Bedford County Goes Live on SPARK!

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We would like to welcome the Federated Library System of Bedford County to SPARK. This includes these libraries:

Bedford County Library

Everett Free Library

Hyndman-Londonberry Public Library

Saxton Community Library

As you can see, the move to SPARK generated community excitement:

Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Gail Claycomb Smith, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce; State Representative Jesse Topper; Tonya Clark representing State Senator Wayne Langerholc; Paul Crooks, Bedford County Commissioner; Gwen Querry, Downtown Bedford Inc.; Dorothy Egolf, Bedford County Library Board of Directors; Annette Godissart, UMPC Bedford; Matt Godissart, Bedford County Library System; and Peg Koeng, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.


Scott ThomasBedford County Goes Live on SPARK!

PaILS Mentioned in Compendium

Scott ThomasUncategorized

PaILS has been mentioned in Compendium, a publication of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. You can read the complete article here.

Scott ThomasPaILS Mentioned in Compendium

Ralpho Township to Automate

Scott ThomasUncategorized

Some of you who have worked in libraries for quite some time may catch the symbolism in this photo. Note the old Gaylord checkout machine next to the new PC. We are happy to announce that the Ralpho Township Public Library in Northumberland County will be joining SPARK this year and, in the process, automating for the first time.

Scott ThomasRalpho Township to Automate

Happy 2017!

Scott ThomasUncategorized

Happy New Year to all of our members and friends!

First, to recap 2016…

* Instituted quarterly Access PA updates.

* Began a Strategic Planning process.

* Conducted a User’s Group meeting with 72 attendees.

* Instituted a system for training catalogers.

* Added 5 new members for a total of 103 Libraries.

* Migrated 10 libraries in Blair and Monroe Counties.

* Conducted a resource sharing pilot between Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties.

* Migrated the Eastern Monroe Public Library

* Migrated the Pocono Mountain Public Library

* Developed a system that allows OCLC libraries to update their holdings.

* Initiated four Development Projects, one in partnership with the Evergreen Indiana and NOBLE consortia.


Looking ahead in 2017…

* Migrate the Bedford County Library System, the Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, the Bangor Public Library, the Tunkhannock Public Library, and the Lehigh Valley Libraries (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton).

* Upgrade to Evergreen 2.11.

* Deduplicate the bibliographic database.

* Improve communication between PaILS and its members.

* Involve the Users Group in formulation of PaILS policy.

* Create a Knowledge Base that will be accessible by members.

* Formalize existing Users Group committees.

* Place the Users Group in charge of future UG meetings.

* Form and charter Circulation / Patron Experience Committee.

* Complete development projects.

* Complete and distribute Strategic Plan.

Scott ThomasHappy 2017!

Eastern Monroe Public Library is Now Live!

Scott ThomasUncategorized

The Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg is now live on SPARK! Along with the beautiful and busy Hughes Library, they are also bringing along two branches and a Bookmobile. SPARK will allow Eastern Monroe to share resources and patrons with the Pocono Mountain Public Library, another recently migrated SPARK member that is also in Monroe County. Welcome Eastern Monroe!

Scott ThomasEastern Monroe Public Library is Now Live!