It’s Banned Books Week!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month
It’s Banned Books Week! Let’s celebrate the freedom to read. Learn more about Banned Books Week and find promotional tools on the Banned Books Week website.…[Read More].

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month
Marley Dias, author, executive producer, and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is joining the American Library Association and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card this September…[Read More].

Wissahickon Valley Public Library is hiring!

Wissahickon Valley Public Library is currently seeking for a Community Outreach Coordinator, Responsibilities include: Seeks community engagement with residents, non-profit organizations, schools, businesses & government agencies. Develops new relationships for partnership and maintains them…[Read More].

Library of the Senate of Pennsylvania – Library Intern

Posted on behalf of: Library of the Senate of Pennsylvania Job Title: Library Intern General Responsibilities: Under general supervision of the Senate Secretary, a Library Intern will provide bi-partisan research support to the Senate Library and the Senate of Pennsylvania…[Read More].

Library Systems Report 2020: Fresh Opportunities Amid Consolidation

The library technology industry took some significant turns in 2019. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, acquired Innovative Interfaces and shifted the balance of power … [Read more].

State of America’s Libraries Report 2020!

The State of America’s Libraries report is an annual summary of library trends that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year. Although the report focuses on 2019, libraries are shown to be on the frontlines addressing societal and community challenges …[Read more].

Visit the POWER Library (HSLC) Booth at PSLA and HSLC are proud to be Platinum Sponsors!

HSLC staff will be available at the HSLC virtual exhibits! Visit us to chat about POWER Library services. Learn about Chat with a Librarian service enhancements, remote access to e-resources by SSO, lesson plans on the OER site, and much more!

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Welcome to Your Library!

National Library Week (April 4 – 10, 2021) is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, library workers’ contributions and promote library use and support.

The theme for National Library Week 2021 is “Welcome to Your Library.” Please visit for more information.

IMLS Releases FY 2020 Annual Performance Report

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that the agency’s Annual Performance Report (APR) is now available for FY 2020. The report is an in-depth look at how IMLS aligns its strategic priorities with practice. Please visit for more information.

WINS: SC21 Call for Participation

KINBER is excited to announce that the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program is now accepting applications for the 2021 program. Since 2015, the WINS program has provided an immersive “hands-on” mentorship opportunity for early- to mid-career women in the IT field who are selected to participate. Please visit for more information.

HSLC is pleased to welcome Edward Wolf our new Virtual Reference Specialist!

HSLC is excited to welcome Edward Wolf as the new Virtual Reference Specialist, effective November 2nd, 2020! As the Virtual Reference Specialist, Edward will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the POWER Library’s Chat with a Librarian service…visit for more information.

HSLC is pleased to welcome Nicole Joniec our new Digitization Specialist!

HSLC is pleased to welcome Nicole Joniec as the Digitization Specialist, effective September 16th, 2020! As the Digitization Specialist, Nicole will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the discovery and repository tools for the POWER Library digital collections, which are collectively known as PA Photos and Documents (PaPD) … visit for more information.

It’s Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools… visit for more information.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

This September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. A founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is known for strength, compassion and truth. Armed with the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman makes a perfect ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education. visit for more information.


Privacy, Digital Inclusion, and Remote Programming Are LITA’s Top Tech Trends – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the rapid adoption of… for more information.

National Library Week is April 19-25

The theme for National Library Week, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic forced most libraries to temporarily close their buildings. While most libraries have closed their buildings to the public in the interest of community health and safety, they are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever. Many libraries have expanded their access to digital content and found innovative ways to continue their programming virtually. Please visit for more information.

State of America’s Libraries Report 2019

The State of America’s Libraries report is a summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 7 – 13, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. Never have our nation’s libraries played such a pivotal role in strengthening communities through education and lifelong learning. Libraries are a microcosm of the larger society. They play an important and unique role in the communities that they serve and provide an inclusive environment where all are treated with respect and dignity. No longer just places for books, our public libraries serve as a lifeline for some of our nation’s most vulnerable communities. Please visit for more information.

Director of Library Services

Welcome Erin! HSLC is pleased to welcome Erin Halovanic as the Director of Library Services effective March 9, 2020! As Director for the Library Services Team, Erin will be responsible for managing staff devoted to POWER Library participant support, and she will be actively involved in providing training for POWER Library and HSLC services. Read More

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is February 3-7

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is February 3-7. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week webpage will provide webinars and other resources from FTC and its partners throughout the week to help educate the public on how to protect against identity theft this tax season, please visit Tax Identity Theft Awareness for more information.

ALA – Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

The ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits are in Philadelphia from January 24-28. This conference includes three days of exploring the many futures of academic, public, school, and special libraries, innovation-spurring preconferences and institutes, books, media, and 100s of Authors, and 400+ exhibitors. For more information about The ALA – Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, please visit the ALA – Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

The Future of Ebook Pricing

After several years of relative stability, the library trade ebook market is again shifting in disconcerting directions. These shifts may indicate a convergence toward a common business model. For more information about The Future of Ebook Pricing, please visit the

Prepare for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is a collaborative effort between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and its public and private partners—including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)—to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the Nation against cyber threats….

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Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019)

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider…

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State of America’s Libraries Report 2018

The State of America’s Libraries report outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning..

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National Library Week 2019

NLW is April 7-13 and is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate. For more information about the celebrations during NLW, please visit the ALA NLW website.

AASL Standards Training

TIt’s time for you to implement the new AASL National School Library Standards into your school library program, and you need a game plan for the 2018-19 school year. Learn right now about the new Standards whose integrated framework reflects..

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HSLC Announces PaLA Conference Raffle Winner for 30th Year Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate 30 years of serving libraries in Pennsylvania, HSLC raffled a basket of maker kits at the PaLA Annual Conference and is pleased to announce that the winner raffle giveaway is Elizabeth Griswold of the Southampton Free Library. Elizabeth is the lucky winner from over 160 entrants for the basket of maker kits. Please note that the raffle items were not purchased with grant funds.

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Celebrate Preservation Week 2018 (April 22-28)

ALA encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

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Banned Books Week

The 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: [PDF ].

Library Card Sign-up Month

Teen Titans are Honorary Chairs for Library Card Sign-up Month! Crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are teaming up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card.

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National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is Coming Soon!

NLLD is a two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress rally support for library issues and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. For more information, please see the ALA NLLD website [HTML ]

Get Ready to Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week is April 9-15. From maker spaces to safe spaces, libraries and librarians transform communities every day, acting as critical community assets. Visit the NLW Press Kit and find products that attract attention and spark conversation. It’s important to increase awareness of the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library workers this April! [HTML ]

Check Out the New STEM-focused eBook Titles in eBooks on EBSCOhost

The State Library recently purchased nearly 400 titles focused on STEM subjects and they are now available in the POWER Library e-resource, eBooks on EBSCOhost. Multiple copies of each title were purchased, which greatly enhances access. Over 12,800 eBook titles are now available for viewing online and many are available for downloading on portable devices such as the Barnes & Noble NOOK, the iPad, and Kindle Fire. Check out the list of newly added titles! To access the eBooks, go to the POWER Library and select eBooks on EBSCOhost. [HTML ]

State of America’s Libraries Report 2015

Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past: [HTML ]

The American Library Association’s Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7

Someone is watching your every move. Financial transactions, communications records, media consumption, social networking, and GPS locations are all tracked. But we can’t often tell by by whom. Information should go both ways, or not at all. Visit Choose Privacy Week to learn more. [HTML ]

National School Library Advocacy Video Debuts

“School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian” is a new video produced by Capstone Publishing and debuted at the tenth annual School Library Journal Summit. Watch the video at the School Library Advocacy site at the bottom of the page [HTML ] or on YouTube [VIDEO ]. For more information, visit the site: [HTML ]

School Libraries Make the Difference

More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement. [HTML ]

Support for School Libraries Grows!

Huey Elementary School (located in West Philadelphia) reopens its library after being closed for 20 years. Executive Director of WePAC David Florig said that, “We do it because the graduation rate in Philadelphia is around a little over 60 percent and…” [HTML ]

April is School Library Month

School Library Month is the celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. Read more about School Library Month! [HTML ]

An ALA Midwinter Update on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen provided an update on its continued growth on Sunday afternoon at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. DPLA launched in spring 2013 with the goal of being a portal for discovery, a platform on which others could build and, by enhancing data useful to their audience, a “strong public option” for reading and research in the 21st century—not “just a website.”

Pew Report: How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

A new report released from Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 95 percent of Americans agree that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. For more information, please view the report. [HTML ]

Tween Recommended Reads

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage tweens to read throughout the year. [HTML ]. View the press release for more information [HTML ]

Make It @ Your Library

ALA, in collaboration with, is offering Make it @ Your Library, a new website tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries! The site helps librarians find projects, grouping them by tools and space, age level, category, cost and time. [HTML ]

Picture Book Month

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the second annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age. Contact Picture Book Month with questions. [HTML ]

National Friends of Libraries Week

Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration, courtesy of United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of ALA). The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Contact United for Libraries with questions. [HTML ]

School Library Journal examines national, state, and local factors contributing to the loss in school librarian jobs.

Congratulations to the the Upper Darby Sellers Memorial Library for winning the HSLC PLA Conference Raffle Makerspace Kit Basket, which includes: [HTML ]

Teen Read Week

A national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. Teen Read Week was started in 1998. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to “Read For The Fun Of It”. Each year an annual theme allows YALSA to focus on timely topics and teen interests. Teen Read Week is celebrated the third full week in October every year. Contact the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) with questions. [HTML ]

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. [HTML ]

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Edge Strengthens Libraries

The Edge initiative is an effort driven by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations to develop a suite of tools that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology. [HTML ]

BookFLIX is Now Available in POWER Library

Watch, read, and learn! BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. [HTML ]