What We Do

Current Initiatives

Vermont Library Association Reacts to Department of Libraries FY 2017 Budget With Cautious Optimism and Gratitude - contact Virgil Fuller, VLA President, for more information

Vermont Library Association College & Special Libraries Section Letter to the England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE) Regarding the Revised Standards Draft 2015 - contact Laura Crain, College & Special Libraries Section President, to find out more

Vermont Library Association Letter to President Barack Obama Concerning the Next Librarian of Congress - contact Virgil Fuller, VLA President, for more information

Statement on Banned Books Week 2015 - contact Ray Brior, Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair, to find out more

2015 Public Library Compensation Study Completed and data crunching in progress - contact Shara McCaffrey, Personnel Committee Chair, to find out more.

Read the Vermont Library Association Strategic Plan 2014-2017

Awards

Sarah C. Hagar Award - awarded each year for outstanding service in or significant contribution to the field of librarianship in Vermont.

Green Mountain Award - given as the opportunity arises to individuals or organizations for distinguished service, support, or unusual contributions to a Vermont library or libraries.

Trustee of the Year Award - outstanding achievement by a trustee on behalf of his or her library, either during the previous year or during his/her years of service.

Birdie Award - given biennially to a librarian who has provided outstanding service in the field of technical services in a Vermont Library.

Library Advocate of the Year Award - given occasionally by the VLA Government Relations Committee to an outstanding public advocate for libraries in local, state, or national government.

Scholarships

MLS/MLIS/MSLIS Scholarship - up to $1,500.00 to a qualified applicant pursuing an MLS, MLIS, or MSLIS degree.

Board Documentation

Constitution and Bylaws - the governing documents of the organization.

Strategic Plans - VLA maintains 3 year strategic plans for the direction of the organizations and work to be done.

Leadership Directory - who are your representatives on the board.

Board Position Descriptions - what are the responsibilities of each board members.

Board Resources - catch-all page for things that don't go anywhere else.

Annual Business Meeting Minutes - The annual meeting takes place at the Vermont Library Conference.

Board Meeting Minutes - VLA Board meets 5 times a year for regular meetings.

Board Retreat Minutes - VLA Board members meet every summer for a planning retreat.

Handbooks, Manuals, and Policies - helpful documents for existing board members

Past Initiatives

Compensation Studies

2012 - Vermont Library Association Personnel Committee Public Library Salary Survey 2012 final report

2009 - Increasing Public Library Compensation: a How-to Guide for Vermont Libraries 2009 revision.

2009 - Slides from Vermont Public Librarians' Compensation: A Survey and a Toolkit (PDF, 212 KB) presented at the Vermont Library Conference, May 13, 2009.

2008 - Recommended Minimum Salary for Public Library Directors adopted:October 2008

2008 - Salaries and Benefits: A Survey of Vermont Academic Librarians final report

2006 - Increasing Public Library Compensation: a How-to Guide for Vermont Libraries 2006 revision, originally published 2003.

John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lectures

2014 - YouTube Video of Dawn Sova's Lecture, given at the Pavillion Auditorium, Montpelier VT on January 27, 2014.

2011 - Christopher Finan talks about his book, From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of Free Speech in America, in which he speaks about VLA being the first sign of hope in the fight against the USA PATRIOT act. Given at Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, VT on August 25, 2011.

2005 - A New Vision of Citizenship For a Fast-Globalizing and Ecologically Challenged World by Laurie Lane-Zucker, given at Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT on June 9, 2005

Legislative Breakfasts

2014 - Legislative Breakfasts Updated Materials

Patron Confidentiality

2006 - Survey of Vermont Library Directors Regarding Patron Confidentiality Policy & Practice by Trina Magi, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, conducted for the VLA by the Intellectual Freedom Committee

Policies & Codes

2013 - VLA Social Media Policy adopted: September, 2013

2002 - Vermont Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Code - a voluntary agreement to govern interlibrary loan (ILL) among libraries in the State of Vermont. Correlated with the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, this local code is intended to promote a liberal ILL policy among Vermont libraries.

Statements, Press Releases, Resolutions, Bills & Letters (Other)

2015 - Press Release on Cuts to the Department of Libraries Released: March 20, 2015

2014 - VLA Statement on Unpaid Hours adopted: December 11, 2014

2014 - VLA Statement on Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget Proposal That Recommends Elimination of IMLS adopted: April 8, 2014

2014 - Vinous Beverages In Libraries: Vermont House Bill H.385 & Senate Bill S.226

2006 - Resolution Concerning the Health Care Crisis in Vermont adopted: January 12, 2006

1999 - VLA Statement on Internet Filtering adopted: September 23, 1999

USA PATRIOT Act

2009 - Resolution on the 2009 Reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act adopted: September 15, 2009

2007  - ALA Petition - USA PATRIOT Act vs. Reader Privacy

2002 - USA PATRIOT Act Letter adopted: October 21, 2002

We're adding to this page all the time, especially archival materials. Please let us know if there's something you're not finding!

Words from Past VLA Presidents

VLA president Virgil Fuller

I see Vermont's Libraries as the living rooms for the towns that they serve, a community gathering place where folks can be comfortable sharing ideas with their neighbors. VLA fosters the same comfort with its membership, librarians, and libraries in Vermont at large.

-Virgil Fuller (2015-2016 VLA President)

 

Toni Josey

Libraries enrich our patrons and communities, just as the VLA does for its members. The more I am involved in this organization, the more I grow.

- Toni Fortini Josey (2014-2015 VLA President)

 

Amber Billey

Libraries are part of the essential services in every community. Police and firefighters save lives; libraries make lives.

- Amber Billey (2013-2014 VLA President)