Summer Reading 
Your library turns summer slide into summer gain!

Need an easy press release to wrap up summer reading? The PR/Marketing Committee for PA Forward has what you need and more. Here is the press release AND (new this year) here are some handy Facebook and Twitter posts!

The Summer Reading Report is now open. Libraries can access the report through pa.countingopinions.com. The username and password are the same as for the Pennsylvania Public Library Data Collection (the annual report). Reports are due by September 18th.

New Web Sites
Check out these new District Member web sites on Edublogs!

David Bauman, circulation assistant at Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library redesigned their web site. Not only did he do a terrific job on the web site, he also is creating tutorial videos on youtube for navigating the web site. Kudos to David and Priestley Forsyth! 

In addition to Priestley Forsyth, four other district member web sites have been mentioned in The Edublogger, Bloomsburg Public Library, Coudersport Public Library, Galeton Public Library, and Potter-Tioga Library System. Great job!

Human Resources Workshop
Save the Date!

Human Resources: The Must's, the Should's and the Don't's is scheduled for Friday, October 30. Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Non Profits, will conduct a workshop that will increase your understanding of what it takes to recruit and manage paid staff and volunteers. More information will be out soon!

New Library Director at Sayre Public Library
Welcome Holly Bradley!

Holly Bradley is the Director of the Sayre Public Library. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she moved to Sayre with her husband Christopher who is originally from the area. Holly received her B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Duquesne University in 2009. In 2011, she earned her M.S. in Reading and Language Arts, also from Duquesne. Before becoming the Director, she served as the Youth Services Librarian at the Sayre Library. When not working at the library, she works as a Facilitator for ThinkSTEM and volunteers at Stray Haven Humane Society & SPCA.

New Library Director at Coudersport Public Library
Welcome Teri McDowell!

Teri McDowell has taken over the duties of Director at the Coudersport Public Library. McDowell, who was born and raised in Coudersport, is a former journalist. She graduated summa cum laude from Clarion University in 2011, earning a bachelor's in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Library & Information Science and a minor in Literature. She received her master's in Library & Information Science from Clarion in 2013, and was employed as Director of the S.W. Smith Memorial Library in Port Allegany prior to assuming her position in Coudersport in June. She is currently pursuing a second master's degree, in Literature, from Southern New Hampshire University. She and her husband, Roger, reside in Port Allegany. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

Tiede's Tech Tips
The Cloud

Many of you are aware of "The Cloud".  Many people think that the "Cloud" is a place where all of your information magically goes - to be stored so that you can access information from anywhere.  In reality, the cloud is a very physical space.  Everyone uses the cloud every day, whether you realize it or not.  When you check your email, you are using the cloud.  In basic terms, when you can get your information from any computer in the world, you are using a form of the cloud.  Some examples of the cloud are email, google docs, Dropbox, Evernote, Itunes, and Mozy.


There are many concerns about using cloud-based technology.  In fact, IT Administrators are now realizing it's not the best place to go.  Some examples why are;


1.            If you don't have internet access, you are in trouble.  When businesses store information on the cloud and the Internet goes down, as we all know it does, then those places have no way to access their information.  This is why external Hard Drives and Backup Tapes are still popular.

2.            The Cloud is less private than we think.  Hackers have found a way to access information on the cloud - as seen with the surge in leaks with celebrities private information.

3.            The police can get information from the companies in charge of cloud-based applications much easier than they can if you had a physical backup (of course, this only applies to illegal activities, but its still worth noting).

4.            Information can be lost easier.  Sometimes glitches happen - and while you think you may have saved information to a cloud-based application - sometimes that information never gets saved.


So the overall question is this:  As a Library, would it be beneficial to use the Cloud?  Yes and no.  It would be beneficial if you wanted to save information such as Patron reports, Images of computers so that you can reinstall a computers system if it goes down, Information for books, and Staff meeting reports - or reports that you have written up.  What I would not use it for is Employee records (private information such as social security numbers and addresses), banking information, and Other items that you would not feel comfortable getting out to the public.


Computers have been around for over 50 years.  They are not going anywhere anytime soon.  Information has remained pretty safe up until newer technology has appeared.  So if you're looking for a guarantee of security, I would stick to external hard drives or back-up tapes.  If the cloud appeals to you, then please just watch what you save in a place where others may have the chance to grab a hold of it.