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  ALA has created a plethora of useful Census-related resources.  If you missed ALA’s sold-out webinar “Responding Online to the 2020 Census: What Libraries Need to Know” the recording is now available. I was impressed by the clear way that ALA outlined information...

Register for one of four FREE workshops across the state to learn about financial best practices presented by Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) speaker, Angie Lightfoot Roth!    The purpose of the workshops is to provide full-day, hands-on sessions that...

New QuestionPoint Interface, Best Practices, and More! Join Karri Sites, OCLC QuestionPoint Library Services Consultant, for a webinar demonstrating the new QuestionPoint interface, covering chat best practices, and more. Libraries that contribute staff time to Chat with a Librarian...

Trustee Training in SW PA

What values does your library building convey? What is the board’s annual agenda of work? Will Alexa take over the reference desk? These were some of the questions posed to the 56 library trustees and directors who attended the SWPA Region Trustee Training on April 29th in Greentree....

Pam Marquette, Adult Program Coordinator Chester County Library and District Center This year the PaLA Conference was held October 16 through 19, 2016 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania. Attending the conference was a great opportunity for excellent...

Senior Citiens

    Access these resources for tools, templates, best practices and more: The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries is a free, online resource for librarians. It offers access to information about aging and libraries,...

    By Angie Andre Tredyffrin Public Library Children’s Librarian Science, technology, engineering, art, and math, this is STEAM as we know it. What does this look like when we break it down into doable programs that are inexpensive, interesting, interactive, and passive? ...

Caitlyn Boland

by Caitlyn Bovard As librarians, we wear many hats. Over the last several years, our ‘hat’ in providing job and career support for individuals in our communities has increased significantly. Whether your library is serving a large urban community, a small rural town or even...

Adam Balcziunas

By Adam Balcziunas As I browsed through PA Forward’s Best Practices database recently, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of contributions came from public libraries. In general, I have observed that my academic librarian colleagues are less likely to incorporate PA...

Jill McConnell

by Jill McConnell As I was walking through the Children’s Room at my library the other day, a flyer announcing “MedExpress Teddy Bear Clinic Comes to You” caught my eye. According to the MedExpress website, “MedExpress’ Teddy Bear Clinic is a free community outreach program...