December 2005.  After graduation she moved to New Hampshire where she was a Library Media Specialist in a school for four years.  After moving back to Pennsylvania in 2010, she began working at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale, Pa where she eventually pursued her Master of Science in Library Science degree along with working full-time as the Circulation Assistant and Teen Services.  She was awarded a MSLS. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in May 2015. In her spare time, you will find her cycling, swimming or skiing with her husband depending on the season, volunteering or attending library events, working in her garden, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, taking care of her twenty plus chickens and two dogs, always busy doing something!  

Brian Fulton is the Library Manager at The Times-Tribune in Scranton,Pa. At the paper, he manages the library, writes the Times-Tribune’s local history blog Pages from the Past and the daily This Day in NEPA feature in the paper, the weekly Time Warp feature in Weekend Times, and is editor of the weekly local history column written by Erin Nissley.   He volunteers with the Scranton Reads, One Book, One City program and he is a member of the Pennsylvania Library Association and the American Library Association. This year he is serving as the chair of the Digital Resources Roundtable. He also took part in Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies in 2016.
He was awarded a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University in 1998 and a B.S. in BioBehavorial Health from Penn State University in 2001. He was awarded an M.S.L.S from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in December 2015.
He also competed on National Public Radio’s quiz show “Ask Me Another,” were he was crowned grand champion. The show was broadcast on March 20, 2014.



C&C Series: Haunted Libraries with Mark Podvia

October 31, 2017

We had an excellent turnout for yesterday’s session, Haunted Libraries with Mark Podvia. This was a session he also did at PaLA this year, which I heard was also well attended. Below you will find a link to the Zoom session, which will be available for one month following this posting, as well as the handout from PaLA and an evaluation form. ghost.png

Zoom session: Link


Handout: PaLA Haunted Libraries Handout

If you attended the session, please fill out the evaluation form here: Evaluation Form

Happy Halloween!

C&C Series: Mark Podvia Presents Haunted PA Libraries

October 4, 2017

Haunted Libraries: Mark Podvia

Monday, October 30, 1 pm

Ready for something spooky?

Because I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

Andrew Bane Memorial Library- Haunted Libraries M Podvia

Andrew Bane Memorial Library

Several Pennsylvania libraries, including public, school, academic, and special libraries, are reportedly haunted.  A number of these libraries are located in the City of Pittsburgh, including several of the City’s Carnegie Libraries.  Some of these libraries were built on former graveyards or other disturbed sites, other library buildings previously served another purpose (private home, inn, etc.).  In some cases an individual died in the library or the library is haunted by former employees or former patrons.  In others, the items in the collection are responsible for the hauntings.  This presentation will look at approximately 25 haunted Pennsylvania libraries located throughout the Commonwealth–most of which have been visited by the speaker–as well as a few haunted libraries in surrounding states.  A detailed bibliography will be provided to attendees.

Mark Podvia

Mark Podvia

Associate University Librarian Mark Podvia is Interim Co-Director, Head of Faculty Services, Curator of Rare Books and Archivist at the West Virginia University College of Law George B. Farmer, Jr. Law Library. In addition, he is a member of the emeritus faculty of the Pennsylvania State University. Mark has published more than 80 articles, dedications, book and program reviews and indices and bibliographies in various publications including Law Library Journal, Penn State Law Review, UCC Law Journal, Unbound: A Review of Legal History and Rare Books, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, The Green Bag, Penn State International Law Review and Penn State Environmental Law Review. In addition, he has authored portions of four books, including A Citizens’ Guide to a Modern Constitutional Convention in Pennsylvania, and has written two entries for The Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution. Mark is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a past chair of the American Association of Law Libraries Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, the AALL Council of Newsletter Editors, the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee, and the Pennsylvania Library Association Preservation Round Table. He is also a past president of the Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania. A former member of the Pennsylvania Library Association, he is now a member of the West Virginia Library Association and the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of ACRL. He has spoken at local, state and national meetings and conferences on a wide range of topics including beer and the law, wine and the law, Bourbon and the law, Tequila and the law, American witchcraft trials, researching and writing institutional history, legal citation, the ghosts of Penn State, Pennsylvania law resources on the web, and state constitutional conventions. For the past seventeen years he has offered yearly ghost tours of Carlisle, Pennsylvania to benefit the Dickinson School of Law’s Public Interest Law Fund. For the record, he has never seen a ghost.

Remember, only the first 50 people will be guaranteed a spot for this session online through Zoom, so register ASAP here using this link.

Registration Open for ACRL/DVC Workshop “Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness”

October 2, 2017

The current political climate has called into question basic ideals of information quality. Objectivity, bias, opinion, fact, and evidence are thrown into question at every turn. Even for the savviest media consumer, the firehose of information seems to blast away any hope of reflection, critical thinking, or good judgement. The old standbys for teaching source evaluation now seem insufficient. So how do we teach our students to be ethical information consumers and producers? We’ll hear from expert journalists and academics about the guiding principles of their professions and how those principles can be used to teach students to find an ethical center to help them on their path to information enlightenment.

Keynote Speaker: Award winning author and journalist, Dr. Pamela Newkirk is a professor at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.  Her books include Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, (NYU Press 2000), Letters from Black America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 20090, and her latest book Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, (HarperCollins).

Moderated Panel:

  • Moderator: Tom Ipri, Associate Director for Public Services & Programming, St. Joseph’s University
  • Vanessa Schipani, Annenberg Public Policy Center and Science Writer for
  • Mark Dent, Reporter/Curator for Billy Penn/Politifact Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Delaware County Community College.

Lightning Talks:  Hear from your colleagues on how they are addressing these issues in their libraries.
When: Friday, November 17, 2017 

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm  

Where: University of Pennsylvania Law School Silverman Hall

Breakfast & Lunch included 

Register Now!

C&C “Fake” News Discussion Panel available for viewing

August 30, 2017

The “Fake” news discussion panel held last week is now available for viewing. I want to thank all our speakers, Jeff Knapp, Emily Rimland, Jose Guerrero, Hailley Fargo and Joel Burkholder for holding this discussion.

You can access the panel discussion by clicking here: Fake News Panel Discussion (removed on Oct 31, 2017).

You should not need to log in, the session was recorded by Zoom. The session will be available until September 30, 2017.

If you participated, please fill out the evaluation form, located here: Evaluation Form.



Digital Scholarship Conference Registration Open

August 18, 2017
Whether you attended the College & Research Division’s spring program in May, Digital Scholarship and the Academic Library, or not, you may be interested in attending this event, at which numerous librarians will be presenting.
Registration is now open for #BUDSC17, Bucknell University’s fourth annual Digital Scholarship ConferenceOctober 6th-8th. This year’s conference, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship,” will feature speakers with a range of interests and specializations, including faculty, educational technologists, librarians, and students.
We are happy to announce a keynote speaker for the conference: A.D Carson. His work focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. His doctoral dissertation is a 34-song album titled Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics Of Rhymes & Revolutions.
The schedule along with travel and hotel information are now available on the conference website.  The conference sold out last year so we encourage those interested in attending to register early.

C&C Series: “Fake” News Panel Discussion

August 10, 2017

“Fake” News Panel Discussion

August 24, 2017, 1 pm

Register here!

Panel will be led by Jeff Knapp, Emily Rimland, Hailley Fargo, Jose Guerrero, and Joel Bulkholder.

Based on an earlier discussion at Penn State, this panel will deliberate the “Fake News” term/phenomenon. It is a hot term in the aftermath of the most recent elections. But what does it mean? Is it really a binary of Fake/Non-Fake, or is there more to it than that? Jeff Knapp, the Foster Communications Librarian will attempt to deconstruct the term, and use some old-fashioned library classification skills to better understand it. He will then lead a discussion with the audience on ways we can better address this in our teaching, and Jose will discuss the “marketplace of ideas” that information literacy presumes. This conception disciplines individuals, normalizes fake news, and forecloses on the possibility of imagining alternatives to our current crises of legitimacy and authority.

Registration will be open to the first 50 participants. Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before the presentation is to begin.

Bios of our presenters:

Hailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Librarian at the Penn State Libraries. She spends a lot of time working with undergraduate students and trying to figure out how they use and think about information. In her free time, Hailley likes to roam Twitter and develop her own information seeking habits.  

Jose Guerrero is a Resident Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University, where he was a Project IDoL Fellow. Guerrero was also a 2016 IMLS-Rare Book School Fellow.”

Joel Burkholder is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State York. His primary research interest is the intersection between rhetoric and information literacy.

Emily Rimland is an Information Literacy Librarian and the Learning Technologies Coordinator at Penn State  University Park, where she enjoys providing instruction, reference, and outreach services to undergraduate students. Her research interests include pedagogical innovation and effective learning methodologies, the application of emerging technologies to library services, and instructional technologies.

Jeff Knapp is the Larry & Ellen Foster Communications Librarian, serving Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications, the largest accredited mass communications program in the United States. In addition to library and information science, his academic background includes international politics and history, with professional experience in marketing communications. Jeff believes it is his professional responsibility to be interested in everything. His research interests involve the role of academic librarianship and potential futures for the profession in an ever-changing information environment.

Register here!