VT Library Confidentiality Act Panel

Vermont Law Review Symposium

OCTOBER 17, 2008

This symposium,sponsored by the Vermont Law Review, features keynote speaker Louis Fisher, constitutional law scholar with the Library of Congress and an expert in national security issues who is often called upon to testify before Congress. His newest book, 9/11 and the Constitution,  was released in August. Expert panels will discuss a variety of topics including immigration, environmental law, protecting library records, and the right to dissent

8:30 OPENING REMARKS by Geoffrey Shields

8: 45 – Vermont Library Patron’s Confidentiality Act
Gail Weymouth, Chairwoman of the VT Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee
Jane Woldow, Vermont Law School Librarian
Retta Dunlop, Executive Director of Vermonters for Better EducationRead More

NELA Conference — Plan to Attend

Don’t Miss Out on Discount Rates for NELA 2008! 

NELA is accepting Early Registration for “Taking Charge of Change”, the 2008 Annual NELA Conference being held from October 19 to 21, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

If your registration is postmarked by October 10, you can receive a 25-30%!

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Adult Programming Showcase
  • Drop-In Resume Review
  • Easy Web Fixes
  • “Graphic” Nonfiction
  • Help! The Teen Librarian Has Left the Building
  • Hot Topics in Technical Services
  • Leading by Example: Toward More Sustainable Communities
  • My College Freshman Is Your High School Senior
  • Sophisticated Picture Books
  • The Vanishing Male: Guy Stuff That Lures and Hooks
  • Special Guest Authors: Simon Winchester, Cynthia Lord, and Michael Palmer
  • Special Guest Storytellers: Eshu and Motoko and Raouf Mama

Join your colleagues for all this plus award winners, discussion leaders, gamers, social hours, luncheons, exhibits, exhibits, and more exhibits!

Register by mail or online at www.nelib.org

MaintainIT Project webinars: laptops, training, and gaming!

Three Fee-Free Library Webinars from MaintainIT: Laptops, Training and Gaming.

Join us for these free webinars. Attend these sessions from your library, no travel needed!

The MaintainIT Project, (www.maintainitproject.org), interviews hundreds of librarians about how they maintain, support, and sustain their public computers. We publish all of these experiences, successes, and challenges in guides called Cookbooks, so librarians can learn from the experiences of others who’ve done it before them. The best part? Everything we do is FREE, and everything is on www.maintainitproject.org. We also produce free webinars every month!

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NISO program being sponsored by ACRL New England

ACRL New England’s Continuing Education Committee and ITIG have purchased access to the NISO Webinar on SUSHI.

Title:  SUSHI: Beyond Trial into Real Use
Date:  October 2, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)/Food served at NOON.
Cost: FREE!

Sandwiches and Sushi will be served at Noon.

Location: College of Holy Cross, Dinand Library, Faculty Room, on the second floor of the library

To Reserve a seat please RSVP to Bob Scheier, (rscheier@holycross.edu)

Location: College of Holy Cross, Dinand Library, Faculty Room, on the second floor of the library

Contact: Bob Scheier, (rscheier@holycross.edu)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Time:2–3 PM ET

Register for this FREE webcast today at www.slj.com/reading

This informative webcast will bring together a panel of experts in reading, media center services, and children’s literacy, including school librarians, educators, and a representative from Capstone Press and Stone Arch Books to cover a range of processes, programs, and ideas that can bolster reading skills, comprehension, and literacy in the K-6 library and classroom.

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MLA-Tech Services Section Program: Introduction to Library Digitization (open to anyone)

Massachusetts Library Association Technical Services Section proudly presents “Introduction to Library Digitization”, a one day program on Tuesday October 28th, 2008, at the Worcester Public Library (open to non-MLA members).  This program will cover what libraries need to consider before starting a digitization project.  The speakers will be Massachusetts librarians who have successfully implemented digitization projects at their libraries. 

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ALA President To discuss Creating Connections Online

Join ALA President Jim Rettig at the ALA Connections Salon, an online event scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Friday, Sept. 26.

Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL) Coordinator Tom Peters will begin the hour with an interview with Rettig, whose presidential focus is “Creating Connections.” Rettig’s initiatives foster connections among libraries, library workers, the communities libraries serve and those who make library funding and policy decisions. Rettig is particularly interested in fostering connections among ALA members and exploring new ways for members to benefit from and contribute to our association. The ALA Connections Salon is one such exploration.

Like its 17th and 18th Century European counterparts, the ALA Connections Salon offers a place for ALA members to gather and discuss professional topics of interest. Following the interview, participants will be free to ask questions and engage with Rettig and one another about ways to make the most of their ALA experience.

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2008 Presidential Debates and Libraries

(From the ALA Listserv)

On Tuesday, October 7, one of the three 2008 Presidential debates between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. This debate will be a town hall format moderated by Tom Brokaw. The moderator will call on members of the audience as well as select questions submitted online.

During this election year, we are looking for librarians and library supporters from across the country to call attention to the value of today’s libraries in our communities, as well as the issues the library community is facing. We encourage all ALA members to submit questions. The Commission on Presidential Debates has partnered with MySpace to create a new Web site, www.MyDebates.org. This site will become available in the days leading up to the first Presidential debate on September 26.  The more questions submitted, the more likely a library question will be asked. This is an opportunity for the library voice to become an important part of the 2008 Presidential election.


James Rettig
ALA President

To be clear, this is a message to ALA members, but it is not exclusive to ALA members. The materials and methods are freely available on the open web and any librarian can participate.

Register Now for Fall ’08 Simmons Continuing Education Workshops

The Simmons GSLIS Continuing Education program offers half-day, full-day, and month-long workshops each season at our Boston and Mount Holyoke campuses, online, and elsewhere throughout New England. Our workshops and courses are scheduled on weekends or online for the convenience of practicing librarians and other professionals.

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Center for Rural Studies 30th Anniversary Symposium

Center for Rural Studies 30th Anniversary Symposium
Saturday, October 4, 2008 (9 am – 6:30 pm)
Mt. Mansfield Room in UVM’s Davis Center
Information/ Registration: http://crs.uvm.edu/30years

This symposium will include speakers, panel discussions and displays on Vermont’s civic culture and food systems, and strategies for responding to rural needs and improving education and outreach. Moderators include Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, and Dan Gillmor, author and electronic communication visionary. More than just a celebration, CRS hopes to move into the next 30 years energized by your ideas, involvement and participation.

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