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Call for Co-Editors, Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice (PaLRaP) due 3/31

March 3, 2020
Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP) Seeks a Co-Editor

This is a two-year renewable-term volunteer opportunity, beginning in mid-2020.
  • Work in close collaboration with a co-editor to manage all aspects of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, producing 2 issues each year.
  • Oversee all submissions moving through the publication process from initial submission to peer review, revision, layout, and final proofreading.
  • Work closely with a volunteer editorial team including news editors, copy editors, and layout editors.
  • Recruit and communicate with peer-reviewers as needed.
  • Communicate and work with authors to provide feedback on submissions as well as strong editorial guidance as needed.
  • Prepare updates and editorials as appropriate.
  • Oversee use of Online Journal System (OJS) software platform by authors, reviewers, and editorial staff, answering questions about its functionality and recommending best practices
  • Conduct or assist with training of new editorial staff
  • Remain in close communication with the journal publisher, the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh and the journal sponsor, the College & Research Division (CRD) of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA).
  • Solicit submissions for all types of articles.
Required Qualifications
  • Experience writing for professional publications.
  • Significant experience working in Pennsylvania libraries.
  • Current member of the Pennsylvania Library Association and the College & Research Division.
  • Excellent communication skills required. Co-Editor must be willing and able to respond to numerous email messages in a timely manner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Editorial experience.
  • Knowledge of issues related to open access scholarly publishing.

Submit a letter of interest and a resume to Emily Mross, PaLA College & Research Division Chair, at by March 31.

OER Webinars from Millersville University

March 2, 2020

Millersville University will be hosting a series of free webinars about OER all this week.  Several webinars focus on case studies of using OER for a specific class, which should lead to useful real-world advice.  Here are some of the topics they’ll be covering.


To see the full details and times of each webinar visit their website here: 

C&CS Presents: Academic Freedom for Academic Librarians: Do We Have It, and How Do We Know? Scheduled for March 13 at 1pm EST, Noon CST

March 2, 2020

C&CS Presents

Academic Freedom for Academic Librarians:

Do We Have It, and How Do We Know?


Presented by Danya Leebaw and Alexis Logsdon

March 13 at 1pm EST, noon central

Click here for Zoom Registration link

In this session, Danya Leebaw and Alexis Logsdon will discuss the landscape of academic freedom for academic librarians. Many academic librarians think that we are protected by academic freedom policies, but is that really true? We conducted a survey in 2018, collecting information from hundreds of librarians on their experiences with academic freedom. In this session, we will highlight key findings, including how academic freedom experiences correlate to socioeconomic identities and job status. We will also offer concrete suggestions for exploring your own existing academic freedom protections and ways to advocate for stronger ones.


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Danya Leebaw

Danya Leebaw is the Social Sciences & Professional Programs Director at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Prior to this position, she was a social sciences librarian at Carleton College and a business librarian at Emory University. She earned her MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh and her BA in History from Grinnell College.





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Alexis Logsdon

Alexis Logsdon is the Humanities Research and Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Before Minnesota, she served as a research and instruction librarian at Macalester College, and in a variety of adjunct and temporary librarian positions prior to that. She holds an MLIS from UW Milwaukee, an MA in English from UC Berkeley, and a BA in English from the City College of New York (CUNY).




C&CS would like to thank the CRD and PaLA for continued support of our initiative, which is paid for in part by membership dues. If you are not a PaLA member but are a student or active librarian in Pennsylvania, consider joining PaLA!

Survey Opportunity: Effective Meetings in Libraries

February 28, 2020

We go to a lot of meetings as academic librarians. Please consider taking this survey from fellow academic librarians about effective meetings. 

Researchers at the University of North Texas are looking for survey respondents in order to study meetings in academic libraries. Meeting science is a relatively new phenomenon with growing empirical research.  There is nothing relating to libraries in this literature.  Researchers hope to determine:

  • What are the predictors of success for productive meetings in academic libraries?
  • What are academic librarian perceptions of effective meeting leadership?
  • What are “best practices” for meeting participation and leadership?

You may participate if you work for an academic library.  The survey is expected to take less than 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and you may stop at any time without penalty. By completing the survey you are giving consent to participate and confirming that you are at least 18 years old.

If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact Julie Leuzinger (principal investigator), University of North Texas Libraries, or 940-891-6750.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of North Texas Institutional Review Board (940) 565-3940. Please contact the UNT IRB with any questions regarding your rights as a research subject.

To take the survey (click link or copy/paste into your browser):


Affordable Learning PA Central PA Regional Open Textbook Workshop

February 28, 2020

Affordable Learning PA is offering the Central PA Regional Open Textbook Workshop on Wednesday, March 11th at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

The workshop will feature speakers from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and a state system university, who will share their experiences–what worked, what didn’t work, where they are now, and where they’re going next–implementing open textbook initiatives on their campuses.

It will also offer opportunities for networking and round table discussion, and an activity designed to help you move your own open textbook initiative forward.

The preliminary agenda is attached.

Registration is free and light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please register at by March 4th.

AND PLEASE SHARE with your colleagues who may be interested in attending!

Looking forward to seeing you at Bucknell!

Questions may be sent to Jill Hallam-Miller at

This event is hosted by Bucknell University’s Bertrand Library with support from the Affordable Learning PA project.

The Affordable Learning PA 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, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Call for Proposals: CRD Spring Workshop Breakout Sessions

February 26, 2020

Workshop Theme: Pennsylvania Academic Libraries: Powering Progress with Essential Literacies

Description: Academic libraries are known as champions of information literacy. Though information literacy is vital to the critical thinking development of college students, it is not the only literacy needed to be successful. Additionally, many libraries are interpreting information literacy beyond its traditional definition to increase their scope and services to their campus communities. On Tuesday, May 19 at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, PA, the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association will explore how we engage with many literacies in an academic library context. 

To facilitate this exploration, we are seeking innovative and interactive proposals for one-hour breakout sessions that showcase scholarship in or academic library efforts to engage their campus communities in the five essential literacies that empower our students to become critical thinkers and engaged citizens as identified by the PA Forward Star Library Program (

  • Information Literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • Civic and Social Literacy 
  • Financial Literacy 
  • Basic Literacy 

You do not need to be a Star Library in order to submit a proposal. Proposals should broadly fit the theme of at least one literacy category, and may relate to instruction, programming, collection development, or any other area your library supports through literacy efforts. 

Proposal Requirements: Proposals must include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, the literacy/literacies addressed, a brief plan for audience engagement, and 2-3 learning objectives. Please refrain from including identifiable information in your abstract and other materials to help ensure a blind evaluation. PaLA CRD members will be given preference in session evaluation and selection. 

Submissions are due by March 16.

Submit your proposal here:

Workshop registration and more information is available here:

Questions? Contact us at

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, Tom Wolf, Governor.

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

Registration now open for ACRL Roadshow and CRD Spring Workshop

February 25, 2020
Register now to join the Pennsylvania Library Association College and Research Division for two excellent days of professional development on May 18 and 19 at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, PA.
ON MAY 18, we will welcome the ACRL Roadshow Engaging with the ACRL Framework to Pennsylvania. This all-day workshop is limited to 100 attendees! The Framework’s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions.
ON MAY 19, join us for the annual CRD Spring Workshop. This year’s theme is Pennsylvania Academic Libraries: Powering Progress with Essential Literacies. The day-long program will include two keynote speakers on student civic engagement and libraries: Ilana Stonebraker of Indiana University, and Abby Kiesa of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, at Tufts University. PA Forward Gold Star Academic libraries will share their journeys to gold, and other Pennsylvania academic library colleagues will present breakout sessions on essential literacy programming and resources.
The two-day workshop is valued at more than $175, but is available for PaLA members at an early-bird rate of just $77 and for non-members at $107 through LSTA Grant Funding. This early-bird rate expires March 6! 
Single-day registrations are also available for members at $47 and for non-members at $77. After March 6, all registrants must register for each day at the one-day rate.
Registration will close May 8.
Please register now!
Have a great program that focuses on any aspect of literacy? Submit a breakout session for the CRD Workshop!:
For more information, see the CRD Professional Development 2020 brochure (PDF) or ACRL Roadshow and CRD Workshop Plain Text document (DOCX).
This project is made possible, in part, by a grant from the U.S. 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, Tom Wolf, Governor.
Support is also provided by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association,