A Small But Powerful Webinar for Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library

Join us for an introduction to the revised edition of the popular Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library, a new toolkit from the American Library Association’s Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. This webinar will introduce you to the tips and strategies presented in the toolkit, share the experiences of a rural librarian who has built support for her library, and introduce you to some of the additional advocacy tools and resources from the American Library Association.

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ACRL Leadership Development Workshop – Managing Change: Shaping The Future

Register early, seating is limited.
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011 (9:00AM – 3:30PM)
Location: Tower Hill Botanic Garden – Boylston, MA

“When it comes to the future, there are three types of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened” (attributed to John M. Richardson, Jr).  With all the changes that are occurring in the workplace as the result of technological advances and the state of the global economy, it is easy to feel as if work is happening to us, rather than its being directed and shaped by us.  This day-long workshop will give participants an opportunity to listen to their colleagues’ experience of change in their workplaces, to learn specific methods of managing change, and to develop strategies for shaping the emerging future in their organizations.

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Update on Open Source ILS

Howe Library invites New Hampshire and Vermont libraries to


Monday, November 14, 2011
10:00 – 1:00
Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, NH

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Vermont Library Conference Workshop Proposals Due Nov. 1

Workshop proposals for the 2012 Vermont Library Conference are due to the conference committee by November 1.  There is no set theme as of yet, so proposals could be on any topic that might be of interest to academic, public and school librarians.  Please send your ideas and proposals to jnapier@kellogghubbard.org Let us know what you’d like to see and we’ll do our best to get it on the schedule!

Free Advocacy Training Opportunity: Turning the Page 2.0

A new session of PLA’s exciting advocacy training opportunity will soon be upon us. Please consider participating. Vermont Public Librarian Certification credit will be available.

Turning the Page 2.0 (TtP 2.0) is a free public library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In this six-week, facilitated online course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library’s story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way.

Participants are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have a complete Advocacy Work Plan to guide your efforts.

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An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced

The ACLU of Vermont presents An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced,  Sunday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.  Vermont writers read from works that have been challenged, censored, or banned.  This event is held during Banned Books Week (September 24-October 1) in celebration of the First Amendment.  Admission by donation.

Featured readers are Lisa Alther, Philip Baruth, Emily Bernard, Rusty DeWees, David Goodman, Tanya Lee Stone, and Eric Zencey; emcee is Allen Gilbert, ACLU-VT executive director.

They will be reading from works by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Katherine Paterson, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and Kurt Vonnegut.

For more information, go to www.acluvt.org.

Vermont Arts Council Cultural Facilities Grant Workshops 9/6 – 9/8

The Vermont Arts Council has announced the fall workshops for grantseekers. Many libraries have found funding for their buildings with the Cultural Facilities Grants. To RSVP for a workshop or see more information:


Three grantseeker workshops are planned for those interested in learning more about our Cultural Facilities Grant Program. This program helps improve, revive or refurbish historic Vermont buildings as community and cultural gathering places. Awards range from $1000 to $30,000.

  • Tues. September 6 in Manchester at American Museum of Fly Fishing
  • Wed. September 7 in Moretown at Town Hall Montpelier at Vermont Arts Council
  • Thurs. September 8 in St. Johnsbury at Fairbanks Museum