Association of Christian Librarians 55th Annual Conference

Association of Christian Librarians 55th Annual Conference
Inspiring Greatness: The Library in the Academy
June 13-16, 2011
Cedarville University; Cedarville, OH.

This year’s keynote speaker Megan Oakleaf is presenting “Library Assessment in the Real World”. ACL is an association of librarians who embrace the Christian faith and has over 500 members! Contact April VanPutten, conference@acl.org, or 937-766-2255; http://conference.acl.org

This is a conference of interest to all librarians who believe in Jesus Christ, but in particular to the Christian academic librarians. ACL has over 500 individual and 150 institutional members and last year approximately 175 people attended our annual conference in Minnesota.

Owning Your Voice: Results-Oriented Communication

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011,  ACRL/NEC will present “Owning Your Voice: Results-Oriented Communication,” the second offering in the Chapter’s leadership series.

The day-long workshop will be held at the beautiful Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.  Our presenter is Dr. Catherine Pastille, founder of The Global Awareness Initiative, a civic association dedicated to reviving workplaces and communities through increasing our awareness of vital lifestyle habits and sustainable work practices.

Registration will begin March 1st and will be open to all ACRL/NEC members. The registration fee of $30 includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Further details will follow.

Barbara Ferrer Kenney and Melissa Behney, Co-chairs,
ACRL/NEC Ad hoc committee on Leadership Development

Vermont Library Substitute Pool Update

We now have 55 participants in the Vermont Library Substitute Pool (VLSP) representing every county in the state! If you are a person interested in making yourself available to work as a temp or sub in a library, feel free to fill out the Vermont Library Substitute Pool Sign-Up Form hosted at the Vermont Library Association website. Libraries with a staffing need are able to request a single log in to access the VLSP. Email vermontlibrarieswebmaster@gmail.com with the name and email address of your library representative.

If you currently have access to the VLSP list for your institution, I am delighted to announce that I have worked out some bugs in the spreadsheet and it now has proper column headers so that you know what data is in what field. Apologies for the confusion! I think you will find the whole thing much easier to use now.

To sort alphabetically by the column that contains the information you want most, simply right click on the lettered column header above the information of interest and select either “Sort Sheet A-Z” or “Sort Sheet Z-A”. For example, if you want to sort by “County”, that information is held in column “G”. There is also a pull down menu that appears when you roll over the lettered column header and you can sort using that as well.

In addition, we have a new field that allows participants to list the Automated Library Systems, such as Follett or Koha, that they have experience with if they choose to provide that information. All current participants were notified of the change and allowed the opportunity amend their entries with that information. You will see it there now if it has been provided.

Check Out the Vermont Library Substitute Pool

In our rural state, many libraries are staffed by a single staff person, or by a very small staff. This can make it a challenge to accomplish large projects within a short time period, have an extended vacation, or take advantage of a professional development opportunity. Also, those librarians who work part-time sometimes would like to expand their experience, network and income with additional work within their profession.

The Vermont Library Association (VLA), Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC) and Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL) are excited to introduce the Vermont Library Substitute Pool!

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Volunteers Needed for NELA Conference in Burlington 2011

The New England Library Association is holding its annual conference in Burlington in October 2011. The NELA conference committee is busy making preparations and need help from some Vermonters to assistant in designing programs and making connections with Vermont’s resources.

NELA is in need of about four Vermonters to join the conference committee for program planning. Any previous experience with conferences would be helpful, but not necessary. In particular they are looking for assistance with local contacts, help in learning about Vermont resources and advertising the conference to Vermont library workers. There will be a minimum of travel, the majority of the work will be done by email, etc. The expected dates and locations of meetings are as follows; January 14 in Leominster Massachusetts area, February 24 virtual on web, April 1 in Burlington Vermont and June 6 in Wilton New Hampshire.

For more information and to volunteer please contact Mary Ann List– NELA Conference Chair at malist@cityofportsmouth.com , 603-766-1710 or Mary Ann Rupert –NELA Conference Manager at marupert@pobox.com, 603-654-3533.

Vermont Library Conference – Save The Date!

The 117th Annual Vermont Library Conference will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. This will be an exciting one day event so mark your calendars now and keep your eyes out for updates coming soon!

Accepting Proposals for ACRL 2011 Poster Sessions

Submit a poster session proposal for ACRL 2011 to be held in historic Philadelphia, March 30 – April 2, 2011. We encourage you to participate in this exciting and energizing exchange of ideas—bring your latest research, cutting-edge practices, and innovative developments to share with your colleagues. We invite you to submit your innovative or radical proposals to help us make ACRL 2011 a truly revolutionary conference!

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