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!

Vermont Library Conference Committee Accepting Proposals

Next year’s VLA conference will be held at St. Michael’s College on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Proposals for workshops are due to the conference committee by November 1. If you have an idea for a workshop or know of something you’d be interested in learning about, send ideas and proposals to Jane at

The NELA Annual Conference is Coming to Burlington!

The New England Library Association is holding their Annual Conference this year October 2 – 4 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington! Better still, this conference is being held in cooperation with the Vermont Library Association, so VLA members may register for the Conference at the NELA member rate!

Some highlights of this years NELA Annual Conference include:

  • More than 50 sessions to satisfy all library workers, types and needs.
  • Keynoter R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship.
  • Post-Conference from WebJunction and other partners addressing the increased demand on libraries for job-related assistance.
  • Each meal at the Conference includes a presentation by a well-known author.
  • More than 100 exhibiting companies.
  • Burlington City Arts will host the NELA Reception and Games.
  • Dine-Around in downtown Burlington.
  • Dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen

To qualify for Early Registration discounted rates you must register by September 23, visit the Conference webpage and register today:

If you are not already a member of one or both of these organizations, stop by the VLA Membership and/or NELA Membership areas of their websites for details on how to join.

Vermont Library Trustee Association (VLTA) 2011 Annual Conference


Please mark your calendars for the 2011 Vermont Library Trustee Association Annual Conference. Jointly sponsored with the Vermont Department of Libraries, this year’s Conference will be held:

Saturday, November 5
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Vermont State House in Montpelier

Conference details and registration information to follow shortly.

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Vermont Independent Media Conversation: July 12th in Montpelier

Some great things are going on in media among us and around us here in the green mountains. It’s not surprising for us to have fertile ground to till in the area of independent media, but what if we stopped, just for a moment, to consider where we’re headed – together. Please join other interested people to do just that on the afternoon of July 12th in downtown Montpelier.

Are there opportunities, needs, desires we share? You are invited to an initial conversation – a brainstorming session, perhaps – to talk about the future and the now. And if you think there are others who should be invited, please pass along this invitation. All are welcome.

Vermont Independent Media Conversation
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Montpelier City Hall

Agenda in development
1. Introductions

2. Some questions to address:Does independence mean anarchy? How can independent Vermont media outlets work together?
What are the assets we currently share? How can independent media assist Vermont communities building and maintaining community links? How do we increase real news about communities? Can we move toward collaboration in creative ways?

3. What should our next steps be?

Want more information? Have questions? Email
Or just show up and bring things up.

If you know anyone who should be invited to this conversation, please ask them to join us.

Scott Campitelli
Executive Director & Program Manager
RETN – Regional Educational Technology Network
ph – 802.654.7980 ext 26
media center at:
208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 2K
Burlington, Vermont

Vermont Library Conference 2011 Survey Results

The results of the 2011 Vermont Library Conference survey are in. The majority of respondents expressed a desire to keep the schedule the same as this year, including running from 9:00 to 5:00 (66%), the same amount of free time (80%), 75 minute sessions (60%), 30 minute section meetings (62%) and holding the business and section meetings in the early afternoon (63%). When asked if the emphasis on future keynotes should be more informative or entertaining, 65% responded “mix it up year by year.” And in regard to shortening the wait for lunch, a 42% plurality opted for staggering the ending times for morning sessions. (The runner up in that category was 20% for “no change necessary”—those must have been the people at the front of the line!)

Thanks to all who attended the conference and filled out the survey. If you would like complete survey results, contact me at
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