DOL News, no. 140, Fall 2008
Department of Libraries
In this issue:
We know . . . you haven’t seen a newsletter from the DOL in many months. We hope you find it interesting and informative – and we invite your feedback. Just contact any DOL staff member; our contact information is at the end of the newsletter. You’ll also note that we are sending this out electronically and posting it on the Department’s website. We’re saving postage by sending it only to those public libraries that lack internet access. Want a paper copy? We invite you to use your own printer – then you can share this “the old-fashioned way” with library staff, trustees, and friends.
Times are tough. And we all know that when the economic cycle turns downward, citizens look to their libraries for help. I am listening closely to your stories because they reflect what is happening in communities all across
It’s not the economic climate that I had hoped for as a new state librarian. At DOL we have significant budget challenges. In August we reduced our FY09 budget by 4.8% and we are now facing significant additional cuts for this FY and next. It requires that we look closely at all of our programs to determine what is most essential, while also looking ahead to plan for services we will need to provide in the future. We have some very difficult and downright painful decisions ahead. Many of you are in the same fix: how to provide the best service possible with diminishing resources.
I am writing this after four months on the job. It has been a steep learning curve for me and I feel privileged to work with a dedicated and savvy group of people here at DOL and in state government – and with all of you. I thought you might like to know how I have been spending my time:
--In September I travelled with Michael Roche to the Gates Foundation in
--I have attended gatherings of librarians and trustees in Barton,
--In October I was in
--I have met informally with several
--I attended a VLA executive board meeting and a VSLA executive board meeting; (and joined school librarians for lunch at the VSLA fall conference);
--I have been to
--I have attended countless meetings here in
--I joined the members of the State Board of Libraries for our first meeting together, hosted at
--And, I am meeting with folks in other state agencies and organizations to strengthen partnerships and to explore new ways for collaboration.
There is new energy here at DOL despite the grim economic realities. My goal is constant: excellent library service for every Vermonter. Maybe that’s a predictable goal, but you should know that I consider each and every one of you a partner in that endeavor. Here at DOL we work very hard with that end in mind and in the months ahead I will be calling on some of you to lend us a hand as we think about and plan our future work. In the meantime, enjoy this festive holiday season. Best wishes for a Happy New Year!
Amy Howlett, Regional Consultant
The long awaited final round of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants for computers has begun. The Department of Libraries notified libraries eligible to apply in November, with grants to be awarded in July 2009.
Each grant awards a minimum of two computers at a cost of $2,600 per computer. The price tag includes computers, peripherals such as printers, a major investment in technology support and two days of advocacy training given by the Public Library Association. The advocacy training will give librarians the tools to sustain library funding for technology long beyond the grants. Each grant also requires a local match, one quarter of the grant in year one and one half in year two
Eligibility is determined initially by the percentage of the population living in poverty. Secondary eligibility will be determined when libraries complete a TechAtlas inventory by early January. In March the DOL will publish the final eligibility list based on the age of current computers and the number of people living in poverty compared to the number of computers.
Libraries may find the application process challenging, but DOL and NELINET consultants are ready to help. We know that the results - training, new understanding, and new technology - are essential for public libraries. For more information, contact Michael Roche, michael.roche @mail.dol.state.vt.us, (802) 748-3428, or your local consultant.
November, 2008: initial eligibility letters are mailed.
Nov/Dec: libraries use new TechAtlas tool to inventory current hardware
Early January, 2009: Tech Atlas inventories due
March 2: final list of eligible libraries announced
April 24: proposals due from eligible libraries
July: grant awarded for the first year
Martha Reid, State Librarian
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently launched the Broadband Assessment Project, a nationwide effort to collect detailed information about Internet connections in all public libraries in the
“What?” you ask. “Another survey?” Well, yes. And it is an important one because the data collected will help, not only the Foundation in their work, but also the Department of Libraries in our efforts with other state agencies and organizations to improve support and funding for Internet services in Vermont’s public libraries.
Public libraries will receive a letter this month with details about the survey and how to participate. The Foundation has engaged a team of third-party researchers to conduct the Broadband Assessment Project and team members will be calling libraries over the next month to ask for information about Internet connectivity.
A list of “Who Has What: Automated Systems in Vermont Libraries” can be found on the Vermont Department of Libraries’ Technical Services Home Page at: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/tsu/whohaswhat. The list is arranged in three categories: school, public, and university and academic libraries. The Technical Services staff learns about the type of system a library uses based on reports to the department and by word of mouth. As a consequence, the information from a small number of libraries may be missing or may have changed from what DOL has posted. Please report changes to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follett systems dominate in the public library arena as well, although some of the libraries are changing to open source options. The public library figures are: Follett (32, 7 of which use Follett Destiny), Mandarin (11), LibraryWorld (9), Koha (7) (more libraries will be switching over to Koha soon), TLC (6), Winnebago (4), Athena (3), SirsiDynix (2), Sagebrush (2), and ResourceMate (2). The remaining systems: Voyager, Library Soft, LibraryPro, LibraryCom, Inmagic, Innopac, and Book Systems are each used by one public library.
SirsiDynix is the most popular system in the academic world; 6 libraries usethis system. The remaining systems in
***PLEASE NOTE: Some of the vendors have been taken over by other companies. The system names given are those provided by the libraries.
Rob Geiszler, Regional Consultant
When the internet came into being, it wasn’t with the purpose of providing Corporate America with yet one more opportunity to soak the consumer. The people who were instrumental in the development of this technology were looking to provide a means of sharing information freely and openly. As a consequence, they rejected the concept of copyright and proprietary, encrypted software. Probably the first expression of this new paradigm came in the GNU General Public License, first applied in 1989. This license allowed anyone to use the software, modify it, and share it, with the provision that any further distribution would be free to the general public. This forward thinking model, generically referred to as “open source,” has now found further expression in the Creative Commons Copyleft concept. Most free software is now subject to a General Public License.
Two software packages for library automation that are available and subject to this license are Koha and Evergreen. Both of these packages rival any commercially available software. They are stable, offer a variety of features, are fully customizable and . . . they’re free of vendor fees. Think of it, no more update fees. No more service agreements. So why isn’t everyone using them?
First, these software packages need a server running Linux. Linux is an open source operating system that replaces Microsoft Windows. Not many people are familiar with Linux, and to be honest, it isn’t as easy to use as Windows. However, once the server is set up and functioning, it needs very little, if any maintenance. Like most open source software, once properly installed, Linux is extraordinarily stable. It’s the “Energizer Bunny” of operating systems. It just runs and runs. The other computers in the library, however, may still be Windows-based machines
Second, the initial setup of both Koha and Evergreen require some technological expertise. However, once over that initial challenge, both of these open source programs should run easily, requiring little maintenance. There are knowledgeable people around to help out with this installation, and the DOL will be happy to put you in touch with them.
Third, these programs are new and unknown. Some people may not want to be the first subject in what is viewed as an experimental program. Rest assured, however, these products are in use in
Whether your library is already automated or is considering automating for the first time, you should give great consideration to one of the open source distributions. There’s no question, there will be a learning curve. If you’re converting from another library system, there will be conversion headaches. But like other technological innovations, once you get past the initial growth pains, you’re going to be very glad you made the effort.
Amy Howlett, Regional Consultant
Almost a hundred trustees, librarians, and speakers met at the Rutland Free library November 8 for the annual fall Vermont Library Trustee Association Conference. State Librarian Martha Reid and David Brown, chair of the VLTA Steering Committee, opened the day. Gail Weymouth of the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee reviewed the new confidentiality statute; “Public libraries are the last safe haven for open inquiry,” she told the group.
Library consultant Lawrence Webster presented tools for trustees to bring back to their boards, resources for finding information, worksheets to prepare library messages, and talking points on the importance of libraries. For the fiscally minded, she also demonstrated the value calculator showing the dollars saved when a family uses the library. Webster’s handouts are posted at Vermont Continuing Education on the web at http://vt.webjunction.org.
David Brown and Amy Howlett hosted a quick trivia contest. Big winners included trustees Kathy Harm (lunch with the State Librarian) and Bernadette Howard (Tom Bodett’s answering machine message). Two libraries plan to use the “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” format to liven up a board meeting and staff training.
The next event for
Thursday, April 9 Lyndon State College
Monday, April 13 St. Michael’s College,
Tuesday, April 28 Lake Morey
Wednesday, May 6
Grace Greene, Children’s Services Consultant
As always, there will be two “live “sessions of Materials Review this spring, and three sessions on DVD. This time, besides
, the live session will be at the Milton Public Library. RETN (Regional Educational Technology Network) will tape the Northfield presentation, and that recording will be shown in the other three locations. The books, with the reviews inserted in them, will accompany the DVD, so whichever site you choose you will have access to all the books. The schedule is as follows: Northfield
Tuesday, March 31
Wednesday, April 1 Brown Public Library,
Tuesday, April 7 Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury
Thursday, April 9 Kurn Hattin,
Friday, April 10 Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
All programs begin at 9:00 a.m. There is a formal part to the program and then plenty of time to examine all the books. And, if you cannot make it to any of these programs, you may borrow a DVD of the session later.
Directions to the Brown Public Library in
Directions to Kurn Hattin: Take Exit 5 from I-91 (the
Grace Greene, Children’s Services Consultant
The seventh annual DCF (Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award) Conference will be held on Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Lake Morey Resort in
. The keynote speaker will be David Macaulay, author of such wonderful classics as Castle, Cathedral and The Way Things Work, as well as the brand new book on the human body, The Way We Work. Beth Kanell of Fairlee, Vermont Waterford, Vermont will give the endnote, talking about her novel of 1920s during the eugenics movement, Darkness Under the Water. In between the two speeches, there will be workshops on such things as: how to use technology to promote the DCF program; readers’ theater, and getting boys to read. Kate Messner, author of three books set in Vermont Vermont, will do a workshop on using her books in the classroom and celebrating the history and natural landscape of . Vermont
Books (both those on the 2009-2010 DCF master list and ones by Macaulay, Kanell and Messner) will be for sale. Registration forms will be sent out to all libraries and schools in January. Please alert all the 4th-8th grade teachers that you know, too!
2008 winner: Cynthia Lord won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for Rules (Scholastic, 2006). She spoke at a celebration on May 27 at
DCF blog: Get your kids to share their thoughts about the books on this year’s list. Thanks to Pam Burke and her students at
Voting for the 2009 winner. Voting will be due on Friday, April 10, 2009, the same day at the Red Clover voting is due. You will again be able to vote on line through the DCF website at www.dcfaward.org.
For the second year, the Young Writers’ Project, under the leadership of Geoff Gevalt, has given the Green Mountain Book Award a place for kids to discuss the books. Please urge your high school students to join the discussion about all of this year’s nominees: http://youngwritersproject.org/taxonomy/term/2296. Participation has been slow, so help them get going!
This summer public libraries will be encouraging reading and celebrating creativity, using materials produced by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a 47-state group that uses its resources and buying power to create excellent materials at very low prices. As always, DOL will pay for reading records, posters, bookmarks and certificates for all
The new biennial edition of our performers’ manual, Programs for Children is hot off the press. Thanks to contributions from librarians around the state there are many new entries, so finding someone to perform or speak at your library or school should be easier than ever. We list storytellers, puppeteers, scientists, magicians and much more. The manual is now on the web at
If you use it a lot and would like to have a hard copy, please request one from April Kelley (828-3261; email: CBEC@mail.dol.state.vt.us ).
On November 19 the National Book Award Foundation announced the winner in the young people’s literature category: Judy Blundell’s What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic). The other four nominees were: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Simon and Schuster); The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (Atheneum); The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Hyperion) and The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (Knopf). For information on these books as well as all the adult books that were nominated and interviews with the authors, go to: http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2008.html .
Be sure to check out the new “Classify: An Experimental Classification Service” tool provided by OCLC found at http://deweyresearch.oclc.org/classify2/. Enter a title, author, ISBN, or OCLC number and you will be provided with the most commonly used Dewey number, the most recent Dewey number assigned, as well as the DDC edition used, and a pie chart with percentages used for each number. The tool provides Library of Congress classification numbers as well. However, be sure to check the Dewey schedules (no matter what!) because some of the most recent numbers do not reflect the most recent classification schedules.
Jeremiah Kellogg, Midstate Regional Librarian & Consultant
The Secretary of State’s Office has recently issued a new edition of The Law of Public Libraries. In this latest version trustees and librarians will find valuable information about the laws affecting both municipal and incorporated public libraries. This includes topics such as: how trustees are appointed or elected, what authority trustees have, open meeting laws, creating by-laws and policies, managing funds, building management, and information about the Patron Confidentiality Law that was passed in 2008. A copy of this latest edition can be found online at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/municipal/pubs/library.html .
Jeremiah Kellogg, Midstate Regional Librarian & Consultant
The Vermont Humanities Council, with support from the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Windham Foundation, is once again offering its lecture series First Wednesdays. This humanities forum covers topics on art, history, literature, folk medicine, politics and more. This year nine
Teresa R. Faust, Special Services Consultant
If you should hear a public service announcement for Special Services, the “talking book” library, on radio or TV, please let us know what station on which you heard it. The announcements were produced and paid for by the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped and were distributed by SSU this fall. They feature SSU’s toll free number.
Special Services now has an online public access catalog which allows patrons and librarians to conduct their own searches and order their own “talking books” and large print books. A number of our visually impaired patrons are utilizing screen reader software and are avid users of the Internet. These patrons, and computer savvy family members of other patrons, have been asking for a catalog for some time. A link to the catalog is on SSU’s website (libraries.vermont.gov/ssu), or one can find it directly at: www.klas.com/vtssu . The OPAC is part of the new integrated library system installed at SSU this fall. The system is KLAS, a product of Keystone Systems,
Paul Donovan, Law Librarian
It is often with a sense of gratitude that I watch photos of myself in paisley pants deteriorate over the years, and I suspect that I’m not alone. But when photos of others disintegrate, I am alarmed. And so is the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In fact, they are alarmed when other things deteriorate too: texts, paintings, buildings, seeds, handmade aboriginal canoes, music scores, quilts, farm implements, airplanes…just about anything you can imagine. IMLS and Heritage Preservation surveyed museums, libraries, cultural centers, universities and others (including the Wasilla Public Library) about their collections and preservation efforts and published A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections in December 2005, known as the “Heritage Health Index”. In the HHI, they identify one hundred ninety million artifacts at risk.
Committees of interested parties were formed in each State after an eye-opening conference in
Hopefully, farm machinery, quilts, Native American objects, buildings, paintings, books, and everything else collected in
Mara Siegel, Continuing Education
On May 13, 2008, thirty librarians were awarded Certificates of Public Librarianship at the Vermont Library Conference. These individuals completed the Vermont Department of Libraries' certification program for public librarians. The Department congratulates them for all of their hard work and dedication. They are:
Tina Achilles, Cobleigh Library, Lyndonville
Marilyn Barney, Swanton Public Library
Rachel Clark, Baxter Memorial Library,
Lisa Daudon, Starksboro Public Library
Jill Dean, Wardsboro Public Library
Michelle Dufort, Grafton Public Library
Judith Flint, Kimball Public Library,
Rebecca Jensen, Peacham Library
Jean Jolley, formerly of the Brown Public Library
Jan Ketterer, Mark Skinner Library, Manchester
Beverly Major, Westminster West Public Library
Donna Malinowski, Jericho Town Library
Becky McCullough, formerly of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Amy McMullen, Hartland Public Library
Lisa Milchman, Norwich Public Library
Gloria Molinaroli, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum,
Karen Morris, Whiting Library,
Amy Olsen, Lanpher Memorial Library,
Andrea Poe, formerly of the Barton Public Library
Mona Rogers, Sara Partridge Community Library, E. Middlebury
Gloria Willis, Rand Memorial Library,
Lisa Wood, Davies Memorial Library,
Suzi Youatt, will be formerly of Grafton Public Library
Mara Siegel, Continuing Education
This year, many public, school, and academic librarians around the state participated in
The content for this self-discovery program was adapted from the Learning 2.0 program designed by Helene Blowers, then the Technology Director of the Public Library of Charlotte and
Over 150 librarians signed up for this learning experience. If you’d like to participate, head over to http://vermontlibrarieslearn.wordpress.com/the-23-things to see more.
Mara Siegel, Continuing Education
- Thousands of helpful articles and tips on the challenges librarians and staff face every day.
- Hundreds of self-paced e-learning courses on business, technical, and library skills. Free Webinars on hot topics, featuring guest speakers from around the library community.
- Active discussions on a wide variety of topics, driven by knowledgeable library staff from around the library profession
- Social tools help librarians and staff connect with their peers within the library community. Useful features include discussion, groups, public profiles, MyWebJunction, recommendations, tagging
- Fast and simple user-created groups, documents, discussions, comments, metadata, and more
- Better, more flexible courses from SkillSoft and other providers
- Easier discoverability of useful courses through ratings, recommendations, comments, and search
- Training and support for members, including: Webinars, Tools, instructions and tips, Help/FAQ, Getting Started, Peer to Peer Support, Best Practices
Visit at vt.webjunction.org
Mara Siegel, Continuing Education
We will be rolling out the 2009 Continuing Education Calendar in February. The core courses we will be offering are Reference and Basic Public Library Administration. The calendar can be found at http://evanced.info/vtdol/evanced/eventcalendar.asp and will be regularly updated with online learning opportunities during the winter months.
Meg Page, Reference & ILL
Order these from DOL through Interlibrary Loan:
Academic librarianship by design : a blended librarian's guide to the tools and techniques / Steven J. Bell.
Academic library and the net gen student : making the connections / Susan Gibbons.
Access to government in the computer age : an examination of state public records law / Martha Harrell Chumbler, editor.
Analyzing library collection use with Excel / Tony Greiner and Bob Cooper.
Care of prints and drawings / Margaret Holben Ellis.
Crash course in marketing for libraries / Susan Webreck Alman.
Creating your library brand : communicating your relevance and value to your patrons / Elisabeth Doucett.
Evaluation and measurement of library services / Joseph R. Matthews.
FRBR : a guide for the perplexed / Robert L. Maxwell.
Fundamentals of technical services management / Sheila S. Intner, with Peggy Johnson.
Good match : library career opportunities for graduates of liberal arts colleges / Rebecca A. Watson-Boone.
Guidelines for library services for people with mental illnesses, 2007 / ASCLA Standards Review Subcommittee.
Human resources for results : the right person for the right job / Jeanne Goodrich and Paula M. Singer.
Intellectual property : everything the digital-age librarian needs to know / Timothy Lee Wherry.
Is consulting for you? : a primer for information professionals / Ulla de Stricker.
Libraries connect communities : public library funding & technology access study, 2006-2007 /
Library collection development policies : school libraries and learning resource centers / Frank W. Hoffman.
Life-work balance / Melanie Hawks.
Managing your library construction project : a step-by-step guide / Richard C. McCarthy.
Meeting the information needs of the American people : past actions and future initiatives / Nancy Davenport.
Preservation management for libraries, archives and museums / G.E. Gorman and Sydney J. Shep, editors.
Public library Internet services and the digital divide : the role and impacts from selected external funding sources / Charles R. McClure, et al.
Puppet magic / Joy L. Lowe and Kathryn I. Matthew.
Reference sources for small and medium-sized libraries.
Role of public libraries in local economic development / prepared for the Kansas State Library by Robert H. Glass, et al.
School libraries work! [
Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked world : a report to the OCLC membership / Cathy De Rosa et al.
Small public library survival guide : thriving on less / Herbert B. Laundau.
Strategic planning for results / Sandra Nelson for the Public Library Assoc. Chicago :
Sustaining public access computing programs : technology and management competencies / Betha Gutsche, editor.
Understanding FRBR : what it is and how it will affect our retrieval tools / Arlene G. Taylor, editor.
Whole digital library handbook / Diane Kresh, editor.
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