The National Digital Newspaper Program

Thursday, April 21, 5:00 pm
Special Collections Reading Room
Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington

Deborah Thomas, Program Coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Library of Congress, will talk about the effort to digitize historically significant newspapers from all over the United States and make them freely available through “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers,” a web site hosted by the Library of Congress.

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The Importance of Libraries in Genealogical Research

In honor of National Library Week, has put together a white paper and visual graphic about libraries’ importance to our communities and to genealogists, and some of the difficulties they have been facing during the economic downturn.

You can see their white paper and infographic here:

You may join the cause and share this post on library websites, blogs and Facebook/Twitter (shortened URL for tweets that we’ve been using:! If you’d like, you can even embed the visual graphic onto your site using the code provided in our blog post.

Happy National Library Week 2011!

Jesse Willoughby

ACRL-NEC Vermont Virtual Conference

Want to attend ACRL-NEC this year, but can’t make it down to Worcester, MA? Want to network with other Vermont librarians? Tough economic times making travel difficult?

Then join us for the ACRL-NEC Vermont Virtual Conference on May 13th! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Join other Vermont librarians at Norwich University in Northfield, VT to attend and participate in the ACRL-NEC conference virtually. In addition to watching the regional conference streamed live you’ll be able to meet with other Vermont librarians and talk about topics related to the theme Creative Collaborations: Remake, Remix, Remodel.

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Association of Christian Librarians 55th Annual Conference

Association of Christian Librarians 55th Annual Conference
Inspiring Greatness: The Library in the Academy
June 13-16, 2011
Cedarville University; Cedarville, OH.

This year’s keynote speaker Megan Oakleaf is presenting “Library Assessment in the Real World”. ACL is an association of librarians who embrace the Christian faith and has over 500 members! Contact April VanPutten,, or 937-766-2255;

This is a conference of interest to all librarians who believe in Jesus Christ, but in particular to the Christian academic librarians. ACL has over 500 individual and 150 institutional members and last year approximately 175 people attended our annual conference in Minnesota.

Owning Your Voice: Results-Oriented Communication

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011,  ACRL/NEC will present “Owning Your Voice: Results-Oriented Communication,” the second offering in the Chapter’s leadership series.

The day-long workshop will be held at the beautiful Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.  Our presenter is Dr. Catherine Pastille, founder of The Global Awareness Initiative, a civic association dedicated to reviving workplaces and communities through increasing our awareness of vital lifestyle habits and sustainable work practices.

Registration will begin March 1st and will be open to all ACRL/NEC members. The registration fee of $30 includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Further details will follow.

Barbara Ferrer Kenney and Melissa Behney, Co-chairs,
ACRL/NEC Ad hoc committee on Leadership Development

Vermont Library Substitute Pool Update

We now have 55 participants in the Vermont Library Substitute Pool (VLSP) representing every county in the state! If you are a person interested in making yourself available to work as a temp or sub in a library, feel free to fill out the Vermont Library Substitute Pool Sign-Up Form hosted at the Vermont Library Association website. Libraries with a staffing need are able to request a single log in to access the VLSP. Email with the name and email address of your library representative.

If you currently have access to the VLSP list for your institution, I am delighted to announce that I have worked out some bugs in the spreadsheet and it now has proper column headers so that you know what data is in what field. Apologies for the confusion! I think you will find the whole thing much easier to use now.

To sort alphabetically by the column that contains the information you want most, simply right click on the lettered column header above the information of interest and select either “Sort Sheet A-Z” or “Sort Sheet Z-A”. For example, if you want to sort by “County”, that information is held in column “G”. There is also a pull down menu that appears when you roll over the lettered column header and you can sort using that as well.

In addition, we have a new field that allows participants to list the Automated Library Systems, such as Follett or Koha, that they have experience with if they choose to provide that information. All current participants were notified of the change and allowed the opportunity amend their entries with that information. You will see it there now if it has been provided.