By the Numbers

Scott ThomasUncategorized

Here are some impressive SPARK numbers: Population Served by SPARK Libraries: 1,512,639 Titles: 1,287,992  (100 percent increase over last year!) Copies: 2,727,846 Circulation:  (May 15-April 16): 3,831,881 (48 percent increase over last year!) Patrons: 559,669 (Increase of almost 60,000 over last year!) Library Service Outlets (Live, Migrating, or Committed): 105

Scott ThomasBy the Numbers

SPARK Users Group

Scott ThomasUncategorized

The big news is 71 people attended the annual SPARK Users Group Meeting in State College last Thursday. This is a record! Attendees got to travel in the SPARK Time Machine to hear about the recent past and the future, receive an introduction to Evergreen 2.10, hear reports on the Evergreen International Conference, and learn about tips and tricks for … Read More

Scott ThomasSPARK Users Group

New Feature: Update from the Executive Director

Scott ThomasUncategorized

A lot of great things are happening with SPARK, and I feel it is important that everyone is kept up-to-date. To that end I am going to be posting regular updates to My first post has a spring theme. With another Pennsylvania winter well behind us, everyone is having meetings and gatherings. I had the pleasure of speaking at … Read More

Scott ThomasNew Feature: Update from the Executive Director

Stumped by Reports? Try this video.

Scott ThomasUncategorized

If you feel baffled by SPARK reports, give this video a try. It gives a great overview of the basics: Thank you to Elizabeth Davis and Christina Thomas at the Scranton Public Library for putting it together.

Scott ThomasStumped by Reports? Try this video.

SPARK Ignites Facebook!


PaILS / SPARK is now on Facebook: Please “Like” us. Also, feel free to send us your SPARK-related content (Photos, Anecdotes, Favorite Features etc.). This would be much appreciated!  

lugeneSPARK Ignites Facebook!

SHAREiT Update Completed


SPARK’s first 2016 quarterly update to Pennsylvania’s AccessPA SHAREiT database has been completed. PaILS  provides this service at no additional cost to our member libraries.

lugeneSHAREiT Update Completed

Scott Thomas Named New PaILS Executive Director


The Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) has selected Scott Thomas as the Executive Director replacing Lewis Maurer upon his retirement. PaILS is a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, an open source, Evergreen-based ILS shared by over 80 Pennsylvania libraries. Thomas comes to PaILS from he Scranton Public Library (Lackawanna County Library System) where he has served … Read More

lugeneScott Thomas Named New PaILS Executive Director

Upgrade to Evergreen v2.9 Scheduled


PaILS is happy to announce that we will be upgrading SPARK to Evergreen version 2.9 later this year. The test environment will be upgraded on Nov. 11 and the production server will be upgraded on December 17. I will be in touch with more information about webinars and other information pertaining to the upgrade. Here’s the description of the improvements … Read More

lugeneUpgrade to Evergreen v2.9 Scheduled

Full Time SPARK System Services Coordinator


Lugene Shelly, SPARK Coordinator and Director of Williamsburg Public Library begins full time as SPARK System Services Coordinator on August 1. Lugene will continue to provide support to PaILS member libraries only better; she will be available full time! In her expanded leadership role, Lugene will coordinate the development, implementation, management and maintenance of the SPARK Evergreen Open-source Integrated Library … Read More

lugeneFull Time SPARK System Services Coordinator

SPARK Ignites in Pennsylvania Libraries!

Spark AdminUncategorized

Over the past 12 months, PaILS has gone through a stunning turnaround and during that time the SPARK ILS has proven remarkably reliable and robust. Our members are happy and so far in 2014, PaILS has signed 6 agreements adding 21 libraries to the consortium; Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, Ringtown Area Library, Frackville Free Public Library, Orwigsburg Area Free … Read More

Spark AdminSPARK Ignites in Pennsylvania Libraries!