On Friday, Feb. 15, the Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee voted in favor of S. 220, “An Act Relating to the Confidentiality of Library Patron Records.”Â The bill now goes to the full Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 19.Â VLA members are encouraged to call or send e-mail messages to their senators asking them to support the bill.Â S. 220 is quite similar to our proposed bill, except that the committee amended it to allow parental/guardian access to the records of children under 16–even for materials that are not overdue.Â FYI, here’s the VLA statement explaining the importance of confidentiality for minors:Â Statement on the importance of protecting the confidentiality of minors
If you have the desire to further your education but feel that you donâ€™t have the time to do so, Drexel Online is the perfect solution. Read More
Due to unexpected scheduling conflicts for many of the members, we’ve decided to postpone our meeting. If you are interested in attending the next meeting, please let me know and we can work with you on best scheduling times.
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From the NELA listserv:
Contact: Andy Bridges
ALA Washington Office
For Immediate Release
Libraries nationwide to benefit from President Bush’s proposed budget
WASHINGTON â€” The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the funding increases for libraries proposed in President Bush’s fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget, released this morning. The increases in library funding proposed by the President will mean that many of America’s libraries can continue to provide key programs and services to their communities, like bookmobiles and public access to the Internet.
From Mara Siegel to VLA Listserv
Have you ever been curious about blogs, wikis, flickr, RSS, MySpace, and YouTube, but haven’t gone beyond looking up their definitions? Here’s a chance to explore those tools (and more!)
Vermont’s 23 Things is a self-directed online learning program that will introduce you to many Web 2.0 tools. It will encourage you to play with them and see how they can be useful in your library (or personally).
I thought this should go up here in case some of you are not subscribed to the VLA listserv. It’s a really good opportunity to get a crash course in social sofware in a fun, self-paced environment if you’ve been waiting for a reason to try these tools out. It only just started at the end of January. I’m having a lot of fun with it, just as a personal endorsement.
On January 17, librarians representing VLA and VSLA testified in support of S. 220, a bill to protect the confidentiality of library records. Posted here are links to testimony by Trina Magi, Susan Monmaney, and Karen Lane, a letter from a parent, and the marked-up bill showing changes requested by VLA and VSLA. For a Q&A sheet explaining the rationale behind the bill and a handout you can distribute to patrons, see the January 8 post titled “Library Confientiality Bill Introduced in VT Senate” in the Intellectual Freedom section of the VLA Web site. If you have questions or comments, please contact VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Trina Magi, 656-5723 or [email protected].
VERMONT LIBRARIES Comments by Howard Norman for Legislation for Libraries DayJanuary 18, 2008 Read More
Check out the story:Â Â Â http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/79028/
The full report, â€œLibraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006-2007 Reportâ€ has been published. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA), the Study is part of a sustained effort to provide current information that describes access to computers and the Internet in U.S. public libraries. It’s also available from the ALA Store
VLA Rally For State Library Contribution
January 18, 2008 â€” The State House, Montpelier