Access PA Database Online Beginner Training

Access PA Database Online Beginner Training

Workshops March+ 2013

Please check the times listed as you may be in a different time zone.
Workshop time may be found on the registration site.
Most of these are free but a few do charge fees. Want to attend a workshop that requires a fee? Don't forget to look into Continuing Education Assistance from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. You may be eligible for up to $600.
To register for the webinars/workshops below, either click the heading or the provided link. Also check the WebJunction Pennsylvania Calendar for additional offerings.
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Access PA, POWER Library and Ask Here PA training is available online through WebJunction Pennsylvania with the following courses:

Access PA Database Online Beginner Training

covers using the Access PA website, searching the Access PA Database, using the

VDX ILL system, and keeping your library's holdings updated in the Database
[7 Act 48 credit hours].

POWER Library: AP Images

includes an introduction to the AP Images online interface, navigation and set-up

options and searching each of the archives [3 Act 48 Credits].

Understanding and Promoting Ask Here PA

focuses on understanding how Ask Here PA works and on using, evaluating and

promoting this valuable service [3 Act 48 credit hours].

VDX ILL System Version 4.1.3 Online Course

covers the new features available in this upgraded version, including new Work

Queue labels, placement of notes, and new actions. [4 Act 48 credit hours].

Students are able to access the courses from any computer connected to the Internet to work independently any time of day or night. All certified Pennsylvania librarians and library aides are eligible to receive Act 48 continuing education credit hours upon completion of the courses. All who complete a course are able to generate a certificate of completion online. [3 Act 48 credit hours.]

To access the courses, eligible persons must create a free account on WebJunction, then request affiliation with WebJunction Pennsylvania.

Detailed Instructions for Registering for Courses:

  • Visit the WebJunction Pennsylvania (
  • Along the right-hand side of the PA WebJunction page, click the Request Course Access link.
  • Complete the Request WebJunction Course Access form, indicating Pennsylvania as your State Partner.
  • Course access requests may take 24 hours to process.

Once your WebJunction Course Access has been approved via email, follow the directions to enroll in any of the online courses from the WebJunction Course list, selecting Pennsylvania Courses, then Library Services to take one of the approved Act 48 credit courses listed above. If you experience any problems registering for a course, please email .

These instructions may also be found on the Access PA website by clicking the link labeled Access PA/POWER Library Online Training Via WebJunction.
March 21
Low Stress Strategies for Reaching the After School Crowd (YALSA)
Learn how YALSA's “Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth” and national teen space guidelines can help you build a better environment for both teens and library staff. By applying skills gained from the webinar, participants will ultimately build their base of teen patrons and future audiences via drop-in programs and more, thereby demonstrating to the community the key role libraries play in keeping teens safe and learning beyond the school day.Read More.

March 22
Assess to Impress: Demonstrating Your Library's Value
This Teaching, Learning & Technology Roundtable of PaLA (TL&T) Spring workshop will take place on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Dixon University Center, 2896 N. Second St., Harrisburg. Keynote speaker will be Catherine Alloway who will discuss benchmarking resources relevant to academic, school and public librarians. Registration is $25 for PaLA members and $35 for non-members. Registration includes lunch. Registration will open mid-February. Please direct questions to TL&T Chair, Elehna Shores at .

March 25

Surviving Disruptive TechnologiesProfessor Hank Lucas, of the University of Maryland, teaches this FREE 7-week course through Coursera. The purpose of this course is to help participants, and the organizations they encounter, survive the waves of technological disruptions facing business, government, education and their daily lives.The course beginsMarch 25.Learn more and register.March 26Tech on the Spec(trum): Making Libraries more accessible for children with special needs (TechSoup)Is there an affordable way to make your library more technologically accessible for children with autism and other developmental differences? Join this session to learn about the successful"Come On In"program at Skokie (IL) Public Library. Hear about free and inexpensive tools. Think about ways to partner with other organizations to meet patron and staff needs. The presenter for the session is Holly Jin with the Skokie (IL) Public Library. Register. March 27Data Gets Grants (Wild Apricot)To receive grant funding, it is necessary to submit a proposal that identifies and successfully documents a dire need. The need has to be compelling enough to pull at the heartstrings and substantial enough to satisfy the intellect. It is also crucial to measure the need (yes, it isn’t just important to measure outcomes!) so that the problem is articulately described and so that realistic, quantifiable objectives are created.

Takeaways from this session include:

  • How to determine which data to gather
  • Simple processes to follow to locate data
  • Where to start when seeking data online
  • What to do if numbers terrify you or put you to sleep


March 27
Game Design Foundations for Libraries

Each webinar will provide a framework for workshops that museum and library professionals can present to youth at their institutions. The webinars will cover the foundations of game design and how it can be incorporated into a museum or library learning environment. Participants will learn how game design can be effective in teaching core 21st century skills, such as systems thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking. The workshop framework provides engaging, hands-on, physical, and digital design activities that use free online game design tools. The webinar will also highlight the requirements for the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge, which is accepting entries through April 24, 2013.

The National STEM Video Game Challenge is open to students in grades 5-12 (individuals and teams) using any game-making platform. Winners and winning teams receive laptop computers, a cash prize of $2000 for their sponsoring institution, and the opportunity to be showcased in Washington, D.C. and beyond. The Challenge website features a mentor resource kit, a hands-on workshop guide, resources on game design and STEM skills, and information on STEM Challenge events.

Webinar Presenters:

Christa Avampato, of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, has developed products, services, events, and programs in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors across a wide range of industries including financial services, retail, health and wellness, environmental conservation, education, and the arts for 14 years. She is passionate about the use of technology to build a better world and over the last five years has worked on a number of mobile-tech-based projects. She is an accomplished public speaker on the topic of creativity with appearances at SXSW 2011 and 2012, NYU’s Tisch School, and Hunter College.

Katya Hott, Learning Content Producer at E-Line Media, is passionate about teaching and empowering kids through game design. Drawing on her background in classroom instruction and her Masters in Educational Technology from New York University, Katya works with game designers, teachers and students to create effective learning spaces for games in education. For years before coming to work as a Learning Content Producer at E-Line Media, Katya taught ESL in classrooms around the world. Now she is combining her teaching experiences, her studies in education, and her passion for technology by helping educators and learners incorporate and embrace games in their classrooms.

March 28
Nonprofit Audits in a Nutshell
This is a FREE webinar sponsored by First Nonprofit Foundation. Jenifer Holland, a governance consultant with BoardSource, will address the board’s role in the audit process.Register.
Vital Reference in a Vital Society
The webinar will discuss: QR codes, Zotero, Cloud Computing, Apps, PollsEverywhere, SCAVNGR gaming app, Text/Mobile Reference, eBook readers, social networking, liaison work and, reader’s advisory, to make services vital to the needs of a vibrant society. The presentation will discuss what the tool is, provide examples of usage from my own experience and from the library literature, and the pros and cons of using each tool. A webinar on this topic is vital because many of our library patrons are using these items, so, we need to in order to stay relevant to them and their information needs. Read more.

Keystone Anniversary
A 20th Anniversary Celebration is planned at the State Capitol Rotunda on March 18 for the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund, more commonly known as the Keystone Fund. More details on that will be forthcoming.

April 2
No Name Calling: Addressing Bullying Through Books (Booklist)
This FREE webinar is presented by Emily Bazelton. She will discuss how children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying.Register.

Visualizing the Future of Big Data and You (Nonprofit Technology Network)
$45 for nonmembers Learn more.
April 3

The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party with a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause

This FREE webinar presented by Morrie Warshawski describes the Fundraising Houseparty, a way to raise money from individuals and highlight your cause.Takeaways include:
How to prepare for a houseparty
Who can be Hosts and what you can expect from them
What should go in your invitation
The criteria for an effective presentation
Elements for an engaging and powerful “ask”
The importance of follow-up

So Many Devices, So Little Time
This webinar shares practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of mobile devices, whether through formal training or one-on-one assistance. Register

April 4

If you are planning to attend the PA Forward workshop at James V. Brown Library in Williamsport on April 4, you will need to register online (on the PaLA website) at

This registration process has changed from prior instructions, which had registrations going to Sue Rider at the James V. Brown Library. If you have already registered with Sue, she will follow up directly with you.

North Central Library District & West Branch Chapter of PALA


Thursday,April 4, 2013

James V. Brown Library

Lowry Theater, Welch Wing

12pm – 4:30pm

Cost: $20.00 registration fee includes lunch, materials, and parking.

This PA Forward workshop will help you develop a strong, consistent message about your library’s role in building literacy skills. You will learn how to use PA Forward’s branding, marketing tools, and five literacies to effectively frame your programming, marketing, partnership development, and advocacy.

Here’s feedback from attendees at previous PA Forward workshops:

“Great workshop, informative & practical.” “This helped focus this initiative for me.” “Excellent information”

“This session was amazing! Anytime I have a chance to hear ideas, I’m happy. I also love having an ‘elevator speech’ to use to quickly explain the initiative … I will be back again & again!”

Participation: The workshop is open to PaLA members and non-members. We especially encourage attendance by anyone who:

· Develops and/or implements programs and services at their library

· Markets their library and promotes its programs

· Develops partnerships with external organizations

· Advocates with political and community leaders and fund sources on behalf of their library

· Plays a role in institutional positioning at their library.

CE credits: This workshop meets state requirements for continuing education for public librarians and staff. Certificates will be distributed at the conclusion of the workshop.

Trainers:· Paula Gilbert, Martin Library · Mary Garm, Lackawanna Library System · Kathy Silks, PA Forward Manager

April 7-10

National AfterSchool Association Annual Conference
This conference will be held in Indianapolis, IN
April 8
Succession Planning for Nonprofits
Monday, April 8, 2013 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)

In a recent report, the Bridgespan Group said that the most successful succession planning

“is not a periodic event triggered by an executive’s departure. Instead, it is a proactive and systematic investment in building a pipeline of leaders within an organization, so that when transitions are necessary, leaders at all levels are ready to act.”

Effective, sustainable organizations are always looking to develop their future leaders and understand the importance of having a plan to ensure stability in a situation where the organizational leader is suddenly unavailable. In this seminar, we will discuss the 3 types of succession planning activities: a) the emergency succession plan, b) the plan for a defined departure date, and the third activity which overlaps, underpins, and reinforces the first two. This is “strategic leadership development” of identified potential leaders in the organization to ensure future sustainability and continuity of the organization. Attendees will learn what they need to have in place to begin succession planning and will be provided a roadmap with links to tools and templates to create their own plans.

The speaker isLeslie Bonner, Managing Consultant of Bonner Consulting. Leslie Bonner is a consultant, coach, and facilitator with over 25 years of experience working with and in a variety of organizations -- including nonprofits, financial services, energy, professional services, healthcare, and small business. Her areas of expertise include nonprofit strategic planning, organizational assessments, and leadership, staff, and Board development. Leslie has worked with over 150 nonprofit organizations in every sector in the 14 years she has been working as a consultant, which included 5 years with Dewey & Kaye. To learn more about Leslie, visit her website at

The cost to attend this program is $20 per person, which includes a light continental breakfast. Registration is required by calling the Foundation Center at 412-622-6277. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Foundation Center is a Cooperating Collectionof The Foundation Center in New York City.

April 9

Expanding the Caldecott Experience: Programming with Caldecott Winning and Honor BooksTake a closer look Caldecott Medal winning and honor books and explore various techniques for bringing books and children together through classroom and library programming.RegisterUsing Webisodes to Take Your Teen Programming to Them, Where They Are, When They Are! Using humor and parody the librarian team of Mr. Heck and Mrs. Darnay created the webisode style series, “DarnitalltoHeck,“ to deliver reader’s advisory, book talks, library contests, special events, and more. By going to where the students “live” and allowing them access to our programming on their schedule, we not only increased our library circulation and visitations, but we also created an unexpected aura of celebrity to the librarians!

Webinar participants will gain ideas for creating thematic scripts to tie the webisodes together; learn about the technology used to create the videos and to post online; and discover the benefits beyond the students by using these videos for advocacy of your library program to the administration/stakeholders. Read more.

April 10
Engaging Stakeholders, the First Step to Creating a Digitally Inclusive Community
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ♦ 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific♦ 60 min
Registration: is proud to be hosting an engaging discussion of Rhode Island’s digital inclusion stakeholder engagement process. We’ll discuss why Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) decided it was important to create a process of engaging stakeholders in order to discuss technology access and use. Key collaborators will explain their involvement, how various sectors were engaged, the impact of NTIA funded projects upon the stakeholder engagement process, and how policy recommendations were created and prioritized.

Target audience: Local or state leaders (libraries, community-based organizations, government, business) interested in building digitally inclusive 21st century communities.


  • Stuart Freiman, Broadband Program Director at Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
  • Howard Boksenbaum, Chief Library Officer for Rhode Island
  • Pam Christman, Director of User Support Services at Rhode Island College former Chief Operation Officer at OSHEAN
  • Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative, NTIA

Moderator: Angela Siefer, Digital Inclusion Program Manager at OCLC.

April 11
What's New In Children's Literature
Penny Peck will talk about books published in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include picture
books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades,
graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more! You will also hear about books that appeal to the "reluctant reader," and to boys who mayhave drifted away from reading. Click here for more information.

April 11-13
NTENOnline Nonprofit Technology Conference will be held in Minneapolis

April 13
Kutztown University Children's Literature Conference.Five children's authors and illustrators will present during the 15th Annual KU Children's Literature Conference:Christopher Soentpiet, Janet Wong, Suzanne Fisher Staples, and education writers, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Capelli.

April 18

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

This FREE National Library of Medicine in-person workshop will be held

at the Penn Hills Public Library, Penn Hills, PA with presenter Lydia Collins.


Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information

This FREE National Library of Medicine in-person workshop will be held at the Penn Hills Public Library, Pens Hills, PA with presenter Kate Flewelling.