Vermont Library Conference – Save The Date!

The 117th Annual Vermont Library Conference will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. This will be an exciting one day event so mark your calendars now and keep your eyes out for updates coming soon!

Citizens in a Connected Age Workshop

I want you all to know about upcoming workshops that the Snelling Center will offer to Vermont citizens The Citizens in a Connected Age workshops are part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband project (funded by a federal stimulus grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program). The first workshop will be held on December 11 at Castleton State College.

A second workshop will be held at Lyndon State College on March 5, 2011, and on May 21 a statewide conference will be held at Vermont Technical College, entitled Citizen Leadership in a Connected Age. (Registration for these 2011 events will be available soon.)

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2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey — Deadline Extended!!!!

A friendly reminder that the 2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (sometimes called the Plinter survey)  funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will now close on November 14 for  library participation.  Libraries participating in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program are required to participate in the survey, but all Vermont public libraries are encouraged to submit data.  The survey will close on November 14, so, although you still have time, please be sure to complete it.  So far we have about 18% participation.

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e-Vermont Communities and Front Porch Forum

Don’t miss this Vermont-original community-building opportunity!

Did you know that a Vermont service is winning national accolades for its community building innovations? Front Porch Forum (FPF) was created in 2006 in Burlington and now more than 21,000 households subscribe across 50 Vermont towns. Now, thanks to the e-Vermont initiative, FPF’s reach is greatly expanded to more parts of the state.

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Annual Library Journal Public Library Budget Survey

Public Library Directors:

Library Journal has announced its annual public library budget survey – and now more than ever, it’s important to have an overall picture of what’s happening with budget trends in public libraries across the country. It is also important that Vermont libraries be included in the survey results. Library Journal will publish the results of this survey in the January 2011 issue.

To fill out the survey online, go to:

(You will have the opportunity to print out your responses immediately following).

Deadline date for the survey: November 5, 2010.

If you have questions, contact Laura Girmscheid at: [email protected]

By the way, libraries that participate in the survey have a chance at winning $100.

Call for Papers for Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Call for Papers for Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

The Routledge/Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (JILDDER) is now accepting articles for Winter 2010 and Spring 2011 publication.  Of particular interest to JILDDER are articles regarding resource sharing, unmediated borrowing, electronic reserve, cooperative collection development, shared virtual library services, digitization projects and other multi-library collaborative efforts including the following topics:

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Getting Your Board to Raise Money: Plan B (and C and D and…) Online Webinar

Getting Your Board to Raise Money: Plan B (and C and D and…)

Date/Time: Thursday, October 28, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Presenter: Andy Robinson

To register:

If your board isn’t raising all the money it could — indeed, if your board isn’t raising any money at all — you’re not alone. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the reasons why, and outline strategies to turn things around. You’ll leave with several practical, specific ideas for increasing board involvement and effectiveness.

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