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May 11, 2022 Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced that Pennsylvania’s public electronic library, POWER Library, has acquired 350 new e-books for users to explore, bringing the total of available titles to approximately 20,000. “Through...

Greetings, Pennsylvania libraries!      As a valued library leader, you are invited to a special preview of the PDE Building Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Neighborhood Roadmap on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 1-2 P.M.  Please save that date to join us for this important...

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Office of Commonwealth Libraries is working with QualityMetrics Inc. on a new Five-Year Plan as required by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The plan will guide all the work of Office of Commonwealth Libraries for 2023-2027...

Sue Banks

Message from:  Mary Garm, Chair Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development:   The Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) is pleased to announce that Susan Banks has been appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary of Education, Commissioner...

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. It is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  IMLS uses a population driven formula to distribute funds to states through its Grants to States program. ...

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Date: August 11, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) This is the third in a series of virtual programs about Rare Books.  Join Michael Lear, the State Library’s Rare Collections Librarian, as he delves into topics on book preservation and history. Each session will...

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What Makes a Book Rare? By Michael Lear, Rare Collections Librarian State Library of Pennsylvania Libraries with rare or special collections may be asked: what makes a book “rare” or valuable? Probably the most often thought of factor by is that a book is old. This is sometimes...

MEMO TO:  Public Library Directors; District Library Administrators and Consultants; System Administrators; Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development; Office of Commonwealth Libraries Staff cc: Statewide library email distribution lists at 4:00 pm on March 23, 2020 FROM:...

Sue Banks

Did you miss Sue Banks’ pre-Thanksgiving voice email?  If so, here it is below!  Look for future “Suecasts” on the listservs and here in the Compendium!   Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s been one year since I came to OCL and Harrisburg from my previous...

Tell Us About Your Library Events The Office of Commonwealth Libraries would like to know if your library is: Breaking ground for a construction project; Celebrating a library anniversary or milestone retirement; Announcing a notable new service or program (e.g. MakerSpace opening,...