How It Works

PA Forward Star Library Program: How the Program Works and the Levels

How to Earn Each Star Level:
  1. Bronze: Begin by achieving the Bronze Star Level by completing 5 core actions and 3 different bonus actions from the Action List (included below).
  1. Silver: Why stop at the Bronze Star Level?  Earn a Silver Star by demonstrating a specialty in one or more of the five core literacies.  For each literacy, complete the 4 actions for each literacy plus 1 new bonus action for each literacy (and do the same for each of the five literacies till you’ve earned all five silver stars).
  1. Gold: Once you have earned the Bronze and all five Silver Stars, you are eligible to complete the final additional actions to receive the highest level of recognition and become a PA Forward Gold Star Library…just complete 4 new bonus actions from the Action List and have either the institution or a staff person become a PaLA member…then BAM!…you’ve achieved the ultimate level – a Gold Star Library!

 

How to Maintain the Gold:

Now that you’re a Gold Star Library, you want to keep your Gold Star active, so, be sure to renew your PaLA membership each year.

 

Documentation Submissions: 

Documentation submissions are made through the PA Forward Star Library website, www.paforwardstarlibraries.org.  From the main page of the site, create an account, then submit an action, and BAM! you’re on your way!  Full instructions are located on the site itself, as well as the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward Toolkit.

If you are unable to access the site, or have any questions, please contact the PA Library Association at PAForward@palibraries.org or call 717-766-7663.

PA Forward Star Library Level Definitions and Process

PA Forward Bronze Star Library:  StarBronze

Definition:

  • The library makes use of PA Forward in both marketing and advertising its services
  • The library integrates PA Forward into its existing displays/signage
  • There is only one bronze star a library can earn; earning it denotes your library has embraced the principles of PA Forward and is actively engaged in promoting it in your library

Process:

  • The library must complete each of the 5 core action items, listed on the action list
  • The library must complete 3 different actions from the bonus category, listed on the action list, for a total of 8 actions
  • Submit documentation for each action, when all actions completed, submit the action to claim star

 

PA Forward Silver Star Library:  StarSilverStarSilverStarSilverStarSilverStarSilver

Definition:

  • The library must have earned a Bronze Star designation
  • The library demonstrates a specialty in one (or more) of the five core literacies
  • There are a total of 5 silver stars which a library can earn—one for each literacy

Process (for each literacy star):

  • The library must complete all actions from one of the five literacy categories, there are 4 actions for each literacy
  • The library can work on stars one at a time or multiple stars at the same time
  • The library must also complete 1 new bonus action for every literacy star achieved, for all five literacies – that is a total of 20 actions and 5 bonus actions
  • Submit documentation for each action, when all actions completed for a literacy, submit the action to claim star

 

PA Forward Gold Star Library:  StarGold

Definition:

  • The library must have earned the Bronze Star, and all 5 Silver Literacy Star designations
  • The library demonstrates full participation in the PA Forward initiative and offers programs which cover each of the five core literacies

Process:

  • The library must complete 4 new actions from the bonus category
  • The institution or at least one staff person must become a member of PaLA
  • Submit documentation for each action, when all actions completed, submit the action to claim star