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From the State Librarian
VTLIB Launches Quarterly Webinar Series
VT Libraries & Makers: Spark Culture of Innovation
John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture, Jan. 27
Connection of VT Libraries to Fiber Network Nears Completion
Bennington Free Library Now Live on Catamount
New Year's Resolutions for Trustees
Watch ALA Book Awards Announcements Jan. 27
VPT/VTLIB Co-sponsor Kids Writing Contest
2014 DCF Conference Plans Set
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MartaReidVTStateLibrarianHappy New Year! I love the energy that comes with a new year and the start of the Vermont legislative session. At the Department of Libraries we have been reviewing the accomplishments of 2013 and are in the midst of putting the final touches on our 2014 work plan. We have successfully reached important milestones in two projects that have been a major focal point for us for the past few years: Catamount Library Network and Vermont FiberConnect. You can read progress reports on both of those projects in this newsletter. Our 2014 work will build on those two projects, as well as the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative (with the VT Center for the Book), the Vermont Digital Economy project (with the Vermont Council on Rural Development), the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project (with UVM's Bailey/Howe  Library), and our new videoconference network in 14 public libraries, thanks to a grant from Google. Read more
VTLIB Launches Quarterly Webinar Series

Beginning this month the Department of Libraries (VTLIB) is hosting a series of quarterly webinars to provide news, updates on state and national initiatives, and information of interest to Vermont librarians, library trustees, and other stakeholders. Each webinar will include remarks by State Librarian Martha Reid and will feature news and updates of various Department units and programs. Read more

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VT Libraries & Makers:
Spark Culture of Innovation

We are pleased to announce an exciting new grant to provide summer science programming for children and teens in Vermont's public libraries this summer in support of the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, Science. Read more 

John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture, Jan. 27

Mark your calendars now! You won't want to miss the 2014 John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture set for Monday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. in Montpelier. This year's lecture, co-sponsored by the Vermont Library Association and the Department of Libraries, will be presented by Dr. Dawn Sova, author of four books which focus on censorship, including Forbidden Films;  Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds; and Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Sexual GroundsSova will be speaking about the current state of intellectual freedom in America and compare it to mid-20th century attempts to combat censorship. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. Read more

Connection of VT Libraries to Fiber Network
Nears Completion 
Thirty-six of the 43 Vermont public libraries included in the Vermont FiberConnect broadband project are now connected to the state-of-the-art fiber optic network being completed by Sovernet in partnership with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA). These libraries are now receiving high-speed Internet service via a wide area network (WAN) that is being deployed and maintained through an agreement between VTLIB and the State of Vermont Department of Information and Innovation (DII). Read more

Bennington Free Library Now Live on Catamount 

catamount The Bennington Free Library (BFL) "went live" on the Catamount Library Network (CLN) on January 13.  BFL is the sixth library to become active on the system, adding over 60,000 titles to the more than 258,000 items already in the CLN catalog. That means that patrons of these six libraries now have direct access to nearly 320,000 items in the member libraries' collections. Library users can place holds on items in the catalog directly from their computer or mobile device for materials from any of the six libraries. Read more
New Year's Resolutions for Trustees 

As March elections approach, trustee boards are lining up candidates and thinking about the new year. Here are a few ambitious thoughts to set a strong course. Read more 

Watch ALA Book Awards Announcements Jan. 27

Children's book people anxiously await the Big Announcements every year: the time when the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and many other book awards are announced. The announcements always take place during the Midwinter Conference of the American Library Association, and this year they will happen on Monday, January 27. Anyone can watch the announcements live starting at 8:00 a.m. from www.ala.org/yma. May the best books win!

VPT/VTLIB Co-sponsor Kids Writing Contest

Vermont Public Television (VPT) and the Department of Libraries are co-sponsoring the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, an annual contest for children in kindergarten through third grade. The contest is designed to promote children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning, as kids write and illustrate original stories. Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Read more 

2014 DCF Conference Plans Set

dcf poster The twelfth annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) conference for teachers and librarians will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Stoweflake Inn in Stowe. The keynote speaker will be Gary Schmidt, winner of two Newbery honors, for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and The Wednesday Wars, and the afternoon speaker will be Jo Knowles, a Vermont author of young adult books and the middle grade novel, See You at Harry's, on the current DCF list. In addition, there will be workshops on various aspects of reading and on ways to promote the list, both low and high tech. Read more  

In the News...

listen up VT logo Congratulations to the Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC) for their $1,500 grant award from the Vermont Humanities Council for the purchase of additional e-books for their Listen Up! Vermont program. New titles to be added with this grant funding will focus on the areas of history, philosophy, archaeology, and literature. This grant will supplement the $10,000 grant provided earlier this year from the Department of Libraries for the purchase of GMLC e-books. More than 150 libraries in towns and schools across Vermont subscribe to GMLC's Overdrive e-book platform in order to provide a wide variety of e-book content to their students and library patrons. To find out more about GMLC's Listen Up! Vermont, see:  http://www.listenupvermont.org.


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MARTYFrom the Vermont State Librarian

Happy New Year! I love the energy that comes with a new year and the start of the Vermont legislative session. At the Department of Libraries we have been reviewing the accomplishments of 2013 and are in the midst of putting the final touches on our 2014 work plan. We have successfully reached important milestones in two projects that have been a major focal point for us for the past few years: Catamount Library Network and Vermont FiberConnect. You can read progress reports on both of those projects in this newsletter. Our 2014 work will build on those two projects, as well as the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative (with the VT Center for the Book), the Vermont Digital Economy project (with the Vermont Council on Rural Development), the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project (with UVM's Bailey/Howe  Library), and our new videoconference network in 14 public libraries, thanks to a grant from Google.

 

Looking forward, we have a fairly ambitious agenda which will include the creation of a statewide task force to address digital literacy training for Vermont citizens, establishing a committee to revise the Minimum Standards for Vermont Public Libraries, exploring ways to improve statewide interlibrary loan and resource sharing, and improving marketing of the Vermont Online Library. A large piece of our work here at VTLIB is to support libraries so that they can provide high quality service to citizens and students. We do that via our programs of continuing education and consulting services, reference support provided by State Library staff, the Vermont Automated Library System, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, our Technical Services and Interlibrary Loan units, and via a variety of programs and services. We also have an eye on the larger needs and priorities for Vermont, and the part that our libraries can play in tackling some of our biggest challenges, including economic development and job creation, child poverty and school readiness, and ensuring safe and healthy communities. In his State of the State address this month, Governor Shumlin focused on the rising opiate addiction problem in Vermont, and in a small state like Vermont, we have opportunities to work together with many partners on this and other tough issues. What is the role of our libraries? As I work with other state agencies and with statewide organizations and as we look at potential strategies for addressing some of these problems, I am always watching for the places where there are intersections with the work of libraries: career education in our schools, digital literacy training and assistance, public computing centers, quality health information, STEM and makerspace programs, student support and education in our academic libraries, and early literacy. VTLIB will never have the level of staffing or funding we want or know we need. Nor will local libraries. But the challenges do not go away, and I am confident that by working together we can continue to enrich the lives of our citizens and improve the quality of life across the board. Sometimes all it takes is some new ways of thinking and approaching our work. In 2014 VTLIB is taking steps to improve our communication with all of you, and we want to hear from you. We kicked off the year with the first in a series of quarterly VTLIB information webinars on January 16. You'll find more details in this newsletter about that. And as always, I welcome your ideas and feedback. You can reach me at: martha.reid@state.vt.us.

 

Marty Reid  

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webinarVTLIB Launches Quarterly Webinar Series

Beginning this month the Department of Libraries (VTLIB) is hosting a series of quarterly webinars to provide news, updates on state and national initiatives, and information of interest to Vermont librarians, library trustees, and other stakeholders. Each webinar will include remarks by State Librarian Martha Reid and will feature news and updates of various Department units and programs.

 

The first webinar took place on January 16 at 2:00 p.m. and included: (1) News from State Librarian Martha Reid; (2) Information on the national Impact Survey and Edge Initiative for public libraries; and (3) Reports from the six Vermont public librarians who attended the 2013 Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference in Omaha, NE: Rebecca Cook, (Poultney), Amy Olsen (Hyde Park), Lisa Sammet (Hardwick), Amy Wisehart (Hartland), Kimberly Bushnell Mathewson (Middletown Springs), and Carol Nicholson (Newport). These librarians were awarded full scholarships from the Department of Libraries to attend the September conference. Each webinar will be recorded and available via the VTLIB website. For webinar registration information, contact Brittney Wilson at: brittney.wilson@state.vt.us. 

 

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fiberconnectVT Libraries & Makers: Spark Culture of Innovation

We are pleased to announce an exciting new grant to provide summer science programming for children and teens in Vermont's public libraries this summer in support of the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, Science. 

 

The Vermont Community Foundation's Innovations and Collaborations grant program has awarded a grant to develop innovative scientific programs, train science educators, and bring these programs to 14 libraries around the state. Vermont Makers, a community that encourages projects that blend the arts, sciences, and technology, is spearheading the curriculum development, with the help of UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Science Department and the folks from the Champlain Maker Faire.   

 

The Vermont Department of Libraries will be reviewing the applications and choosing the participating libraries. Every effort will be made to ensure that libraries are spread geographically throughout the state. 

 

The 14 libraries selected for the grant will host two programs each, chosen from the following topics: E-textiles, E-Origami, Toy Hacking, Squishy Circuits, and Plastic Plankton Chandeliers. Most programs will run for 3 hours and be designed to engage an audience of children 11 years and older, although some will be appropriate for younger children. Each program will come with the necessary curriculum and materials which will become property of the library for future use. Libraries will not receive funds, they will receive programs - curriculum, facilitators, and equipment.           

 

Learn more and apply at http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/srp. The deadline for applications is February 14 (postmarked), and successful applicants will be notified the week of March 3.  For more information about the grant contact Susan O'Connell at craftsburylibrary@gmail.com or (802)586-9683.  For more information about the application process, contact Mara Siegel at mara.siegel@state.vt.us or (802)828-2727.

 

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catamountJohn Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture, Jan. 27

Mark your calendars now! You won't want to miss the 2014 John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture set for Monday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. in Montpelier. This year's lecture, co-sponsored by the Vermont Library Association and the Department of Libraries, will be presented by Dr. Dawn Sova, author of four books which focus on censorship, including Forbidden Films;  Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds; and Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds. Sova will be speaking about the current state of intellectual freedom in America and compare it to mid-20th century attempts to combat censorship. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

 

The John Swan Lecture Series was created in 1992 as a tribute to John Swan, the Director of Libraries at Bennington College and a strong advocate of intellectual freedom in all types of libraries. The Swan Lecture will be held in the Auditorium of the Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, in Montpelier (the building that houses the Historical Society Museum, as well as the main offices of the Department of Libraries and the State Library). Enter the building from the side entrance on Governor Davis Avenue. The Auditorium is located on the lower level and can be accessed by elevator. Light refreshments will be available.

 

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Connection of VT Libraries to Fiber Network Nears Completionvol

Thirty-six of the 43 Vermont public libraries included in the Vermont FiberConnect broadband project are now connected to the state-of-the-art fiber optic network being completed by Sovernet in partnership with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA). These libraries are now receiving high-speed Internet service via a wide area network (WAN) that is being deployed and maintained through an agreement between VTLIB and the State of Vermont Department of Information and Innovation (DII).

 

Each library in the project is connected to the VTLIB network core which distributes shared Internet service to all of the libraries on the WAN. At each library, VTLIB has supplied routers, switches and wireless access points to distribute Internet access to all networked devices on each library's local area network and to provide wireless coverage throughout each library. The first library (Putney Public Library) was connected to the VTLIB WAN in May 2013. By the time all 43 libraries are connected, Kevin Nadzam, the network engineer working with VTLIB and VTLIB's four regional library consultants, will have made more than 100 visits to the FiberConnect libraries to plan network designs and deploy some 45 routers, 25 switches, and 107 wireless access points. All but one of the remaining libraries will be connected to the WAN within the next several weeks, and the last library, Mark Skinner Library in Manchester, will be connected when the construction of their new library is completed.

 

Vermont FiberConnect is a public-private partnership between the VTA and Sovernet Communications, funded by a $33.4 million federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant from the NTIA to bring fiber-optic connectivity to more than 300 Vermont "community anchor institutions," including public libraries. VTLIB contributed matching funds to this project using $400,000 from an Opportunity Online Broadband Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

 

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The Bennington Free Library (BFL) "went live" on the Catamount Library Network (CLN) on January 13.  BFL is the sixth library to become active on the system, adding over 60,000 titles to the more than 258,000 items already in the CLN catalog. That means that patrons of these six libraries now have direct access to nearly 320,000 items in the member libraries' collections. Library users can place holds on items in the catalog directly from their computer or mobile device for materials from any of the six libraries.

 

Users at Rutland Free Library, Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow, Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Springfield Town Library, and Waterbury Public Library have expressed enthusiasm for the expanded selections available to them through CLN, and now the citizens of Bennington will have access to that same higher level of service.

 

Director Lynne Fonteneau McCann, Cataloger Wendy Sharkey, Librarian Karson Kiesinger, and everyone at BFL are leading the library into a new era of interlibrary cooperation by joining Catamount. CLN has several more members waiting in the wings to join Bennington on the live system, including the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Jericho/Underhill, the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol, the Ainsworth Memorial Library in Williamstown, and the Guilford Free Library.

 

For information about the Catamount Library Network, visit the website: http://www.catamountlibraries.org/ 

 

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erateNew Year's Resolutions for Trustees     

As March elections approach, trustee boards are lining up candidates and thinking about the new year. Here are a few ambitious thoughts to set a strong course.

 

Talk now about how to get new trustees off on the right foot. Creating a trustee notebook with mission, strategic plan, policies and Vermont Manual for Trustees? Check out http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/trustees for core documents for boards. Some boards schedule interviews with the director and the chair, some offer experienced trustees as mentors, and some hold orientations.  

 

Consider a board assessment. Blue Avocado, an organization for nonprofits, has an article on the 360 degree look at the organization. Read it for a thoughtful look at how boards get feedback beyond the executive director. (The challenge with http://blueavocado.org: remembering that the executive director is the library director.)

 

Try something new. VTLIB consultants are tickled with Bradford's punch card for trustees. The card has things each trustee can do-attend a library program, try Mango, become a Friend. Good Ideas from VT Public Libraries has the punch card. Use the search box to find more ideas, all tried in Vermont libraries. 

 

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vptVPT/VTLIB Co-sponsor Kids Writing Contest

Vermont Public Television (VPT) and the Department of Libraries are co-sponsoring the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, an annual contest for children in kindergarten through third grade. The contest is designed to promote children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning, as kids write and illustrate original stories. Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry.

 

Contest fliers, entry forms, and rules can be found online at http://www.vpt.org/writers.  The deadline is March 21.

 

Twelve winners will be chosen, three from each grade, and announced in April. The winners will have their stories read on VPT and posted on VPT's website. They will be honored at an awards ceremony in May. Each child who enters will receive a certificate of achievement and be invited to read his or her entry at a local story time celebration.

 

The winning story in each grade will be sent on to the PBS KIDS National Contest where they will compete against stories from all over the country. National winners will be selected in each age group. 

 

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dcf2014 DCF Conference Plans Set
The twelfth annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) conference for teachers and librarians will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Stoweflake Inn in Stowe. The keynote speaker will be Gary Schmidt, winner of two Newbery honors, for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and The Wednesday Wars, and the afternoon speaker will be Jo Knowles, a Vermont author of young adult books and the middle grade novel, See You at Harry's, on the current DCF list. In addition, there will be workshops on various aspects of reading and on ways to promote the list, both low and high tech. 

 

Books (both those on the 2014-15 DCF master list and ones by Schmidt and Knowles) will be for sale at a 20% discount from Bear Pond Books in Montpelier. The conference is cosponsored by Friends of DCF, the DCF Award Committee, Vermont Department of Libraries, the Department of Education, VT-NEA Vermont School Library Association, and the Vermont Library Association. Registration forms have been sent out to all libraries and schools, and can also be found here: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/dcf/dcfconference

 

Deadline to register is April 18, 2014.

 

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