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In this issue:
:: From Mary Frances Cooper
:: Teen Services
:: Our Wired World
:: The Pittsburgh Photographic Library
:: News and Reminders from Commonwealth Libraries
:: District Services Booklist
:: Grow with the Library
:: Photocopy Services
:: Nonprofit Resource Center
:: Professional Resources

From Mary Frances Cooper, President and Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and District Administrator, Pittsburgh District Library Center, CLP


2013 Statistics

CLP is beginning to take a new approach to sharing our statistics. A new sheet was created to share key measures related to visits, circulation and technology use with our board. The flip-side of the sheet highlights one area of the Library's impact on the community. For our February board meeting, we chose to highlight the impact of Children's Services.


This stats sheet has been posted to our website under background information and is available to the public. Plans are to create a similar sheet for each board meeting of 2014, focusing the flip-side on different topics and refining the presentation of the statistics and impact as we go.


2013 Annual Report

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh submitted its 2013 annual report to the Regional Asset District at the end of January. I invite you to review some of the highlights of our accomplishments in 2013, and thank you for all that you do to provide excellent library service to the communities within the Pittsburgh District.

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      Teen Services

     -  LeeAnn Anna 



Whether you want to read about real advancements in the field of technology or read a great science fiction novel, these Totally Tech choices are sure to ignite your curiosity and inspire you to think outside the box.


Featured Resource

"NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization with the mission of financial empowerment that promotes homeownership and stable communities in Western Pennsylvania.... [we] offer free counseling, homebuyer education and financial literacy courses designed to help individuals and families achieve their dreams."

They also offer classes for youth including goal setting, budgeting and understanding credit!


Upcoming Events

You are invited to the Pittsburgh District Library Center's Teen Summer Reading Training!
Wednesday, March 2610 am - 2:30 pm

CLP - East Liberty  

Get information on this year's program - including prizes. Network with colleagues across the county. Get tons and tons of programming ideas to keep your teens engaged this summer.

  • Registrationlight breakfast at 10 am
  • Training begins at 10:30 am
  • Lunch on your own (Restaurant recommendations to follow) 

  • Metered parking is available

RSVP to LeeAnn Anna at annal@carnegielibrary.org

Our Wired World - Sarah Beasley   


Looking for a quick review of important issues relating to technology and security?  Check out this article, IT Security for You and Your Library, based on a lecture given by Blake Carver at 2013's Computers in Libraries conference. 


Luckily for us the eiNetwork takes care of many of these issues but Carver also addresses steps we can each take individually.

The Pittsburgh Photographic Library


 The Pittsburgh Photographic Library (PPL) of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh contains more than 50,000 prints and negatives relating to Pittsburgh's history. The Library began in 1950 by the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of photo documentalist Roy Stryker and noted local photographers such as Luke Swank, Frank Bingaman, Clyde Hare, Abram Brown, Harold Corsini and others.


The project ceased in the late 1950's and the Pittsburgh Photographic Library was transferred to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as a reference collection in 1960. Contact prints are on file in the Pennsylvania Department, and materials are available for viewing during regular Library hours. Research assistance is also available by request or appointment.


You can also browse some of these photos in the online exhibit  Bridging the Urban Landscape. This exhibit contains more than 600 historical photographs and images of Pittsburgh, its bridges and its neighborhoods.


In addition to individual orders, prints from the collection are utilized by local and national businesses, researchers, advertising agencies, colleges, clubs, social service agencies, publishers and featured in the film and television industry.

News and Reminders from Commonwealth Libraries


Check WebJunction Pennsylvania for funding opportunities, such as: 

  • Wal-Mart State Giving Program - March 14 and August 8
  • Monnell Foundation Education Grants - April 30
  • Grable Foundation - May 1
  • America's Historical and Cultural Organization Planning Grants - August 13
  • America's Media Makers Production Grants - August 13
  •  Ford Foundation
  • Hillman Family Foundations  

Grow with the Library


Have a seed?  Leave a seed!  Need a seed?  Take a seed!

Patrons can now check out seeds from CLP-Main's Seed Library, located on the First Floor of the Main Library in Oakland.  Envelopes and labels are provided.  


Patrons can sign out their seeds in the provided binder.  We ask that patrons also bring heirloom or organic seeds to the seed library to share with others at the end of the growing season.  


The Seed Library strives to be a source of knowledge and community building with seeds as the catalyst. This effort will help to preserve local garden stories and knowledge while promoting the growth and expansion of a local, free and regionally adapted seed base.

Photocopy Services


The Microfilm Room at CLP -Main (Oakland) recently added a piece of new equipment called the ST ViewScan. The ST ViewScan enhances viewing of microfilm, microfiche and microcards and enables high quality image scanning for better quality printing of microforms, especially when printing pictures from newspaper articles. It also makes it possible to save images to a flash drive or forward to customer as a PDF.


The Microfilm Room staff also offer a library-to-library photocopy service, initiated and fulfilled by library staff. Copyright law interpretation indicates that photocopied materials can be given to customers. A maximum of ten copies are free. 


The photocopies will be sent to the requesting location for customer pick-up through the Shipping Department.  If desired, customers may ask that the materials be faxed or emailed to their local library.

Nonprofit Resource Center


As of January 2014, the Foundation Center, located at CLP - Main, was renamed the Nonprofit Resource Center. The intent of this name change is to distinguish the department from the actual Foundation Center which is a separate nonprofit organization located in New York City. The department's full name is now Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Nonprofit Resource Center.  The website address  has changed but other contact information will remain the same.  
The center is a partner in a national Funding Information Network established by the Foundation Center to provide information about grantmakers and their grants to the public. In addition to a core collection of Foundation Center materials, both print and online, the center also provides access to other resources that are related to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in general.  For this reason, we feel the new name better reflects the breadth of the collection.

Professional Resources


Don't forget this great resource for nonprofits - the GuideStar websiteThey offer excellent, free webinars on various nonprofit topics!

Coming soon: 

Ask the Expert: Everything You Wanted to Know about Nonprofit Tax Law

April 17 at 2 pm; Free 

Nonprofit tax-exempt organizations are subject to a complex array of rules that greatly restrict their activities and impose numerous organizational and operational requirements. The rules are incredibly complicated, difficult to understand, and not written in any one place-which makes compliance even more challenging.

One of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys has agreed to answer your questions and help - in plain language - demystify this difficult area of tax law.

Presenters: Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Venable, LLP; Cody Cassady, Marketing Associate, GuideStar USA (moderator).

Click here to register.


GuideStar's Webinar Archives
Explore the free webinar archives to find a variety of topics, including:

  • Getting Your Donors to Fall in Love with You (February, 11, 2014)
  • Overcoming Your Less than Perfect Board (January 9, 2014)
  • Brandraising: How Nonprofits Raise Visibility and Money through Smart Communications (September 26, 2013)