Vermont Library Conference 2013 Registration Now Open!

UPDATE 3/20/13 – Online Registration is now fixed with an additional option for group registrations. More info on the Second Annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition.

Registration is now open for the 2013 Vermont Library Conference on May 21 at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester.  The keynote speaker is Barbara Stripling, President-Elect of the American Library Association.  For complete information see

Vermont Library Conference 2011 Survey Results

The results of the 2011 Vermont Library Conference survey are in. The majority of respondents expressed a desire to keep the schedule the same as this year, including running from 9:00 to 5:00 (66%), the same amount of free time (80%), 75 minute sessions (60%), 30 minute section meetings (62%) and holding the business and section meetings in the early afternoon (63%). When asked if the emphasis on future keynotes should be more informative or entertaining, 65% responded “mix it up year by year.” And in regard to shortening the wait for lunch, a 42% plurality opted for staggering the ending times for morning sessions. (The runner up in that category was 20% for “no change necessary”—those must have been the people at the front of the line!)

Thanks to all who attended the conference and filled out the survey. If you would like complete survey results, contact me at
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Katherine Paterson Talk October 7

Katherine Paterson, two-time winner of the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal, will give a talk titled “The Child Left Behind” on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 at McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College. The presentation is free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities.

Paterson was recently named “National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature” by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and her latest work, The Day of the Pelican, is this year’s selection as the Vermont Humanities Council Vermont Reads program.

The event is hosted by Saint Michael’s College and sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council in honor of her latest work, The Day of the Pelican.

VLC Survey Results

The results of the 2010 Vermont Library Conference survey are in, and the respondents have expressed three clear preferences: continue meeting on a college or university campus (92%), keep the one day format (67%), and no vendor hall (58%). These results will be used in planning future conferences. Thanks to all attendees who responded!

Vermont Library Conference Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2010 Vermont Library Conference! The Conference Committee would like to get your feedback on format changes this year to help plan future conferences. If you attended the conference this year your input would be very helpful. The survey linked below is brief and should take less than 5 minutes to complete, with optional space for comments and suggestions. Please send your response no later than June 21, 2010.

On behalf of the Conference Committee and the VLA Board, thank you for participating!

Vermont Library Conference Information

Directions to the Saint Michael’s College campus are available at  Use the South Entrance to campus for easiest access.

Parking is available in the lot between the Durick Library, the McCarthy Arts Center, and the Ross Sports Center. Conference attendees can park in any student, faculty/staff, or visitor space.

Registration materials can be picked up in the Durick Library beginning at 8:00.  Note that registration is now closed—there will be no on-site registration.

Lunch in the Green Mountain Dining Hall is included in the cost of registration—just show your conference badge at the door.  VLA Section business meetings will take place during lunch.  A tour of the Books in Bloom Teaching Garden will be offered at 12:15.

Wireless access is available in all conference venues.  Connection to the SMC Guest network requires certification of virus protection software.

Computer access will be available in the Durick Library throughout the day.

More information including the conference schedule is available at  If you have any questions contact Jane Napier ( or John Payne (

VLTA Programs at 2010 Town Officers Educational Conferences

The Vermont Library Trustees Association (VLTA), the trustees section of the Vermont Library Association, in conjunction with the Department of Libraries will again offer a series of workshops for trustees and librarians during the spring Town Officers Educational Conferences.   TOECs are sponsored by the Vermont Institute for Government, with organizational help from the UVM Extension Service which will mail a registration packet to each library in spring, 2010.

To register for any of the TOECs, find the form online at $55 online cost includes morning coffee and lunch.  Many towns send carloads to the sessions.  Contact your town clerk for details.

Dates/ locations:
Monday, April 5-St. Michael’s College, Colchester
Thursday, April 8-Lyndon State College, Lyndonville
Tuesday, April 13-Lake Morey Resort Fairlee
Tuesday, April 20-Grand Summit, Mt. Snow
Wednesday, April 28-Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Rutland

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VT-French Canadian Genealogical Society Classes

All classes are held at our library Saturdays 10:30 am until noon and are open to the public.

Using Ancestry.Ca – Tom Devarney – Feb 13 
Native Americans – To be announced – Feb 27
Organizing your Genealogy – Sheila Morris – Mar 27
Brick Wall advice – Staff – Apr 10
Civil War Ancestors – Scott Towers – Apr 24 (French-Canadians)
All classes subject to change.  $5 donation appreciated.

Questions? –  Please visit our website Http://, email, or messages can be left at 802-846-7897.
Directions:  Heading east  on Rte. 15 take the  Barnes Ave. entrance to Fort Ethan Allen, turn right on Hegeman Ave. Turn into 3rd driveway on right  (opposite VT State Police Sign) to the Dupont Building.

VPR Story on Patriot Act

This morning Vermont Public Radio ran a story on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, including the VLA Board’s resolution in support of Senator Leahy’s original markup of the bill and subsequent changes in the Judiciary Committee.  While the story provided good coverage of the issues, it incorrectly stated that the Board had withdrawn its support for Senator Leahy’s version of the bill.  Earlier today I sent the following message to VPR, and they assure me this will be corrected in later broadcasts and online:

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