Jane Austen Gathering

Hello all,

Just to let you all know about the next Jane Austen Society – Vermont Chapter gathering on June 7 in Montpelier. I append the text – if you would like a proper flyer to post in your library, email or call me [see below] and I will forward it to you. As always, any and all are welcome to attend – if you have any interest in the fashion of Jane Austen’s time, you should not miss this! [more information at the blog: http://janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com

Deb Barnum

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LAST CALL – Registration deadline for ACRL New England 2009 Conference

Don’t put it off! Register now for the ACRL New England’s 2009 Annual Conference before it is too late!

Registration closes on May 1, 2009

*** Register Now at: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf09/registration.html ***

Are You Being Served? Customer Satisfaction and Library Service
May 15, 2009
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester MA

Check out the great line-up of speakers, workshops, networking opportunities, and more at: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf09/index.html

See you in Worcester!

Attention Poetry Lovers!

Just a reminder of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum’s very special event in celebration of National Library Week. Poet Galway Kinnell will be reading from his work on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 P.M. The reading will take place at South Congregational Church, Main Street, St. Johnsbury, a block from the Athenaeum. Reception and book signing will follow the reading at the Athenaeum. For more information call us at 802-748-8291.

In honor of the occasion, Elements, our wonderful local restaurant, will extend their hours of service until 9:30 P.M. to accommodate poetry lovers who would like to end their evening with a delicious meal. Call them for reservations at 748-8400.

Lisa von Kann, Library Director
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8291, ext. 301

NELA Information Technology Section 2009 ITS Spring Event

New England Library Association – Information Technology Section 2009 ITS Spring Event Co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.

CMS Day!
Building a better website with Content Management Systems:
Drupal, Joomla, Plone, & WordPress
Keynote by Jessamyn West

Friday, June 12, 2009
10:00 a.m. ­ 3:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH
Directions: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/library/about-dir.htm

Registration Fee includes lunch & a free gadget!
NELA members – $50 Non-members – $60
-Space is Limited.
-Registration Closes Monday June 8.
-Mail-In Form available at end of this message
-On-line registration will be available soon.

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National Library Week April 12-18

How are your plans coming for celebrating National Library Week this year, April 12-18? WCAX/ Channel 3 is broadcasting Vermont librarians Debbie Landauer and Amy Howlett booktalking some public library favorites on Monday, April 13 following the noon news. Their annotated list is online at http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/misc/natlibwk09.pdf . Feel free to use this list any way you like—for bookmarks, local articles, handouts, etc.

For more ideas, free radio PSAs and model letters to the editor, check out the American Library Association at http://www.ala.org/nlw . New York Times best selling author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis is the Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2009.

Amy Howlett
VT Department of Libraries
(802) 463-0142

FREE State-Wide Webinar: Creating a Customer-Focused Culture in Your Library

Open to all library staff, trustees, friends, and other interested parties.

April 24th, 2009 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Visit the NELINET Event Details for more information.
Contact C&SL Section President Larraby Fellows to RSVP
and to get login information.

Various college and university libraries that will be attending/broadcasting the presentation have volunteered to open their doors to interested community members and library staff who cannot attend from their own facility. More information will be made available through the VLA listserv.

Volunteer at the Vermont Library Conference!

As you all know, registration has opened for the 2009 Vermont Library Conference! Speaking Up! Advocacy for Libraries will be held on May 12 & 13 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.

In order to make a great conference go smoothly, we are in need of a few extra volunteers to help on-site during the 2 days. From helping out with registration, assisting the bookseller, and making traffic flow, we have jobs small to large that we hope you can fill.

We are holding a VLC volunteer luncheon on Saturday, March 21st at the Sheraton. If you are serious about volunteering at the conference, please join us! RSVP to Sara Goldstein (sgoldstein@etsd.org) or Barbara Doyle-Wilch (bdoylewi@middlebury.edu) by Thursday, March 19th.

If you are interested in volunteering but unable to attend the luncheon, please contact us.

Thank you for your support – we look forward to a terrific conference this year!


Barbara and Sara

WCAX interviews Williston library

Try to catch the WCAX (Channel 3) news tonight at 6 pm.  Darren Perron  and a film crew spent two hours at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library this morning interviewing a Williston patron, Marty Reid and myself about library use during tough economic times.  Our patron, Tom LeBarge, had lost his job and used the library to work on and send out his resume and save money on recreational reading.  The good news is that he is now working again.  It will most likely run in the first 15 minutes.  If a “hotter” news story comes up it will run Monday night.  It will be archived on the WCAX website after the showing, www.wcax.com .