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Resource List 

Note: Please contact a solicitor or your library’s attorney for any legal questions.
Also find info/training in WebJunction and PA Library Staff Academy
Click here for this resource list as a printable PDF. 

Top sites for Information:

State Library Website: (use search bar)
Compendium:  (use search bar)
POWER Library:

ACCESS PA Newsletter

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA National Network (resources):


see also ADA above
Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians:
Temple University’s Assistive Technology Lending Library:

Board of Trustees

Blue Avocado:
BoardSource: (each district center has copies of their titles)
BoardSource’s Free Resources:
Charity Navigator: Charity Navigator evaluates and rates nonprofit performance
Leadership by Design: (4-page handout on Board governance duties and more!)
National Council of Nonprofits:
Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO):
Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards (National Center for Nonprofit Boards)
United for Libraries:

Career Information

O’Net Online: Librarians:

Child Abuse Clearance Information

Online Training: (fee)
If Individual is Paying for Clearance:
If organization is paying:
Service Code for Library Employee: 1KG756 (employee 14 years of age and older who has contact with children).
Service Code for Volunteers: 1KG6ZJ (an individual applying for or holding an unpaid position as a volunteer with a child-care service, a school or a program, activity or service, as a person responsible for the child’s welfare or having director volunteer contact with children).

Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

WebJunction Summary: 45_Summary.html

Children and Youth

ALSC competencies  (you can only access PDF if you are a member, but if you scroll down they are listed on the site below):
Cruise Into Kindergarten: please contact Corri Hines for updated sites (for librarians and parents and early childhood instructors)
Madison Library Bubbler:
SummerQuest  new site coming soon; please contact Corri Hines.
YALSA Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff:

Children’s Books

Copyright-free titles in the POWER Library (over 300; use for online Story hour!)

Collection Development

Weeding: CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries
Compendium: News for Pennsylvania Libraries:

Computers and Software

see Purchasing for:
TechSoup for Libraries, and others


U.S. Copyright Office:

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) Guidelines for Public Library Staff: (GAC is revising)
See also Professional Development


see also Statistics and Demographics
Rural Pennsylvania (Center for Rural Pennsylvania):
Pew Internet & American Life Project:
Pew Research Center:


Pennsylvania Demographic Profiles:

Disaster Preparedness

ALA  Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography (lists resources and training:


See Accessibility


Diversity Equity and Inclusion (ALA):
Toolkit: Pa Dept of Education Toolkit
Surveying: Who’s Coming: Respectful Audience Surveying Toolkit
ICMA Resources:


Universal Service Administrative Company:


Notify us of upcoming events:
Submit something for the Compendium:

Facilities see also Grants

ALA LibGuides on Equipment and Facilities:
Core Library Facilities & Interiors Interest Group:
PLA (Public Library Association):
Keystone Grants for Public Libraries:
Whole Building Design Guide


Candid (formerly GuideStar): provides information about nonprofits, including copies of their 990’s, online foundation directory and data
PA Public Library Accounting Manual. Revised August 2018: (see related webinar Financial Best Practices in the PA Library Staff Academy)
Wallace Foundation’s Resources for Financial Management:


from Pennsylvania State Police website:

Friends Group:

Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL):
United for Libraries:

Furniture and Equipment, etc.

See Purchasing for
Surplus Federal Real Property for Educational Purposes


Center for the Future of Libraries:


see also Keystone and LSTA
National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
PA Department of Community and Economic Development lists
grants and programs
Some that libraries may be eligible for : Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
Community Development Block Grant (through your municipality if eligible)
USDA Rural Development:

Human Resources and Personnel

Ask Rita in HR (Blue Avocado):
Job Interview Questions You Can’t Ask (SBA):
Team Building Wiki (Teampedia):
See also Dr. Kramer’s Nonprofit Issues:

Intellectual Freedom

Office of Intellectual Freedom:

Laws (not exhaustive list)


 Child Internet Protection Act  (CIPA):
IRS Code as it relates to 501c3 organizations: IRS Publication 4221-PC—Compliance Guide for 501c3 Public Charities)
Other related IRS publications:


Exclusion from Registering with Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations:
Library Theft: 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3929.1-3929.2
Obscene and other sexual materials and performances: 18 Pa. C.S.A. §5903
Public Library Code: 24 C.S. §§9301 to 9376

9311. State Library and State Librarian.
9312. Advisory council.
Statewide library resource centers.
9314. District library centers.
9315. Development of local libraries.
9316. Acquisition of real property for library purposes.
9317. County libraries and library taxes.
9318. Local library governance.
9319. Certification of library personnel.
9320. Collaborative ventures.
9321. Qualification in general.
9332. Waiver of standards.
9333. State system of aid to libraries.
9334. Quality libraries aid.
9335. Incentive for excellence aid.
9336. Equal distribution grants.
9337. County coordination aid.
9338. District library center aid.
9339. Statewide library resource center aid.
9340. Equalization aid.
9341. Transfer of funds among allocations.
9342. Special rules for specific fiscal years.
9343. Basic aid to local libraries.
9344. Incentive aid to local libraries.
9351. Financial support for libraries authorized.
9352. Popular subscription.
9353. Gifts and donations.9371. Free use of libraries.
9372. Tax exempt status.
9373. Commonwealth publications.
9374. Selection of materials.
9375. Privacy of circulation records.
9376. Damage to library materials.

Retention of library property after notice to return: 18 Pa. C.S.A. §6708


Dr. Kramer’s Nonprofit Issues:

Library of Congress

Ask A Librarian:
Chronicling America (historic newspapers): Training:
Digital Collections:
Discover LOC Online Resources:
Online Catalog:
Z39.50 Gateway:

Library Statistics

ALA Office for Research Statistics:
Library Research Service:
Institute of Museum and Library Statistics (Public Library Survey):


Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR):
IMLS Subscriptions: (a way to be notified of federal grants offered by IMLS)
Pennsylvania eGrants:
Pennsylvania’s LSTA webpage:
Uniform Guidance:


International City/County Management Association (ICMA):

Nonprofit Issues

Office of Commonwealth Libraries


Older Pennsylvanians

Area Agency on Aging:
Benefits and Rights for Older Pennsylvanians booklet:
Veterans Affairs:
Workforce Development:


Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians (LAMP):
Temple University’s Assistive Technology TechOwl:
Homelessness:  Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness (weekly tips):



Privacy and Confidentiality


Professional Development

PA Library Staff Academy: (click icon on right)
WebJunction Competency Index for the Library Field:
WebJunction Training:

Professional Ethics

(American Library Association, May 19, 2017):


Pre-bid sources libraries may use: COSTARS Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program:
PEPPM Technology items:
KPN Keystone Purchasing Network:
See also TechSoup for Libraries

RA Accounts

General RA Account:
State Aid:

Rural Resources

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania:
USDA Rural Development:

Sales Tax

OCL cannot provide legal advice. Guidance on Sales Tax, as of 2019, may be found at: 61 PA Code subpart B Article II (Sales And Use Tax), Chapters 32.1 etc.; however, it is best to speak with the library’s solicitor for your particular situation. An online brochure entitled
Retailer’s Information State: and Local Sales, Use and Hotel Occupancy Tax. Also check the PA Library Staff Academy and don’t forget to reach out to your District Consultant.


State Aid


Summer Food Program


Survey Creation: Who’s Coming: Respectful Audience Surveying Toolkit
Survey Monkey:

Tax Credit

Tax Credit for Eligible Businesses Contributing to an Educational Improvement Organization

TechSoup for Libraries

Donation Program and Other Resources:


State Web Site:


Workforce Development

State Library Web Site:
POWER Library Workforce Resources: then Click on “Find PA Job Resources” Block

Work Habits/Planning/Decision Making

Eisenhower Matrix:
Stress and Time Management:

Remember that you may find topical information and instruction on WebJunction (topical area and courses and webinars) as well as on the PA Library Staff Academy!

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Professional Organizations

Public Library Certification

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Power Library Statistics

Counting Opinions Website

Gift Guidelines

Page Turner Adventures Statistics

State Aid Calendar

Annual Reports

Audit: Please submit an audit or financial review by October 1.  Failure to comply will result in either a delayed payment or loss of State Aid.  Please contact June Houghtaling about audit questions.

Pennsylvania Public Library Accounting Manual
Prepared by: McKonly & Asbury, LLP
Certified Public Accountants Camp Hill, PA

Laws and Guidelines

American Library Association Guidelines