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Last Materials Review Session April 4
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top2014 VTLIB Workshop Schedule Now Available

The 2014 Continuing Education Website and 2014 registration calendar are up and running! Whether working on public library certification or broadening library skills, there are workshops to fill the need. Read more
March Brings New Trustees

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After Town Meeting Day on March 4, most Vermont public libraries will have new trustees. Take the time to plan an informal orientation, using a veteran trustee or library consultant and materials on the VTLIB website http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/trusteesRead more

Explode into Summer

fizz boom read logo In spite of frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, February and March are key planning months for Vermont librarians to get a jump on summer reading programs. Join comrades for Fizz, Boom, Read! workshops in Bellows Falls with Amy Howlett, March 18, or Northfield with Grace Greene, March 21. Public libraries wanting ideas for adults should try Adult Programming in Barre, April 3. To see more about the Collaborative Summer Library Program, visit http://cslpreads.org/. To register or see more about upcoming free workshops, check out the Vermont Department of Libraries, http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ce/2014workshops.

Last Materials Review Session April 4

Librarians who select books for children and teens will want to go to the spring Materials Review session at the Brown Public Library in Northfield on Friday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. Grace Greene, the Youth Services Consultant, will orally review approximately 75 books published at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. In addition to the books that she reviews, there will be many nonfiction books recommended by the review media and many others recommended by volunteer Vermont reviewers. There will be a formal part to the program as well as plenty of time to examine all the books. RETN (Regional Educational Technology Network) will videotape the Northfield presentation, so those who are not able to attend will be able to see it from the RETN website. Read more

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Sponsored by Addison County Readers

dpil logo Reading with young children is essential in children's development of language and literacy skills and should begin in the very first years of life. How can a community help this to happen?  Families in Addison County have a valuable resource called Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL).  Each month children enrolled in this program are mailed a free, age-appropriate book that is theirs to keep.  It is open to any child (birth to 5 years) who lives in the County. Read more


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MARTY2014 VTLIB Workshop Schedule Now Available

The 2014 Continuing Education Website and 2014 registration calendar are up and running! Whether working on public library certification or broadening library skills, there are workshops to fill the need.

 

Each year VTLIB offers two of the four 5-day core workshops required for public library certification. This year VTLIB is teaching Cataloging and Organization, and Collection Development. Please note that unlike other workshops, attendance at the core workshops is not first come, first served; it is based on a set of priorities.

 

Also slated are technology workshops including sessions on interlibrary loan, first aid for computers, evaluating and improving your library's website, and technology planning.

 

Youth services will be supported with Fizz, Boom, Read! (summer reading program), Young Adult Services, and the perennial favorite, Materials Review.

 

Other highlights of 2014 include workshops on adult programming, legal issues for librarians, helping patrons build information literacy skills, makerspaces, and strategic planning. There are several other workshops in the works, and notices will be sent out when they are finalized.

 

Continuing Education Website: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ce

 

List of the 2014 workshops: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ce/2014workshops

(click on the heading to see descriptions of the workshops or click on the titles to register)

 

Registration calendar: http://evanced.info/vtdol/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

 

Shortly after the workshop's registration deadline, acceptance confirmation from the workshop coordinator will be emailed, giving directions to the site and any special instructions.

 

Please don't forget about the many mini-workshops offered at the library's convenience. Contact a VTLIB regional consultant for more information.

 

Questions or comments, please contact Mara Siegel, mara.siegel@state.vt.us or (802) 828-2727.

 

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jan16March Brings New Trustees

After Town Meeting Day on March 4, most Vermont public libraries will have new trustees. Take the time to plan an informal orientation, using a veteran trustee or library consultant and materials on the VTLIB website http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/trustees.

 

What are the most popular topics? Where can trustees find background information? Here's a basic list with the handout from http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/trustees:

 

1.         What trustees do and what library staff does

Working Together Chart

Trustees' Manual, 5th Edition

 

2.         Open Meeting Law and other legal issues

Secretary of State's Transparency Tour 2013

A Guide to Open Meetings

Law of Public Libraries

 

3.         Financial issues

Segregation of Financial Duties with Limited Staff (Town Officer Education Conference 2012)

Financial Management Best Practices for Non-Profits (Town Officer Education Conference 2012)

 

4.         How to make meetings better

Good Meeting Practice (Town Officer Education Conference 2010)

Born to Chair  http://www.sec.state.vt.us/municipal/pubs/chair.pdf 

 

Every consultant in the Vermont Department of Libraries holds board orientations. Find consultants by service area:

 

Robert Geiszler - Addison, Chittenden, Rutland                                                                 786-3839

Amy Howlett - Bennington, Windham, Windsor                                                                  463-0142

Jeremiah Kellogg - Franklin, Grand Isle, Orange, Washington                                             828-2320

Michael Roche - Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington                         748-3428

 

Beyond the most requested workshops above, consultants also prepare sessions to order on topics like strategic planning, automation, and evaluating the library director. Workshops are free and usually last one hour. Consultants typically present during regularly scheduled meetings, often at night, or during board retreats.

 

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catamountLast Materials Review Session April 4

Librarians who select books for children and teens will want to go to the spring Materials Review session at the Brown Public Library in Northfield on Friday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. Grace Greene, the Youth Services Consultant, will orally review approximately 75 books published at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. In addition to the books that she reviews, there will be many nonfiction books recommended by the review media and many others recommended by volunteer Vermont reviewers. There will be a formal part to the program as well as plenty of time to examine all the books. RETN (Regional Educational Technology Network) will videotape the Northfield presentation, so those who are not able to attend will be able to see it from the RETN website.

 

Since this is the last materials review session that Grace will do, there will be a potluck lunch following the reviews. Nourish mind and body and have a good time doing it!

 

Directions to the Brown Public Library in Northfield: from the North, take I-89 to Exit 8 (Montpelier) and follow Route 12 South; from the South, take I-89 to Exit 5 (Northfield/Williamstown) and take Route 12 North. The library is located on Route 12 (Main Street) in downtown Northfield. Parking is available in the library parking lots and in the United Church parking lot directly across the street from the library. The library telephone number is 485-4621. 

 

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dpilDolly Parton's Imagination Library Sponsored by Addison County Readers

Reading with young children is essential in children's development of language and literacy skills and should begin in the very first years of life. How can a community help this to happen?  Families in Addison County have a valuable resource called Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL).  Each month children enrolled in this program are mailed a free, age-appropriate book that is theirs to keep.  It is open to any child (birth to 5 years) who lives in the County.

 

DPIL is a program of Dollywood Foundation and can happen in any community where there is a local sponsor. Addison County was the first place in Vermont to offer this opportunity. The sponsor, Addison County Readers (ACR), is an all-volunteer organization and partners with Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury and United Way of Addison County to provide this service. ACR pays entirely for the program's cost: $30 per child per year. Support for DPIL comes from local donors, grantors, service associations, businesses, and the towns of Addison County.

 

DPIL books were first mailed in 2007 and since then nearly 60,000 picture books have been sent to participants. The Imagination Library has proven to be immensely popular with children and parents alike.  Parents frequently report that receiving a book in the mail is the highlight of their children's day and that many DPIL books are among the most cherished in their collection.  For families whose resources are limited, the program has turned out to be an especially important resource. If a child is enrolled at birth, there will be a home library of 60 titles by the time he or she turns five and graduates from the program.

 

Registration brochures are available throughout Addison County in libraries, at doctors' offices, childcare centers, playgroups, and other places serving young children, as well as at various community venues and events. Currently 980 County preschoolers are registered for the program and receive a free book each month. The program serves children independent of income level and provides children throughout the county with a common collection of books to enjoy.

 

Currently, there are two other places in Vermont that offer the Imagination Library, South Burlington and Ludlow. If you are interested in learning more about establishing a program in your community, go online to usa.imaginationlibrary.com/ and click on "Start a Program" or contact ACR president, Mary Dodge at mdodge@middlebury.edu. The ACR website (addisoncountyreaders.orghas information and answers to questions, lists of the books provided, as well as registration information and on-line donation opportunities.

 

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cbecNew in the Library Science Collection at the Vermont State Library 

These titles may be borrowed from the Vermont State Library.

 

Banks, Carrie Scott. Including Families of Children with Special Needs: a How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Neal-Schuman, 2014.

 

Bringing the Arts into the Library. Edited by Carol Smallwood. ALA Editions, 2014.

 

Burns, Christa. Google Search Secrets. Neal-Schuman, 2014.

 

Cooke, Nicole A., and Jeffrey J. Teichmann. Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals. Chandos Pub, 2012.

 

Devine, Jane. Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web.  Neal-Schuman, 2014.

 

Fetters, Linda K. Handbook of Indexing Techniques: a Guide for Beginning Indexers. 5th Edition.  Information Today, 2013.

 

Krier, Laura. Data Management for Libraries: a LITA Guide. ALA TechSource, 2014.

 

Marketing with Social Media: a LITA Guide. Edited by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott. ALA TechSource, 2014.

 

Middle & Junior High Core Collection. H.W. Wilson Co., 2014.

 

Planning Our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025. Kim Leeder & Eric Frierson, editors. American Library Association, 2014.

 

Resource Description & Access: RDA. Developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC). American Library Association, 2010-

 

Stielow, Frederick J. Reinventing the Library for Online Education. ALA Editions, 2014.

 

The Quality Infrastructure: Measuring, Analyzing, and Improving Library Services. Edited by Sarah Anne Murphy. American Library Association, 2014.

 

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