Survey for Public Libraries: Recorded Books Downloadable Audio

Attention Public Library Directors:

The Department of Libraries is negotiating a group contract with Recorded Books for a volume discount for those public libraries that want to subscribe to the new One-Click Digital Downloadble Audio service.  Libraries will pay indivdually for this service, but by working together we can bring down the cost.

In order to negotiate the best discount possible, we need to hear from interested public  libraries.

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Vermont Independent Media Conversation: July 12th in Montpelier

Some great things are going on in media among us and around us here in the green mountains. It’s not surprising for us to have fertile ground to till in the area of independent media, but what if we stopped, just for a moment, to consider where we’re headed – together. Please join other interested people to do just that on the afternoon of July 12th in downtown Montpelier.

Are there opportunities, needs, desires we share? You are invited to an initial conversation – a brainstorming session, perhaps – to talk about the future and the now. And if you think there are others who should be invited, please pass along this invitation. All are welcome.

Vermont Independent Media Conversation
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Montpelier City Hall

Agenda in development
1. Introductions

2. Some questions to address:Does independence mean anarchy? How can independent Vermont media outlets work together?
What are the assets we currently share? How can independent media assist Vermont communities building and maintaining community links? How do we increase real news about communities? Can we move toward collaboration in creative ways?

3. What should our next steps be?

Want more information? Have questions? Email [email protected]
Or just show up and bring things up.

If you know anyone who should be invited to this conversation, please ask them to join us.

Scott Campitelli
Executive Director & Program Manager
RETN – Regional Educational Technology Network
[email protected]
ph – 802.654.7980 ext 26
media center at:
208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 2K
Burlington, Vermont

Louisa May Alcott Arrives @ Brownell Library, Essex Junction

On Wednesday, June 29, starting 5:45, Brownell Library invites everyone for Louisa May Alcott-style festivity, Louisa May Alcott:  Through Her Eyes.  For those who come even earlier, there is croquet on the lawn and games that readers recall from the Camp Laurence chapter of Little Women.  For instance, in Rigmarole, “One person begins a story, any nonsense [s/he] likes, and tells as long a s/he pleases, only taking care to stop short at some exciting point, when the next takes it up and does the same.”

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Resource Sharing Grants

Public and Academic Libraries:

This week we mailed letters to public and academic libraries regarding the Resource Sharing Grants for Federal FY11. Financial awards are available to public and academic libraries that received requests from other libraries for interlibrary loan via the Vermont Automated Library System (VALS) between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. The grant award amounts are based on the number of requests received.  In order to receive grants, libraries must have met Minimum Standards for Vermont Public Libraries as of December 31, 2010.

I am asking that you complete, sign and return the Report Form for FFY2010 Resource Sharing Grants and the signed Agreement Form NO LATER THAN JUNE 7, 2011. Returning the forms after that date could jeopardize your grant award.

If you have questions about this, please contact Renee Ancel, my executive Assistant at: 828-3266 / [email protected]

Thanks for your prompt response!


DOL Recorded Books Offer for Public Libraries

The Department of Libraries has a strong interest in supporting the expansion of electronic resources for citizen access via Vermont’s public libraries. The Vermont Online Library offers subscription licensed content at substantial discount for libraries, and DOL wants to build upon those resources.

To supplement VOL content the Department of Libraries (DOL) is negotiating with a number of vendors to make available digital/web-based products for public libraries at discount prices. Recorded Books is one of those vendors. Academic libraries may also be interested to learn more about OneClickDigital in case we can negotiate a discount for academic libraries. Sorry: DOL cannot include school libraries in the Recorded Books offers in 2011.

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The Importance of Libraries in Genealogical Research

In honor of National Library Week, has put together a white paper and visual graphic about libraries’ importance to our communities and to genealogists, and some of the difficulties they have been facing during the economic downturn.

You can see their white paper and infographic here:

You may join the cause and share this post on library websites, blogs and Facebook/Twitter (shortened URL for tweets that we’ve been using:! If you’d like, you can even embed the visual graphic onto your site using the code provided in our blog post.

Happy National Library Week 2011!

Jesse Willoughby

National Library Week – Spread the Word

Vermont Library Association, Vermont School Library Association and Vermont Department of Libraries have partnered to create a state-wide advertising campaign during National Library Week which will kick off this Sunday April 10. Three ads will appear in all the regional papers this week.  Television commercials will run on WPTZ during the Today Show, WCAX during the 6-7 am news hour, will be available to all public access channels in Vermont and are posted on the VLA YouTube Channel.

Please help spread the word about the campaign and the great services you have to offer.

  • Contact your local public access channel and ask them to make sure run the Vermont libraries PSAs that are available through the public access consortium.

**Note: The article by Chris Bohjalian will appear in the Burlington Free Press and on his blog Sunday morning. The link to his blog article will go live Sunday morning.

Thank you for your help in getting the word out.

Marti Fiske, President, Vermont Library Association

Better World Book Offering Grants for Libraries

$75,000 in Funding Available for Library Literacy Programming
Better World Books is excited to introduce the LEAP Grants (Literacy and Education in Action Program) for Libraries. Applicants will propose a compelling literacy project in their community. It is understood that the needs and opportunities of the communities that libraries serve vary widely and are eager to review a variety of applications.

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