Department of Libraries is Partner on e-Vermont Program

Vermont Library Community,

Good news! The Vermont Council on Rural Development received word last week that they have won a federal stimulus grant in the NTIA Sustained Broadband Adoption program. The Department of Libraries is a partner in this grant project which will help 24 rural Vermont communities develop and use online and e-services. The program includes funds for public libraries in these 24 communities. You can read the full press release below. The 24 communities will be chosen through an application process. Public libraries that want their communities to be considered for this program should contact VCRD at 802-223-6091 or by email at

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Town Meeting Survey 2010 Deadline for Public Libraries

Public Library Directors:

We have extended the deadline for responding to the annual Town Meeting Results survey and you have until the end of the day on Friday, April 2 to get the results to us.

We have heard from only 89 public libraries so far. If your library has not yet responded, please fill out the electronic survey this week even if your town has not yet acted on your town budget. (There is a question for that in the survey.)

To find the online survey, click this link: and follow instructions for completing and submitting the survey electronically.

If you have questions or need any assistance completing the survey, please contact Renee Ancel, Executive Assistant to the State Librarian at:  (802) 828-3266 /

We are aiming for 100% participation this year. Thanks for getting this information to us!

Martha Reid
State Librarian
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0601
Tel: (802) 828-3265
Fax: (802) 828-2199

VLA is Seeking 2010 Retirees

The VLA Awards Committee is once again looking for people who have retired or are planning to retire in 2010, or who retired any time since the last VLA conference. To be eligible for a retirement award a Librarian must:

  • Have worked in a Vermont library for a minimum of 10 years
  • Be member of VLA
  • Retire or plan to retire some time between Jun 1, 2009 and the end of 2010.

Please let me know of anyone you know so we can honor them at the May VLA Conference.

Thanks so much for your help.

Grace Greene
Chair, VLA Awards Committee

New & Improved DOL Newsletter

In case you have not heard, the Vermont Department of Libraries recently published the February 2010 Newsletter in a new email format. We hope you will like the new look.  Please make sure that this message gets to library directors and library trustees. I encourage all Vermont library employees and trustees to subscribe to the newsletter so that you can receive every issue directly in your inbox.

Don’t miss a single issue!

To read the newsletter – and to subscribe to future issues — go to the DOL website:

Or to be connected directly to the newsletter:

Just click on the “subscribe” button and add your email address.

We invite your comments and feedback.

Martha Reid
State Librarian
Vermont Department of Libraries

New Listserv for Vermont Library Staff

The Vermont Department of Libraries is starting a new listserv for library staff from Vermont libraries. LIBSTAFF supplements other DOL listservs available:

VTYAC            communication for youth service staff in Vermont
LibTrust          communication for public library trustees

Any message sent to LIBSTAFF will automatically be distributed to the entire group.

Want to stay up to date on DOL workshops?
Need access to the newsletter?
Curious about how other library staff do things?

LIBSTAFF is the answer.

To subscribe to LIBSTAFF, send a message with the email account to with the following in the body: subscribe LibStaff FirstName LastName.  The Department of Libraries will send full instructions for using the listserv to the email you use.

Contact with any questions.

Amy Howlett
VT Department of Libraries

Call for Papers – Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Call for Papers for Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

The Routledge/Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (JILDDER) has merged with Resource Sharing & Information Networks and is now accepting articles for  Summer and Fall 2010 publication.  Of particular interest to JILDDER are articles regarding resource sharing, unmediated borrowing, electronic reserve, cooperative collection development, shared virtual library services, digitization projects and other multi-library collaborative efforts including the following topics:

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Douglas Announces Gates Foundation Grant for Public Libraries


For Immediate Release:
December 29, 2009

Contact:  Dennise R. Casey
(802) 828-3333

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has established a critical grant partnership with the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA)  to help public libraries compete for federal broadband stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  VTA, in collaboration with the Department of Libraries, plans to submit an application to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in early 2010.

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Annual Public Library Report and Standards Application — due Monday November 23

Hello Everyone,

Just a friendly reminder for public libraries that the Annual Public Library Report and Standards Application is due Monday –  November 23.

To submit your report, go to .  You received your login and password in the mail in October.  If you’ve lost this information, or if you need help with the survey, please give me a call.

I’ll be in my office all day Monday.

Thanks for your help with this.

Rob Geiszler
Regional Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
271 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 786-3839