University of South Carolina Distance Library Degree Program

The University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science plans to begin a Master’s program for a regional “cohort” of students in the New England region. This is an expansion of a program that was previously conducted in Maine. The program is proposed to begin in the fall semester of 2009; beginning students may also be admitted to the program in spring 2010 and fall 2010.

Classes will be presented as an interactive online program utilizing a variety of technologies. Attendance on the home campus of the University is not a required part of the program. Students admitted to the program will have several on site experiences at a location(s) in New England, including (but not limited to): a beginning orientation, portfolio preparation and state association meetings.

For more information, contact: Tilda Reeder, Admissions Coordinator, Student Services Office:

The University of South Carolina is located in Columbia; phone number for the School lo Library and Information Science: 803-777-3858.

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The Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries hereby resolves our support for the critical role of libraries and librarians in K-12 education in Vermont and strenuously opposes the proposal made by the Education Quality Standards Commission, appointed by the State Board of Education, to remove all instances of the words “library,” “librarian,” and “library-media specialist” from the Vermont Education Quality Standards.

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NEH Grant Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Humanities “Small Grants to Libraries” program brings humanities public programming to libraries across the country. This current grant program provides financial support to libraries for the planning, arranging, administering, and promoting of the traveling exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

Deadline for grants: January 30, 2009.

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Interested in Teaching Online? Register Now for Simmons GSLIS Online Instructional Design Workshop

Instructional Design: Creating Materials for an Online Course

Online — August 29 – October 3, 2008

What is the difference between preparing to teach an online course and preparing to teach in a face-to-face setting? A lot! Many who are new to online teaching are surprised at how much planning and writing is involved. This workshop orients participants to the ins and outs of online course design and authorship. This workshop is non-technical and software agnostic; we will not focus on the technical process of posting materials within a learning management system. Instead, we will concentrate on instructional design and materials preparation. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed (1) a sample syllabus and other orienting materials; (2) an online community-building warm-up activity; (3) the text for one online “session,” including an activity/assignment; and (4) a strategy for assessing student learning.

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Faculty: Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D., Associate Director of Academic Technology, Simmons College;

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Vermont Koha ILS Project

Some of you around the state may have heard word of a group of libraries working together to create a customized “Vermont” version of the open source integrated library system (ILS) Koha.

It’s true, and the group is more than happy to welcome new members who are interested in the development phase of the project as well as those who might be interested in joining a consortium model ILS down the road. If you are unhappy with your current system, looking at a forced upgrade, or looking to automate, the Vermont Koha Project might be of interest to you.Read more

Register Now for NEDCC's Preservation Workshops – Spring 2008

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is pleased to present its Spring 2008 series of one-day preservation workshops:
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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VLA News information

VLA News Online Extra available now: March 2007
VLA News is the official newsletter of The Vermont Library Association, and accepts articles and advertisements that reflect the mission and purpose of the association. The newsletter is published six times a year, and is distributed free to all members of the association.Read more