Geek The Library!

Have you heard of “Geek the Library”?

It’s an awareness campaign for public libraries, from OCLC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is also coming to a close soon and we’d like all Vermont public libraries to learn about it and consider participating.

We are very happy to have Jennifer Powell of Geek the Library coming to Vermont to offer 2 sessions about Geek, April 30.

The first session will be held at the Dorothy Alling  Memorial Library in Williston  from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The second session that day will be Brown Public Library in Northfield from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

What is a “Geek the Library” campaign?

  • Geek the Library provides materials and ideas for your local campaigns but you are not required to do any particular activities – you can customize for your town and library. Even very small libraries can use the campaign and integrate it in simple ways to build awareness.
  • You need not have completed Turning the Page or other advocacy training in order to effectively use the campaign – 11 Vermont libraries have or are currently participating in Geek with or without other training. However, if you have completed Turning the Page, this is a terrific place to start in working community awareness of your library with very little project creation on your own.
  • This is a fun campaign, asking for nothing, but building awareness of all the library can offer the community and bringing them in to the conversation.

If your library decides to join the Geek the Library campaign you will receive:

  • Free planning resources-event strategy, gathering and organizing local information
  • Help with local advertising and events
  • Resources to download artwork and print marketing materials, as well as resources to resize templates or other materials, if needed.
  • GTL Web page that can be adopted for your individual library
  • Free PR and promotional material
  • Access to GTL database that includes marketing, data and other resources

To register for the workshops:

Geek the Library – Williston April 30, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston from 10:00 to 12:00

Geek the Library – Northfield April 30, Brown Public Library, Northfield from 2:00 to 4:00

If you cannot attend one of the two half-day workshops but would like to participate in or to learn more about the “Geek the Library” campaign, please go to:

  1. Visit http://get.geekthelibrary.org/what-is-geek-the-library/

Remember that you can always join Geek the Library campaign on your own and still attend the workshop and talk to Jenny from Geek campaign.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Michael.roche@state.vt.us (802-748-3428)  or Christine.friese@state.vt.us  (802-828-2714) to discuss Geek the Library.

Last Call – Vermont Library Technology Unconference 4/9/14

What are you doing next Wednesday? Here’s an idea:

Register for the 2014 Vermont Library Tech Unconference!

Wednesday, April 9, from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Midstate Library Service Center in Berlin.

This is the second time that we’ve held the event; some of you may have attended the first one, back in September of 2012. The intention is to bring together library staff members from across the state to talk about their work with technology, both strategies and challenges. All levels of skill are welcome. Come hear what other libraries are doing, and share your ideas!

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Green Mountain Library Constortium Seeks Volunteer Listen Up! Vermont Coordinator

Spread the word! Contact the GMLC Executive Director if you’re interested at gmlced@gmail.com

Duties of the Listen Up! Vermont Selection Committee Coordinator:

  1. Ensure new content appears in the collection on a regular basis
  2. Ensure that the Listen Up! Vermont collection spending remains in budget (given by GMLC ED)
  3. Ensure that all purchases conform with the Green Mountain Library Consortium Selection Policy
  4. Ensure that the Listen Up! Vermont collection is meeting the needs of its users – for example, noting popular titles and subjects and maintaining a reasonably low wait period for titles
  5. Responsibly spend any grant funds procured for content, maintaining a record of purchases for grant reporting
  6. Ensure that the cataloging for the content on the Listen Up! Vermont site meets our state and consortium’s appropriate guidelines, including the proper cataloging of Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Green Mountain Book Award, and Red Clover titles
  7. Organizes and facilitates the Listen Up! Vermont Selection Committee’s meetings, communications, and purchases, including periodic updates of the “Staff Picks” Collection
  8. Recruits members for the Listen Up! Vermont Selection Committee, if necessary

Library Advisory Council of the Special Services Unit Meeting

What do your visually-impaired patrons want from your library? What do you as a public librarian want from Special Services?

The Library Advisory Council of the Special Services Unit will discuss these issues at its next meeting, Thursday, Nov. 21, 10am to noon, at the Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired building, 60 Kimball Ave. (near Comcast), South Burlington.

Public librarians are invited to attend, or to send questions or comments to Amy Olsen, Lanpher Memorial Library, hyde_park@vals.state.vt.us.

The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States (IMLS)

New report out from IMLS about the state of small and rural libraries in the US.
http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Brief2013_05.pdf

Some highlights include:

  • Small and rural libraries make up the majority of public library systems in the United States (80.5%).
  • Vermont has the highest percentage of small libraries in the United States (98.7%).
  • Small and rural libraries continue to provide substantial electronic and digital resources for patrons through access to e-books and publicly accessible computer terminals.
  • Although per capita revenue has decreased over the past three years, visitation and circulation has increased for both small and rural libraries.

A PubMed Lightning Presentation

Please join us for …

(what):  A PubMed Lightning Presentation

(when):  Friday – September 20, 2013, 1-2pm

(where): Dana Medical Library E-Classroom, University of Vermont, Burlington

(who):  Dana & Bailey/Howe Librarians – Alice Stokes, Fred Pond, Gary Atwood, Joanne Montanye & Nancy Bianchi

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Historic Preservation Grants – Deadline Oct. 7

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation offers grants of up to $20,000 to nonprofit organizations and municipalities to help repair and restore historic buildings. Established in 1986, the State-funded Historic Preservation Grant Program helps municipalities and non-profit organizations rehabilitate and keep in active use the buildings that make up a vital part of Vermont’s historic downtowns, villages, and rural communities. Since inception, the program has granted almost $4 million towards the preservation of 495 historic community buildings, including libraries. If your library is located in a historic building, you may be eligible to apply for a Historic Preservation Grant to assist with the cost of repairing and maintaining your structure.

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Vermont Health Connect and Public Libraries Webinar

Join us for a Webinar on September 17 (Repeat of the August webinar)

Vermont Health Connect and Public Libraries
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/855864151

Please REGISTER NOW for this webinar if you were unable to attend the one held in August. Learn about the Vermont Health Connect Open Enrollment that starts in October. Learn about the role of Navigators and how they can help your patrons, how you can host a forum to inform your town and what kinds of materials and information can help prepare you for the questions that will certainly come your way. Space is limited.

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Advocacy for Vermont Public Libraries

Friday March 29th
Midstate Regional Library, Berlin, VT

RSVP: lucinda.walker@norwichlibrary.org
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/598610706832132/

A day long workshop hosted by the Vermont Public Libraries Section of the Vermont Library Association.

Come learn, be inspired, and gain crucial skills from your peers in Vermont public libraries. Librarians and trustees will share their stories and strategies for long term success.

Attendees receive a goodie bag and advocacy tool kit. FREE for VLA members; $15 registration fee for non-VLA members.

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