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September 2009

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Meeting Date Change!
Due to the G-20 Summit, the Teen District Services meeting scheduled for September 25 has been moved to October 16, 2009.  The meeting will be held at the Sewickley Public Library from 10 am - 12 pm . The focus will be on Literacy Based Programming - book discussions, readers theater and more - in addition to our regular discussions on triumphs and challenges, favorite books and upcoming programs. Please RSVP to
Karen Brooks-Reese by Wednesday, October 14 if you plan to attend.         


Featured Program
Wednesday, October 21       
7 - 9 pm

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
D.J. MacHale

Author of the insanely popular Pendragon Adventures, a ten-book series about a 14-year-old guy forced to travel through time and space to save the world(s), D.J. MacHale is also well known for his work in film and television. His producing credits include the Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark, the Discovery Kids series Flight 29 Down, Tower of Terror and Ghostwriter.

Registration is required for this event. You can register by calling 412.578.2599 or by completing an online registration form.   

Collection Corner
Each October, librarians around the country encourage teens to "read for the fun of it" during Teen Read Week.  This year's  Teen Read Week, "Read Beyond Reality"  is October 18-24.  Get in the mood with one of these out of this world titles!



Continuing Education


Tuesday, November 17

A workshop, Customer Focus - Unique Resources & Services at Your Pittsburgh District Library Center (PDLC)  will be offered free for directors, librarians and support staff at  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 who will discuss and share the hidden treasures of resources available for customers at your PDLC.  Some of the departments included in the discussion include: First Floor: New & Featured, Reference Services, Music, Pennsylvania, Job & Career Education Center,  William R. Oliver Special Collections,  Film & Audio and Business.  The workshop offers 3 hours of continuing education. Please email Phyllis DiDiano to register.      


Friday, November 13

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

An email containing important Webcast information will be sent  to everyone a few days before the workshop.  Webcasts 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  with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds. 



Web Resources 


Fight Flu Season-Some Simple Office Tips


The filthiest spot in your office is your phone and  desk. Fight germs with inexpensive alcohol and a paper towel.   Excellent tip for public PCs and workspaces too!



Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped



Digital Talking Books Arrive at Library
A new era will soon begin for readers with visual and physical disabilities.  Digital talking books and players are now arriving at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), a regional library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).  This new format will eventually replace the outdated analog audiocassette books and players used since the 1970s. The digital books and players are being distributed by the Library as they are produced; however, nearly a thousand customers are on the waiting list in the 36 counties in western Pennsylvania that the Pittsburgh LBPH serves. As with other LBPH services, preference will be given to veterans in the distribution of digital book equipment and materials.  
The new digital system has many advantages.  Slightly larger than a credit card, the digital talking book is a flash cartridge that provides a clearer sound quality.  An entire book can fit on one cartridge (for most of the collection) and will play without flipping sides.  The format is very reliable since the cartridge has no breakable moving parts.
Smaller and lighter than the audiocassette machine, the digital player is more portable.  It also has enhanced navigation features for the customer to jump to various sections.  Consumer testers appreciated its sound quality, tone, volume responsiveness and variable speed capability as well as its index and bookmark features.
Approximately 20,000 digital talking book titles are already available for download to LBPH customers who have a PC with high speed Internet access and a player capable of playing NLS-produced digital books.
To learn more, call LBPH at 800.242.0586 or e-mail
lbph@carnegielibrary.org. You can also visit the LBPH Web site for additional information.


LBPH's Director Appointed to Governor's Advisory Committee
Kathleen Kappel,  Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) was recently appointed by Governor Edward Rendell to the Governor's Advisory Committee for the Blind for a five-year term.  Group members meet quarterly, hold special events at the Capitol and advise the Governor on blindness issues through the Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS). The Committee was established by Governor Tom Ridge in 1999.
BBVS operates under the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), which is part of the Department of Labor & Industry.  OVR programs help individuals to prepare for or retain employment.
The Committee advises OVR's Executive Director in all program and service areas, including but not limited to:  Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Teaching, Independent Living, Orientation & Mobility, Specialized Services and the Business Enterprise Program


Shipping Update



Grant Applications


As the Pittsburgh District Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) has applied for two grants to support the expansion of our automated sorting system.  Last year, the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) provided $250,000 in capital dollars to begin the process. However, to fully automate the system $1,000,000 is needed.  CLP completed a RAD Connection grant proposal for $127,000 and an LSTA grant proposal for $100,000 to continue the process of building a full system.  Each grant would allow us to add 16 more locations.  If both grants are funded, 32 libraries would be added to the system.  Our current system accommodates 17, but with the ability to fine sort more libraries on the system, fewer waves would be required.  If the grants are approved additional expansion would be necessary  to accommodate all 72 delivery sites, as well as  additional induction points  to handle the volume of both holds and returns.  Currently, we are using the system to sort returns, but holds are mainly done manually as they are much easier to sort by hand.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email Tina LaMark or Perry Munyon.



Commonwealth Libraries   



New Chair of Governor's Advisory Council Chosen
M. Clare Zales, Deputy Secretary for Libraries announced recently that Governor Edward Rendell has appointed Cynthia K. Richey, Director, Mt. Lebanon Public Library as the new Chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development.  Cindy assumed her new position on August 4.
The Governor's Advisory Council (GAC) offers advice and makes recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of Education and the State Librarian in areas relating to general policies and operations of the State Library and the Commonwealth's library program. The GAC has 12 members; three must be trustees of local libraries, three professional librarians and six laypersons.  The Secretary of Education and the Commissioner for Libraries serve ex officio. Members serve four year terms and meet as a Council at least 4 times a year.  The GAC was established by the Library Code.


A Shared Vision for Public Library Services in PA  
A project similar to the Georgia Pines Statewide Integrated Library System - the Evergreen Project is being explored for public libraries across Pennsylvania. The vision of having one integrated library system used by all public libraries in PA is an initiative whose time has come.
Read more about this idea in A Shared Vision for Public Library Services in Pennsylvania,  a position paper from John Houser, Technology Coordinator,  Health Sciences Libraries Consortium (HSLC).


LSTA Grants Submitted
The Pittsburgh District submitted six LSTA grants to Commonwealth Libraries by the September 11 deadline.  Four grants were Information Access projects: the Pittsburgh District Library Center ($100,000),  to expand the conveyor driven sorting system in the Shipping Department; West Region libraries ($15,000),  for additional databases; ACLA ($99,954),  to purchase self-check modules for 14 libraries; and Monroeville Public Library ($61,196),  to integrate its catalog into the eiNetwork.  Two grants were Collection Development projects: South Park Township Library and Upper St. Clair Township Library ($30,000),  to create Harmony & Wellness special collections that would  include  a programming and online component; and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh ($50,000),  to update reference and circulating materials in seven important and heavily used subject areas. Libraries will be notified about grant awards sometime in February/March of 2010.


Annual Friends and Trustees Institute 2010
Mark your calendars! The Annual Friends & Trustees Institute for 2010 will be held at the Doubletree in Monroeville on April 24, the Penn State Conference Center, April 10, and the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey on March 20.
For the 2010 event,  Library Trustee Presidents, Friends Presidents and Library Directors can attend the workshops free of charge; others can attend the event for a fee. More details will be coming later this year.



PA Library Association (PaLA)
Libraries and Literacy in the 21st Century
A vision for library services in Pennsylvania  include a PaLA initiative - Libraries and Literacy in the 21st Century.  It was framed by a task force of professionals - the NextGen Library Advocacy Task Force.  This initiative redefines the library's role within the context of five essential literacies that Pennsylvanians must attain in order to succeed in the 21st Century as citizens, parents, students, employers, employees and consumers.  The Task Force has concluded that "more than just assets are under-funded in PA.  Pennsylvania's academic and public libraries are under-leveraged in the Commonwealth's efforts to solve our state's biggest problems.  The common theme among most of these problems is illiteracy-
basic, online, civic and social, economic and financial, and health and wellness."
"PA libraries - the People's University - can vitally and effectively prepare Pennsylvanians to compete and face the challenges of the 21st Century.  For a relatively small state investment, the power of libraries to help Pennsylvanians achieve literacy in five core areas as well as support downtown, Main Street, and neighborhood revitalization can be realized."  Read the draft document Libraries and Literacy in the 21st Centuryto find out more. Also, read the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) report, Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills for additional background. 

PaLA Annual Conference Registration
There's still time to register for the PaLA '09 Capitalize on Your Future annual conference, October 18 - 21. 
Register online and save the $10.00 paper registration processing fee. Only on-site registrations will be accepted after October 10.