Free Online Education Opportunities for September 2011

Listed below are FREE programs American Management Association, Booklist, EDUCAUSE, Georgia Library Association, GrantSpace, Infopeople, InSync Training, Inc., Library Journal, Lyrasis, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Northwest Central, O’Reilly Webcasts, School Library Journal, Texas State Library & Archives, TL Virtual Cafe, University of Wyoming, and Webjunction will be webcasting during September.

In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:

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Flood Information on DOL Website

We have just put up a list of organizations and links that can help both libraries and the public with post-Irene information. It includes information for those affected, and for those who wish to volunteer. If you find other helpful links, please let us know. Here is our link:

Grace Worcester Greene
Youth Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Tel.: 802-828-6954
Fax: 802-828-1481

Resources for Flood Damaged Historic Places

It’s obvious that Vermont has been extremely hard-hit by Hurricane Irene. While the winds have been minimal, torrential rains flooded brooks and rivers taking out hundreds of roads and bridges all throughout Vermont. Our hearts go out to the families of individuals lost or injured, and to all the people of Vermont whose beloved places have been damaged.

As a start, we’ve listed below sites for getting up-to-date information about the current condition of Vermont, a checklist of things to do as the flood waters recede, and resources that can help you in cleaning-up and rebuilding.

The Preservation Trust also offers matching grants up to $500 for Emergency Conditions and Engineering Assessments for non-profit, municipally-owned and commercial historic buildings throughout the state. These grants are made possible by in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation through the Daniel K. Thorne Intervention Fund. If you would like to apply, please contact one of our staff below:

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Upcoming Workshops from DOL

DOL will be offering the following workshops in September. If you would like to attend, please click on the titles and you will be taken to the registration page.

Forming Community Partnerships,  September 2, 9:30-3:00 at the Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin

Working with trustees, staff and volunteers to spread the word about libraries, September 20,  9:30-3:00 at the Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin
Please e-mail me if you would like to attend the same workshop on September 22st in Killington. If there is enough interest, it will happen.

Basic Interlibrary Loan, September 21,  9:30-3:00 at the Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin

Youth Services, a three-day workshop, September 27, 28, and 29,  9:30-3:00 at the Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin

Mara Siegel
Continuing Education Coordinator
Vermont Department of Libraries
(802) 828-2727

Last Call for Ideas for IMLS – Deadline August 12

I am forwarding the message below from Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), asking for your participation in the IMLS IdeaScale process. I have heard from some of you and thank you for your participation. If you have not yet logged in, this is your chance to help IMLS develop their new strategic plan. Deadline for participation is August 12.

Access IdeaScale at:

Please consider voting for one or more of DOL’s prioirties:

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Announcing Google Event for VT Business and Non-Profits


The Vermont Department of Libraries is a partner in “Vermont Get You Business Online” which is sponsoring events in Burlington and Rutland for Vermont businesses and non-profits – including libraries and Friends groups.

This program is designed to help organizations get online by providing you with one-on-one assistance to: create a website, learn about Google tools and resources, use online marketing ideas, and get advice and tips. All for free!

Space is limited and reservations are required. Choose from three days: August 11-12 in Burlington and August 13 in Rutland.

Go to for more information and to reserve your spot!

And please spread the word to small business and non-profits in your community.


Tech Trends 2011 Workshop

If you don’t have anything else planned for Wednesday, August 17th from 9:30-3:00 (or even if you do!), please consider coming to the Aldrich Library in Barre for Tech Trends 2011. Perennial favorite presenter Linda Braun will be sparking our imaginations with exciting new technologies for our libraries.

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Free Online Education Opportunities for August 2011

Listed below are FREE programs The American Management Association, Booklist, GrantSpace, Infopeople, insynctraining, LE@D, Library Journal, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Accessible Technology Coalition, School Library Journal, TechSoup, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, and WebJunction will be webcasting during August.

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New Workshop: GOOGLE APPS

“I already have email, and can write a letter, so what’s so special about Google Apps that I would want to change?” Join us to learn from Dan Greene about the many advantages of Google Docs, Email, Google Sites, and Google Forms. With Google, you will be able to work collaboratively and access your records anywhere.

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DOL Census Workshops

Earlier this week, Chip Sawyer, the presenter for the census workshops DOL is offering in July and August, informed me that he is leaving his position at the Center for Rural Studies. I was fortunate enough to find a member of the Census Bureau in Boston who is willing to come to VT this summer. However, I needed to cancel or change the dates and times of the previously scheduled workshops.

The new dates and times are:

July 28th 9:30-11:30, Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin
July 28th 2:00-4:00, Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro

Please click on the one you would like to attend to go to its registration page.

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