NELA Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect, will be joining us at the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference in October 2009. Dr. Alire will be leading a special ALA Forum on Sunday, October 18. Share your thoughts on how ALA should focus its efforts in the next five years. As her presidential initiatives, Dr. Alire will also be sharing her expertise and innovative ideas about Library Advocacy and Literacy in a presentation on Monday, October 19. View initiatives, biography and more on her official website.


NELA Annual Conference Preview

For those of you on Linkedin, a new networking group for the New England Library Association was started thanks to Joe Fox. Just type in NELA in the Search Groups field and you will find us. Please consider joining Linkedin and this new group to network and stay in touch with your fellow New England library workers.

NELA Counterparts 2009

This summer, the New England Library Association (NELA) presents a unique opportunity for all library workers to attend a mindful and meaningful mini-conference in the New England region. This is NELA Counterparts.

Counterparts 2009 is a two-day educational event for NELA members, state library association members, consortia members and any other interested persons. Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 16-17, 2009 on the Connecticut College (New London) campus.

For information on our Speaker, conference details and registration forms, please visit this link:

Registrations will be accepted until June 30th. Confirmation, agenda and directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.

Conference Evaluations

First, thanks to everyone for such a great conference last week!  Without all of your help, wonderful presentations, and great attendance, it would not have been possible.

Please be sure to fill out a conference evaluation, available on the VLC website and at the link below:

Enjoy the summer!

Barbara Doyle-Wilch and Sara Goldstein
Co-chairs, Vermont Library Conference 2009

Resolution to honor Judith Krug

The following resolution will be introduced at the VLA annual meeting tomorrow at 4:45 in the ampitheatre at the Sheraton.

Resolution Honoring Judith F. Krug (1940-2009)

Whereas Judith F. Krug was the public face of our profession’s every effort to preserve, protect and defend the First Amendment right to freedom of expression and the corollary right to receive ideas, information and images so essential to the functioning of a free and democratic society throughout her long and distinguished tenure as director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association since 1967 and as director of the Freedom to Read Foundation since 1969; andRead More

Sheraton Special Rate Deadline Extended for Conference

The Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center has extended availability of the Special Rate of $115.00 per room until April 24th. Hurry now to book a room at this great rate.

Looking for a roommate? Someone to carpool with? Try the VLA Travel Wiki. Simply sign up for an account and add your travel information. I have used it myself to coordinate rides and rooms at conferences and found it to be a great way to not only save money and stress, but meet wonderful folks I may never have met otherwise! Please let me know if you’re interested and I’ll sign you right up!

Helen Linda
VLA Advocacy Committee

Celebrate Vermont Libraries party at the VT Library Conference

The Vermont Library Conference is fast-approaching. The conference committee needs your help getting out invitations for our guests to the advocacy cocktail reception at the end of the first day. In addition to all conference participants (and we hope you’ll register and be one of them) we are inviting a number of guests including legislators, principals, college presidents, superintendents, and library trustees/board members. We still need to get out invites to this last group and it is difficult for us to identify these individuals. So if you can, please print out an invite and pass it along to your library trustees and board members. We can’t attach documents to messages on this listserv, but you can follow this link to the invitation pdf and print it out. The link is:

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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: ***

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:

See you in Worcester!

Conference Scholarships

Don’t forget, scholarships for the cost of attending the conference in May are available. Don’t let the cost of attending keep you away; last year there was scholarship money left over! Click here for details.

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.