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District Sharing Process

From the Dauphin County Library System:

A/V items, bestsellers and items released in the last calendar year that are donated to or discarded from DCLS are being held for District libraries to browse and take. We’re also open to feedback about what other kinds of materials would be useful to put aside; we believe sharing our resources with the district should come before any other outlet for these materials.

Items are being held at the William H and Marion C Alexander Family Library in the basement shelving area. We are working to get regular visiting hours staffed by a volunteer. In the meantime,  please contact Lisa Howald at to schedule a visit or with any questions.

Wikipedia + Libraries: FREE Course Registration Now Open!

Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together

This fall, WebJunction will offer a FREE online training program for US public library staff to learn to confidently engage with Wikipedia.

Wikipedia + Libraries is a nine-week course (September 13 – November 15) that includes six live online sessions, discussion forums, reading and activities.The course will provide a collaborative learning environment for public library peers to build their Wikipedia skills, implement Wikipedia programming and amplify the role of libraries as information literacy leaders in their communities.

Why Wikipedia?
Today’s information-seekers expect the information they need to be online—and Wikipedia is a go-to reference source. Engaging with Wikipedia enables library staff to meet their users where they are. There is strong alignment between the missions of public libraries and Wikipedia to increase access to quality information.

As a result of participating in the Wikipedia + Libraries training program, public library staff will be able to use Wikipedia to:

  • Engage their community members to build information literacy skills
  • Address issues and stories that their communities care about with Wikipedia
  • Raise the visibility of their libraries and their unique, local collections; and
  • Build on their own digital, critical thinking, and community engagement skills—and encourage their colleagues to do the same.

Colleagues are encouraged to enroll in the program individually, and participate together.
The benefits of training with colleagues include team-building and opportunities to reinforce and apply each staff member’s learning.
Registration will close when the maximum enrollment of 500 is met.

Learn more about the program and enroll today!

Questions? Please contact Wikipedia + Libraries project coordinator, Mercy Procaccini

New Employment Opportunities Available in the District

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Please see our District Employment Opportunities page for links to job postings available – positions are available in the Cumberland County Library System and the Dauphin County Library System.

Current positions available include:

  • Cleve J Fredricksen Library: Children’s Services Manager
  • Dauphin County Library System: Website Manager, Information Technology Director, Technical Support Specialist, Help Desk Associate, Summer Services Assistants, Public Services Assistant

Health Literacy in Central PA


Healthy and Wise Central PA and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities provide an online health toolkit for both community organizations and for consumers, in an effort to close the gap on health communication in Central Pennsylvania.  The toolkit provides a wealth of information related to health literacy basics, how to effectively communicate with healthcare professionals, medication safety, and finding reliable health resources.  Please consider linking this helpful resource to your library’s website!

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Digital Bookmobile!

On Tuesday, August 18th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., the William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library will be hosting the Digital Bookmobile.  Please see The Library’s website for more details regarding this event!  Everyone, including staff of the District libraries is welcome!


For more information on downloading eBooks as well as various other digital media, visit your library’s website:

MyHeritage now available!


Looking for historical information about your family?

MyHeritage is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.  This database includes the USA federal census (1790-1940) with images, 816 million US public records, citizenship & naturalization records, 200 million additional records added on average every month, and so much more!  This resource is replacing our former database resource of Heritage Quest as of August 1st.

Access to this resource is now available!  Please check your library’s website for more details:

Happy searching!

Media and Communications Training is Coming to CALD!

Dauphin County Library System, acting in its capacity as the District Center for the Capital Area Library District, was very fortunate to receive an LSTA grant to provide media and communications training for library staff, trustees, volunteers and Friends in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties. The training will be divided into basic and advanced sessions with multiple choices of dates, times and locations for each. The training will be conducted beginning July 20 and continue through August 29. Look for more information and posts as we take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.