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
Important Lending Policy Changes for 2010
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
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.
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.
2010 Teen Services Meetings
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!
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.
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
District Aid and County Aid Budgets Submitted
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
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
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,
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,
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.