To better meet the needs of our members, Vermont Library Association maintains five sections that develop targeted programming and focus on issues of special concern to members in those sections. VLA members may join any section(s) at no additional charge by indicating their desire on the membership form. Please contact the leaders below for more information about the sections’ activities and how you can get involved.
College and Special Libraries Section
The College and Special Libraries (C&SL) Section welcomes VLA members working in college, university, and post-secondary trade school libraries, as well as the libraries of businesses and corporations. Our goal is to support excellent service to all our patrons by sharing our ideas and resources. We have a minimum of one workshop a year, and make sure the annual Vermont Library Conference includes workshops relevant to our concerns.
VTCSL is a listserv for this section. To subscribe, send this message to firstname.lastname@example.org:
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President: Daisy Benson
Vice-President: Prudence Doherty
Public Libraries Section
The Public Libraries Section strives to extend the effectiveness of library services and librarians in ensuring equal information access and availability of literary and cultural resources. This section also provides a list of public librarians that are happy to serve as mentors to other public librarians.
President: Lara Keenan
Technical Services Section
The Technical Services Section (formerly Catalogers Roundtable) joined VLA in 2013 to address the unique needs of library staff whose jobs are under the technical services umbrella. Please consider joining us on the ground floor to shape how this section will best serve Vermont technical services librarians and the VLA at large.
VLATSS Google Group – join the mailing list for this group!
President: Christine Webb
Vice-President: Tom McMurdo
The VLA Trustees Section (formerly Vermont Library Trustees Association) sponsors continuing education opportunities for trustees, friends of the library, and other library advocates. The section holds an annual fall statewide conference, and organizes four workshops at each of the five annual spring Town Officers Educational Conferences sponsored by the Vermont Institute for Government. These conferences offer an excellent learning opportunity with time as well to network with other trustees from around the state. The Trustees Section is guided by a Steering Committee of trustees from around the state. We welcome new Steering Committee members at any time during the year. Call for details.
President: Laurel Stanley
Section Convenor: Christine Friese
Youth Librarians Section
The Youth Librarians Section of VLA is open to all public librarians who serve young people, birth through 18 years of age. Youth Librarians section responsibilities include member distribution list, updates and/or articles on the VLA website, the annual Youth Librarians Program, and youth-oriented programs at the Vermont Library Conference in May.
President: Heather Grev
Vice-President: Amy McMullen
The Awards Committee solicits nominations and selects winners of two awards each year: the Sarah C. Hagar Award and the Trustee of the Year Award. To place a name in nomination for either award, please send the nominee’s name, the name of his/her library, a letter explaining why this person should receive the award, along with your name, library, telephone number, and e-mail address to the Awards Committee chair. If a nomination is made by more than one person, please designate one signatory as the contact person. Letters of support from community members or colleagues are welcome.
Chair: Amy C. Grasmick
Government Relations Committee
The Government Relations Committee prepares an annual legislative agenda, works toward implementation of the legislative agenda with the Executive Board and appropriate committees, keeps abreast of state and national legislation that affects libraries, and reports on this to the Board and to the membership. Our mission is also to create a greater awareness among our elected legislators about the role Vermont libraries play in reaching their constituents with access to information and life-long learning opportunities for all ages. We want to impact the decisions that support libraries (funding, policy etc.) and create an environment that promotes better communication about legislation that affects public libraries. New members and new ideas always welcome!
Chair: Selene Colburn
This committee is charged with the goal of bringing awareness and resources to Vermont libraries about the diverse populations in our state. By taking a broad understanding of diversity, the Inclusion Committee will help Vermont libraries provide better services to racial and ethnic minorities, refugee communities, LGBTQI communities, poor and homeless populations, patrons with mental illness, patrons in or exiting the justice system, veterans, the elderly, and other under-served populations throughout the state.
President: You? – Contact the VLA President if you’re interested in serving!
Intellectual Freedom Committee
The Intellectual Freedom Committee is concerned with the rights of freedom of expression, and stands ready to assist in situations where these rights may be in danger. The Intellectual Freedom Committee is responsible for arranging the John Swan Memorial Lecture. The committee has prepared an Intellectual Freedom Toolkit to help you.
Chair: Ray Brior
Membership & Outreach Committee
The Membership & Outreach Committee handles all elements of association membership, communications, and member outreach. Member work includes recruitment & retention, developing and promoting member benefits, and making recommendations for honorary membership. Outreach work includes all aspects of member communications, including maintaining lists, groups, social media, and website in addition to producing the VLA News.
General Membership Inquiries: email@example.com
General VLA News Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Website Inquiries: email@example.com
Chair & Co-Webmaster: Helen Linda
VLA News Co-Editor: Debbie Landauer
VLA News Co-Editor: Janet Clapp
The Personnel Committee addresses personnel issues that affect the membership, studies library salary issues, and issues recommendations about minimum salaries. Compensating library employees fairly– it’s the right thing to do! Here’s how we can help you: telephone consultations, informational handouts, worksheets, visits to your library to meet with staff and board members (visits can be counted as continuing education for trustees on the DOL standards forms). Other ideas? Volunteer for the VLA Personnel Committee today!
Chair: Shara McCaffery
(802) 748-8291 ext. 302
This committee is charged with defining, overseeing, and funding scholarship opportunities for library professional development.
President: Barbara Ball
Vermont Library Conference Committee
This committee organizes all aspects of the Vermont Library Conference and is always looking for new members to join their lively group!
President: Jessica Summer