Update on Open Source ILS

Howe Library invites New Hampshire and Vermont libraries to


Monday, November 14, 2011
10:00 – 1:00
Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, NH

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Open Meeting Training for Trustees and Town Officials

Calling it the “Vermont Transparency Tour,” the Secretary of State’s office announced this week that it has scheduled a series of upcoming training sessions to educate local and state officials—as well as Vermonters—about our state’s open government laws covering public records and open meetings.

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Free Online Education Opportunities for October 2011

Listed below are FREE programs Accessible Technology Coalition , ALA, American Management Association, Booklist, EDUCAUSE, GrantSpace, Idealware, Infopeople, Library Journal, Lyrasis,  Library Commission, School Library Journal, TechSoup, Texas State Library & Archives, University of Wyoming, and Webjunction will be webcasting during October.

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Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion

The ALA Public Programs Office is accepting applications forBuilding Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, a multi-format discussion program for public audiences to spark action, engagement and reflection within the community. More information, including programming resources and the online application, is available at www.ala.org/commonground. Applications are due November 18, 2011. This library programming initiative is supported by the Fetzer Institute.

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Free RDA Cataloging Webinars

The American Library Association is hosting several free webinars about the new cataloging code, RDA (Resource Description and Access), which will be implemented within the next year. The webinar “Introducing the RDA Toolkit Virtual User Group” will be held on Wednesday October 5, 2011 and is designed for beginners who need an introduction to the new code and toolkit. “RDA Toolkit Essentials” will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 and is designed for those who already have some familiarity with RDA and would like to learn more. For information about the new code and webinars, refer to the RDA Toolkit website at:http://www.rdatoolkit.org/

Free Advocacy Training Opportunity: Turning the Page 2.0

A new session of PLA’s exciting advocacy training opportunity will soon be upon us. Please consider participating. Vermont Public Librarian Certification credit will be available.

Turning the Page 2.0 (TtP 2.0) is a free public library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In this six-week, facilitated online course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library’s story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way.

Participants are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have a complete Advocacy Work Plan to guide your efforts.

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Now's the Time to Register for the NELA Annual Conference in Burlington!

Education! New and useful product and services! Networking! Inspiration!  Innovations! Authors! Social Events! Colleagues!
All this and more is available at the New England Library Association Annual Conference, October 2 – 4, in Burlington. Learn about Navigating the New Normal in your library. Register by September 23 for lower Early Registration rates. Vermont Library Association and ACRL-New England members receive NELA member pricing. This is a great, affordable professional development opportunity close to home. The deadline to reserve hotel rooms has been extended to Friday, September 9 – get your arrangements made now! Ride Share is also available for folks who want to carpool to and from Burlington.
There are plenty of offerings for academic and special librarians, including a keynote from R. David Lankes on Sunday afternoon that’s sure to please. Check out the program and register today!

Free Online Education Opportunities for September 2011

Listed below are FREE programs American Management Association, Booklist, EDUCAUSE, Georgia Library Association, GrantSpace, Infopeople, InSync Training, Inc., Library Journal, Lyrasis, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Northwest Central, O’Reilly Webcasts, School Library Journal, Texas State Library & Archives, TL Virtual Cafe, University of Wyoming, and Webjunction will be webcasting during September.

In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:

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Access to Universal Class Online Learning (Public Libraries)

Public Libraries that have registered barcode numbers or patron ID’s can now direct their users to the Universal Class Registration page.

Libraries that have registered may put this direct link to the registration page on their websites:


Your library users will not be able to enroll in these classes until:(1) your library’s barcodes numbers or patron ID’s have been registered (http://libraries.vermont.gov/barcodereg) and (2) Recorded Books has enabled those numbers for course registration.

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