Consider Presenting & Save the Date: October Conference for New England Academic Librarians

Tools to Support Teaching and Outreach: A Mix of the New and the
Friday, October 15, 2010
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

The fourteenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

We seek presenters for the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries’ annual October Conference for New England academic librarians!

This year’s conference will showcase practical applications of new tools – and innovative uses of tried-and-true tools – that support learning, outreach or reference. The day-long event is scheduled for Friday, October 15, 2010 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (an easy two-hour drive from Boston, Springfield, and many other New England locations).

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Instruction Update follow-up

The Instruction Update sponsored by the College & Special Libraries Section was June 4th at Castleton State College.  For those in attendance or anyone who missed it, these presenters have made their slides available.

Charlotte Gerstein, Castleton State College
I Click with Clickers

Meredith Farkas, Norwich University
Outreach to Distance Learners at Norwich University

Heidi Steiner, Norwich University
Outreach to Distance Learners at Norwich University

You can learn more about Norwich’s customized portals for their online programs by visiting their website for online students.

Larraby Fellows, Community College of Vermont
Transitioning to an Online Model for Library Instruction
Also, visit the Hartness Library online, or visit their Youtube Channel

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians at UMASS Lowell

From ACRL NEC News:

Attention Science and Medical Librarians,

Consider attending Science Boot Camp 2010! Explore key e-Science concepts and internet-based research tools in Genetics, Climate Change, and Remote Sensing, and prepare to engage faculty about e-Science in their disciplines. Whether you’re new to science or want to keep abreast of latest scientific research tools, Science Boot Camp provides unique opportunities for librarians to learn about current research and emerging roles in data curation while networking with colleagues in a fun and relaxed campus setting.

When: June 9-11 (optional one day and commuter registration allowed)
Where: University of Massachusetts Lowell

For further information:

Please register by May 18th.

C&SL event: Instruction Update

Announcing an event sponsored by VLA’s College & Special Libraries Section:

Instruction Update

(printable announcement)

Friday, June 4th, 10:00-3:00
(Coffee, etc., 9:30-10:00)
Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont

  • An opportunity to gather with fellow Vermont instruction librarians and share our experiences with new tools, developments and trends
  • Featuring brief presentations on developments in instruction at various academic libraries, and time for discussion and questions
  • An opportunity to reflect on the academic year behind us, and consider some new ideas for the future

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NAHSL Conference: “Libraries in Balance” to be held October 24-26 in Newport RI


The North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) is holding its 52nd annual conference at the Newport (RI) Marriott October 24th-26th, 2010. This year’s theme is Libraries in Balance: Preserving Our Roots, Growing Our Future. The list of speakers include Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Internet and American Life Project and Dr. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School, and the 2010 Joseph Leiter Lecturer This 2 ½ day conference will include breakout sessions, state meetings, exhibitors and CE classes in addition to the 4 plenary speakers. For more information view the conference website at The website is under construction so “pardon our dust” and visit us often.

Thank you,
The NAHSL 2010 Conference Planning Committee

The first-ever Choose Privacy Week May 2-8, 2010.

I am very excited to announce the first ever “Choose Privacy Week” to be held May 2-8, 2010.   Choose Privacy Week is a new initiative started American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee (ALAIFC) and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to spark a national conversation about privacy.    Libraries are the natural centers for learning and talking about information issues so  they are the perfect place to invite users join the conversation about privacy rights a digital age.

ALA has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities.    The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.  I hope you take time to explore the website to learn more about what your library can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today.  Whether you are considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, there are tools that can help.  

Help us spread the word about the importance of choosing privacy.  

Gail Weymouth

VLAIFC, chair

ACRL-NEC Vermont Virtual Conference

Want to attend ACRL-NEC this year, but can’t make it down to Worcester, MA? Want to network with other Vermont librarians? Tough economic times making travel difficult?

Then sign up for the ACRL-NEC Vermont Virtual Conference on May 14th!

Head to for more information and registration.

The Conference Theme this year is: Embracing Our Electronic World: Challenges and Promises for Academic Libraries.

Join other Vermont librarians at Champlain College in Burlington, VT to watch and participate in the ACRL-NEC conference virtually. In addition to watching the regional conference streamed live you’ll be able to meet and talk with other Vermont librarians about the theme of “Embracing Our Electronic World.”

Email Andy Burkhardt with any questions at

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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