Category Archives: PaLA

South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association: Technology in Libraries

The South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association is hosting its Spring Workshop on Monday, May 16, 2016 focusing on Technology in Libraries. We would like to present topics associated with this theme, such as:

Social Media for Community Engagement

Uses of open source software

Digitization (picking of equipment, best practices, financing, metadata, copyright, etc.)

Mobile technology (wearable, use for roving reference, and apps for libraries)


RFID technology

Tech for non-techies

Any innovative used of technology in libraries

If you have experience in any of these areas, please consider submitting a proposal to speak at our workshop.  Presentations should be at least 60 minutes.

The workshop will be held at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, PA.

To be considered, please submit your proposal by filling out our online form, or emailing the following information to  The deadline to submit is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Your Name(s):

Your Library:

Your Email:

Title of Presentation:

Brief description of your proposed presentation:

Any Technology or Special Equipment needed:

2016 PaLA Conference

The 2016 PaLA Conference Program Committee is accepting conference session proposals for the 2016 PaLA Conference to take place October 16 – 19, 2016 at the brand new Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Poconos. If you are, or know someone that is, an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to librarians, we invite you to submit a session proposal.  The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, April 17, 2016.

For more information about the conference, and to access the link to the session proposal form, visit the 2016 Conference Information Page.

Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals, we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries!

Connect & Reconnect: Transforming Our Profession

PaLA Juniata Conemaugh Spring Workshop
Inspire your colleagues with presentations and posters at the annual workshop on May 13, 2016, in Bellefonte, PA. The focus of this year’s workshop is “Connect & Reconnect: Transforming Our Profession.” Changes and trends can influence how we plan, promote, and support our patrons, collections, and libraries. Tell us how you and your colleagues are transforming your employees, spaces, collections and instruction. We invite presentations and posters that reflect one of the elements of the workshop:
Employees- How do you empower, support and educate your staff and librarians?
Social Media & Technology – What is “hot” in libraries that you are using?
Collection Development – How do you share and weed your collections?
Outreach & Marketing – What programs do you offer to children, adults, students, and faculty?
Assessment -What and how you assess, and what do you do with your data and statistics?

Presentation Guidelines: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A. You will have access to a computer, projector and wireless.
Poster Guidelines: Dimensions: 3 feet X 4 feet
The best poster will receive a prize! Posters will be judged on information and visual impact.

Please send a working title of your presentation/poster, a 300-word maximum synopsis of the presentation/poster, and a 150-word maximum biography.
Send you submission to: Alessia Zanin-Yost

Deadline for submission: February 29, 2016 at 5:00pm

Questions? Please contact Alessia Zanin-Yost

Workshop registration for PaLA members is $30.00, for non-members is $45.00. Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. The workshop will be held at 9:00am-3:00pm. A social event in conjunction with the workshop will be announced at a later time.

Today’s Librarian

Proposals for the Northeast Chapter of PaLA Spring Workshop, taking place on June 5th at the University of Scranton, are due Friday, April 17th. We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal for a session, whether you are part of the Northeast chapter or any chapter throughout our state!

Our theme this year is Today’s Librarian. We are seeking to showcase and explore the new and innovative ways in which librarians are meeting the challenges of 21st-century librarianship.

To be considered for a session, please submit the following form: by April 17th. 

Please contact Sylvia Orner at with questions or for more information.