Academic Uses of Social Media: Exploring 21st Century Communications

Tuesday, May 3 – 12:00-2:15 pm

Webcast Event; the live webcast of this event will be available at the following URL: at 12 pm on 5/3

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity at Harvard and the Harvard Office of News and Public Affairs

Social media — from blogs to wikis to tweets — have become academic media, new means by which scholars communicate, collaborate, and teach. Hear from a distinguished faculty panel, moderated by John Palfrey, about how they are adopting and adapting to new communication and networking tools, following a keynote by social media thought leader danah boyd.

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Gale/Vermont Online Library Webinar Archives

The archives from the February Gale/Vermont Online Library webinars have been posted. They can be found at:

Direct links to the individual webinars:

Vermont Online Library and Gale Resources Update:

Job Help Tools From Vermont Online Library:

New Vermont Online Library Databases: Foreign Languages and Job Help:

e-Books Selected for the Vermont Online Library


On Friday, March 18, Gale will be activating VOL access to the updated VOL e-book collection.

At that time the upgrades to new editions and the new titles that Martha Reid announced in the message below will be available.

For a time, access to the older editions/titles will continue to be available and we will be in contact with you before those older e-books are removed.

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Looking For Retirees

The VLA Awards committee is looking for names of librarians who have retired or who are planning to retire this year so we can honor them at the annual conference in May. The criteria are:

  • Must be a member of VLA
  • Must have worked in Vermont libraries for 10 years or more
  • Must be retiring, not just switching jobs.

If you know anyone who fits these criteria, please send me their name and their library affiliation. Thanks so much for your help!

Grace Worcester Greene
Chair, VLA Awards Committee Youth Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Tel.: 802-828-6954
Fax: 802-828-1481

Librarians & Teachers Day at NERGC 2011

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Marriott Springfield, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, Massachusetts
Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day provides the opportunity for professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as ambassadors of genealogy resources for their schools and libraries.
Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day is directed at librarians, teachers and local history curators who may or may not be genealogists. Learning a few new genealogical skills could be the way to broaden your library’s patron base, excite your students and showcase parts of your local history collection that may not have seen the light of day for decades.
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E-Vermont Citizens in a Connected Age Workshop

Vermont librarians and any Vermonters with basic computer skills are welcome at the Citizens in a Connected Age Internet Technology workshop, March 5, 2011at Lyndonville State College. Vermont public librarians attending will receive 5 DOL technology certification credits after completing an evaluation. Joanna Cummings of the Snelling Center for Government organized the workshop as the e-Vermont Community Coordinator. Libraries do not need to be part of the e-Vermont grant to attend. For more information, including the registration link,

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Vermont Online Library/Gale Database Training

Please join the wonderful Stacey Knibloe from Gale for webinars on the Vermont Online Library/Gale Databases. There will be four sessions. If you cannot attend on the day of the event, do not fret, an archive will be available.

Click on the title to register. I will send webinar instructions the day before each session.

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Materials Review Sessions: Spring Dates and then Some Changes

At the Materials Review Sessions, Youth Services Consultant Grace Greene orally reviews about 75 recently published books and also displays hundreds more titles that have been favorably reviewed by volunteer Vermont reviewers or, in the case of nonfiction, the review media. All books, with the reviews taped inside, are available for perusal so librarians can see what they are getting before they order. Grace will do two “live” sessions of Materials Review this spring, one in Northfield and one at the Georgia Public Library (in lieu of Milton which is renovating), and three sessions on DVD. RETN will record the Northfield presentation, and that recording will be shown in the other three locations. The books, with the reviews inserted in them, will accompany the DVD, so participants at all sites will have access to all the books. The schedule is as follows:

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