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 (

Katherine Paterson Day

In conjunction with the Vermont Humanities Council 2010 Vermont Reads program, Barre’s Aldrich Public Library will host “Katherine Paterson Day” on Saturday, May 15 from 1 – 4 pm. The day will feature:

  • Book discussions for adults and kids
  • Dramatic Readings from Paterson’s “The Day of the Pelican” — in which an Albanian family must flee Kosovo to find refuge in Macedonia, then a home in Vermont.
  • Dance performance by the Bosnian Lilies
  • Film presentation “A Parallel World” by Essex filmmaker Mira Niagolova about life in a refugee camp on the Kosovo-Macedonian border
    Family craft activities: bookmarks, buttons, mini-books, balloons!
  • Remarks by Katherine Paterson, Senator Patrick Leahy, Vt Humanities Council Director Peter Gilbert and Mayor Thom Lauzon.
  • Refreshments
  • Free admission

Information: or 476-7550

Science Boot Camp for Librarians at UMASS Lowell

From ACRL NEC News:

Attention Science and Medical Librarians,

Consider attending Science Boot Camp 2010! Explore key e-Science concepts and internet-based research tools in Genetics, Climate Change, and Remote Sensing, and prepare to engage faculty about e-Science in their disciplines. Whether you’re new to science or want to keep abreast of latest scientific research tools, Science Boot Camp provides unique opportunities for librarians to learn about current research and emerging roles in data curation while networking with colleagues in a fun and relaxed campus setting.

When: June 9-11 (optional one day and commuter registration allowed)
Where: University of Massachusetts Lowell

For further information:

Please register by May 18th.

YALSA Advocacy Webinar on May 20th, 2010

Advocating for library services has never been more important. Libraries across the nation face diminished budgets and staff cuts, while usage soars and the community expects more services and resources. Cultivating relationships with notable community members—including government officials and school board members—to help your library meet its mission is critical in the current economic climate. Librarians will learn tools to engage VIPs and get them to offer their support in YALSA’s May 20 webinar, “VIPs: Why You Need Them for Advocacy.” The webinar will take place May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT.

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The Future of Reading: Provocations, Predictions, Possibilities

The Rochester Institute of Technology School of Print Media and RIT
Cary Graphic Arts Press present:

The Future of Reading: Provocations, Predictions, Possibilities
June 9-12, 2010.

This three-day symposium at RIT June 9-12, 2010 will be organized
around a central question: How will reading change in the next decade? With a target audience of 300-500 participants, the conference will feature provocative and challenging presentations by experts in writing systems, content creation, vision and cognition, typography, visual media, and display technology.

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C&SL event: Instruction Update

Announcing an event sponsored by VLA’s College & Special Libraries Section:

Instruction Update

(printable announcement)

Friday, June 4th, 10:00-3:00
(Coffee, etc., 9:30-10:00)
Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont

  • An opportunity to gather with fellow Vermont instruction librarians and share our experiences with new tools, developments and trends
  • Featuring brief presentations on developments in instruction at various academic libraries, and time for discussion and questions
  • An opportunity to reflect on the academic year behind us, and consider some new ideas for the future

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The first-ever Choose Privacy Week May 2-8, 2010.

I am very excited to announce the first ever “Choose Privacy Week” to be held May 2-8, 2010.   Choose Privacy Week is a new initiative started American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee (ALAIFC) and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to spark a national conversation about privacy.    Libraries are the natural centers for learning and talking about information issues so  they are the perfect place to invite users join the conversation about privacy rights a digital age.

ALA has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities.    The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.  I hope you take time to explore the website to learn more about what your library can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today.  Whether you are considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, there are tools that can help.  

Help us spread the word about the importance of choosing privacy.  

Gail Weymouth

VLAIFC, chair

National Library Week, April 11-17 (on WCAX)

Ready to promote National Library Week?

Vermont librarians Lorrie Colburn (Fletcher Free Library) and Amy Howlett (VT Department of Libraries) will booktalk some favorites for all ages on Monday, April 12 on “Across the Fence,” WCAX, channel 3, after the noon news. Pull out their titles (bibliography at ) or feature your own staff picks and public hot titles.

Amy Howlett

Vermont Department of Libraries