NELIG Winter Meeting at UVM

Often when we are at NELIG events, we hear our colleagues discussing innovative activities they have done with classes at their school. Sometimes we might even watch a great conference presentation where a librarian describes an activity he or she has done with classes, but we don’t actually get to see our colleagues “in action.” The December NELIG Meeting will be a great opportunity to watch some of your creative colleagues conduct activities that they run, or are planning to run, in their classes. Those of us in the audience will act as their college students. Through this experience we will be reminded of what it is like to be sitting in the seat of the student and learn new teaching techniques and exercises from each other.

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Using Web 2.0 to Market and Promote Libraries in the U.S.

The South Carolina State Library is in the process of gathering data for the 4thUsing Web 2.0 to Market and Promote Libraries in the U.S.” survey.   The survey is open to all, but is generally completed by public and academic libraries.  To see a copy of last year’s results at

Theannual survey, Using Web 2.0 to Market and Promote Libraries in the U.S., is now open. The survey will close on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 5:00pm EST.

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Free Online Education Opportunities for November 2011

Listed below are FREE programs Accessible Technology Coalition , ALA, American Management Association, Booklist, GrantSpace, Infopeople, Library 2.0, Library Journal, Lyrasis, Nebraska Library Commission, OCLC, TechSoup, Texas State Library & Archives, University of Wyoming, webex, and WebJunction will be webcasting during November.

In the event that you aren’t available during those times, or you would like to check out past webinars, here are the links to archived events:

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ACRL Leadership Development Workshop – Managing Change: Shaping The Future

Register early, seating is limited.
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011 (9:00AM – 3:30PM)
Location: Tower Hill Botanic Garden – Boylston, MA

“When it comes to the future, there are three types of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened” (attributed to John M. Richardson, Jr).  With all the changes that are occurring in the workplace as the result of technological advances and the state of the global economy, it is easy to feel as if work is happening to us, rather than its being directed and shaped by us.  This day-long workshop will give participants an opportunity to listen to their colleagues’ experience of change in their workplaces, to learn specific methods of managing change, and to develop strategies for shaping the emerging future in their organizations.

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Vermont Library Conference Workshop Proposals Due Nov. 1

Workshop proposals for the 2012 Vermont Library Conference are due to the conference committee by November 1.  There is no set theme as of yet, so proposals could be on any topic that might be of interest to academic, public and school librarians.  Please send your ideas and proposals to Let us know what you’d like to see and we’ll do our best to get it on the schedule!

Now's the Time to Register for the NELA Annual Conference in Burlington!

Education! New and useful product and services! Networking! Inspiration!  Innovations! Authors! Social Events! Colleagues!
All this and more is available at the New England Library Association Annual Conference, October 2 – 4, in Burlington. Learn about Navigating the New Normal in your library. Register by September 23 for lower Early Registration rates. Vermont Library Association and ACRL-New England members receive NELA member pricing. This is a great, affordable professional development opportunity close to home. The deadline to reserve hotel rooms has been extended to Friday, September 9 – get your arrangements made now! Ride Share is also available for folks who want to carpool to and from Burlington.
There are plenty of offerings for academic and special librarians, including a keynote from R. David Lankes on Sunday afternoon that’s sure to please. Check out the program and register today!

Donations for Flooded Vermont Public Libraries

We have received many calls and emails from people all across the country who want to help our libraries. We are grateful to all of you and want to let you know how you can best help our libraries at this time. For now, please do not send books. Instead, we are accepting cash donations.

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Vermont Irene Aftermath Resource Guide from Marlboro College Rice-Aron Library

Marlboro College’s Rice-Aron Library has created a guide to post-Irene news and recovery resources. The focus is on southeastern Vermont, but others may find it of interest as well. Please feel free to reuse or modify if anything looks useful for your library or patrons.

I hope that you and your libraries weathered the storm safely.

Best wishes,
Emily Alling
Library Director
Rice-Aron Library
Marlboro College