To better meet the needs of our members, Vermont Library Association maintains four 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.
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: Amy McMullen
Vice-President: Tracey Dugdale
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 email@example.com:
Subscribe vtcsl firstname lastname
President: Andy Burkhardt
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: Lucinda Walker
Vice-President: Lydia Willoughby
Vermont Library Trustees Association (VLTA)
VLTA 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. Topics have included orientation of new trustees, establishing a good working relationship with the press, planning for automation and technology, working better with town government, fund-raising, collaborating with community organizations, providing outreach service, and policymaking. These conferences offer an excellent opportunity for trustees to network with others in their area as well as with their own town officials. VLTA 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 Michael Roche for details.
The Vermont Library Trustees Association (VLTA) is a section of the Vermont Library Association (VLA). Trustees may join VLA as individuals ($15/year) or as a whole board ($30/year), and then check “VLTA” as their section preference. Membership forms are available at www.vermontlibraries.org.
Section Convenor: Michael Roche
2007-2008 Steering Committee:
Dorothy Bergendahl, Jericho
David Brown, Shelburne
Marcia Devino, Colchester
Harriet Grenier, Waterbury
Robert Kittner, Rutland
Laurel Stanley, Danville
Michael Roche, Dept. of Libraries
Trustee Representative to the VLA Board:
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: Grace Greene
The Editorial Committee distributes information for the VLA by pulling in relevant information from other places to the VLA community and distributing communications from the board or members to the community at large. Areas that they cover are the VLA listserv, the VLA website and the publication of a newsletter. They also compose and distribute news releases and other publicity for VLA and its components when required.
Chair: Helen Linda
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: Oceana Wilson
Public Relations handout from the Schmooze, don’t lose workshop.
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
The Membership Committee recruits members to the association, develops and promotes member benefits, oversees the member renewal process, and make recommendations for honorary membership.
Chair: Cindy Weber
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