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Librarians Are Critical to Communities: John Kurelja, Ed. D.

When hired as the middle school principal in the Central Columbia School District, John Kurelja was introduced to one of the most influential educators he has ever met, a middle school librarian. In an op-ed published by The Standard-Journal, John recalls how Janice Dysart found a way not only to engage students with literature, but to embed their reading into their overall curriculum.

Read John’s story here.

Update: October 29, 2016 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the October 29, 2016, Board Meeting.

Update from the October 29, 2016 Board Meeting

School Librarians Even More Important

Allentown Morning Call: School librarians are even more important in a digital world. (Nov. 7, 2016)

Update: July 14, 2016 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the July 14, 2016, Board Meeting.

Update from the July 14, 2016 Board Meeting

Update: May 12, 2016 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the May 12, 2016, Board Meeting.

Update from the May 12, 2016 Board Meeting

Update: January 16, 2016 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the January 16, 2016, Board Meeting.

Update from the January 16, 2016 Board Meeting

Update: October 24, 2015 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for a summary of the October 24, 2015, Board Meeting.

Summary of the October 24, 2015 Board Meeting

Update: July 22, 2015 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for a summary of the July 22, 2015, Board Meeting.

Summary of the July 22, 2015 Board Meeting

Update: April 30, 2015 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for a summary of the April 30, 2015, Board Meeting.

Summary of the April 30, 2015 Board Meeting

Update: January 24, 2015 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for a summary of the January 24, 2015, Board Meeting.

Summary of the January 24, 2015 Board Meeting

Update: October 11, 2014 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the October 11, 2014, Board Meeting.

Update from the October 11, 2014 Board Meeting

Update: July 17, 2014 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document an update from the July 17, 2014, Board Meeting.

Update from the July 17, 2014 Board Meeting

Update: May 1, 2014 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the May 1, 2014, Board Meeting.

As a result of the election of Allison Burrell as Vice President, there will be a director’s position vacant as of July 1, 2014. The vacancy is for the term of July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. The PSLA Board elected Stephanie (Sweeney) Pennucci to fill the vacancy. Congratulations Stephanie!

Update from the May 1, 2014 Board Meeting


Update: January 18, 2014 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the January 18, 2014, Board Meeting.

Update from the January 18, 2014 Board Meeting

Adoption of a Definition of a Quality School Library Program

As part of the PSLA Advocacy Plan, the PSLA Board of Directors approved a position paper on the Definition of a Quality School Library Program. It is the first step in the development of a public awareness campaign. 

PSLA Member Selected For ALA Leadership Institute

Allison Mackley, librarian at Hershey High School, is one of only 40 librarians selected from a highly competitive national pool to participate in ALA Leadership Institute: Leading to the Future, a new four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders offered in August by the American Library Association (ALA).

Allison is a National Board Certified teacher-librarian who is actively involved at the local and state levels to promote library program services, to foster teacher leadership, to build professional learning networks, and to embrace 21st century teaching and learning.  Allison acknowledges the changing role of librarians, and in her collaborative partnerships, she has advocated for an integrated and relevant curriculum that will empower students to reach their greatest potential as digital and information literate citizens.   When asked what she hopes to bring back to Hershey High School, Allison responded, "I hope to find more effective ways to honor the strengths of others.  By doing so, there is a greater chance for distributive leadership and collegiality that is necessary in order to create innovative and necessary change.  Overall, I believe you should do work with others.  Lift each other up.  Celebrate the accomplishments."
The selection committee looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, or special library), professional responsibility, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement, and community or campus involvement.  Participants are expected to return to their library equipped with new skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in the communities they serve, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which benefit everyone.

Led by leadership experts Maureen Sullivan (2012–2013 ALA President) and Kathryn Deiss (Content Strategist for the Association of College and Research Libraries), the institute takes place in August and is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills so they can better help the libraries and the communities they serve thrive in a future that promises continued turbulence and uncertainty.

State Library Announces New School Library Advisor

The State Library is pleased to announce that Sara Gerhart has joined our staff as the School Library Advisor. 

In this role, Sara will provide leadership and expertise to school library personnel, classroom teachers and administrators in areas such as staffing, Model School Library Curriculum, Common Core Standards, best practices.  In addition, she will serve as the Act 48 coordinator and school library liaison for the POWER Library Project and Pennsylvania Electronic Library Catalog (formerly known as Access PA Database) program.

Sara comes to us from the Daniel Boone School District where she was the High School Librarian for eight years.  Sara received her B.S.Ed. in Library Science and Masters in Library Science from Kutztown University.  Books and reading were a large part of her childhood and turned in to a passion as an adult.