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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:...

National Training Initiative:  Webinar and Live Training WebJunction is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to offer Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a FREE national training initiative for public library...

Two new libraries will begin staffing Chat with a Librarian! We’re pleased to announce that the Berks County Library System and Saint Francis University will soon be staffing Chat with a Librarian.  Saint Francis University, which already uses LibAnswers, is excited to be...

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries seeks contributing libraries for the Chat with a Librarian service.  Chat with a Librarian (formerly known as Ask Here PA) has been providing 24/7/365 live chat reference since 2006, and this service is a core component of the POWER Library....

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<iframe src=” https://www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-5ZZ9XQ9 ” height=”0″ width=”0″ style=”display:none;visibility:hidden”></iframe> Gale Digital Resources Now Available at More Than 2,600 Libraries Across Pennsylvania HARRISBURG,...

Healthy Aging: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information – January 31, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET Did you know that the 65+ population will outnumber children for the first time in history by 2020? Given the rapid growth of this demographic, this “train the trainer”...

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  by Meghan Lynch Business Outreach Librarian Chester County Library The Welcome to the Library program at the Chester County Library in Exton, PA, was inspired by the realization that although new library card holders are given a lot of literature about various library programs...

#1lib1ref The Wikipedia Library’s annual #1lib1ref (“One Librarian, One Reference”) global campaign invites library staff to improve Wikipedia by adding one reference from January 15 – February 3, 2018.  Learn more! Access the WebJunction archived webinar, Citations...

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  by Jill McConnell I attended a Trustee Town Hall meeting last year where Kathy Silks mentioned that libraries can use PA Forward in their strategic planning process. That sounded like a great idea to me, but I wasn’t quite sure how to put it into practice until I spoke...