Intersections: Technology and Public Services in Special Collections

Every intersection tells a story, what’s yours?

Please join us August 6 - August 8, 2017 for an interactive and engaging symposium “Intersections: Technology and Public Services in Special Collections” at the Penn State University campus in University Park, PA. Engage at the intersection of your institution’s awareness of need and responsive action!

Public services are the most visible part of any archives or special collections library, but also depend upon the efficient functioning of other essential operations.

The 2017 Intersections symposium builds on its predecessors (the Aeon Symposium at Yale in 2015 and at the University of Michigan in 2016). However, this iteration expands on what it means to provide access to collections in the archives and special collections environment. Though Aeon, remains a key tool, partner, and product of focus, Intersections also includes other workflows, tools, partners, and products that are present in our daily work.This symposium also aligns and incorporates many of the key components of the RBMS and SAA’s Metrics and Assessment Task Force report to broach broader topics with regard to assessing impact via meaningful metrics. Please join us for this exploration of how technology, assessment, and public service intersect to support discovery and access of cultural heritage collections. Public service special collections professionals truly work at the intersection of where technology meets end-users' needs. Colleagues with an interest in public services in the special collections world are invited to attend, regardless of the tools locally used.

Registration is free; participants are only responsible for travel, meal and accommodation costs. Symposiums are meant to be inclusive and to incorporate perspective and dialogue from many different sources. We hope you will submit a proposal to be a part of this crucial discussion.

For registration information and to submit a proposal, please visit

We look forward to seeing you in State College this August!


PALCI Office Furniture Sale

Interested in acquiring some office furniture? Check out what PALCI has to offer!

PALCI Office Furniture Flyer

PALCI Office Inventory List

EVERYTHING MUST GO! Call Kaitlyn at 215-567-1755 or email


2017 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit

Registration for the 2017 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit is now open!  The Summit takes place on July 19, 2017, and this year’s theme ofLibraries and Maker Culture:  Co-constructing Learning Experiences and Learning Environments has provided a platform for us to plan a full day of dynamic, innovative talks and workshops that are sure to inspire you and give you at least a few ideas that you will be able to implement immediately.  


Registration is available via the PaLA website:  


Registration will be open through July 12, 2017, but is limited to 110 registrants, so register early!  Registration fees are as follows, and registration includes lunch and snacks:


·         PaLA members:  $45.00

·         Non-members:  $65.00

·         Students:  $25.00


The Summit will take place at Penn State’s University Park campus, and attendees can make reservations at The Penn Stater under the “Information Literacy Summit Guest Room Block for July 18, 2017” at a discounted rate of $118. Shuttle buses will provide transportation from the hotel to the Paterno Library. Call the Reservations Department at 814-863-5000 or visit to book.


Please contact Rebecca K. Miller ( for additional information or with any questions that you may have.


We look forward to seeing you in State College on July 19, 2017, for a day of learning, networking, and making!  


PA State Archives Training

The Pennsylvania State Archives (PSA), in partnership with Old Economy Village and the Lycoming County Historical Society, is pleased to announce the Spring 2017Archives Without Tears workshop schedule. The workshops will be held  June 6–7 at Old Economy Village, Ambridge, PA and June 15–16 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, Williamsport, PA. These are the only sessions planned for 2017. Registration information is attached.


Archives Without Tears is an affordable workshop open to anyone who works, interns or volunteers for organizations that deal with archival records—whether it’s a museum; private, non-profit, or college archives; the city clerk’s office; the library’s local history room; or a historic site. The workshop provides practical advice, sample forms and policies, and discusses archival best practices, disaster planning and response, and records management principles so that staff can collect, preserve, and assist researchers with the archival records in their care.


Please see the attached registration brochure for details.


NFAIS Lunch & Learn: Mobile Discovery and Mobile Use of Scholarly Content

Consumer search-engine usage is now heavily mobile-based. Yet scholarly search engines report an order of magnitude lower proportions of mobile usage.  Why is this?  We all like to think we know the answer: "Who wants to read a scholarly article or book on a phone?!?".  

But there are other reasons, and other use cases to be supported, so that version-of-record scholarly content can be incorporated into tasks wherever the user is. For example, "mobile" isn't just about mobile phones when you are a scholar-mobile means that you do some of your research on campus, some at home, and some on the road and in the field; but your "mobile" device might well be your laptop!

We know from interviews with researchers that a pain point is gaining access to subscribed resources when they are off the campus network - some have suggested that Sci-Hub is easier to use than the campus proxy server (which is ironic, at the least)! 

In this Lunch and Learn session, we will talk about specific new options to improve the visibility and accessibility of scholarly content in mobile environments, making the content more useable and more used in the discovery parts of the workflow.


About Our Lunch & Learn with NFAIS Session Presenter:

John Sack is one of the founders of HighWire Press and focuses on market assessment, client relations, technology innovation, and the kind of thought leadership and industry-forward thinking that has defined HighWire's mission since 1995: understanding where the technology and publishing industries are going, and how we all get there best.


When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12-12:45AM EDT



PALCI Distributed Print Archive - Call for Missing Microfilm Rolls 

Please help the PALCI Distributed Print Archive group tie up loose ends with the newspaper microfilms archive project. Below is the list of titles for which there are gaps remaining in our archive holders' collections. If you have any of these reels and would be willing to transfer ownership to the archive holder, please email Terese Heidenwolf ( to facilitate the transfer.


London Times

July - December 1822

October 1979


New York Times

May 11 - 20, 1961

August 1 - 10, 1998


Wall Street Journal

January - June 1892

October - December 1897


Philadelphia Inquirer

November 1910

July 16 - 31, 1919

August 1 - 15, 1920

August 17 - 30, 1922

December 1 - 29, 1935

March 23 - April 18, 1936

February 14 - March 7, 1937

December 29 - January 25, 1938

February 21 - March 19, 1938

May 18 - June 11, 1939

January 1 - 15, 1941

February 1 - 15, 1943

August 1 - 15, 1945

May 1 - 15, 1947

July 1 - 15, 1947

February 16 - 28, 1948

April 16 - 30, 1948

January 1952

June 21 - 30, 1952

February 1 - 6, 1953

October 16 - 31, 1959

January 16 - 30, 1960

October 1 - 16, 1961

December 16 - 31, 1961

January 21 - 30, 1968

July 11 - 21, 1968

July 11 - 21, 1969

September 21 - 30, 1969

March 1 - 10, 1971

July 1 - 10, 1972

August 1 - 15, 1976

February 17 - Mar 15, 1977

September 9 - October 22, 1985

March 1 - 8, 1986

May 1986

May 1987

May 1988

May 24 - 31, 1988

May 1989

July 17 - 24, 1989

May 1990

May - June 1992

May - July 1993

May 1994

May 1995

June 1996

May 1997

November 9 -30, 1999