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April 1, 2021
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Registration is Now Open!

POWERful Partnerships - POWER Library Spring Virtual Training
Join us virtually May 10-12!

This year's theme, POWERful Partnerships, will explore a variety of ways libraries can partner with and through POWER Library resources to better serve their communities.  All sessions will be live virtual events.

The sessions offered are:
  • Help Desk LIVE! Partnering for a Better User Experience
  • POWERful Instruction: Using OER and POWER E-Resources to Enhance Virtual Learning
  • Going Virtual! Collaborative Virtual Reference in 21st Century PA Libraries 
  • E.D.I. in Action!  Putting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to Work in Library Programming
To register, please select the registration link under each session description provided below and select the desired day and time.

Act 48 and Continuing Education Credits
All sessions are eligible for continuing education and Act 48 credits. Please note that recordings of the sessions will be made available, however it is necessary to attend the live sessions to qualify for continuing education and Act 48 credits. 

Handouts will be made available shortly before the sessions.

Help Desk LIVE! Partnering for a Better User Experience

Are you new to POWER Library services?  Wondering how to troubleshoot ShareIt interlibrary loan or e-resources login issues?  Need a refresher on how to contact support or find training resources?  Need help finding your library’s POWER usage statistics?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above – then this session is for you!  Join us as we review the basics for supporting and troubleshooting Access Pennsylvania/POWER Library core services.

(Note: this session is geared towards those staff who regularly interface with POWER Library services, are the library’s Access Pennsylvania contact, and/or generally are the ‘back end’ techie.)

Tracy Carey, User Experience Specialist, HSLC
Mary Lynn Morris Kennedy, E-Resources Specialist, HSLC
Session Day and Time Offered:

Monday, May 10 at 10 am
Tuesday, May 11 at 3 pm

POWERful Instruction: Using OER and POWER E-Resources to Enhance Virtual Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact K-12 education, obliging teachers to continually think outside the box and to find new ways to engage with their students, whether in an in-person, hybrid, or virtual teaching environment. Join us as we take a deep dive into the POWER Library OER Hub and the connection between the POWER resources available and the lessons shared there. Share, collaborate on, or download and remix lessons for your students, engaging them through the electronic resources readily accessible to all students across the Commonwealth.

Erin Halovanic, Director of Library Services, HSLC
Vince Mariner, Deputy Director, HSLC
Session Day and Time Offered:

Monday, May 10 at 12 pm
Tuesday, May 11 at 9 am

Going Virtual! Collaborative Virtual Reference in 21st Century PA Libraries

What does your library’s new “normal” look like?  Does it include a good virtual reference plan, to be able to reach your patrons where and when they need answers?  Chat with a Librarian (CWAL) has been working with local districts and systems across the state to create collaborative virtual reference systems to help address the very real need for information services in today’s disjointed world.  This session will discuss what CWAL is and how a system-approach might be just what you need to help push your reference services outside your library walls.

Ed Wolf, Virtual Reference Specialist, HSLC
Melinda Tanner, District Consultant, WAGGIN Washington District
Session Day and Time Offered:

Monday, May 10 at 3 pm
Wednesday, May 12 at 10 am

E.D.I. in Action!  Putting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to Work in Library Programming

Looking for ways to add meaningful Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion programming and action to your library?  Join us for an inspiring hour as we talk with three passionate library professionals from across the state whose programming efforts are championing such topics as multicultural awareness story times for preschoolers and young children, LGBTQ inclusion and programming for young adults, and documenting the Black American experience in our communities through oral histories.  

Panel of Speakers:
Paula Bannon, Head of Children's Services, Schlow Centre Region Library
Lee Steube, Young Adult Librarian, Upper Darby Township & Sellers Memorial Free Public Library
M. Rayah Levy, Head of Adult Services, Bethlehem Area Public Library
Session Day and Time Offered:

Wednesday, May 12 at 12 pm

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PA Photos and Documents Collections Newly Available in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Making collections discoverable in DPLA maximizes access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. By collaborating with PA Digital, the Pennsylvania service hub for DPLA, the following collections were recently harvested and are now available in DPLA.
  • Boyertown Area Senior High School - Boyertown School News
  • German Society of Pennsylvania - Women's Auxiliary of the German Society of Pennsylvania
  • Monroeville Public Library - Allegheny County Yearbooks
  • Pennsylvania School for the Deaf - Mount Airy Campus
  • Reading Area Community College - The Schuylkill Navigation System
  • Saint Francis University - Student Newspapers 1927-2006
  • Saint Francis University - Yearbooks 1942-2016
  • Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center - Rosina Heydrich's Midwifery Manual and Ledger, 1770-1819
  • St. Marys Public Library - The St. Marys Daily Press
  • Swarthmore Public Library - History of the Swarthmore Public Library Association
  • United Lutheran Seminary Philadelphia - In Her Own Right: the Lutheran Deaconess Movement in the United States
  • United Lutheran Seminary Philadelphia - In Her Own Right: Women's Missionary Societies of the Lutheran Church

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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:
Choose Profile on the side navigation bar in the Current Statistics module.
Select the Edit Profile button. 
Choose the Yes button that appears under Email Monthly Reports.

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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 Act 48 or continuing education credits for viewing the recordings.

(If prompted for a password, contact support@hslc.org)
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That's it for this week!
The News is published on a weekly basis from September through May, with special issues as necessary during the summer months. If you miss an issue of the Access Pennsylvania News or wish to read previous issues, you will find them on the POWER Library Portal. If you have received the News from a colleague and wish to subscribe directly, please visit the eNews section of the POWER Library Portal and select Subscribe available by the Access Pennsylvania News entry.
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