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Midstate Library Service Center to Expand Hours
e-Vermont Town Libraries New Computers
Rural and Small Libraries Conference
Lorraine Lanius Outstanding Contributions
2011 Certificate of Public Librarianship
Medical Information in Vermont Hospitals
Postal Carrier of the Year
Park Passes for Libraries
Public Library Movie License
Free Posters for Labor Topics
Apply Now! Early Literacy Initiative
U-32 Library Honored
DCF Award News
Center for Cartoon Studies Winner
Teen Videos @ Your Library
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MartaReidVTStateLibrarian A major role of the Department of Libraries is to support local Vermont librarians with the training and support they need to provide good library service to Vermont citizens.  Our Library Development Division, under the leadership of Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese, includes four regional library consultants (Amy Howlett, Rob Geiszler, Jeremiah Kellogg, and Michael Roche) who work one-on-one with librarians and library trustees to help them develop the best possible policies, collections and library services.  But much of our training takes place in formal workshops, classes and webinars. Mara Siegel, our Continuing Education Coordinator, puts together a calendar of classes and coordinates the "Public Librarian Certification" Program.  In this newsletter you will read the names of 18 librarians who received their certificates at the Vermont Library Conference in May.  I congratulate each of these recipents for the hard work they have done over the past five years to earn this certificate. I also salute Mara, our four regional consultants, and the other DOL staffers who teach workshops and classes year-round: Grace Greene, Youth Services Consultant; Lorraine Lanius, Head of our Technical Services Unit; Sheila Kearns, Information Technology Librarian; Teresa Faust, Special Services Librarian; Gerrie Denison, Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan; and Paul Donovan, State Law Librarian.  Working as a team these talented and experienced professional librarians provide the best possible training for 21st library employees here in Vermont.  It takes a lot of planning, preparation, travel and teaching time to make this happen but we know from past surveys that it is one of the most valued services offered by our department. Read More 

Midstate Library Service Center to Expand Hours

Beginning July 1, the Midstate Library Service Center (MLSC) in Berlin will be open to public and school libraries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The library will also continue to take appointments from library staff outside of those hours to make borrowing more convenient for those who cannot travel to Berlin during the scheduled hours. Along with the change of hours comes a change in staff.  Linda Willis-Pendo will be moving from the Berlin facility to work at the State Library in Montpelier. Greg McCandless will be moving from the Northeast Regional Library (NERL) in St. Johnsbury to MLSC. Library Consultant Jeremiah Kellogg will continue to head the MLSC library and interlibrary loan operation in Berlin; Michael Roche will maintain a regional consulting office in St. Johnsbury. Read more 

e-Vermont Town Libraries New Computers 

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Rob Geiszler from the Vermont Department of Libraries delivering computers at Poultney Library

Thirteen public libraries across the state will receive thousands of dollars worth of computers and software this spring as part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. State Librarian Martha Reid of the Vermont Department of Libraries has personally delivered the equipment to eight libraries in Arlington, Cambridge, Canaan, Island Pond, Newport, Poultney, Pownal and West Rutland. She will make future deliveries to libraries in Alburgh, Bristol, Grand Isle, Ludlow and North Hero. The equipment, made possible with funding from a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP) grant, will provide library patrons with greater access to Internet resources as well as increase the libraries' capacity to provide training and licensed online content to local residents.

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Rural and Small Libraries Conference

Registration is now open for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) 2011 Conference to be held September 8-11, in Frisco, Texas.For conference information and registration, go to http://www.arsl.info/annual-conference-awards-calendar/frisco-conference-2011/

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Lorraine Lanius with Governor Peter Shumlin, Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding, and Kate Duffy, Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources.

Lorraine Lanius Outstanding Contributions

Each year the State of Vermont sets aside a week to recognize the contributions of state employees, and each year state departments have an opportunity to recognize an individual or team of employees for a special award. This year Lorraine Lanius was nominated by the staff of the DOL Technical Services Division and was selected for this year's award for the Department of Libraries. Lorraine was presented with her award at a luncheon in May. Congratulations, Lorraine!

2011 Certificate of Public Librarianship  

On May 24 at the Vermont Library Conference at St. Michael's College, DOL's Continuing Education Coordinator Mara Siegel presented 18 public librarians with the "Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship." This certificate is awarded to those Vermont public library employees who complete all requirements of the Vermont Department of Libraries' certification program. Awardees have five years to attend classes and workshops and take part in online instruction to earn the required 150 credits. More complete information about the program is available at: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ce/certificationguidelines 

The Department congratulates these librarians for their outstanding achievement: read more

Medical Information in Vermont Hospitals

How do Vermont hospitals assure that information is available to their health care providers when they need it? A recent survey of Vermont's hospitals provides a snapshot of medical information resources available in hospitals, and the status of hospital libraries, traditionally the locus of medical information. The survey report called "Knowledge-based Information in Vermont Hospitals: A Survey of Library and Information Services in 2010" was released in May by the University of Vermont Dana Medical Library, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)-designated medical resource library for Vermont. The intent of the report is to improve the services that Vermont hospital libraries offer. Partner agencies, including the Vermont State Library and the Vermont Area Health Education Centers, will also consider the results for implications for state library services and contiunuing education of health care providers. Read more

Postal Carrier of the Year

Peter Vermette of Chelsea has been named Vermont Postal Carrier of the Year by the Special Services Unit of the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Council of the Blind. This is the first year of the award which was created to draw attention to the role the U.S. Postal Service plays in the delivery of "talking books" to the visually impaired and physically handicapped and to reward postal carriers who go beyond their normal duties to assist customers who have special needs. Vermette was nominated for assisting in the replacement of a customer's mailbox post on his own time. The judges, representing the Department of Libraries and the Council of the Blind, came to a quick and unanimous decision. According to Special Services Librarian Teresa Faust, "By all accounts, the award went to a very deserving recipient. Several people told me this couldn't have gone to a nicer guy." Vermette received his award at the Council's annual meeting in Montpelier.

Park Passes for Libraries

Public libraries and a few colleges are celebrating the beginning of the Vermont summer season and the continuing pass program co-sponsored by the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, and Vermont State Historic Sites. Each pass has a list of the sites available for day-use visitors. In these economically challenging times, a free pass to outdoor recreation is a good thing.

 

Colleges began participating in the program in 2010. Only those colleges that lend materials freely to the entire community are eligible. Bennington College Director Oceana Wilson wrote, "Our 2011 passes just arrived! Thanks for this awesome program - we really appreciate it!"

 

For more information, including an order form for additional passes ($40 each) and a sample policy, use the link at http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/parks 

Public Library Movie License Contract Open

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Attention public libraries! Sign up now for your certificate for motion picture public performance rights from Movie Licensing USA. The Vermont Department of Libraries pays the bill for this contract, offering an excellent deal for quality library programming in hard times. In many communities, local library showings of movies provide audiences with an opportunity to experience other cultures, deepen understanding of film history and genres, enjoy a family "night out" or to provoke discussion. Here are some film program suggestions: Try the Marx Brothers, Mae West and Charlie Chaplin for early American films. See parts of Vermont on film in "The Trouble with Harry" (1954) and "Baby Boom" (1986) or "Beetlejuice" (1987). Use films to provide a new look at literature and acting with Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or Keira Knightly in "Pride and Prejudice." Read more

Free Posters for Labor Topics

Libraries are sometimes contacted by companies that offer to sell to them (often for a stiff fee) posters on labor issues required for employees. Save your money! The United States Department of Labor provides free posters, either via PDF or mailed on request. To order posters, use the website at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/posters.htm or call the Department of Labor at 1-866-487-2365.

 

Mandatory state posters for Vermont employers are available from the Vermont Department of Labor at: http://www.labor.vermont.gov  The link for "Forms and Publications" lists the posters and offers free Word or PDF files to create paper versions. Mandatory posters cover topics such as: "Employer Liability and Workers' Compensation," "Child Labor Law," and "Minimum Wage."

Apply Now! Early Literacy Initiative

Beginning in 2010, the Department of Libraries (DOL) and the Vermont Center for the Book (VCB) have partnered on a statewide Early Literacy Initiative (ELI) for public libraries and the babies and toddlers they serve. Thirty Vermont libraries are currently involved in the program, bringing early literacy experiences to children, parents and childcare providers. The training for librarians, based on research on how babies and toddlers learn, improves library storytimes and helps librarians introduce concepts of early literacy to parents and caregivers. The program, a combination of VCB's "Beginning with Mother Goose" (BWMG) and the American Library Association's "Every Child Ready to Read," has been customized for Vermont.  Training for a second group of Vermont libraries will begin with a two-day conference at the Lake Morey Resort in September. The trainer on day one will be Saroj Ghoting, one of the librarians who began ALA's program, "Every Child Ready to Read," and who wrote a great book on the topic, Early Literacy Storytimes at Your Library. The second day of training will focus on making connections between "Beginning with Mother Goose" and "Every Child Ready to Read." Read more

U-32 Library Honored for Excellence

On May 11 Nancy Everhart, President of the American Association of School Librarians, visited U-32 Middle/Senior High School in East Montpelier to honor its librarians Dan Greene and Vicky Palmer and its library as the outstanding school library in Vermont. Everhart's mission as AASL president has been to travel to all 50 states visiting an outstanding library in each to show the public what good school libraries should be. Dan and Vicky pulled out all the stops in planning the celebration. Celebrity speakers included Governor Peter Shumlin and Newbery-winning author Katherine Paterson, as well as Everhart herself. But the day was just as much for the students to feel pride in their school, library and in each other. Hundreds of students crowded into the U32 auditorium; two spoke about what the library means to them and others were honored for creative work they had done, including book trailers, altered books, a quilt for a refugee family (inspired by Paterson's Day of the Pelican) and a hysterical piece of flash fiction (a very, very short story) about oreos vs The Joy of Cooking. Read more.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award News

New Jersey author Wendy Mass has won the 2011 Dorothy Canfield Fisher two women(DCF) Book Award for her novel 11 Birthdays.  In a plot similar to that of the movie, "Groundhog Day," 11 Birthdays features a boy and a girl who are forced to re-live their eleventh birthday over and over. At the DCF ceremony held at Vermont Technical College on June 1, author Mass wowed the audience of approximately 450 children, teachers and librarians with information about how she turns ideas into books and how they, too, can be writers. She was awarded a beautiful painting created by the official DCF artist, Diana Dunn of Jericho.

 

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award is Vermont's child-selected award for children in grades 4-8. For more information, see the DCF website: www.dcfaward.org

Center for Cartoon Studies Winner

Tyler Murphy

Tyler Murphy

In a random drawing from all of the entries submitted, DOL has chosen Tyler A. Murphy , age 18, from North Country Union High School in Newport as the winner of the library scholarship for a one week cartooning workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies this summer.   

Tyler is an excellent and dedicated artist as evidenced by the fact that he has been the recipient of High Honors Drawing and Painting and Senior Studio and The Rita Braun Memorial Scholarship. He also won Second Place for the People's Choice Award at North Country Union High School. Tyler plans to go on to college and major in Graphic Design.

The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, the generous donor of the scholarship, is a fabulous Vermont resource. For more information, please see:  www.cartoonstudies.org

Teen Videos @Your Library

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Vermont's Teen video contest winner Andrew Rainville

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. The 2011 national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) for teens uses the slogan "You are Here." Each state (including Vermont) that participates in CSLP selected a winning teen video and all twenty-one winning videos are now available on the CSLP website:  www.cslpreads.org   Read more.

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This month we asked some Vermont "foodies" to share what they are reading.

TheClothesonTheirBacksbookjacket Deborah Krasner, James Beard Award-winning author(The Flavors of Olive Oil) and teacher whose newest book is Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat, has found herself obsessed reading British author Linda Grant: "First I read her wonderful new novel We Had It So Good, a story about my generation, although set in England rather than the U.S. I loved it. Then I read her nonfiction book about clothing and its place in our imagination, real life and our inner narrative life, The Thoughtful Dresser. I loved it too, so I immediately read an earlier novel, The Clothes on Their Backs, which covers much of the same material as both the new novel and the previous nonfiction, but from another perspective. What can I say? I'm in love. I want to know her, be her friend, go shopping with her, and teach her how to make jam (an activity she says she would never attempt). I plan to read everything she has ever published. I am a fan!"

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MARTYFrom the Vermont State Librarian

A major role of the Department of Libraries is to support local Vermont librarians with the training and support they need to provide good library service to Vermont citizens.  Our Library Development Division, under the leadership of Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese, includes four regional library consultants (Amy Howlett, Rob Geiszler, Jeremiah Kellogg, and Michael Roche) who work one-on-one with librarians and library trustees to help them develop the best possible policies, collections and library services.  But much of our training takes place in formal workshops, classes and webinars. Mara Siegel, our Continuing Education Coordinator, puts together a calendar of classes and coordinates the "Public Librarian Certification" Program.  In this newsletter you will read the names of 18 librarians who received their certificates at the Vermont Library Conference in May.  I congratulate each of these recipents for the hard work they have done over the past five years to earn this certificate. I also salute Mara, our four regional consultants, and the other DOL staffers who teach workshops and classes year-round: Grace Greene, Youth Services Consultant; Lorraine Lanius, Head of our Technical Services Unit; Sheila Kearns, Information Technology Librarian; Teresa Faust, Special Services Librarian; Gerrie Denison, Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan; and Paul Donovan, State Law Librarian.  Working as a team these talented and experienced professional librarians provide the best possible training for 21st library employees here in Vermont.  It takes a lot of planning, preparation, travel and teaching time to make this happen but we know from past surveys that it is one of the most valued services offered by our department.

I am a big believer in continuing education - for knowledge, networking, and for getting "re-charged." For that reason, even in tough economic times, DOL librarians also have the chance to advance their skills and knowledge base. This spring Sheila Kearns attended the Evergreen International Conference in Georgia; Christine Friese and I attended the IMLS Grants to States Conference in Baltimore;  Sheila Kearns, Grace Greene and I will be in New Orleans next week for the ALA Conference and/or a meeting of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and Paul Donovan will attend the annual American Association of Law Librarians Conference in July.

Vermont librarians have a wealth of conference offerings to consider:  The Vermont School Library Association was a co-sponsor of Dynamic Landscapes, an exciting two-day conference in May and the Vermont Library Association sponsored their conference last month, too.  Both conferences attracted large crowds of librarians. Vermont librarians discover and attend a variety of out-of-state conferences dedicated to libraries, education, library technology and the publishing trade. And I hope that many of you will attend the New England Library Association Conference in Burlington in October.

What's my point? In order to be informed and energized to deliver 21st century library service, library staff must "get out of town" and attend training sessions and conferences.  We all need exposure to  new ideas and we need to learn about trends and technologies, as well as opportunities to network with colleagues from near and far.  Library trustees also need to participate in these continuing education opportunities. This newsletter is one vehicle to find out about continuing education and conference opportunities.  Being a member of a professional library organization is another.  It is important that library directors, library trustees, town managers, school administrators, and select boards all recognize the tremendous need for and benefit from attendance at conferences and continuing education workshops. As folks who support and make possible lifelong learning for our constituents, we need to be learners, too!

Martha Reid

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midstateMidstate Library Service Center to Expand Hours

Beginning July 1, the Midstate Library Service Center (MLSC) in Berlin will be open to public and school libraries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The library will also continue to take appointments from library staff outside of those hours to make borrowing more convenient for those who cannot travel to Berlin during the scheduled hours. Along with the change of hours comes a change in staff.  Linda Willis-Pendo will be moving from the Berlin facility to work at the State Library in Montpelier. Greg McCandless will be moving from the Northeast Regional Library (NERL) in St. Johnsbury to MLSC. Library Consultant Jeremiah Kellogg will continue to head the MLSC library and interlibrary loan operation in Berlin; Michael Roche will maintain a regional consulting office in St. Johnsbury.

Over the course of the past ten months, DOL staff at MLSC, NERL, and the State Library have weeded and reviewed the book collections in order to merge them from three locations to two, due to the closing of the Northeast Regional Library.  DOL will vacate the NERL building on June 30, though we expect that consultant Michael Roche will have a permanent office in that building once the State completes building renovations.  Part of the general adult book collection once housed at MLSC and NERL is now located in Montpelier and is available through interlibrary loan. The newer and more popular items for adults and youth are housed at Berlin. Books at MLSC are available to public and school libraries for a 90 day loan period.  We encourage libraries to borrow large collections for this loan period.

At MLSC new books, for both children and adults, are being added to the collection as well.  We invite librarians to browse the collection on site or to call to have subject collections shipped to them.  Teachers are welcome to borrow books from MLSC but they must be accompanied by their school librarian or bring with them the library card issued to their school library. Librarians who need multiple titles on a given topic for programs or class assignments may request items for shipment or pick-up. MLSC staff will select items and reserve books for pick-up or ship them directly to the borrowing library.

Individuals (including home schoolers) will now have access to the MLSC collection through their local library via interlibrary loan.  If you have any questions about MLSC collections or services, please contact Jeremiah Kellogg, MLSC Librarian at 802-828-2320 / jeremiah.kellogg@state.vt.us 

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       e-vt  e-Vermont Town Libraries New Computers

Thirteen public libraries across the state will receive thousands of dollars worth of computers and software this spring as part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. State Librarian Martha Reid of the Vermont Department of Libraries has personally delivered the equipment to eight libraries in Arlington, Cambridge, Canaan, Island Pond, Newport, Poultney, Pownal and West Rutland. She will make future deliveries to libraries in Alburgh, Bristol, Grand Isle, Ludlow and North Hero. The equipment, made possible with funding from a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP) grant, will provide library patrons with greater access to Internet resources as well as increase the libraries' capacity to provide training and licensed online content to local residents.

 

Libraries have long served as local information hubs and demand for access has skyrocketed as more and more online applications require higher speed connections that may not be available at home. "These additional computers, printers, scanners, and monitors will be used to serve a wide range of needs and interests such as job searching and resume development, genealogy research, distance learning, obtaining current health information, and finding grant opportunities," explains Reid. All of these libraries provide access to the Vermont Online Library, a collection of online resources available to citizens only by subscription through their local library. Recent content added to this online"library" includes resources on careers, job searching, foreign language learning and small business development.

One important aspect of this equipment purchase is that each library was able to customize its order based on local needs, as long as it fell within a pre-set budget. Through a bulk purchase, the Department of Libraries was able to negotiate better pricing.  The Department of Libraries is one of many partners in the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, under the leadership of the Vermont Council for Rural Development. For more information about the e-Vermont project, see: www.e4vt.org/

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ruralRural and Small Libraries Conference

Registration is now open for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) 2011 Conference to be held September 8-11, in Frisco, Texas.For conference information and registration, go to http://www.arsl.info/annual-conference-awards-calendar/frisco-conference-2011/


The conference will bring together representatives from libraries across the nation to share resources and build a spirit of collaboration.  The mission of ARSL, an affiliate of the American Library Association, is to provide a network of people and materials to support rural and small library staff, volunteers and trustees to integrate the library thoroughly with the life and work of the community it serves.  Learn more at www.arsl.info.
 
Special session speakers (all terrific!) will include Linda Braun, a nationally-known library technology consultant who has done training here in Vermont; Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, creators of wildly popular Unshelved, the world's only library comic strip (www.unshelved.com); and Joe Bob Briggs, TV personality, drive-in movie critic, author and advocate of intellectual freedom (www.joebobbriggs.com).
 
Examples of workshops include:  Inside Tips for Grant Writing; Homework 411 for Teens; Cloud Computing; Programming for All Ages; Endowment Building; Recycling Books for Fun, Fashion & Profit; Trustee/Board Development; Summer Reading Programs; Developing Community Partnerships; Library Signage; Engaging Volunteers; Getting Non-Reading Teens Involved in YA Lit; Saks Services on a Dollar General Budget; Storytelling Programs for All Ages; Storytime Ideas; Troubleshooting Technology;  and Adult Programs on a $0 Budget.
 
If you have a question about registration, programs, schedule, hotel, volunteering, etc., send a note to arsl.conference@gmail.com

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certificate2011 Certificate of Public Librarianship Recipients

On May 24 at the Vermont Library Conference at St. Michael's College, DOL's Continuing Education Coordinator Mara Siegel presented 18 public librarians with the "Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship." This certificate is awarded to those Vermont public library employees who complete all requirements of the Vermont Department of Libraries' certification program. Awardees have five years to attend classes and workshops and take part in online instruction to earn the required 150 credits. More complete information about the program is available at: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ce/certificationguidelines 

 

The Department congratulates these librarians for their outstanding achievement:

Mary Ellen Boisvert, Aldrich Public Library, Barre

Jill Chase, Waterbury Public Library

Rebecca Cook, Poultney Public Library

Sara Dakin, Royalton Memorial Library, South Royalton

Toni Eubanks, Glover Public Library and Barton Public Library

Heather Grev, Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington

Gizelle Guyette, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester

Gail Lavaude, Bradford Public Library

Susan O'Connell, Craftsbury Public Library and Hardwick Public Library

Molly Pease, Stowe Free Library

Nga Pham, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington

Cheryl Sauter, Peacham Library

Cory Smith, Abbott Memorial Library, South Pomfret

Carolyn Tallen, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes

Debra Tinkham, Bradford Public Library

Anita Waite, Rutland Free Library

Tammy Wilbur, Whiting Free Library, Whiting

Lynn Wilson, Brandon Free Public Library

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medicalMedical Information in Vermont Hospitals

How do Vermont hospitals assure that information is available to their health care providers when they need it? A recent survey of Vermont's hospitals provides a snapshot of medical information resources available in hospitals, and the status of hospital libraries, traditionally the locus of medical information. The survey report called "Knowledge-based Information in Vermont Hospitals: A Survey of Library and Information Services in 2010" was released in May by the University of Vermont Dana Medical Library, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)-designated medical resource library for Vermont. The intent of the report is to improve the services that Vermont hospital libraries offer. Partner agencies, including the Vermont State Library and the Vermont Area Health Education Centers, will also consider the results for implications for state library services and contiunuing education of health care providers.

 

The study was funded with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health under contract with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Copies of the report can be printed from the Dana Medical Library website at: http://library.uvm.edu/dana/vermontlibrarysurvey.pdf

 

For more information, contact Marianne Burke, Director of the Dana Medical Library in Burlington at 802-656-3483 / marianne.burke@uvm.edu

 

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moviePublic Library Movie License Contract Open

Attention public libraries! Sign up now for your certificate for motion picture public performance rights from Movie Licensing USA. The Vermont Department of Libraries pays the bill for this contract, offering an excellent deal for quality library programming in hard times. In many communities, local library showings of movies provide audiences with an opportunity to experience other cultures, deepen understanding of film history and genres, enjoy a family "night out" or to provoke discussion. Here are some film program suggestions: Try the Marx Brothers, Mae West and Charlie Chaplin for early American films. See parts of Vermont on film in "The Trouble with Harry" (1954) and "Baby Boom" (1986) or "Beetlejuice" (1987). Use films to provide a new look at literature and acting with Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or Keira Knightly in "Pride and Prejudice."

The Movie Licensing USA website http://www.movlic.com provides publicity ideas, movie event planning, and advertising guidelines. This year the site features suggestions that tie in with the Summer Reading theme "One World, Many Stories." You can find the new library agreement form for Movie Licensing USA (June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012) at the DOL website: http://libraries.vermont.gov/movielicense 

Libraries should print, complete, and mail the form to the Department of Libraries as soon as possible   in order to show movies at any time during the coming year.

Common questions about the movie license:

Q: May the library show films on the lawn outside the building?

A: No, outdoor showings are not covered or allowed by the movie licensing contract.

Q: May we charge admission or raise funds by showing movies?

A: Libraries may not charge admission. Libraries may seek out local sponsors for movie programming or may sell refreshments.

Q: How do libraries advertise films?

A: Libraries may not use the film title on posters outside the library or on the library's website. Libraries may advertise just a "Movie Program" in newspapers or on signs.  Or they may hand out individual flyers with the movie title or include the title in a newsletter that is emailed to registered borrowers.

For more information contact Amy Howlett at: amy.howlett@state.vt.us) or use the "contact us" form at www.movlic.com 

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applyApply Now! Early Literacy Initiative

Beginning in 2010, the Department of Libraries (DOL) and the Vermont Center for the Book (VCB) have partnered on a statewide Early Literacy Initiative (ELI) for public libraries and the babies and toddlers they serve. Thirty Vermont libraries are currently involved in the program, bringing early literacy experiences to children, parents and childcare providers. The training for librarians, based on research on how babies and toddlers learn, improves library storytimes and helps librarians introduce concepts of early literacy to parents and caregivers. The program, a combination of VCB's "Beginning with Mother Goose" (BWMG) and the American Library Association's "Every Child Ready to Read," has been customized for Vermont.  Training for a second group of Vermont libraries will begin with a two-day conference at the Lake Morey Resort in September. The trainer on day one will be Saroj Ghoting, one of the librarians who began ALA's program, "Every Child Ready to Read," and who wrote a great book on the topic, Early Literacy Storytimes at Your Library. The second day of training will focus on making connections between "Beginning with Mother Goose" and "Every Child Ready to Read."

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Winnie Belle Learned Fund of the Vermont Public Library Foundation through the generosity of Dr. Burnett Rawson, with the assistance of a Henderson grant through the Vermont Center for the Book.  Up to 30 public libraries will be selected for participation in this second round of ELI training. For more information, and an application form, see: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/eli  Deadline for Applications is June 30, 2011.

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U32U-32 Library Honored for Excellence

On May 11 Nancy Everhart, President of the American Association of School Librarians, visited U-32 Middle/Senior High School in East Montpelier to honor its librarians Dan Greene and Vicky Palmer and its library as the outstanding school library in Vermont. Everhart's mission as AASL president has been to travel to all 50 states visiting an outstanding library in each to show the public what good school libraries should be. Dan and Vicky pulled out all the stops in planning the celebration. Celebrity speakers included Governor Peter Shumlin and Newbery-winning author Katherine Paterson, as well as Everhart herself. But the day was just as much for the students to feel pride in their school, library and in each other. Hundreds of students crowded into the U32 auditorium; two spoke about what the library means to them and others were honored for creative work they had done, including book trailers, altered books, a quilt for a refugee family (inspired by Paterson's Day of the Pelican) and a hysterical piece of flash fiction (a very, very short story) about oreos vs The Joy of Cooking.

On her blog, http://outstandingschoollibraries.org/ Nancy Everhart ends the story of her day at U-32 this way: "Back at the U-32 Library, I got to browse around and liked what I saw. Dan is all about accessibility so all the book shelves were low, and there were magnification readers and touch screen terminals.  Kindles, a flip camera, and ipod Nanos were available for check out.  It was a very attractive facility and filled with students.  The entire facility was warm, welcoming, and well-used. Dan is another of the "Vision Tour" school librarians who is National Board Certified.  It shows."

The Department of Libraries salutes Dan and Vicky, the library staff, the U-32 administration and faculty, and their students. Congratulations!

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teenTeen Videos @ Your Library

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. The 2011 national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) for teens uses the slogan "You are Here." Each state (including Vermont) that participates in CSLP selected a winning teen video and all twenty-one winning videos are now available on the CSLP website: www.cslpreads.org 

 

Vermont libraries have the right to use any and all of the prize-winning videos to promote summer programs. Vermont's teen video winner is Andrew Rainville, sophomore at Mount Abraham High School in Bristol. Rainville received a $250 check from CSLP and, in addition to his prize money, Andrew won $100 for his hometown sponsoring library, the Lincoln Library.

 

The Department of Libraries would like to know how your library uses these videos to promote summer programs and to entice teens into the library. Libraries can contact Grace Greene, DOL Youth Services Consultant, at grace.greene@state.vt.us with their success stories.

 

For next summer's reading program CLSP has chosen "Night" as the theme, with the teen program slogan of "Own the Night." Teens will again be invited to participate in a statewide video contest.

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Promote the Vermont Online Library: Add Gale Widgets to Your Website

Want to increase local patron traffic to the Vermont Online Library?  We suggest that you create customized Gale widgets that direct patrons to content in the Gale databases and show these widgets on your library website or your Facebook profile. Highlight new database products! Highlight timely databases! Highlight a different database each month!

Here's how to do it:

Go to: http://access.gale.com/widgets/
Choose the product you want to highlight
Click
on "Create"
Enter your library location ID vol_vuc# (e.g. vol_m000c)
To customize, you can
          Change the size of your widget
          Choose an image from your computer if you don't want to use the image from Gale
          Create a text-based widget
Click on "Create"

Choose your Web Embedding Options:

  • iFrame
  • Javascript
  • HTML Code
  • Facebook
  • iGoogle
  • Google sites

For a tutorial, see:  http://www.gale.cengage.com/media/training/Web20_GaleWidgets/Web20_GaleWidgets.htm 


scienceNew in the Library Science Collection at the State Library

ALA Guide to Economics & Business Reference. American Library Association, 2011.

Barclay, Donald A. The Library Renovation, Maintenance, and Construction Handbook.: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.

Carpenter, Julie. Project Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums: Working with Government and Other External Partners.  Chandos Publishing, 2011.

E-books in Libraries: a Practical Guide. Facet Publishing, 2011.

Forte, Eric J. Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources.  Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.

Gannon-Leary, Pat. Customer Care: a Training Manual for Library Staff.  Chandos Pub., 2010.

Gregory, Vicki L. Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections: an Introduction.  Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.

How to Get a Great Job: a Library How-to Handbook.  Skyhorse Pub., 2011.

How to Pay for College: a Library How-to Handbook.  Skyhorse Pub. : American Library Association, 2011.

Huber, John J.  Lean Library Management: Eleven Strategies for Reducing Costs and Improving Customer Services.  Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.

Kniffel, Leonard. Reading with the Stars: a Celebration of Books and Libraries: with Barack Obama, Julie Andrews, Bill Gates, David Mamet, Laura Bush, Ken Burns, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Cokie Roberts, Ron Reagan, Garrison Keillor, Ralph Nader, Jamie Lee Curtis, Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey. Skyhorse Publishing; American Library Association, 2011.

Lankes, R. David. The Atlas of New Librarianship. MIT Press; Association of College & Research Libraries, 2011.

VanDuinkerken, Wyoma. The Challenge of Library Management: Leading with Emotional Engagement. American Library Association, 2011.

West, Jessamyn. Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. Libraries Unlimited, 2011.


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This month we asked some Vermont "foodies" to share what they are reading.

 

TheClothesonTheirBacksbookjacket Deborah Krasner, James Beard Award-winning author(The Flavors of Olive Oil) and teacher whose newest book is Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat, has found herself obsessed reading British author Linda Grant: "First I read her wonderful new novel We Had It So Good, a story about my generation, although set in England rather than the U.S. I loved it. Then I read her nonfiction book about clothing and its place in our imagination, real life and our inner narrative life, The Thoughtful Dresser. I loved it too, so I immediately read an earlier novel, The Clothes on Their Backs, which covers much of the same material as both the new novel and the previous nonfiction, but from another perspective. What can I say? I'm in love. I want to know her, be her friend, go shopping with her, and teach her how to make jam (an activity she says she would never attempt). I plan to read everything she has ever published. I am a fan!"    

Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally Helen Labun Jordanis the Director of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project (Vermont Council on Rural Development) and a board member of both the Vermont Foodbank and Adamant Coop. She recommends a book that came out several years ago: Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. According to Helen, "This book about a 100 mile diet challenge, from two authors in the first wave of localvores, got lost in the publicity behind Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle that came out about the same time. Plenty is notable because of its location, Vancouver, Canada, and because it's written as a series of essays traded off between husband and wife that give an interesting relationship dynamic (in short summary -- living off of turnips makes you cranky). It's an easy, quick read." 

 

Rowan Jacobsen who won a James Beard Award for his Geography of the Oyster and is also author of Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland, tells us that he has just finished The Empire of Tea by Alan Macfarlane. Rowan stated: "Great book about the history of tea and empire, especially as it relates to Assam (where most of India's tea was produced). I was just in Assam, working on a story about wildlife poaching, and my lodge was situated in the midst of Assam's largest organic tea estate. Wild elephants (and occasionally tigers) hide out in these tea gardens at night. Anyway, the book really helped me understand the complicated social/ethnic tensions in the area, which all go back to British colonization."


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 camera, call 802.828.3261 

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