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 as Head of Information Technologies / Technical Services. He holds … Read More

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 and enhancements that will come with v2.9 Evergreen now supportsĀ placing … Read More

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 System to ensure optimal performance and use for member libraries … Read More

SPARK Ignites in Pennsylvania Libraries!

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 Public Library, Ashland Public Library and the 16 libraries in … Read More