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From the State Librarian
State Librarian Presents ALA Award to Senator Leahy
VTLIB Contract for Public Performance License
Get Ready for Strategic Planning, July 8
State Library Services Director Appointed
Teachers, Librarians Learn, Laugh, Weep at DCF Conference
VT Kids Choose Favorite Picture Book for 2014
Chittenden Public Library Teen Wins State Video Competition
Libraries for the Blind Work Across Borders
VTLIB Staff Appreciation: ILL Honored, May 30 Afternoon Closings
Grace Greene in the House!
Reception Honoring Grace Greene Scheduled
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MartaReidVTStateLibrarianThe Vermont Department of Libraries is one of 53 state library agencies (including the District of Columbia, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands) which provide services to libraries within their boundaries. No one state agency is an exact duplicate of any other, but we do have many things in common. Each agency is led by a State Librarian (though the title varies) and all have Library Development units with a focus on strengthening public library services to citizens. Common concerns include continuing education and professional development for public library employees, advocating for and administering federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds, gathering and reporting statistics from our public libraries, expanding broadband for libraries, working with our state associations and legislatures to advance the work of libraries, and advocating for national legislation and initiatives of import to libraries. Read more
State Librarian Presents ALA Award
to Senator Leahy

leahy and reid at award ceremony United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded its annual Public Service Award to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for their co-sponsorship of the USA FREEDOM ACT (H.R.3361/S.1599). These bills represent a bi-partisan, bicameral effort to reform the government surveillance authority, including ending the bulk collection of Americans' records shared with third parties and putting limits on powers provided for in the USA PATRIOT ACT, targeted at people in the U.S. The award for Senator Leahy was presented by State Librarian Marty Reid at an ALA reception in Washington, DC on May 5. Reid was joined by Donna Sullivan-MacDonald, Librarian at Orchard School in South Burlington and Legislative Concerns Liaison of the Vermont School Library Association (VSLA).

VTLIB Contract for Public Performance License

Movie Licensing USA continues to hold the Vermont state contract for movie showings in Vermont public libraries. Interested libraries should print and complete the online contract to take advantage of this free offer. The form is online at http://libraries.vermont.gov/movielicense. The new contract covers June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015. Read more

Get Ready for Strategic Planning, July 8

planning diagram Is there a strategic plan in the library's future? Michael Roche and Amy Howlett are offering a one day introduction to the concepts and realities of strategic planning on July 8th. The workshop is designed for both trustees and library staff to explore how strategic plans are built. Good planning draws community members in to talk about area needs and library solutions. Some library roles are changing as Vermonters move into the future; and at the same time, books and access to information are strongly identified with every public library. Any consideration of new functions needs to include analysis of usage trends over the past. Join peer libraries in an active discussion of strategic planning at the Midstate Library Service Center in Berlin. Sign up at http://evanced.info/vtdol/evanced/eventcalendar.asp.

State Library Services Director Appointed

Scott Murphy

The Department of Libraries is pleased to announce that it has filled the recently created position of Director of State Library Services. Scott Murphy, Director of the Milton (VT) Public Library, was selected after a national search to fill the position, and will start his new job on June 2. The State Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Department of Libraries in Montpelier and houses the State Law library, a general reference collection, the State Vermont collection, Vermont historical newspapers on microfilm, a library science collection, a grants collection, and State and Federal publications. The State Library, which includes the Interlibrary Loan Unit, serves state government and the Vermont legal community and is open to the public.

Teachers, Librarians
Learn, Laugh, Weep at DCF Conference

dcf poster The twelfth annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award conference was held at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe on May 2. Approximately 160 people in attendance learned from and enjoyed both major speakers, children's book authors Jo Knowles and Gary Schmidt. Jo had the crowd in tears as she told about a shy girl (herself) whose life was changed by teachers and one special book, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. No matter how dark the topic of a book may be, if it is telling the truth, Jo says, it is shining light. Gary Schmidt continued the theme of how books change lives by talking about his own experiences and then describing his major theme as growing up, "turning towards adulthood." Together the speeches were an incredible affirmation of the power of books and of the adults who introduce them to us. Read more

VT Kids Choose Favorite Picture Book for 2014  

World's Greatest Lion cover With a mighty roar of approval, children chose The World's Greatest Lion by Ralph Helfer, illustrated by Ted Lewin, as the winner of this year's Red Clover Award, Vermont's picture book award program for children in grades K-4. The book is the story of Zamba, who began as an orphaned cub in Africa, was brought to America and eventually became Leo the Lion, the mascot for MGM studios. Read more 

Chittenden Public Library Teen
Wins State Video Competition
spark logo Thirteen-year-old Grace Tate, representing the Chittenden Public Library, has won this year's Teen Video Challenge, co-sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Reading Program and the Vermont Department of Libraries. This video competition is in its fourth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, "Spark a Reaction." Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. The winners were announced during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi, in April. Read more
Libraries for the Blind Work Across Borders

librarians with Perkins panda Marilyn Stevenson of the New Hampshire State Library's Talking Book Services joined Teresa Faust of the Vermont Department of Libraries Special Services Unit to exhibit and demonstrate National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped digital books and players at an assistive technology fair sponsored by the Vermont Association of the Blind & Visually Impaired (VABVI) in White River Junction. The last time the fair was held in White River, four years ago, so many New Hampshire talking book patrons attended that Teresa extended an invitation for her NH counterpart to co-exhibit when the tech fair was in St. Johnsbury two years ago, and again this year. The VABVI fair is held annually to demonstrate the latest in assistive technologies enabling blind and visually-impaired persons to act independently and accomplish daily life chores. The technology can range from the simple, such as paper with very wide black lines to keep writing straight, to the complex, such as devices that enlarge text from a document or pill bottle onto a large computer monitor. The fair is held in a different Vermont town each year.

VTLIB Staff Appreciation:
ILL Honored, May 30 Afternoon Closings

Take note: The State Library will stay open all day on May 30, staffed with substitute librarians, but all other Department of Libraries' offices, including the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Midstate Library Service Center, will close from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30. Read more 

 Grace Greene in the House!

For those of you who've been away - far away - and haven't yet heard, VTLIB's inimitable Youth Services Consultant Grace Greene is retiring - to the discomfort and yet heart-felt gratitude and congratulations of librarians, children and Vermonters all over the State. The discomfort stems from the difficulty of imagining anyone else with such unflagging support for children and youth and their librarians, and the congratulations from a twenty-eight year career reflecting her humor, dedication and ceaseless energy improving the lives of children and youth through early literacy. Read more  

Reception Honoring Grace Greene Scheduled

After 28 years of service as the Youth Services Consultant at the Department of Libraries, Grace Greene will retire on June 27. Greene is well-known throughout Vermont and in library circles across the country for her outstanding contributions to library services to children and teens and for her passion for quality literature for children and young adults. Please join the staff of the Department of Libraries at a reception to honor Grace on Friday, June 27, 3:30-6:00 p.m., at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street in Montpelier. For more information, and to submit an RSVP, contact Brittney Wilson at: brittney.wilson@state.vt.us.


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MARTYFrom the Vermont State Librarian

The Vermont Department of Libraries is one of 53 state library agencies (including the District of Columbia, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands) which provide services to libraries within their boundaries. No one state agency is an exact duplicate of any other, but we do have many things in common. Each agency is led by a State Librarian (though the title varies) and all have Library Development units with a focus on strengthening public library services to citizens. Common concerns include continuing education and professional development for public library employees, advocating for and administering federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds, gathering and reporting statistics from our public libraries, expanding broadband for libraries, working with our state associations and legislatures to advance the work of libraries, and advocating for national legislation and initiatives of import to libraries.

 

As Vermont's State Librarian, I am a member of COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) and work with the leaders of other state library agencies (SLAs) and with national partners like OCLC, WebJunction, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Library Service, the Library of Congress, LYRASIS, the American Library Association, the Pew Research Center, International City/County Management Association, the Urban Libraries Council, and other organizations on issues of public policy and libraries.

 

This past year I have been privileged to serve as a member of the COSLA Executive Board and it has been a milestone year. Not only did we celebrate the 40th anniversary of COSLA (2013), but we have just released our new Organizational Plan, the result of a yearlong strategic planning process. One outcome of that process was the hiring of our first ever Executive Director, Tim Cherubini, who will leave his position at LYRASIS and join COSLA in June. You can read the Executive Summary of the new Organizational Plan at: http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/misc/COSLA_organizational_plan.pdf 

 

In general, the work of SLAs has been "under the radar" and not known widely beyond these national partners and the libraries we serve. The new COSLA Plan recognizes the powerful role that SLAs can play in ensuring the robust health of our nation's school, public and academic libraries - and answers the call from our partners to use our voice to influence public policy. As you will see in the Plan, COSLA has broad goals to: (1) strengthen state library agencies, and (2) strengthen the library field. SLAs are the only entities that work directly with every public library in the country. In a time of diminished funding, we recognize that by working together across states we can make a better case for libraries, share resources and have a more powerful voice in everything from library education to broadband expansion.

 

Many of you know the Department of Libraries because of our continuing education program for library employees and trustees. You told us in a comprehensive evaluation of our Department in 2012 (http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/VTLSTAEvaluation2008-2012.pdf) that continuing education is one of the most valued aspects of the work we do. That is why I am excited about COSLA's "Continuing Education (CE) Connector Function," a new initiative for SLAs to work together across states to share, enhance and create training and professional development programs for libraries. This is just one of many initiatives COSLA is working on and I invite you to visit the COSLA website to learn more: http://www.cosla.org/.

 

Regards,

 

Marty Reid  

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moviesVTLIB Contract for Public Performance License 

Movie Licensing USA continues to hold the Vermont state contract for movie showings in Vermont public libraries. Interested libraries should print and complete the online contract to take advantage of this free offer. The form is online at http://libraries.vermont.gov/movielicense. The new contract covers June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015.

 

The license covers Hollywood studios listed on the agreement form. Libraries can also use the online search box at http://library.movlic.com/ to verify that movies are covered by the license, to generate free posters with the original movie art, and to get great programming ideas.

 

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webinarTeachers, Librarians Learn, Laugh, Weep at DCF Conference   

The twelfth annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award conference was held at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe on May 2. Approximately 160 people in attendance learned from and enjoyed both major speakers, children's book authors Jo Knowles and Gary Schmidt. Jo had the crowd in tears as she told about a shy girl (herself) whose life was changed by teachers and one special book, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. No matter how dark the topic of a book may be, if it is telling the truth, Jo says, it is shining light. Gary Schmidt continued the theme of how books change lives by talking about his own experiences and then describing his major theme as growing up, "turning towards adulthood." Together the speeches were an incredible affirmation of the power of books and of the adults who introduce them to us.

 

Workshops ranged from ones on book trailers and book talks to one on the iPad app Subtext, to how to teach children to be book reviewers. The conference committee consisted of: Annie Brabazon, Kate Davie, Caroline Demaio, Traci Eaton, Helen Lanthier, Vicki Litzinger, Joanna Rudge Long, Sabrina McDonough, Marita Schine, Megan Sutton, Patty Thomas, Sandy Zelazo, and Grace Greene, chair. Thanks go to the Vermont School Library Association, Vermont Library Association, VT-NEA, and the Department of Education for their financial contributions.

 

Save the date! Next year's conference is planned for Friday, May 1, 2015,at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Steve Sheinkin, author ofBomb, Lincoln's Grave Robbers, The Port Chicago 50, and The Notorious Benedict Arnold, will give the keynote address.

 

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lyrasisVT Kids Choose Favorite Picture Book for 2014 

With a mighty roar of approval, children chose The World's Greatest Lion by Ralph Helfer, illustrated by Ted Lewin, as the winner of this year's Red Clover Award, Vermont's picture book award program for children in grades K-4. The book is the story of Zamba, who began as an orphaned cub in Africa, was brought to America and eventually became Leo the Lion, the mascot for MGM studios.

 

A total of 22,187 children from 197 schools voted this year. Here are the vote totals:

 

World's Greatest Lion  
7786
Brothers at Bat  
3461
Goldilocks...
3239
One Cool Friend  
2669
Lemonade...
1421
M. Marceau 
1199
Each Kindness  
961
Lincoln 
732
Fantastic Jungles...
448
Infinity & Me
271


Total:
22,187

The annual Red Clover conference will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 and will feature talks by two fabulous Vermont authors: David Macaulay and Leda Schubert. David Macaulay, author and illustrator of many amazing books such as The Way Things Work, Cathedral, Castle and the new easy to read nonfiction series, "How It Works," will deliver the keynote, and for the endnote, Leda Schubert, author of this year's Red Clover nominee, Monsieur Marceau and other popular picture books such as Feeding the Sheep and Here Comes Darrell will talk about picture book biographies. The Vermont Center for the Book will send out registration materials at the beginning of the school year.

 

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arslChittenden Public Library Teen Wins State Video Competition    

Thirteen-year-old Grace Tate, representing the Chittenden Public Library, has won this year's Teen Video Challenge, co-sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Reading Program and the Vermont Department of Libraries. This video competition is in its fourth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, "Spark a Reaction." Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. The winners were announced during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi, in April.

 

Grace Tate composed and played music that was the background for one person after another handing a book to someone to read, one kind of "Chain Reaction," the name of the film. For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year's competition will receive a monetary award of $275 and the associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Upstart. To view Grace's video and all the winning ones from other states, please visit CSLP's website at www.cslpreads.org. The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

 

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catamountVTLIB Staff Appreciation: ILL Honored, May 30 Afternoon Closings 

Take note: The State Library will stay open all day on May 30, staffed with substitute librarians, but all other Department of Libraries' offices, including the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Midstate Library Service Center, will close from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30.

 

Each year in May the State of Vermont sets aside a time for Staff Appreciation Week when each department presents "appreciation awards" to individual employees or department teams. This year's VTLIB Staff Appreciation Award was presented to the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Team: Gerrie Denison, Vance Asselin, Linda Willis-Pendo, Mara Siegel, Greg McCandless, and Sara Blow. The team members were invited to a luncheon with the Governor on May 5 and received a plaque honoring their work. Congratulations to our six ILL team members!

 

To honor all VTLIB employees this year, the Department plans to take a break from the daily grind on the afternoon of May 30 to gather at a nearby state park for a picnic and some well-deserved relaxation. All but the State Library will close that afternoon, noon-4:30 p. m. We'll be back in business the next Monday morning.

 

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dcfGrace Greene in the House!  

For those of you who've been away - far away - and haven't yet heard, VTLIB's inimitable Youth Services Consultant Grace Greene is retiring - to the discomfort and yet heart-felt gratitude and congratulations of librarians, children and Vermonters all over the State. The discomfort stems from the difficulty of imagining anyone else with such unflagging support for children and youth and their librarians, and the congratulations from a twenty-eight year career reflecting her humor, dedication and ceaseless energy improving the lives of children and youth through early literacy.

 

Grace's admirers, friends, family and fellow staff gathered at the State House on Monday, May 1, to pass a Resolution honoring her for her service to the State. Anne Gallivan, the Representative from Chittenden, summed up Grace's lasting impact on Vermont and the lives of its children and youth by stating, "Don't ever underestimate the power of children's literature to change lives, and please don't forget the important work that Grace Greene has done in that vein for Vermont." Not likely. Watch the Resolution and tribute being read on the House floor here: http://youtu.be/AO5aMrNXAps.

 

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