2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey — Deadline Extended!!!!

A friendly reminder that the 2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (sometimes called the Plinter survey)  funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will now close on November 14 for  library participation.  Libraries participating in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program are required to participate in the survey, but all Vermont public libraries are encouraged to submit data.  The survey will close on November 14, so, although you still have time, please be sure to complete it.  So far we have about 18% participation.

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e-Vermont Communities and Front Porch Forum

Don’t miss this Vermont-original community-building opportunity!

Did you know that a Vermont service is winning national accolades for its community building innovations? Front Porch Forum (FPF) was created in 2006 in Burlington and now more than 21,000 households subscribe across 50 Vermont towns. Now, thanks to the e-Vermont initiative, FPF’s reach is greatly expanded to more parts of the state.

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New Programs for Children Directory Available

The 2010 edition of Programs for Children, the performers manual for children that we put out every other year, is now available: http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/cbec/programdirectory10.pdf

Anyone looking for an author to speak, a magician or storyteller to entertain, or a nature expert to teach (among many subjects), should check here for ideas.

We will also have a few hard copy editions available. If you need it in print form, we can send you a copy.

Grace

Grace Worcester Greene
Youth Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Tel.: 802-828-6954
Fax: 802-828-1481
Email: grace.greene@state.vt.us

Annual Library Journal Public Library Budget Survey

Public Library Directors:

Library Journal has announced its annual public library budget survey – and now more than ever, it’s important to have an overall picture of what’s happening with budget trends in public libraries across the country. It is also important that Vermont libraries be included in the survey results. Library Journal will publish the results of this survey in the January 2011 issue.

To fill out the survey online, go to: www.LibraryJournal.com/budget

(You will have the opportunity to print out your responses immediately following).

Deadline date for the survey: November 5, 2010.

If you have questions, contact Laura Girmscheid at: lgirmscheid@mediasourceinc.com

By the way, libraries that participate in the survey have a chance at winning $100.

Rural Legal Education Project – Free Law Programs at Vermont Public Libraries

This program is a JOINT VENTURE between the Vermont Bar Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries with the purpose of expanding education outreach programs to rural Vermont adults.

The program provides a licensed Vermont attorney as a speaker on a legal topic of interest selected by the librarian. In addition to the 45 minute presentation, the attorney will answer questions for approximately another 45 minutes. These are lively and informative sessions.

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Midstate Library Service Center to Re-open October 19

Good news!

The Midstate Library Service Center will re-open to school and public libraries on Tuesday, October 19.

DOL will send a letter this week (via email) to all school and public libraries with details about MLSC services and our new borrowing policies. We urge libraries to review the new policy (to be posted later this week on the DOL website) before visiting MLSC. Please note that we are not able to extend service to the general public.

New MLSC hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm.

MLSC will keep this schedule of reduced hours until further notice. We are continuing the long, arduous process of weeding and merging three book collections (Midstate Library, State Library in Montpelier, and Northeast Regional Library) which will be completed no later than June 30, 2011.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. If you have questions, please contact Jeremiah Kellogg at MLSC (828-232-0) or Assistant State Librarian Christine Friese (828-2714).

e-Vermont Broadband applications now available

The Vermont Council on Rural Development has posted application materials for Year Two of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project.

This project is funded via a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant and continues the project begun in 2010 when 12 Vermont communities were chosen for funding.

The Department of Libraries is a grant partner and is responsible for administering grant funds to public libraries in selected e-Vermont communities.

Deadline for electronic applications is November 17, 5:00 p.m.

For information about the e-Vermont Program:

http://vtrural.org/programs/e-vermont/communities

For information about applications for Year Two:

http://vtrural.org/programs/e-vermont/how-to-apply

For information on how public libraries can become involved, contact your DOL regional consultant.

Vermont Library Trustee Association Annual Conference 2010

The Fall Trustee Conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 6th at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. Sally Gardner Reed, the Executive Director of Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) formerly Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) will be this year’s keynote speaker. Reed has spent twenty years running small public libraries, including the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, before taking the helm of ALTAFF. Her most recent publication is The Complete Library Trustee Handbook, available in the DOL Library Science collection.

Join fellow trustees and Friends for an exciting day of presentations, discussions, prizes and fun. For additional information and to register for the conference please see attachment. Questions, contact Michael Roche, at (802) 748-3428 or michael.roche@state.vt.us

Download the VLTA Annual Conference Flyer 2010

2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey

The 2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (sometimes called the Plinter survey) funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was opened to libraries for participation September 7, 2010. Libraries participating in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program are required to participate in the survey, but all Vermont public libraries are encouraged to submit data.

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Best Small Library in America Award

If your library service area is under 25,000, consider applying for the Library Journal Best Small Library in America award. Entries must be postmarked November 5, 2010. The award is sponsored by LJ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prize: $15,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2011, Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2012 in Philadelphia, PA.

Full information:  http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA606273.html