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Financial Literacy for Children
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MartaReidVTStateLibrarianLibraries have been involved in the work of "digital literacy" since the day when library PCs were first introduced to students and the general public. Today libraries provide public access computers and wireless service, along with computer training classes and one-on-one assistance - both formal and informal - on a wide variety of topics that include basic computer skills, word processing, downloading e-books, researching family history online, locating reliable health information and much more. Libraries recognize that it is essential for American citizens to have both basic literacy skills (the ability to read and write, but also digital literacy skills), and the ability to use computer technology, the internet and digital resources well and wisely. Digital literacy has become a fundamental requirement for student achievement, access to good jobs, social inclusion, global communication, economic development, and citizen engagement. Read more

Internet Interns Assisting Library Users  

As part of the eVermont grant in 2012, the Department of Libraries partnered with the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to place college students in libraries as digital literacy tutors. This month the Vermont Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to CCV to continue the interns program at least through the coming semester. Students are being placed in up to 12 public libraries throughout the state, working eight hours per week over the CCV semester. The students work with library visitors on creating an email account, learning what Skype and Twitter are, finding online training in computer skills or job hunting skills and more. If your library is interested in learning more about the program for future semesters please contact Christine Friese christine.friese@state.vt.us at the Department of Libraries.

Turning the Page - Vermont Style

turning the page logoFor the past two years, the Public Library Association, with support from the  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has offered a six-week online advocacy training course for public libraries. Several Vermont library directors, staff and trustees have participated in the course and others attended the in-person training on which this was based during the Gates Hardware Grants several years ago.   

 

The last scheduled training session begins this month...read more

Financial Literacy for Children   pickled patch bookjacket

The Vermont Department of Libraries is assisting the State Treasurer's Office in expanding a financial literacy program currently offered through elementary school libraries in Vermont. The "Reading is an Investment" program goals are to increase book collections in personal finance, give teachers and librarians related curricular resources, and encourage students to read books that teach money concepts. After two years of a very successful program in the schools, Lisa Helme, the program director, decided to expand it to include public libraries. We opened up applications to all Vermont public librarians, with a target goal of 30 participants. The libraries will receive a copy of the three books chosen for this year. The books are:   read more. 

Renowned World Traveler Visits State Library

flatStanley visits VT The State Library has always welcomed patrons of all sorts and striven to meet their information needs. Last week, we received a visit from well-known traveler Stanley Lambchop. For those of you to whom Mr. Stanley (better known as Flat Stanley) is unknown, Flat Stanley is the hero of a 1964 children's book by Jeff Brown. Stanley becomes flattened after a bulletin board falls on him, but happily discovers he can be folded and mailed anywhere in the world for a visit. The book inspired the Flat Stanley Project, begun in 1994, where grammar-school children make a Flat Stanley (or Flat Stella, or whomever) and mail him to a partner, who treats Stanley like a visiting guest, then returns Stanley to the children along with an account (with pictures or music or whatever) of his adventures. Read more


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MARTYFrom the Vermont State Librarian

Libraries have been involved in the work of "digital literacy" since the day when library PCs were first introduced to students and the general public. Today libraries provide public access computers and wireless service, along with computer training classes and one-on-one assistance - both formal and informal - on a wide variety of topics that include basic computer skills, word processing, downloading e-books, researching family history online, locating reliable health information and much more. Libraries recognize that it is essential for American citizens to have both basic literacy skills (the ability to read and write, but also digital literacy skills), and the ability to use computer technology, the internet and digital resources well and wisely. Digital literacy has become a fundamental requirement for student achievement, access to good jobs, social inclusion, global communication, economic development, and citizen engagement. The Department of Libraries is taking a leading role in this area and our work on the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project with partners that include the Vermont Council for Rural Development, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, Vermont State Colleges and Community College of Vermont, and others, continues to expand and now includes the Vermont Agency for Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Education. Check out the article in this newsletter about the expansion of the Vermont "Internet Intern" program in public libraries. We have made it a priority to develop programs and services designed to expand and strengthen digital literacy activities in our state's libraries for Vermont citizens. And others recognize what we already know: our academic, school and public libraries are essential components in the statewide and national effort to have a digitally literate America.

 

Our emphasis on supporting digital literacy activities in libraries is part of a broader national initiative. Many of you are familiar with the work that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is doing with libraries and community groups: http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/

This month the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant award that will bring together the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). This grant project will result in the creation of an online collection of digital literacy resources and tech training tools that will be available to libraries, patrons, and other community-based organizations. I serve as COSLA's representative on ALA's Digital Literacy Task Force and I have been impressed to see the dedication and deep thinking taking place at the national level on behalf of digital literacy and libraries. You can read more about the IMLS grant at: http://www.imls.gov/imls_award_to_the_public_library_association_will_develop_online_digital_literacy_resource.aspx

 

http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/09/public-library-association-receives-grant-for-digital-literacy-education/

 

In the coming year you will hear more about our efforts to strengthen the role that Vermont libraries play in helping Vermonters to attain digital literacy skills. In the meantime, I encourage you to read the IMLS publication Building Digital Communities: Getting Started available at:

http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/BuildingDigitalCommunities.pdf

And, as always, I welcome your comments and questions. You can reach me at: martha.reid@state.vt.us


Regards,

   

Martha Reid

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turningTurning the Page - Vermont Style

For the past two years, the Public Library Association, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has offered a six-week online advocacy training course for public libraries. Several Vermont library directors, staff and trustees have participated in the course and others attended the in-person training on which this was based during the Gates Hardware Grants several years ago.

 

The last scheduled training session begins this month and over 40 Vermonters will participate this time, from 27 libraries. The course includes units on relationship-building, telling effective stories, leadership and more.

 

Many of these libraries have registered a team to work together on the class and project plan at the center of the course. These projects will help libraries talk with local stakeholders about the services and programs of the library as well as any upcoming projects. The team effort is a great sign that Friends groups, Trustees and Staff are pulling together and sharing the tasks involved in advocacy, focusing on consistent messages to reach a wider audience more effectively.

 

Although this is the last time PLA is offering the course, training opportunities will continue through the Department of Libraries in 2013. If you have questions concerning advocacy training, please contact Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese christine.friese@state.vt.us or 802-828-2714.

 

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FinancialFinancial Literacy for Children

The Vermont Department of Libraries is assisting the State Treasurer's Office in expanding a financial literacy program currently offered through elementary school libraries in Vermont. The "Reading is an Investment" program goals are to increase book collections in personal finance, give teachers and librarians related curricular resources, and encourage students to read books that teach money concepts. After two years of a very successful program in the schools, Lisa Helme, the program director, decided to expand it to include public libraries. We opened up applications to all Vermont public librarians, with a target goal of 30 participants. The libraries will receive a copy of the three books chosen for this year. The books are: The Pickle Patch Bathtub by Frances Kennedy, Isabel's Car Wash by Sheila Bair and Stock Market Pi by J.M. Seymour. In addition to the books, libraries receive a booklet with suggested activities. The only requirement is that each participating library hold one program on financial literacy for either children or adults during the school year. For more information, see:

http://www.vermonttreasurer.gov/financial-literacy/reading-is-an-investment


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worldRenowned World Traveler Visits State Library

The State Library has always welcomed patrons of all sorts and striven to meet their information needs. Last week, we received a visit from well-known traveler Stanley Lambchop. For those of you to whom Mr. Stanley (better known as Flat Stanley) is unknown, Flat Stanley is the hero of a 1964 children's book by Jeff Brown. Stanley becomes flattened after a bulletin board falls on him, but happily discovers he can be folded and mailed anywhere in the world for a visit. The book inspired the Flat Stanley Project, begun in 1994, where grammar-school children make a Flat Stanley (or Flat Stella, or whomever) and mail him to a partner, who treats Stanley like a visiting guest, then returns Stanley to the children along with an account (with pictures or music or whatever) of his adventures. The children are exposed to different cultures, generations, and occupations (and make friends) in what has been called and "authentic" literacy project and one of the earliest social networks for children.

 

Flat Stanley came this time from a grammar school in Florida. During his stay, he has visited the Vermont Supreme Court (even getting to sit on the bench!), the Vermont State House and other local points of interest.

 

Stanley has had other non-Vermont adventures; he's appeared in the television show King of the Hill in 2004, and he was aboard US Airways Flight 1549 when Captain Sullenberger landed safely in the Hudson in January 2009. His adventures may appear on a map of his travels. You can also follow Stanley (and Stella) on their blog, and there's even an app available.

 

Stanley will be returning to Florida soon with tales and souvenirs of his trip. We look forward to his next visit to Vermont; he may even visit your library!

 

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newNew in The Library Science Collection @The State Library

These titles may be borrowed from the State Library.

 

Andrews, Sandra D. The Power of Data : An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs. Chicago, Ill. : American Association of School Librarians, 2012.

 

A Catalyst for Change : LSTA Grants to States Program Activities and the Transformation of Library Services to the Public. [Washington, DC] : Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2009.

 

The Complete Summer Reading Program Manual : From Planning to Evaluation. Chicago : Young Adult Library Services Association, 2012.

 

COSLA : eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries : Final Report. Portland, Ore. : Pinpoint Logic, 2010.

 

Guide to State Laws Relating to Library Services for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals. Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 2009.

 

Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.) Creating a Nation of Learners : Strategic Plan 2012-2016. Washington, D.C. : IMLS, 2012.

 

Kulpinski, Dan. Partnership for a Nation of Learners : Joining Forces, Creating Value. Washington, D.C. : Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2009.

 

Marketing Your Library : Tips and Tools That Work. Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.

 

Mulac, Carolyn. Fundamentals of Reference. Chicago : American Library Association, 2012.

 

Newbery/Caldecott/Laura Ingalls Wilder Award 2011 Acceptance Speeches [sound recording]. Norwalk, Conn. : Weston Woods : Scholastic, 2011.

 

Red Clover Award : Introducing This Year's Nominees to Your Students [videorecording]. Prepared and presented by the Vermont School Library Association. South Burlington, VT : RETN Media Center, 2012.

 

Robson, Colin. Real World Research : A Resource for Users of Social Research Methods in Applied Settings. Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley, 2011.

 

Roman, Susan. The Dominican Study : Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap. River Forest, IL : Dominican University, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, 2010.

 

Singer, Carol A. Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections. Chicago : American Library Association, 2012.

 

Welsh, Anne. Practical Cataloguing : AACR, RDA and MARC21. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, imprint of American Library Association, 2012.

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