Library Confidentiality Bill Introduced in VT Senate

We are delighted to announce that Senator Claire Ayer of Addison County has introduced S. 220, “An Act Relating to the Confidentiality of Library Patron Records,” in response to VLA’s request for a stronger and clearer law protecting the confidentiality of our library patrons. Read more

Hidden Gems Celebrated for Readers

University of Vermont Associate Library Professor Karl Bridges’ 100 Great American Novels You’ve (Probably) Never Read was recently published by Libraries Unlimited. Intended as a resource for both libraries and general readers, Bridges’ work features novels written between 1797 and 1997 by a diverse set of authors such as Francine Prose, Chester Himes, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Horatio Alger. More…

The book was written during Karl Bridges six-month sabbatical from the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library, where he works in the Department of Information and Instruction. “What really impressed me as I developed this book was the breadth and depth of American writing and reading culture,” Bridges writes in his preface. “I routinely haunted bookstores in a variety of cities. I was never in a bookstore, independent or chain, that was not packed with people all enjoying themselves immensely. The people who go on and on about the death of reading are wrong.” The 100 featured novels were chosen for their ability to represent the breadth of American writing. Some entries will introduce readers to obscure authors; others will acquaint them with lesser-known works of prominent writers. For each selection, Bridges provides a brief extract, a synopsis, a biographical sketch of the writer, a list of selected works by the writer, and recommendations for further reading.


ALA Library Workplace Survey

CHICAGO – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is encouraging library employees to participate in its Library Workplace Wellness online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for library employees to share information about the availability of, and their participation in, work/life options in libraries around the nation. and will be available through Dec. 14.“Like many other professions, we know that library workers experience stressors of doing more with less, increasing expectations from users and information overload,” said ALA-APA Director Jenifer Grady. “We publish articles in Library Worklife about how employees can help themselves achieve work-life balance, but we want to know what library administrations and employees themselves are doing to help staff improve their health and reduce stress.”Read more

Libraries urged to participate in national study of Internet use in libraries

October 16, 2007

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2007-2008 Public Library Funding and Technology Access online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and other uses of public libraries, such as providing public access technology centers in their communities. The current year’s online survey, available at, will be available through Nov. 25,  2007.
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Deadline extended for National Library Week Grant

U.S. libraries of all types encouraged to apply for $5,000 to support
National Library Week activities

(CHICAGO) The deadline for the Scholastic Library Publishing National
Library Week grant has been extended to Monday, October 15, 2007.

U.S. libraries of all types are invited to apply for a $5,000 grant that
will be awarded to the best public awareness campaign that promotes the
theme “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library” during National
Library Week (April 13-19, 2008). Application forms and guidelines are
available on The Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site more

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