Schedule and Program Descriptions

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
8:15 am to 5:30 pm
Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center, Stowe, VT

8:15-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Welcome from VLA President Virgil Fuller, Awards and Recognition
9:30-10:30 Keynote Address: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
10:40-11:30 Session 1
11:30-1:00 Lunch

New this year! Staggered Section Meetings
11:35-11:55 Section meetings for Green Mountain Library Consortium, Trustees & Friends, Youth Librarians & VSLA
12:30-12:50 Section meetings for College & Special Libraries, Public Libraries, Technical Services

1:00-1:50 Session 2
2:00-2:50 Session 3
3:00-3:30 VLA business meeting and elections
3:40-4:30 Session 4
4:30-5:30 Networking Hour and Vendors

Session One, 10:40-11:30 am

Conversation with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Bring your questions from the opening session and join us for a casual conversation with our keynote speaker.

Book Repair Workshop
(Update 4/29/16: This session is full)
Learn common techniques for reinserting falling-out pages, fixing torn picture book pages, and reattaching book insides to their hard covers for items in your circulating collection. Bring a book from your repair pile to practice on. Materials provided.

Let’s Map It! Curriculum Mapping + Your Instruction Program + ACRL Framework for Information Literacy = A plan of action! Coco Zephir, Fitchburg State University
Want to get your hands dirty in curriculum mapping? Look no further! This workshop will provide an active space to map our instruction curriculums with ACRL’s Framework to improve the alignment of our information literacy goals and outcomes.
Let’s Map It! (presentation slides at

Library Camps Rebecca Rupp, Swanton Public Library; Nicole Westbom, Kellogg Hubbard Library
Creative summer camp sessions – such as History Camp, Science Camp, and Shakespeare Camp – are a great draw for libraries. Let’s talk about how to invent and implement summer camp programming.

What’s New at the Vermont Humanities Council Amy Cunningham and Michael Dougherty, Vermont Humanities Council
At the Vermont Humanities Council, we believe that our work with Vermont’s libraries is one of the most important ways that we can make a positive impact. Join us for a presentation on the resources we have to offer (Vermont Reads, Reading and Discussion programs, and Speakers Bureau, to name a few) and for a discussion of how we can best serve you and your community.
What’s New for Libraries (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Session Two, 1:00-1:50 pm

MarcEdit and Other Cataloging Tips Rachel Gravel, Marlboro College
An introduction to MarcEdit, a bulk record editing tool, and other tips to improve your cataloging workflows.

Using Rules of Improvisation to Improve Customer Service Christine Porter, Windsor Public Library
Our library patrons are the reason we do what we do. By looking at theater improv techniques, we can learn several valuable lessons about how to improve customer service to ensure that our patrons’ needs are met.

Makers in Vermont Libraries: Free Curriculum for Librarians Susan O’Connell, Craftsbury Public Library; Mara Siegel, Vermont Department of Libraries
Libraries statewide have hosted educator-led Maker Programs in recent years. With the new curriculum now available online, anybody can learn how to bring these programs to their community.

Rapid Reviews Amy Howlett, Springfield Public Library; Selene Colburn, University of Vermont Libraries; Ernie Drown, Church of Christ at Dartmouth College
Check in for inspiration and argument on the best of last year’s adult fiction and nonfiction. Join Ernie Drown– dry & liberal; Selene Colburn– radical & relevant; and Amy Howlett– sentimental & ardent.
Rapid Reviews 2016 List (DOCX, 39 KB)
Rapid Reviews 2016 Slides (PPTX, 4 MB)

Career Development: Assisting Your Patrons Cindy Weber, Stowe Free Library
This session provides an overview of career development terms and theories with a hands-on activity and a list of helpful resources to take back to your library.

ListenUp Vermont Roundtable Discussion presented by Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC)
Roundtable discussion including such topics as the current fee model, Overdrive Advantage, Community Book Discussion books, investing in digital books and audiobooks, and your questions.

Session Three, 2:00-2:50 pm

Posting, Tweeting, Selfies and More: Social Media for Your Library Kirsten Hansen, Aldrich Public Library; Lisa Buckton, Fletcher Free Library; Sharon Colvin, Vermont Department of Libraries; Kelsey Psaute, Burnham Memorial Library
Social media can be a powerful tool for your library when used correctly, but it can be intimidating to get started. In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear about different social media platforms and to think about ways to integrate social media into your library’s outreach.
Social Media for Your Library (PPTX, 11 MB)

The Fault in our Stacks: Why Popular Reading Needs a Prominent Place in Academic Libraries Coco Zephir, Fitchburg State University
Popular reading isn’t just fun, it is also imperative to student success. Come learn about what’s happening across the country with college readiness and how it has influenced our decision to prioritize popular reading.
The Fault in Our Stacks (presentation slides at

Widening the Welcome Mat at the Library Susanna Kahn and Margaret Woodruff, Charlotte Library
Innovative ways libraries attract different groups to the library. How to identify underserved or new audiences and develop and market programs that would appeal to them.

Legal Reference for Public Libraries Cynthia Lewis and Natalia May Vermont Law School
This session will provide resources for public libraries who receive legal research questions.
Legal Reference for Public Librarians (PPTX, 1.9 MB)

ADA and Libraries Stacy Hart, New England ADA Center
This training will provide an in-depth look at your responsibilities under the ADA and use scenarios to discuss the application of the ADA to library settings.
The ADA and Libraries (PPTX, 18 MB)

Session Four, 3:40-4:30 pm

A Vermont Romance: Early Vermont Film Turns 100! Fred Pond, University of Vermont Libraries; Orly Yadin, Vermont International Film Foundation; Paul Carnahan, Vermont Historical Society
In 2016, an important 100th birthday occurs for the first film shot in Vermont. A Vermont Romance was filmed throughout the state, using actors and actresses from towns including St. Johnsbury, Newport, Rutland, Burlington, and White River Junction.
A Vermont Romance Turns 100! (PPTX, 18.3 MB)

Academic Library Show & Tell Sessions Hosted by Laura Crain & Stacey Knight, Saint Michael’s College
Come learn about new practices you can apply in your library. Fast-paced presentations with plenty of time for discussion.

Fun and the Art of Library Merry-Making Bethany Dietrich and Kristen Hindes (Saint Michael’s College)
Librarians at Saint Michael’s College have been spicing things up with a variety of fun and stress-relieving activities for their students.
CLIC: Community Legal Information Corner at Vermont Law School Natalia May (Vermont Law School)
After the Vermont State Law Library closed due to the budget cuts last summer, Cornell Library at Vermont Law School stepped up to fill the gap, welcoming the general public and providing legal reference services to members of the community, including self-represented litigants, attorneys, and anyone needing access to legal materials.
CLIC: Community Legal Information Corner (PPTX, 7.2 MB)
“Guide on the Side” Takes Center Stage in the Physical Therapy Curriculum Nancy Bianchi (University of Vermont Dana Medical Library)
This presentation describes the transformation of traditional, lecture-driven database searching sessions for physical therapy graduate students into more active learning experiences using a self-guided tutorial software program.
Graphs and Tables: How to Display Dashboard Statistics Kristin Florian and Lynda Howell (University of Vermont Dana Medical Library)
Tips on choosing the right graph or table to represent statistics in a coherent and meaningful way in a dashboard style application.

Guerrilla Storytime from Storytime Underground Jessica Summer, Winooski Public Library; Jane Ramos, Sherburne Memorial Library
Join us for an informal share time about all things Storytime! We will share favorite new books, finger plays, rhymes, and songs, plus talk about any challenges you might have in your library.

Accessible Formats and Beyond: Serving Blind, Visually Impaired, Physically Disabled, and Other Print Disabled Patrons As Your Local Library Hosted by Amy Olsen, Lanpher Memorial Library. Panelists Dan Norris, Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Paul Putnam, Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Mike Charron, Vermont Center for Independent Living; Jennifer Hart, Vermont Department of Libraries
A panel of members from Library Advisory Council of the Special Services Unit will show and share technologies, promote SSU services, and encourage libraries to think of ways to reach out to print disabled patrons in local areas.
VTLIB Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (includes link to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped)

The Digital Divide’s Last Mile Jessamyn West, Randolph Technical Career Center and Open Library
Jessamyn West, a Vermont librarian and digital divide expert, will discuss offline and barely online populations in the context of digital inclusion. She’ll talk about the current sociopolitical environment of the digital divide and discuss what libraries can be doing to help all Vermonters become digitally included.
The Digital Divide’s Last Mile (presentation slides on Jessamyn’s website)