State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants

State Farm is proud to team up with Youth Service America to offer grants of up to $1,000 for youth-led service-learning initiatives is all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Eligible programs will engage youth in service-learning, an effective teaching and learning strategy that promotes student learning, academic achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities.  State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants encourage semester-long projects (following YSA’s Semester of Service framework) that launch on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 17, 2011) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011).

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YALSA Advocacy Webinar on May 20th, 2010

Advocating for library services has never been more important. Libraries across the nation face diminished budgets and staff cuts, while usage soars and the community expects more services and resources. Cultivating relationships with notable community members—including government officials and school board members—to help your library meet its mission is critical in the current economic climate. Librarians will learn tools to engage VIPs and get them to offer their support in YALSA’s May 20 webinar, “VIPs: Why You Need Them for Advocacy.” The webinar will take place May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT.

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Librarian as Social Worker Panel Discussion

Hello public librarians!

I am the public library representative on the VLA Board.  I’m putting together a panel discussion called Librarian as Social Worker, which was how I described my job after arriving at work and finding a young adult (who was a recently discharged veteran) sleeping on the library steps.  After discussions with colleagues, I realized I wasn’t alone in feeling overwhelmed by the increase in our patrons’ needs.  In the past year or so, patrons have needed more information relating to health and human services, rather than reader’s advisory.  Whether it’s a question about emergency heating assistance or a child you fear is being abused, librarians are increasingly working with patrons who are in crisis.

The panel will be made up of members of local and state agencies who will discuss their organizations and how librarians can best use their resources.  VT 211 will have a representative on each panel.  There will be time for Q & A.

Panels will be held at two locations: Friday April 9th at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre and Monday April 26th at the Hartland Public Library, 10:00 –1:00 PM (coffee at 9:30.)  Please bring a bag lunch.  I’m also looking for real-life examples to provide to the panelists.  RSVP to or 802-649-1184.


Rock & Roll Library Tour! THE HIGH STRUNG are coming!

Rock & Roll Library Tour! THE HIGH STRUNG are coming!

Are you looking for a high-energy, summer reading program?

For the past six years the quirky, carefree, energetic music of Detroit’s
The High Strung has been electrifying patrons across the nation with sunny three-part harmonies and witty, lyrical bravado. This year the guitars are roaming the country again, headed in your direction, and the show is only getting better.

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LAST CALL for Nominations for Vermont Library Association Awards for 2010

There are so many fabulous librarians and trustees in Vermont that it is always hard to single out just one of each annually, but there are always ones who are extraordinary and deserved to be recognized statewide. Now is the time for you to think about who VLA should recognize this year at the Vermont Library Conference, and nominate those deserving colleagues.

  • The 2010 Sarah C. Hagar Award which is for outstanding service in or significant contribution to the field of librarianship in Vermont. Nominees must be working in a Vermont library and a member of VLA.
  • The 2010 Trustee of the Year Award for achievement by a trustee on behalf of his or her library, either during the previous year or during his/her years of service.

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Call for Proposals: Information Literacy through the Streets of Hollywood

We are soliciting short lesson plans or supporting activities for a book we are writing for Library Instruction Publications. In this publication we plan to highlight activities that foster and encourage critical thinking as it relates to information literacy, film, and other video media.  These activities will focus on teaching conceptual and transferable information literacy competencies.  As teachers we appreciate and eagerly embrace instructional techniques and devices that engage students in the learning process. From our experience, we have observed that students are very receptive to the use of film and other visual media in instructional sessions. Since we teach information literacy courses, we know that many films contain excellent examples relating to essential components of the information literacy curriculum. In many of our classes, we utilize this medium to teach students the fundamental aspects of information literacy.  Each lesson plan or learning activity will follow the format previously used in the Active Learning Series. Authors will organize their lesson plans with sections titled Circumstances of the Instruction, Objectives of the Instruction, and Components of the Instruction. Supplementary materials such as handouts and worksheets will accompany the text. The book will include a Table of Contents as well as an index listing each type of activity for easy access.

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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Get Librarians into the “Jobs Bill”


Please call both of your U.S. Senators to ask each of them to request that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND),  include the hiring and retaining of librarians in the $18 billion “Jobs Bill” as well.

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YALSA is coming to Boston!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is coming to Boston! In addition to our special events at ALA Midwinter Meeting (see them all at, we have two pre-Midwinter events on Friday, Jan. 15 that you can attend without registering for Midwinter.

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