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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.

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!

Slides from VLC academic library show & tell sessions.

tribbles!

Library Libations

Join Vermont librarians on Monday, May 19 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington for a pre-conference mixer and party to to benefit the Vermont Library Association Scholarship Fund!
FREE for Vermont Library Conference attendees. Register for conference here: http://www.vermontlibraries.org/conference2014/
$15 for the general public.
Tasting table with Literary Dog Vodka! Music by DJ Papi Javi! Take #shelfie at our bookshelf photobooth!
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1497517107143284/

Geek The Library!

Have you heard of “Geek the Library”?
It’s an awareness campaign for public libraries, from OCLC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is also coming to a close soon and we’d like all Vermont public libraries to learn about it and consider participating.
We are very happy to have Jennifer Powell of Geek the Library coming to Vermont to offer 2 sessions about Geek, April 30.
The first session will be held at the Dorothy Alling  Memorial Library in Williston  from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The second session that day will be Brown Public Library in Northfield from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
What is a “Geek the Library” campaign?

  • Geek the Library provides materials and ideas for your local campaigns but you are not required to do any particular activities – you can customize for your town and library. Even very small libraries can use the campaign and integrate it in simple ways to build awareness.
  • You need not have completed Turning the Page or other advocacy training in order to effectively use the campaign – 11 Vermont libraries have or are currently participating in Geek with or without other training. However, if you have completed Turning the Page, this is a terrific place to start in working community awareness of your library with very little project creation on your own.
  • This is a fun campaign, asking for nothing, but building awareness of all the library can offer the community and bringing them in to the conversation.

If your library decides to join the Geek the Library campaign you will receive:

  • Free planning resources-event strategy, gathering and organizing local information
  • Help with local advertising and events
  • Resources to download artwork and print marketing materials, as well as resources to resize templates or other materials, if needed.
  • GTL Web page that can be adopted for your individual library
  • Free PR and promotional material
  • Access to GTL database that includes marketing, data and other resources

To register for the workshops:
Geek the Library – Williston April 30, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston from 10:00 to 12:00
Geek the Library – Northfield April 30, Brown Public Library, Northfield from 2:00 to 4:00
If you cannot attend one of the two half-day workshops but would like to participate in or to learn more about the “Geek the Library” campaign, please go to:

  1. Visit http://get.geekthelibrary.org/what-is-geek-the-library/

Remember that you can always join Geek the Library campaign on your own and still attend the workshop and talk to Jenny from Geek campaign.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Michael.roche@state.vt.us (802-748-3428)  or Christine.friese@state.vt.us  (802-828-2714) to discuss Geek the Library.

Vermont Library Conference Registration is Now OPEN!

Registration for the 120th Vermont Library Conference on May 20th at St. Michael’s College is now open!
http://www.vermontlibraries.org/conference/
Join the Vermont Library Association as we explore “Story Time: Advocate, Celebrate, and BE HEARD!” with ALA’s Director for the Office of Library Advocacy, Marci Merola. We have an amazing schedule full of sessions, panels, poster presentations, lots networking time, and BATTLE DECKS!

Don’t forget, VLA members get a significant discount on Vermont Library Conference registration, as well as a host of other benefits. If you haven’t already joined or renewed for 2014, you can include a VLA Membership Form with your conference registration and payment for both.
VLA Membership Info & Forms: http://www.vermontlibraries.org/membership/

To register for conference, please fill out this form:
http://www.vermontlibraries.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/VLCregistrationForm2014.pdf
and send it with your payment (and membership form/payment, if applicable) to:
Vermont Library Conference
PO Box 803
Burlington, VT 05402

Due to unforeseen circumstances, online payment for both the conference and membership will not be available this year. We’ll let you know when it does become available in the future.
Additionally, if you register for conference before May 1st you’ll receive early bird pricing. If you have any questions about your membership status, please don’t hesitate to contact vermontlibrariesmembers@gmail.com. Questions for conference can go to vermontlibraryconference@gmail.com.

See you at the #VLC2014!

VLA Statement on the Ryan Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Press Contact: Amber Billey, VLA President
Phone: 802-656-8568
Email: abilley@uvm.edu
April 8, 2014
The Vermont Library Association joins American Library Association President Barbara Stripling in rebuking the budget plan by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI). This budget plan seeks to eliminate federal funding for multiple programs dedicated to the public good that directly benefit Vermont libraries and their patrons.
Ryan’s budget resolution effectively calls for the dissolution of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency that administers grants to libraries and museums, including the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) state funding program. In Vermont, LSTA funds represent approximately 25% of the state’s $3.8 million Department of Libraries budget for fiscal year 2014.
President Stripling writes, “Libraries depend on the support they receive from IMLS to help patrons learn new skills, find job opportunities and access reading materials that they otherwise could not afford. More than $180 million has been appropriated to the Institute for Museum and Library Services through September 2014 to help libraries make information and services available to the citizens they serve. In Rep. Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities.”
Vermont libraries serve the same critical role in ensuring equitable access to the Internet, books, and other educational materials. In Vermont LSTA funding has allowed libraries to create summer reading programs, offer adapted resources to blind and physically disabled patrons, provide Vermonters with reliable access to online databases, enhance public programs, train librarians, and much more.
The Vermont Library Association commends Vermont’s Congressional delegation for their unanimous support for LSTA. Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Congressman Welch all signed on to “Dear Colleague” letters in support of the program.
Ryan would like to make similar cuts in federal funding to agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Broadcasting Service, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a move that would result in the loss of cultural heritage on an epic scale. In Vermont, the NEH has funded $1,118,552 toward identifying and preserving nearly 1,000 historic Vermont newspaper titles through the Vermont Newspaper Project. Most recently NEH funded digitizing over 200,000 pages through the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.
Vermont Library Association President Amber Billey says, “In a budget that also proposes the elimination of community block grants and the drastic reduction of anti-poverty measures such as food stamps, perhaps it should be no surprise to see such disregard for America’s libraries. Vermont’s most recent libraries statistics indicate widespread use of services – nearly 4 million visits to our facilities, over 20,000 public programs offered, and 4.5 million items such as books circulated. Paul Ryan’s budget would seriously impact our ability to provide these critical services to Vermonters.”
VLA Statement on Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal That Recommends Elimination of IMLS (PDF, 228 K)

Last Call – Vermont Library Technology Unconference 4/9/14

What are you doing next Wednesday? Here’s an idea:
Register for the 2014 Vermont Library Tech Unconference!
Wednesday, April 9, from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Midstate Library Service Center in Berlin.
This is the second time that we’ve held the event; some of you may have attended the first one, back in September of 2012. The intention is to bring together library staff members from across the state to talk about their work with technology, both strategies and challenges. All levels of skill are welcome. Come hear what other libraries are doing, and share your ideas!
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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