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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.

Join VLA's Council on Career Development

Cindy Weber invites any and all interested parties to join the VLA Council on Career Development. Based on Cindy’s ongoing Career Development Facilitator training through the American Library Association, the council’s purpose will be to brainstorm ways to utilize career development knowledge, theories, and resources to:

  1. Create an aggregated career development resource list do be housed on the Vermont Library Association’s website.
  2. Develop a career assistance program that will be useful to librarians in all settings.
  3. Provide career development training to those librarians seeking guidance on assisting their patronage and students.

“I foresee the council working with librarians, libraries, schools and universities, community agencies, and the Department of Libraries,” Cindy says. “I think we can all agree that libraries can be useful resources for career development, and this initiative has great potential!”

The first Council on Career Development meeting will be scheduled for the end of March. Look for details on the VTLIBRARIES listserv.

Time to Apply for the New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) 2015

NELLS 2015NELA
August 3-7, 2015
Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center
North Andover, Massachusetts
Facilitator: Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President
The Vermont Library Association is seeking applicants for Participants (individuals with 3 to 15 years’ experience in libraries) and for Mentors (individuals with 15+ years’ experience in libraries) to represent Vermont.
For more information and to download an application to be a Participant click on this link http://nelib.org/advance-your-career/nells/
Applications are due by March 20.
Mentoring applicants should contact Karson Kiesinger, VLA’s NELA Representative at kkiesinger@nelib.org or 802-442-9051.

VLA thriving at VTComicCon

comic book reader's license
VLA had a presence at Vermont’s first ComicCon. We had a good time, made a good impression and helped sponsor one of their special guests. We tabled for two days. Our table had a few things
– Mr. McFeeley from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (aka David Newell) who did a story time with puppets and his book twice daily. He was a wonderfully gracious man and the kids loved him.
– A Banned Graphic Novels exhibit. We brought graphic novels from our own libraries and put them up on book stands along with a printout of why each graphic novel was banned or challenged.
– Handouts of good “If you liked…” suggestions for graphic novels to read. We have copies of them in PDF or Word format if anyone would like them for their libraries.
– Stickers! We used these as a model and printed out a bunch of them. Very popular.
– Minicomics! One of the publishers had a stack of these and let us use them as giveaways at the booth, also very popular.
– Our Comic Reader’s License (seen above). This was a frame like a driver’s license with a whiteboard area where people could write their names. It hung on a movie screen stand and we had a chair behind it. We took people’s photos, uploaded them (with permission) to the VLA Instagram account and then later edited them and put them on our facebook account in a VLA ComicCon album so people could tag and share them.
It was really fun seeing so many people all dressed up and having a good time celebrating reading (among other things) and we’re sure to do it again next year.

Cindy Weber to represent VLA at Career Development Facilitator Program

The Vermont Library Association Board is pleased to announce the selection of Cindy Weber, director of the Stowe Free Library, as Vermont’s representative to a Career Development Facilitator (CDF) training offered by the American Library Association and the National Career Development Association. Vermont is one of 22 states selected to participate based on an application outlining our plans for implementing the program statewide. Participants from each state will become certified Career Development Facilitators, with an emphasis on guiding other librarians in providing career and job-seeking help to their communities as well as assisting librarians with their own career development needs.
VLA and Cindy Weber will be working together to identify a cohort of librarians in the state to help share this material widely. The VLA Board is looking forward to being able to help our members serve this function in their communities more confidently and to contribute to the economic vitality of our local families and communities. The training includes such topics as development and maintenance of a career resource center, labor market information, career planning processes, basic helping and facilitation skills, informal and formal assessments, program promotion, ethical and scope-of-practice issues, professional portfolios, and up-to-date job search resources.
The training consists of two days of workshops in Chicago in January 2015 prior to the ALA Midwinter Conference and then an online course for 14 weeks. See the ALA press release on the selection of participants here. Look for future announcements on the VTLibraries mailing list or contact Cindy Weber for more information or to express interest in future trainings: cweber@stowelibrary.org or (802) 253-6145.

New anthology benefits the Vermont Library Association

Cover of Please Do Not Remove by Angela Palm We are honored to have been selected by author and editor Angela Palm as the beneficiary of 10% of the net profits of Please Do Not Remove, a new anthology of poetry and prose inspired by library checkout cards. Please Do Not Remove is published by Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, a non-profit organization which donates 10% of net profits to the authors’ non-profit organization of choice. Contributors to Please Do Not Remove include Vermont writers Gary Margolis, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Jericho Parms, Karin Gottshall, Tim Brookes, Daniel Lusk, Lene Gary, Erika Nichols, Penelope Cray, Angela Palm, Rob Friesel, Hillary Read, Shelagh Connor Shapiro, Kate Sykes, Niels Rinehart, Malisa Garlieb, David Dillon, Tamra Higgins, Mary Jane Dickerson, and Emily Arnason Casey.
Shop local and pick up a copy! Support local bookstores while also supporting the VLA. To schedule a reading, contact angelacathleen@gmail.com. Click here to download a flyer for your library.

UVM offers print journals (request by August 15)

The Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont is offering print journals to any Vermont library that would like them, or any part of them. Our space crunch is such that we are removing the print editions of journals that we have complete replications for online in our JSTOR collections. Any libraries that have interest in runs of journals, or even just a volume or two to replace missing issues, are welcome to request them. We hope to move our physical journals out of Bailey/Howe sometime in August.
If you are interested in any of these titles, please send an email BY AUGUST 15 to the Bailey/Howe Serials Department at bhser@uvm.edu. Please be sure to be precise about the titles, volumes, and issues you would like. NOTE: Many of our journal titles are held in two places with more current issues shelved in Bailey/Howe, and older issues shelved in our storage facility (the LRA, or Library Research Annex). That is why many titles are listed twice, with the two locations represented.

History of VLA websites

screen shot of old VLA website
Anyone who has been around VLA for a while might be interested in looking at the past fifteen years of VLA websites, courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. From March 2001 until today!

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