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!  


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



ACRL/Choice Webinar: Designing Academic Libraries for Modern Human Behavior

Creating contemporary academic library spaces that work with natural instincts and human behavior can sound intimidating. What are natural human behaviors? What do students seek out in spaces, and what makes them appealing to our senses? And how can we design our academic library spaces with these things in mind? Joe Agati Jr., Director of Design at AGATI Furniture, and Jeff Hoover, Principal at Tappé Architects in Boston, MA, in cooperation with ACRL, present Designing Academic Libraries for Modern Human Behavior.

This webinar will provide a basic understanding of the natural human behaviors and instincts that drive our everyday lives, such as the desire to be in a secure environment and the need to have vision of your surroundings. Within this framework of understood natural human behaviors, Jeff and Joe will help you learn how you can design your academic library space to promote comfort and security within the details - everything from the pitch of the seat and the ability to maintain your personal bubble, to the sightlines promoted in the architecture of the building and the access to natural light and power resources matters in promoting comfort for our human instincts that trigger our internal fight or flight.

Furniture and architecture that work well together in academic library spaces have proven time and time again to put our instinctual fears at ease and allow us to spend those hours tucked away in the comfy chair reading a novel or at a computer completing a task. Now, it's time to understand why this happens and how to better design our academic libraries with these things in mind.

Register HERE for the Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 2pm Webinar


PaLA Spring Workshop - SC Chapter - Call for Proposals

The South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association is hosting its Spring Workshop on Thursday, May 18th, 2017. We are seeking proposals for breakout sessions or lightning talks of interest to library management and public services staff. Example topics include:


Staff training or programming for employees Budgeting Dealing with difficult people Advocacy 101 How to engage in local government Networking and what to do with it Geek on the Cheap Teen & Tween/Children’s/Adult programming Fake it till you make it: Advice for New Managers

If you have experience in any of these areas, please consider submitting a proposal to speak at our workshop.  Presentations should be at least 60 minutes. Lightning talks should be 5-15 minutes.

The workshop will be held at Pa College of Health Sciences at 850 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. Pa College of Health Sciences has recently moved to a new campus with new spaces incorporating technology and collaboration.

To be considered, please submit your proposal by filling out our online form (, or emailing the following information to  The deadline to submit is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Your Name(s):

Your Library:

Your Email:

Format: Presentation or Lightning Talk

Title of Presentation/talk:

Brief description of your proposed presentation/talk:

Any Technology or Special Equipment needed:


Call For Proposals: C2017 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit

The Fifth Annual PA Forward Information Literacy Summit will be in State College at the Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The theme of the all-day summit is "Libraries and Maker Culture: Co-constructing Learning Experiences and Environments" and will feature a keynote session in addition to breakout and lightning sessions.  


Please submit your proposal by April 15, 2017. Presenters will be notified by May 1, 2017.  Submit your proposal by clicking on the following link: For more details, please see the attached PDF.  


Questions can be directed to co-chairs Rebecca K. Miller ( or Mary Beth Roche (


For more information about the PA Library Association’s PA Forward initiative, visit or A PDF of the CFP can be found HERE.


Thank you for your proposals, ideas, and insights!  We look forward to a robust conversation on July 19


Call for Proposals for PaLA West Branch Spring Workshop

The West Branch Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association will hold its Spring Workshop on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. We invite proposals for presentations or lightning talks on the workshop theme, Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Users. Topics of interest include:


·       Health literacy programming

·       Movement-based programs and services in libraries (such as Story Walks, yoga in the library)

·       Healthy workplaces/successful wellness programs

·       Any other topic related to the theme of Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Users


If you have experience in any of these areas, please consider submitting a proposal to speak at our workshop.  Presentations should be a maximum of 45 minutes; lightning talks should be 5-10 minutes.


To be considered, please submit your proposal by filling out our online form (, or emailing the following information to  The deadline to submit is Tuesday, April 11, 2017.


·       Your Name(s):

·       Your Library:

·       Your Email:

·       Format (presentation or lightning talk)

·       Title of presentation/talk:

·       Brief description of your proposed presentation/talk:

·       Any technology or special equipment needed: