Happy 2017!

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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 Monroe Counties.

* Conducted a resource sharing pilot between Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties.

* Migrated the Eastern Monroe Public Library

* Migrated the Pocono Mountain Public Library

* Developed a system that allows OCLC libraries to update their holdings.

* Initiated four Development Projects, one in partnership with the Evergreen Indiana and NOBLE consortia.

 

Looking ahead in 2017…

* Migrate the Bedford County Library System, the Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, the Bangor Public Library, the Tunkhannock Public Library, and the Lehigh Valley Libraries (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton).

* Upgrade to Evergreen 2.11.

* Deduplicate the bibliographic database.

* Improve communication between PaILS and its members.

* Involve the Users Group in formulation of PaILS policy.

* Create a Knowledge Base that will be accessible by members.

* Formalize existing Users Group committees.

* Place the Users Group in charge of future UG meetings.

* Form and charter Circulation / Patron Experience Committee.

* Complete development projects.

* Complete and distribute Strategic Plan.

Scott ThomasHappy 2017!

Eastern Monroe Public Library is Now Live!

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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!

Scott ThomasEastern Monroe Public Library is Now Live!

Updated SPARK Schedule

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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 Public Library Go Live (6/15/2017)
  • July
    • Access PA Export
    • Authority Control Update
  • August
    • Tunkhannock Public Library Go Live (8/17/2017)
  • October
    • Access PA Export
    • Authority Control Update
    • Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton Go Live (10/12/2017)
Scott ThomasUpdated SPARK Schedule

“SPARK Update…and More”

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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.

Left to right, Sue Lyons (Eastern Monroe Public Library), Christina Thomas (Lackawanna County Library System), Sylvia Orner (Lackawanna County Library System), Catherine Martin (Blair County Library System), Mina Edmondson (York County Library System), Lugene Shelly (PaILS), and Scott Thomas (PaILS).

Panelists (Left to right): Sue Lyons (Eastern Monroe Public Library), Christina Thomas (Lackawanna County Library System), Sylvia Orner (Lackawanna County Library System), Catherine Martin (Blair County Library System), Mina Edmondson (York County Library System), Lugene Shelly (PaILS), and Scott Thomas (PaILS).

 

Scott Thomas“SPARK Update…and More”

Blair County Libraries Now Live!

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Blair CountyWe are pleased to announce that all of the libraries in Blair County are now live on SPARK! This includes the Altoona Area Public LibraryBellwood-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 you for all of your hard work and welcome!

Scott ThomasBlair County Libraries Now Live!

A Salute to the Brave Pioneers: Scranton and Montrose Libraries Explore Resource Sharing

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Lackawanna Montrose Resource Sharing Report (pdf)

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The Burden of Brave Pioneers

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 do just that and embarked on a pilot project to test resource sharing. Did it improve service to patrons? It did. Was SPARK up to the task of handling books and other materials that went from library to library? Absolutely. Did it go perfectly? No. There were challenges as there sometimes are with new endeavors. Did we learn a great deal? Absolutely. Will it serve as a foundation for future resource sharing endeavors in SPARK? Yes. For more see the report which can be downloaded via the link above.

Scott ThomasA Salute to the Brave Pioneers: Scranton and Montrose Libraries Explore Resource Sharing

Spotlight on…Milton Public Library

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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 the two apart. Features include a water wall, an antique wall safe, and a gorgeous, 6 acre lawn with many cherry trees. It is definitely worth a visit if you are passing near Milton. I learn a great deal by visiting SPARK libraries and hope to visit as many as I can as soon as I can.

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Scott ThomasSpotlight on…Milton Public Library