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December 2009

:: Shipping Update

:: Web Resources

:: Continuting Education



shippingShipping/ InterLibrary Loan Updates




Shipping is in the process of ordering an additional set of diverts for the automated sorting machine.  Receipt of this equipment is expected in January.  This addition will add 9 more libraries to the first sorting wave and allow the elimination of one entire wave from the process.  Two grants for additional equipment are still pending.  If all are funded, an almost complete system will be in place in 2010.


Important Lending Policy Changes for 2010

Due to budget cuts from the State of Pennsylvania, the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Center  must reduce the number of interlibrary loan requests  that a customer may place.  The limit is being lowered from 20 to 10.  The 10 item limit covers materials requested, in process, checked out or being returned.  The new limit will go into effect as of January 1, 2010.  The ILL Center will also begin charging for items that are loaned to customers outside the state;  the fee will be $20.00 per transaction.   Assessing a fee will negate any of our reciprocal arrangements and will limit our ability to borrow items for free.  Items borrowed and lent within Pennsylvania will remain free of charge. If you have any questions concerning these changes please email Tina LaMark.
Please remind your customers when they pick up ILL material, that while they may be able to renew them through the MY ACCOUNT feature, the item is not renewed at the owning library.  That creates many overdue items for ILL and often bills are generated for those items.  ILL items should not be renewed indefinitely or left on the library hold shelf for many months as has happened recently.  Not returning items in a timely manner does impact our ability to borrow. 



Distribution of Public Relations Material --Policy Change


Effective January 1, 2010, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will discontinue its free Public Relations Material distribution service for organizations other than formal partners. Materials produced by county libraries or directly related to library services will continue to be distributed.
Promotional materials from outside organizations may still be sent to city and county libraries, however, organizations will be responsible for their own postage or delivery. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will continue to provide support to organizations wanting to distribute materials system-wide by providing mailing guidelines and addresses of Pittsburgh District libraries. A revised policy will be posted at www.carnegielibrary.org on December 30th. For more information please contact Paula Taggart.


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Teen Services







Collection Corner
Are you ready for the holidays? I know I'm not - but reading a good book is a great way to get in the mood! Check out these titles.


Spotlight on Professional Development


2010 Teen Services Meetings 

Recently, Teen Specialists throughout Allegheny County were asked to complete a survey about Teen Services meetings - when should they be, what should we talk about, where should we hold them.  While the survey results imply that Friday mornings are best for the majority of respondents, Monday morning and Wednesday afternoons were close seconds.  In 2010, I will try holding two meetings each month to enable the largest possible number of people to attend.  Please keep an eye on your email for the meeting schedule!  (Not a member of the teendistrict listserv? Email Karen Brooks-Reese and ask to be added.)
Teen Services Ning
Teen Services is trying out a new social networking application: a "Ning."  A Ning is a customizable social network, similar to Facebook for a specific group or purpose.  The Teen Services Ning may eventually replace the
Teen Services Wiki it's easier to navigate and has functionality such as discussion boards and easy photo uploads that the wiki is lacking.  Please visit http://pghteenservices.ning.com to sign up and look around!


Web Resources 


Augmented Reality Moving Into the Library World


Needing to attract new readership many magazines are beginning to use augmented reality technology.  Check out the July Issue of Popular Science and the December issue of Esquire.  The Popular Science cover is an interactive 3-D experience and the Esquire offers 3-D with flying text throughout.



CLP Announces New Fines and Fees


Beginning January 1, 2010 certain fees and fines will be increased for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. A news release is posted on the Library's Web site.  Note that the Library has reinstated children's fees among other changes.





Commonwealth Libraries   




District Aid and County Aid Budgets Submitted                                                                              

The Pittsburgh District's 2010 County Coordination Aid Plan and the District Aid Agreement and Budget for 2009/2010 were submitted to the Office of Commonwealth Libraries on December 8th.  The final approval for both budgets will come from M. Clare Zales, Deputy Secretary for Libraries, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, PA Department of Education.
The 2010 County Coordination Aid Plan and the revised 2009/2010 District Aid Agreement and Budget have been posted to the District Services web page. 

Continuing Education Assistance Still Available

A small pot of LSTA money is still available for continuing education grants up to $600.00 through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  The grants can be used for continuing education classes, seminars and workshops that are not part of formal degree work.  Directors and staff may apply for funds to cover some of the costs to attend a workshop or other training identified as relevant to their position. The funds can also be used to bring a professional into your library to train staff in areas relevant to their library positions. Public library trustees may also apply for funds to attend a workshop or other training identified as relevant to their board responsibilities. The application contains full details.

Since the grants are paid for with LSTA monies, Bonnie Young, Head, Public Libraries and Professional Development suggests that the application address at least one of the LSTA priorities mentioned in her email last year. 


Susan Pannebaker Accepts Director Position                                            

Susan Pannebaker, the Pittsburgh District's Commonwealth Libraries' Advisor was recently officially appointed to and accepted the position of Director of the Bureau of Library Development, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  Susan was serving as Acting Director since November 2008.  Prior to the Director of Library Development position, Susan had been Head of Youth Services for the Bureau of Library Development since December, 2001. 



Continuing Education


Mark Your Calendars for the 2010 College of DuPage Library Learning Network series of web cast workshops:

April 9, 2010 -- Technology Trends in Libraries: Tools, Skills, Staffing, Training  

All web cast programs are 90 minutes in length and are held from 12 noon until 1:30PM.  An email will be sent out to everyone via the einlibs listserv a few days prior to the workshop with full details; it is not necessary to pre-register at the College of DuPage web site.  Web casts can be watched alone or with a small or large group.  Each workshop offers 1.5 hours of continuing education if viewed in its entirety.  All College of DuPage workshops are sponsored through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and paid for with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds. Please contact Phyllis DiDiano for more information.