Recertification Actions


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(these pages can also be located by hovering over the Recertification Actions tab):


PA Forward Star Library Program: Maintain Your Library’s Gold Star

Beginning in 2020, all PA Forward Stars will expire one year from the date of issue.  For Bronze and Silver Stars, libraries must earn the next star up from their current level in one year from when their existing star was earned.  To retain a Gold Star, libraries will be asked to complete a series of Recertification Actions to document how they are continuing to use PA Forward to reinforce the value of the programs and services they provide to their communities.

As with the core program, the recertification actions fall into three categories:  Core, Literacy, and Bonus.  And as with the core program, libraries must complete all of the Core and Literacy Actions, and choose from among the Bonus Actions.

How to Earn Gold Star Recertification:

Libraries may begin submitting Recertification Actions at any point following their star’s expiration, and have one year from that date to complete all of the required actions.  There are a total of 21 actions—some administrative, some program- and display-related—involved in the recertification process:

  • Core Actions: complete all 4 actions
  • Literacy Actions: complete all 3 actions for each literacy, for a total of 15 actions
  • Bonus Actions: select and complete 2 actions

Actions for specific literacies can be completed using a single program or using two or three different programs, depending on the library’s preference.

Documentation Submissions:

Recertification Actions are completed in two ways:  documentation files are uploaded to a cloud-storage folder AND actions are submitted to the PA Forward Star Library website, www.paforwardstarlibraries.org.  Full instructions for each action, as well as examples, are located on the corresponding Action pages.

If for any reason 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.