North Central Library District Newsletter
Going the Extra Mile
June 2015
In This Issue

Program Idea


Jeff Singer, Director of the Bradford County Library,  has a program of historical significance he would like to offer to district member libraries. 

Here's what it's about:

 A small town in Austria was taken over by the Nazis and in March of 1938 all the Jews were expelled.  After living in Vienna for a few months, my father and his family escaped to Shanghai, China.  Shanghai was the only free port in the world, and, during World War II, a Jewish ghetto sprang up there that held 20,000 European Jews.  My father and his family not only survived the Holocaust, they thrived under dire conditions.  


Jeffrey R. Singer has been the Director of the Bradford County Library outside of Burlington since 2009.  Mr. Singer earned his Master's Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1994.  A native of Queens, NY, Mr. Singer and his wife Cindy have been residing in Ridgebury, PA since 2013.   


Jeff's program is about 90 minutes long including questions and answers. Jeff can be contacted at the Bradford County Library, 570-297-2436 or email Jeff at 
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Greetings NCLD Members!
We're offering a webinar called Governing With Excellence in July, Jerry has some tips for checking the safety of your personal information, and Jeff Singer, Director at Bradford County Library has a program he would like to offer to district members.

Are you using the new SHAREit platform? James V Brown Library's holdings have been uploaded and HSLC has sent out a request for records. Contact me if you need more information.

Happy Summer!
Governing with Excellence Webinar

PANO's Governing with Excellence Live webinar is July 22 at 10AM. 

This 90 minute webinar is based on  PANO's (Pennsylvania Association of Non Profit Organizations)  vetted ethics and accountability program, Standards for Excellence, including some sample policy templates. The webinar will be archived and made accessible to all members of the North Central Library District's boards and directors.


Increase your understanding of what it takes to be a successful board member:

  • Best Practices for Board Governance Basics including Board responsibilities, Board composition, Board conduct, and Board culture
  • Bylaws and other organizational "musts"
  • Fiduciary Oversight
  • 990 Review
  • Director evaluation
There are a couple of ways to participate. First, you can register to attend in the Lowry Room at James V Brown. Second, you can register to have the link sent to you and attend from your location. Third, you can register to have the archived link sent to you after the live webinar.  


Tiede's Tech Tips


Information safety tips for you and your patrons:


Fear plays a major role in technology.  Fear that people will steal your information.  Fear that someone will steal your money.  One thing I consider myself "militant" on is security.  No one can be 100% safe.  That is the downfall of the changing world we live in.  You want to remain vigilant, so here are some things you can look for to see if someone does have access to any of your information.


#1:  Check your bank/credit card accounts to see if there are any small purchases.  Studies have shown that in 84% of stolen bank/credit card information, the person that stole your info will make one or two small purchases before a big purchase is made.  It may be for a pack of gum or cigarettes, it may be for a bag of chips, or something within the $1-$15 range.  This is to see if the account is active and also to see if there is money in the account.

#2:  Statements show up in the mail for a credit card that you did not authorize.  If someone steals your information, it is most likely related to money.

#3:  Check your credit every year.  You are allowed to check your credit once a year for free.  Take advantage of this many times, years can pass before any notification is given.  If you see something that's not up to par, challenge it.  You can get your credit reports from and view them online.

#4: Missing mail/email.  Have you noticed that you stopped getting email or paper mail from an account that you have?  A lot of people pay their bills online and don't pay attention to any receipts that they may receive.  A thief may have filed a change of address form to get the statements and keep you from spotting anything wrong for as long as possible.


These are the major ways to keep an eye out to make sure that none of your information is stolen.  If you notice anything wrong, contact that account office ASAP.  Most institutions will refund you funds that were stolen, so be sure to ask about that.  Stay safe!