Trejo Foster Foundation Institute

Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science is pleased to announce that we are hosting the Trejo Foster Foundation Institute on November 5 and 6. The institute is a forum for library professionals and scholars to share experiences, issues and strategies in serving Hispanic/Latino populations. It will focus on two major themes: best library and outreach practices, and current issues, challenges affecting the provision of library services.

For more information and to register, please visit Please note there is a discounted fee for students of Simmons College, University of Rhode Island and Southern Connecticut State University.

Please register by October 22, 2010.

VLA and ACLU to Hold Banned Books Week Read-out – Spread the Word

Dear friends,

In celebration of the First Amendment during Banned Books Week, the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont will present “An Evening Without. . .Giving Voice to the Silenced,” Thursday, Sept. 30.

The free event will feature writers from around Vermont as they read from works by those whose writing has been challenged, censored, or banned.

Featured readers are Jerry Carbone (director of the Brooks Memorial Library), Jon Clinch, Joni Cole, Castle Freeman, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Karen Hesse, and Suzanne Kingsbury, reading from works by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Katherine Paterson, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and Kurt Vonnegut.

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Jane Austen in Vermont September Gathering

Hello all in Vermont Library land,

I append below the flyer for the next JASNA-Vermont Gathering on September 26.  This year we will be part of the Burlington Book Festival, and hosted by Champlain College.  If anyone wants a proper flyer [with the graphics not seen below] to post in your Library, please email me directly and I will send you a pdf file.

And of course, come if you can!

Best regards,

Deb Barnum at Bygone Books
Bygone Books
PO Box 5034
Burlington VT 05402

Jane Austen Society of North America

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Banned Book Week Poster

Each year ALA sponsors Banned Books Week to highlight our 1st Amendment right to read.

In the past two years the education committee of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Vermont chapter (on which I serve) has offered free ALA posters to 21 school, public and college libraries in order to help them use this week to draw attention to the dangers of censorship.

We have money to do this again this year.

The first ten libraries to email response to this post will receive the ALA Banned Book Week poster offered this year by ALA and shown in the ALA graphics catalog (p. 6) that was recently mailed.  The 2010 poster measures 24” by 32” and retails for $16.00.

See the 2010 poster at

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ALCTS Webinar: Introduction to RDA

Description: This introductory webinar on the proposed cataloging rules, Resource Description and Access (RDA), will highlight the critical differences between the current cataloging rules, AACR2, and RDA. It is designed as a primer for both front line catalogers and library administrators in all types of libraries who need to learn how bibliographic and authority records will change when RDA is implemented. The session would be an excellent introduction to record changes for both original catalogers and copy catalogers.

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Save the date! Videoconferencing in libraries

Within Reach: A Live Free Videoconference Connecting All Parts of Vermont to Each Other and the World.

September 21, 2010
1:45 – 3:45 pm
At all VIT sites

We invite library directors, library staff, library trustees, and library Friends to come to this informative and live, interactive presentation. The more the merrier!

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Highlights of the Upcoming NELA Annual Conference

Learn how to work “Outside the Box” to meet today’s challenges for your library. The 2010 New England Library Association Annual Conference will be held October 17 – 19 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Join your colleagues from across the region for this exciting educational and networking event.

For details & registration information, please visit the conference website:

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Librarian John Cotton Dana Featured in Upcoming Progra,

“Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era”
Sunday, August 15, 2:00 pm

Program Description:  Author Ezra Shales will read from his new book and discuss the achievements of Woodstock’s John Cotton Dana in turning the American museum and library into an accessible and participatory arena. Dana framed the newest lurid comic books in his institution’s hallways to seduce adolescents into becoming readers and also argued that the preservation of the remnants of the Colonial past was imperative, thereby reconciling innovation and conservation in ways that is remarkable and still relevant today. Shales’ new book will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

General Admission: $5.00

Woodstock History Center Members:  Free

For more information, contact:
Jennie Shurtleff
Education Coordinator
Woodstock History Center
Woodstock, VT

Instruction Update follow-up

The Instruction Update sponsored by the College & Special Libraries Section was June 4th at Castleton State College.  For those in attendance or anyone who missed it, these presenters have made their slides available.

Charlotte Gerstein, Castleton State College
I Click with Clickers

Meredith Farkas, Norwich University
Outreach to Distance Learners at Norwich University

Heidi Steiner, Norwich University
Outreach to Distance Learners at Norwich University

You can learn more about Norwich’s customized portals for their online programs by visiting their website for online students.

Larraby Fellows, Community College of Vermont
Transitioning to an Online Model for Library Instruction
Also, visit the Hartness Library online, or visit their Youtube Channel

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Vermont Library Conference Information

Directions to the Saint Michael’s College campus are available at  Use the South Entrance to campus for easiest access.

Parking is available in the lot between the Durick Library, the McCarthy Arts Center, and the Ross Sports Center. Conference attendees can park in any student, faculty/staff, or visitor space.

Registration materials can be picked up in the Durick Library beginning at 8:00.  Note that registration is now closed—there will be no on-site registration.

Lunch in the Green Mountain Dining Hall is included in the cost of registration—just show your conference badge at the door.  VLA Section business meetings will take place during lunch.  A tour of the Books in Bloom Teaching Garden will be offered at 12:15.

Wireless access is available in all conference venues.  Connection to the SMC Guest network requires certification of virus protection software.

Computer access will be available in the Durick Library throughout the day.

More information including the conference schedule is available at  If you have any questions contact Jane Napier ( or John Payne (