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New Online Learning Opportunities for PA Library Staff and Patrons

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) has recently announced that two new statewide online learning eResources are NOW AVAILABLE through Niche Academy. (Sorry for the all caps; I'm pretty excited about this one!) Access information is at the bottom of this post. Please share information about the public academy with your library users! There are …

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Covid Policies from the Field

If you're still working towards a reopening plan or you'd like to compare your current procedures to others in the field, check out this compilation of procedures from other locations around the United States: https://www.oclc.org/realm/happening-now/20200625-public-libraries-preparing-to-reopen.html Find information about: Staff and PatronsFacilities and space considerationsPrograms and service adaptationsMaterials handling and procedures This collection was put together …

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Happy National Voter Registration Month!

Did you know that since 2002, September has been designated as National Voter Registration Month? Check out the following resources to help engage your communities and increase civic literacy from your library: Free Webinar from the Public Library Association: "The Public Library's Role during Elections: Voter Education in the Age of Misinformation"http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars/ondemand/votereducation EBSCO's "Tips and …

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POWER Library eResource Name Changes

If you've visited POWER Library this month, you may have noticed some major differences in the icons and some resource names. Their staff created a crosswalk that compares the old names to the new. Take some time to check it out here: https://document.powerlibrary.org/files/portal/pdf/e-resources/E-Resources_Crosswalk_20200807.pdf The new names help to clarify the content and audience focus that …

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Libby Interface Now Multilingual!

The Libby app is now available in 10 different languages! With the newest update, Libby's interface will automatically change languages if a users's device is set to one of them. The following are available: EnglishSpanishFrench (Canada)Simplified ChineseTraditional ChineseGermanItalianJapaneseRussianSwedish Please note, this only impacts the language of the app itself. It does not translate book content. …

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