Gale’s Business Insights: Essentials for Vermont Online Library

Gale’s business resource, Business & Company Resource Center, will soon be transformed into Business Insights: Essentials. Containing much the same content, Business Insights: Essentials will have enhanced functionality and features.

Two Gale training webinars will be held especially for VOL members. To register, please click on the date and time of the one you would like to attend:

Business Insights: Essentials for Vermont Online Library

Friday, August 17, 2:00-3:00

Friday, August 24, 10:00-11:00

If you can’t attend either of these sessions, one will be recorded and posted to our website.


Cataloging & Organization of Library Materials for Better Access

It is with great pleasure that I can now announce that everything has come together for DOL’s 5-day cataloging workshop for directors and staff of public libraries.

Cataloging & Organization of Library Materials for Better Access

A five-day, concentrated, practical workshop for beginners and for public librarians who are cataloging but have had little or no formal training. The DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION and the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SUBJECT HEADINGS will be the basic working tools. MARC cataloging and computerized cataloging services will be covered. Because this type of workshop requires a great deal of individualized instruction, participation in each session will be limited to 16 people.

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DCF & Red Clover Winners Have Been Chosen

Drum roll , please…

The 2012 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award has been won by Raina Telgemeier for Smile! It is too soon to know about the ceremony, but I will certainly keep you informed.

Born Yesterday written by James Solheim and illustrated by Simon James has won the 2012 Red Clover Award.


Spring Children’s & Young Adult Materials Review Sessions – Through 4/17

Spring materials review sessions (oral reviews of children’s and young adult books) are coming up soon, beginning in Northfield on Wednesday, March 28. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, March 28 – Brown Public Library, Northfield LIVE!
Thursday, March 29  –  St. Johnsbury Athenaeum LIVE!
Monday, April 9 – Milton Public Library
Tuesday, April 17 – Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow

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Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library – February 22 & 29 (2-Parts)

Two-Part Workshop
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


Make your library a welcoming place for deaf people. In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of Deaf culture, learn several useful library-related signs, and be ready to work confidently with interpreters for your programs. Links to video demonstrations and handouts for library-related signs will be made accessible to participants to encourage practice and implementation after the workshop.

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State Librarian “Tour” Visit Rescheduled in Rockingham

January 23, 1-3 p.m. (SNOW DATE: January 30, 1-3 p.m.)
Rockingham Free Library, Bellows Falls:

State Librarian Martha Reid will be at the Rockingham Free Public Library on January 23 to talk about current projects and activities at the Department of Libraries and to get feedback from the greater Vermont library community. Previous sessions have been great, with lots of good discussion. All are welcome –librarians/library staff, library trustees, and local officials — to attend this informal session. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your questions and comments.

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