Altoona Area Public Library is Live!

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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!

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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 SPARK welcome to our friends in the Lehigh Valley.

 

Allentown Bethlehem EastonReal

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 OutByTheNumberslets (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 Cataloging, Circulation, the SPARK Catalog, and Reports. Let’s not forget the opportunity to compare notes with colleagues in other SPARK libraries. Can we break 100 next year?

Mina Edmondson from the York County Library System talks to attendees about open source.

Mina Edmondson from the York County Library System talks to attendees about open source.

Scott ThomasSPARK Users Group

New Feature: Update from the Executive Director

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ScottA 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 the District Library Center Meeting in Hershey on April 25th. On May 13th I presented “Open Source ILS: Is it right for my library?” at the PaLA Juniata Conemaugh Chapter Spring Workshop in Bellefonte and, on Monday, May 16th, I co-presented with Mina Edmondson of the York County Library System at the PaLA South Central Chapter Workshop in Harrisburg. Our topic was “Open Source ILS: Making the Transition.” It is great getting out and meeting everyone in the PA library community.

 

Presenting at PaLA Chapter Meeting in Bellefonte.

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.

SHAREiT Update Completed

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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.

lugeneSHAREiT Update Completed

Scott Thomas Named New PaILS Executive Director

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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 as Head of Information Technologies / Technical Services. He holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Columbia University and a Master’s in English from the University of Scranton. He was the recipient of a PaLA Certificate of Merit in 2013 and is an adjunct faculty member at Northampton Community College.  Thomas has been involved in efforts to establish a shared ILS in Pennsylvania since 2009 when he was tapped to serve on the “Statewide ILS Task Force” convened by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Bill Schell, President PaILS Board of Directors, York County Library System and Martin Library Association, “The PaILS Board is delighted to have Scott Thomas as our new Executive Director, following a nationwide search.  As a charter member of Commonwealth Libraries’ task force, Scott was instrumental in the origination of an open source ILS for Pennsylvania. Scott has been instrumental in the growth of PaILS, leading the migration of more than 40 libraries to the SPARK platform. His will be an important voice in the software development of Evergreen!
Mr. Thomas assumes leadership of PaILS on December 16th.

 

lugeneScott Thomas Named New PaILS Executive Director