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June 2009

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:: Commonwealth Libraries


District Services Department Contact Information - the Move Is Complete!

District Services

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
CLP - Main, Third  Floor
4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5 pm


Connie Galbraith
District Coordinator


Phyllis DiDiano
Administrative Assistant
Fax 412.622.3412



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Featured Teen Program

Youth Writers Project Workshop
Teens (grades 9-12) at the South Fayette Township Library will learn how to use a social networking site for inspiration and guidance on their writing projects.  For more information contact Jodi Wilson, or call 412.257.8660.



Collection Corner

Does the Fourth of July make you feel patriotic?  Inspire your teens with one of these books set during the time of the American Revolution.



Spotlight on Professional Development: Novelist

Do you have customers asking for your help selecting age-appropriate titles?  Are you trying to remember the title of a book you read three years ago, the one with time travel and a red cover?  Are you trying to put together a book display on a specific topic and drawing a blank on titles to include? It might be time to reacquaint yourself with Novelist

Available through the Access PA Power Library, Novelist is a great tool for all your reader's advisory needs.  In addition to author and title searches, you can also "describe a plot" and limit your searches by audience.  When you find a book that fits your needs, you can select "Find Similar Titles" to search by subject heading.  You can even find ready-made booklists and booktalks.
The resources available through Novelist are almost endless and the interface is easy to navigate. If it's been awhile, or if you've never tried it, check Novelist out today.


Don't Miss the new Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Services Web site!

On June 11, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh unveiled its new teen Web site. With custom artwork by Ramon Trevino, a color-changing display and content updated weekly or monthly, the new Web site is a fantastic resource for teens and library staff working with teens.  Check out the items in the locker for links to resource pages, booklists and more.  Teens can even submit a review on the "Books and More" page!  Select reviews by teens and teen library staff will be featured on the homepage and changed weekly.  If you'd like to submit a review of a teen item (books, movies, CDs) or something you think teens will love, please email it to Karen Brooks-Reese.



Technology Update 

The minutes of the Technology Group and the Technology Council are posted to the District  Services Web page under Technology and to the eiNetwork members page under Technology Group and Steering Committee. The Technology Council combines the Technology Group and the eiNetwork Steering Committee.  The Technology Group did not meet separately in May and June; however, the second meeting of the Technology Council was held on May 28, 2009. The Technology Group meets the first Friday of every month and the Technology Council meets quarterly.

Other News


Advocate for Level Public Library Funding! Do Not Hesitate Another Day to Act!    


Continue to spread the word and urge friends, relatives and neighbors to write, email, telephone or visit with State Senators, State Representatives and the Governor to advocate against any decrease in public library funding.  Public library funding needs to remain level.
Detailed advocacy information with talking points can be found on the
Pennsylvania Library Association's Web site.  The District Library Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh maintains an advocacy Web site to assist with your advocacy efforts.  Helpful information can also be found in the advocacy section of the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA)'s wiki.


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - East Liberty                                       


CLP - East Liberty closed to the public on Saturday, June 13 to begin a 15-month, 39,000 square foot renovation and expansion project. The $5.6 million East Liberty Library construction project will allow library services to move to one floor and provide a better visual presence in the community.  Working with Library staff and community input, architects from EDGE Studio designed the building to incorporate a two-story atrium that will welcome customers to a library equipped with updated children and teen spaces, community meeting rooms and reading areas. As with all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh renovations, CLP - East Liberty will be built to LEED standards and be fully accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 


Pennsylvania Library Association and the ALA Emerging Leaders Program


The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is pleased to participate in the American Library Association's (ALA)Emerging LeadersProgram, which enables 120 new librarians to get on the fast track to leadership within ALA and the library field. This program consists of two workshop days with Maureen Sullivan and Connie Paul, participating in projects, networking with 119 of library peers, an inside look into ALA structure, and an opportunity to serve the profession. PaLA will select one member to represent Pennsylvania's libraries. ALA has set some eligibility requirements for this program.


Applicants should apply to the ALA

Emerging Leaders Program on the ALA wiki by July 31, 2009.



Shipping Update



On June 12, the Shipping Department received 5 new Ford vans. Two are extended cab vehicles to accommodate the additional bins we are now carrying on our heavier routes.  While the new vans no longer sport the colorful wrap used during the last few years, they can be identified by the  Carnegie Library of  Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Library Association logos.  Look for them on the road beginning Monday, June 15. 





ILL Update


Please remember and remind library customers that Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is always an option when materials cannot be located within the Allegheny County Library Association consortium.            


Commonwealth Libraries   



Farewell to Matt Kane                                                                                                                    

Matt Kane, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Education and Commissioner of Libraries and former Advisor for Research and Statistics, will be retiring June 30, 2009.  Everyone  who has counted on Matt through the years to always be "Johnny on the spot" will miss his knowledge and expertise.  We will also miss his patience when dealing with our simple and complex questions.

As you may know, the current Head of the Office for State Aid and Statistics is Eileen Kocher, formerly of the Department of Education Resource Center. Also assisting in the Office of State Aid and Statistics are Beth Bisbano, Advisor for Research & Statistics, and Linda Rohm, State Aid Administration Associate.


Marketing for Lifelong Learning Awards Announced


Congratulations to the Sewickley Public Library for winning an annual Marketing for Lifelong Learning Award for their Movie Stars @ Your Library program offered to teens ages six through 12.Their prize includes a framed award certificate, Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) conference registration reimbursement plus $500 for expenses to attend the September PaLA Conference in Harrisburg where Kelly Rottmund, Sewickley Public Library's Teen Services Librarian will present the  program to attendees.

Sewickley Public Library was one of four public libraries in Pennsylvania to receive the Marketing for Lifelong Learning Award, others included: Abington Community Library, Lititz Public Library and Peters Township Public Library. 


District Aid Agreement and Budget Approved                                                                       


The Pittsburgh District Executive Committee completed negotiations regarding the 2009/10 District Library Services Agreement and District Aid Budget.  The Agreement and Budget were ratified by 44 Allegheny County Library Association library directors, and approved on June 2 by M. Clare Zales, Deputy Secretary of Education and Commissioner of Libraries, Office of Commonwealth Libraries. A copy of the 2009/2010 Agreement and Budget is posted to the District Services Web site.

The Agreement and Budget are password protected. If you lost your  password, please contact Phyllis DiDiano at 412.622.3140.