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Vermont Legal Toolkit
2010 Annual Public Library Report and Standards
Veromont Online Library News
Project MERGE Update
Best Small Library Award Guidelines
Materials Review Sessions
Book Sets Available to Borrow
Updated Children's Bibliographies
Series on Leadership
Vermont History through Popular Song
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COSLA REPORT on eBooks and Public Libraries
On my visits to libraries around the state I am often asked about eBooks, eBook readers, and the future work of public libraries. I don't have a crystal ball, but it's clear that readers like the convenience and features that come with eBooks and librarians in academic, school and public libraries are embracing eBook technology.  Though we don't have access to sales figures, it is said that Amazon eBook downloads represent as much as 40% of their book sales. If that is true, then reading consumers have made a significant transition from print to screen in a very short time. It is also true that commercial vendors are making some important decisions about the future of reading - and, for the most part, they have left libraries out of their business plans. Read more
Vermont Legal Toolkit Now Available Online
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has added the Vermont Toolkit to their collection of state legal "toolkits" to help public librarians and their patrons answer legal questions.  The Vermont Public Library Legal Toolkit contains information on how to access the Vermont Constitution and Statutes, legislative bills, regulations, municipal codes, and self-help links to a wide variety of advocacy groups.  Also included are links to information on how to research a legal issue, making sure the information is up to date, and legal collection development. There is also a list of the Federal Depository Libraries in Vermont - read more.
2010 Annual Public Library Report and Standards
We know this is your favorite time of year.  Not only because of the beautiful leaves and the cool evenings -- but because it's time for public libraries to report their annual statistics and submit their Applications for Standards to the Department of Libraries!  As librarians know from last year, DOL now collects the Annual Public Library Report and Standards Application via an online "survey" using Bibliostat software. That's right: no more paper forms.
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Vermont Online Library News

Vermont citizens and students have had free access to quality online information databases via the Vermont Online Library (VOL) since 2002. The current VOL contracts with Gale and H.W. Wilson expire at the end of 2010 and a selection committee of academic, public and school librarians is at work evaluating and selecting Vermont Online Library database content for the new contract that will begin in January 2011. The Committee has compiled the results of a survey sent to libraries in August and will use that data, along with other evaluative information, to make final product selections.  Libraries should watch for an announcement about the 2011 Vermont Online Library in December. Once new contracts are signed, DOL will send out agreement forms to libraries with details about 2011 pricing.
For more information about the Vermont Online Library, see: http://www.vtonlinelib.org/

Project MERGE Update
Department of Libraries employees continue their work weeding three library collections (State Library in Montpelier, Midstate Library in Berlin, and Northeast Regional Library/NERL in St. Johnsbury) in order to eliminate materials that are no longer current or used. Once the weeding has been completed, the NERL collection will be moved and the three previous libraries will merge into two book collections, one in Montpelier and one in Berlin.
 
The Midstate Library in Berlin remains closed during this process but will re-open to school and public libraries sometime in October. Watch for our announcement of the opening date. In the meantime, libraries may request items via Interlibrary Loan from any and all of the DOL collections. For more information, contact Christine Friese at: christine.friese@state.vt.us
Best Small Library Award Guidelines
Readers of Library Journal will be familiar with the annual award for the "Best Small Library." A single library serving a community with a population of 25,000 or less is eligible to apply. Starting in 2011, the award, which is co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be expanded with the winning library receiving a $15,000 cash award and two finalist libraries receiving $5,000 awards each. To see the complete new application guidelines, go to: http://bit.ly/5AZpS
Deadline for applications is November 5, 2010.
Materials Review Sessions Scheduled:
Mark your Calendars!
School and public librarians are invited to attend DOL's lively, entertaining and informative Materials Review Sessions to hear about and see some of the year's best children's and young adult books. Grace Greene, DOL Youth Services Consultant, will review 75-80 books orally and will have on hand for viewing a couple hundred more recommended titles. The latter selection includes nonfiction recommended by the review media as well as titles recommended by volunteer Vermont reviewers. Whether librarians are looking for titles to enhance their preschool storytime programs or to support teens doing research, there will be books of interest for all.
Two of the sessions (marked below) are "live," while the others feature a DVD recording of the Northfield session. All books will be available at all of the sessions.
Here is the schedule for this fall: 
  • October 20: Brown Public Library, Northfield - LIVE session
  • October 26: Milton Public Library
  • October 28: Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
  • November 9: Kurn Hattin, Westminster
  • November 10: Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury - LIVE session
All sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and will last 2-2 hours. Registration is not required.
Book Sets Available to Borrow:
Youth Award Books, and More!
DOL has purchased discussion sets (15 copies each) of all 15 of the Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) titles on this year's list as well as sets of all the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (DCF) books that are currently available in paperback. The available DCF titles are:  Anything but Typical by Nora Baskin; Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn; read more.
Updated Children's Bibliographies
The DOL Youth Services staff maintains a list of bibliographies to help librarians with collection development in small and medium sized public libraries. The following bibliographies were all recently updated:
  • Aid for Developing a Children's Collection
  • A Bare Bones Easy Reader List
  • A Bare Bones Juvenile Biography List
  • A Bare Bones Juvenile Fiction Bibliography
  • A Bare Bones Picture Book Collection'
  • A Basic Young Adult Fiction Collection
  • Magazines for Children and Young Adults
Find them on the DOL website at: 
http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/resources
Common Good Vermont Offers
Series on Leadership

Common Good Vermont is a wonderful resource for non-profit organizations, offering a variety of resources of interest to public libraries, library foundations and Library Friends groups. Starting this month librarians, trustees and Friends can join with others who work in non-profit and community organizations for a new series of in-person and online training opportunities with nationally recognized nonprofit consultants. Sign up today (and spread the word to your board and colleagues) for these affordable, timely seminars that help you brush up on your skills and expand opportunities for your organizations: read more.
Vermont History through Popular Song
Now available on CD from the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC), Vermont History Through Popular Song, is a musical collection featuring songs from the Vermont Historical Society's Sheet Music Collection. Mezzo-soprano Linda Radtke presents a variety of music dating as far back as 1798, giving listeners a unique look at Vermont life and values. Radtke also presents musical history programs as part of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. The CD, which sells for $12.95 + shipping, includes a 24-page booklet with historical information and song lyrics. To order, contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626, ext. 307 / www.vermonthumanities.org
To celebrate this recording, VHC is hosting a CD release party and reception on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the VHC Office, 11 Loomis Street in Montpelier. Join vocalist Linda Radtke and pianist Arthur Zorn. CDs will be available for sale and signing.
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What are Vermonters reading? The Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) is a reader's choice award for students in grades 9-12. Have a great book you think should make next year's list? Click here for our online book nomination form. Teachers, students and other fans of teen literature are encouraged to get involved with this great award by nominating books, by talking about GMBA titles and by voting for your favorite in the spring. Find us on Facebook too!
Here are some mini "booktalks" (and the names of the contributors) about some amazing books from the GMBA Master List 2010-2011:

cityofthievesbookjacketBenioff, David. City of Thieves.
A dozen eggs for a life - it doesn't quite seem to be a fair trade, but that's the choice 17-year-old Lev is given. Since it is 1942 in Leningrad during a harsh Soviet winter and in the midst of a 900-day siege of the city, a city cut off from all food and supplies by the Nazis, the odds are stacked against him.(Susan Hennessey)
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COSLA REPORT on eBooks and Public Libraries
On my visits to libraries around the state I am often asked about eBooks, eBook readers, and the future work of public libraries. I don't have a crystal ball, but it's clear that readers like the convenience and features that come with eBooks and librarians in academic, school and public libraries are embracing eBook technology.  Though we don't have access to sales figures, it is said that Amazon eBook downloads represent as much as 40% of their book sales. If that is true, then reading consumers have made a significant transition from print to screen in a very short time. It is also true that commercial vendors are making some important decisions about the future of reading - and, for the most part, they have left libraries out of their business plans.
 
Though we can marvel at the technology and enjoy the benefits of eBooks, there is concern in the library community about the control that commercial vendors have over the eBook world. Look, for example, at the selection of eBooks available for library collections in comparison to the selection available for consumers in the marketplace. And look at the restrictions on the lending of eBook content. Is the current commercial model compatible with public library principles and practices? Should the library community be developing a new eBook reading device? These and other questions were the subject of a day-long discussion last October at the fall meeting of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), of which I am a member.
 
Resulting from that day of discussion, COSLA recently issued a report: eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries.
[Available at:http://www.cosla.org/documents/COSLA2270_Report_Final1.pdf]
The report was authored by a Task Force made up of four state librarians (California, Kansas, Massachusetts and Oregon) with input from a team of consultants. Task Force members met with library leaders and industry experts to better understand the impact of the emerging eBook marketplace on libraries, particularly public libraries. The report challenges us to examine some of our most basic library values and principles (copyright and free access, for example) and the role (current and future) of the public library.
 
The report focuses on matters of import for librarians, library trustees and those involved in public policy. I encourage all of you to read the COSLA study and I invite librarians across Vermont to take part in a day-long online summit called "e-books: Libraries at the Tipping Point," on September 29. For more information, and to register, see: http://ebook-summit.com/
 
COSLA hopes that state library agencies across the country will create opportunities for local discussion of the scenarios presented in the eBook report. I will be contacting some of you in the coming weeks to plan one or more events for this to happen. As always, I welcome your ideas, comments and suggestions. Contact me at: martha.reid@state.vt.us

Martha Reid
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legalVermont Legal Toolkit Now Available Online
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has added the Vermont Toolkit to their collection of state legal "toolkits" to help public librarians and their patrons answer legal questions.  The Vermont Public Library Legal Toolkit contains information on how to access the Vermont Constitution and Statutes, legislative bills, regulations, municipal codes, and self-help links to a wide variety of advocacy groups.  Also included are links to information on how to research a legal issue, making sure the information is up to date, and legal collection development. There is also a list of the Federal Depository Libraries in Vermont - likely sources for Federal legal information of all sorts.  For library patrons who are members of the Bar or who are representing themselves in court, there are links to the Vermont Bar Association, their continuing legal education resources, jury instructions (unofficial) and form books.  The Vermont Public Library Legal Toolkit can be downloaded at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/lisp/vermont.pdf and the list of other States with such toolkits is at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/lisp/toolkit.htm 

As it happens, these toolkits are the "first rehearsal" for a much larger project.  The AALL, along with the Law Library of Congress, a number of law schools, foundations and corporations (including Google and Justia.com), is working on a project styled "law.gov" to obtain and make available all primary and selected secondary source materials on American law. Their guiding principle belies the tremendous scope of the project: "Primary legal materials include documents of primary authority issued by governmental bodies, such as court opinions, statutes, and regulations. They also include the supporting documents and other media issued and maintained by those bodies, such as dockets, hearings, forms, oral arguments, and legislative histories. These materials can be found in every branch, at every level, national, tribal, state and local, and should be available to anyone with the will and the heart to obtain them." [http://resource.org/law.gov/; downloaded 2010-09-10.]  Nonetheless, the release date is projected to be late summer 2011 - if the authors have the "will and the heart" to complete it!

report2010 Annual Public Library Report and Standards Application
We know this is your favorite time of year.  Not only because of the beautiful leaves and the cool evenings -- but because it's time for public libraries to report their annual statistics and submit their Applications for Standards to the Department of Libraries!  As librarians know from last year, DOL now collects the Annual Public Library Report and Standards Application via an online "survey" using Bibliostat software. That's right: no more paper forms.
 
DOL knows librarians are waiting with GREAT anticipation, and we are working hard to finish preparation of the 2010 survey. (We will send an announcement via VALS and the Vermont Library Association listserv when it is ready.) Want to see last year's report? Login to the 2009 survey at:  http://collect.btol.com  Librarians will need the same username and password that they used last year.  Look for "Other Surveys" to find the "2009 Vermont Public Library Report" and click on that to find information submitted last year.
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Notice "2. Set Printing Preferences" (see above):users may choose part or all of the survey to view or print. Review the information by selecting "Show Web Report" or "Show PDF Report" to see/print the survey.  
           
Help and Training is Available!
Librarians who have forgotten their 2009 login information or need other assistance with this year's survey should contact Rob Geiszler, DOL's Data Coordinator, at: rob.geiszler@state.vt.us  or 802-786-3839.
 
Librarians who will be completing the Annual Public Library Report for the first time or who need a "refresher" on how to use the online survey are invited to a training session at the Midstate Library Service Center in Berlin on October 21 at 9:30 a.m. to noon. Bring a laptop if you have one, so that you can practice along with the group.  Register for the workshop at: http://bit.ly/96E6u9
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booksetsBook Sets Available to Borrow:  Youth Award Books, and More!
DOL has purchased discussion sets (15 copies each) of all 15 of the Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) titles on this year's list as well as sets of all the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (DCF) books that are currently available in paperback. The available DCF titles are:  Anything but Typical by Nora Baskin; Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn; Scat by Carl Hiaasen; 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass; The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade; and Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm. Librarians who want to borrow any of these books should contact Linda Willis-Pendo at linda.willis-pendo@state.vt.us.
In addition to these books on the current children's choice lists, DOL has discussion sets of dozens of other titles, including most of the past GMBA nominees and many titles for younger children. For a complete list of discussion sets, see this bibliography:

commonCommon Good Vermont Offers Series on Leadership
Common Good Vermont is a wonderful resource for non-profit organizations, offering a variety of resources of interest to public libraries, library foundations and Library Friends groups. Starting this month librarians, trustees and Friends can join with others who work in non-profit and community organizations for a new series of in-person and online training opportunities with nationally recognized nonprofit consultants. Sign up today (and spread the word to your board and colleagues) for these affordable, timely seminars that help you brush up on your skills and expand opportunities for your organizations:
  • Leadership in a Connected Age, with Steve Shepard(9/13 and Webcast)
  • The Why and How of Giving & Raising Money, with Christine Graham (9/24 in Morrisville)
  • Managing Board Chair and Executive Director Relationships, with Lizann Peyton (10/5 at Vermont Interactive TV Locations:  Bennington, Brattleboro Johnson, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, and Williston)
  • Media Maven: Organizing with Mobile Action: Best Practices & How To (10/21 in Burlington VT and Webcast)
  • Getting Your Board to Raise Money: Plan B (and C and D and...), with Andy Robinson (10/28 Online Webinar)
  • Learn How We Learn: Effective On-the-Job Training Skills, with Kat Morgan (11/11 Online Webinar)
  • Media Maven: Lessons from the 2010 Election (11/18 in Burlington VT and Webcast)
  • Leadership for Small and Medium Organizations in Tough Times, with John Brothers (11/22 in Burlington VT and Webcast)
  • Media Maven: Social Media Trends for 2011 (12/9 in Burlington VT and Webcast
  • The Art of the Ask, with Michael Luck (12/16 in Burlington VT and Webcast)
For more information, and to register, see: http://www.cctv.org/resources/for-nonprofits
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TrusteesVermont Library Trustees Association Annual Conference
For Trustees and Friends
The Fall Trustee Conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. Sally Gardner Reed, the Executive Director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) (formerly Friends of Libraries U.S.A. /FOLUSA) will be this year's keynote speaker. Reed spent twenty years running small public libraries, including the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, before taking the helm of ALTAFF. Her most recent publication is The Complete Library Trustee Handbook, available in the DOL Library Science collection.
 
Featured topics at this year's VLTA Conference include: a presentation by Wendy Hansen, Development Officer at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, on grant writing; a panel of representatives from the Building Communities Grants Program (the five grant programs established and funded by the Vermont Legislature); a discussion on 501(c)3 practices; and a session on Library Friends that will cover everything from establishing a Friends group to handling common problems. Join fellow trustees and Library Friends for an exciting day of presentations, discussions, prizes and fun.  The conference is co-sponsored by the Vermont Library Trustees Association (Vermont Library Association) and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Cost for the day includes morning coffee & muffins and lunch: $20 for VLA/VLTA members and $24 for non-members. For more information or to register, contact Michael Roche, at (802) 748-3428 or Michael.roche@state.vt.us 

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Crafting" Crafting Collaborations"
57th Annual Meeting of the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums
The 2010 annual meeting for Local Historical Societies and Museums will take place at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont, on Friday, October 29th, 2010. This year's theme is "Crafting Collaborations." For more information about this program visit the Vermont Historical Society website: http://vermonthistory.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=378&Itemid=233


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VTlibrarianVT Librarians in the News
Welcome to Loona Brogan, the new Library Director of the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield!
Read the Times-Argus article about Loona at: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20100916/NEWS01/709169919

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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.

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? The Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) is a reader's choice award for students in grades 9-12. Have a great book you think should make next year's list? Click here for our online book nomination form. Teachers, students and other fans of teen literature are encouraged to get involved with this great award by nominating books, by talking about GMBA titles and by voting for your favorite in the spring. Find us on Facebook too!
Here are some mini "booktalks" (and the names of the contributors) about some amazing books from the GMBA Master List 2010-2011:

cityofthievesbookjacketBenioff, David. City of Thieves.
A dozen eggs for a life - it doesn't quite seem to be a fair trade, but that's the choice 17-year-old Lev is given. Since it is 1942 in Leningrad during a harsh Soviet winter and in the midst of a 900-day siege of the city, a city cut off from all food and supplies by the Nazis, the odds are stacked against him.(Susan Hennessey)


Cashore, Kristin. Graceling.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa has been raised to be the King's most powerful weapon. Though she has been Graced with killing since the age of eight, she is sickened by the pain she is forced to inflict on others. (Rebecca Cook)
 
Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year.
Was freshman year of high school the best year of your life? Enjoy the emails, journal entries and letters of three friends as they complete their English assignments in My Most Excellent Year. (Judith Flint)
 

                  McCaughrean, Geraldine. White Darkness.
Symone, a slightly deaf teenage outcast with a dead man for a best friend, has long dreamt of following in her father's footsteps and undertaking an Antarctic expedition. She believes her wish fulfilled when her father's exploring partner, Victor, takes her to Antarctica, although in her anticipation she overlooks many mysterious circumstances. Unfortunately, once she discovers Victor's true motive she is already stranded in a white landscape of ice with nothing but an imaginary voice in her head. (Jessica Langlois)
 
Moore, Perry. Hero.
Thom Creed has a huge chunk missing from his side because Transition Vamp let loose a torrent of eye blasts on an out-of-control city bus overrun with supervillains and members of the League. Thankfully, Thom's superpower is that he can heal, even though it weakens him and makes him sick. Does the League even accept gay superheroes? And what's his shunned-into- silence ex-superhero dad going to do when he finds out about the audition?   (Hannah Peacock)
 
Novgorodoff, Danica, Benjamin Percy and James Ponsoldt. Refresh, Refresh.
Imagine if the "Refresh" button on your computer did not just update your screen but your family and your future! That is life for three high school seniors in the wake of their fathers' departure for the war in Iraq. (Margaret Woodruff)
 


                  St. James, James. Freak Show.
                  Sometimes I feel like a freak, a total outsider, making all the wrong decisions, pushing too many limits, testing the boundaries until they break. Sometimes ...it feels like things might be easier if I just gave in, conformed, gave up the radical parts of myself in the name of acceptance.  But then I read Freak Show by James St. James, and am inspired by Billy Bloom, the anti-conformist, the swamp drag princess who is fiercely sure of one thing, that he would rather die than give in to any societal ideas of normality. With humor and fearless transvestite
grace, Billy stomps down the hallways of his uber-conservative, Florida high school, despite
                  insults, spit and punches being flung in his face. Billy's strength gives the rest of us freaks a bit
                  more courage to step out and be who we desperately need to be: ourselves. (Kat Redniss)

Tamaki, Mariko & Jillian Tamaki. Skim.
High school -- a time when the collective whole tends to outweigh the individual. This is Skim's story, interwoven with the madness and maniacal issues that permeate teen culture: suicide, sexual identity, spiritual discovery, and clandestine love for your English teacher. Art in both picture and word, Skim follows one lonely, sad lion of a girl through her personal struggle to find a unique path without getting pulled into the wild teen drama that surrounds and threatens to
                   consume her. (Kat Redniss)
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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:                                       

Carpenter, Julie. Library Project Funding: a Guide to Planning and Writing Proposals.  Chandos Pub., c2008.
 
Holden, Jesse. Acquisitions in the New Information Universe: Core Competencies and Ethical Practices. Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2010.
 
McKinlay, James. The ART of People Management in Libraries: Tips for Managing Your Most Vital Resource.  Chandos, 2010.
 
Moniz, Richard J. Practical and Effective Management of Libraries: Integrating Case Studies, General Management Theory and Self-understanding. Chandos Pub., 2010.
 
Oliver, Chris. Introducing RDA: a Guide to the Basics.  American Library Association, c2010.
 
Saffady, William. Managing Electronic Records.  ARMA International, c2009.
 
Sauers, Michael P. Searching 2.0.  Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2009.
 
Smith, Susan Sharpless. Web-based Instruction: a Guide for Libraries.  American Library Association, 2010.
 
Stueart, Robert D. Developing Library Leaders: a How-to-do-it Manual for Coaching, Team Building, and Mentoring Library Staff.  Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2010.
 
Theimer, Kate. Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections.  Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2010.

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