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Access PA News September 17, 2010

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

What's Up Front!

HSLC/Access PA and POWER Library at PaLA Annual Conference

Staff of HSLC/Access PA and the POWER Library will be at the Access PA booth during the PaLA Conference (October 25 through October 27) in Lancaster. If you are attending the Conference please stop by and see demonstrations of new services, give us your comments, and talk to us about your ideas. We will be located in booths 6 and 7 (next to the Commonwealth Libraries booth.)

On Monday, October 25, from 9:00am to 11:45am, the PaLA Public Library Division is sponsoring "Evergreen Open Source Library Systems: Coast to Coast." Evergreen has become a leading open source software system for consortia and multi-library systems. This program will examine the implementation of Evergreen systems in the U.S., with concentration on planning, standards, promotion and administration. Representatives from the following states and consortia will make presentations, with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and HSLC/Access PA providing background on Pennsylvania activities:

Amy Terlaga, Assistant Director, User Services
Bibliomation (Connecticut)

Elizabeth McKinney, PINES Program Director
Georgia Pines

Jed Moffitt, Director of ITS
King County Library System (Washington)

Jim Corridan, Deputy Director, Indiana State Library
Organization: Evergreen Indiana

Are you new to Pennsylvania libraries or just wondering about what the Office of Commonwealth Libraries offers to your library and community? On Tuesday, October 26, from 9am to 10am, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries is sponsoring "What Does the Office of Commonwealth Libraries Do? Come to this program and learn from staff of the State Library and Library Development about the many programs, grants, services, initiatives and resources provided by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. You will also learn the responsibilities of this Office and how they impact your library.

Also on Tuesday, October 26, from 3pm to 4pm, Vince Mariner, Coordinator of Ask Here PA, is moderating the session "Tweet-en the Deal! Going Social for Engaging Library Services." Panelists will explore how libraries are using social networking tools with a focus on the experiences of libraries that have set up mobile text/sms reference services to enable patrons to ask questions from their mobile device at anytime. Eric Zino, LYRASIS Member Products and Services Consultant, will open the session by providing a view of the current social networking landscape with an emphasis on some efforts of libraries to explore new ways to engage users and promote library services. Panelists from Dauphin County Library System, Duquesne University and the Free Library of Philadelphia will share experiences implementing text/sms reference services.

Finally, HSLC/Access PA is once again pleased to sponsor this year's Annual Awards Banquet, scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 26, from 6pm to 9:30pm. Titled "Standing Next to History," this prestigious conference event will begin with a Pre-Banquet Reception. The banquet program will begin at 7 p.m. and includes dinner, the presentation of PaLA's Distinguished Service Award and a keynote presentation by former secret service agent and author, Joseph Petro. Having served as a special agent of the secret service for more than twenty years, eleven of them at the White House, and four years as "the man on the shoulder" of Ronald Reagan, Petro capably provides a first-hand look at the most discreet law enforcement agency in the world in his book, "Standing Next to History: An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service."

Access Pennsylvania Database

Access Pennsylvania Database

Change in Personnel or Email Addresses

Please check your library's listing in the Access PA Database Participant Directory and report any changes that need to made to it to Access PA Support at

To search the Participant Directory, visit the Access PA website at and click on the link labeled Information for Libraries.

 A direct link to the Participant Directory is located along the left-hand side of the Information for Libraries page.

Access PA/POWER Library Training

Access PA/POWER Library Training

Access PA/POWER Library Online Courses Now Available Via WebJunction PA

Are you new to Access PA/POWER Library? Have you used Ask Here PA and want to learn more about it? Or, do you need continuing ed credits?

Access PA, POWER Library and Ask Here PA training is now available online through WebJunction! The Access PA Database Online Beginner Training Course 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. The POWER Library: AP Images course includes an introduction to the AP Images online interface, navigation and set-up options and searching each of the archives. The Understanding and Promoting Ask Here PA online course focuses on understanding how Ask Here PA works and on using, evaluating and promoting this valuable service.

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.

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

Detailed Instructions for Registering:

  • Visit the WebJunction Pennsylvania (
  • Create a new account or sign in with your current WebJunction username and password.
  • If you create a new account, be sure to check the box to request affiliation with Pennsylvania, when you reach the affiliations page.
  • If you already have an account, after signing in, click on Edit Account and the My Affiliations tab to request affiliation with Pennsylvania. Affiliation requests may take 24 hours or longer to process.
  • After you take a look around, we'd like to hear from you about your experiences in the member center (
  • Need help? Find help and support in the member center, or you can always contact us (

Once you are a WebJunction Pennsylvania registered user, you must log into WebJunction to enroll in any of the online courses from the WebJunction home page or the PA Courses link, followed by Pennsylvania Courses on the resulting page.

These instructions may also be found on the Access PA website by clicking the link labeled Access PA/POWER Library Online Training Via WebJunction.

POWER Library

POWER Library

Reminder: POWER Library Support

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29 provides support for POWER Library. If you need assistance accessing POWER Library or any of its databases (except for the Access Pennsylvania Database), please use the Technical Problem Form ( This will provide POWER Library support staff with the needed information to resolve your issues as soon as possible.

To access this form, you will need to enter your "Library Use Only" username "(your county)" and the POWER Library website password. If do not know the POWER Library website password, or you experience problems with the form, please call 570-544-9131 ext. 1274.

Ask Here PA

Ask Here PA

Ask Here PA in the News from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette

HSLC/Access PA, in conjunction with Ask Here PA, Pennsylvania's 24/7 live chat reference service is pleased to announce that the Williamsport SunGazette of September 13, 2010, printed an article titled "Local Students Take Advantage of 'Ask Here' Reference Service."

The article may be found online at:

Tell Your Students About Ask Here PA

Print Table Tents to Place around Computers:

Easy Copy and Paste Linking Instructions for Your Website:

Use Ask Here PA at

Follow Ask Here PA on twitter at

VDX Tip of the Week

VDX Tip of the Week

Reminder: Lost Items

If a borrowed item was lost in transit or by the patron, requesters and responders have the ability to change the status of the request to Lost. Lost is a terminal status and the request will not progress any further through the VDX system.

Once an ILL request has been placed in the Lost status, keep in mind that you will not be able to remove it from your results list. When the involved parties have settled the dispute, please send a message to the Access Pennsylvania Database Support Center, providing them with the request number and item title, so that it may be removed from your results list.

NOTE: If, as a potential responder, your library is unable to ship an item that has been requested because it is "Lost" from your collection, please perform the Answer Nonsupply action and in the reason section of the Action: Answer Nonsupply form, select Lost.



That's it for this week. The News is published on a weekly basis from September through May, with special reports as necessary at other times.

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