30 SPARK Libraries Expand Access to Over 1.4 million Items Through Strategic Partnerships 

The Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), which manages the SPARK library consortium, is proud to announce that 16 percent of its libraries now have direct access to an unprecedented number of items, exceeding 1.4 million resources and still growing.  For over a decade, the Lehigh Valley Library System, which includes Easton Area Public Library, Allentown Public Library, and the Bethlehem Area Public Library has shared resources like books and DVDs. … Read More

Public Catalog Refresh September 8th

August 8th We invite you to participate in the testing phase for the latest Evergreen version, 3.11. As a tester, you’ll get early access to new features and the chance to provide valuable feedback! Sign up now to be part of the testing team! August 15th We’ll publish a comprehensive video tour of the new public catalog on the dedicated SPARK Support page so that you can see the enhanced … Read More

SPARK Feature Highlight/Library Spotlight – July 2022

Hello, how are you? We’re relieved that the heat has relented somewhat. We’re keeping it simple in this month’s feature highlight with column pickers! Column picker is another term for the column configuration interface you’ll find on many staff-side Evergreen pages. For example, when you’re searching for a patron record you might see some excess information that isn’t useful to you, such as “ID.” Or maybe you aren’t seeing email … Read More

Security feature coming on June 1, 2022

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

PaILS 2021 – the year at a glance

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

Welcome PaILS/SPARK’s Newest Team Member!

The PaILS team is thrilled to inform you that Elizabeth Davis will be joining the team as our Support & Project Management Specialist! We know she will be a wonderful asset to our consortium – please join us in welcoming her! Elizabeth Davis has been a member of the SPARK community since her library migrated in 2015, and she has chaired the Reports committee for 4 years. Most recently, Elizabeth … Read More

PaILS welcomes Catherine Greenleaf Martin

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System board of directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Greenleaf Martin as our Executive Director.  Katie has been serving in the position as Interim Executive Director and her technology expertise, professionalism, and commitment to the SPARK community and libraries in Pennsylvania is unparalleled.  We are very excited and look forward to continuing working with Katie. Her official first day … Read More

Job Posting: Executive Director for PaILS

PaILS Executive Director Job Description The Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) seeks a dynamic Executive Director with strong leadership and communication skills, strategic vision, and a track record of building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions. The Executive Director is the chief operating officer of PaILS, a non-profit corporation, and is charged with implementing the organization’s policies and programs, exercising administrative oversight of all the affairs and finances of … Read More

Wednesday Work Update

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 link working as it should?  If not, go find the … Read More

PaILS Welcomes new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS)  is pleased to announce the appointment of Carrie Cleary as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective March 4th, 2019. Carrie has a history of serving Pennsylvania libraries as a former District Consultant for the Capital Area Library District and as Project Manager for the Pennsylvania Public Library Broadband Project. She brings with her a strong technology background and a … Read More