Tuesday Teleworking Together

rachel.pekarDiscussion Starter

We’ve learned that the original period of PA public library closure has extended through at least April 6. During the first closure, which was announced more suddenly, if you hadn’t taken action by Saturday morning (closing as soon as possible was advised), PaILS applied a SPARKwide setting and implemented the Emergency Closing Handler with settings that we saw as a … Read More

rachel.pekarTuesday Teleworking Together

Monday Motivation Moment

rachel.pekarDiscussion Starter, PaILS

Hello SPARK Libraries, I’m glad you are participating in the open source Evergreen software shared platform with many of your PA neighbors.  It’s better because we’re in it together. If you have questions about your library settings in the software, reach out.  There are adjustments right now so items aren’t due, fines don’t accrue, and holds lists don’t populate. The … Read More

rachel.pekarMonday Motivation Moment

Friday Fearless Focus on the Future

rachel.pekarDiscussion Starter, PaILS

The most recent announcement about the closing of non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania did not have a stated end date.  It’s a good time to take a deep breath, and relax.  Take care of yourself and all those around you.  Be kind. SPARK Libraries have shifted quickly, and are now providing different services to communities via online tools and resources … Read More

rachel.pekarFriday Fearless Focus on the Future

Thrive on Thursday

rachel.pekarDiscussion Starter, Evergreen, Opportunity for Community, support

Many library staff aren’t used to working remotely or in a building without the public visiting.  PaILS is keeping the online meeting room open as much as possible for remote worker support and as a gathering place if SPARK Libraries want to chat, walk through a workflow, or ask questions about our shared hosted software and its settings or capabilities. … Read More

rachel.pekarThrive on Thursday

Wednesday Work Update

rachel.pekarDiscussion Starter, News, PaILS

Hello SPARK Libraries, If you are working today in an environment with social distance and no in-person public services, you are one of many library workers engaging remotely.  You are appreciated and your work matters.  Thanks for being a SPARK Library. What can you do this Wednesday?  Here are some ideas: Check the links on your catalog.  Is your POWERLibrary … Read More

rachel.pekarWednesday Work Update

Two Idea Tuesday

rachel.pekarDiscussion Starter, PaILS, Tech Tip, Training

The recent closing of public libraries in PA for this short period means you are not be serving the public in traditional ways right now, but there are many great things you can do to keep engaged if you are empowered to work remotely. Visit the PaILS/SPARK virtual meeting room to chat about ideas.  The room is open for SPARK … Read More

rachel.pekarTwo Idea Tuesday

2019 Reports

rachel.pekarDiscussion Starter, Reports, support, User Groups

2019 was an active year for PaILS members.  Check out this list of top circulating collection titles from the combined SPARK libraries using Evergreen catalog in 2019. Did your favorite title or author make the list? Note: This list excludes circulation counts for things like the bathroom key or public computers that some libraries track use of using records and … Read More

rachel.pekar2019 Reports

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

rachel.pekarCirculation, Discussion Starter

PaILS is prepared to help your location celebrate September as Library Card Sign-Up Month with some new fields/features available in the Evergreen 3.3 software when you register a patron. Download and customize this 8.5 x 11 form:  Patron Registration Form Sample Download and customize this small format form:  IndexCardSizePatronRegistrationForm When was the last time you updated your library’s Patron Registration … Read More

rachel.pekarSeptember is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Authority Control Project: Who is this Authority Anyway?

rachel.pekarCatalog, Discussion Starter, User Groups

PaILS Project Title:  Authority Control 2019 What is Authority Control?  Here’s a page from Evergreen documentation that helps to begin to explain it.  It’s a significant detail for catalogers to understand. Project Plan: A group of  community members with cataloging expertise and PaILS support staff will work with Equinox and Backstage to set up an Authority Control Profile. Resources Needed:  … Read More

rachel.pekarAuthority Control Project: Who is this Authority Anyway?