Falvey librarian Merrill Stein is completing the second year of a three-year commitment to the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) as Division Chair. The Division board, composed of Pennsylvania librarians, is charged with expending a $25,000 LSTA grant to support programs of interest to Pennsylvania academic librarians. This year the board had a very successful year, assisting PaLA chapters, state and local networks, and other organizations in hosting programs and workshops in central and eastern Pennsylvania, as well as encouraging participation in the PaLA annual conference. Program topics presented at the various conferences and workshops included digital products, re-imaging librarians, libraries’ involvement in learning, blogging, academic integrity and first-year students in the age of Google. In January, Stein will continue on the board for another year, serving as past-chair.
Joe Lucia, University librarian and director of Falvey Memorial Library, recently spoke on “Thinking Inside the Box: Library Technology, Professional Culture and the Evolutionary Trajectory of Web Search” at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s annual conference September 28 in Hershey. He also presented an online professional development seminar entitled “Library as Intellectual Center: Connecting Programming to Mission and Values” in June for PALINET, a mid-Atlantic regional library network. He is a member of the PALINET Board of Trustees. He also serves on the board of directors and as secretary of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI).
Bill Greene, Periodicals department, is one of the facilitators for the One Book Villanova program. On October 18, Dr. Terry Nance and Greene facilitated a group discussion of The Kite Runner at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Greene also led the discussion held in Falvey’s first floor lounge on October 27.