SNOE: Public Libraries in Northwest Pennsylvania Strengthen Collaboration Efforts. | STAGING Compendium

October, 2019, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA –
Public libraries in Northwest Pennsylvania strengthen collaboration efforts.

A new regional collaboration: SNOE Library District, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, will move our public libraries forward into the future. The partnership will provide access to more expansive training opportunities and expertise in order to equip librarians and library staff to meet the needs of modern libraries and their communities.

The collaboration efforts will encourage innovative ideas to be shared between communities and library staff to meet the ever-evolving needs of their patrons. Support will expand in areas such as emerging technologies, robust customer service, changing job skills, and creating inviting community spaces and interesting activities. It will also enhance services to our diverse and underserved areas and populations.

This partnership encompasses the Northwest region of Pennsylvania, benefiting the over one million residents in the fourteen counties of Erie, Warren, McKean, Crawford, Venango, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Mercer, Clarion, Jefferson, Lawrence, Butler, and Armstrong.

“I am very excited to make this partnership official. The informal collaboration between the four districts has existed for years and now we’ve ensured that this type of collaboration will continue and expand into the future. It’s entirely a win-win situation” said Blane Dessy, Library Director at Erie County Public Library.

This partnership establishes a framework for future initiatives which will continue to strengthen our libraries, resulting in improved library services for Pennsylvanians.

submitted by:
Marcia Wilking
Erie/Crawford District Consultant