SPARK & Friends Breakfast at PaLA 2022!

Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) will be hosting a “SPARK & Friends” breakfast for SPARK consortium members and their guests during the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference. Coffee & juice, bagels & cinnamon rolls will be served alongside an opportunity to learn more about being a SPARK member, to network with other SPARK members, and to hear an update on PaILS/SPARK news from Executive Director, Katie Greenleaf Martin. RSVP here … 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

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

Contacting Support and Queue Management Strategy

The SPARK Support portal is full of questions and ideas for implementing the most effective workflows and policies right now. We are also planning for the upgrade to 3.3. Please continue to be patient as we work through a long list. If you have an open request that you believe needs immediate attention, please call directly and we’ll set a priority timeline together. If something is stopping your success, PaILS … Read More

Job Posting: Executive Director PaILS

THE PENNSYLVANIA INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEM – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 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 … Read More

Huntingdon County Library Goes Live on SPARK!

The Huntingdon County Library is now live on SPARK! They are the first SPARK library to use the new Evergreen Web Client for all operations. A big welcome to Huntingdon who is already on the leading edge!

Resource Sharing Trials Posts Big Numbers!

On October 3rd the Lackawanna County Library System, Cambria County Library System, and Altoona Area Public Library began a resource sharing pilot. This was the first time non-neighboring, non-related libraries have shared resources via SPARK. During October 628 items were circulated to patrons through this pilot, and this is just the start. Thank you to the staff at all of these libraries for making this a success.

Shamokin-Coal Twp. Public Library Goes Live on SPARK!

The Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library in Northumberland County is now live on SPARK! A big thank you to Equinox and everyone who helped to migrate them in record time. They were on an older system with a fragile server. Getting their data out before the server blew up was a challenge, but we did it! Welcome!