Welcome to the VLA College and Special Libraries Section!

The College and Special Libraries (C&SL) Section welcomes VLA members working in college, university, and post-secondary trade school libraries, as well as the libraries of businesses and corporations. Our goal is to support excellent service to all our patrons by sharing our ideas and resources. We have a minimum of one workshop a year, and make sure the annual Vermont Library Conference includes workshops relevant to our concerns.

The Health Information Round Table (VLA-HIRT), a part of the College & Special Libraries section, is a library group founded to discuss health-related information and services in Vermont’s public, academic and hospital Libraries, and to meet and network to identify topics, collaborations and needed resources.

Contact Us

C&SL President:
Christie Silkotch
David W. Howe Memorial Library
University of Vermont
538 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405
C&SL Vice-President:
Chenfang Yang
Julien and Virginia Cornell Library
Vermont Law School
68 N. Windsor Street
Jane Kearns
Hartness Library
Vermont Tech & CCV
Main Street
Randolph Center, VT 05061
(802) 728-1231
Lauren Olewnik
Instruction & Reference Librarian
Calvin Coolidge Library
Castleton University
Castleton, VT 05735
(802) 468-6419

Recent & Upcoming Events

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Engaging with the ACRL Framework:
A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices

(Framework Workshop)

Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL)

and VLA College & Special Libraries Section

Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College

Randolph Center, VT

This fall, the VLA College & Special Libraries Section, in collaboration with the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries, is excited to present an all-day intensive workshop for Vermont librarians about the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it can enrich your individual teaching practices, as well as your local instruction programs and institutions.

Participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and the significance to their own instructional work. Attendees will apply their learning and reflection to create instruction plans for their own local contexts and consider possibilities for growing teaching partnerships.

This workshop will be led by two expert presenters:

  • Brittney Johnson, Digital Literacy Program Coordinator, Texas State University
  • Lindsay Matts-Benson, Instructional Designer, University of Minnesota

More information about workshop curriculum, presenters, and a sample schedule can be found here.

Registration will open in September. Watch for another email to register soon!

Please note that this workshop is in lieu of our traditional annual fall program, which will resume in 2020. We hope you can take advantage of this incredible professional development opportunity so close to home.


VLA CSL Letter to NEASC-CIHE Concerning Revised Standards

On October 21, 2015, VLA College & Special Libraries President Laura Crain, Vice-President Bethany Dietrich, and VLA President Virgil Fuller drafted a letter to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE) concerning the August 2015 Draft NEASC Standards for Accreditation.

Vermont Library Association College & Special Libraries Section Letter to the England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE) Regarding the Revised Standards Draft 2015

Stay Connected

The VTCSL listserv is the official distribution list for the VLA College & Special Libraries section. VLA Membership is not required to join this list, but strongly encouraged! To subscribe send a message to listserv@list.uvm.edu with the message Subscribe vtcsl first last (replace first with your first name and last with your last name). If you have questions or difficulty subscribing or unsubscribing, contact Daisy Benson at: daisy.benson@uvm.edu

The VLA-HIRT listserv is the official distribution list for the Health Information Round Table, a part of the College & Special Libraries section (anyone is welcome to join). VLA Membership is not required to join this list, but strongly encouraged! To subscribe, email gatwood@uvm.edu. You will receive an invitation and, when you accept the invitation, instructions for interacting with the list.

Join the VLA-HIRT Facebook Group to keep on top of their events and discussions!

Past Programs

2018 – People at the Center: User-Focused Librarianship

2015 – What’s New Under The Sun

2014 – Let’s Talk About the Web

2014 – Evidence-Based Practice: What All Librarians Need to Know About Health Information