Day For Friends

Vermont Friends of the Library, get out your calendars. May 5, a Saturday, is this year’s Day for Friends. We’ll meet at the amazing Axinn Center at the Starr Library at Middlebury College. Register now at for this no cost, information-packed day. Based on feedback from last year, topics include:

  • Social networking for Friends (Facebook? Twitter? Tumblr? Google-alert?)
  • Your Questions Answered Anonymously!  (Please send those questions to me now!)
  • Growing the Friends membership
  • Making the Ask

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Scholarships for DCF Conference

By now most of you will have received the flyer for this year’s DCF conference to be held on Friday, May 4 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, VT. Hope that you’re excited about our great speakers, Jon Scieszka and Raina Telgemeier, and workshops. This year, for the first time, the Friends of DCF are giving 6 scholarships to people who would not otherwise be able to go! We know that budgets are tight and many cannot attend because of the cost, so this will allow 6 more of you to be there. Deadline to apply for a scholarship is:  February 24.

For links to both the Conference brochure and the scholarship application, go to:

Please help DOL with an Important LSTA Evaluation Survey

To:  Vermont librarians and library staff (especially directors, youth services staff, and those involved in collections, programming and resource sharing in academic, public and school libraries),

As you probably know, the Library Services and Technology Act’s (LSTA) program provides federal funds to each state library agency, including the Vermont Department of Libraries (DOL).  The amount of funding received by Vermont is based on a population-driven formula; in FFY2011 the DOL received $929,254.  In order to qualify for these funds, each state is required to submit a plan every five years that outlines how this funding will be used within the state to fulfill specific purposes outlined in the Museum and Library Services Act.  You can read the Vermont LSTA 5-Year Plan, 2008-2012 at:

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VLA Youth Section Mid-Winter Magic Conference

Join us for the VLA Youth Section Mid-Winter Magic Conference, Friday, January 27th!

Our focus: FRESH, EASY, & CHEAP!

We, Amy and Kat, present to you, our phenomenal partners in Youth and Young Adult Librarianship, the VLA Youth Section Mid-Winter Magic Conference! On Friday, Jan. 27th, from 9:30 am-4:00 pm at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, join us for an exploration of programs, displays, and approaches that are “Fresh, Easy, and Cheap!” The morning will be filled with a variety of speakers, from art teachers to former teen volunteers, all presenting fresh ideas on how to enrich your youth offerings and environment. And in the afternoon real live teens will be on hand for a discussion-based forum helping us identify what teens are looking for in libraries and how to best provide them with the services, atmosphere, and experience they need and want. The inclement weather date is Friday, Feb. 3rd, 9:30 am-4:00 pm. If you have a laptop, bring it! Also, bring a lunch, a favorite children’s book to work with, and your own “fresh, easy, cheap” ideas to share. This conference is absolutely FREE!

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eHealth: Finding Credible Health Information Online

How do you find the best health information without spending hours searching the Web? Join us for a 30 min webinar to review some basic strategies to help you find high quality health information online. We will also review some of the best health websites on the Web. Presented by Vermont State Colleges librarian, Larraby Fellows.

Tune in to one of the 30 minute January sessions.

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Two Openings on the DCF Committee

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Book Award, Vermont’s children’s choice award for grades 4-8, is a great way to get children reading and talking about excellent books. Founded in 1957, it is the country’s second oldest child-selected book award, and as such has a rich history and outstanding reputation  nationally.

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YALSA MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks members’ application for the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. The winner receives $500 and an additional $500 for their library. The award is open to all personal members of ALA/YALSA who have created an outstanding reading or literature program in the twelve months preceding the award deadline of December 1.

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Free Online Education Opportunities for November 2011

Listed below are FREE programs Accessible Technology Coalition , ALA, American Management Association, Booklist, GrantSpace, Infopeople, Library 2.0, Library Journal, Lyrasis, Nebraska Library Commission, OCLC, TechSoup, Texas State Library & Archives, University of Wyoming, webex, and WebJunction will be webcasting during November.

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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2012 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering the Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant for 2012.  This grant of $1000 provides seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Details regarding the applications for the 2012 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant are available from the YALSA Web site at  Applications for the grant are due in the YALSA Office by December 1, 2011.

For more information please contact us via e-mail,; or by phone: 800-545-2433 x 4387.