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The Vermont Library Association (VLA) is an educational organization working to develop, promote, and improve library and information services and librarianship in the state of Vermont.

YALSA Surveys –Pass It On!

  From Barbara Doyle-Wilch on behalf of Don Wood :

     If you are a young adult librarian, this is for you:  YALSA is collecting survey feedback to help guide future programs and services developed for library workers who serve teens.  If you have teens nearby, please encourage them to take the brief online anonymous surveymonkey survey, available through March 31st, that pertains to their technology needs.  The best way to get there is through the YALSA webpage: http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa.  Please note that the survey is for teens, not adults.  Check it out!

ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute

Registration is now open for the ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute, “Leading from the Middle: Managing in All Directions.” The Institute, offered by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), will be held April 29-30, 2008.

The ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute will feature live, interactive webcasts and asynchronous online poster sessions, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. Programs will be archived for viewing on-demand after the institute. Programs will address issues of management and leadership, including developing library professionals, inspiring change, interim appointments, library 2.0 transformation, innovation and more. Complete descriptions of the institute programs and learning outcomes are online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/springvirtualinstitute.cfm

ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference

ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference
Media and Popular Culture: Effects on Academic Libraries
University of Connecticut, Bishop Center, Storrs, CT
Friday, April 18, 2008

Registration is now open for the ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference. This year’s conference will explore how libraries are adapting to the interactions of popular culture, new media technologies, and scholarly pursuits in higher education. Please join us to examine the library’s role in a landscape of Web 2.0 and open access publishing and to consider how we can develop relevant service models in this environment.

Visit the conference web site to register: http://www.acrlnec.org/springconf08/index.shtml

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Register Now for NEDCC's Preservation Workshops – Spring 2008

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is pleased to present its Spring 2008 series of one-day preservation workshops:
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
BASIC PAPER REPAIR (at NEDCC)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
BASIC BOOK REPAIR (at NEDCC)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
DEVELOPING AND MANAGING DIGITAL PROJECTS (at NEDCC)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
DISASTER PLANNING WITH dPLAN LITEâ„¢ (at Merrimack College)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

MOVING IMAGE PRESERVATION (at NEDCC) **NEW this year!**
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Register Now for NEDCC’s Preservation Workshops – Spring 2008

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is pleased to present its Spring 2008 series of one-day preservation workshops:

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
BASIC PAPER REPAIR (at NEDCC)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
BASIC BOOK REPAIR (at NEDCC)

Thursday, March 6, 2008
DEVELOPING AND MANAGING DIGITAL PROJECTS (at NEDCC)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
DISASTER PLANNING WITH dPLAN LITEâ„¢ (at Merrimack College)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

MOVING IMAGE PRESERVATION (at NEDCC) **NEW this year!**

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Librarianship Seminar, Oxford England

(posted by Michael Penny, UNC SILS)

“Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future”

University of Oxford, England

May 11 – 24, 2008

Would you like to spend two weeks in England learning about the history and future challenges of librarianship? How about if those two weeks were spent at The University of Oxford with sessions held at the historic Bodleian Library, Oxford University Press, many of the university’s unique college libraries, as well as the British Library in London?

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VT Senate passes library patron confidentiality bill

On Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, the Vermont Senate passed S. 220, “An act relating to the confidentiality of library patron records.”  The bill as passed largely reflects the language proposed by Vermont Library Association and Vermont School Library Association, except that it grants parental access to records of public library patrons under the age of 16.  We expect the House Judiciary to take up consideration of the companion House bill (H. 745) soon.   To track these bills, please visit the Vermont Legislative Bill Tracking System at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/database/status/status.cfm

The longer I am involved with the Vermont Library Association, the more I realize how much support and strength we have in Vermont Libraries. As your President, I look forward to standing with our members as we continue to raise awareness, partnerships and opportunities for our membership and all Vermont Libraries.

Amy Olsen – VLA President