Behind the Scenes: Connect & Collaborate


“Behind the Scenes” the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Board of Directors, committees and partners want you to be informed. There has been a concerted effort over the past few years to provide varied communication methods to ensure that school librarians across the Commonwealth receive timely and meaningful information.

PSLA Pulse
The PSLA Pulse is the blog of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.  It highlights the accomplishments of PSLA members, teaching and learning resources, legislative news and a “Behind the Scenes” feature. 

Pennsylvania Key Communicators Network: Network News
The Network News, which is funded by the PSLA LSTA grant, is a collaborative project between the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association and the University of Pittsburgh’s School Library Certification Program. Find archived newsletters dating back to the first publication in October 2017. Every school librarian in Pennsylvania should receive the newsletters as they are passed through a regional and district structure. 

Social Media

Twitter: @PSLA_News and #PSLA
 Instagram: PSLA_News
PSLA Quarterly Newsletter
The PSLA Quarterly Newsletter is written, designed and distributed by Quantum Communications. The newsletter is emailed to PSLA members, as well as to all members of the general assembly. It also is sent to school board members, superintendents and principals for whom public emails are available. The purpose of the newsletter is primarily to educate policymakers on the important role that school librarians play in educating our children.

PSLA Website
Visit the PSLA website for information that falls under the following categories: Get Involved, Teach & Learn, Take Action, Award & Celebrate, Read Publications, and Announcements & Events

Here are just a few highlights…

  • Quick Links – Find Quick Links on the right-hand menu for “quick” access to items like our membership renewal, AASL Standards Training, the Model Curriculum for PA School Libraries, PSLA Committee Interest Survey and more…
  • News and Twitter Feed – Right-hand Menu
  • Get Involved – Renew or Join, PSLA Committee Information, and Local Affiliates
  • Teach & Learn – Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs, Educator Effectiveness Tools, and Leadership Academy Overviews
  • Award & Celebrate – PSLA Awards & Rubrics, Scholarship Opportunities, AASL Awards & Grants
  • Take Action – PA Library Legislation, Advocacy Resources, Challenged/Eliminated Position Support Resources
  • Read Publications – PSLA Pulse, PA Key Communicators Network News, PSLA Teaching and Learning Literature Review, PA Department of Education Publications, Research Studies
  • Announcements & Events – Event Calendar, Annual Conference, Summit, Regional Trainings, Board Announcement
PSLA Listserv
The PSLA listserv is open only to members of PSLA. To post to the listserv, you must use the email address associated with your PSLA membership and send your message to [email protected].  Please be sure to follow the guidelines stated in the PSLA Listserv Policy. For any questions concerning your ability to access the listserv, please contact the Listserv Manager - Nancy Latanision[email protected]

Note: The PSLA Communications Committee is currently piloting a replacement listserv that is part of our website package. Look for information in the new year.  Update: The PSLA listserv has been replaced. Find updated information on the Connect & Collaborate section of the PSLA website.

This is a members-only, online platform for discussions and posting of resources. To get started, go to and use the code which was emailed to you or given to you when you registered for PSLA membership.

Note: The PSLA Teaching and Learning Committee is currently exploring a group forum feature available as part of our website package.

I hope you connect and communicate with PSLA and our members!

Ever Curious,

Allison Mackley

President, PSLA (PA School Librarians Association)
National Board Certified Teacher Librarian 
Hershey High School
550 Homestead Road
Hershey, PA  17033
[email protected]
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