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Glenn R. Miller

  Recruiting for Rare Collections Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania As the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) continues to rebuild its staff following some key staff retirements, I’m pleased to share a special and unique invitation to join the State Library of...

Digitization Initiative  A Centre County Library & Historical Museum collection of correspondence, inaugural addresses and other documents called The Bellefonte Governors’ Papers is now available online through POWER Library. Bellefonte has been the home to seven governors,...

local history space

Starting in mid-2017, Benson Memorial Library decided to expand its local history services by hiring its first full-time historian, Jessica Hilburn. Throughout her first year of employment, the library has been recognized for multiple major newsworthy accomplishments in the community....

PA LaunchPod

A new episode of PaLAunchpod dropped on May 15. In this episode, host Tom Berman talks with Library Services Manager of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and president of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Marilyn Holt about the history...

In the latest FREE module from the Infopeople Academy  you will learn about how to research family information, vital statistics and information on specific genealogy topics. People are interested in finding out about their ancestors and their family’s history for a variety...

Ray Schott retired from volunteering in genealogy at the State Library this month.  He is 93 years old.  Read more in this Altoona Mirror article! ...

Laura Kuchmay

This is part of a series of Session Notes from grantees who have received Professional Development grants from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Each grantee will share their professional development experience and include tips and other resources from the workshop or class....

DPLA Workshop: DPLA for Genealogy and Family History, July 26, 2016 at 3:00pm EST The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand access to FamilySearch.org’s...

Lock-in Northland Public Library parnters with North Hills Genealogisits to offer an”After Hours Genealogy Lock-in.”  Their event will be held  on Friday, May 13 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm.  The evening of hands-on research requires general computer skills since people...

A State Library Genealogy workshop is highlighted in this Patriot News article. ...