November 29, 2017

Vermont Health Connect - Vermont's Health Insurance Marketplace




Open enrollment for health coverage through Vermont Health Connect (VHC) ends on December 15, 2017. Vermonters who do not have health coverage, or would like to change an existing plan for 2018, must do so by December 15, 2017.

VTLIB is working with VHC to spread the word about open enrollment, and we are asking our libraries to share this information with patrons. Below are some materials that can shared via your website/Facebook, placed on a bulletin board in your library, or even submitted to a local newspaper. We're counting on you to help Vermonters get the coverage they need!

November 7, 2017

Upcoming Youth Services Workshops


Winter/Spring 2018 Workshop Flyer (descriptions and further details)

Click the links below to register! Some workshops have a northern session and a southern session; please sign up for the one closest to you!

For questions about the workshops, contact Cass Mabbott. For questions about continuing education credits, contact Jason Broughton.


February 2018

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Workshop - Waterbury


Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Workshop - Rockingham


March 2018

Storytime Refresher Workshop - Manchester


Storytime Refresher Workshop - Stowe


Materials Review Workshop - Berlin


April 2018

Afterschool Workshop - Bennington


Afterschool Workshop - St. Johnsbury

September 22, 2017

The Vermont Department of Libraries is proud to host the 2017 COSLINE Conference in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. The conference will be held October 2-4, 2017 at the Hilton Burlington.

Conference Info & Food Selection:


Conference Presenter & Workshop Links:


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June 13, 2016

If you haven't already heard, the Department of Libraries has purchased (with the help of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences) a subscription to Universal Class, an online learning portal offering courses in subjects from Therapeutic Bathing (yeah, we know) to Intro to JavaScript. Anyone with a library card in the state of Vermont can use it. Yes, anyone.

Some public libraries are already advertising Universal Class to their patrons, but information will be sent to all Vermont public libraries this summer.

Using the department link, signing up for Universal Class is super easy.  Once you have an account, you are free to take any class you'd like. You can "audit" a class, which means no assignments or exams, but no grade, certificate, or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the end. Taking a class traditionally (or, as you would other online courses) means doing short assignments and exams, and receiving feedback from classmates and instructors. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end and CEUs, a record of which is available on your Universal Class account.

Classes range from the very basic to moderately challenging. There are time estimates for each course, but that will vary on your writing and reading speed.

Right now I am taking "Effective Email Communication in the Workplace" as an introduction to using the Universal Class system. This is the sort of undertaking that is ongoing- maybe a few lessons every once in awhile when things are slow. You can take as long as you need to finish a class, so there's no need to stress. This is continuing education in its purest form.

After perusing the entire Universal Class catalog, I've listed the courses I thought would be most useful to youth services librarians. Taking a class is the best way to learn about the service, and you will be better prepared to share it with your colleagues and patrons. If you're psyched about one of these courses, go online, check it out, and then browse the whole catalog. Have fun!

Direct Service To Children

  • Building Children's Reading Skills
  • How to Teach Reading Fundamentals
  • Behavior Management 101

Understanding Your Patrons

  • Early Childhood Development 101
  • Autism 101
  • Bullying in Elementary School
  • Middle and High School Bullying
  • Understanding Learning Styles

Expanding Your Library

  • Fundraising 101
  • How to Write a Grant Proposal
  • How to Write Effective Policies and Procedures

...and so many more!