Public Library Association 2012 Conference

The Public Library Association (PLA) is counting down to its biennial conference, PLA 2012, March 13-17, in Philadelphia. PLA 2012 Conference Bookended by Exciting Keynote Speakers Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Betty White! Early Bird Registration is now available!

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Enter a Book Cart Drill Team in the Vermont Library Conference This Year!

There something new at the Vermont Library Conference in 2012….drumroll please….a Book Cart Drill Team Competition! Libraries interested in sponsoring a team should contact Jane Napier at [email protected] for the full list of rules and regulations. Not everyone on your team has to be a librarian! Teams must “register” by March 1. Teams will be made up of 4 people and their routine must be set to music not lasting more than 4 minutes. Bookcarts will be provided. The competition starts at 5pm and will be held on campus at St. Michaels. So plan to stay for the fun!

eHealth: Finding Credible Health Information Online

How do you find the best health information without spending hours searching the Web? Join us for a 30 min webinar to review some basic strategies to help you find high quality health information online. We will also review some of the best health websites on the Web. Presented by Vermont State Colleges librarian, Larraby Fellows.

Tune in to one of the 30 minute January sessions.

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Free Webinar: Data Visualization for Advocacy

Data Visualization for Advocacy
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2 pm Eastern ♦ 90 min.

You have data, now what will you do with it? This webinar will look at ways you can use graphic design and visualization to bring your data to life and to use it to further your advocacy goals. We will look at examples of advocacy campaigns using data visualization and discuss an overview of design principles, the design process, and visual tools for strategic planning. We will share sample graphics commissioned by the Gates Foundation and discuss resources for inspiration, tools, and further exploration. This session is designed to build on a workshop offered at the November State Library Capacity Meeting in Seattle, but is open to anyone in public libraries who is interested in learning more about how to visually use data to help tell a compelling story.

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Vermont Libraries Calendars Now Available

The Vermont Library Association is pleased to offer a 2012 wall calendar featuring one glorious Vermont library per county for a total of fourteen months. You can spend a beautiful year getting to know Vermont’s public libraries and help support them. Each month provides a window into the history and personality of each library with great pictures, interesting stories and bits of statistics. The 12 x 22 inch format affords plenty of space for writing appointments and includes all major holidays and moon phases. Best of all profits from the sale of each calendar stays with the libraries to support their services. This calendar will make gifts during the great holiday season! The pre-order deadline is September 8, for delivery at the end of October. Contact your local library to pre-order or determine whether they will have stock available for sale in November. For more information, go to

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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
[email protected]

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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NELIG Winter Meeting at UVM

Often when we are at NELIG events, we hear our colleagues discussing innovative activities they have done with classes at their school. Sometimes we might even watch a great conference presentation where a librarian describes an activity he or she has done with classes, but we don’t actually get to see our colleagues “in action.” The December NELIG Meeting will be a great opportunity to watch some of your creative colleagues conduct activities that they run, or are planning to run, in their classes. Those of us in the audience will act as their college students. Through this experience we will be reminded of what it is like to be sitting in the seat of the student and learn new teaching techniques and exercises from each other.

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