State Librarian “Tour” Visit Rescheduled in Rockingham

January 23, 1-3 p.m. (SNOW DATE: January 30, 1-3 p.m.)
Rockingham Free Library, Bellows Falls: http://rfpl.kohalibrary.com/

State Librarian Martha Reid will be at the Rockingham Free Public Library on January 23 to talk about current projects and activities at the Department of Libraries and to get feedback from the greater Vermont library community. Previous sessions have been great, with lots of good discussion. All are welcome –librarians/library staff, library trustees, and local officials — to attend this informal session. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your questions and comments.

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VOL/Gale Database Training 2/7 & 2/13

Please join the wonderful Stacey Knibloe from Gale for two webinars on the Vermont Online Library/Gale Databases. If you cannot attend on the day of the event, there will be an archive available.

To register, click on the webinar title. I will send the webinar access information and instructions to you the day before each session.

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Free Online Education Opportunities for January 2012

Listed below are FREE programs American Management Association, ASCLA, Booklist, EDUCAUSE, GrantSpace, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Infopeople, Library Journal, Nebraska Library Commission, Non Profit Webinars, O’Reilly, TL Virtual Café, Texas State Library & Archives , University of Wyoming, Washington State Library, WebJunction, and the Wyoming State Library will be webcasting during January.

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Free Online Education Opportunities for December 2011

Listed below are FREE programs Accessible Technology Coalition , ALA, American Management Association, Booklist, Common Knowledge, GrantSpace, Idealware, Infopeople,InSync Training, Library Journal, Nebraska Library Commission, NISO, OCLC, O’Reilly, TechSoup, TL Virtual Café, The TLT Group, and WebJunction will be webcasting during December.

In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:

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Town Officers’ Education Conference 2012 – April 4, 10, & 18

Dear Librarians and Trustees:

The dates are set! Please put it in your calendar and plan to attend one the 2012 Town Officers’ Education Conference days next April.  Please forward this to your Board of Trustees.

Details on the Library and other programs will be sent out early in 2012.

TOEC 2012   Dates/Locations:

Wednesday, April 4 – Hilton, Burlington
Tuesday, April 10 – Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
Wednesday, April 18 – Rutland/Killington Holiday Inn, Rutland

Best regards,

Christine Friese
Assistant State Librarian
Department of Libraries
802-828-2714
christine.friese@state.vt.us

Two Openings on the DCF Committee

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Book Award, Vermont’s children’s choice award for grades 4-8, is a great way to get children reading and talking about excellent books. Founded in 1957, it is the country’s second oldest child-selected book award, and as such has a rich history and outstanding reputation  nationally.

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The Department of Libraries: An Update on the Catamount Library Network and Other DOL Projects (various locations 11/16 thru 12/13)

Plan to attend one of the upcoming sessions

State Librarian Martha Reid will be “on the road” in November and December to talk about current projects and activities at the Department of Libraries and to get feedback from the Vermont library community.  Librarians/ library staff, library trustees, local officials, and citizens are all welcome to attend one of the scheduled presentations. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and so bring your questions and comments.

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Federal Aid Programs for Vermont Disaster Recovery

I write to let you know about FEMA’s announcement about federal aid programs for Vermont disaster recovery,http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=59389. Libraries now come under the “essential community services” category and may be eligible for aid. Hazard mitigation aid for cultural institutions, while difficult to obtain, provides another opportunity for support. COSTEP MA was able to secure funding for a hazard mitigation project following a federally declared disaster in 2010. (The grant was finally approved a few weeks ago; we submitted the first version in 2010 and revised it twice before acceptance.)

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