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Office of Commonwealth Libraries

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                                                             June 1, 2012
ARSL Conference Scholarships
AARP and Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Diversity Award
Pennypacker Fellows Brown Bag Luncheon Talks
PHC Commonwealth Speakers
Funding Resources
Statistics for Your Use
Professional Development
Library News
Book Vending Machine in Bethlehem
Resources of Interest
Commonwealth Libraries Newsletter
ARSL Conference Scholarships

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is pleased to announce the formation of four scholarships to attend this year's Association of Rural and Small Libraries  (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 27-29, 2012. Funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides conference registration plus up to $800 reimbursement for travel, hotel and meals for each scholarship recipient.  It is up to the recipient to make all travel arrangements.

The scholarship's criteria for applicants include:

*    Must work in a Pennsylvania small or rural public library
*    Never attended a previous ARSL Conference  
*    Willingness to network and share
*    Agree to write an article for a future issue of the Compendium
*    If not the head of a library, Supervisor approval of the application

Please complete the application and send it to Bonnie Young no later than
Monday, July 2
.  Please let Young know if you have any questions.

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries is also offering scholarships
to the conference. 

AARP and  Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Diversity Awards

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries Older Adults Advisory Committee is offering
categories of awards for public libraries who are serving the older adult population in their communities.

Share what special/best practices programming your library has presented in the past year for the older adult population or for a culturally diverse community of older adults in your community.
  1. Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Diversity Award

    The Office of Commonwealth Libraries Older Adults Advisory Committee is seeking to recognize a Pennsylvania public library that has promoted library services to a culturally diverse population. Public libraries of all sizes are invited to submit an application for the Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Diversity Award.

    Application for the Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Diversity Award       
  2. AARP Award

    The Office of Commonwealth Libraries Older Adults Advisory Committee along with AARP PA is also interested in recognizing and promoting library services for older adults in Pennsylvania. The awards, presented by AARP, will recognize public libraries that are small, medium or large that have presented innovative and creative programming for older adults.

    AARP Letter     AARP Application

    Choose the application above that best represents the programming your library has presented in the past year. Fill out the application electronically.
    The application form will expand as needed.

    In order to be considered, the application forms must be sent, using email, to Claudia Koenig ( ) to be received by July 23, 2012. 
    If there is supportive paperwork such as a newspaper article or program flyers for your application, please send that through the mail, if not available electronically, to arrive by July 23, 2012 as well.)

    The Older Adults Advisory Committee and AARP PA are asking that your Best Practices program for older adults be one that can be easily replicated in another library and has been repeated more than once in the past year in your library.

    The award winners will be chosen later this summer. The awards will be presented at the PaLA Annual Conference in Gettysburg in October.

    If there are any questions, please contact Claudia Koenig 717-783-5747.

First Pennypacker Fellows Brown Bag Luncheon Talk  

Dr. Friederike Baer 

The Tragedy of Paul Schoeppe 

by Dr. Friederike Baer, Penn State University-Abington


Dr. Friederike Baer, Assistant Professor of History at Penn State University-Abington, a 2012 Pennypacker Fellowship recipient, gave the first talk in the Pennypacker Brown Bag Luncheon series on April 20. Her topic is German-Americans, Nativism and the tragedy of Paul Schoeppe, 1869-1872.  Baer's research is part of a book project on the 1869 murder trial of Dr. Schoeppe, a Prussian immigrant to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Miss Steinnecke, the alleged victim was an elderly, wealthy Baltimore woman in her late sixties, who suffered from several illnesses and was under Dr. Schoeppe's care. After her death in a Carlisle hotel, Schoeppe produced a will that superseded the woman's will, leaving her entire fortune to him. A subsequent autopsy of Miss Steinnecke's body found traces of poison, and the doctor was charged and convicted of murder in the First degree in the summer of 1869. The Defense Attorney appealed Schoeppe's conviction and the case dragged on for three and a half years, ultimately resulting in a new trial and an acquittal
Read more.
Additional Fellows' Presentations:

Tuesday June 4th:
Timothy Hemmis (The University of Southern Mississippi, Ph.D Candidate)
Trading Identities: National Identity, Loyalty, and Revolutionary America 1740-1816
Location: State Museum 5th Floor Board Room

Wednesday June 6th:
Deidre Kelleher (Temple University, Department of Anthropology, Graduate Student) Understanding Domestic, Immigrant Life in 19th Century Philadelphia through the Lens of Archaeology and Material Culture,
Location: State Museum 5th Floor Board Room

Thursday June 14th:
Dr. Beth English (Princeton University, School of Public Affairs, Associate Research Scholar), To Repair, Remodel... Rehabilitate: Prison Policy in Practice at the Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory
Location: State Library Room 317

The time and location for Lynne Calamia (Penn State Harrisburg, Graduate Student of American Studies) will be announced later.  Her topic is WPA in PA: The Little New Deal and Historic Preservation in the Keystone State.

PHC Invites Libraries to Host
a Commonwealth Speaker

Discover stories of Pennsylvania communities that banded together during the Civil War. Hear and taste the history of chocolate in Pennsylvania! Learn the songs and history of Pennsylvania coal miners...Bring a Commonwealth Speaker to your community!

For more than twenty years, Pennsylvania Humanities Council's Commonwealth Speakers program has partnered with scholars, artists and educators to provide engaging presentations on a variety of topics in the humanities. PHC offers programs in categories like local and national history, literature and the visual and performing arts. Libraries interested in celebrating the Civil War Sesquicentennial should take note of the talks offered in their "Civil War Era" category. While Speaker presentations are diverse in terms of topic and format, they all share a common feature, the opportunity for audiences to come together and learn from each other.

The 2012-13 Commonwealth Speakers line-up features more than 50 Speakers. Offerings include:

* Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War
   with Pennsylvania Past Player Steve Anderson

* Chocolate: the Pennsylvania Connection with food historian
   Susan McLellan Plaisted

* The Titanic: A Salute Through Dance with Danza Antiqua's
   Nancy Walker and Jef Savage

How to Apply
Libraries can apply for one presentation per calendar year. Click here to search the Commonwealth Speaker catalog and to view guidelines and requirements.  To apply, simply fill out an application, include the $75 application fee and mail it to the PHC.

Applications must be received at least 8 weeks before the proposed event date.

PHC Contact
Program Officer Jennifer Danifo would be happy to answer any questions.  She can be reached at, (800) 462-0442, or (215) 925-1005 ext. 110.

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning enriched by human experience across time and around the world.  Through programs and partnerships, PHC fosters the sharing of stories and ideas - to increase understanding and a large vision of human life, community and possibility.  In addition to the Commonwealth Speakers program, PHC offers grants which support humanities programs centered in the arts, history, literature and other humanities fields.

Funding Resources and Contests          


Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services,
ABOS is an affiliate of the American Library Association. This year's ABOS annual conference will take place in Richmond, Virginia from
October 10 - 12. The following are a few awards/scholarships:

Carol Combs Hole Travel Grant
The three (3) $500 travel grants include free conference registration and a stipend for travel expenses and/or accommodations for the conference. The winners automatically will be registered for the conference. Carol Hole Award winners will be notified by August 7, 2012.

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship - $1,000
This is awarded annually to a student who has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in a Library and/or Information Science graduate degree program, and who is interested in this particular field within the library profession. 
Dr. Bernard Vavrek, Professor of Library Science and Chair of the Library Science Department at Clarion University, retired after teaching at Clarion from 1971-2008. He co-founded, with John Philip, the "Great American Bookmobile Conference", running it for many years until ABOS was formed and took over management of the conference.  This scholarship honors Dr. Vavrek's profound commitment to librarianship.

Check out these and other awards on the ABOS website at 
Application deadline for all awards is August 1, 2012.  

Fundraising Catalogs 101 - Starting a New Program From Scratch
(Common Knowledge)
Fundraising catalogs have emerged as one of the fastest growing giving models in the nonprofit industry.  Utilized by a wide range of nonprofits, fundraising catalogs are particularly adept at illustrating the core value of your mission and services, while presenting a compelling giving experience for donors. 
Register for this this June 6 webinar. 

Statistics For Your Use 

Ever wonder what happens to the information you provide on the annual report or
for other surveys?  Most likely, the information eventually ended up on one or more sites below.   

Libraries and other entities may use information from these sites and others for funding presentations, benchmarking and much more.  Remember, use of statistics gives more credence to reports and grant applications.  Want to show the Board the average amount spent per capita on collections for a town of your size? What about the average salary in PA for a director with an MLS?  Are you in the 90th percentile in offering programs?  Does your county have the lowest educational attainment?  Perhaps a funder would like to know.    

Your accuracy and attention to deadline requests provides quality information that helps the entire library community.
Check out some of the sites below to obtain helpful data.  Eileen Kocher or Linda Rohm at the Office of Commonwealth Libraries may also offer assistance with your statistical needs.  


GeoLib's mission is to improve access to digital geographic information for library planning; and second, to create understanding of how systematic marketing can solve real-world library problems. This IMLS funded project also displays two maps accessible through the Internet depicting the national digital inventory of public library addresses, and a view of US census data as it is calculated proximately to a library location

A free subscription to Guidestar gives you access to lots of nonprofit information as well as the 990 forms of nonprofits, including foundations. See what is available about your organization! 


National Center for Charitable Statistics


National Center for Library Statistics 
Explore the home page then check out the library specific link:, which is currently for school and academic libraries. (Since 2007, public library data has been moved to the IMLS link below. You may still use the search at NCES to locate libraries).
Public Libraries in the US Survey
This is the IMLS site. 
Besides locating data for libraries, the site also allows you to compare public libraries:
Also check out IMLS' Public Library Survey Fiscal Year 2009 (October 2011)

Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report Survey
The Public Library Association (PLA) has data collected for the 2012 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report Survey now available online at PLAmetrics.  (Access requires payment of a fee)


Library Research Service
This site includes links to various statistical sources, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count statistics by state:


The State of America's Libraries 2012 (ALA):


Know of other helpful statistical sites?  Send them to us. 

Professional Development    


Want to attend a workshop that requires a fee? 
Don't forget to look into Continuing Education Assistance from the
Office of Commonwealth Libraries. You may be eligible for up to $600.    

Consumer Health Care 

The Mary H. Weir Public Library, with local libraries and community health agencies, will host free in-person workshops on consumer health information and the evaluation of information materials and collections used by the public on Thursday, June 7, 2012. The workshops will be a presentation of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  (The library is about 34 miles south of Pittsburgh.) 

Workshop attendees will receive CE certificates from the Medical Library Association.
Attendees will be eligible for additional online CE classes (after the workshop). 
The CE may be applied towards a CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialist) program.

9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon                               
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at your Library
This hands-on class will cover the information seeking behaviors of consumers. It will also address the recommended core reference collection, as well as databases,  newsletters and periodicals. It will cover the reference interview, disclaimers, and privacy as well a networking with medical librarians. The class will introduce the students to the Medical Library Association and its local chapters. It will describe possible ways to market this service in the community.
Objectives include: Participants will examine health information of patrons, challenges of providing health care information, planning a consumer health service, budgeting, collection development and consumer health on the Internet.  3 MLA CE

12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.                                        
From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluation Consumer Health Information on the Internet
Where do you turn for trusted health information? This course will provide you with tools to determine whether health information web sites are trustworthy and reliable or whether to look elsewhere. Criteria for evaluating heath information web sites will be provided and interactive assignments will reinforce concepts.

Objectives include: Participants will become familiar with unique issues surrounding health information on the Internet, understanding web-based resources and why people post information to the Internet. Participants will also evaluate health information web sites using a set of criteria provided to determine if sources of health information are trustworthy.  1 MLA CE

To Register:
Call The Mary H. Weir Public Library at 304-797-8510 or email

EBooks:  A New Paradigm in Douglas County, or a New Twist on the Past? (Library Journal)

The staff at the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have been implementing an  ebook lending model that gives the library actual ownership of the ebook file, rather than leasing access to it via a third party.  In FREE this June 12 webinar,
Jamie LaRue, the library's director, Monique Sendze, the IT director, and Lisa Long-Hickman, the sales and marketing manager for Dzanc Books, will discuss the model.  More information and registration here.  

Can't make a webinar?  Many are recorded. 
Look on the site's home page for a link to archived sessions. 


Want to add a training?  Send us information about professional development opportunities that you have found and we will add it to the list on WebJunction PA!
Library News

Library will offer FREE lunch--Article also mentions PA Forward
"Flenniken's Reading Program Wants Children to 'Dream Big,"  May 25, 2012

Burgess, Mike. "Pennsylvania Library Reaping Rewards of Overdue Collections," MicroBuilt May 26, 2012

Kiebach, Jennifer. "Library Program Helps Children Buy Books at Sale," Lancaster Online May 18, 2012

Lock Haven
"Pennsylvania Hands' Coming to the Ross Library," The Express May 31, 2012

Upper Darby
Strauss, Valerie. "Tina Fey Protests Cuts in Her Old School District," Washington Post May 29, 2012

Like a Redbox for Readers: A First in Pennsylvania

It looks like a regular vending machine, the kind you insert coins in exchange for a chocolate bar or bag of chips. But if you are looking for a quick junk-food fix from this vending kiosk, you'd be surprised. The Bethlehem Area Public Library (BAPL) recently installed a Library Kiosk in the Hanover Township Community Center on Jacksonville Road to allow patrons a remote location to borrow materials instead of the Library or the bookmobile. Only a handful of libraries offer this service in the country. BAPL is the first to offer this service in Pennsylvania. A desire to improve convenience for Library patrons is behind this forward thinking self-service option.

The Kiosk became fully operational on May 22 after an opening celebration.
Bethlehem Public Library Book Vending Machine
Jay Finnigan, Hanover Township Manager (left), Janet Fricker,
and Robert J. Schoenen Jr, BAPL Board Trustee

It works just like a regular vending machine, except that users swipe their BAPL cards instead of inserting coins into the machine. And instead of buying a pack of gum, the user is borrowing a library book or DVD. The printed receipt tells the library customer when the item is due back. The borrowing times are the same as at the Library. Books may be borrowed for 21 days and movies are due in 7 days.

Library staff members keep the machine stocked with a revolving collection of new-release DVDs and books, nearly 200 items, both for adults and children.
Books are hardcover and paperback. The selections are chosen by library staff from the most popular, in-demand titles. Next to the kiosk is a return bin, where patrons can bring back the items that they borrowed from the kiosk. All other materials must be returned to the Main Library, the South Side Branch or the bookmobile to avoid fines.

And while it seems to be popular with the public, especially among children and the seniors who attend programs at the community center, "The kiosk shouldn't be considered a replacement for a full-service library," notes Janet Fricker, executive director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library. "This is a pilot program. We are determining whether residents will take advantage of this new technology. If the convenience and accessibility proves popular, we hope to add kiosks in other communities that contract with the Library. However, nothing can replace the collection, services and programs offered at the Main Library and the South Side Branch."

The kiosk cost $30,000 and was made possible by private and corporate gifts. The Library's bookmobile will still visit the Community Center on a weekly basis.
For more information, contact Janet Fricker at 610 867-3761 x215 or  or Liza Holzinger at 610 867-3761 x259 or

Resources of Interest    


Digital Divide
Richtel, Matt. "Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era," New York Times May 29, 2012    



Biba, Paul. "OverDrive Introduces Browser-based Ebook Reader," Teleread May 30, 2012 


Typewriter Room (Do you have one?)  

Beato, Greg. "In Praise of Typing, the Clattering Kind,"  New York Times May 30, 2012

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