In addition to the more formal scheduled workshops listed on this website, DOL also offers short, local, "on-demand" trainings.
  DOL consultants are happy to customize the content to fit a library’s needs.  Whether you need some basic information or great depth, they will work with you to provide exactly what you want.  All topics listed below are taught by the regional librarians unless otherwise noted.

What topics are covered?

  • Basic CyberSecurity: Methods for promoting safe computing practices for library staff including e-mail and the Internet.
  • How To Write An Effective Annual Report: Suggestions for facts and figures to include to give a brief but punchy review of the year. Bring a copy of your own for the group to critique.
  • Intellectual Freedom: Explores the principles of intellectual freedom and pertinent ALA documents, and discusses how these apply to day-to-day library situations.
  • Picture Book Story Hours: Covers the necessary ingredients for a successful story time, including selection and presentation of books; songs and fingerplays and program structure.  (Taught by Grace W. Greene, Children’s Services Consultant, call (802) 828-6954, email:
  • Planning: Using The New Planning for Results to develop a community-based long-range plan for your library.
  • Reader's Advisory: A review of the process and tools for helping patrons find books they will enjoy. Come and share your favorite "tried and true" titles.
  • The Reference Interview: Offers a process and techniques for working with customers to help you zero in on what they really want and then answer their questions effectively. 
  • Safety: Procedures and resources for handling emergencies and preparing staff and volunteers.
  • Trustee Orientation: An overview of the roles and responsibilities of trustees and librarians based on A Manual for Vermont Library Trustees.
  • *VOL (Vermont Online Library): An introduction to using the databases licensed as part of the Vermont Online Library contract.
  •  Volunteers: How to recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers of all ages.
  • Weeding: The whys and hows of weeding, including basic guidelines and nitty gritty details.
  • When Customer Service Gets Tough: Techniques and ideas for handling difficult customers.
  • *Your Catalog and Automation: Includes inventory and shelflist preparation; retrospective conversion; database cleanup and continuous maintenance; barcodes, and closing the card catalog.

*These workshops count towards the technology requirement for certification.

Need something not listed?
  Call your regional librarian to discuss the possibilities.

How long are the workshops?  2-3 hours, typically in the morning.

Where are they held?  A regional library, or at a public library in the area.

Do you get credit for these?  Yes, 2 credits for each.

How do you schedule one?  Call your regional librarian (or the consultant listed) and let her or him know which topic you want.  If there is enough interest locally, a workshop will be scheduled.


Midstate Regional Library, Berlin:

Jeremiah Kellogg at 828-2320, email:  


Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury:

Michael Roche at 748-3428, email:


Southeast Regional Librarian: 

Amy Howlett at 463-0142, email:


Regional Librarian: 

Rob Geiszler at 786-3839, email: