Information Update - Fall 2003
The Continuing Education Committee of the Northeast Pennsylvania
Library Network and the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library
Association looked to local leadership and expertise for their
annual spring continuing education workshop, "There's
No Place Like Home," "Best Practices of Area Libraries." The
conference was held at the Nazareth Student Center, Marywood University,
on May 29th and provided a variety of sessions from which attendees
An informative and provocative roundtable discussion began the workshop
sessions. The roundtable participants included library directors
from participating Northeast Pennsylvania Library Network libraries.
Topics ranging from patron and community perception to assessment
of library service and adapting to change were discussed.
The conference schedule continued with choices of breakout sessions
running concurrently. Topics included:
NPLN/PaLA Spring Workshop
Luncheon speakers Olga Conneen, President of the Pennsylvania Library
Association and Director of Paul Harriett Mack Library at Northampton
Community College, and Dr. Elisabeth Fordon, Continuing Education
Advisor at the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, addressed the proposed
funding cuts for library aid at the state level. They stressed the
importance of "voice" in marketing the services that
libraries and librarians provide. This workshop had more of a conference
feel than just a continuing education opportunity, with a choice
of sessions and ample time between
events for networking with colleagues and pursing information tables
and displays provided by NPLN participating libraries. "There's
No Place Like Home" featured the of best area libraries and
illustrated that "if you ever need to look for your heart's
desire you don't have to look any further than your own backyard..."
Managing a Circulating Digital Collection"
Virtual Reference: Using the Library of Congress's QuestionPoint"
Marketing Young Adult Services"
Developing an Instruction Program Using WebCT"
Partnership with Local Agencies"
Developing and Maintaining Special Collections."