What is the Vermont Library Substitute Pool (VLSP)?
It’s a way for people who are looking for substitutes or temp workers to connect with folks in their community who are looking for library work.
How do I join the VLSP as a potential employee?
It’s easy! Just fill out this form: http://www.vermontlibraries.org/wp/vlspform/
If an employer is interested in hiring you, they will contact you using the information you provide.
We only allow one person from any library to access the VLSP and they must be the person doing the hiring (usually the library director or the board of trustees chair). That way, your information is still pretty private.
Once a year we’ll check in with you to be sure you still want to be a part of the program and to ask if you need to change any information. Anyone we don’t hear back from is deleted. This way, the information is always current & relevant.
How do I access the VLSP to hire a temp or sub?
It’s easy! The person who will be doing the hiring send their request to access the VLSP to this email: [email protected] Please keep in mind, we simply provide a connection between you and potential candidates. We do not have information about pay, insurance, or other details about hiring practices. We recommend using listservs and contacting other librarians in your area directly for help with those details.
We only allow one person from any library to access the VLSP and they must be the person doing the hiring (usually the library director or the board of trustees chair). That way, the folks who have joined the VLSP is still somewhat protected.
Once a year we check in with folks who have signed up to be sure they still want to be a part of the program and to ask if they need to change any information. Anyone we don’t hear back from is deleted. This way, the information is always current & relevant.
The Vermont Library Substitute Pool made it incredibly easy for me to find the perfect professionals to help support my staff. I was able to hand-select people that fit my requirements based on the information provided in the pool. The professionals I’ve hired through the pool have fit perfectly. It’s a win-win situation that helps match enthusiastic, experienced, and available library workers with libraries in need!
— Lara Keenan, Director, Pierson Library, Shelburne
While searching for jobs I put my info in the substitute pool. A couple of months later I got a call from a library director looking to fill a temporary position with the potential of it turning into a permanent one. It was a great fit, and it did turn into a permanent position (and I got to quit the other job I had since gotten that I didn’t like as much). It was sort of a dream situation–an employer calling out of the blue, wanting me specifically. It was probably nice for the library director, too, because she got to search candidates without having to go to the trouble of placing an ad. I highly recommend putting your name in. It’s easy, and you never know what might come out of it. I’ve been at my job two years now, all because of the sub pool. Thanks VLA!
— Monica Nelson, Library and Academic Support Specialist, Eliot D. Pratt Library, Goddard College
I had put my name in the pool and was contacted by the Fairfax Community Library. We have developed a nice relationship, and I have substituted for both their public librarian and school librarians over the last couple of years. I appreciate that the Vermont Library Substitute Pool helped us to make a mutually beneficial connection!
— Sarah Allerton, Children’s Librarian, St. Albans Free Library
Who maintains the VLSP?
Currently, the list is maintained by VLA Membership & Outreach Committee. If you have questions or want to submit your own testimonial, contact us at [email protected]