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January 2009

:: Encore Search

:: Library Marketing

:: Continuing Education

:: Shipping/ILL Updates



Encore Update 

Earlier this month, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh began piloting Encore as the default catalog interface. Since its release we have received several questions about the pilot and its restrictions. While Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh successfully negotiated for the inclusion of the county wide catalog, the licensing agreement with Innovative/Encore is for CLP only. This agreement prohibits CLP from promoting Encore outside the CLP Web site. Any request for additional organizational logos on the Encore page would be viewed as a violation of the licensing agreement.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is piloting Encore in order to help choose a catalog interface that will benefit all libraries in Allegheny County.  The feedback CLP receives will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the eiNetwork Technology Group.  The subcommittee will evaluate Encore and other interfaces to find a Catalog Front End for all libraries in Allegheny County.
If there are any other questions or concerns, please contact
Ryan Hughes at 412-622-1872. 



Other News
The Law and Using Photos in Your Library Marketing


An excellent article in the Marketing Library Services publication answers all questions concerning the law and taking photos and using them in library publicity. Read and keep "Laws for Using Photos You Take at Your Library" by clicking here.  


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District Services now subscribes to Marketing Library Services, an Information Today publication which comes out six times a year. It is filled with information on creating powerful marketing materials, planning programs, communicating positively with customers, acquiring critical library funding and developing integrated marketing strategies. The articles are available to you through District Services, please contact Phyllis DiDiano. The publication always offers one free article download from the current issue. You can view it here.


New materials are added to the Pittsburgh District Library Center Professional Collection monthly and are searchable through The Catalog. Monthly lists are posted to the District Services Web site.


February and April Teleconferences


Targeting the Ages: Programming that Hits the Mark

  * Friday, February 13 from 12 noon - 1:30PM, Lecture Hall, CLP-Main


Diversity Beyond the Obvious

   * Friday, April 3, 12 noon - 1:30PM,  CLP-Main, Lecture Hall (Oakland)

For more information and to register for the teleconferences please click here.




Shipping Update


shippingThe new sorting equipment at the Library Support Center is now up and running. Once backlogged items have been handled, the staff will begin moving holds through the system.  The re-positional labels (yellow stickies) that are barcoded can be read by the system.  Items that are yellow banded are more problematic because the yellow band may cover the barcode.  Moving to a bookmark type holds identifier may be the solution.  More information will be forthcoming.  To continue the article please click here.

ILL Update


On January 12, the Interlibrary Loan staff moved from CLP-Main to the Library Support Center. Laura Perrier, Manager, Interlibrary Loan, is available by email or telephone at 412.920.4536.  Her staff can be reached at 412.920.4535.  

Please call 412.920.4520 or email Tina LaMark if you have any questions or concerns about the move.


Tina would also appreciate any feedback on how ILL's use of ILLiad software has impacted libraries and/or library customers. 



Commonwealth Libraries   


 Keystone Grant Awards


 Three ACLA libraries received 2008 Keystone Grants:


   * Bridgeville Public Library, $500,000 for the construction of a new library.

   * Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, $300,000 for new stack lighting at CLP-Main.

   * Western Allegheny Community Library, $500,000 for the construction of a    

       new library.


Trustee and Friends Institute


Don't forget to mark your calendars! The 23rd Annual Trustee and Friends Institute will be held on Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4 at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, and at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey on April 24 & 25. The workshops, including meals and lodging (if needed), are free to all active library board members and active Friends of the library. 


Senior Spaces: Pennsylvania Style 


Senior Spaces: Pennsylvania Style, a workshop sponsored by Commonwealth Libraries with Allan Kleiman reference librarian and senior services expert at South Plainfield Public Library will be held in the Pittsburgh area on Tuesday, May 5 at PaTTAN Pittsburgh.  This all-day free workshop will assist library staff in developing library spaces for three generations of seniors--baby boomers, retirees and the elderly. Four workshops will be offered in different locations across the State.  Click here for complete registration information.