Skip to content

Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

June 22, 2017

The College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association is sponsoring the ACRL workshop

Two Paths Converge:  Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Date:  August 18th (Friday)
Location:  Arcadia University in Glenside, PA

This program will empower participants to leverage the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy in order to develop education and outreach initiatives that address the aspirations and needs of scholars, students, and researchers at their institutions. For more information about the program visit:

Our presenters:

Michelle Reed

Michelle Reed recently joined the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries as Open Education Librarian. She advocates for and leads efforts to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open educational resources. She received an MS in Information Science from the University of TN.


Emma MollsEmma Molls is a Publishing Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She assists campus partners in publishing a variety of scholarship in the open environment. Emma holds an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



The deadline to register for this event is August 11th. Attendance is limited to 100 people, So please register early.

Questions: e-mail


This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor, through the College and Research Division ( of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!


2018 CRD Candidates

June 21, 2017

CRD members, you will soon be receiving ballots from PaLA to vote for the vice chair/chair elect and LSTA manager for 2018. Learn more about our candidates below.


LSTA Manager

Bryan McGeary

I first recognized the importance of involvement in PaLA while I was in library school at the University of Pittsburgh, and despite the fact that I am now employed in a neighboring state, I still consider it highly worthwhile to maintain my ties with Pennsylvania librarians. As LSTA Manager, I have witnessed the impact that CRD has on furthering the professional development of librarians throughout Pennsylvania. LSTA funding makes it possible to produce workshops and other programs that meaningfully contribute to their continuing education and development as professionals. I wish to do my part to see that CRD continues to provide such significant opportunities for librarians.

Bryan McGeary is the Subject Librarian for the Humanities at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where his liaison responsibilities include OU’s departments of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Philosophy as well as University College (i.e. first-year experience) and Honors Tutorial College. He previously worked for the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System. He has been CRD’s LSTA Manager since 2016 and a member of PaLA since 2014. He is also news editor for Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice. Bryan earned a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Melissa Correll

In these uncertain times, the work we do as academic librarians is absolutely essential. Regardless of our positions in our library systems, we share a mission to help our students develop their abilities to critically engage with the information ecosystem and add their own voices and educated opinions to the conversations on the topics they care about. I am running for Vice Chair/Chair Elect because I care about the Pennsylvania Library Association and the College & Research Division, and I want to do my part to serve the organization. The programming and professional development opportunities that CRD provides can help Pennsylvania’s academic librarians achieve their professional goals and improve services in their own libraries, and I would be honored to help CRD maximize our impact across the state.

Melissa Correll is Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and Instruction Librarian at Arcadia University’s Landman Library, a post she has held since June of 2016. From 2013-106, She served as Instructional Services Librarian, Coordinator of Information Literacy and Outreach at Lycoming College’s Snowden Library. Melissa is a member of the PALS graduating class of 2015, and has served on the College & Research Division board ever since, in 2016 as a Member at Large, and as Legislative Liaison in 2017. She earned her MSLIS form Drexel University in 2013.


Maggie Savidakis-Dunn


I am an academic librarian who is passionate about serving students, faculty, and my colleagues.  I believe academic librarians have the power to change and enrich students’ lives and college experiences.  As funding for institutions of higher education and for libraries has been decreased and as new funding conversations happen every day, I believe now, more than ever, academic librarians need to think out of the box, engage with our patrons, and demonstrate the very essence of what has called us to our profession in the first place.


In my experience, first as a library specialist and now as the STEM librarian at Shippensburg University, I have worked closely with students and faculty to ease the barriers between the library and the sciences, embracing new services and strategies to widen the appeal of the library to less traditional audiences.  In my interactions with students I have seen the impact a positive library experience can have on a student’s academic experience, and these have increased my drive to ensure the necessary support is available to librarians who are affecting the lives of students and faculty every day.


During my first year working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I have had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing librarians on the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) College & Research Division (CRD).  Working as part of the CRD board, I have seen the dedication of the members of PaLA’s CRD and have observed the opportunities and value it provides to its members.  I would be honored to serve the College & Research Division as vice chair and to provide support and leadership to a group who has given me an opportunity engage in direction college libraries will take move toward in the future.  



A Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) and College and Research Division (CRD) member for just under a year, Maggie Savidakis-Dunn has served on the CRD Board since January 2017, moving from a Member at Large to the Social Media Coordinator in March. In addition to serving on the CRD Board, Maggie begins her tenure as a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section Communications and Membership Committee and as a member of the ACRL Science and Technology Section College Science Librarians Discussion Group in July of this year. On her campus, Maggie is the Faculty Social Media Coordinator for the Council on Student Research and Creative Activities. This summer, Maggie will be attending PaLA’s Academy of Leadership Studies.


Maggie received her undergraduate degree in Food Science from Clemson University in 2013. In 2015, she graduated with her MLIS from the University of South Carolina. This past August she came on board as the STEM Librarian at Shippensburg University. She is currently in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University.

Maggie’s interests lie in student research, data visualization and management, library services for the sciences, and advocating for the many roles college and university libraries can play throughout their campuses.

C&C Mindfulness Panel Discussion is now available!

June 14, 2017

Thanks to everyone who showed up for yesterday’s session, we had a fabulous turn out for the Mindfulness and Academic Libraries panel. The video has been uploaded to the Vimeo site.


If you watch this session, please fill out the evaluation form which will help us with further programming!

C&C Series Panel Discussion: Mindfulness in the Academic Library

May 31, 2017

Mindfulness in the Academic Library: Perspectives and Practices

Tuesday, June 13 at 1 pm

Madeleine Charney, Chanelle Pickens and Inga Haugen

Mindfulness allows us to take a step within ourselves after, or during, a hectic day.  Many librarians have personal practices that they integrate into their work day. An increasing number of libraries also offer mindfulness programming and meditation spaces for their patrons and more librarians are integrating techniques into their teaching as well. We invite you to join us for a panel presentation with Chanelle Pickens, Inga Haugen, and Madeleine Charney for a discussion on personal and professional mindfulness practices and academic libraries.


Chanelle Pickens earned a Master’s in Library & Information Science, with an Archives & Records Management focus, from San Jose State University in 2014 and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2004. A Visiting Librarian at West Virginia University as part of the Diversity Alliance, she is a member of the Research Services & Instruction unit and currently merging contemplative practices and library instruction through curriculum development. Her personal contemplative practices include yoga and meditation…though she is frequently distracted from both by shiny things. Lifelong learning is also extremely important to Chanelle and she includes data services, open educational resources/open access, and assessment as professional interests.

I​nga Haugen is the library liaison to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech (VT). She received her MIS from the University of Tennessee in 2014. As a new librarian and old farmer, agriculture is a passion. She is a member of USAIN’s Communications Committee, co-chairs VT’s Library Social Committee, and welcomes collaboration and dialogue about land grants, extension (local and global), data management, and anything involving cows.​

A 2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Madeleine Charney is a Research Services Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. She co-founded Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a highly collaborative, campus-wide project that facilitates contemplative experiences in which to explore this global threat. She is also co-founder of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, and serves as Immediate Past Coordinator. Madeleine holds an MLS from University of Rhode Island and an MA in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. She recently completed the eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and looks forward to adding even more mindfulness practices into her teaching.

Please follow this link for registering for this program, to be held June 13 (Tuesday) at 1pm, provided to you by PaLA!

Video of the C&C PA Digital session

May 18, 2017

Yesterday CRD sponsored the PA Digital session through the Connect and Communicate series. Many thanks to Doreva Belfiore, the Director of Library Services at the
HSLC. The video will be linked here for one month. Password is “palacrd”.

PA Digital with Doreva Belfiore from Connect & Communicate on Vimeo.

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.

Don’t Miss Out: Explore the Benefits of PaLA!

May 8, 2017

For a limited time only, the Pennsylvania Library Association is offering half-off for first-time regular personal members, who join between March 15 and June 15, 2017.

Membership in PaLA provides opportunities of particular importance to college and research librarians. These benefits include networking opportunities, professional development, annual conference discounts, scholarships, and the latest in statewide library news through the website, and the PaLA Bulletin. PaLA also provides access and publishing opportunities through our scholarly peer-reviewed journal, Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice ( Academic librarians are encouraged to present at local workshops, the state-wide annual conference through poster sessions or full conference sessions, as well as special topic workshops like the Information Literacy Summit.

PaLA also has numerous outlets for service to the profession at the local chapter level, division level through CRD, or subject areas through the round tables such as Teaching, Learning and Technology or Technical Services, amongst others. As you can see, PaLA provides a wealth of resources and services that academic librarians require to progress in their field, providing a real value for your membership dollars.

Take this once in a lifetime opportunity and explore the benefits of PaLA. If you are already a member, we encourage you to share these benefits with your colleagues who are not members. Please, encourage them to take advantage of this one-time offer to join at a discounted rate.

If you have any questions about PaLA, please contact our PaLA Headquarters at 717-766-7663,

CRD members share how they have benefited from membership:

“Membership in PaLA has given me the opportunity to develop leadership, presentation, and collaboration skills as well as to make valuable connections with talented professionals throughout the state. These connections remain important to me even after having moved to another state. Additionally, I believe that becoming actively involved in PaLA while I was still in library school provided me with experiences that helped to set me apart from other candidates as I entered the job market. I heartily recommend that students become involved in PaLA as much as they can.”
– Dr. Bryan J. McGeary, LSTA Manager, CRD

Membership in PaLA has given me leadership opportunities that have helped me advance my career. I’ve also been able to connect with and learn from librarians across PA, and this has helped me learn about trends in the profession and integrate new programming at my library.
– Christina Steffy, Director, Learning Commons, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Membership in PaLA has given me a sense of connection and community with other librarians and the opportunity to build confidence in pursing leadership experiences.  – Maggie Savidakis-Dunn, Social Media Coordinator, CRD, Associate Professor, STEM Librarian, Shippensburg University

Membership in PaLA has given me the confidence to pursue leadership roles, the opportunity to improve my public speaking and presentation skills, and resources to speak to my community about the important role libraries play in Pennsylvania.
– Leslie Worrell Christianson, Chair, CRD, Assistant Professor, User Services Librarian, Marywood University

Membership in PaLA has afforded me many professional opportunities.  Through PaLA have been able to present at the Annual Conference, at workshops, write for the PaLRaP journal and have recently tried my hand at a board position in the College and Research Division. PaLa membership opens up a world of opportunity to librarians in all areas. I have been a member when I was a Public Librarian, School Library, Academic Librarian and now Virtual Librarian.
Betsy Reichart, Membership Liaison, CRD, Institutional Librarian and Instructor, Penn Foster Education, Scranton, PA

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference: Librarian Presenters Encouraged to Submit Proposals!

May 5, 2017

The deadline for conference proposals has been extended to 8:00AM on June 1.

Librarians have made a strong showing in previous years, and we encourage you to submit proposals!

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC17) from October 6th-8th. 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 and this website.

Proposal Submission Form

If you have any questions please contact:

Proposals are due: 8:00 PM, Eastern Time (US), Thursday, June 1st
Notifications will be sent by June 30th