The New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) foster the mentoring and development of leaders in state and regional library associations. NELLS was created through a cooperative effort of the New England Library Association and all six New England state library associations. First held in 2003, subsequent NELLS events have taken place in 2005, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2019. Here’s the Vermont contingent from this year. Howard Burroughs (Brooks Memorial), Amy Williams (Rutland Free), Susan Larson (Milton Public), Cindy Weber (Stowe Free), and Emer Feeney (Fletcher Free).
Here is a copy of the org chart that was voted on by VLA membership at the May Conference in 2019.
We’re doing the passport program again for 2019 in partnership with Vermont’s Department of Libraries. Come to a library, grab a passport and start exploring!
Libraries around Vermont have specialized collections that fit their communities. If you are looking for a collection for a specific subject or language, please check this list of niche collections to see who may have resources to fit your search. If your library has a collection that is not listed here, please add it!
Hours: 24-30 hours, additional days/hours may be required including some Saturdays and evenings.
Salary: $18-$20 per hour
Overview: Receives written and oral direction from the library director. Provides computer maintenance for the public and staff. Assists the director with library administration including staff management and budgeting. Also helps plan and implement programming, provides customer service, answers reference questions, and assists with technical services including selection, acquisitions and cataloging.
· Provide technical support: Assume responsibility for supporting patrons and staff with computers, printers, personal devices and copiers. Also perform regular maintenance and upkeep on computers including software management and updates. Experience with library websites and newsletters (Wix, WordPress, MailChimp) as well as Windows OS and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word). Other creative programs may be integrated.
· Provide customer services: conduct reference interviews, perform readers advisory, circulate materials using Library World, assist patrons in finding information at the library or online.
· Assist with supervising staff. Ability to delegate responsibilities and evaluate work.
·Prepare surveys and collect data and statistics.
· Select and assist with purchasing library materials on a monthly basis (books, DVDs, as well as other library and office supplies).
· Process new materials and provide support to the library’s cataloger. Maintain records in the library’s catalog.
· Work with the director to create programming schedule for the community. Assist with the implementation of programming, including creating advertising (posters, brochures) and preparing articles to submit to local newspapers. Design and create displays.
· Perform outreach: Develop community awareness for the library and the services offered.
·Financial responsibility: Assist in locating and submitting grant applications, works within library’s budget and assist in collecting data to help prepare budgets.
·Work with the librarian to oversee the daily operations and functions of the facility.
· Substitutes for the Library Director in her absence.
Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge, skill and ability: Knowledge of professional library principles, practice, methods and administration. Wide knowledge of books and authors, customer service, and computers. Ability to work additional hours and some weekends.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, hear and use stairs. The employee may also be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee may also be able to lift up to 30 pounds and carry books up and down stairs and push full book carts.
Experience and Education:
Bachelor’s Degree required, MLIS preferred (or work towards Vermont Public Librarian Certificate). 1-2 years of progressive library experience including administration and supervising. Willing to participate in continuing education to stay current in the library sciences.
About the Dorset Library:
The Library is in the center of Dorset, Vermont, within walking distance to cafes, galleries and shops. Dorset is a small, quaint town of 2000 residents. The library has about 900 patrons which fluctuates between seasons. Approximately 20,000 items are in the collection and the library hosts approximately 30-40 programs and events each year, not including regular programs such as Lego Club and Story Time. Dorset is home to the Dorset Players and the Dorset Summer Theater Festival and the area offers many outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing.
Please mail cover letter and resume to: Erica Shott, Library Director, Dorset Village Public Library, PO Box 38, Dorset, VT 05251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Position open until filled.
Would you like to recommend a speaker, performer or presenter for a library program? We’ve created this form you can fill out which will populate a spreadsheet that we can all use as a resource. Questions? Contact email@example.com. This project is brought to you by the Public Library Section of VLA.
Please let us know if you have any to add to this list!
Rockingham Library, Bellows Falls http://rockinghamlibrary.org/history/
Stowe Free Library, Stowe http://stowe.advantage-preservation.com/
Bixby Library, Vergennes http://bixbylibrary.org/digital-collections/
Universities & Colleges:
University of Vermont, Burlington, Center for Digital Initiatives http://cdi.uvm.edu/
Castleton College, Castleton https://www.castleton.edu/library/castleton-archives/
St. Michael’s College, Winooski https://cdm15819.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/
Hartness Library, Randolph http://libguides.hartness.vsc.
Harness Historical Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/
Vermont Historical Society, Barre http://digitalvermont.org/ and https://vermonthistory.org/virtual-vhs/photographs (This URL may change soon.)
Public Multiple Copy List for borrowing book sets from public libraries
This spreadsheet contains data collected from public libraries that will be useful to librarians who either run book groups or help local book groups procure multiple copies of titles. All the libraries who have added their data are happy to share their sets. You will find the titles, authors, target audience, number of copies, formats available, library contact info and more. The list is available here. Each library may add or edit information on the Multiple Copy List. Because it is a shared document, anyone with the link can open it and edit it. Changes are saved automatically. Please contact Loona Brogan whenever you make any changes, as she keeps a backup copy of the newest version of the spreadsheet. If you have trouble or need further assistance with adding or editing data, please contact Loona. Loona.Brogan@cutlerlibrary.org
Here are instructions on how to request these sets from specific libraries.
If you cannot access this list for any reason, or if you would like to add or edit information on the spreadsheet, please contact Loona Brogan at Loona.Brogan@cutlerlibrary.org.
VTLIB Multiple Copy Sets for borrowing from VTLIB
VTLIB owns over 400 discussion sets for children and young adults that can be requested by any library in Vermont. A full list of the sets including if they have won or been nominated for a Vermont Book Award is available here (Excel format). This list contains different titles than the Public Multiple Copy List and is only those titles owned by VTLIB.
Requests to borrow these sets should be submitted through Clover. Here are instructions on how to locate the record for each set and request them directly from VTLIB.
If you need help with requesting multiple copies or any discussion sets, contact April Shaw at VTLIB (firstname.lastname@example.org). Multiple copy sets can be sent and returned through the courier service.
The notes and slides for the presentations from VLA’s College and Special Libraries’ one-day conference are all online. Thanks to all who participated!
Journey Mapping in the Durick Library
Presented by Beth Dietrich and Stacey Knight, Saint Michael’s College
Slides: Journey Mapping in the Durick Library
Full Project Report: User Experience in Durick Library:
Journey Mapping Student Experience
Mentoring the Mentors: A Pilot Project in Information Literacy
Presented by Daisy Benson and Scott Schaffer, University of Vermont
Slides: Mentoring the Mentors: A Pilot Project in Information Literacy
DIY Video Streaming at a Small Academic Institution
Presented by Amy Frazier, Middlebury College
Slides: DIY Video Streaming at a Small Academic Institution
Challenges & Rewards with an Institutional Repository: ScholarWorks @ UVM
Presented by Fred Pond and Chris Burns, University of Vermont
Slides: Challenges & Rewards with an Institutional Repository: ScholarWorks @ UVM
How Can We Help You? Feedback to the Vermont Department of Libraries
Vincent M. Livoti, Statewide Consult for Special Populations and Director, ABLE Library
Slides: How Can We Help You? Feedback to the Vermont Department of Libraries
What Do Our Users Really Think? Effective Survey Design for Academic Libraries
Presented by Joshua Becker, Southern New Hampshire University
Slides: What Do Our Users Really Think? Effective Survey Design for Academic Libraries
Small-time UX: Doing User Research on Limited Time and Limited Budget
Presented by Sarah Sanfilippo, Southern Vermont College
Slides: Small-time UX: Doing User Research on Limited Time and Limited Budget
Let’s Meet at Your Place: Integrating Library Content Into a Student Portal
Presented by Daisy Benson, Gary Atwood, Dan DeSanto, and Graham Sherriff, University of Vermont
Slides: Let’s Meet at Your Place: Integrating Library Content Into a Student Portal
VLA’s Inclusion Committee has created this trifold brochure with recommended LGBT books for all ages (pdf). Feel free to reprint and use.