Security feature coming on June 1, 2022

Katie Greenleaf MartinCirculation, Evergreen, FAQs, News, Tech Tip, Training

To improve security, SPARK is going to be removing the ability of expired staff accounts from logging into the system starting June 1st. LibAdmin users will be responsible for maintaining staff accounts for their locations. To make sure you are notified, please make sure your work email address is in your SPARK login account. READ MORE

Katie Greenleaf MartinSecurity feature coming on June 1, 2022

PaILS 2021 – the year at a glance

Katie Greenleaf MartinEvergreen, News, PaILS, Uncategorized

Hello SPARK libraries! We here at PaILS have put together a little ‘snapshot’ report of everything we had going on in 2021 — we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for everything you do to provide excellent library services in Pennsylvania! PaILS 2021 report – Katie, Katherine & Elizabeth

Katie Greenleaf MartinPaILS 2021 – the year at a glance

Thrive on Thursday

Katie Greenleaf MartinDiscussion 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

Katie Greenleaf MartinThrive on Thursday

Emergency Closing Features

Katie Greenleaf MartinPaILS, support

Per Office of Commonwealth Libraries, advice was to close libraries for routine, in-person public library services until March 29, 2020. SPARK is working to implement this via our shared open source ILS to assist all members and will work toward this plan: Extend all due dates on items currently in circulation to April 7.   We can reassess this date … Read More

Katie Greenleaf MartinEmergency Closing Features

2019 Reports

Katie Greenleaf MartinDiscussion 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

Katie Greenleaf Martin2019 Reports

Pennsylvania Library Association Conference

Katie Greenleaf Martincalendar event, Opportunity for Community, PaILS

Stop by to see the staff of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) in Erie at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference. Come network with us.  Find our exhibitor booth or attend the SPARK Community presentation: SPARKing Relationships & Resource Sharing. What do we offer?  A shared installation of the open source ILS Evergreen and a fantastic community of libraries and support … Read More

Katie Greenleaf MartinPennsylvania Library Association Conference

The Networking Game

Katie Greenleaf Martincalendar event, Opportunity for Community, Training

Free Webinar Prepare to attend the upcoming Pennsylvania Library Association conference, an Evergreen conference, or a Committee, Town Hall, or User Group Meeting by participating in this online training. The Networking Game: Engaging with Colleagues at Your Consortia, Professional Associations, and Conferences Oct 9, 2019 12pm EST Register here:  attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6357355742617557515 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information … Read More

Katie Greenleaf MartinThe Networking Game

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Katie Greenleaf MartinCirculation, 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

Katie Greenleaf MartinSeptember is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Authority Control Project: Who is this Authority Anyway?

Katie Greenleaf MartinCatalog, 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

Katie Greenleaf MartinAuthority Control Project: Who is this Authority Anyway?

Support and Ticketing Site Address Changing Soon

Katie Greenleaf MartinPaILS, support, System Maintenance

Be prepared, PaILS staff are in the process of moving our current support site and Help Desk software from http://support.sparkpa to an upgraded hosted server at HelpSpot.  The URL/address of the site will change to https://sparkpa.helpspot.com/ Please update your bookmarks and links to the site effective late evening July 18, or start of business July 19. There will be an … Read More

Katie Greenleaf MartinSupport and Ticketing Site Address Changing Soon