VLA Statement on Clovis-Carver Public Library shooting

The VLA sends condolences and strength to those closely affected by the tragic violence at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico, including the wounded, the families of the victims, library staff,the community, and our colleagues in the New Mexico Library Association.
Joy Worland, VLA President

ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“The ALA expresses our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost and injured during this weekend’s protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. We will not forget their efforts to enlighten and safeguard their communities from bigotry while opposing racist, anti-immigrant, anti-GLBTQ, and anti-Semitic violence. We stand in solidarity with the people of Virginia as well as anyone who protests hate and fights for equity, diversity and inclusion.Read More

Congratulations to Scott Murphy & Tom McMurdo!

“The VLA leadership would like to congratulate Scott Murphy and Tom McMurdo on their respective appointments as State Librarian and Assistant State Librarian. It has been exciting to see the work they both have already done reinvigorating the Department of Libraries. This bodes well for the future growth and strength of all Vermont libraries. We also appreciate the support they offer to the VLA and look forward to working together more.”
     Joy Worland, VLA President

Register now for VLC 2017, Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
An unconference is participant-driven program where the attendees create the agenda by selecting topics for discussion and become active participants in the conversation. No question is too small. Share your successes. Connect with colleagues from across the state. VLC 2017 will also consist of the annual VLA Business Meeting, elections, awards and recognition, and section meetings. The unconference format gives you, the participant, the opportunity to drive discussion and Let Your Voice Be Heard. 

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ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Condemns Government Agency Censorship

government censorship - protecting you from reality

Please read this post by ALA OIF’s Jamie LaRue about their condemnation of government sponsored censorship.

The American Library Association (ALA) has as one of its officially stated goals that it is the leading advocate for the public’s right to a free and open information society (Policy A.1.3). ALA opposes any use of governmental power to suppress the free and open exchange of knowledge and information (Policy B.8.5.1). Indeed, the principle of intellectual freedom – unfettered access to knowledge – is a core belief of our profession, as captured in the Library Bill of Rights.

Books for the Holidays

Reviewed on “Across the Fence” on WCAX
Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.
Reviewers Amy Howlett, Springfield Town Library;
Hannah Peacock, Burnham Memorial Library;
Judy Simpson of WCAX

 

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Support for ALA Statement on Tolerance

At its November meeting, the Vermont Library Association voted to approve and endorse the statement by American Library Association president, Judy Todaro, on the library role to promote and protect diversity and inclusion.

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VLA partners with the VSO

For this year’s Passport program we’ve partnered with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. They’ll be handing out special VSO-branded passports at their Summer Festival Tour and offering Book Bucks, a coupon good for five dollars off of one VSO-presented concert ticket through May of 2017. Details available via this flyer (click to download) which libraries are welcome to print out, hand out, or post.

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