U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services information

(post received from Ted Albers)

I am Ted Albers, a Community Relations officer with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) in Burlington Vermont. USCIS is the immigration-benefit and service branch of the Federal Government.

You may be aware of some of the hard-copy and online resources that
USCIS produces for immigrants who are preparing for the citizenship test. These materials are helpful to ESL and Civics educators as well. These resources are detailed on the websites below.

For libraries, the “Citizenship Toolkit” is probably the most useful. It is free if a library or non-profit organization registers for it online ($73 if purchased through the Government Printing Office).

Even if a library does not serve many immigrants, the Toolkit is helpful
for social-service providers, students and others as it helps in understanding the legal immigration and citizenship process and requirements.
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Douglas Announces Gates Foundation Grant for Public Libraries

State of Vermont: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

For Immediate Release:
December 29, 2009

Contact:  Dennise R. Casey
(802) 828-3333

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has established a critical grant partnership with the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA)  to help public libraries compete for federal broadband stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  VTA, in collaboration with the Department of Libraries, plans to submit an application to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in early 2010.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Educational Materials for Citizenship

From: Ted Albers, a community relations officer with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) in South Burlington. USCIS is the immigration-benefit and services arm of the Federal Government.

You may or may not be aware of some of the hard-copy and online resources that USCIS produces for immigrants who are preparing for the citizenship test. These materials are helpful to ESL and Civics educators as well. These resources are detailed on the websites below.

For libraries, the “Citizenship Toolkit” is probably the most useful for a library, and is a free resource if you register online (it costs $73 if purchased through the Government Printing Office). Even if a library does not serve immigrants, the Toolkit is helpful to social-service providers, students and others for understanding the legal immigration process.

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To learn about the contents of the Toolkit, and to register, please visit this website:
http://www.citizenshiptoolkit.gov/

Find the online civics and citizenship toolkit here:
http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/organizations/civics-and-citizenship-toolkit

Find individual study materials for the Citizenship test (the ‘New test’) here. Most of these materials are in the Toolkit.
http://www.uscis.gov/newtest

A “Welcome to the US” guide in many languages is available here.
www.uscis.gov/newimmigrants

A host of other relevant resources are here:
http://www.welcometousa.gov/

For libraries that are in a position to purchase civics and English language materials:
http://bookstore.gpo.gov/collections/const-cit-day.jsp

ALA “American Dream” Resources are here:
http://www.americandreamtoolkit.org/

You can request a 1MB PDF file of a handbook Expanding ESL, Civics and Citizenship Education in Your Community by emailing me a ted.albers@dhs.gov

Ted Albers, USCIS Community Relations, Northeast Regional Office, South Burlington, VT
802-660-5007 Desk

Save the Date: NETSL Annual Spring Conference 2010: Crosswalks to the Future

Mark your calendars for the NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2010: Crosswalks to the Future

When: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Where: College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Keynotes:

  • Dr. Barbara B. Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress.
    “Building Blocks for the Future: Making Controlled Vocabularies Available for the Semantic Web”
  • Jon Orwant, Engineering Manager for Google Books, Google Magazines, and Google Patents.
    “Creating a trillion-field catalog: metadata in Google Books”

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Announcing VTCSL, a new listserv for Vermont College and Special Libraries

Created for the College & Special Libraries Section of the Vermont Library Association, VTCSL is a forum for announcements and discussion of topics relevant to academic and special libraries in Vermont.  It is open to anyone interested.

How to subscribe:

  • Send a message to: listserv@list.uvm.edu
  • The text of the message should read: Subscribe vtcsl firstname lastname  (Replace firstname with your first name and lastname with your last name)

Happy Holidays!

Charlotte Gerstein
VLA College & Special Libraries Section President

Time to Renew/Join the VLA for 2010!

The Vermont Library Association (VLA) invites you to join or renew your membership in our organization in 2010. Your membership is vital to the well-being of libraries in Vermont, and to your own professional development. VLA is over 350 members strong, and every new or renewed membership means we can accomplish more for Vermont libraries.

By the way, we ARE having the 116th VLA Conference in 2010 !! It will be a one-day event on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 in Colchester, VT at St. Michael’s College. Registration is limited.  Details will be forthcoming.

As you may know, we support continuing education programs, workshops, and lectures throughout the year, and inform members about these opportunities for growth. We research salary guidelines and provide information to librarians, trustees, and employers. In addition, VLA officers represent our members on the American Library Association Council and the New England Library Association Board. VLA also keeps a keen eye on national issues that affect libraries.

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RDA Slide Show

From Kay Schlueter at Vermont State Colleges

For the uninitiated, RDA (Resource Description and Access) are the
proposed new cataloging rules which tentatively will replace the current
AACR2, rev. cataloging rules now in place. The new rules will be in the
testing mode next year by select libraries, and all of us catalogers wait
with “bated breath” to see if these new rules will fly or not. If they do,
it will signal a major change to how (but never why!) we catalog. This is a slide show from the AUTOCAT listserv explaining RDA.

For those who are not catalogers (but always secretly wanted to be) you might find the slide show interesting as well.

Here is the link:
http://alcts.ala.org/crgwiki/images/1/10/RDA_CLA_Presentation.pdf

LYRASIS Launches Discount Program for Unemployed Librarians

Atlanta, GA, September 17, 2009 — LYRASIS announces the launch of a discount program to support currently unemployed librarians and the library community during these difficult economic times. These librarians may take advantage of a 50% discount on classes and workshops offered by LYRASIS, whether or not they were formerly employed by a LYRASIS member institution. There is no limit to the number of classes they may take.

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