Vermont State Parks Pass and Oh Ranger! App

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources just announced a free Vermont State Parks App:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oh-ranger!-parkfinder-vermont/id509618668?mt=8

As Parks Passes start to go out, this would be a wonderful thing to promote with the passes for library members with smart phones and tablets.

It might even be a great time to promote certain apps that have to do with the great outdoors, like the Audubon Guide Apps, which are a little pricy but I use them all the time myself and that purchase supports local business (Green Mountain Digital).

http://www.greenmountaindigital.com/

What are your favorite reference apps that you tell patrons about?

Pew Surveys of Public Librarians and Public Library Patrons

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a national research effort  to study the changing role of librarians, library users, and the general public in the digital age.  The Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project is conducting the surveys and analyzing the data as related to reading/e-reading; changes in library services and the choices libraries are making; and if/how the digital age is changing how people use books and libraries.

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Resource Sharing Grants Deadline Approaching

The Department of Libraries mailed forms for the 2012 Resource Sharing Grants to eligible libraries in an April 23 mailing.

This is a reminder that libraries must return the signed 2012 Grant Agreement form and 2011 Resource Sharing Grant Report form by May 14, 2012.

We want to make sure that all eligible libraries receive grant funds, so please return those forms by the postmark deadline of May 14. These grants are made possible with federal LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and this paperwork is required to meet federal grant guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact Renee Ancel at: 802-828-3266 / renee.ancel@state.vt.us

Free Online Education Opportunities for May 2012

Listed below are FREE programs American Library Association, American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado State Library, Grantspace, InSync Training, Library Journal, Montana State Library, NoveList, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, OCLC, O’Reilly, SirsiDynix, TechSoup, TLT Group, Utah State Library, and WebJunction, will be webcasting during May.

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DOL May Workshops

The following workshops will be taking place in May and June.

  • VT Strong: Disaster Preparedness and Response in Vermont
  • Creating Video for Your Library
  • Book Mending

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The Draw of Darkness in Young Adult Fiction

Check out today’s Vermont Edition program (VPR) that will be repeated again this evening at 7 p.m. Podcast available at: http://www.vpr.net/episode/53435/draw-darkness-in-young-adult-fiction/

Today’s topic is “The Draw of Darkness in Young Adult Fiction” and Grace Greene (DOL’s Youth Services Consultant), Janet Ketterer (Mark Skinner Library, Manchester), and Uma Krishnaswami, author and teacher at the Montpelier’s College of Fine Arts, did an outstanding job. Lots of interest via phone calls and web postings at VPR.

Video of Webinar Available: Patrons and Gale Resources: How to Get Them to Skip Google and Use the Library

For those of you who missed last week’s Patrons and Gale Resources: How to Get Them to Skip Google and Use the Library webinar and are clamoring for the information (how to put a search box for Gale resources on your library’s web page, look at different ways of configuring the interfaces of your Gale databases to make them as easy to use as possible, learn more about running your usage reports), here is the link to the archive:

http://vimeo.com/40479533

You can also find this and other related archived webinars at http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries.ce/voltraining

DCF & Red Clover Winners Have Been Chosen

Drum roll , please…

The 2012 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award has been won by Raina Telgemeier for Smile! It is too soon to know about the ceremony, but I will certainly keep you informed.

Born Yesterday written by James Solheim and illustrated by Simon James has won the 2012 Red Clover Award.

Grace