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October 2009

:: Continuing Education

:: Teen Services

:: Web Resources

:: Technology

:: Shipping Update

Continuing Education


Two continuing education Opportunities in November                    


A workshop,  Customer Focus - Unique Resources & Services at Your Pittsburgh District Library Center (PDLC)  will be offered free for directors, librarians, support staff and trustees in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main, Lecture Hall on Tuesday, November 17 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.  The workshop will feature professional librarians from various departments of the PDLC, including  First Floor, Reference Services, Music, Pennsylvania, Job & Career Education Center, Oliver Special Collections,  Film & Audio and Business will discuss and share the hidden treasures of materials available for customers.  The workshop offers 3 hours of continuing education. Please email Phyllis DiDiano to register.                      


The Web cast  Millennials in the Library will be offered free through The College of DuPage Library Challenges & Opportunities series on Friday, November 13 from 12:00  - 1:30 pm.  This discussion hopes to clarify once and for all who exactly are Millennials and how libraries can better serve them as patrons, students and staff? You do not have to register for the Web cast.

Mark the date!  An email with the Web cast information will be sent out to everyone via the einlibs listserv a few days prior to the workshop.  Web casts can be watched alone or with a small group at your desktop PC. This workshop offers 1.5 hours of continuing education. 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.

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Teen Services





Featured Program: Lauren Myracle 

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle's teen books run the gamut from novels written entirely in IMs (ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r), to collaborative novels written with other authors (Let it Snow, How to be Bad), to chilling supernatural thrillers (Bliss).  A mother of three, she is a strong supporter of intellectual freedom, her middle name is Ellen and her favorite breakfast is Dr. Pepper and a Jimmy Dean microwavable sausage-and-biscuit. 
Find more information visit

lauren myracle 

November 18, 2009
7:00 PM
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh SquirrelHill
5801 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Collection Corner


As I write this, it's cold and rainy outside.  This, I know, is a precursor to cold and snowy.  I could let this depress me...or I could use it as an excuse to encourage you  to do a display of books in which winter is celebrated - or at least plays a large role.


Spotlight on Professional Development


Do you ever find yourself struggling for a program idea, hunting for a booklist or wondering how to reach your teens?  The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) offers several  resources, in addition to their Web site and listservs that you might find helpful:




Containing everything from information about upcoming conferences to program ideas and booklists, this wiki is close to becoming a one-stop shop for all your Teen Services needs.


Librarians around the country contribute to the YALSA blog.  You'll find book reviews, information about YALSA elections, interesting new items that are pertinent to our jobs and more. One recent blog post that I, as a social networking and electronic resource junky, found particularly interesting was "A few thoughts on publicity," written by Sarah Ludwig.  Even more valuable than the posts, sometimes, is the discussion that follows afterward in the comments!

Web Resources 


What is a Vook?


A vook is a reading/watching experience, a new innovation that blends text and video into one.  Simon& Schuster launched four vooks in early October.  A vook can be viewed on any computer -  no special software is required.




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 Users Group Steering Committee/Technology Council. The Technology Council meets a minimum of three times a year; it combines the Technology Group and the eiNetwork Steering Committee. The Technology Group meets the first Friday of every month.


shipping Shipping Update



A Reminder from Shipping Concerning Item Barcodes
Please barcode all new items on the outside of materials.  If you feel you must put barcodes on the inside, do not 'hide' them on the last disc or under a sleeve.  Barcodes that are fading need to be replaced.  Writing the barcode number on the item is not a good substitute.  One can still check the item out by typing in the numbers, but there is no way to do that on the automated sorting machine.  Please help us out. The faster we can put items through, the faster they return to you and our customers! Thanks!
The State budget process is over, but there is  no resolution yet as to how reduced funding will affect library services in PA.  Two services that support ILL are the Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania (IDS) and Access Pennsylvania (the database).  The first affects our abilities to borrow and lend materials through UPS because IDS receives a state subsidy.  It is part of a budget line that was reduced from more than  $7 million  to $3 million. The second, Access Pennsylvania, is mainly used to lend materials to other public libraries and schools, but libraries also use it to borrow materials from within Pennsylvania.  That service line in the budget was eliminated.  District Services dollars also underwrite the cost of staffing the ILL Center, District Aid was cut by $277,145.  At this time, ILL services remain at their usual levels, however, that will need to change.  Please address  any questions or concerns about these ILL related funding issues too  
Tina LaMark.


Commonwealth Libraries   




Public Library Subsidy Update

M. Clare Zales, Deputy Secretary of Education and Commissioner of Libraries sent out an email on October 15, 2009 with an update concerning the decrease in the Public Library Subsidy for 2010.


MLS Scholarships

No new MLS scholarships will be offered to perspective candidates in 2010.