What's New at PA Forward®

Keystone Scholars and the PA Library Association

The PAForward™ Program of the Pennsylvania Library Association through its ongoing partnership with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department’s Keystone Scholars program […]

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Pennsylvania Library Association

Pennsylvania Library Association 2021 Conference & Expo – Welcome, Neighbor! The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is the oldest professional library […]

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Covid Resource Library

We invite you to download and share the following COVID-19 communication materials.  Scroll down for a collection of our latest […]

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What is Pa Forward®?

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward®, was conceived to give voice to what the library community already knows, and what other states throughout the nation are also recognizing:

With the right support, libraries are ideally positioned to become the community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.
Libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They’re agile institutions serving real-life needs. Libraries are the key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in Pennsylvania by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.

PA Forward® Steering Committee Members

Working in tandem with the PA Forward Project Manager, the Steering Committee advises on the best ways to lead and sustain the statewide initiative, working to ensure lasting results through library community engagement,  partnership development, training and outreach, fundraising and by measuring impact.

Joann Eichenlaub - Chair
Madigan Library, Penn College of Technology

Jessica Church – Vice-Chair
Erie County Library

Ann Snowman
Retired – Penn State University

Ed Wolf

Helen Taylor
Ephrata Public Library

Allison Mackley
Hershey High School

Sandy Longo
Abington Community Library

Open Academic Seat

Paula Gilbert - Immediate Past Chair
York County Libraries