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August 30, 2022
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Hey, Teacher-Librarians! Here’s your POWER LIBRARY “Welcome Back” Checklist.
We wish you the very best of luck as you start this new school year!
Let's get started off on the right foot!

  • Check your POWER Library contact Information. Is your school’s entry in the Participant Directory up to date?
  • Does your district have any new librarians? Please let us know so that we can get their contact information, get them added to email lists, added to newsletters, etc.
Check your access to POWER Library E-Resources 

Make sure you test ALL the POWER Library links on your website from inside your school – sometimes authentication issues are vendor-specific.
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Are you being prompted for a barcode number inside your school? Contact your IT department for your current public/external IP address or range as well as any additional public IP addresses including load balancers, backups, cloud filters, separate wireless or student device networks, etc. (Don’t worry if you don’t understand what all that means – they will. 😊) Please let us know!
Are you seeing another type of access issue? Check to make sure that you’re using your school-specific links, available via the Links Generator. If updating the links doesn’t solve the problem, please let us know!  

Does your school use SSO to access POWER Library? Test authentication from both inside and outside of the school building. If one or both isn’t working, please let us know!
Check your information in SHAREit, the Access Pennsylvania Catalog 

Participate in ILL? Take a look at your Participant Record in SHAREit and make sure it’s current.  Participant Record documentation is available if you need a refresher.
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At a different school this year? Please let us know so we can verify that your school’s SHAREit notifications come to you. 

Did you export your holdings at the end of last year? If not, now is a great time to do so! Unsure how? Let us know and we’ll get you the documentation and login credentials you need.
Check your statistics

Getting your library’s monthly statistics emailed to you? If not, log into the Current Statistics module and set up your profile.  Not sure how? Check out the POWER Library E-Resource Statistics documentation, specifically "Generating Monthly Reports" (p. 7)

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns using the option of your choice:

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Access PA ILL Reminder for K-12 School Libraries in the Access PA Catalog (SHAREit)
Schools are in Holiday Mode through 9/11/2022.
Please note that schools are in summer holiday mode through 9/11. This process will ensure that all ILL requests made through 9/11 will skip schools and will be sent to libraries open for business. The system will automatically set your library to be excluded from appearing in lending strings from through 9/11/2022, but you will still be able to place requests.

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Registration Is Open for Fall Training!
We look forward to seeing you at one of the following locations:
  • September 27 : Erie (Hilton Garden Inn,  2225 Downs Drive, Erie)
  • September 28 : Greensburg (Westmoreland IU7, 102 Equity Drive, Greensburg)
  • September 29 : Altoona (Appalachia IU8, 4500 6th Avenue, Altoona)
  • October 11 : Williamsport (Holiday Inn, 100 Pine Street, Williamsport) 
  • October 12 : Harrisburg/Summerdale (Central Penn College, 600 Valley Road, Summerdale)
  • October 13 : King of Prussia (The Alloy, 301 West DeKalb Drive, King of Prussia)
Plan to spend the day with us and explore POWER Library products and services, learn what is new in POWER Library, and provide us with your feedback on all-things-POWER-related!
Limited space is available at all locations. Please don't wait to register.

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Public Libraries:
Is The Information For Your Library in Find a PA Library Correct?
Update the Library Status Form with Your Current Operating Status
Keep the Find a PA Library lookup updated! Please update the Library Status Form to add or change information for your library.

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