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Libraries Celebrate Broadband Award
e-Vermont Project: an Update
Update on DOL Regional Libraries
Libraries help Alzheimer's
Resource Sharing Grants Awarded
Dana Medical Library Award
Librarians Gather at Annual ALA Conference
Showing Movies @ your Public Library
Losing Libraries: The Big (Awful) Picture
The "Owneys" Check @ Headquarters
PLA offers Free Advocacy Training
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Borrow a Flip
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backtopFrom the Vermont State Librarian        MartaReidVTStateLibrarian
This month the Department of Libraries hosted James Lonergan, Senior Program Officer for State Library Programs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), who was in Vermont to do a site visit. IMLS is the federal agency that administers LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds to state library agencies and our department works closely with James Lonergan and others throughout the year. Program Officers make these site visits on a 5-year rotation, and the major purpose of this visit was to review our department's LSTA program to make sure that we adhere to all program requirements and have good accounting and reporting procedures in place, but a second purpose is for IMLS to see firsthand the impact of LSTA funding in local libraries. Read more
Libraries Celebrate Broadband Award
Thanks to a recent federal stimulus grant award, fiber optic connectivity is coming to 53 Vermont public libraries. The Vermont Fiber Link project, under the leadership of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA), will receive $33.4 million in grant funds as part of the Comprehensive Community Infrastructure category of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Read more.

e-Vermont Project: An Update

Library consultants Rob Geiszler, Amy Howlett, Jeremiah Kellogg, and Michael Roche are working with the 14 Vermont libraries that will receive funds in 2010 as part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. This project, under the direction of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), is being funded with a $2.5 million federal stimulus award in the Broadband Sustainable Adoption category. Read more.

Update on DOL Regional Libraries

The Northeast Regional Library in St. Johnsbury closed its doors on July 2 and Regional Librarian Michael Roche and Assistant Librarian Greg McCandless ended an era of service to librarians and home-schoolers in the Northeast Kingdom. The collection of approximately 80,000 volumes is now available to libraries via interlibrary loan, and DOL staff is now beginning the task of weeding and moving the book collection to its new location. The process will be completed by June 30, 2011. Read more.

Libraries help Alzheimer's Caregivers
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America offers libraries (and individuals) a free subscription to careADvantage, its quarterly magazine geared toward caregivers.
Go to http://www.afacareadvantage.org/ to look at selected issues and sign up to receive a free subscription.
Resource Sharing Grants Awarded
As part of its support for resource sharing activities in public and academic libraries, the Department of Libraries recently awarded Resource Sharing Grants totaling $42,432 to 145 Vermont libraries. The grant program is made possible with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds provided to the Department of Libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read more.
Dana Medical Library Receives Grant Award
The Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont has received an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NNLM-NER) to conduct an assessment of the information needs of Vermont's community healthcare providers. The project also includes a survey of Vermont hospitals' knowledge-based information resources and services. Read more.
Librarians Gather at Annual ALA Conference
Vermont Librarians rally at Capitol Hill
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State Librarian Martha Reid and Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese joined over 26,000 others (including a number of Vermont librarians) to attend the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Washington D.C. June 24-29. In addition to the expected focus on technology, advocacy was a primary topic of discussion.  To that end, words heard frequently at ALA this year included: community, collaboration, partnership, and funding. Read more.

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Showing Movies @your Public Library
Here are a few reminders for library staff on the correct use of the movie license from Movie Licensing USA, a division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.: (1) the "public performances" covered by this license, including teen programs, story time, adult book discussions, etc., must be held within the library building; (2) Public performance rights extend only to those motion pictures covered by the Movie Licensing USA (MLU) contract. Use the online movie search tool Read more.
Losing Libraries: The Big (Awful) Picture
Library Journal (LJ), the primary journal of the library profession, has launched the "Losing Libraries" website at:http://www.losinglibraries.org/to chronicle what's happening to libraries across America as a result of the economic downturn. The site maps library closures and budget cuts, and according to LJ, is designed to "help raise public awareness about the devastating cuts to libraries and assist libraries in similar circumstances counteract cuts." According to information found at the website, read more
The "Owneys" Check @ Headquartersowney's
Throughout the past year, four plush dogs, all named Owney, have been visiting schools and public libraries throughout Vermont. Owney is the dog featured in the Red Clover award winner, Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch (FSG, 2008) by Mona Kerby. The real Owney was a stray who adopted the Albany, New York Post Office as home in 1888. There he guarded the mail bags, until one day... Read more.
PLA Offers Free Advocacy Training
The Public Library Association (PLA) is now offering Turning the Page Online, an interactive advocacy training course, free of charge to all members of the American Library Association.
In June 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded PLA a $7.7 million grant to develop and provide a national advocacy training program. The program, read more.
Don't forget! FREE Online Programs
The Department of Libraries has purchased a selection of online courses that are available at no cost to Vermont library employees.  The courses are self-paced, and registered persons have access to the course materials for one year.
DOL has purchased courses from WebJunction and Lead.
Read more.
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What are Vermonters reading this month? Well the answer has got to be The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson. This is the third book in the Millennium Trilogy of dark, fast paced mysteries set in Sweden, and the reader gets an excellent feel for the food, housing, transport and mores of the country. For readers who have finished the Millennium Trilogy, or for those who are on the library's reserve list, Amy Howlett, Library Consultant with the Department of Libraries suggest these alternate titles. 

bookjacketgonebabygoneTo find an American author who is a match for Stieg Larsson, look to author Dennis Lehane. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are lovers and partners who investigate crimes, in this case what becomes of disappeared children. The two Boston private eyes learn too much about street ways, police ethics and the politics of drug commerce when they search for four year old Amanda McCready in Gone, Baby, Gone. Read more

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This month the Department of Libraries hosted James Lonergan, Senior Program Officer for State Library Programs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), who was in Vermont to do a site visit. IMLS is the federal agency that administers LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds to state library agencies and our department works closely with James Lonergan and others throughout the year. Program Officers make these site visits on a 5-year rotation, and the major purpose of this visit was to review our department's LSTA program to make sure that we adhere to all program requirements and have good accounting and reporting procedures in place, but a second purpose is for IMLS to see firsthand the impact of LSTA funding in local libraries.


We spent the first day of the three-day visit reviewing financial records and in meetings with DOL staff, but the best part of the visit followed with a two-day tour of libraries. Even though we were travelling during the hottest week (so far) of the summer, we enjoyed watching children's programs, touring library buildings, talking with librarians and hearing first-hand how libraries benefit from LSTA funding. Seeing Vermont libraries through the eyes of an IMLS program officer gave me some new perspective on the work that we do here in Vermont and I want to thank the librarians who spent time with us: Robin Sales and Rachel Senechal (Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier); Dee Palmer (Pope Memorial Library, Danville); Cindy Karasinski, Mary Kenny and Cheryl McMahon(Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville); Janet Thorne (Samuel Read Hall Library, Lyndon State College); Lisa von Kann (St. Johnsbury Athenaeum); Mara Siegel (UVM interlibrary loan office) and Robin Katz, Sibyl Schaefer, and Chris Burns at the Center for Digital Initiatives (Bailey Howe Library, UVM), and Barbara Shatara and Robert Resnik (Fletcher Free Library, Burlington).  Both James and I came away impressed with the richness of library programs and cultural offerings, the dedication of library staff, the strong connections to local communities, and the innovative services designed to reach citizens of all ages. We may be a small state but I learned that our libraries here in Vermont rival those in other states that boast larger populations and budgets. LSTA funding plays an important role in this success, but equally important are the librarians and library staff who design and execute the wealth of services and programs that take place everyday in our 183 public libraries.


In Vermont, we use federal LSTA funds for:

  • Partial salaries for 20 DOL employees
  • Vermont Automated Library System
  • Vermont Online Library information databases
  • Summer reading program for children and teens
  • Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Purchase of library materials at six state institutions
  • Resource Sharing Grants
  • Support of the Vermont Humanities Council's 1st Wednesday programs in nine public libraries
  • Public performance movie license for public libraries
  • UVM Access Office that handles interlibrary loan of UVM materials to Vermont libraries
I welcome your comments and questions about IMLS and the LSTA program in Vermont. You can contact me at 802-828-3265 / martha.reid@state.vt.us


Martha Reid
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GrantLibraries Celebrate Broadband Award
Thanks to a recent federal stimulus grant award, fiber optic connectivity is coming to 53 Vermont public libraries. The Vermont Fiber Link project, under the leadership of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA), will receive $33.4 million in grant funds as part of the Comprehensive Community Infrastructure category of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The project is a public-private partnership between the VTA, Sovernet Communications, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Department of Education, the Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Law School, the Vermont Department of Public Safety, the Vermont Department of Information and Innovation, and the New England Telehealth Consortium.  The fiber network will be built, owned, and operated by Sovernet Communications with the help of the grant and matching funds. The grant will make possible a new fiber optic backbone more than 770 miles in length in Rutland, Bennington, Windham, Windsor, Orange, Washington, and Caledonia counties that will directly serve more than 340 Community Anchor Institutions, including state government offices, schools, colleges, public libraries, health care facilities, and public safety towers. The Department of Libraries will be in contact with each of the 53 libraries to give them more information about the project.

The Department of Libraries is one of 14 state library agencies that received Opportunity Online Broadband grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. States participating in the foundation's Opportunity Online Broadband grant program received technical and consulting assistance to develop competitive funding proposals for BTOP, and will receive federally-required matching funds from the Gates Foundation, to support their respective BTOP-funded projects. Participating states will also receive assistance to help secure additional federal E-rate funding to sustain broadband connection costs in the future.
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e-VTe-Vermont Project: An Update

Library consultants Rob Geiszler, Amy Howlett, Jeremiah Kellogg, and Michael Roche are working with the 14 Vermont libraries that will receive funds in 2010 as part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. This project, under the direction of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), is being funded with a $2.5 million federal stimulus award in the Broadband Sustainable Adoption category. The Department of Libraries (DOL) is a grant project partner and will administer funds designated for libraries in the 12 e-Vermont communities (including Grand Isle County) selected for Year One of the two-year project. (Twelve more towns will receive funding in 2011.)  Library directors and DOL library consultants have attended local steering committee meetings and are now participating in town-wide public forums to develop online library services to stimulate local use of the internet. The 14 libraries will submit funding proposals to DOL to develop online services and expand public computing centers. All participating libraries are guaranteed a minimum grant.
 
The 2010 libraries are:

TOWN

LIBRARY

Alburgh

Alburgh Public Library

Arlington

Martha Canfield Memorial Library

Brighton

Island Pond Public Library

Bristol

Lawrence Memorial Library

Cambridge

Varnum Memorial Library

Canaan

Alice M. Ward Memorial Library

Grand Isle

Grand Isle Free Library

Ludlow

Fletcher Memorial Library

Newport

Goodrich Memorial Library

North Hero

North Hero Public Library

Poultney

Poultney Public Library

Pownal

Solomon Wright Public Library

South Hero

South Hero Community Library

West Rutland

West Rutland Public Library

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RegionalUpdate on DOL Regional Libraries
The Northeast Regional Library in St. Johnsbury closed its doors on July 2 and Regional Librarian Michael Roche and Assistant Librarian Greg McCandless ended an era of service to librarians and home-schoolers in the Northeast Kingdom. The collection of approximately 80,000 volumes is now available to libraries via interlibrary loan, and DOL staff is now beginning the task of weeding and moving the book collection to its new location. The process will be completed by June 30, 2011.

 

Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese is serving as project manager for what is now being called Project MERGE. Over the next year a team of DOL librarians will weed three library collections: (1) the Northeast Regional Library, (2) the Midstate Library collection in Berlin, and (3) the State Library in Montpelier. After weeding has been completed, the two existing regional book collections will be merged into space made available in Berlin and Montpelier.

 

During the coming year, portions of these book collections may be unavailable for interlibrary loan for short periods of time, so libraries should watch for announcements in future DOL newsletters. Our goal is to make this process work as smoothly as possible with the least amount of disruption to libraries, with materials available via interlibrary loan as much as possible. At this writing DOL plans to re-open the Midstate Library Service Center (formerly known as the Midstate Regional Library) for direct borrowing by school and public librarians in the fall. No date has been set, and opening day will depend upon the progress of weeding and collection moves. Items housed at the State Library (the overflow remaining from merging the two regional book collections) will be available via interlibrary loan.

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RSGResource Sharing Grants Awarded
As part of its support for resource sharing activities in public and academic libraries, the Department of Libraries recently awarded Resource Sharing Grants totaling $42,432 to 145 Vermont libraries. The grant program is made possible with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds provided to the Department of Libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Grant amounts correspond to the number of interlibrary loan requests received by individual libraries via the Vermont Automated Library System, a statewide electronic resource sharing network operated by the Department of Libraries. The grants help offset the costs incurred by libraries when they loan books and other materials to other Vermont libraries to fill requests made by local citizens. Grant amounts range from $50 to $3,015 and may be used for postage, interlibrary loan packaging, supplies and equipment, the purchase of new library materials, or to help with interlibrary loan staff costs.

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DanaDana Medical Library Receives Grant Award
The Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont has received an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NNLM-NER) to conduct an assessment of the information needs of Vermont's community healthcare providers. The project also includes a survey of Vermont hospitals' knowledge-based information resources and services.
The reports resulting from the surveys will help Dana Library, a resource library of the NNLM, to update and improve its services to unaffiliated health care providers, including physicians, advanced practice nurses, and allied health practices.  Medical librarians will develop and present classes based on the provider needs assessment survey. The Library will also work with partners and supporters in the UVM College of Medicine Office of Primary Care, the Vermont AHECs (Area Health Education Centers), and the Vermont State Library to plan and advocate for information resources in health-related areas.
The $34,000 award is funded through April 2011.  Marianne Burke, Dana Library Director, is principal investigator. For more information, contact: Marianne Burke, Director at the Dana Medical Library:  802-656-3483 /mburke@uvm.edu
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alaLibrarians Gather at Annual ALA Conference
State Librarian Martha Reid and Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese joined over 26,000 others (including a number of Vermont librarians) to attend the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Washington D.C. June 24-29. In addition to the expected focus on technology, advocacy was a primary topic of discussion.  To that end, words heard frequently at ALA this year included: community, collaboration, partnership, and funding.

One of the best parts about this national conference is the opportunity to network with others and learn about what is happening in other states. As we know, public libraries everywhere are developing new programs and services to help citizens in difficult economic times and are finding new partnerships that strengthen their community ties.  A good number of these efforts are aimed at job seekers and adults looking for continuing education opportunities.  The King County Library System (WA), for example, created a widespread PR campaign entitled "Look to your library...especially now" that included public service announcements on local TV (donated time and discounts on video production), t-shirts, and a new web page design to highlight services, such as SCORE counseling, available in the libraries.  The Colorado State Library, working with the corrections department and social service agencies, created a local resource guide listing services available for those newly released from prisons and juvenile facilities in and around Pueblo, Colorado.

In addition to attending meetings with COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies), ASCLA/SLAS (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies/State Library Agency Section), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), visiting vendor booths in the exhibits center, and listening to opening keynote speaker Toni Morrison, Reid and Friese attended programs on a wide variety of topics including: Assessment and Surveys; e-Government Services in Libraries; Broadband and Libraries; Library Building Trends; Public Libraries at the Heart of the Community, Creating a Community Resource Guide for Ex-Offenders and Other Disadvantaged Populations, and a provocative program on the future of libraries featuring speaker Eppo van Nispen who started the DOK Library Concept Center in Delft, Netherlands.

While in Washington, Reid and a delegation of Vermont librarians visited the offices of Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch to talk about current and upcoming legislation that will affect libraries. The delegation included Marti Fiske, President of the Vermont Library Association, Merlyn Miller, of the Vermont School Library Association Executive Board, and Nancy Wilson, ALA Councilor from Vermont. The same group also attended the National Library Advocacy Day rally held on Capitol Hill on June 29, joining a large crowd of supporters from across the country dressed in red advocacy ("Vote for Libraries") t-shirts.
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MovieShowing Movies @ your Public Library
Here are a few reminders for library staff on the correct use of the movie license from Movie Licensing USA, a division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.: (1) the "public performances" covered by this license, including teen programs, story time, adult book discussions, etc., must be held within the library building; (2) Public performance rights extend only to those motion pictures covered by the Movie Licensing USA (MLU) contract. Use the online movie search tool at: http://www.movlic.com/library/search.asp to check a title, or call MLU at 888-267-2658. Note: Twilight, New Moon and Avatar are not covered by MLU; (3) Check the MLU website for details about how libraries may (and may not) advertise movie showings (including the use of Facebook.)

Programming ideas are available at: http://www.movlic.com/library/programming.html . We hope that libraries will enjoy using this public performance license. For more information, contact Amy Howlett, Library Consultant at the Department of Libraries: amy.howlett@state.vt.us.

This license is made possible by the Vermont Department of Libraries and federal LSTA funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  

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losingLosing Libraries: The Big (Awful) Picture
Library Journal (LJ), the primary journal of the library profession, has launched the "Losing Libraries" website at: http://www.losinglibraries.org/ to chronicle what's happening to libraries across America as a result of the economic downturn. The site maps library closures and budget cuts, and according to LJ, is designed to "help raise public awareness about the devastating cuts to libraries and assist libraries in similar circumstances counteract cuts." According to information found at the website, "The maps represent various types of cuts, staff layoffs and furloughs, reduced services and hours and more that are happening to public libraries in the U.S.  We are attempting to track not only recent cuts, but cuts that go as far back as 2008."
 
Vermont libraries are experiencing their own share of cuts in budgets and services and this is a good place for Vermont public library directors to document what's happening in local libraries.
 
School librarians take note: a similar online Google map is documenting A Nation Without School Libraries. This map marks the cities, towns, communities, and states that have made the decision to either eliminate certified school library positions or require one school librarian to work with two or more school library programs throughout the week. Librarians and library supporters from across the country are adding to this online map.
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OwneyThe "Owneys" Check in With Headquarters
Throughout the past year, four plush dogs, all named Owney, have been visiting schools and public libraries throughout Vermont. Owney is the dog featured in the Red Clover award winner, Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch (FSG, 2008) by Mona Kerby. The real Owney was a stray who adopted the Albany, New York Post Office as home in 1888. There he guarded the mail bags, until one day he decided to jump on a mail train and ride with the bags on board.  Soon he had traveled all over the United States by train and was quite a celebrity in his time. At each city or station that he reached, people affixed a tag to his collar or harness to show where his travels took him. In like manner, we asked the Vermont librarians who borrowed one of the dogs to attach a tag from their school or public library to Owney's coat.
Altogether, the 4 Owneys visited 125 Vermont schools and libraries during the past year! Two of the dogs had such a good time that they are still on the road this summer visiting two towns they had missed. The other two Owneys (pictured above) are back at the Department of Libraires resting from their travels. All 4 dogs returned with journals chock full of photos, articles, tags, medals and tales of their adventures. In Newport Owney learned how to hook a rug; in Castleton it was discovered he had a real fondness for whipped cream; and in several towns, (including Randolph) he was the star of a stuffed animal sleepover at the library. At Neshobe School in Brandon he ran 10 miles; in several towns he visited the Post Office; and in many places he inspired crafts, including: dog masks, origami dogs and dog bookmarks.
Turns out that Owney didn't even stay in Vermont! He went to Washington DC with a librarian and her family over Christmas break to visit the real Owney at the National Postal Museum!
The Owneys will still be available for travel during this next year until author Mona Kerby, comes to the Red Clover Conference in the fall of 2011. If you would like to host an Owney in your library, please contact April Kelley at april.kelley@state.vt.us

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PLAPLA Offers Free Advocacy Training
The Public Library Association (PLA) is now offering Turning the Page Online, an interactive advocacy training course, free of charge to all members of the American Library Association.
In June 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded PLA a $7.7 million grant to develop and provide a national advocacy training program. The program, Turning the Page: Building Your Library Community, equips librarians and library supporters with the skills, confidence and resources they need to create community partnerships, build alliances with local and regional decision makers and ultimately increase funding for their libraries.

This advocacy education, originally designed for public libraries participating in the Gates Foundation Opportunity Online hardware grants program, has benefited more than 3,500 librarians and library supporters across 32 states. 48 Vermont librarians and trustees attended the Turning the Page training in St. Louis in November 2009. Following these trainings, the vast majority of participants were better advocates for their libraries-feeling more confident in their abilities and more excited about advocacy. As a result, more than 98 percent of participating libraries achieved their funding goals. Through the generosity of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PLA is now able to offer this training to all ALA members.

Turning the Page
online is composed of dynamic slides and interactive exercises, resulting in the creation of a 10-part Advocacy Work Plan. It typically takes four-five hours to complete, but can be stopped and resumed as needed. From library directors to trustees-Turning the Page online is appropriate for anyone interested in making a difference for their library. The Vermont Department of Libraries encourages libraries to make this information known to trustees and friends groups - this is a great toolkit for advocacy at the local level!

To access the online training, go to: http://www.pla.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/plaadvocacy/turningthepage/index.cfm

Click the link to "Register or Resume Training" text at the bottom of the page.
Use your ALA membership credentials to log in. If you need assistance with your membership, please call: 1-800-545-2433, the press 5.
 

peachPeacham Summer Series
This year the Peacham Library is sponsoring a summer series called "The View from Peacham; an Historical Look at the Intellectual and Cultural Life of a Small Vermont Town," in honor of the Library's Bicentennial.  On July 12, the series opened with a presentation "Peacham - The Early Years" by Peacham resident Lorna Field Quimby. Future speakers in the series are: Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven, "Community Life and the Arts in the Northeast Kingdom" (July 29) and State Librarian Martha Reid, "The Role of the Rural Library in the Technological Age" (August 5). Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free.
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TrusteesSave the Date for Friends
The Annual "Day for Friends" will be hold on Saturday October 2, 2010 at the Aldrich Library in Barre. This is a great learning and networking  opportunity for Friends Groups and library leaders.
More information will be included in the future newsletters.
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TrusteesFall Conference for Library Trustees
Save the Date!
The Annual Vermont Library Trustee Association (VLTA) Conference will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Vermont Technical Center in Randolph. The conference program and registration information will be announced at a later date. Watch for details.

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FreecourseDon't forget! FREE Online Programs
The Department of Libraries has purchased a selection of online courses that are available at no cost to Vermont library employees.  The courses are self-paced, and registered persons have access to the course materials for one year.
 
DOL has purchased courses from WebJunction and Lead. Courses cover a wide range of topics, including library services, management, technology, computer hardware and software applications, and web design and development. Course catalogs from WebJunction and Lead are available to those interested in taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity. After making course selections, please contact Mara Siegel, DOL Continuing Education Coordinator at mara.siegel@state.vt.us to obtain the required course coupon code.

For more information visit: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ce/onlineopportunities
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FlipBorrow a Flip Video Camera

The Vermont Public Library Foundation has purchased a Flip Video Ultra camcorder that is available for Vermont public libraries to borrow. The Department of Libraries will handle the loan of this equipment and we encourage public libraries to borrow this equipment to practice using flip video technology, for staff development activities, training, marketing and PR, programming, etc. DOL has posted a loan policy on the DOL website: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/flipcameraloan.

TechSoup will have a Webminar this month on the different ways that libraries around the country are using their Flip Camera: http://techsoupforlibraries.org/events/flip-in-out-the-library

For more information about borrowing the Flip, contact Renee Ancel at 802.828.3266 / renee.ancel@state.vt.us

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What are Vermonters reading this month? Well the answer has got to be The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson. This is the third book in the Millennium Trilogy of dark, fast paced mysteries set in Sweden, and the reader gets an excellent feel for the food, housing, transport and mores of the country. For readers who have finished the Millennium Trilogy, or for those who are on the library's reserve list, Amy Howlett, Library Consultant with the Department of Libraries suggest these alternate titles. 

bookjacketgonebabygoneTo find an American author who is a match for Stieg Larsson, look to author Dennis Lehane. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are lovers and partners who investigate crimes, in this case what becomes of disappeared children. The two Boston private eyes learn too much about street ways, police ethics and the politics of drug commerce when they search for four year old Amanda McCready in Gone, Baby, Gone.


bookjacketcasehistoriesThe British Isles have some satisfying quirky investigators, too. Jackson Brody shambles his way through sad stories of lost children and disappeared women. He first appeared in Kate Atkinson's wonderful Case Histories, and Atkinson brought him back for One Good Turn and When Will There Be Good News? Like Larsson, Atkinson loves the dysfunctional family and pulling together disparate tales in the last thirty pages.


bookjacketstillwatersA villain who nips off the fingers of victims is pursued by DCI Mark Lapslie in the brilliant, dark Still Waters by Nigel McCrery. The Inspector is barely able to work, haunted by the unbearable tastes of his disability, synaesthesia, which renders the Beatles as rancid pork. The sheer creepiness of the villain kept me glued to the pages until the final scene. Warning for gardeners: lots of poison out there in the pretty flowers and shrubs.

bookjacketinthewoodsIn the Woods by Tana French offers the Dublin murder squad, trying to solve a murder. The catch? The detective, Rob Ryan, was the only survivor twenty years earlier when three children went missing in the same woods. Readers can follow Ryan's partner Cassie Maddox in another stunning and original Irish mystery, The Likeness. Maddox takes the place of a murdered woman to infiltrate a close band of friends. One more? Faithful Place has just been released.

bookjacketsmillasSmilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg gives the reader a character who is similar to Larrson's Salander, albeit older (37) and without her interest in technology. Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is determined to find out what happened to a small boy, and the investigation takes her deep into the menacing politics of Greenland and Denmark. Heat getting to you? Learn plenty of words for snow in Greenland.


bookjacketwhenthedevilholdsA penetrating chill colors the world of Norwegian novelist Karin Fossum. When the Devil Holds the Candle features Inspector Konrad Sejer and his police colleague Jacob Skarre, trying to locate two punks who drink too much and frighten children and mothers. The threat in the little town by the sea comes from rather ordinary people pushed too far.



bookjacketjarcityArnaldur Indridason has created a grim Icelandic series, beginning with Jar City. These ripping police procedurals feature the cynical inspector Erlendur Sveinsson, age 50. His daughter, a drug addict, adds to the complexity of the story. "Jar City" is the old forensics lab, which helps illuminate the crime scene.



bookjacketbeforethefrostHenning Mankell sets his Kurt and Linda Wallander mysteries in Sweden. Kurt is the experienced cop and Linda is about to begin her career in Before the Frost. A religious fanatic is targeting Sweden's cathedrals, leaving burnt swans and other curious clues to his plans. The last words of the novel are a fitting end to these icy Scandinavian tales: "It was -3 C. Winter had arrived in Skane."


Librarians: feel free to reprint all or part of this article in your newsletter or local paper. (Please credit the Vermont Department of Libraries.)

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sCIENCENew in the Library Science Collection
These resources are now available at the State Library in Montpelier and via interlibrary loan:                                       

Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2007.
 
Matthews, Richard J. State-by-state Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources. American Association of Law Libraries, Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee and Washington Affairs Office, c2007.
 
McAdoo, Monty L. Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library. American Library Association, 2010.
 
Murray, Stuart.  The Library: an Illustrated History. Skyhorse Pub., 2009.
 
Piotrowicz, Lynn M. Building Science 101: a Primer for Librarians. American Library Association, 2010.
 
Taylor, Arlene G. The Organization of Information. Libraries Unlimited, 2009.


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