Vermont Online Library/Gale Database Training

Please join the wonderful Stacey Knibloe from Gale for webinars on the Vermont Online Library/Gale Databases. There will be four sessions. If you cannot attend on the day of the event, do not fret, an archive will be available.

Click on the title to register. I will send webinar instructions the day before each session.

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Materials Review Sessions: Spring Dates and then Some Changes

At the Materials Review Sessions, Youth Services Consultant Grace Greene orally reviews about 75 recently published books and also displays hundreds more titles that have been favorably reviewed by volunteer Vermont reviewers or, in the case of nonfiction, the review media. All books, with the reviews taped inside, are available for perusal so librarians can see what they are getting before they order. Grace will do two “live” sessions of Materials Review this spring, one in Northfield and one at the Georgia Public Library (in lieu of Milton which is renovating), and three sessions on DVD. RETN will record the Northfield presentation, and that recording will be shown in the other three locations. The books, with the reviews inserted in them, will accompany the DVD, so participants at all sites will have access to all the books. The schedule is as follows:

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Volunteers Needed for NELA Conference in Burlington 2011

The New England Library Association is holding its annual conference in Burlington in October 2011. The NELA conference committee is busy making preparations and need help from some Vermonters to assistant in designing programs and making connections with Vermont’s resources.

NELA is in need of about four Vermonters to join the conference committee for program planning. Any previous experience with conferences would be helpful, but not necessary. In particular they are looking for assistance with local contacts, help in learning about Vermont resources and advertising the conference to Vermont library workers. There will be a minimum of travel, the majority of the work will be done by email, etc. The expected dates and locations of meetings are as follows; January 14 in Leominster Massachusetts area, February 24 virtual on web, April 1 in Burlington Vermont and June 6 in Wilton New Hampshire.

For more information and to volunteer please contact Mary Ann List– NELA Conference Chair at , 603-766-1710 or Mary Ann Rupert –NELA Conference Manager at, 603-654-3533.

Best Small Library in America Award

If your library service area is under 25,000, consider applying for the Library Journal Best Small Library in America award. Entries must be postmarked November 5, 2010. The award is sponsored by LJ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prize: $15,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2011, Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2012 in Philadelphia, PA.

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VLA Membership Survey

The Vermont Library Association leadership would like your feedback. Please click on the link to reply to our 5 question survey. Membership Survey

The survey will close on September 17th so please fill it out if you haven’t yet!

Vermont Online Survey Goes Out to Libraries

The Vermont Online Library (VOL) Committee will be sending out an electronic survey to libraries in the next week to gather information about what online products they would like see included in the Vermont Online Library (collection of information databases) in the next contract cycle, 2011-2015. The survey will be sent out to all Vermont school, public and academic libraries. All libraries should complete a survey, including libraries that currently do not subscribe to VOL. Only one person per library should return the survey. The deadline for completing the survey is August 27. The VOL Committee will review survey results before issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to vendors and making the final decisions about what online content will be included in VOL beginning in 2011.

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Enter to win a $250 grant to buy library books

We Love New England Libraries!

Sisters in Crime-New England members know the difficulties that New England libraries face these days, and we want to help.
Enter to win a $250 grant to buy library books. Just send us a photo of an exhibit of at least three books by authors who are members of Sisters in Crime-New England. Your library will be entered for our quarterly drawings for a $250 check—PLUS autographed books from our SinC-NE members! Get details at

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Book Mending Basics

Sign up for the free Book Mending course August 11 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Quechee Library. Ellen Allman discusses when to mend and when to discard or send to a professional. Bring books which need repairing and, if you have them, basic book mending materials for discussion. Sign up at Book Mending or use  the Continuing Education Calendar on the DOL website,

Amy Howlett

VT Department of Libraries