To all librarians who select children’s and/or YA books for their libraries: Materials Review Sessions!

If you select children’s or young adult books for your school or public library, come preview the books first before you spend your money. DOL’s Materials Review Sessions feature oral reviews of approximately 75 titles and the opportunity to examine hundreds of other books recommended either by our volunteer reviewers or by the review media. All have reviews inserted in them to help you with purchase decisions.

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Special Shipwreck Webcast Offers Interactive Opportunity

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is expanding our popular Shipwrecks! program with a live webcast of the shipwrecked schooner Sarah Ellen on November 5, 2009 at 10:00am (EST). This FREE hour-long broadcast will take you deep under the cold dark waters of Lake Champlain where you’ll hear the tragic story of the schooner’s sinking in the winter of 1860. Then meet our nautical archaeologists who tell of her underwater discovery in 1989. See footage captured by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), over 300 feet below the surface. And, since this will be broadcast live, we’ll be able to take your questions via email! It’s a great program for all ages: families, teachers, students, entire classrooms, and life-long learners.

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Youth Librarians (the group formerly known as CAYAL) Fall Meeting Date is Set!

Well, I managed to get a date on the calendar for the fall meeting! I know we had talked about trying to schedule something central to everyone, but I also know I’m not going to be able to make everyone happy. So I scheduled it at Midstate Regional Library in Berlin. Not the most fabulous or plush place in the state, but it will do. The date is Tuesday, November 10 from 9:30-3.

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Looking for a Mentor? Want to Be a Mentor?

ALA has launched MentorConnect in ALA Connect so you can find or become a mentor.

MentorConnect (”MC”) allows ALA members to create mentoring profiles that highlight their expertise and experience. After they’ve joined MC, ALA members can search for a mentor using a variety of criteria (gender, type of library, ethnicity, etc.) and request mentorship. Once created, the mentorship is tracked within MC, with a space for providing and archiving feedback. The system will prompt mentors and mentorees every few months to ensure they are staying in touch.

To learn all about this new service, see Mentoring Starter Questions and Mentoring and MentorConnect FAQ at (

Don Wood
Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office
American Libraries Association
[email protected]
1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429

New England Library Association Annual Conference



Annual Conference Offerings & Registration

NELA Membership Registration

Dear Colleagues,

I don’t want you to miss the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference this coming October 18 – 20. The fall is a busy time for us all but it is also a good chance to refresh and renew by planning time to attend the conference.

We offer many presentations, events and exhibitors that represent a variety of interests. Here are just a few:

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Grants for Book Clubs Serving Underserved Teens

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) are now accepting applications for the next round of Great Stories CLUB grants. Electronic applications for the reading and discussion series will be accepted through Nov. 2 at Funding was provided for this program by Oprah’s Angel Network.

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Annual Public Library Report and Standards Application — important training sessions, October 1 — Ludlow or Midstate

Every fall the anticipation among librarians is palpable: the trips to the office supply store to purchase new pens, pencils and erasers, perhaps a pencil sharpener, a manila envelope or two, maybe even a new calculator. Who can resist the lure, the absolute delight, of completing and filing the Annual Vermont Public Library Report and Application for Minimum Standards? Oh, the thrill of the hunt to find copies of last year’s report, and those reports given to the Trustees and SelectBoard. What about the hours hunched over the forms, punching the calculator buttons?

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Round Four of Listen Up! Vermont

Hello all,

We’re gearing up for signups for Round Four of Listen Up! Vermont, the downloadable audio book service from the Green Mountain Library Consortium provided by OverDrive.

Round Four begins July 1 for staff training and access, with public access available on or about August 1. You can look at the current collection at; let us know if you would like to try and download a title, and we will send you a library card number.

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DCF Committee Opening

Unexpectedly, one of the members of the DCF committee has had to resign, so we have an immediate opening on the committee.

We are looking for someone who loves to read and talk about books; someone who can’t wait to get to school or the library to share their latest finds with the kids; someone who doesn’t mind working hard for a good cause.

There is one three-year opening on the DCF committee beginning immediately.

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