Announcing VTCSL, a new listserv for Vermont College and Special Libraries

Created for the College & Special Libraries Section of the Vermont Library Association, VTCSL is a forum for announcements and discussion of topics relevant to academic and special libraries in Vermont.  It is open to anyone interested.

How to subscribe:

  • Send a message to: listserv@list.uvm.edu
  • The text of the message should read: Subscribe vtcsl firstname lastname  (Replace firstname with your first name and lastname with your last name)

Happy Holidays!

Charlotte Gerstein
VLA College & Special Libraries Section President

Listen Up! Vermont, Round 5 Sign-Up!

The GMLC would like to let you know that our next round of signups, Round Five, is coming right up — now is the time to let us know if you are indeed interested. This is the ONLY opportunity in 2010 to join; the next round will not be until January 2011.

If you are interested in participating, the fee for schools for 2010 is 3.25% of your materials budget, and for publics, 4.75%. Discounts may be available depending on your materials budget. For publics, this will also gain you access to the Recorded Books downloadable audio book program in September 2010.

To express interest in joining, please fill out the information required in the following form:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGJlWGVUalNHb1JIbVhicklFTGpyX3c6MA

For each new library, there is also an administrative fee the GMLC must pay to OverDrive. This fee pays to set up your library on the OverDrive system, as well as supporting new rounds of training.

Questions? Please contact me at schase@stowelibrary.org. In order to participate, we must know of your interest by December 11.

Thanks!
Stephanie Chase

Living in a Wired World: Can Personal Privacy Survive in the 21st Century?

Imagine waking up one day in your own personal terrarium, where everything you do and say can be seen by anyone passing by. Sound scary? In a world of Web cams, social networking sites, and GPS-equipped phones, your dorm walls may be more transparent than you realize.

The University of Vermont Libraries present a lecture and book-signing by Burlington-based attorney and computer forensics expert Frederick Lane, about the challenges emerging technologies pose to one of our most controversial rights, on Wednesday, November 18th at 4:30 PM, in Billings North Lounge.

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2010 ALA Midwinter & RUSA Genealogy Event in Boston

The annual American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting will be held January 15-19, 2010 in Boston.

On Friday, January 15, ALA’s Reference and Users Services Association (RUSA) will host an all-day genealogy workshop at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In addition to presenting basic genealogy research techniques, New England-specific resources will also be presented. The event includes lunch, sponsored by ProQuest, and a tour of the beautiful NEHGS facility.

All of the event details are located here: http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2009/10/09/mw10-genealogyinst1/

Important note: you do not have to register for the Midwinter Meeting in order to attend this genealogy event, and you do not have to be an ALA member. Even library patrons are welcome to attend. Registration instructions are at www.ala.org/midwinter.

ACRL/NEC Spring 2010 Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries – New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) announces its Spring 2010 Conference!

Embracing Our Electronic World: Challenges and Promises for Academic Libraries

Friday, May 14, 2010 @ College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Spend a day discussing the impact of our shifting information landscape, the evolving roles of academic libraries and librarians in a networked world, and the opportunities for innovation that come with rapid change.  The conference will feature speaker, Lisa Hinchliffe (Vice-President/President-elect of ACRL), presentations from ACRL/NEC Special Interest Groups (http://www.acrlnec.org/sigs/index.php), and will offer opportunities to network with your colleagues and discuss the latest library products and services with our sponsoring vendors.

Looking for a Mentor? Want to Be a Mentor?

ALA has launched MentorConnect in ALA Connect so you can find or become a mentor.

MentorConnect (”MC”) allows ALA members to create mentoring profiles that highlight their expertise and experience. After they’ve joined MC, ALA members can search for a mentor using a variety of criteria (gender, type of library, ethnicity, etc.) and request mentorship. Once created, the mentorship is tracked within MC, with a space for providing and archiving feedback. The system will prompt mentors and mentorees every few months to ensure they are staying in touch.

To learn all about this new service, see Mentoring Starter Questions and Mentoring and MentorConnect FAQ at (http://www.students.ala.org/studentmemberblog/?p=344)

Don Wood
Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office
American Libraries Association
dwood@ala.org
1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429