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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...

Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries Glenn R. Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries Tuesday, June 4, 2019 I hope that by now you have noticed that the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) is in the midst of revitalizing its...

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....

CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019 Changes offer greater support to consumers looking to compare quality of Nursing Homes Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updates coming next month to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality...

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the data from the 2015 Public Library Survey, and a new report based on the 2014 data. Access the site Find your library and explore the data–find information on more than 9,000 public library systems...