Updated Slate for VLA Election

We have found a candidate to run for Vice-President / President elect.  John Payne of St. Michael’s has agreed to run.  A revised ballot can be found here : official-warning.pdf.  As always, additional nominations for all open offices may be taken from the floor.  – Brenda Ellis, VLA Secretary

ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference

ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference
Media and Popular Culture: Effects on Academic Libraries
University of Connecticut, Bishop Center, Storrs, CT
Friday, April 18, 2008

Registration is now open for the ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference. This year’s conference will explore how libraries are adapting to the interactions of popular culture, new media technologies, and scholarly pursuits in higher education. Please join us to examine the library’s role in a landscape of Web 2.0 and open access publishing and to consider how we can develop relevant service models in this environment.

Visit the conference web site to register: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf08/index.shtml

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Librarianship Seminar, Oxford England

(posted by Michael Penny, UNC SILS)

“Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future”

University of Oxford, England

May 11 – 24, 2008

Would you like to spend two weeks in England learning about the history and future challenges of librarianship? How about if those two weeks were spent at The University of Oxford with sessions held at the historic Bodleian Library, Oxford University Press, many of the university’s unique college libraries, as well as the British Library in London?

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VT Senate passes library patron confidentiality bill

On Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, the Vermont Senate passed S. 220, “An act relating to the confidentiality of library patron records.”  The bill as passed largely reflects the language proposed by Vermont Library Association and Vermont School Library Association, except that it grants parental access to records of public library patrons under the age of 16.  We expect the House Judiciary to take up consideration of the companion House bill (H. 745) soon.   To track these bills, please visit the Vermont Legislative Bill Tracking System at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/database/status/status.cfm

Digital Information Management Certificate Program Application Deadline Extended; Scholarships available (Virtual Program, No Residency)

The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science is pleased to announce that openings are available, as well as a number of full scholarships, in the school’s graduate certificate program in Digital Information Management. The program is scheduled to begin a new series of courses starting this summer. Prospects have until April 1, 2008 to apply for one of the openings and available financial aid.

DigIn, as the program is known, provides hands-on experience and focused instruction supporting careers in libraries and archives, cultural heritage institutions and digital collections, information repositories in government and the private sector and similar institutions. The certificate is comprised of six courses covering diverse topics including digital collections, applied technology, technology planning and leadership, policy and ethics, digital preservation and curation, and other subjects relevant to today’s digital information environments.

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Author T.A. Barron’s Prize for Young Heroes

Author T.A. Barron¹s Prize for Young Heroes is happy to share the following information:

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2008 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten winners across the U.S. and Canada each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.barronprize.org/. Additionally, the Barron Prize is excited to offer librarians a comprehensive set of heroes materials, including a brand new documentary film, Dream Big, and a corresponding Young Heroes Activity Guide. For more information, visit http://www.tabarron.com

Library confidentiality bill gets favorable committee vote–now it’s on to the Senate

On Friday, Feb. 15, the Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee voted in favor of S. 220, “An Act Relating to the Confidentiality of Library Patron Records.”  The bill now goes to the full Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 19.  VLA members are encouraged to call or send e-mail messages to their senators asking them to support the bill.  S. 220 is quite similar to our proposed bill, except that the committee amended it to allow parental/guardian access to the records of children under 16–even for materials that are not overdue.  FYI, here’s the VLA statement explaining the importance of confidentiality for minors:  Statement on the importance of protecting the confidentiality of minors