ACRL/NEC Scholarships and Awards Available

Let your ACRL/NEC reward you! Apply for a scholarship or submit a research paper.

The ACRL/NEC Scholarships & Awards Committee has opportunities for students, library staff and librarians.

There are scholarships to attend:

  • ACRL National, Seattle WA, March 2009
  • ACRL/NEC Annual Conference, Worcester MA, May 2009
  • A continuing education program of your choice

ACRL/NEC is also offering an award for Best Research Paper.

Apply today! More information and application forms:

Nancy George
Chair, ACRL/NEC Scholarships and Awards Committee
Electronic Resources Librarian
Salem State College
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970 USA
978.542.7182 (voice)

Time to Think About Renewing Your Membership for 2009!

To all current members, thank you for being a member of the Vermont Libraries Association in 2008.

VLA Memberships are on a calendar year basis.  Please add us to your To-Do lists.

Your membership helps support efforts to promote libraries, literacy and intellectual freedom.  As a member you receive timely letters from the VLA President, notice of VLA programs designed to expand your knowledge and help you become better acquainted with librarians across the state. You have a voice in the association and a vote in the annual meeting.
You are also eligible for discounted registration at VLA events including the annual Vermont Library Conference.  VLA members also get a 20% tuition reduction at Drexel University Online.

We can’t do it without you!

Please renew your membership for the year 2009! The PDF VLA Membership Form is available with other membership information in the VLA Info column to your left.


Energy Grants for Vermont Libraries Perhaps?

Hi All,

I saw this article in my Burlington Free Press feed today:

Grants to Help Communities Reduce Energy Use, Save Money

It got me thinking about all the libraries around the state who want/need to upgrade or build new, and maybe this kind of grant, which is a matching funds grant, could be help those project along and promote the cause of green libraries at the same time.

I happened to blog the session at the New England Library Association Conference about green architecture and my notes/summary can be found by linking to the NELA Conference Blog:

Leading by Example: Toward More Sustainable Communities

The session was great because it was with not only a green architect, but with two New England libraries in different phases of planning/construction. I checked the NELA Conference materials area but no one from this session posted their presentations. However, I’m sure if you ask the presenters, they’d probably be happy to share. The architect had some really beautiful slides of new libraries that would make your mouth water. If you’re not familiar with the green library movement, it’s pretty awesome and gaining in momentum. Check out some of the projects at the Green Libraries website:

Green Libraries

I’m curious what people think about piggy-backing these kinds of projects, in part because I know very little about the grant process so I don’t know if it would work, but also because it seems like a really good time, what with our troubling economic times, to think creatively about how to lay hands to non-traditional revenue streams.

Helen Linda

Help NEEDED for 2009 and 2010 Vermont Library Conferences!

Over the past few years the planning and preparation that makes the Vermont Library Conference a major continuing education opportunity for library staffs across the state have been carried out by relatively small teams of VLA and VSLA members whose hard work has compensated for there never quite being enough hands available for the amount of work involved in this project. In the past couple of years it has been extremely difficult for the VLA board to fill leadership and other positions key to mounting the Conference.Read More

3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant for ALA Annual Conference

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, July 9-15, 2009, in Chicago, IL.

Want to read about the ALA experiences of last year’s winners? Take a look at the August 2008 issue of Footnotes at You will see how professionally rewarding attending an ALA conference can be.

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