Photo Preservation Program in September – Philadelphia

Historic photographs and negatives need special care. Learn how to best preserve these complex collections materials.

Focusing on Photographs: Identification and Preservation presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts Philadelphia, PA – September 22 & 23, 2009

For more information and to register online, go to or go to our Education Program Calendar at

This two-day program will focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for photographic collections. Using lecture and hands-on demonstrations, topics will be intertwined over the course of the program to give participants a holistic view of identifying photographic materials, caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling procedures, and establishing safe storage environments.

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Center for Rural Studies Website Focus Groups

The Center for Rural Studies has re-developed its website (not yet launched), which is the gateway to many online community data resources, including Vermont Indicators. Whether we have achieved our goal of making it more user-friendly will be up to you to decide! We would really like to get the opinion of those working in libraries throughout the state before we finalize and launch the new site. Please email or call Anna to let her know if you would be available to participate in one of the scheduled focus groups:

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State Parks Contests Deadline Extended

“Have you and your family ever visited one of Vermont’s national parks, state parks or historic sites? If you answered yes, then you undoubtedly have a lot of terrific photos that captured these moments.”

Vermont Public Television is sponsoring a photo contest to involve individuals of all ages in celebrating the outdoors. State parks, libraries, and historic sites will be handing out information this summer. The contest deadline, originally set for mid-August, has just been extended to October 9, 2009.

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Workshop on Emergency Planning

One of the key findings of the IMLS-funded “Connecting to Collections” survey was that more than two-thirds of responding Vermont institutions (including libraries) do not have emergency plans and need and want help in preparing one. If you are one of those institutions, please plan on attending the Vermont Alliance for Response Forum that will be held on August 31, 2009 (9:00- 3:00) at the Billings Farm and Museum & Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, Vermont.

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Live Demo of Evergreen with Equinox

The Howe Library in Hanover, NH will be hosting a live demo of Evergreen with Equinox:

Thursday, August 13
9:30 – 11:30

We learned from the Koha/LibLime demo that it takes almost two hours to cover the background of the company, OPAC, and circulation.

Those interested in acquisitions and other items might need to stay longer.

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NEDCC’s Managing Preservation Course 2009-2010

APPLY NOW – Seats Are Limited!

A Series of Five Coordinated Seminars
October 2009 to September 2010

MANAGING PRESERVATION IS A SEMESTER-EQUIVALENT COURSE that provides information on issues and technologies needed to design, implement, and manage an effective preservation program for documents, books, photographs, and other paper-based materials, as well as digital collections. MANAGING PRESERVATION guides the student through a full preservation assessment of their institution as well as providing the framework for writing an institutional disaster plan. Each session consists of lectures, discussions, and small group exercises. The Managing Preservation blog offers a forum for continued discussion between seminars.

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Live Demos of Koha and Evergreen Open Source Library System

Posted on behalf of Mary White, Director of the Howe Library (Hanover, NH)

To all:

The Howe Library in Hanover, NH is seriously looking at Koha with LibLime and Evergreen with Equinox. We intend to send out our RFP in July and hope to make a decision in September.

With that in mind, we have made arrangements to have live demos at the Howe Library and wish to invite any NH and VT (and others) librarians that wish to come. It wasn’t easy to get them to come but we assured them that many libraries, not just the Howe Library, are interested.

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ACLU First Amendment Conference – Registration Deadline 6/23/09

MONTPELIER-“ The First Amendment is being asked to do more as technology transforms the way thoughts and beliefs are expressed, and free speech lines are questioned.

“Thought and Expression in a Changing World”  is the topic of a day-long conference Monday, June 29 in South Burlington sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.

Speakers will include Catherine Crump, an attorney with the National ACLU’s First Amendment Working Group, and Dan Barrett, staff attorney at the ACLU-VT. Other Vermont attorneys will participate on panels discussing specific cases and incidents, including recent controversies involving broadcast of the Al Jazeera-English channel on a local cable TV system and images placed on locally manufactured snowboards.

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NELA Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect, will be joining us at the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference in October 2009. Dr. Alire will be leading a special ALA Forum on Sunday, October 18. Share your thoughts on how ALA should focus its efforts in the next five years. As her presidential initiatives, Dr. Alire will also be sharing her expertise and innovative ideas about Library Advocacy and Literacy in a presentation on Monday, October 19. View initiatives, biography and more on her official website.


NELA Annual Conference Preview

For those of you on Linkedin, a new networking group for the New England Library Association was started thanks to Joe Fox. Just type in NELA in the Search Groups field and you will find us. Please consider joining Linkedin and this new group to network and stay in touch with your fellow New England library workers.