The Altoona Area Public Library is now live on SPARK! Congratulations on a successful migration, and we are thrilled to have you on board!
We are pleased to announce that the libraries of the Bedford County Library System have joined SPARK and will be migrating in early 2017. They will bring four libraries, the Everett Free Library, Hyndman-Londonderry Public Library, Saxton Community Library, and the Pioneer Library, along with a Bookmobile. With Blair County (who are migrating right now) just to the north, the … Read More
PaILS is pleased to announce that the Allentown Public Library, Easton Area Public Library, and the Bethlehem Area Public Library will be joining SPARK! These three important libraries will bring a wealth of resources, energy, and talent to the consortium. They will be migrating sometime in the latter half of 2017. More details to follow. Let’s all give a warm … Read More
Here are some impressive SPARK numbers: Population Served by SPARK Libraries: 1,512,639 Titles: 1,287,992 (100 percent increase over last year!) Copies: 2,727,846 Circulation: (May 15-April 16): 3,831,881 (48 percent increase over last year!) Patrons: 559,669 (Increase of almost 60,000 over last year!) Library Service Outlets (Live, Migrating, or Committed): 105
The big news is 71 people attended the annual SPARK Users Group Meeting in State College last Thursday. This is a record! Attendees got to travel in the SPARK Time Machine to hear about the recent past and the future, receive an introduction to Evergreen 2.10, hear reports on the Evergreen International Conference, and learn about tips and tricks for … Read More
A lot of great things are happening with SPARK, and I feel it is important that everyone is kept up-to-date. To that end I am going to be posting regular updates to www.sparkpa.org. My first post has a spring theme. With another Pennsylvania winter well behind us, everyone is having meetings and gatherings. I had the pleasure of speaking at … Read More
If you feel baffled by SPARK reports, give this video a try. It gives a great overview of the basics: Thank you to Elizabeth Davis and Christina Thomas at the Scranton Public Library for putting it together.
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SPARK’s first 2016 quarterly update to Pennsylvania’s AccessPA SHAREiT database has been completed. PaILS provides this service at no additional cost to our member libraries.
The Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) has selected Scott Thomas as the Executive Director replacing Lewis Maurer upon his retirement. PaILS is a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, an open source, Evergreen-based ILS shared by over 80 Pennsylvania libraries. Thomas comes to PaILS from he Scranton Public Library (Lackawanna County Library System) where he has served … Read More