Spotlight on…Milton Public Library

This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Milton Public Library in Northumberland County. Founded in 1923, it relocated in 2012 when the library purchased an old stone house and built an addition to create 11,000 square feet. The architects and builders did a beautiful job integrating the old and new to the point where I could not tell the two apart. Features include a water wall, an antique … Read More

2016-2017 Migration Schedule

SPARK is growing! Here is our Migration Schedule for the rest of 2016 and 2017: Bellwood-Antis Public Library: 9/1/16 Remaining Blair County Libraries: 9/15/16 Pocono Mountain Public Library: 11/3/16 Eastern Monroe Public Library (Stroudsburg): 12/8/16 Bedford County Library System: 3/17 Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity: 5/17 Bangor Public Library: 6/17 Tunkhannock Public Library: 8/17 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton: 11/17  

We Want Your Input!

PaILS is developing a Strategic Plan and would like the input of our members. If you use SPARK in your library or plan to use it but haven’t migrated yet, please take a few minutes to answer this survey: Thank you!  

Tunkhannock Public Library Joins SPARK!

More great news! The Tunkhannock Public Library will be joining SPARK. Locating in Wyoming County, the addition of this fine library strengthens the presence of SPARK in Northeastern PA as they join their neighbors the Lackawanna County Library System and the Susquehanna County Library. This creates great possibilities for sharing and cooperation! They will be migrating in just about one year.

PaILS Is Sponsoring Two Development Projects

One nice thing about open source software is that, if you don’t like the way it works, you can change it. PaILS, on behalf of its members, is sponsoring two software development projects. The first, Digital Book Plates, seeks to address the problem of how to show that an item was donated in memory or in honor of someone. Unlike the current solution, Digital Book Plates will be searchable by … Read More

Welcome Nazareth!

I am pleased to announce that the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will be joining SPARK! Located in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, Nazareth is, famously, home to the Martin Guitar Factory. Welcome Nazareth!

SPARK Welcomes Bangor Public Library!

SPARK extends a warm welcome to our newest member, the Bangor Public Library. Halfway between Stroudsburg and Easton, this vibrant community library further enhances the presence of SPARK in Eastern Pennsylvania. Expect more announcements about new members soon!

PaILS Members: Talk to Us

PaILS is working on a Strategic Plan that will set priorities for the next several years, and we want to hear that you have to say. Therefore, we have scheduled two sets of Focus Groups. Monday, July 18th (Martin Library, York) Administrators / Directors / Supervisors / Managers: 11:00AM Circulation: 1:30PM   Tuesday, July 19th (Holiday Inn, Wilkes-Barre-East Mountain) Administrators / Directors / Supervisors / Managers: 8:30AM Circulation: 12:30PM If … Read More

PaILS Schedule Updated

We all like to know what will be happening when so here is an updated schedule of events that will affect the entire consortium over the next several months. I know it doesn’t need saying, but this schedule is subject to change.   July Access PA Export Authority Control Update September Blair County Libraries Go Live! October Access PA Export Authority Control Update Staff Permission Group Revamp November Pocono Mountain … Read More

Altoona Area Public Library is Live!

The Altoona Area Public Library is now live on SPARK! Congratulations on a successful migration, and we are thrilled to have you on board!