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]

Trivia Night & Networking

Trivia Night & Networking Thursday August 20 at 7 pm. Limited to the first 20 people to register. You will receive a link to the trivia night via email. Register at:

Interested in Joining PSLA Leadership?

Interested in joining PSLA Leadership as a board member or officer? Complete the form no later than September 30, 2020.

This year, there are seven positions to be filled: Two Director positions (2 yrs), One Director position (1 yr), One Secretary (2 yr), One Treasurer (1 yr), One Vice President (4 yr commitment), and One President Elect (3 yr commitment).

Description of Officer Responsibilities:

Guidelines for selecting Officers:

The Nominations Task group will evaluate and submit the ballot to the PSLA board, per the bylaws. If you have questions, please reach out to the PSLA Operations co-chairs (Bob McConnell and Vickie Saltzer) at [email protected]

Outstanding School Library Paraprofessional

Outstanding School Library Paraprofessional

The Outstanding School Library Paraprofessional Award honors recognize the exemplary performance of a school library paraprofessional who directly supports the school library at the school or district level.


No school district, individual school, or individual is eligible if any librarian or individual is on the Awards Committee, a member of the PSLA Board of Directors, or an elected officer of PSLA. The nominee must currently be a school library paraprofessional. Nominations must be completed by a current PSLA member.

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PSLA Statement Condemning Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color

PSLA Statement Condemning Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color


The Board of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) stands in alignment with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA) condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all people of color. 

We will continue to work as an organization to break down racial barriers and provide an equitable education for all students. Please reference the links included for more information from ALA and AASL.

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Behind the Scenes: Change is Mandatory

Behind the Scenes - Change is Mandatory - Growth is Optional

“Change is Mandatory, Growth is Optional.” (Author Unknown although many have used this quote.)

This has always been one of my favorite quotes. One that I have to say aloud for myself many times as well.  When I was thinking back to June 20, 2019, I had expectations and visions of what my presidential year in PSLA would be like. But as in all things - it’s never quite as you imagined.

Our world is nothing like we could have ever even guessed or planned for. Our schools, our libraries, our families, our communities, our social circles, our profession, our association - our world has changed.

My heart aches with that our students missed this school year. It aches for the students who were and continue to be impacted by the pandemic - academically, socially, emotionally, physically and financially. Their families and all around us are impacted each day.

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June 22, 2020 - #SaveSchoolLibrarians Day

We face a crisis! Right now, school boards across Pennsylvania are voting to eliminate school library programs and librarians in next year’s budgets. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to amplify and define our roles in effective school reopening plans whether online or in-person. All students deserve equitable school library opportunities. This message must reach all stakeholders before short-sighted cuts lead to long-term educational inequities.

Step up and lead on behalf of all students! The PSLA Advocacy Committee has created sharable “card” messages to be used in social media posts. The “cards” succinctly convey that all K-12 students benefit from an effective school library program and a certified school librarian. Card images are located in this Flickr album. You will find Social Media Storm: Suggested Posts you can use as well as blank cards for customized visuals.

Take action now!Sign! Tweet! Retweet! Post! Repost!

  1. Go to and sign and share the “PSLA Open Letter to School Boards Across Pennsylvania” and share it with others.

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School Libraries are Virtually Open

Our recent video contest called “The School Library is Always Open!” had so many great videos submitted that we decided to feature them all on YouTube! Thank you to everyone who participated. Please share to stakeholders, administrators and others to celebrate the great work that school librarians did during the COVID-19 school closure and how we impact students digitally!  Thanks to EveryLibrary for helping PSLA sponsor this contest!




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Reopening Plans - Let's Share!

We know that schools are beginning to discuss re-opening plans. Some school librarians have been asked for ideas, protocols and plans. However, some school librarians are not part of the conversation.

In an effort to share ideas, strengthen our positions in our schools and to advocate for keeping school libraries OPEN – we have created a space for anyone who has developed a plan, protocol, procedure or ideas to SHARE them. This is what we do BEST! 

Please upload a PDF or Word Document of your Re-Opening Plan that you are willing to share with other school librarians. Please provide your email address IN THE PLAN as well as the form if you would also be willing to answer questions from other librarians through email.


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Professional Development Survey

Professional Development Survey

Hello PSLA Members!

The Teaching & Learning Committee would like to hear from YOU! Please help us by completing the short Professional Development Survey linked below. With a few clicks, you can inform us of your training needs and skills for the upcoming year and beyond! Thank you for your time, and best wishes as we end a most unusual school year!

PSLA Teaching & Learning

Librarian Influencer - Jennifer Roth

Reading Is a Part of Everything: with Jennifer Roth

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Pennsylvania elementary librarian, Jennifer Roth. She is actively involved in the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. Her ongoing goal is to advocate that the library is more than just storytime and book checkout.

Click here to listen to her interview now.

Transforming library into school hub helped Selinsgrove's Barrick into Teacher of the Year finals

Congratulations to PSLA member Debbie Barrick for being named one of the 12 finalists for Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year 2021.

Read about her accomplishments here:  Transforming library into school hub helped Selinsgrove's Barrick into Teacher of the Year finals (May 18, 2020)

 Photo Credit: Robert Inglis/The Daily Item