Tunkhannock Public Library Joins SPARK!

Scott ThomasUncategorized

More great news! The Tunkhannock Public Library will be joining SPARK. Locating in Wyoming County, the addition of this fine library strengthens the presence of SPARK in Northeastern PA as they join their neighbors the Lackawanna County Library System and the Susquehanna County Library. This creates great possibilities for sharing and cooperaTunkhannocktion! They will be migrating in just about one year.

Scott ThomasTunkhannock Public Library Joins SPARK!

PaILS Is Sponsoring Two Development Projects

Scott ThomasUncategorized

One nice thing about open source software is that, if you don’t like the way it works, you can change it. PaILS, on behalf of its members, is sponsoring two software development projects. The first, Digital Book Plates, seeks to address the problem of how to show that an item was donated in memory or in honor of someone. Unlike the current solution, Digital Book Plates will be searchable by public and staff. We are also sponsoring a project to add the Search Patron function to Place Hold in the staff client.

Digital Book Plates

Digital Book Plates will improve on this current, unattractive solution.

 

 

Patron Search in Place Hold

The Patron Search function will be added here.

Scott ThomasPaILS Is Sponsoring Two Development Projects

SPARK Welcomes Bangor Public Library!

Scott ThomasUncategorized

SPARK extends a warm welcome to our newest member, the Bangor Public Library. Halfway between Stroudsburg and Easton, this vibrant community library further enhances the presence of SPARK in Eastern Pennsylvania. Expect more announcements about new members soon!Bangor

Scott ThomasSPARK Welcomes Bangor Public Library!

PaILS Members: Talk to Us

Scott ThomasUncategorized

PaILS is working on a Strategic Plan that will set Listeningpriorities for the next several years, and we want to hear that you have to say. Therefore, we have scheduled two sets of Focus Groups.

Monday, July 18th (Martin Library, York)

Administrators / Directors / Supervisors / Managers: 11:00AM

Circulation: 1:30PM

 

Tuesday, July 19th (Holiday Inn, Wilkes-Barre-East Mountain)

Administrators / Directors / Supervisors / Managers: 8:30AM

Circulation: 12:30PM

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email me: scott.thomas@sparkpa.org

Scott ThomasPaILS Members: Talk to Us

PaILS Schedule Updated

Scott ThomasUncategorized

We all like to know what will be happening when so here is an updated schedule of events that will affect the entire consortium over the next several months. I know it doesn’t need saying, but this schedule is subject to change.

 

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    • Access PA Export
    • Authority Control Update
  • September
    • Blair County Libraries Go Live!
  • October
    • Access PA Export
    • Authority Control Update
    • Staff Permission Group Revamp
  • November
    • Pocono Mountain Public Library Go Live!
  • December
    • Eastern Monroe Public Library Go Live!
  • January
    • Upgrade to Evergreen 2.10 or 2.11
    • Access PA Export
    • Authority Control Update
  • March
    • Bedford County Libraries Go Live!

 

 

Scott ThomasPaILS Schedule Updated

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!

 

Elin Woods of the Altoona Area Public Library celebrates Go Live with a gift of star balloons.

Elin Woods of the Altoona Area Public Library celebrates Go Live with a gift of star balloons.

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 addition of Bedford County will create many opportunities for cooperation and resource sharing among SPARK libraries in the central part of the state. Welcome!

Everett Free Library

Everett Free Library

Scott ThomasSPARK Welcomes Libraries of Bedford County

PaILS Welcomes Lehigh Valley Libraries!

Scott ThomasUncategorized

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 SPARK welcome to our friends in the Lehigh Valley.

 

Allentown Bethlehem EastonReal

Scott ThomasPaILS Welcomes Lehigh Valley Libraries!

By the Numbers

Scott ThomasUncategorized

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 OutByTheNumberslets (Live, Migrating, or Committed): 105

Scott ThomasBy the Numbers