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PCBL Seeks New Executive Secretary

PCBL is seeking an Executive Secretary to assist the volunteer executive board. PCBL serves as the parent organization of approximately 120 “Friends of the Library Groups” across Pennsylvania who locally support their home public libraries with much needed fundraising and public relations support. The Executive Secretary will be a contractual position signed between the Board of PCBL and the Executive Secretary. For more information, please view our full Job Description and Job Expectations documents.

Did You Know...?

President Trump's proposed budget targets the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for elimination. It also calls for a reduction in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) budget. Pennsylvania libraries and Pennsylvania residents benefit from both of these federally funded programs. Although the stop-gap budget kept funding through September, now is the time to reach out to your federal Senators and Representatives to let let them how this funding supports your mission.

Below are links to several documents detailing LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) programs in Pennsylvania and Internet connectivity discounts through the FCC's E-rate program.

Please educate yourself and your Friends and share your story.

For more information, visit www.ala.org/advocacy

501 (c)(3) Help

We can make it easy to achieve 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status.  If you've been through it before, you know completing a 990 Form is NOT a simple task.  It's hard.  It's time consuming. And it's a real struggle for small organizations.

But you don't need to bear that burden.  One of the greatest benefits offered by PCBL is an Affiliate Membership.  Your group can become a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit without the workload by joining under our umbrella.

Save the Date - 2017 PCBL Fall Institute

Join us for our Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries Fall Institute - it will be taking place on Saturday, September 16 from 9-3 at the Holiday Inn in Grantville PA. Our keynote speaker will be Beth Nawalinksi, the new Executive Director of United for Libraries. For more information, please Contact Us.

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PCBL is an organization of advocates that speaks for libraries throughout Pennsylvania. Membership is open to anyone who wants to see strong and well-funded libraries, and the best possible library service for all of Pennsylvania's citizens. That includes librarians, trustees of libraries, government officials and friends of libraries, as well as the lay citizen-user of libraries.

Members are kept up to date on legislative information and actions as they pertain to Pennsylvania libraries; have opportunities to attend library advocacy and library fundraising workshops; and receive information about events, programs, and issues of interest to library advocates.

For the latest news about the recently passed Library Code legislation, SB1225, click here(10/24/2012)

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PCBL Means...

Persuade public officials that libraries are essential community services
Collaborate with other library associations, agencies and community groups
Be a voice for improved library funding and appropriate legislation
Lead efforts to encourage, train and support library Friends