Altoona Area Public Library is Live!

Scott ThomasUncategorized

The Altoona Area Public Library is now live on SPARK! Congratulations on a successful migration, and we are thrilled to have you on board!  

Scott ThomasAltoona Area Public Library is Live!

SPARK Welcomes Libraries of Bedford County

Scott ThomasUncategorized

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

Scott ThomasSPARK Welcomes Libraries of Bedford County

PaILS Welcomes Lehigh Valley Libraries!

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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

Scott ThomasPaILS Welcomes Lehigh Valley Libraries!

By the Numbers

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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

Scott ThomasBy the Numbers

SPARK Users Group

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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

Scott ThomasSPARK Users Group

New Feature: Update from the Executive Director

Scott ThomasUncategorized

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 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

Scott ThomasNew Feature: Update from the Executive Director

Stumped by Reports? Try this video.

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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.

Scott ThomasStumped by Reports? Try this video.

SPARK Ignites Facebook!


PaILS / SPARK is now on Facebook: Please “Like” us. Also, feel free to send us your SPARK-related content (Photos, Anecdotes, Favorite Features etc.). This would be much appreciated!  

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SHAREiT Update Completed


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.

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Scott Thomas Named New PaILS Executive Director


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

lugeneScott Thomas Named New PaILS Executive Director