Fall 2023 POWER Library Training – Information and Registration
Fall training will be in-person only.
Attending training is included in the Technology Support Fee. There is no additional cost to attend training for staff of POWER Library/Access PA participants.
The October 11 Greensburg training location is full.
If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please let us know.
Additional King of Prussia date added!
Training will also be offered on October 26 at The Alloy.
Registration and a provided continental breakfast will begin at 8:15am. The sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 am and end no later than 3:15 pm, with a break from 11:45am-1:00pm for lunch on your own. We will email a reminder and directions to you one week before the scheduled session.
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.
Handouts for the training sessions will be made available a week prior to start of training. 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.
Training will occur on the following dates and locations:
- October 9: Kersey (The Red Fern, 421 Old Kersey Road, Kersey)
- October 10: Grove City (Midwestern IU4, 453 Maple Street, Grove City)
- This training session is full.
If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please let us know.
October 11: Greensburg (Westmoreland IU7, 102 Equity Drive, Greensburg)
- October 12: Altoona (Appalachia IU8, 4500 6th Avenue, Altoona)
- October 17: Williamsport (BLaST IU17, 2400 Reach Road, Williamsport)
- October 18: Easton (Colonial IU20, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton)
- October 19: Enola (Capital Area IU15, 55 Miller Street, Enola)
- October 24: Archbald (Northeastern Educational IU19, 1200 Line Street, Archbald)
- October 25: King of Prussia (The Alloy, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia)
- Additional King of Prussia date:
October 26: King of Prussia (The Alloy, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia)
8:15am – 9:00am – Registration and Continental Breakfast provided
9:00am – 10:00am – Opening Session (All Registrants)
Hear ye, hear ye! What’s New with POWER Library
We will kick things off by hearing what is new and upcoming in POWER Library. Beginning with a review of the what, where, why and how on all things POWER Library related and ending with when and how to contact Support – with lots of exciting news in between – it is sure to be a POWERful start to the day!
- Review the basics of POWER Library and how to contact Support
- Explore the new For Librarians Hub
- Learn about the newest initiatives and updates to POWER Library
10:00am – 10:15am – Coffee Break
10:15am – 11:45am – When registering you will select one of the below.
People, Places, and Things for 100
Learn about how POWER Library can “up” your genealogy and history game! We’ll be exploring the PA Photos and Documents repository and the My Heritage database to discover amazing primary source materials related to the people, places, and things of our history.
Learn how PaPD can be an incredible asset to any genealogist or local history scholar.
Explore the different types of historical and genealogical resources available through My Heritage.
See how both e-resources can be used for both casual research and primary source discovery.
Supporting Young Learners: POWER Library E-Resources for PreK through Middle School
Discover the newest resources available for your students and younger patrons. From familiar favorites, such as BookFLIX and Gale Elementary, to new kids on the block, Cricket Media and Britannica School Elementary, we will explore how and when to use these resources.
- Discover the newest e-resources for preschool and elementary students
- Explore middle school resources SIRS Discoverer and Gale In Context Middle School
- Learn more through dedicated hands-on time
11:45am – 1:00pm – Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 2:00pm – When registering you will select one of the below.
Access PA: What Was, What Is, And What’s Coming
A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there and always has what people need.” ― Vicki Myron, author of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.
Come discover exactly how Access PA, Pennsylvania’s statewide resource sharing cooperative, works. With increasing resource scarcity and the push to collect materials in a myriad of formats and languages, libraries are struggling to meet the information needs of their communities—and that’s why the Access PA cooperative continues to be a vital part of library services in the Commonwealth.
- Explore some basic navigation tools for the SHAREit environment
- Learn about initiatives already in the works to meet the growing information needs of your community
2:00pm – 2:15pm – Afternoon Break
2:15pm – 3:15pm – When registering you will select one of the below.
The Language of Accessibility – Inglés No Requerido!
Whether it’s accessible fonts, resources for non-native speakers, or just learning a new language, POWER Library has you covered! Join us as we explore the accessibility options and language resources available across the POWER Library family of resources.
- Explore the accessibility menu available on all POWER Library pages.
- Discover the translation features available in the majority of our databases.
- Learn about the foreign language and ESL learning options available in our new Transparent Language resource.
Resources for All Pennsylvanians: DEIB in POWER Library
“Librarians save lives by handing the right book at the right time to a kid in need.” ― Judy Blume, author of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.
A library collection that accurately mirrors its entire community fosters an environment of inclusivity, learning, and mutual respect. Join us as we explore the diversity of resources in POWER Library that can enhance your library’s collections and connect your students/patrons with materials that accurately and appropriately reflect the world around them.
- Explore the myriad of DEIB e-resources available in POWER Library
- Discover how to incorporate and highlight your library’s diverse historical collections with PA Photos & Documents