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Attendees must maintain social distancing and wear a mask that fully covers the mouth and nose at all times, except when eating or drinking. All registrants will be asked to acknowledge a COVID statement during the registration process. We thank you for understanding and for helping us in our efforts to provide a safe and healthy training environment. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please contact HSLC.
Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:15am. The sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 am and end no later than 3:45 pm, with a 45-minute catered lunch break. We will email a reminder and directions to you one week before the scheduled session.
Live Stream Pilot Project
In an effort to offer access to live training as an accommodation for those not able to attend in-person due to the mask requirement, HSLC will convene a pilot project by live streaming two of the sessions at the March 30 training. The sessions to be live streamed will be:
- Access PA and Interlibrary Loan: Putting it all together with SHAREit (9 AM – 11:45 AM)
- POWER Library, Resource Accessibility, and the School Library: How POWER Library Can Help Bridge the Gap (1:30 PM – 3:45 PM)
We do not plan to make recordings available for viewing later. We apologize in advance if we are not streaming your preferred sessions, but this is our first attempt to live stream. We will evaluate the experience for all parties, and determine if it is feasible for future opportunities.
Interested in viewing the live stream? Let us know and we will provide you with the live stream link closer to the event date.
Act 48 and Continuing Education Information
Attendees may be eligible to receive Act 48 credit hours or CE credits for attending a session. Act 48 credit request forms and CE certificates will be handed out at the end of each training session that is Act 48/CE eligible.
Due to cost, please note that extra handouts will not be printed and made available at the training location. If you desire printed copies, please download the handouts and print them in advance.
Bring a Laptop, iPad, or other Internet Enabled Device
Please bring your own internet-enabled device to the training in order to fully participate. Wi-fi will be available at all locations and power outlets for recharging devices will be available during breaks.
Agenda and Session Descriptions:
8:15am-9:00am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
Access PA and Interlibrary Loan: Putting it all together with SHAREit
Still unsure as to how to navigate SHAREit? Not sure which parts of the Participant Record are important? Can’t figure out how to place multiple copy requests? Wondering what that little red flag means in the Request Manager? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this session is for you. Join us as we work our way through the ILL process using the SHAREit software’s functionality, talk about efficient ILL workflows, and make sure you know exactly how to keep up with what’s going on with Access PA and POWER Library in general.
During this session, we will cover:
- The framework of the Access Pennsylvania ILL cooperative and how SHAREit fits into the process.
- The basic functionality of the SHAREit system
- Maximizing your library’s ILL workflow by aligning it with the features of the SHAREit system
Alternative Reference: Using PA Photos & Documents and Chat with a Librarian to Serve Your Library, Patrons, and Students
Join us for a lively discussion about two of the other POWER services and how they can complement your library’s traditional reference and research options. Learn how PA Photos and Docs can add a multi-media dimension to traditional reference, while Chat with a Librarian can help to maximize your reference and information services (and no you don’t have to be a service partner to offer these great resources to your community!).
During this session we will cover:
- Two POWER Library services and how they can complement your library’s traditional reference and research options
- How PA Photos and Docs can add a multi-media dimension to traditional reference
- How Chat with a Librarian can maximize your reference and information services
Building a Digital Branch with POWER Library
The importance of building and supporting a robust digital library branch has shown to be a strategic and integral part of modern library services, especially when faced with the temporary closure of our physical spaces. This session will showcase how to use POWER Library services to reach your patrons and students while building upon the library’s digital branch with offerings such as e-resources, Chat with a Librarian, PA Photos & Docs and more. We will take a look beyond simply adding links to a website and showcase tips and tricks for creating a dynamic digital library space.
During this session we will cover:
- How to use POWER Library services to build or complement the library’s digital branch
- Basic troubleshooting tips and tricks for adding and maintaining POWER Library services on the library’s digital branch
- How to promote POWER Library to your patrons, community, and stakeholders through social media, digital programing, and more
11:45am-12:30pm – Lunch
Let’s Chat about Chat with a Librarian!
Have questions? – We’ve got answers! Join Ed Wolf, Virtual Reference Specialist, as he answers all your questions about Chat with a Librarian. Whether you’re interested in becoming a Chat with a Librarian contributor, learning about the benefits of offering a virtual reference branch, or just curious to see what all the fuss is about–join us for a lively question and answer session where you can have all your Chat with a Librarian-related questions answered!
PA Photos & Documents: All Things Digitization!
Join Nicole Joniec, Digitization Specialist, to discuss anything and everything PA Photos & Documents! Feel free to bring any questions you may have, including any technical issues, as she’ll have access to some digitization equipment as well as Islandora, the system that PA Photos & Documents utilizes, onsite. This session is recommended for PA Photos & Documents users, collection managers and those who would like to learn more about PA Photos & Documents, both as a user and a content contributor.
Help Desk Live!
Interested in learning more about the support process at POWER Library? Have a support issue that you would like real-time assistance with? Here’s your chance to access the help desk LIVE! Join us to review all things support- whether a SHAREit question, authentication issue, or just looking for a little face-time- we’ve got you covered!
What’s New with POWER Library?
Join Executive Director, Maryam Phillips and Deputy Director, Vince Mariner, as they share what’s new on the horizon for POWER Library and solicit some informal feedback on the POWER Library websites. We’d love to hear from you!
The Hands-On Front Desk: Practical Tips for Using POWER Library eResources in the Public Library
Join us for this session and discover some of the more useful, patron-friendly, eResources available to public libraries through POWER Library. And most importantly, learn about some of the tools and resources available in POWER Library to educate, inform, and instruct your patrons, as well as, tips and tricks to help you remember all that POWER Library has available.
During this session we will cover:
- Discovering some of the more useful, patron-friendly, e-Resources for public libraries available through POWER Library
- Learning about some of the tools and resources available in POWER Library to educate, inform, and instruct your patrons
- Reviewing how POWER Library eResources connect to your library, how patrons connect to POWER Library eResources and troubleshooting basics
POWER Library, Resource Accessibility, and the School Library: How POWER Library Can Help Bridge the Gap
Struggling to find ways to engage non-traditional and neurodivergent learners in the research process? Need some tools to serve your ELL students as they work to grow their English comprehension? Looking for resources to support your college-bound students in AP and dual enrollment courses? In this session, we will walk you through some of the many resources in the POWER Library arsenal that can assist you with all of the above. We won’t just tell you about the what – we want to show you the how and the why. Come for some tips and tricks on practical applications of the POWER resources available to your students.
During the session we will cover:
- What POWER Library actually is and how POWER Library access works in a variety of environments for the classroom
- When and how to use several of the e-resources in POWER Library to develop lesson plans
- What tools are available within the highlighted resources to assist with accessibility and differentiated instruction
To begin registration, please select a training location:
March 30 – King of Prussia (The Alloy – 301 W Dekalb Pike)
March 31 – Scranton (Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel – 700 Lackawanna Ave.)
April 4 – State College (Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Boulevard)
April 5 – Cranberry/Pittsburgh (Marriott Pittsburgh North – 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township)
April 12 – Grantville/Harrisburg (Holiday Inn Hotel Harrisburg Hershey – 604 Station Road, Grantville)