OLC Cancels 2009 Convention & Expo

OLC Cancels 2009 Convention & Expo

On Friday, July 17, the OLC Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2009 Ohio Library Council Convention & Expo, Oct. 21-23, in Cleveland. This decision was unanimously supported by Tom Adkins, Convention Chair, as well as the Planning Committee Chairs – Cindy Lombardo, Program Chair; Andrew Mangels, Local Arrangements Chair; Jamie Mason, Expo Chair.
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VLTA PROGRAMS AT 2009 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, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact your regional librarian.

To register for any of the TOECs, find the form online at http://regonline.com/2009toec $60 online cost includes morning coffee and lunch. Register online and save $5.00 per registrant!

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Submit Your Drexel Application by April 14th & Win an iPod Touch!

In honor of National Library Week (April 12-18, 2009), Drexel University Online will be giving away four iPod Touches to four lucky people who submit a complete application package* for one of Drexel’s iSchool programs anytime between February 1, 2009 and April 14, 2009. If you are interested in participating, please visit www.drexel.com/libraryweek for full details and eligibility. (Winners will be announced during the Library Week Webinar on April 15th)

Other Benefits for Partner Students
As a member of one of Drexel University’s partner organizations you have the opportunity to take advantage of a number of other educational benefits through Drexel including:

20% tuition reduction
Top-ranking programs from one of “America’s Best Colleges 2009”
Convenient online format – access classes anytime, anywhere!
No commute or career interruption
No application fee! Apply online today – www.drexel.com/libraryweek

Spring application deadlines are quickly approaching on March 2, 2009.   Start yours today at www.drexel.com/libraryweek!

Contact your Vermont Library Association/Drexel Online partnership representative Suzanne Solow at (215) 895-0362 or via e-mail at smh76@drexel.edu.

*A full application package consists of a completed application form and ALL supplemental materials required for the student’s program of interest (ie. transcripts, essay, resume, etc.)

Rainbow Project — Second annual annotated bibliography

The Rainbow Project is pleased to announce its second annual annotated bibliography of recommended titles for youth from birth through age eighteen. You are free to disseminate the Rainbow List 2009 and Rainbow List Introduction any way you wish.

The Rainbow Project currently includes members from the following states: California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin. We are currently looking for suggestions for the 2010 list. Books should be published between July 2008 and December 2009; October 31, 2009 is our nomination deadline and suggestions should be submitted to the list by the end of September. We invite you to keep track of our discussion and add your own comments at http://rainbowlist.wordpress.com, where you can also view complete information about the Rainbow List, as well as the 2008 and 2009 lists and introductions.

Also, we invite you to join us at MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/rainbow_list) and Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/bmetcc)! We hope you will find the Rainbow List useful as you serve children, parents, and educators who are in need of quality materials about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer/questioning experience.

Thank you,

John Andrews
Senior Center Librarian
1155 E. 9th Street
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 328-2586 (Library)
(775) 327-8315 (Office)

Getting an MLIS online at San Jose School of Library and Information Science

The San Jose School of Library and Information Science is a recognized leader in distance learning. Our students earn an ALA-accredited MLIS degree through online courses that use sophisticated technology to enhance their learning experience and prepare them to effectively apply technology in their professional lives.

We offer two online program options for MLIS students. One option is designed specifically for experienced library managers and supervisors, and the other option is geared for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in becoming a librarian.

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Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and Libraries

A public meeting was held January 22, and Cheryl Falvey, General Counsel for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), stated that a decision should be made by the first week of February regarding libraries. She advised libraries not to take any action at this time, and we are hopeful that the Commission’s decision will exempt libraries.

Even with her assurances, we must let the CPSC know how important an issue this is to libraries. Please call the Acting Commissioner, Nancy Nord, at (301) 504-7901. When you call this number, wait for the automated directory to give you directions to reach Nancy Nord’s office. Explain to the Commission that it is simply impossible for libraries to remove all children’s books from the shelves and/or ban children under 12 from the library and still provide the level of service that is needed.
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2010 Vermont Library Conference

Dear VLA/VSLA Members:

We are very excited about this year’s Vermont Library Conference, May 12 and 13, 2009. Our co-chairs, Barbara Doyle-Wilch (VLA) and Sara Goldstein (VSLA), are putting together an incredibly creative and timely conference, “Speaking Up! Advocacy for Libraries.”

We do not have co-chairs from both organizations for the 2010 Vermont Library Conference, so the time has come to take a step back and revaluate our professional development needs. We feel the best way to accomplish this task is to form a committee comprised of a few members from each of our two organizations to research various options. This commitment would last approximately 6 weeks. Here is the proposed timeline:

* Email Judah Hamer or Susan Monmaney by January 31, 2009, to express an interest in serving on this committee
* Week 1: Work with fellow committee members to determine
o Meeting venue(s) (online, in person, conference calls)
o Number of necessary meetings
o Division of responsibilities
* Weeks 2-5: Research professional development options
* Week 6: Compile results of research
* Report committee recommendations to VLA/VSLA boards by March 15th

We look forward to volunteers joining this committee. It is a special opportunity to provide guidance and direction for the next wave of professional development opportunities for the Vermont library community.


Judah Hamer
President, VLA

Susan Monmaney
President, VSLA

2010 VLC Conference May Be Canceled

A representative from each organization is needed immediately to fill the positions of the 2010 Vermont Library Conference co-chairs-in-training. We realize these positions require a commitment of time and attention, and this year we have implemented stipends for the co-chairs and co-chairs-in-training. Planning for the 2010 conference must begin now. Without a co-chair-in-training from each organization in place by Friday, December 19th, the 2010 conference will be canceled. The two boards will then begin discussions on how our organizations can continue to provide invaluable professional and networking opportunities for all Vermont librarians.

Please contact Judah Hamer or Sue Monmaney by December 19th if you are interested in serving as a 2010 VLC co-chair.


Judah Hamer:  jshamer@gmail.com
Sue Monmaney:  susanm@mpsvt.org

Help NEEDED for 2009 and 2010 Vermont Library Conferences!

Over the past few years the planning and preparation that makes the Vermont Library Conference a major continuing education opportunity for library staffs across the state have been carried out by relatively small teams of VLA and VSLA members whose hard work has compensated for there never quite being enough hands available for the amount of work involved in this project. In the past couple of years it has been extremely difficult for the VLA board to fill leadership and other positions key to mounting the Conference.Read more