New PSLA Local Affiliate: SCPSLA

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association has local affiliates that advocate for strong library programs, advance information literacy, and provide professional learning.  Regional local affiliates serve in the following ways:

  • Provide a network for continuous communication
  • Serve as a conduit for the flow of information
  • Broaden the base of the profession through the increase of personal and professional memberships

We would like to congratulate our newest PSLA local affiliate!

The South Central Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (SCPSLA), led by Sarah DeMaria of Hempfield School District, grew out of a PSLA Mini Regional Leaders Academy project.

“Becoming an affiliate of PSLA is an honor and upholds the mission and vision of the association,” announced Sarah DeMaria. 

The South Central Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is a regional group of the South Central area including York, Lancaster, Lebanon and Dauphin counties. The purpose of the group is to strengthen the relationships of local active, student, retired/non-employed school librarians, and library advocates. SCPSLA strives to provide an extension of PSLA membership by offering local networking, professional development, and social activities.

Sarah shared, “The PSLA Annual Conference is a beacon of brightness for school librarians across the state. It breathes new life into attendees and empowers them to be a pioneer within their own programs and throughout the year. With the support of MRLA, I proposed a new local affiliate because I wanted to bring the same energy to my region that the PSLA Annual Conference brings to our members once a year.”

SCPSLA came to fruition with a steering committee representing four counties of the South Central Pennsylvania region. The Steering Committee set bylaws, means of communication, a website, and a series of events to provide local networking for its members. It also offers opportunities for content-specific professional development and best practices in the field. 

Any regional or local organization may affiliate with PSLA if it meets the criteria for affiliation.  See our Local Affiliation Policy for more information.

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