PCBL Advocates for Libraries Throughout Pennsylvania

President’s Message  

Spring has finally come to Pennsylvania and our libraries and library advocates are busy gearing up for the warmer weather activities.  Book sales and other fundraisers are scheduled and almost all libraries have plans underway for Summer Reading activities.  Friends are strong supporters of helping the school children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation and many communities are now including residents of all ages in the summer reading activities. 

This year is a special one for PCBL.  2014 is PCBL’s 35th Anniversary year and as we reflect on the accomplishments of our organization, it is noteworthy that the mission of advocating for strong, effective libraries has continued to guide those who have led PCBL over these years. Many thanks and our appreciation go to those who attended the White House and Governor’s Conferences in the 1970’s that brought attention to libraries.  Those same advocates helped to organize PCBL and give it strong visibility and the opportunity to work with other associations, agencies and community groups. 

Plans are being finalized for a Friends Institute to be held in late October.  The PCBL Board will have more information and registration materials available in a few months.  For now, please be aware of this opportunity to meet with other friends and to participate in workshops that relate to typical issues that your friends group may encounter.

Please note that Sunday, September 28th is the date for our Annual Meeting, Annual Awards Luncheon and Friends sponsored session at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference.  This year we return to the Lancaster Convention Center.

Thanks for all the continued support our members provide for PCBL and for libraries in our Commonwealth.

Sue Solarczyk   April 2014

HCS posted 4/17/2014 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Lois K. Albrecht, Distinguished Librarian and PCBL Board Member Emeritus.  Congratulations Lois!

A biography of Lois Albrecht's dedicated career to Library Development.

Posted HCS 20140127

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Board Adopts Changes to Bylaws Regarding Emeritus Status

The PCBL Board has now adopted, among others, a Bylaw change to include Emeritus status as a new category of membership. The proposed Bylaws changes were approved at the June 7, 2013 Board meeting, were posted for review, and adopted at the Annual Meeting on October 20, 2013.

1.       Emeritus status is intended to be honorary with no required responsibilities.
2.       The person may attend Board meetings as a non-voting member.
3.       The status confers life- time membership and freedom from payment of annual dues.
4.       Nomination will be made in writing to the Nominating Committee who makes a recommendation to the Board.
5.       The Board votes to approve and notifies the recipient.
6.       A resolution adopted by the Board on June 7 explains the details of the process.

HCS posted 10/23/2013

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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