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Collection Development Discussion

Collection Development Discussion

We hope that you have had a great start to the school year. And now that we are underway with all that a new school year brings, we need to talk about Collection Development!

When was the last time you discussed it with a fellow colleague? Where do you find your recommendations for purchases? What are some key ideas that help speed up the process? Bring all your ideas to our discussion on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 at 7 p.m. This is an exclusive PSLA members-only event, so register now!

 All registrants will receive a zoom link 24 hours prior to the event. We look forward to seeing you on October 19!

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Be Part of PSLA Leadership!

Be Part of PSLA Leadership!

Do you want to join the ranks of PSLA Leadership?  PSLA is looking for candidates willing to serve in the following open positions for 2022:

  • Board of Director Positions - 2-year term - 2 open positions
  • Treasurer - 2-year term
  • Vice President - This position is a 4-year commitment which includes Vice President, President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President
  • President-Elect - This position is a 3-year commitment which includes President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President 

For a description and responsibilities of the PSLA officer positions, please click here:

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2022. Self-nominations are accepted.

Thanks for considering giving back to the organization that supports you and advocates for our profession!

Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely - Virtual Event

Register for Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely - Virtual Event

Attention all PSLA Members!  There is still time to register for this EXCLUSIVE MEMBER ONLY Event. Please join us in this virtual event with award winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This virtual presentation is our capstone event of our 2020-21 Equity Diversity and Inclusion training.

Limited space is available. This event is open to PSLA Members only.

Date:  Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time:  6:30 - 8:30 pm

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Maximizing Your PSLA Membership

Are you wondering how to get the most out of your PSLA membership? PSLA has just the webinar for you! On Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. various PSLA leaders will cover topics to help you navigate through all that PSLA has to offer! All are welcome to attend, PSLA membership is not required. Register now!

Meet the Candidates 2021 Election

Here's your chance to meet the candidates that will be on the PSLA ballot.  We are hosting a zoom meeting where you can hear their goals and priorities for PSLA.  This event is open for PSLA members with voting privileges only. Click here to register now!

The "Meet the Candidates" event is on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7 p.m.


The PSLA Board approved the 2021 Slate

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PSLA Lit Review Best of 2020 Sneak Peek

Join members of the PSLA Literature Review on Tuesday, January 26, from 6-7 PM for a sneak peek at our best titles of 2020. We've already reviewed 330+ titles for K-12 this year and want to share even more favorites than we present annually at the conference. With grade level breakout groups, you'll learn about new titles for your next order and TBR lists. You can follow our reviews throughout the year on the blog:

This is FREE to PSLA members. Click here to register:

Hosted by:
PSLA Lit Review Committee
PSLA Teaching & Learning

School Librarians Leadership Academy 20/21 (SLLA)

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for the School Librarians Leadership Academy 20/21 (SLLA).
PSLA members have an opportunity to apply for SLLA and engage in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work with a mentor from February - September 2021. SLLA leaders will participate AT NO COST in one of two Equity, Diversity and Inclusion individual, online training events - these are normally $225 per person. Either online training event can be done asynchronously also.
  • Equity in Action:  Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture; 2/23/21 - 3/9/21 - 3 sessions; 2-4 pm; Library staff at all levels within their organizations have the power—and the responsibility—to help cultivate an antiracist culture, from evaluating spaces, programs, services, and collections to examining policies and practices to reflecting on one’s own implicit biases. Creating an internal culture founded on principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion is essential to building a community-centered library that meets the needs and expectations of its users.

  • Equity in Action:  Building Diverse Collections; 4/27/21 - 5/11/21; 3 sessions; 2-4 pm; For libraries to effectively meet their mission of serving the educational, informational, and entertainment needs of their communities, their collections must be diverse and inclusive, offering windows into and mirrors of the vast array of perspectives and stories that make up our world.

All School Librarian Leadership Academy participants will be assigned a mentor and meet regularly to develop and carry out a focused EDI goal for their school library or school building.
Applications are due Friday, January 29, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. to Dr. Yvonne English, Project Director, at [email protected]You must be an active PSLA member to apply and through the duration of the leadership project.
Applications and Administrator Endorsement forms are attached and can be found on the PSLA website. 
We look forward to the learning and growth that our PSLA members can use to impact our students and our schools.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
The PSLA LSTA Steering Group
Dr. Yvonne English Roebuck, LSTA Project Director
Cathi Fuhrman, PSLA Immediate Past President
Robin Burns, PSLA President
Jayne Downing, PSLA Member
Molly Magro, PSLA Member
Lauren Strohecker, PSLA Board
Laura Ward, PSLA President-Elect 

PSLA Holiday Open House

Grab your favorite holiday treat (homemade or purchased), and join us for a (virtual) Holiday "Open House" on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:00 pm! 

This social event is being co-sponsored by the PSLA Teaching & Learning and Operations Committees and is open to all who are interested in attending. Click here to register:

Consider sharing a favorite holiday recipe here:


PSLA Slate for 2021 Election

The PSLA Board approved the 2021 Slate
**Resumes are hyperlinked to each candidate’s name**
If elected, all terms will begin on July 1, 2021.

President-Elect (3-year presidential track term)

Treasurer (1-year term)

Secretary (2-year term)

Director (1-year term)

Director (two positions available - 2-year terms)
If you have any questions about the slate, please contact the Operations Co-chairs at [email protected]