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C&C: PA Digital, May 17

April 28, 2017
PaLA Connect and Communicate:
PA Digital Overview and Update – 2017
May 17, 2017 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Doreva Belfiore is the new Director of Library Services at Hosting Solutions20120814_Belfiore_001_crop.jpg and Library Consulting (HSLC) in Philadelphia, where she works in support of AccessPA Inter-Library Loan, POWER Library, PA Photos and Documents, Ask Here PA chat ref
erence, and other HSLC-hosted services. She is a member of the Planning and Metadata Groups of PA Digital, the Pennsylvania service hub for the Digital Public Library of America. Prior to HSLC, she worked for Temple University Libraries in Philadelphia as a Digital Projects Librarian and the Co-Manager of PA Digital. Previously, Doreva worked for many years in IT systems support, network administration and project management at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) among other institutions. She holds an MLIS from Drexel University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
PaLA Member: Yes!
Description of session: PA Digital ( is the Pennsylvania service hub for the Digital Public Library of America ( It brings together digital collections of cultural heritage and historical materials from libraries, historical societies, museums, and related cultural heritage institutions of all sizes from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and makes them globally discoverable in the DPLA portal. The hub is staffed and governed by a multi-institutional group of librarians, computer programmers and technical staff, and administrators representing academic, public, school, and special libraries and consortia from across the state. Find out more about this initiative, including the latest project updates, and learn how your institution can participate in PA Digital and its related digital projects, to make your digital content more discoverable to patrons in Pennsylvania and across the globe.
Click here to join us for this online session. Session will be on Zoom and is limited to 50 people, so register early!

Digital Scholarship and the Academic Library: CRD Spring Program Registration Open

April 24, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017, Bucknell University, Lewisburg

Registration is open for the PaLA College & Research Division’s spring program, which explores the relationship between digital scholarship and academic libraries and librarians, and provides insight into how librarians and practitioners in Pennsylvania are implementing digital scholarship initiatives in their libraries.

Register by May 15th.


Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Users: West Branch Program Registration Open

April 19, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport

The West Branch chapter presents their spring program, which focuses on the health and well-being of the employees and users at all types of libraries.

Register before May 8.


Teens and Tweens: What they need from us and what we want from them.

April 17, 2017

Friday, May 18, 2017, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

The purpose of the workshop is to provide sessions aimed at meeting the needs of this dynamic category of library patrons. Four different presenters will such diverse topics as: addressing health science outreach and programming; youth advocacy and activism; learning collaboration and teamwork through board games; and using maker projects to encourage project based learning in a library setting. The purpose of the workshop is to help librarians develop successful and engaging library programming, whilst at the same time meeting the educational and information needs of students transitioning from middle school to high school, and high school to college.

How does program appeal specifically to academic libraries?

Often the skills and training high school students receive do not fully, or even adequately, equip them for what will be expected of them in a collegiate environment. Each of the four presenters will speak to different topics aimed at helping libraries begin to bridge this gap through topics not often found or thought of in a library context. Specifically, sessions will include: harnessing the resources of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, not only for effective research, but also to create informative and engaging health and science related programs; teaching older teens and early college students the power they possess as advocates and activists, through the educated understanding of issues and meaningful engagement with stakeholders; teamwork and teambuilding, an often under-taught but important collegiate skill; and the power of hands-on, experiential learning through maker-based programs.

Following the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Help students conduct health- and science-based research, as well as conduct relevant, topicalprogramming
  • Effectively channel student skills into positive and meaningful activism for the topics they care about
  • Create programs centered around successful teambuilding and teamwork aimed at accomplishing common, shared goals
  • Provide practical and inclusive maker programs, which encourage participants to actively explore STEM-related skills.

Contact:  Barbara Zaborowski, Dean of Learning Resources, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College,

DEADLINE EXTENDED: CRD Sponsoring Two Future Leaders for PALS

April 6, 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 Friday, April 21th.

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 17th:

  • 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 Wednesday, April 19th.

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

Registration Open for 2017 Multimedia Symposium

April 4, 2017

The Multimedia Symposium will be held August 8 – 9, 2017 at the Embassy Suites, Newark, DE and the University of Delaware Library.

The symposium will feature a keynote speaker each day, along with panel presentations, discussions groups, and a Five Minutes of Fame. The afternoon of August 9 is for optional hands-on workshops related to multimedia software, media literacy teaching techniques and equipment.

Building upon the success of the Student Multimedia Design Center and the feedback from our colleagues interested in media production/commons spaces in academic libraries, this symposium organized by the University of Delaware Library is designed to inspire managers, librarians and staff to plan for or progressively re-envision these spaces in your library. Attend for:

  • hands-on software and media production concept workshops;
  • management discussion of budgeting, staffing and training for media production spaces;
  • sharing trends related to new production equipment, software, and associated furniture;
  • inspiration specifically in allowing students to be creative and in our field of librarianship; and more.

Find out more:

Spotlight on Sexuality Archives: PaLAunchPod Releases Episode 3, April 1

March 31, 2017


A new episode of the PaLAunchPod podcast drops on Saturday, April 1st. In this episode, host Brian Fulton talks with Molly Wolf, Sexuality Archivist and Reference Librarian at Widener University, about the Sexuality Archives. Wolf is both founder and curator of the archives, which document and preserve the history of sexuality education and sexology.

You candownload, subscribe, and listen to the podcast at iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and GooglePlay.

Never miss an announcement from PaLAunchPod! Log into your Pennsylvania Library Association account and join the PaLAunchPod group.

Have a story to share? Nominate yourself or someone else to be featured on the podcast by completing the nomination form.

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