NELA Wants You!

Each year, our Nominations Committee works tirelessly to identify candidates for Officers on the NELA Executive Board. Since we start with suggestions from committee members, we often make call after call, finding out all the conflicting responsibilities that make it impossible for those people to serve.


If you would like to gain experience working with colleagues from all six New England States – if you’re curious about how association decisions are made and projects are chosen – if you’re looking for a new opportunity for professional development – WE WANT YOU!

The open positions to be filled by election of the membership later this year are the following:

  • Vice President/President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Junior Director

Please check out the descriptions for NELA BOARD positions:

What do you need to do? Just identify your interest! Send in a short “candidate statement” by MARCH 20 so we’ll know about you and why you’d like to serve in a specific role. Please email your statement to:

New & Improved DOL Newsletter

In case you have not heard, the Vermont Department of Libraries recently published the February 2010 Newsletter in a new email format. We hope you will like the new look.  Please make sure that this message gets to library directors and library trustees. I encourage all Vermont library employees and trustees to subscribe to the newsletter so that you can receive every issue directly in your inbox.

Don’t miss a single issue!

To read the newsletter – and to subscribe to future issues — go to the DOL website:

Or to be connected directly to the newsletter:

Just click on the “subscribe” button and add your email address.

We invite your comments and feedback.

Martha Reid
State Librarian
Vermont Department of Libraries

LRTS Announces Grant for Literature Review Authors

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces the availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grant) to assist authors with preparing literature reviews. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds that will be used for clerical and research support, thereby allowing the author/s to concentrate on analyzing the resources and writing the literature review.  In this new grant program, recipients will be able to work with the LRTS editor to determine appropriate uses.  Possible tasks might be collecting citations, sorting and organizing citations by themes and categories, locating and gathering resources to be reviewed, verifying citations, funding purchases of articles not owned by the home institution of the author, and so forth.  Funding also could provide a mentoring opportunity in funding assistance by a library school or information science student.

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NEW EDITION: Bibliographical Guide to the Vermont Legal System

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of the Bibliographical Guide to the Vermont Legal System, 3rd Edition.  This guide, last updated in 1991, is part of a series from the American Association of Law Libraries and is available at your local law library or for purchase from the William S. Hein Company.  Prepared by librarians at the Vermont Law School and the Vermont State Law Library, this guide is intended to assist legal researchers with identifying and locating Vermont legal materials.

On behalf of the co-authors, we hope that it aids both you and those whom you assist.


Jane Woldow
Lawyer Librarian
Vermont Law School Library
(802) 831 1449

Executive MLIS Program Offered Through Distance Learning

The Executive MLIS program at San Jose State University is designed for experienced library managers or supervisors who are interested in earning an ALA-accredited master’s degree, allowing them to take the next step in their professional growth.  The application deadline for Fall 2010 is March 30.

The Executive MLIS program complements the professional experience of students, building upon their existing knowledge and preparing them to take on new leadership roles.  Students explore the core competencies of librarianship, along with leadership topics, such as program evaluation, human resource management, marketing, and financial management.

Although all courses are completed through distance learning, students meet other cohort members at an 8-day residency in San Jose, CA, and continue to network with cohort members and professionals by attending seminars offered in conjunction with the ALA and SLA annual conferences.

For more information or to apply online, visit the program website, at

Or contact the Executive MLIS Program Coordinator, Dr. Patricia C. Franks, Associate Professor, San Jose School of Library and Information Science, at

Call for Proposals: Information Literacy through the Streets of Hollywood

We are soliciting short lesson plans or supporting activities for a book we are writing for Library Instruction Publications. In this publication we plan to highlight activities that foster and encourage critical thinking as it relates to information literacy, film, and other video media.  These activities will focus on teaching conceptual and transferable information literacy competencies.  As teachers we appreciate and eagerly embrace instructional techniques and devices that engage students in the learning process. From our experience, we have observed that students are very receptive to the use of film and other visual media in instructional sessions. Since we teach information literacy courses, we know that many films contain excellent examples relating to essential components of the information literacy curriculum. In many of our classes, we utilize this medium to teach students the fundamental aspects of information literacy.  Each lesson plan or learning activity will follow the format previously used in the Active Learning Series. Authors will organize their lesson plans with sections titled Circumstances of the Instruction, Objectives of the Instruction, and Components of the Instruction. Supplementary materials such as handouts and worksheets will accompany the text. The book will include a Table of Contents as well as an index listing each type of activity for easy access.

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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Get Librarians into the “Jobs Bill”


Please call both of your U.S. Senators to ask each of them to request that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND),  include the hiring and retaining of librarians in the $18 billion “Jobs Bill” as well.

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Call for Papers – Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Call for Papers for Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

The Routledge/Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (JILDDER) has merged with Resource Sharing & Information Networks and is now accepting articles for  Summer and Fall 2010 publication.  Of particular interest to JILDDER are articles regarding resource sharing, unmediated borrowing, electronic reserve, cooperative collection development, shared virtual library services, digitization projects and other multi-library collaborative efforts including the following topics:

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News on status of Haitian Libraries

Forwarded message from Danielle Mincio, Member of IFLA Governing Board on the status of Haitian libraries.

Dear Colleagues,

The National library is not collapsed but strongly damaged. Patrimonial architects are going to examine the state of the building to know it will be possible to intervene. The analysis of the cultural buildings are analysed after those absolutely essential (hospital, etc.)

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