Happy New Year to all of our members and friends! First, to recap 2016… * Instituted quarterly Access PA updates. * Began a Strategic Planning process. * Conducted a User’s Group meeting with 72 attendees. * Instituted a system for training catalogers. * Added 5 new members for a total of 103 Libraries. * Migrated 10 libraries in Blair and … Read More
The Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg is now live on SPARK! Along with the beautiful and busy Hughes Library, they are also bringing along two branches and a Bookmobile. SPARK will allow Eastern Monroe to share resources and patrons with the Pocono Mountain Public Library, another recently migrated SPARK member that is also in Monroe County. Welcome Eastern Monroe!
Here is an updated schedule of SPARK activities that will take us through 2017: December Eastern Monroe Public Library Go Live (12/8/2016) January Upgrade to Evergreen 2.11 (1/11/2017) Access PA Export Authority Control Update March Bedford County Libraries Go Live (3/23/2017) April Access PA Export Authority Control Update May Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity Go Live (5/18/2017) June Bangor … Read More
The Pocono Mountain Public Library is now live! With a beautiful facility, talented and enthusiastic staff, and a location high up in the Poconos, we welcome them to SPARK. Expect more great news from Monroe County soon!
I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion entitled “SPARK Update…and More” at the Pennsylvania Library Association annual conference at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. Also, we enjoyed talking with everyone who came up to the PaILS booth in the Exhibitor Hall.
This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Juniata County Library in Mifflintown. This attractive facility is located near a public park and, at the time I was there, was host to a visit by enthusiastic middle school students. The lower level is home to the Juniata County Historical Society. Lots of great SPARK libraries to visit!
Check out this news story on the new universal library card in Blair County made possible by SPARK functionality and the hard work and dedication of the forward-thinking library people in Blair County. Great job!
We are pleased to announce that all of the libraries in Blair County are now live on SPARK! This includes the Altoona Area Public Library, Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Claysburg Public Library, Hollidaysburg Public Library, Martinsburg Community Library, Roaring Springs Public Library, Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, and Williamsburg Public Library. They went live in sequence over the course of the summer. Thank … Read More
Lackawanna Montrose Resource Sharing Report (pdf) Many SPARK libraries think this way: we are all on SPARK. We share the same ILS, and we share cataloging. Why don’t we share our collections to the benefit of our patrons? Two libraries in SPARK, the Lackawanna County Library System in Scranton and the Susquehanna Library and Historical Society in Montrose decided to … Read More
This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Milton Public Library in Northumberland County. Founded in 1923, it relocated in 2012 when the library purchased an old stone house and built an addition to create 11,000 square feet. The architects and builders did a beautiful job integrating the old and new to the point where I could not tell … Read More