Other Workshops 2011


Day for Friends

A traditional meeting for Vermont Friends of the Libraries returns! We hope to bring together Friends from every corner of the state for a day of inspiration, education, and idea-sharing. Come for financial issues and 501c3 information, and come for fundraising projects.

To register for the workshop, click on the link below:

Aldrich Library, Barre - June 4, 10:00-2:30


Forming Community Partnerships

In order to maintain the role of community center and overcome recent budgetary constraints it is important for libraries to form partnerships with other people and organizations in their communities.  This workshop will explore ideas and strategies for finding relevant organizations in your community where forming a partnership may be mutually beneficial.

To register for the workshop, click on the link below:

Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin - September 2, 9:30-3:00


Grants: The Basics

A one-day workshop to help librarians sharpen their grant writing skills. Learn how to state the case or problem, provide enough information about the project, determine a clear budget and incorporate evaluation. The presenters will use the CLiF and Winnie Belle Learned grants as examples. Gerrie Denison will review Vermont grant resources and DOL assistance available.

To register for the workshop, click on the link below:

Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin - June 1, 9:30-3:00


Introduction to Genealogy for Librarians

 "My great, great, great grandmother was born in Vermont and I want to know everything you have about her." GASP!!... That statement sends a shiver of panic through many a librarian who has ever heard it. If you’re one of those or you’d like to be well-armed when you DO face the question, this workshop is for you. You will receive an introduction to the basics of genealogical research and record keeping, followed by presentations to familiarize you with the genealogical resources at the Vermont Department of Libraries, Vermont State Archives, and the Vermont Historical Society.

Meg Page, from the Vermont Department of Libraries, will lead the introduction to genealogy portion and will fill you in on what resources for genealogical research the DOL has. Scott Reilly, Archivist, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, and Paul Carnahan, Vermont Historical Society Librarian, will introduce you to the parts of their collections that are of particular interest to people doing genealogical research.”

To register for the workshop, click on the link below:

Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin - June 14, 9:30-3:00


Materials Review

If you select children's and/or young adult books for your library, here's where you can learn about the best of the new titles for children from birth through young adult. You will hear reviews and examine the books to decide what is best for your library. In addition to the books that are reviewed orally, there will be many nonfiction books recommended by the review media, and books recommended by volunteer reviewers. There is a formal part to the program and then plenty of time to examine all of the books.

There is no registration necessary.

March 23 ~ Northfield, 9:00-12:00 - LIVE session
March 24 ~ Georgia, 9:00-12:00 - LIVE session
March 29 ~ St. Johnsbury, 9:00-12:00
March 31 ~ Westminster, 9:00-12:00
April 5 ~ Killington, 9:00-12:00

October 26 ~ Northfield, 9:00-12:00 - LIVE session
October 27 ~ Ludlow, 9:00-12:00 - LIVE session
November 2 ~ Milton, 9:00-12:00
November 3 ~ St. Johnsbury, 9:00-12:00


Strategic Planning Series

Ready to begin building a long range plan? Join fellow librarians for four workshop seminars running into 2011. Each seminar includes basic instruction for directors and planning committee chairs. Use statistics, usage patterns, community responses and standard group tools to develop a long range plan for the public library. Each seminar will include assignments and peer feedback as participants begin planning in their towns.

To register for the workshops, click on the links below:

Chester:  January 24, February 28, March 28

Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin:  April 18, May 16, June 20, TBA


Summer Reading Program - "One World, Many Stories"

Our summer reading program this year has the theme of diversity and other cultures; the slogans are “One World, Many Stories” for the children’s program, and “You are Here” for the teen program. These workshops will give you ideas for the summer: programs both fun and informative, books, displays and decorations, international food and performers.

To register for the workshop, click on the link below:

Brown Public Library, Northfield - March 16, 9:30-3:00

Rockingham Free Public Library - March 23, 9:30-3:00


Town Officers' Education Conferences

The Vermont Library Trustees Association (VTLA), the trustee section of the Vermont Library Association, in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Libraries will again offer a series of workshops for trustees and librarians during the spring Town Officers Educational Conferences. TOECs are sponsored by the Vermont Institute for Government, with organizational help from the UVM Extension Service which will mail a registration packet to each library in spring, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact your regional librarian.

April 6 ~  Hilton Hotel, Burlington
April 7 ~ Johnson State College
April 20 ~ Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
April 27 ~ Holiday Inn, Rutland


Working With Trustees, Staff and Volunteers to Spread the Word About Libraries

A one day workshop to give board members, volunteers, and staff the tools to make the case for adequate library funding. Establish priorities and design an advocacy program that communicates the value and importance of public library service to community members, town officials, and other decision-makers.

To register for the workshop, click on the link below:

Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin - September 20, 9:30-3:00


Youth Services

This course is designed to be an overview of youth services and programs. Topics to be covered include: traditional and non-traditional programming, planning an effective environment, and administrative issues such as planning, budgeting, and evaluating. Because materials selection and storytimes are covered in other workshops, these topics will not be stressed here.

To register for the workshop, click on the link below:

Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin - September 27-29, 9:30-3:00