Vermont Public Library Trustees & Friends 2013 Annual Conference

Saturday November 2   9:00 am   —  3:00 pm
Vermont Statehouse State Street Montpelier, VT

Registration is now open: (DEADLINE October 25)

Plan to join us at the Statehouse for an energy-filled day of inspiring and informative speakers and networking to help the board, staff and Friends with effective governance, fundraising,  advocacy, social media and more.

Keynote Speaker:
Stuart  Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation. 

  • Breakout sessions for trustees and friends (and librarians!) on a variety of topics throughout the day, including:
  • Paul Gillies on Vermont libraries and the law. One of the authors of The Law of Public Libraries, former Deputy Secretary of State and a Montpelier attorney, Mr. Gillies has many years’ experience in municipal law and is well-versed in topics of interest to public library trustees and directors.
  • Rob Fish of the Vermont Council on Rural Development and the Vermont Digital Economy Project on social media tools for libraries.
  • And wait, wait, don’t forget the Annual Trivia Contest with prizes!
  • And of course there will be coffee, lunch, networking with your peers from around the state and more.
  • 20% discount for each attendee when 3 or more attend from one library

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    Ceal Moran’s GENEALOGY DAY “Get Together”

    Providing generic information and support for the Family History hobby since 2010!

    Friday, August 9, 2013 – Noon to 8 pm ( open house format )
    Barre Area Senior Center
    135 N. Main Street
    Barre, Vermont
    (Located right on business “church street” which is convenient for drop off/walk in traffic, however, they do NOT have a parking lot)

    FREE, Family Friendly Event. This is a new “holiday” that has been created to help us remember relatives that have died. Kind of like combining Valentine’s Day along with Thanksgiving! Plus, it’s a good reason to call someone special – keeping those communication channels open. This in itself will go a long way in keeping YOUR FAMILY HISTORIES alive.

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    Vermont Historic Library Accessibility Training

    Librarians, municipal staff, historic preservationists interested in modernizing historic buildings for improved accessibility can now register online for the Bradford Public Library Field-Based Training Day on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Josh Safdie, architect and Director of the IHCD Studio at the New England ADA Center trainer, will lead participants through hands-on assessment of the Vermont’s first charted library. Lunch is provided; fee for the day is $25.00. Space limited to 25 participants. For more information or to register:

    Vermont Library Conference 2013 Registration Now Open!

    UPDATE 3/20/13 – Online Registration is now fixed with an additional option for group registrations. More info on the Second Annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition.

    Registration is now open for the 2013 Vermont Library Conference on May 21 at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester.  The keynote speaker is Barbara Stripling, President-Elect of the American Library Association.  For complete information see

    CANCELLED – VT & NH Library Leadership Day

    The joint VLA/NHLA Library Leadership Workshop featuring ALA-President Maureen Sullivan planned for May 6th in Manchester, NH has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with Maureen’s calendar. At this time, there are no plans to reschedule this workshop. VLA and NHLA will continue to explore other partnership opportunities that will benefit our members by enriching our profession and strengthening our libraries.

    Maureen Sullivan, ALA President and Simmons management guru, will once again lead a Vermont/New Hampshire Library Leadership Day. Save the date—Monday, May 6, 2013. This year the Manchester City Library in New Hampshire is hosting the event—so start thinking carpools. Library Leadership Day is sponsored by the Vermont Library Association and the New Hampshire Library Association.

    Library Learning Lunch

    There are a lot of great things going on at college and special libraries in Vermont. Let’s cross-pollinate and share some of those ideas. Join your academic library colleagues to informally chat, hear what others are working on, and get fresh ideas to bring back to your own library. Mark your calendars for the Library Learning Lunch:

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    Vermont Cataloging Roundtable Fall Meeting

    We’re pleased to announce the Vermont Cataloging Roundtable Fall Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8th from 9:30am-12:00pm at DOL Midstate Library!

    This revival meeting will be somewhat informal, but we are looking for topics to discuss and issues to address. Please reply to the list with ideas, or feel free to email Amber Billey and/or Helen Linda  directly.

    If you haven’t already, join our GoogleGroup:!forum/VTCAT

    And visit our website:

    Look forward to seeing everyone in November!