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NEH and ALA are offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to libraries, humanities councils, museums and other nonprofits to develop public programming related to Latino American history and culture. The deadline is May 1, 2015.  Learn more.     ...

The Oakmont Carnegie Library is hosting local Pittsburgh authors on February 21, 2015. It’s a large list! ...

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Miss the webinar?  Watch the archived webinar What Newbies Can Learn by Making Simple Robots!  This is a good intro with ideas for libraries. O’Reilly offers other live and archived webinars on business, design, data, programming and more.   ...

Each webinar is filled with valuable information to increase your libraries’ social capital. You’ll learn strategies that expand your knowledge about personal finance. Reference desk scenarios capture best practices and a toolkit includes unbiased online resources. 6...

The Knight News Challenge: Elections will open for applications on Feb. 25 asking people to submit ideas that address the question: How might we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections? Winners will receive a share of more than $3...

Efforts to make digital collections held by Pennsylvania libraries, museums, and related cultural heritage organizations widely and freely available via the web are underway.  In August 2014, a state-wide group of library leaders from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries/the State...

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See what Friends are doing in the Pittsburgh area. Want to learn how to get Friends?  Visit the Education section on the  PCBL site where you’ll find offers of advice, speakers and more! ...

UpNEXT: the IMLS Blog discusses the maker movement in Pittsburgh and the makingandlearning.org site. ...

The following documents are being made available to support the review responsibilities of the District Library Consultants with respect to the 2014 PA Public Library Data Collection (formerly known as the Annual Report): 1) 2014 District Consultant’s Review Checklist, and 2)...

Technical.ly reports on what it’s like to work on the E-Gadget Help Desk at the Free Library of Philadelphia. ...