Check Out PA Photos and Documents. You Will be Amazed! Professional Development Titles Added to EBSCO E-Books, Beanstack Discount Opportunity, and more!
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March 25, 2021
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Have You Checked Out PA Photos and Documents Recently? You Will Be Amazed by What You Find!
In the collections available in PA Photos and Documents you can view:

  • Newspapers from the beginning of the 1800’s through the late 1900's  
  • Civil War collections include diaries, grave registrations, regimental histories, an Abraham Lincoln collection, and more
  • Collections of postcards and posters
  • Genealogy collections
  • Historic photographs from throughout Pennsylvania
  • Collections about the Johnstown floods
  • The exhibition catalogue for Rothermel's painting of the Battle of Gettysburg at its first showing
  • The Day book of General Benedict Arnold from 1777-1779
  • Historic admission and discharge books, letters to and from inmates, and more from Eastern State and other state penitentiaries

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Don't Forget!
Professional Development Titles Added to the EBSCO E-Books E-Resource! A Selection of Primarily Professional Development Titles is Now Available in EBSCO E-Books.
The Office of Commonwealth Libraries added the following titles to the EBSCO E-Books e-resource:

  • (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education
  • 10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention
  • Bold Moves for Schools
  • Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons
  • Diversity and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education
  • How Global Youth Values Will Change Our Future
  • Kick‐Start Kindergarten Readiness
  • Learning in the Making
  • Preschool Beyond Walls
  • Simple Signing with Young Children, Revised
  • Smart Girls
  • STEM Education Now More Than Ever
  • Teaching Students to Become Digital Content Curators
  • The Power of Voice in Schools
  • Understanding Libraries and Reading Among Children
  • Who Will Speak for America?
  • Women Who Dared
  • Your Students, My Students, Our Students
The title list is available in the POWER Library - For Librarians at:

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Get Better Results from Your Summer Reading Challenges with the HSLC Group Purchase Program Discount for Zoobean Beanstack!
HSLC is pleased to once again be able to offer a 15% discount to public libraries for Beanstack. Beanstack enrollment is now open until March 31!

Beanstack enables libraries to get better results from summer reading challenges, and also makes it easy for patrons to register, track reading, and earn incentives while gaining data-driven insights that help show the value your library plays in your community.

With Beanstack your library can:

  • Easily design your site and custom reading challenges
  • Join ready-made national reading challenges
  • Help participants register, track, and achieve
  • Provide service & gain insights
  • Drive more engagement with a “Fitbit for Reading” Mobile App
  • Pair the digital experience with a high-quality paper log and sticker book
For more information and to receive a price quote for your library, please complete the PDF available at:

Beanstack is a web application, and 4.7 out of 5-star mobile app, that helps libraries create, manage, and get better results from reading challenges. With Beanstack you can customize your library’s summer reading, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, 100 Books Before College, and other reading challenges. You can also join Beanstack’s national winter reading challenge, use template challenges like Read Woke, and incorporate premium quality paper logs called Badge Books at an affordable price. Make it easy for patrons to register, track reading and activities, and earn incentives while you gain data-driven insights that help show the value your library plays in your community.

HSLC is looking at a quick turn-around so your library can get started with Beanstack in time for this summer's reading programs! If your library is interested in this offer, orders for implementation in June 2021 must be received by April 1, 2021.

Attention schools: Schools interested in discount pricing should contact Beanstack directly: David Hopp, Director of School Accounts

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Spring Training Save the Dates! Join Us Virtually this Spring for POWER Library Training! Sessions will be held May 10 - May 12.

This year's theme, POWERful Partnerships, will explore a variety of ways libraries can partner with and utilize POWER Library to better serve their communities. And don't miss the "EDI In Action" Lunch & Learn Speaker Panel to hear about ways libraries are using programming to further equity, diversity, and inclusion. Look for more information on session topics, the speaker panel, and registration in an upcoming Access Pennsylvania News and in the POWER Library - For Librarians!

Please remember that while a recording will be made available, it is necessary to attend the live session to qualify for continuing education and Act 48 credits.

Session details and registration information is coming soon!

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Reminder: Usage Statistics Can Be Sent To You Monthly
Taking a look at your usage statistics once a month is a good way to spot potential problems. For instance, if you forgot to tell us about an IP change, there would be an unusual increase in remote usage and a drop in in-library usage.  Working together we can usually figure out the source of a problem and fix it. POWER Library participants can have their e-resource usage statistics sent to them on a monthly basis.

To set up email reports:
  1. Choose Profile on the side navigation bar in the Current Statistics module.
  2. Select the Edit Profile button.
  3. Choose the Yes button that appears under Email Monthly Reports.
Usage Statistics Documentation

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Attention K-12 School Librarians: Single Sign-On for Remote Access Is Available!
For platforms, eligibility requirements, and more, please read the details in the POWER Library - For Librarians.

Access Pennsylvania Training Webinar Recordings
You can view recordings of both of the required webinars at your convenience. After viewing both videos, contact us to request that your SHAREit account be enabled. Include your library's name in the email subject line and message.

We regret that we cannot issue continuing education credits for viewing the recordings.

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