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Our Mission

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.

Book Group & Multiple Copy Set Resources in Vermont

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Public Multiple Copy List for borrowing book sets from public libraries
This spreadsheet contains data collected from public libraries that will be useful to librarians who either run book groups or help local book groups procure multiple copies of titles. All the libraries who have added their data are happy to share their sets. You will find the titles, authors, target audience, number of copies, formats available, library contact info and more. The list is available here. Each library may add or edit information on the Multiple Copy List. Because it is a shared document, anyone with the link can open it and edit it. Changes are saved automatically. Please contact Loona Brogan whenever you make any changes, as she keeps a backup copy of the newest version of the spreadsheet. If you have trouble or need further assistance with adding or editing data, please contact Loona. Loona.Brogan@cutlerlibrary.org
Here are instructions on how to request these sets from specific libraries.
If you cannot access this list for any reason, or if you would like to add or edit information on the spreadsheet, please contact Loona Brogan at Loona.Brogan@cutlerlibrary.org.
VTLIB Multiple Copy Sets for borrowing from VTLIB
VTLIB owns over 400 discussion sets for children and young adults that can be requested by any library in Vermont. A full list of the sets including if they have won or been nominated for a Vermont Book Award is available here (Excel format). This list contains different titles than the Public Multiple Copy List and is only those titles owned by VTLIB.
Requests to borrow these sets should be submitted through Clover. Here are instructions on how to locate the record for each set and request them directly from VTLIB.
If you need help with requesting multiple copies or any discussion sets, contact April Shaw at VTLIB (april.shaw@vermont.gov). Multiple copy sets can be sent and returned through the courier service.

Notes and Slides: People at the Center: User-Focused Librarianship


The notes and slides for the presentations from VLA’s College and Special Libraries’ one-day conference are all online. Thanks to all who participated!
Journey Mapping in the Durick Library
Presented by Beth Dietrich and Stacey Knight, Saint Michael’s College
Slides: Journey Mapping in the Durick Library
Full Project Report: User Experience in Durick Library:
Journey Mapping Student Experience
Mentoring the Mentors: A Pilot Project in Information Literacy
Presented by Daisy Benson and Scott Schaffer, University of Vermont
Slides: Mentoring the Mentors: A Pilot Project in Information Literacy
DIY Video Streaming at a Small Academic Institution
Presented by Amy Frazier, Middlebury College
Slides: DIY Video Streaming at a Small Academic Institution
Challenges & Rewards with an Institutional Repository: ScholarWorks @ UVM
Presented by Fred Pond and Chris Burns, University of Vermont
Slides: Challenges & Rewards with an Institutional Repository: ScholarWorks @ UVM
Supplemental Resources
How Can We Help You? Feedback to the Vermont Department of Libraries
Vincent M. Livoti, Statewide Consult for Special Populations and Director, ABLE Library
Slides: How Can We Help You? Feedback to the Vermont Department of Libraries
What Do Our Users Really Think? Effective Survey Design for Academic Libraries
Presented by Joshua Becker, Southern New Hampshire University
Slides: What Do Our Users Really Think? Effective Survey Design for Academic Libraries
Small-time UX: Doing User Research on Limited Time and Limited Budget
Presented by Sarah Sanfilippo, Southern Vermont College
Slides: Small-time UX: Doing User Research on Limited Time and Limited Budget
Let’s Meet at Your Place: Integrating Library Content Into a Student Portal
Presented by Daisy Benson, Gary Atwood, Dan DeSanto, and Graham Sherriff, University of Vermont
Slides: Let’s Meet at Your Place: Integrating Library Content Into a Student Portal

Millions of pages of Vermont newspapers freely searchable online

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Vermont residents have access to a free searchable archive of millions of pages of Vermont newspapers thanks to a partnership between the Department of Libraries and Vermont State Records and Archives Administration (VSARA). Here are simple steps to get set up
1. Sign up for a MyVermont.gov account at vermont.gov/myvermont.
2. Log in and fill out your profile information including your contact information in the upper righthand corner.
3. Follow the link from the Featured Link section to Newspapers.com
Let us know if you have any questions. Please share this with your patrons! Here is a four page PDF handout going through all the steps with screenshots. Read more

The 2018 VLA Conference Has Come And Gone – See You At Next Year's Conference

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Over 300 library lovers attended the 2018 Vermont Library Conference at Lake Morey Resort on May 18th.  Headliners Erica Freundenberger, Bill McKibben and Sue Halpern inspired us all.  The day was filled with 25 workshops created and presented by our very own Vermont librarians.  Lt. Governor David Zuckerman dropped by at the reception to chat one on one with us.

Librarians for Net Neutrality

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Like librarians around the country, the Vermont Library Association is deeply concerned about the recent changes to the regulations regarding Net Neutrality.  Throughout the development and growth of the Internet equal access to information has been the accepted norm.  Net neutrality protects those making the content from censorship and provides users of the Internet with the freedom they need to easily access any and all information.  In particular, Vermont residents are uniquely vulnerable to the FCC’s relaxing of net neutrality rules.  As a rural state we all rely on the Internet to access content we might not otherwise be able to find and our small business community needs to be able to reach customers across the state and around the country.

Net Neutrality is the belief that the companies who provide our Internet access should not have the ability to force content creators to pay more based on the information they provide, or even possibility block content they don’t approve of.  Net Neutrality protects consumers from being charged more based on their Internet use, allows individuals to create their own content without fear they will have to pay to have other’s find it, and gives us all equal access to any content on the Internet.  Sadly, Net Neutrality is no longer in place.  However, Vermont librarians will continue to push for a reinstatement of these norms in order to protect our patrons.  We will continue to offer free access to the Internet at our libraries across the state.  A free and open Internet is so very valuable to our state so residents are able to learn, explore, build businesses, and participate in the world provided to us through the Internet.  As librarians will we everything we can to fight for all Vermonters.
– Angele Mott Nickerson – VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

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