“Vermont Reads” Grant Deadline May 30

Greetings, all,

I am forwarding the announcement (below) from the Vermont Humanities Council with the hope that many libraries around the state will participate in the Vermont Reads program this year. VHC has selected a wonderful book that will appeal to a wide audience. Information about the book, the program, and financial assistance is below. Deadline for applications is May 30, 2009.

Martha Reid
martha.reid@mail.dol.state.vt.us

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Position cuts at the Department of Libraries and Regional Library Closings

To: Vermont Library Community

I regretfully announce that, as a result of mandated budget and position cuts, the Department of Libraries is eliminating four positions: (1) full time clerk at Midstate Regional Library (previously announced); (2) full time clerk at the Special Services Unit/Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; (3) full time clerk at the Northeast Regional Library; and (4) full time secretary position in the Law and Documents Division.

As a result of these cuts, I have made the decision to end services at the Regional Libraries as follows:

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LAST CALL – Registration deadline for ACRL New England 2009 Conference

Don’t put it off! Register now for the ACRL New England’s 2009 Annual Conference before it is too late!

Registration closes on May 1, 2009

*** Register Now at: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf09/registration.html ***

Are You Being Served? Customer Satisfaction and Library Service
May 15, 2009
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester MA

Check out the great line-up of speakers, workshops, networking opportunities, and more at: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf09/index.html

See you in Worcester!

DOL Information about federal stimulus funds

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Libraries

Even before the “stimulus bill” was signed into law in February, librarians in Vermont and across the country were hard at work trying to make sure that some of this money gets to libraries. There are still many unanswered questions about this funding package and new information trickles in each week. DOL is in regular contact with State officials and also with the ALA Washington Office and other state library agencies and I will pass along news as it comes our way.

Some of the biggest money will come to the State of Vermont, in the “Stabilization Funds.” Most or all of that money that comes directly to the state will be directed to projects other than libraries. But there are other ARRA funding programs that are potential sources for us to tap. Read below for tips:

Public Libraries: make sure you are in communication with your town officials. Municipalities will receive a portion of the stabilization money and libraries could be eligible public projects.

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FREE State-Wide Webinar: Creating a Customer-Focused Culture in Your Library

Open to all library staff, trustees, friends, and other interested parties.

April 24th, 2009 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Visit the NELINET Event Details for more information.
Contact C&SL Section President Larraby Fellows to RSVP
and to get login information.

Various college and university libraries that will be attending/broadcasting the presentation have volunteered to open their doors to interested community members and library staff who cannot attend from their own facility. More information will be made available through the VLA listserv.

ACRL/NEC Scholarships and Awards Available

Let your ACRL/NEC reward you! Apply for a scholarship or submit a research paper.

The ACRL/NEC Scholarships & Awards Committee has opportunities for students, library staff and librarians.

There are scholarships to attend:

  • ACRL National, Seattle WA, March 2009
  • ACRL/NEC Annual Conference, Worcester MA, May 2009
  • A continuing education program of your choice

ACRL/NEC is also offering an award for Best Research Paper.

Apply today! More information and application forms:

http://www.acrlnec.org/sigs/scholarships/index.php

Nancy George
Chair, ACRL/NEC Scholarships and Awards Committee
Electronic Resources Librarian
Salem State College
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970 USA
978.542.7182 (voice)
ngeorge@salemstate.edu

Call for Proposals – ACRL/NEC Annual Conference 2009

Association of College and Research Libraries – New England Chapter
Annual Conference 2009
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
May 15, 2009

ACRL/NEC invites you to submit proposals for a workshop, presentation, or poster session at its 2009 conference:

“Are You Being Served? Customer satisfaction and library service.”

We are construing “customer service” broadly and seek proposals covering any and all aspects of librarianship as they relate to
serving and satisfying our customers. In writing proposals, here are some questions to consider: Who are our customers? What do they want/need? What can we, and what can’t we, provide? How can we do better, what else can we do, what can we stop doing? Is the customer always right? Do we provide what our customers want or what (we think) they need? Can we do both? Can we go too far in trying to please our customers?

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