Gale's Business Insights: Essentials for Vermont Online Library

Gale’s business resource, Business & Company Resource Center, will soon be transformed into Business Insights: Essentials. Containing much the same content, Business Insights: Essentials will have enhanced functionality and features.
Two Gale training webinars will be held especially for VOL members. To register, please click on the date and time of the one you would like to attend:
Business Insights: Essentials for Vermont Online Library
Friday, August 17, 2:00-3:00
Friday, August 24, 10:00-11:00
If you can’t attend either of these sessions, one will be recorded and posted to our website.

Survey of Vermont Public Libraries concerning Legal Reference Questions

The Department of Libraries in concert with the Vermont Judiciary would like to collect information about the amount, and types of legal reference questions that your patrons pose to you. These questions might require reference to Federal or State constitutions or statutes, Federal or State regulations, or Federal or State case law. They might involve Federal or State court systems, Town ordinances or government. In addition, these are questions that might ultimately be referred to a lawyer, or that do, or might, require involvement by the patron with a governmental entity, such as the IRS, the Social Security Administration, or a zoning board.

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Free Library Continuing Education Events for August

Listed below are FREE programs The Accessible Technology Coalition , American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado State Library, Grantspace, Insync Training,  NASA, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, O’Reilly, VolunteerMatch, Washington State Library, WebJunction, and the West Virginia Library Commission, will be webcasting during August.

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Two Free Webinars Offered Next Week

These two free webinars will be offered next week: Introducing the Book as iPad App and Bridging the Digital Divide with Mobile Services. Please click on the webinar title to register. If you can’t attend at the scheduled time, the events will be archived.

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Google Donates 100 Computers to Vermont Public Libraries and Adult Education Sites

Effort supports public computing at 42 libraries and adult education sites

Montpelier, VT – Google has donated 100 computers and funding for software to Vermont public libraries and adult education sites.

Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid announced the gift, which is valued at nearly $25,000 combined.

“Our local libraries have become the hubs of connectivity in many communities and we are very pleased with this public private partnership,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. “This puts power in the hands of Vermonters seeking free access to the Internet and all the benefits – for education, employment opportunities and more – that offers.”

The donation, part of a larger effort by Google to donate surplus equipment from their offices, includes desktop computers and flat screen monitors, keyboards and mice, all completely refurbished and loaded with the latest software operating systems. None of the computers is more than three years old.

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NEH Now Accepting Applications for Muslim Journeys, a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the ALA Public Programs Office, is accepting applications through September 25 for Muslim Journeys, a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program. To apply, visit

In January 2013, up to 1,000 public libraries, community college and academic libraries, and state humanities councils will be selected to receive:

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July Workshops from DOL

There is still room so please consider attending a workshop (or more) in July. Clicking on the workshop title will take you to the registration form.

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Free Online Education Opportunities for July 2012

Listed below are FREE programs American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado State Library, Georgia Library Association, Grantspace, Infopeople, Library Journal, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, TechSoup, and WebJunction will be webcasting during July.

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Book Mending Workshop

Book Mending
Wednesday, July 11, 9:30-11:30
Deerfield Valley Elementary School, Wilmington

Learn basic book mending techniques with Ellen Allman in a two hour, hands-on workshop. A trained and experienced book mender, Ellen will discuss when to mend and when to discard or send to a professional. Bring books which need repairing and, if you have them, basic book mending materials for discussion. Each session is limited to fifteen people in order to offer effective instruction.


Mara Siegel
Continuing Education Coordinator
Vermont Department of Libraries
(802) 828-2727