Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting, dba HSLC, furthers the missions of libraries by delivering technical solutions and consulting services.


Hosting Solutions & Library Consulting (HSLC) seeks proposals for software and staffing of Pennsylvania’s statewide chat reference service. The proposal deadline is September 30, 2017.  For more information, please review the RFP [PDF].


Services Hosted by HSLC
HSLC hosts the POWER Library Portal, which includes the Access PA Catalog and ILL System (Books, movies, and more in a PA Library, Chat with a librarian (Ask Here PA), PA Photos and Documents, E-Resources, POWER Library – For Librarians, and Contemporary Authors.

HSLC also hosts many special projects for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries such as ILEAD, Pennsylvania Demographic Profiles, Digitization Activities, and more!

Stretch Your Budget Dollars!
HSLC is pleased to announce a Group Purchasing Program for Access PA Participants.
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Spotlight On …

Banned Books Week is September 24-30
Banned Book PosterThe Pennsylvania Library Association’s PR & Marketing Committee has made available a Banned Books Week media toolkit. Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. The designation supports PA Forward’s Information Literacy work. The toolkit includes a sample press release, social media hashtags, and resource links for your usage. The kit can be accessed here.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month
Teen Titans are Honorary Chairs for Library Card Sign-up Month 2017! This September, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs…[read more on ALA website]

Burbio Logo Blue BackgroundCheck Out Burbio –
Free Calendar Streaming Service

Burbio.com is a free service that streams library, school, and non-profit events and makes them available – for free – on Amazon’s Alexa. Your community members can say: “Alexa, Ask Burbio, what’s happening at Phoenixville Library” and it will answer.

Burbio streams thousands of library calendars across the country and creates a free and easy way to communicate with residents in the rapidly growing category of Voice. The service also offers a free website and iOS app where local residents can “follow” local library calendars, create a customized feed of local events, sync and add those events instantly to their Google or Apple calendars (and be notified when things change.)

To learn more about getting your library on Burbio.com and Amazon Alexa, please email julie@burbio.com. To learn more: watch this video about Burbio and Alexa

ALA-report-coverState of America’s Libraries Report 2017
In the 21st century, libraries of all types are responding to the changing social, economic, and political impacts of living in a digital society. Academic, school, and public libraries provide services that empower people for change. Library workers’ expertise, combined with dynamic collections and [full report on ALA website]



BooklistCheck out the Booklist Reader: Opinion, News, And Lists From The Book People At Booklist, Book Links, And Booklist Online




ALA_LinkedInThis is a professional development and discussion group of ALA. You do not have to be an ALA member to participate, but are expected to have a bona fide connection to the library and information science profession.For more information, please visit the ALA Discussion Group on LinkedIn.


Check out the new POWER Library nw-10
POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find trustworthy answers to questions about healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and much more. Enjoy free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Repair your car. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all there at POWERLibraryorg.

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