One of the core values of the VLA is to advocate on behalf of libraries and librarians wherever it is needed.

Current Initiatives

VLA Statement on Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal That Recommends Elimination of IMLS – contact Amber Billey, VLA President, for more information.

Legislative Breakfasts 2014 Updated Materials Рcontact Selene Colburn, Government Relations Committee Chair, to get involved

Vinous Beverages In Libraries: Vermont House Bill H.385 & Senate Bill S.226 – contact Selene Colburn, Government Relations Committee Chair, to get involved

Academic Library Salary Survey – contact Shara McCaffrey, Personnel Committee Chair, to get involved

Declaration For the Right To Libraries: An ALA Advocacy Campaign – contact Charlotte Gerstein, ALA Councilor, to get involved

Past Initiatives

John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lectures

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

2011Christopher 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.

2005A 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

Patron Confidentiality

2006Survey 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

2002Vermont 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.

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