PA College Learning Commons Achieves “Star” Status

by PA College December 8, 2017

Learning Commons Achieves PA Forward Silver Star Status

The Learning Commons at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is now a PA Forward Silver Star Library. The Learning Commons has earned silver stars for its work promoting basic literacy and civic and social literacy, two of PA Forward’s five literacies. The Learning Commons will continue to work to achieve the remaining silver stars and then gold star status.

The Learning Commons was awarded a bronze star and quickly followed that up with the two silver stars for specific literacies. Basic literacy is supported by the common book program, which is a college-wide initiative led by the Learning Commons. Civic and social literacy is supported by the Learning Commons hosting “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture,” the traveling exhibit by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

PA Forward is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA). According to PaLA, “PA Forward is built upon the belief that libraries are uniquely positioned to help citizens improve tier command of five types of literacy essential to greater success in all vital forms of life: as students as parents, as employees, as consumers, as citizens. These literacies are basic, information, civic and social, health, and financial.”

The PA Forward Star Library program recognizes libraries that are committed to advancing the ideals of PA Forward by showing how current programs already advance the PA Forward literacies or developing programming to advance these literacies. Libraries can earn bronze, silver, and gold stars.

The bronze star is achieved by meeting benchmarks to begin integrating the PA Forward brand and concepts into your library and learning commons materials. In order to earn a silver star for a literacy, you must band a program for a specific literacy and meet benchmarks for disseminating program and PA Forward information. A silver star must be earned for each literacy before you can work to achieve gold star status.