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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.
For this year’s Passport program we’ve partnered with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. They’ll be handing out special VSO-branded passports at their Summer Festival Tour and offering Book Bucks, a coupon good for five dollars off of one VSO-presented concert ticket through May of 2017. Details available via this flyer (click to download) which libraries are welcome to print out, hand out, or post.
The Passport to Vermont Libraries program kicks off June 1st. Here is the program page and here is the page for librarians including sample posters and press releases and a template to print out Passports if you need more. We have 115 libraries signed up, more than last year. Hope you enjoy the program!
If your library participated in Library Snapshot Day, please submit your statistics as soon as possible. A report of the data collected will be compiled and shared with all participating libraries.
Please email your institutions statistics here!
Vermont communities are invited to participate in a statewide read of two books for Vermont Reads 2016: Jennifer Armstrong’s Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World and Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. 2016 will be the hundredth anniversary year of the climactic and dramatic conclusion of the Endurance expedition (1914–1916). Vermont Reads Shackleton will afford Vermont students and adults alike the opportunity to consider, among other things, the power of vision, courage, and perseverance, the nature of leadership, and the spirit of adventure and exploration. Vermonters will learn about the expedition itself, consider its historical context (including World War I, and Arctic and Antarctic exploration generally), and come to understand better what is happening today to ice in the Arctic, Antarctica, and glaciers worldwide.
Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene: A Colloquium
May 13-14, 2017
New York University
As stewards of a culture’s collective knowledge, libraries and archives are facing the realities of cataclysmic environmental change with a dawning awareness of its unique implications for their missions and activities. Some professionals in these fields are focusing new energies on the need for environmentally sustainable practices in their institutions. Some are prioritizing the role of libraries and archives in supporting climate change communication and influencing government policy and public awareness. Others foresee an inevitable unraveling of systems and ponder the role of libraries and archives in a world much different from the one we take for granted. Climate disruption, peak oil, toxic waste, deforestation, soil salinity and agricultural crisis, depletion of groundwater and other natural resources, loss of biodiversity, mass migration, sea level rise, and extreme weather events are all problems that indirectly threaten to overwhelm civilization’s knowledge infrastructures, and present information institutions with unprecedented challenges.Read more
The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is now accepting applications for our At-Risk Children grant. The grant is open to social service providers, community centers, afterschool programs, refugee services organizations, shelters, low income housing programs, Head Start programs, early childhood education programs, and a wide range other groups throughout Vermont and New Hampshire that serve low-income or at-risk infants and children up to age 12 (or a subset of that age range). The application deadline is May 4, 2016.Read more
The Vermont Library Association is launching a form entitled Report A Challenge to Library Resources (direct link) that will enable librarians from across the state to report material challenges at their library. The information gathered from this form will go directly to the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the VLA and may be shared with the following professional organizations: Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont School Library Association, and the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.
Here are ALA’s statistics on banned and challenged books: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/
Anyone who has any questions or concerns about this form should contact Vermont Library Association President at vermontlibrariespresident@
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
Join VLA Next Friday at the O’Brien Community Center in Winooski at 6:30 for a lecture by Slate author Justin Peters on the role of free culture, libraries, and liberty in America. Event is free and open to the public. Contact Raymond Brior with any questions about the event
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