Other Workshops


A Day for Friends, 2010

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 - October 2, 10:00-2:30

 

Adult Literacy Programs in Vermont and Elsewhere

In this day-long workshop, participants will learn what programs are being offered throughout the state in support of adult literacy, and what libraries are doing to aid these efforts. Focus will be on reading literacy, and, if time permits, English as a second language; computer literacy, economic literacy, and health literacy will not be addressed.

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

Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury - June 7, 9:30-3:00

Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow - June 15, 9:30-3:00

 

Basic E-Rate for Public Libraries

The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as "E-Rate," provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications  and Internet access. Designed for the novice or beginner this workshop will walk you through E-rate basics and demonstrate how your library could benefit from applying for E-rate funds and recveive a discount on your library's phone or telecommunications services. The class will help you through the application process and provide tips and shortcuts on how to avoid the most common E-rate mistakes.

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

Aldrich Library, Barre - October 2, 10:00-2:30

 

Book Mending

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 ten people in order to offer effective instruction.

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

Midstate Regional Library, Berlin - June 2, 10:00-12:00

Midstate Regional Library, Berlin - June 2, 1:00-3:00

 

Copyright for the 21st Century

Making sense of the current copyright laws in order to determine liability, "fair use" and access to valuable information for your library community can be difficult and confusing. In this workshop we will discuss why understanding copyright is critical to the future of the public library. The class will provide practical tips on how you can safely use and copy text, images, songs, digital information, and software.

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

Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock - August 26, 9:30-3:00

 

Facilities and Energy Management

This workshop will have two pieces. In the morning we'll discuss building maintenance issues: "Our building is eating us alive. What can we do to minimize our problems and costs in operating the physical plant? " An engineer will provide an overview of good preventive maintenance practices and inspection schedules.

In the aftenoon the focus will be on space: "We're bursting at the seams! Can we move things around? Do we need to expand? Is it time to consider moving to a new building? " An architect will help us to understand the decision making process in evaluating the issues and potential solutions to the overcrowding problem many libraries are facing.

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

Dorothy Alling Memorial LIbrary, Williston - May 21, 9:30-3:00

 

Fundraising

Why are some libraries so successful? Are there some fundamental concepts and techniques that make fundraising easier and more successful? Hear from some successful fundraisers about techniques that they employ that may improve your endeavors.

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

Ilsley Library, Middlebury - July 19, 9:30-12:00

 

Grants: The Basics

A one-day workshop to help librarians polish up grant writing skills. Learn how to state the case or problem, provide enough information about the project, determine a clear budget, and incorporate evluation. The presenters wll use the CliF and Willie 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:

Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury - June 8, 9:30-3:00

Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington - June 10, 9:30-3:00

 

Interlibrary Loan Beyond Vermont

This is a half-day roundtable meeting for school and public librarians who have mastered interlibrary loan within Vermont and want to discuss their experiences borrowing from out-of-state libraries.

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

Midstate Regional Library, Berlin - May 18, 9:30-12:00

 

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 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 Department of Libraries, will lead the introduction to genealogy portion and will fill you in on what resources for genealogical research the DOL has. Tanya Marshall, Deputy State Archivist, 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 Regional Library, Berlin - June 4, 9:30-3:00

 

Legal Reference for Public Librarians

"My neighbor knocked over my mailbox with his snowplow. What can I do?" "What are my rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act?" "How do I appeal my property taxes?" "I want to start a bakery business in my home; what regulations must I follow?" Legal reference questions like these can cause even the most doughty referencce librarian to run for cover. It need not be so; legal reference work is systematized and learnable, and there is plenty that can be done for a patron without becoming entangled in ethical questions. This workshop will acquaint public librariens with the law, its research tools and methods, and how to remain within the librarian's proper purview.

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

Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, May 28, 9:30-12:30

 

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.

Dates/Locations:
March 24 ~ Northfield, 9:00-12:00 - LIVE session
March 25 ~ Westminster, 9:00-12:00 - LIVE session
March 31 ~ Milton, 9:00-12:00
April 1 ~ St. Johnsbury, 9:00-12:00
April 8 ~ Killington, 9:00-12:00

October 20 ~ Northfield - LIVE session
October 26 ~ Milton
October 28 ~ Killington
November 9 ~ Westminster
November 10 ~ St. Johnsbury - LIVE session

 

No Cost - Low Cost Programming for School-Aged Children

You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a good children's program. There are a lot of inexpensive ideas, and some that don't cost anything except some time. Come hear what others are doing, and share your own good ideas.

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

Ilsley Library, Middlebury - November 2, 9:30-3:00

 

One-Person Library

Besides the duties and responsibilities associated with being a professional librarian, the one-person library (OPL) director must also be a teacher, consultant, educator, fundraiser, grant writer, community organizer, computer troubleshooter, custodian, clerk, babysitter, publisher, and more. Much of the success of an OPL will depend on your attitude, personality, and the people you associate with at your library. In this workshop we will cover how to define your library's role in the community. Running a one-person library can be a daunting task. We will cover some important survival skills that will help to make your life easier and more efficient. 

Topics that will be included are:

  • A review of DOL support  (workshops, collections, consulting, grants, ILL, technology)
  • Getting organized, prioritizing your workflow to get the most out of your workday
  • Working well with others: board members, volunteers, Friends, town officials
     

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

Georgia Public Library - June 25, 9:30-3:00

 

Puppetry

Using puppets is an easy and inexpensive way of creating great programs and getting children involved in the library. In this workshop, participants will concentrate on:

                           - Bringing puppets  to life through manipulation and voice.

                           - Making simple puppets, props, and stages.

                           - Creating scripts (both original and adaptations ).

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

Hartland Public Libary - August 13 and 20, 9:30-3:00

 

Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

In this half-day workshop, participants will be introduced to strategies to employ to successfully serve patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants will observe  the skills of a sign language interpreter, learn when an interpreter should be engaged for library events, and how to go about finding one.

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

Midstate Regional Library, Berlin - April 29, 9:30-12:0

 

Strategic Planning

Ready to begin 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 plaan for your public library. Each seminar will include assignments and peer feedback as participants begin planning in their towns.

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

Whiting Library, Chester - October 25, 9:30-12:00

 

Summer Reading Program - "Make a Splash, Read"

Come get in the swim for this summer's water-themed programs: "Make a Splash, Read!" for the children and "Make Waves at Your Public Library" for the teens. There will be ideas for programs both scientific and funny, plus suggestions for books, displays and decorations, and performers.

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

Brown Public Library, Northfield, March 17, 9:30-3:00

Bennington Free Library - March 31, 9:30-3:00

 

Summer Reading Program FOR ADULTS - Water Your Mind

For the second time, the Department of Libraries hosts a day of adult programming ideas for the national summer reading theme, Water Your Mind. We'll discuss logistics, local incentives, program ideas, displays, and how to tweak the familiar concepts of summer reading to involve adults in the community. We'll include ideas for men, intergenerational programs and the fifty plus crowd. Bonus: if you're not wild about the slogan, help us generate  a Vermont version. If the library is not doing a summer reading program, join the group to review good program practices and get ideas for working with adults.

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

Midstate Regional Library, Berlin - March 10, 9:30-3:00

 

Team Building for Public Library Staff

Team building helps an organization develop shared goals, accountability, and commitment. This one day workshop will focus on how to develop organizational values, dealing with personalities in the workplace, role of the team leader, resolving conflict, and team goals.

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

Hartland Public Library - October 8, 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, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact your regional librarian. 

Dates/Location:
April 5 ~ St. Michael's College
April 8 ~ Lyndon State College
April 13 ~ Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
April 20 ~ Mount Snow
April 28 ~ Rutland/Killington Holiday Inn

 

Working With Volunteers

OK...We have these people who want to help us out. How do we manage them? How do we prevent the volunteers from creating more work than they can accomplish? What tasks are appropriate for them to handle? Can we 'fire' a volunteer?  Hear from some 'experts' on how to make the most of this valuable resource.

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

Brown Public Library, Northfield - October 14, 10:00-1:00