Access Pennsylvania
Access PA News June 13, 2008

What's Up Front!
Access Pennsylvania Database
Ask Here PA
Access PA and POWER Library Training
VDX Tip of the Week
IDS Update
What's Up Front!

What's Up Front!

Access PA ONLINE Beginner Training Course: Summer Session

The Spring term of our first ever Access PA ONLINE Beginner Training course was a sell out success, so we are pleased to announce that -- for your convenience -- two sessions of the Access PA Online Beginner Training Course will be held during the summer months. The first scheduled session will begin on Monday, June 30, 2008 and continue through Friday, July 18, 2008. The second session will begin on Monday, July 14, 2008 and continue through Friday, August 15, 2008. If you are interested in taking the Access PA Online Beginner Training Course, please register for either session beginning Monday, June 16. And as usual, there are no fees for these courses.

The online training course is designed for librarians and library aides new to Access PA and will cover four basic areas. Unit 1 covers how to navigate the Access PA website to locate information related to the Access PA program. Unit 2 covers searching the Access PA Database and placing interlibrary loan (ILL) requests. Unit 3 covers using the VDX ILL System to process ILL requests. Unit 4 covers how to keep your library's holdings updated in the Access PA Database.

This course uses the eCollege course management service which is hosted by eCollege. Students will be able to access the course from any computer connected to the Internet to work independently any time of day or night. The Instructor, Cindy Pitchon, will monitor the course and be available to students during normal business hours and via email. School certified librarians will be eligible for up to 7 Act 48 credit hours.

Registration for the summer sessions of the Access PA Online Beginner Training Course opens on Monday morning, June 16, 2008. To register, go to the Access PA Learning Center at and click on the Registration link. On Step 2 of 7, make sure to select Access PA Summer-A to register for the session that begins on Monday, June 30th and Access PA Summer-B to register for the session that begins on Monday, July 14th.

Feel free to contact HSLC/Access PA at with any questions regarding the Access PA Online Beginner Training Course.

Access Pennsylvania Database

Access Pennsylvania Database

Welcome New Participants

Access PA welcomes the following libraries that have recently joined the Access Pennsylvania Database project:

  • Altoona Area Jr. High School (BLAIRBED Region)
  • Cabrini College (DELCO Region)
  • Central Bucks South High School (BUCKSLINK Region)
  • Eisenhower Elementary School (SPIES Region)
  • Free Library of Springfield Township (MCMARS Region)
  • Greene County Library System (ASPIRE Region)
  • Gateway Sch for Communications & Technology (BERKS Region)
  • James F. Baugher Elementary School (CENTRALSUS Region)
  • Laurel Technical Institute (BMW Region)
  • Lower Providence Community Library (MCMARS Region)
  • Mars Area Centennial School (BMW Region)
  • Montandon Elementary School (CENTRALSUS Region)
  • Mt Jewett Memorial Library (SENECA Region)
  • New Horizons Montessori School (MCMARS Region)
  • Northside Urban Pathways Charter School (ALLEGHENY Region)
  • Orleans Technical Institute (PHILA Region)
  • Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander U of P Partnership Sch (PHILA Region)
  • United Friends School (BUCKSLINK Region)
  • White Deer Elementary School (CENTRALSUS Region)
  • YTI Career Institute (SPIES Region)
Ask Here PA

Ask Here PA

Libraries from the United Kingdom to participate in the 24/7 Reference Cooperative

Libraries throughout the USA and Canada will now join libraries from the United Kingdom in providing collaborative chat reference to their respective users. During scheduled shifts in which Ask Here PA librarians provide service to the 24/7 Reference Cooperative they will have the opportunity to serve users of the Enquire service, a national service in the United Kingdom. (For more information about the Enquire service, see: Similarly, Enquire librarians will be scheduled to provide service to the Cooperative. Ask Here PA, Pennsylvania's statewide live chat reference and information service, has participated in the 24/7 Reference Cooperative since September 2007. Participation in the 24/7 Reference Cooperative enables Ask Here PA to be available to the citizens of Pennsylvania on a 24/7 basis.

For more about Ask Here PA, please visit:

For the benefits of contributing staff time to Ask Here PA, please visit:

Reference Renaissance Conference - Program Available Early Bird Deadline Extended

The complete program for A Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends (August 4-5, 2008 in Denver, CO) is now available on the conference website.

This exciting two-day event features keynote speaker David W. Lewis, Dean of the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, who will talk about Reference in the Age of Wikipedia, Or Not... and the implications of the technological and social transformations brought on by Google, Wikipedia, and answer services such as ChaCha. On day two of the conference, a plenary panel discussion, Theory Meets Practice, made up of educators and library directors will highlight what's being taught in schools of library and nformation science and what's being implemented in libraries. This panel features Dr. David Lankes (Information Institute of Syracuse, NY), Dr. Marie L. Radford (Rutgers University, NJ), Jamie LaRue (Douglas County Libraries, CO) and Carla J. Stoffle (University of Arizona).

Other sessions cover the full gamut of reference and information services in public, academic, and special library settings. Learn about "predatory reference" techniques, screencasts for distance reference, gathering meaningful statistics, the impact of serious leisure on reference services, new staff training initiatives, widgets, IM, marketing in-person services - and more! Meet and network with your colleagues from all over the U.S., Canada and other countries, and spend time with exhibitors showcasing a variety of reference focused products.

Early bird registration has been extended through June 30 at a rate of $150; regular registration is $175. Registration includes all sessions on both days and access to the exhibits as well as breakfast and lunch both days. A special hotel rate of $105 (+tax) per night is available or reservations made before July 11.

For more information on the conference, please go to or contact Justine Shaffner at To discuss the conference and find out about and make plans for social activities, sign up at the Ning site at

Access PA and POWER Library Training

Access PA and POWER Library Training

Reminder: Registration Continues for Access PA Fall 2008 Training

Online Registration for the Access PA Fall 2008 training sessions continues. For a complete list of training sessions, click on the link labeled Access PA Fall 2008 Training located on the home page of the Access PA web site at

The Access PA Fall 2008 live training sessions will consist of 3 all-day Beginner sessions and 21 all-day Refresher sessions, with continental breakfast and lunch provided, free of charge. Sign-in begins at 8:15am, with all sessions beginning promptly at 9am and ending at 3pm. It is recommended that librarians and support staff that have never received formal training attend a Beginner session which will cover Access Pennsylvania Database systems, and a complete overview of the new WebFeat Statewide Federated Search Engine. The Refresher sessions are for experienced users and will include an update of Access Pennsylvania Database systems in the morning and a complete overview of the new WebFeat Statewide Federated Search Engine, along with POWER Library database updates, in the afternoon. You must attend both the morning and afternoon parts of the Refresher training session.

Those attending either a full-day Beginner or full-day Refresher session will be eligible to receive Act 48 credit. You must attend for the full day in either case to receive any Act 48 credit (i.e. there is no credit for partial attendance, and you may not share attendance with another staff member.)

Once you have decided on a session, click on the links labeled Click Here for Training Registration. To help guide you through the process, we ask that you make sure to read the instructions provided at the top of each step of the registration process. Those eligible for Act 48 credits MUST enter your Act 48 Professional Personnel ID (PPID) number when processing your registration. Keep in mind that the deadline for registering is one week before the scheduled class, however space is limited and seats will be filled on a first come basis.

To help answer your questions, visit the Training Registration FAQ [] or contact Access PA Support at

VDX Tip of the Week

VDX Tip of the Week

Cleaning Up Your Requester/Responder Results Lists

To help clean up your results list, the complete button is available for use by requesters. If the status of items in requesters' results lists are labelled Cancelled, Returned, Idle or Not Supplied, requesters may remove them by clicking on the complete button. After clicking on the complete button to remove items from results lists, it is necessary to log out of the VDX ILL system. The next time you log into VDX, the completed requests will no longer appear in results lists.

Keep in mind that items with a returned status should be kept on a requester's results list for several weeks to allow time for items to be returned and checked in by responders. Once returned items are checked in by responders, the items automatically disappear from the requester's results list.

Instructions on the use of the complete button maybe found in the new VDX2.7 Manual at:

Responders do NOT need the complete button. Performing the Cancel Reply-Yes action to requests in the Status of Cancel pending automatically removes these items from a responder's results list as does performing the Checked in action when items are returned.

If you experience problems removing items from your results lists, feel free to contact Access PA. We ask that you provide us with the name and/or 5-character III-VDX code for your library and the request numbers in question.

IDS Update

IDS Update

Capital Area IU #15 & Affiliates to Drop IDS

As of June 30, 2008, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 -- located in Summerdale, PA -- and their affiliates will no longer be members of IDS.


Call or email: Beverly J. Carey, IDS Administrative Director or Julia Fitzsimmons, IDS Adm. Assistant, at 215-348-2940, x 1625 or



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