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Recorded Workshops

Getting Started with Outcome-Based Evaluation
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
56 min.
Your library offers a lot of great programs, resources, and services, but how can you determine what effects these have on your users? In this session, you’ll learn practical tips for getting started with outcome-based evaluation. You will gain a deeper understanding of what outcomes are and how to measure them. You will also develop a greater appreciation for WHY outcome measurement benefits libraries, through examples illustrating how evaluation results can be used for program improvement and demonstrating the impact of your library.


Security for Rural Librarians: Staying Safe at Work When Help is Far
Friday, May 10, 2024
1 hr. 17 min.
This webinar will provide tools for safely working alone or almost alone in a rural library. Topics will include how to decide whether to stay onsite or leave, setting up phone trees, code words, exit and evacuation plans, and improving physical security through cameras, panic alarms, better door hardware, remote locking devices and safe rooms. It will also cover the value of Security Incident Reports, and how to get better results from law enforcement. Scenarios unique to rural libraries will be used to demonstrate the concepts shared. The presentation will include a Q&A portion. The intended audience for this is rural library staff, trustees, and volunteers. Recorded May 10, 2024.


Facilities and Project Management in Libraries
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
48 min.
Are you preparing for a building renovation, expansion, or new facility construction? Or a major new service, collection, or program offering? Join VTLIB Library Operations Consultant Kevin Unrath for this discussion of project management. This webinar will explore project management as a discipline and explain how it could be applied in libraries, with a dual focus on space-related projects and new service-related projects. We’ll also briefly explore how to maintain momentum for your facility or project after it has launched. Recorded April 23, 2024.


Successful Supervising in Libraries of All Sizes: Part 2
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
58 min.
This is a follow-up to the March 21 webinar which was rich with discussion and Q&A and more topics than we were able to cover in one hour! Topics for Part Two will be managing conflict, job descriptions, hiring and evaluation best practices, and personnel policies. Attendance at this does not require attendance at the previous webinar. Topics are related, but also stand on their own. This webinar is recommended for library directors, trustees, and any who supervise full or part-time staff or volunteers.


Money Management for Librarians: How to Support Patrons During Financial Literacy Month and Beyond!
Thursday, April 11, 2024
55 min.
April is National Financial Literacy Month and to support librarians who would like to offer related programming and be able to support patrons better, VTLIB is hosting guest presenter Carol Kando-Pineda, Counsel in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Consumer and Business Education. This webinar will introduce an FTC site about “just the basics, plain and simple,” and tools to help patrons manage their money and deal with debt. Some of the topics covered will be understanding personal credit and credit reports, managing debt, dealing with debt collectors, avoiding debt relief scams, and recovering from identity theft.


Trustee Spring Training 2024
Thursday, April 4, 2024
1 hr. 2 min.
This webinar covers where to find information and tools to support your work as a trustee. Topics include Open Meeting Law, figuring out who is responsible for which aspects of the library, how to best supervise and support your library director, how to be a library champion, and information about support organizations that can help your library succeed. An overview of current legislative changes potentially affecting libraries in the state will also be provided. Although the focus of this webinar is new trustees, information will also be relevant for directors and seasoned library board members. Recorded April 4, 2024.


Successful Supervising in Libraries of All Sizes
Thursday, March 21, 2024
1 hr. 2 min.
Librarians often seem to find themselves in unexpected supervisory roles, sometimes from a promotion or a move to a new library, sometimes because they are new to the field and did not expect to have this responsibility. Or maybe they have a lot of experience managing full-time staff but are now in a position where they supervise part-time staff or volunteers. Join VTLIB staff for some tips and best practices on how to approach these situations in a positive way that helps staff, the library, and the supervisor thrive! In addition to library directors and managers, trustees are encouraged to attend this webinar in support of their role as supervisors of the library's director.


Library Eclipse Planning Round Table
Thursday, February 29, 2024
1 hr. 35 min.
Join library staff from across the state to share ideas and resources related to programming around the total eclipse that will happen on Monday, April 8, 2024. You will hear from library staff who are planning events at their libraries or supporting larger community events in towns and cities.


The Basics of Computer Networking
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
1 hr 52 min.
Would you like to know more about computer networking? Join Technology Consultant Joshua Muse for an overview of the parts of a computer network. We'll discuss each of the components for wired and wireless network, from modems and routers to switches and access points. Recorded Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.


Vermont Assistive Technology training with Joy Redington
Thursday, January 18, 2024
53 min.
Join Assistive Technology Access Specialist, Joy Redington, from the Vermont Assistive Technology Program for an introduction to the Assitive Technology Program and how the program helps people thrive in their community. They will include information about library-related assistive technology that can be of practical use to library staff and patrons.


FTC Webinar: Spotting and Avoiding Scams
Thursday, November 30, 2023
59 min.
Join Carol Kando-Pineda from the Federal Trade Commission for this presentation on how to spot (and avoid) scams, some steps to take in protecting your data and devices, and what to do if you paid a scammer or suspect identity theft. The discussion will touch on the FTC’s data illustrating the scope of the scam problem, how scams are evolving, the warning signs of scams, scammers’ evolving use of cryptocurrency and AI to defraud consumers, and the FTC’s resources to inform consumers. Helpful for personal use and for working with library patrons!


Creating Dementia Friendly Libraries
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
27 min.
Join the Vermont Department of Health's Public Health Specialist, Gillian Shapiro, to learn how to support individuals with dementia, their caregivers, and families by creating a dementia-friendly library. We will discuss best practices for interacting with people with dementia, types of programming and materials to offer, how to make the physical space supportive, and will share educational and community resources. Recorded Nov. 1, 2023


Library Records Management and Schedules
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
55 min.
Staff and trustees of municpal and incorporated public libraries are invited to attend this introduction and overview of library records management and retention schedules. Records and Information Management Specialist Steve Picazio from the Vermont State Archives & Records Administration will cover how record schedules relate to the work of municipal libraries, records management best practices, and how incorporated libraries can use records schedules as guidelines.


ABLE Library Overview Thursday, october 19, 2023
41 min.
Join ABLE Library director, Karen Gravlin, for an overview of the ABLE Library, Vermont's Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. Participants will learn what the ABLE Library offers, who is eligible, and how to refer patrons who might benefit from this free service. Learn more about different accessible book formats and how public libraries can partner with the ABLE Library to offer library services to people with disabilities.


Crafting & Advancing Your Library's Budget
Monday, September 18, 2023
1 hr. 1 min.
Library budgets never stray too far from center stage, but they take a leading role when the time comes to create and present a new one for approval. What adjustments seem right compared to last year? Has the price of books and supplies gone up significantly? Are there financial strains affecting your municipality that might influence how receptive they are to the library budget? Join VTLIB staff Kevin Unrath and Joy Worland for this session on creating and championing your library’s next budget. Trustees and directors are encouraged to attend together!


Resource and Funding Opportunities for Rural Libraries
Friday, August 11, 2023
51 min.
Now is a time of so many funding possibilities for libraries and municipalities. Which is great, but…Do you ever wonder which your library can apply for? Does it matter where the library is located? The population of your town? Does the municipal/incorporated question come into play? And the processes involved: perhaps demystifying those would make these opportunities more approachable? Here is a chance to get some clarity! Join staff from the USDA Rural Development, the Rural Economic Development Initiative, and regional planning commissions to learn about funding and other support these groups offer to rural libraries and communities.


Cataloging: Classification
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
1 hr. 2 min.
This webinar dives into the cataloging topic of classification. It will go over different classification schemes, some tools to use, and a presentation from Matthew Vasquez Jaquith, the Technical Services Supervisor at the Central Library in Springfield, Mass., on the alternate Dewey Decimal Classification arrangement for the 200's. The goals for this webinar are for participants to become more confident in understanding of classification and their role in cataloging, gain tools to aid in classifying materials, and become more comfortable applying classifications. Recorded August 9, 2023.


Save Your Family Treasures: Public workshop on preserving damaged personal heirlooms
Friday, July 21, 2023
1 hr. 17 min.
This Friday from 11:00am-12:00pm the Vermont Department of Libraries will host the webinar, Save Your Family Treasures, a free public workshop on preserving damaged personal heirlooms, presented by the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative. When homes are damaged and lives upended, treasured possessions such as photos, artwork, important documents, quilts, family heirlooms, and other keepsakes may still be salvaged. During the presentation, preservation experts from the Smithsonian Institution will demonstrate how to handle, dry, and clean damaged family heirlooms using materials accessible at local hardware or convenience stores and will share tips on personal safety, setting priorities, options for treatment, and how to prepare for the next event. This event is free and open to the public.


Medical Reserve Corps Webinar for Library Staff
Friday, June 2, 2023
35 min.
This webinar features Heather Rigney, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Medical Reserve Corp State Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health, in an overview of the National MRC program and its history, how the MRC in Vermont is coordinated, the types of emergency and non-emergency missions they support, and how librarians can host them at their libraries. Recorded June 2, 2023.


Overview of Resources for Public Library Trustees
Thursday, March 23, 2023
56 min.
Overview of Resources for Public Library Trustees Did you know that the Department of Libraries, The Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Niche Academy, and the American Library Association regularly update and add resources to help you be a good library trustee? Whether you are newly elected to your library’s board this March or you are a veteran board member who hasn’t checked out these sites recently, this webinar will give you an overview of where to find information and tools to help when you have questions about Open Meeting Law, figuring out who is responsible for which aspects of the library, how to best supervise and support your library director, and how to be a library champion to your select board and beyond.
Video Link (YouTube)


Attracting Community Gifts to Library Capital Projects, with Christine Graham
Monday, March 13, 2023
1 hr. 24 min.
This webinar will explore the diverse means of raising charitable contributions for your capital project, including but not limited to funds to supplement a VTLIB grant. The program will cover various ways to find prospects, whether your library has an existing donor base or not, the types of gifts you can seek, how to set a goal, and the ways to ask for larger and smaller gifts. Presenter bio: Through her fundraising consultation firm, CPG Enterprises, Christine has worked with over a dozen Vermont libraries creating fundraising plans, coaching capital campaigns and advising on planned giving; she is the author of Blueprint for a Capital Campaign, a primer for planning a major campaign.
Video Link (YouTube)


Hiring Well and Getting Your New Employee Off to a Good Start
Thursday, March 2, 2023
55 min.
There’s nothing more important to the success of your library than your people! Revisit the key actions that you may take to hire the best people you can, as well as tricks and tips on successful employee onboarding. Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, will discusses the importance of job descriptions, promotion, and interviewing techniques in hiring well, followed by essential aspects of training for success before and after the employee joins your library.
Video Link (YouTube)


Capital Project Funds & Needs Assessment Webinar
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
1 hr. 49 min.
Join State Librarian Catherine Delneo for an overview of the two capital project grant opportunities the Department will make available this spring. Assistant State Librarian Janette Shaffer will walk attendees through the required Needs Assessment form. This form will be launched by the time of the webinar and be open through March 31st. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions following each segment of the presentation. The webinar will be recorded and will be made available online. We encourage you to invite your board members and municipal leaders to this event. Recorded on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.


2023 Summer Programming Grant Information Session
Thursday, February 23, 2023
36 min.
Join VTLIB staff to learn more about this year's summer programming grants for public libraries! The application and reporting process will be discussed, along with ideas on how to spend grant funds. There will be plenty of time for questions.


Fair Housing Month and Your Library
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
43 min.
April is Fair Housing Month and VTLIB is happy to partner with the Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity for another series of public education and art events. The goal of these events is to raise awareness about the importance of equal access to housing, free from discrimination, and the positive role that inclusive, affordable housing plays in thriving communities. Join us to learn about Fair Housing Month activities and resources, hear from a panel of librarians from around the state, and share your ideas and plans for April. Feel free to invite other local organizations that might be interested in this topic or be potential partners on related programs or projects.

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Part 2


Cataloging Month Series: Subject Headings
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
1 hr. 29 min.
Join VTLIB Cataloging Consultant Lauren Kelley to learn about and discuss current events & best practices when it comes to Subject Headings in the library catalog.


Cataloging Month Series: Advanced Cataloging
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
1 hr. 26 min.
Join VTLIB Cataloging Consultant Lauren Kelley for a deeper dive into MARC record fields.


When Things Aren’t Going the Way You Hoped: Employee Performance Improvement
Thursday, February 2, 2023
52 min.
Supervisors’ lives are actual heaven when everything that can possibly go right, does. But we know that being a supervisor is not always (ever?) a bed of roses. Sooner or later, you will have an employee who is not meeting expectations, or worse, who is creating a significant negative force within your library’s walls. Join Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, in a discussion of steps to take to get employees back on the road to success. Topics will include best management practices for success, “The Same Day Summary” as an effective tool to avoid full-blown formal performance improvement plans (PIPs), and creating and operationalizing a PIP.


What is CLIC? Informational Webinar for Public Librarians
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
1 hr. 22 min.
Have you had a patron tell you about the neighbor whose dog is scaring their chickens, ask how they can appeal a denial of workers’ compensation benefits, or simply how to start a lawsuit and in which court? Most of the time people don’t consider that having information about the law could empower them, and perhaps help them to avoid unwanted outcomes or potentially costly legal conflicts. This is where the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) can help. The “What is CLIC?” webinar will explore CLIC’s legal resources including databases, Vermont legal source materials, a library of self-help books, free online legal resources, and the role of the CLIC librarian in making sure your patrons have access to the most relevant resources. CLIC is another tool for your reference playbook.



Cataloging Series: Basic Cataloging Refresher
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
1 hr. 20 min.
Join VTLIB Cataloging Consultant Lauren Kelley to brush up on the basic elements of a MARC record.


Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
Thursday, January 26, 2023
55 min.
resented by Bennie Finch, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine, this webinar is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. There will be a brief overview of the current landscape of immigrants, refugees and asylees in the United States, a discussion of the differences between cultural competence and cultural humility and how they influence the workplace environment, and a presentation on a variety of reliable websites that provide quality health information in multiple languages.


Managing Special Collections at Public Libraries
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
1 hr. 26 min.
Does your library have artwork, old books, a local history collection, maybe even some taxidermy? If so, are these items catalogued, maintained, insured if necessary? Are there policies about how these items fit into the library’s mission, workflow, and staff responsibilities? Join us to discuss working with special collections and developing a community of practice for this work. Please send specific related questions in advance to There will also be time for Q&A during the session. Presenters: Eileen Corcoran (Vermont Historical Society), Catharine Hays (Bixby Memorial Free Library), Rachel Onuf (Vermont State Archives & Records Administration), Kristin Urie (John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library), Jeanne Walsh (Brooks Memorial Library), and Joy Worland (Vermont Department of Libraries).


Working Towards Anxiety-free Annual Performance Evaluations
Thursday, January 19, 2023
57 min.
Performance reviews are an important part of an organization’s annual cycle of reflection, action, and improvement as well as an employee’s professional life. However, annual performance evaluation time can also cause anxiety for both supervisors and supervisees. Can we do something to make these a more positive experience and reduce the “dread quotient”? Can best practices and templates help us make a road map to annual performance time serenity? Join Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, in a review and discussion of annual review methods, pitfalls, and recommendations for success. Topics will include performance review ground-rules and guideposts, “The Rule of No Surprises”, integrating SMART goals, and more.


Overview of Resources from the Network of the National Library of Medicine
Thursday, January 12, 2023
31 min.
Join NNLM Education and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Levin-Lederer to learn more about the organization and funding opportunities for libraries. She will also offer an overview of public health resources that will help with reference questions and connecting patrons to the information they need.


VTLIB Stormy (fiscal) Seas Series Part 3: Setting Your Sails To Future Budgets
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
59 min.
This is Part 3 of a *three-part series on library budgets in the current economic climate. This session will focus on revenue and key steps to creating a successful budget. Topics will include working with Friends groups, endowments, how to turn unused items into cash, and fundraising. Attendees will be invited to share successes and creative ideas they have implemented in generating revenue. There will also be information on budget building basics: a budget calendar, connecting budget to the library’s mission, prioritizing expenses, and other practical considerations. *Librarians and trustees are welcome to attend all three sessions or any individual one.


VTLIB Stormy (fiscal) Seas Series Part 2: Batten Down the Hatches: Budget Triage
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
59 min.
This is Part 2 of a *three-part series on library budgets in the current economic climate. This session will focus on how/where to “trim your sails” if necessary due to inflation or other reasons. Topics will include clarifying financial responsibilities, understanding reports, discretionary and nondiscretionary costs, and the budget cycle. There will short reviews on best practices and then hands-on work in breakout groups to discuss how to trim a sample budget.


Library Renovations: Grant Opportunities, Historic Buildings, Project Planning
Monday, October 17, 2022
1 hr. 24 min.
Join guest presenters from the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and the Vermont Arts Council for a practical, realistic approach to library building renovations. Topics covered will be grant opportunities and how to successfully apply for them, how to balance historic preservation with function and cost, and how to prepare for and communicate about this type of project: What do you need to do first? Who should be on your team? How do you get buy-in and enthusiasm from your community? There will be ample time for Q&A during the workshop as well the opportunity to submit questions in advance. Presenters: Jenna Lapachinski, Caitlin Corkins, and Michele Bailey.


Digital Privacy & Public Libraries
Friday, October, 14, 2022
56 min.
Join guest presenter Jessamyn West in this workshop designed to give librarians more skills and confidence helping library patrons safely use a variety of software and apps and maintain privacy on their own devices.


Optimizing Your Library's Use of Front Porch Forum
Thursday, October 13, 2022
29 min.
If you are like most librarians, you post a lot to your FPF. It's a great way to get the word out about events, new offerings, and more. But chances are, you're barely scratching the surface. Did you know that you can post recurring events to the FPF community calendar? Embed the FPF calendar in your own website? View events and postings from nearby Forums? Search FPF for anything posted to your Forum or its neighbors? Join FPF staff for an in-depth feature tour, as well as a "how to" discussion on maximizing the effectiveness of your use of Front Porch Forum. 1 CEU, Elective category. Recorded 10/13/22.


Stormy (fiscal) Seas Series Part 1: Rafting Down the Economic Rapids
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
41 min.
This is Part 1 of a three-part series on library budgets in the current economic climate. This session will be a backdrop for public library budget management and budget-building in the face of spiraling costs and the threat of recession. UVM Extension staff and frequent VTLIB collaborator Gary Deziel will cover definitions of inflation and recession, the fight for improved library pay and benefits, the impact of inflation on resetting pay strategies, keeping up with COLA and more. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Librarians and trustees are welcome to attend all three sessions or any individual one. 1 CEU, Elective category.


2022 Red Clover Book Award Conference
Thursday, September 29, 2022
2 hr. 45 min.
This is an opportunity to learn more about the books on the nomination lists, get inspired by authors of winning titles, and discuss ways to promote and engage book award participation in your communities. Eric and Devin Fan will kick off the Afternoon session. They discuss their creative process and the 2022 Red Clover winning book The Barnabus Project. To receive a certificate of attendance after viewing the recording of the conference please email Jonathan Clark


2022 Vermont Golden Dome Book Award Conference
Thursday, September 29, 2022
2 hr. 37 min.
This is an opportunity to learn more about the books on the nomination lists, get inspired by authors of winning titles, and discuss ways to promote and engage book award participation in your communities. Stacy McAnulty, the award-winning author will kick off the morning session. She discusses “The Power of Stories” and her 2022 Vermont Golden Dome winning book Millionaires for the Month. To receive a certificate of attendance after viewing the recording of the conference please email Jonathan Clark.


The Americans with Disabilities Act: What Libraries Need to Know
Thursday, September 22, 2022
1 hr. 23 min.


ABLE Library Overview & Updates
Thursday, September 1, 2022
43 min.
Join the director of the ABLE Library and Library Consultant for Inclusive Services, Karen Gravlin, who will provide an overview of what the ABLE Library is, who is eligible for services, and how the ABLE Library can support public and school libraries. For those who haven’t interacted with the ABLE Library in a while, updates will also be discussed, including a new collection the ABLE Library is rolling out to patrons and libraries. Recorded 9/1/22.


Library Safety & Security with Bill McSalis
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
54 min.
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Join Director of the Department of Building and General Services Office of Safety & Security and former FBI Special Agent Bill McSalis for an overview of library security best practices. Topics covered will include building safety, de-escalating tense situations with people in the library, security communications plans, and more. Not only has Bill provided Active Shooter/Active Threat instruction to hundreds of law enforcement officers and been an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, he also brings an understanding of Vermont libraries. Recorded 8/30/22.


HUD Resources for Libraries & Library Patrons
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
23 min.
Join Katie Michalovic, Burlington-based Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to learn about Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs in the state of Vermont for homeless persons, renters, homeowners, and homebuyers. This workshop will also cover HUD’s newly developed Vermont Housing Resource and Rental Assistance Guide, to allow librarians to refer individuals more confidently to the guide or to HUD.


Geography Reference: How to Respond to Patron Questions about Vermont Geography
Thursday, August 4, 2022
58 min.
Join Vermont Center for Geographic Information GIS Professional Tim Terway, Ph.D, for information about the Center and resources librarians can use to help meet patron geographic questions and research needs.


Digital Programs & Events (Accessibility in Libraries Series)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
57 min.
Join Inclusive Arts Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries for a series of workshops focused on improving library accessibility for disabled people entitled "Accessibility in Libraries: Key Elements for Inclusion of Disabled People." The series includes four non-consecutive workshops. Participants can select to attend workshops based on personal relevance. Workshop topics will include disability awareness and etiquette, the power of language, meeting accommodation requests, and digital events. The series also includes open office hours where participants can ask in-depth questions.


Accessibility Features & Meeting Accommodation Requests (AIL Series)
Thursday, June 16, 2022
1 hr.
Join Inclusive Arts Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries for a series of workshops focused on improving library accessibility for disabled people entitled "Accessibility in Libraries: Key Elements for Inclusion of Disabled People." The series includes four non-consecutive workshops. Participants can select to attend workshops based on personal relevance. Workshop topics will include disability awareness and etiquette, the power of language, meeting accommodation requests, and digital events.


The Power of Language & Disability Etiquette (Accessibility in Libraries Series)
Thursday, May 26, 2022
54 min.
Join Inclusive Arts Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries for a series of workshops focused on improving library accessibility for disabled people entitled "Accessibility in Libraries: Key Elements for Inclusion of Disabled People." The series includes four non-consecutive workshops. Participants can select to attend workshops based on personal relevance. Workshop topics will include disability awareness and etiquette, the power of language, meeting accommodation requests, and digital events. The series also includes open office hours where participants can ask in-depth questions.


Disability Awareness Overview (Accessibility in Libraries Series)
Thursday, May 19, 2022
53 min.
Join Inclusive Arts Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries as they discuss disability awareness and etiquette with a focus on improving library accessibility for disabled people.


Grant Writing for Librarians: 101 and Beyond! with Rachel Onuf
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
59 min.
Rachel Onuf, from the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, will cover "tips and tricks" for writing a good proposals and pros and cons of different types of grants.


Reporting for the IMLS ARPA Grants to Public Libraries
Monday, May 9, 2022
23 min. The spending and reporting date for the IMLS ARPA Grants to Public Libraries for Equipment and Supply Purchases is coming up on July 15, 2022. Join Assistant State Librarian Janette Shaffer and Contracts and Grants Administrator Lucie Fortier for a walkthrough of the VTLIB reporting form and requirements. We will also cover some of the state reporting requirements, such as the Subrecipient Annual Report (SAR). We highly recommend this session for any library that has received this funding.


Community Partnerships to Address Housing Needs
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
1 hr.
Join staff from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, the Vermont Human Rights Commission, and Vermont Legal Aid to learn more about Fair Housing Month, housing justice and the how the state is addressing the current housing crisis, and how librarians can best connect people who are experiencing evictions to local and statewide resources and services.


True Value Exploring Library Labor through Design
Monday, April 11, 2022
55 min.
Libraries are more than just collections of books and information. Although these resources offer immense value, the intangible services provided by librarians to connect users with information is arguably more valuable. Making these connections—through mechanisms like providing reference services, planning events, teaching information literacy, building community networks—takes an incredible amount of work. Yet libraries continue to be conceptualized in terms of resources, collections, and services, rather than the labor underlying these aspects. This workshop will introduce the True Value calculator (, a design-based research project from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. This web-based, interactive tool aims to surface the large amounts of labor performed by library workers so that it can be included in discussions of library value and help move perceptions of libraries beyond just resource collections. The workshop will also discuss how to use a design approach to guide our work and demonstrate some interactive design activities that attendees can use to think about labor in libraries.


Librarians Connecting Patrons to Vermont 211 Resources
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
58 min.
Vermont 211 has been connecting Vermonters to health and human resources for 17 years. Join Vermont 211 Outreach Specialist, Carmina Garciadealba, to learn exactly what 211 does 365 days a year. This hour session will provide a 211 101 to “help the helpers” – Librarians! This will be an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and become a 211 ambassador.


LearningExpress Library for State Agencies
Thursday, March 24, 2022
1 hr. 1 min.
Join us for a tour of LearningExpress Library. We will review the user interface and highlight the resources most relevant to state employees including computer skills tutorials, career resources, job tools, adult basic education, high school equivalency, and Spanish language resources.


LearningExpress Library for School Libraries
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
1 hr. 1 min.
Join us for a tour of LearningExpress Library for school librarians. We will review the user interface and focus on the resources most relevant to primary and secondary schools including our interactive practice tests, robust tutorials, eBooks, flashcards, and college admissions test preparation resources. Recorded March 23, 2022.


Air Quality Meter Overview and Setup Training
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
49 min.
Training offered by VTLIB on March 16, 2022, about using the air quality meters received by Vermont libraries.


Arbor Day Webinar 2022
Monday, Mar. 14, 2022
35 min.
VTLIB and VT Urban & Community Forestry are please to team up this year to promote Arbor Day! Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate trees and all of their benefits. In Vermont, we celebrate on the first Friday in May. This year, it is May 6, 2022. Libraries are invited to join us for a presentation from Gwen Koslowski of VT Urban & Community Forestry to learn more about Arbor Day in Vermont. Two librarians who received Arbor Day Kits last year will also present about what they did with the kits and their Arbor Day programming. Please join us to hear more about these programs, gain ideas for your library, and to hear more about the kits that will be available this year!

.5 CEUs, Elective category


LearningExpress for Public Libraries Webinar
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022
59 min.
Join us for a tour of LearningExpress Library; the interactive, online-learning platform that provides the most comprehensive collection of resources for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. We will review the user interface and key platform features including our interactive practice tests, robust tutorials, educational eBooks, and award-winning job tools.


Library Records: Best Practices to Address the “Keep or Recycle” Question
Friday, Mar. 4, 2022
56 min.
Are you unsure what to do with your records? Don’t know what is important to keep or recycle? The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) is charged by 3 V.S.A. § 117 with helping public agencies, including local governments and offices, in establishing, maintaining, and implementing active and ongoing records and information management programs. In this workshop VSARA Records & Information Management Specialist Meg Wheaton-Book will introduce some basic Vermont statutes and best practices for recordkeeping, and the process for collaborating with VSARA to build recordkeeping resources. With this baseline knowledge we will open conversation to participants to help set priorities for a working group comprised of librarians and VSARA Records and Information Management Specialists to develop record schedules, example policies, and tools for implementation. Recorded Friday, March 4, 2022.

1.5 CEUs, Elective category


2022 Summer Reading Plan & Share Workshop
Thursday, Mar. 10, 2022
32 min.
The 2022 Summer Reading Essentials Workshop was offered by VTLIB on Thursday, March 10, 2022. This recording features presentations from VTLIB's Karen Gravlin & Jonathan Clark.

.5 CEUs, Elective category


2022 Summer Reading Essentials Workshop
Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2022
1 hr. 15 min.
The 2022 Summer Reading Essentials Workshop was offered by VTLIB on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. This recording features presentations from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, the Children's Literacy Foundation, and the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks, & Recreation.

1.5 CEUs, Elective category


2022 VTLIB Summer Programming Grant Info Session
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022
59 min.
Join VTLIB staff to learn more about this year's summer programming grants for public libraries! The application and reporting process will be discussed, along with ideas on how to spend grant funds -- and plenty of time for questions.

1 CEU, Elective category


Social Media Round Up: Social Media Policies, Accessibility, & New Facebook Features
Friday, Feb. 11, 2022
1 hr. 1 min.
This webinar was held on 2/11/22 and covered social media policies for public libraries, accessibility tips for social media, and some new Facebook features. Vermont librarians wanting the information from this workshop can email Jennifer Johnson.

1 CEU, Technology category


Librarian Empowerment Series: Attracting ARPA and Other Municipal Support to Libraries
Monday, Jan. 31, 2022
55 min.
There could still be a chance to make the case for receiving municipal ARPA funding for your library. And this is the perfect time of year to get the good word out about the library before upcoming March budget votes. Join librarians and trustees who have successfully navigated these processes for tips and advice on raising awareness about the library’s contribution to the community and how to be sure the library is "in the room where it happens" when budget decisions are made.

1 CEU, Elective category


Building School and Public Library Partnerships - Lightning Talks
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021
52 min.
oin Vermont school and public librarians who attended the "Resilient Together: Building School and Public Library Partnerships" virtual training presented by Library Journal & School Library Journal. Presenters will share insights, most meaningful takeaways, and plans to try new things inspired by the training.

1 CEU, Elective category


Rural Literacy and Public Libraries
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
42 min.
Join VTLIB Consultant for Special Populations and Director of the ABLE Library Karen Gravlin for an exploration of rural literacy: why it matters, what it looks like in Vermont, and how libraries can support literacy in their communities through services and partnering with other organizations working on this important issue.

1 CEU, Elective category


Library Policies: The Trustee's Super Tools
Monday, Nov. 1, 2021
59 min.
We all know they need to be updated regularly but don’t always get to that task because we’re busy. Or maybe policies seem kind of dry so we fall into policy update procrastination mode. Join VTLIB staff for a fresh look at policies as a powerful tool that secures and codifies the institution as a welcoming community hub. This will be a multi-part event geared toward trustees and also open to directors. We encourage trustees and directors from the same library to participate together.

1 CEU, Elective category


The Power of Trustees! How to Champion Your Library to Select Boards and Beyond
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
57 min.
You know about the print and electronic books your library offers, the innovative programs the librarian develops, the WiFi and other technology available to some community members only at the library, the creative story times, the welcoming space for kids after school, adults using the library to work remotely, and readers sharing book titles at the checkout desk. You also know the library budget and how much it costs to sustain all of this! Join other trustees, VTLIB staff, librarians, and Gary Deziel, library trustee and UVM Extension staff, for a discussion on how to share the message of your library's worth and needs with stakeholders and funders.

1 CEU, Elective category


Celebrating Agricultural Literacy Week 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
47 min.
Join Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and Department of Libraries staff for an overview of Agricultural Literacy Week 2021 and ways your library can participate.


Building Ventilation Information Session
Friday, October 1, 2021
58 min.
Join UVM Mechanical Engineering professor Yves Dubief for this information session on effective and cost-effective tools and techniques for ventilating your library.

1 CEU, Elective category


Girls Who Code
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021
56 min.
VTLIB Youth Services Consultant Jonathan Clark hosted a webinar on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, from 2-3pm featuring an overview of Girls Who Code (GWC) programming and a coding demo with Valerie Tomici (GWC Community Partnerships & Outreach Manager), and Lisa Dion, (Burlington GWC chapter leader).

1 CEU, Elective category


MHEC Webinar for Vermont Libraries
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
23 min.
MHEC (Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium) staff will conduct a webinar to provide awareness and guidance on contracts relating to expenditures using ARPA funds. They will highlight available contracts as well as provide answers to any questions. Recorded Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

.5 CEU, Elective category


ARPA 2021 Funding Webinar for Public Libraries
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
1 hr. 28 min.
Note - If you need to watch the webinar to fulfill the grant requirement, please watch it on Niche Academy, so we can track attendance -
This webinar will cover all things regarding ARPA 2021 funding for public libraries. VTLIB staff will go over how we arrived at the disbursement amounts, what purchases are allowed and not allowed, and what you need to do to be eligible and remain compliant. We’ll also provide an overview of the ARPA grant application, along with deadlines and supports. Finally, you’ll have some time to swap ideas on what your plans are for this funding and for a Q&A.Note that attendance at one of the two webinars or watching the recording is required to be eligible for the ARPA funding. If you are unable to attend either live session we will make a recording available in Niche Academy.


Libraries and the Vermont Forward Plan, with presenters from ACCD, UVM and the Department of Health
Thursday, June 10, 2021
1 hr. 1 min.
Secretary Lindsay Kurrle, head of the Agency of Commerce and Community (ACCD) and Dr. Breena Holmes, physician advisor to the Maternal and Child Health Division at UVM College of Medicine/Dept of Pediatrics, will join us for an informational webinar Thursday, June 10th 2:30-3:30pm. Library directors, staff and trustees are invited to join. Sec Kurrle will discuss the evolving COVID-19 guidance as the Vermont Forward Plan approaches Step 4. Dr. Holmes will address summer youth programming guidance for libraries. Additionally, Christie Vallencourt from the Department of Health will provide an overview of the materials available to libraries interested in getting the word out about the COVID vaccine. Recorded Thursday, June 10, 2021.


Vermont State Parks and Trails Presentation
Friday, June 4, 2021
38 min.
Get ready for summer with a presentation by Kathryn Wrigley from Forest, Parks, and Recreation. She will provide an overview of summer opportunities for everyone at the Vermont State Parks and State Forests. This will include how to use the tools on the State Parks website to help you locate state parks and trails in your area. Trails and parks from all areas in the state will be featured, and Kathryn will walk you through how to locate those near you.


Disaster Planning for Vermont Libraries Intermediate Workshop
Thursday, April 22, 2021
1 hr. 3 min.
Perhaps your library has a disaster plan. Maybe it is slightly outdated. Or perhaps you took the beginner workshop and got really excited. What next? In this webinar we will delve deeper into disaster planning and discuss risk assessment, hazard mitigation, keeping plans up to date and front of mind, and how to develop a preparedness mindset. VHRP Director Rachel Onuf will present and facilitate discussion. Presented in collaboration with the Vermont Historical Records Program (VHRP) and the Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN).

1 CEU, Elective category


Library Meetup
Friday, April 16, 2021
58 min.
Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for a discussion of Vermont Forward, the administration’s phased reopening plan. Bring your concerns and questions, share resources and strategies, and explore ideas as we move through the stages of this plan.


Disaster Planning for Vermont Libraries Beginning Workshop
Thursday, April 15, 2021
1 hr. 2 min.
In the past year, the pandemic has impacted how Vermont’s libraries have provided services and reminded us of the value of preparing for both the expected and the unexpected. Disasters come in many forms and with the spring thaw just around the corner, there is no better time to start planning for flooding and other hazards. In this 60-minute webinar, Roving Archivist Sally Blanchard-O’Brien will cover the basics of emergency preparedness and disaster planning. Core concepts will be introduced along with some tools to help you begin developing a disaster plan for your library. Presented in collaboration with the Vermont Historical Records Program (VHRP) and the Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN). Recorded April 15, 2021.

1 CEU, Elective category



Make Music Vermont Day at Your Library webinar
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
59 min.
Make Music Day is an annual worldwide festival of music, celebrated in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries on June 21. Musicians perform in public places at no charge to celebrate music in all its forms and share it with the public in a community-building experience that brings joy to everyone. Vermont’s libraries are invited to create and host music experiences that enrich their local communities, whether oriented to children and families, seniors, new Americans, BIPOC, LGBTQ, teens, other marginalized groups, the general public, or all of the above! Big Heavy World coordinates the map of music sites and promotes artists and venues through its network of press contacts, social media, and radio station. Join Jim Lockridge from Big Heavy World, Craig Mitchell and VTLIB staff to explore how your library can participate in Make Music Day 2021.



Human Resources for Trustees
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
58 min.
As trustees you may be new to personnel management and Human Resources (HR) practices. You may have also encountered new HR dilemmas caused by the pandemic. Or you’re looking for information on how to make great hires and support successful transitions. Join UVM Extension's Gary Deziel and VTLIB's Janette Shaffer to discuss any HR questions you might have as board members.

1 CEU, Elective category

Resources from the Meeting Chat


Library Meetup: Next Steps
Thursday, March 25, 2021
57 min.
As vaccines roll out and the number of daily new COVID-19 cases declines, many patrons may be asking when the library will fully reopen. What questions have you been receiving about reopening from patrons, trustees, and staff, and what questions and concerns do you have? Come to a meetup with the VTLIB staff where we will facilitate a discussion around your concerns and questions, share resources and strategies, and explore ideas.

Powerpoint Slides (PDF)
Meeting Chat (PDF)


Librarians Connecting Patrons to Vermont 211 Resources
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
58 min.
Vermont 211 has been connecting Vermonters to health and human resources for 16 years. Join Vermont 211 Outreach Specialist, Carmina Garciadealba, to learn exactly what 211 does 365 days a year. This hour and a half session will provide a 211 101 to “help the helpers” – Librarians! This will be an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and become a 211 ambassador.

1 CEU, Elective category


Summer Reading Essentials
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1 hr. 57 min.
Join VTLIB for an overview of the 2021 summer reading program, including: 2021 Tails & Tales theme & general CSLP resources, Tips for an effective summer reading program, Community partnerships and partnerships with other libraries, Places to get additional funding, Summer programming grants, and Beanstack. If you are new to summer reading programming or are looking to refresh your program, please join us for this session.


Library Resources and Services for Veterans
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
50 min.
An overview of library resources for veterans and outreach ideas for working with this population. Guest presenters from the VA Medical Center and the White River Junction Veterans Center.

1 CEU, Elective category


VTLIB Meetup: Updates on New Legislation, Initiatives, and Resources
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021
1 hr. 4 min.
Get updates from State Librarian Jason Broughton on the state and federal legislative actions, and hear from other VTLIB staff on new initiatives, opportunities, and plans for the next few months.


VTLIB Summer Programming Grant Info Session & Focus Group
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021
1 hr. 17 min.
This is a recording of the Summer Grant Info Session & Focus Group held from 10:00​-11:30am on 2/16/21. For more information about this grant, visit:


Legal Information Resources for Vermont Librarians & Patrons
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
36 min.
What do you do with the patron who walks in to your library with a question about local noise ordinances, setting up a business, or filing for divorce in Vermont? In this session, Sarah Scully will give some tips and tricks for handling legal research questions, and resources to help Vermont public librarians and patrons with their law-related quandaries. In addition, you’ll learn about the ways that the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) is continuing to provide legal research assistance to Vermonters remotely during the ongoing COVID pandemic. Sarah Scully is the new coordinator for CLIC, which is housed and administered at Vermont Law School and funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries. Learn more at CLIC's website

.5 CEU, Elective category


Supporting Fair Housing Month at Your Library
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
53 min.
This webinar will include information about April Fair Housing Month and how to get involved, activity templates, and a panel of library staff from Vermont sharing examples of their activities, resources, and events. You’ll leave this interactive session with concrete ideas and supports for implementing Fair Housing Month activities in your library.

Visit the Fair Housing Month Page for resource information.


ALA Midwinter 2021 Lightning Talks
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
43 min.
Join Vermont librarians who attended this national conference for reflections on the experience, summaries of favorite sessions, most meaningful takeaways, and plans to try new things inspired by the conference.


Vermont Libraries Respond to New Cannabis Laws: Collection & Program Ideas
Friday, Jan. 29, 2021
1 hr. 6 min.
Libraries across Vermont (and the US) find themselves at a distinct crossroads when it comes to legalized cannabis as library patrons increasingly look to their libraries for factual, unbiased information. Are there any local resources that inform consumers about strains for consumption? What programs are being offered? What materials do you have on growing, cultivating or cooking marijuana and how did you choose them? Is there information on the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of the law? This interactive webinar will help answer questions about the role your library can play in this new frontier of service. Presented by Aaron Bock, from the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and Jennifer Hendzlik from the Indianapolis Public Library, who have presented at PLA and for other state libraries on this topic.

1 CEU, Elective category


So Your Library is a Museum: Working with Art & History Collections
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
1 hr. 45 min.
Do you have stuffed birds in your library? Or maybe a sculpture by a forgotten artist? Many libraries have, sometimes inadvertently, become caretakers for art, history, and natural history collections of all shapes and sizes. Join Vermont Historical Society Community Outreach Manager Eileen Corcoran to explore how these items came to be housed in libraries, considerations for the care and management of different collections, and ideas for how you can make them an asset rather than a burden.The recording is broken into two parts.

2 CEUs, Elective category

Presentation (PDF)
Resource List (PDF)


Collaborating to Create a Path to Healing and Stability for Vermont Youth
Wednesday, December 12, 2020
1 hr. 4 min.
Participants will learn about being a trauma-informed librarian and will have opportunities to brainstorm ways to build or expand on existing partnerships between the Department for Children and Families and libraries. Learn about DCF’s work with kin/foster and adoptive families, and the supports that are available to caregivers in Vermont. Jaime Blouin, Resource Coordinator out of the Barre District Office and Sharon O’Neill with the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership will join the Department of Libraries to facilitate this important conversation.


Vermont Systemic Housing Issues: An overview
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
47 min.
This webinar will include an overview of the systemic housing issues in Vermont, including discrimination, accessibility, affordability, and homelessness; how this impacts our communities and library services; and a discussion on how libraries have engaged their communities in positive activities related to fair housing, homelessness, and local housing needs.


COVID Updates for VT Libraries
Friday, Nov. 20, 2020
56 min.
Join the VTLIB staff and guests for a chance to ask questions and hear from each other about the most recent COVID-19 developments. Recorded Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.


Library Services for Vermont Migrant Farmworkers and Families
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
50 min.
Migrant farmworkers and their families are an important part of the Vermont agricultural community, but they often live in geographic, linguistic and cultural isolation that can create barriers to health, education, wellness and other public services, including libraries. In this presentation, Naomi Wolcott MacCausland and Kelly Dolan from UVM Extension's Farmworker Programming will provide an overview of farmworkers in Vermont, barriers to accessing resources, and facilitate an open discussion on services and strategies for how libraries can connect with farmworkers in their community.


Online Meetup for Vermont Verso Libraries
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020
1 hr. 15 min.
This is an informal online meetup for libraries who work with the Verso ILS.The session is peer-led, with library staff asking (and hopefully answering) questions that they have. VTLIB staff will attend as well. We’ll collect any questions that we aren’t all able to answer, bring them to AutoGraphics, and then share the responses on the listserv. Recorded Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.


NNLM workshop: Promoting Attentional Fitness - Demystifying Mindfulness
Thursday, August 20, 2020
57 min.
Participants will explore ways to share mindfulness resources with library patrons to promote mental wellbeing, resilience, and social connection. This session will be customized based on the needs of librarians in Vermont working under pandemic-related constraints.

Handout (PDF)


NNLM webinar Libraries and Dementia Services
Thursday, August 13, 2020
1 hr. 23 min.
Mary Beth Riedner, chair of ALA’s Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias, and Timothy Dickey of the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Libraries presented this webinar on helping libraries improve services to patrons with dementia, with topics such as dispelling myths, staff training, programming and collection development. Recorded Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Presentation (PDF)
Handout (PDF)


NNLM workshop: More Than Calm: Exercising Your Attention with Mindfulness
Friday, August 7, 2020
47 min.
Though scientific evidence of its potential benefits grows, there’s a counterintuitive art to establishing a consistent mindfulness practice. Live practice sessions with an experienced coach help participants set realistic expectations, customize their approach to fit their needs, and better understand how to interpret their practice experiences.


NNLM workshop: Attentional Fitness 101: Sneaking Mindfulness into Real Life
Thursday, July 30, 2020
1 hr. 5 min.
Participants will discover how developing your attentional fitness—with or without meditation—develops capacities for relating more effectively to the challenges of daily living.


NNLM workshop: Health-Centered Patron Services & Community Engagement
Thursday, July 23, 2020
58 min.
In the U.S. overall, people visit public libraries more often than they visit health care professionals. With this in mind, Dr. Flaherty will discuss how library staff can support authoritative health information provision for their patrons. She will also address and provide examples of opportunities for rural libraries to become involved in health promotion in their communities.
Dr. Flaherty is author of "Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library" and professor at the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


HR Issues in Vermont Libraries During COVID 19
Monday, July 20, 2020
59 min.
Join UVM Extension's Gary Deziel and VTLIB's Janette Shaffer to discuss HR questions related to the pandemic. Have your hours decreased? Are you and your trustees in agreement about what library services to offer right now and how that affects staff? Are you unsure what your rights are if you may be at high risk for contracting COVID-19? This and more will be covered during this hour.

Presentation Slides (PDF)


ALA Virtual Conference Lightning Talks
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Multiple "lightning talk" reflections from 2020 ALA Virtual Conference attendees. Presenters are librarians from public, school, and academic libraries throughout Vermont who attended the conference with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries.
Presentation (PDF)


NNLM Health Literacy Workshop
Thursday, July 9, 2020
58 min.
NNLM NER staff member Catherine Martin will discuss the All of Us Research Program, some of the more often used NIH web pages such as MedlinePlus and the National Institute on Aging, and information on COVID-19. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to receive health literacy books and other resources for their library collections as part of a VTLIB NNLM grant.


Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library
Thursday, June 4, 2020
1 hr. 37 min.
Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library was a webinar offered by VTLIB.


Informational Meeting on Library Reopening
Thursday, May 28, 2020
1 hr. 24 min.
The Department of Libraries has scheduled a special informational meeting for Directors/Managers and Trustees tomorrow, Thursday 5/28, 10 – 11 am. State Librarian Jason Broughton will provide information on what the Governor’s announcement on reopening can mean for your library, what steps you would need to take and what requirements you would have to have in place before reopening. He and the VTLIB staff will then be available to answer questions.


Clover Introduction & Refresher
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
49 min.
In this webinar you will learn the basics of the Clover interlibrary loan system. We will start with logging in, making a single copy request and making multiple requests, and also cover updating your library information and participant record.


How to have a Successful 2020 Summer Reading Program
Thursday, May 14, 2020
52 min.
With uncertainty about how COVID-19 will be affecting library services and onsite programming this summer, librarians need to be prepared to be flexible and creative in SRP offerings. Join VTLIB Youth Services Consultant Jonathan Clark to explore ideas and strategies to make this a successful 2020 SRP.


Meet-Up Grant Presentation
Friday, May 8, 2020
A discussion of funding opportunities for libraries, including grant tips and funding sources. Grants include National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grants, Vermont Humanities Council & Vermont ArtsCouncil, PLA Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Initiative, PLA/Microsoft Micro Grant for Rural Libraries, IMLS CARES Act Grants, Vermont Community Foundation, and Building Communities Grants (State of Vermont). Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)


Vermont Public Library Budgets & Finance
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
1 hr. 47 min.
This webinar will focus on budget and finances in Vermont public libraries: financial responsibilities of the library director, building and tracking a budget, advocating for budget requests to Trustees and Select Boards, the difference between municipal and incorporated libraries, with a brief introduction to grants and fundraising. Presenter will be Gary Deziel, UVM Extension Assistant Professor for Community Development, MBA SHRM Certified Professional, and library trustee.


Governance of Vermont Public Libraries
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
1 hr. 40 min.
This webinar focuses on administrative structure and responsibilities in Vermont public libraries: working with trustees and select boards, laws that govern library work, and the challenges and opportunities of local control.


Balancing Small Library Administration, Management, and Daily Operations Webinar
Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2020
1 hr. 41 min.
Balancing administrative responsibilities, managing staff and/or volunteers, and necessary daily tasks require unique time management and prioritizing in small libraries with small staffs and limited hours. Join former library directors and VTLIB staff Lara Keenan and Joy Worland for tips and resources on how to make this paradigm be successful and even fun!


Vermont Libraries Virtual Meetup with Gary Deziel
Friday, Apr. 10, 2020
44 min.
Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for an hour of discussion, idea and information sharing, updates, and support. This week we will be joined by Gary Deziel, UVM Extension Assistant Professor for Community Development, MBA, and library trustee. Gary will answer questions about how to handle budget issues while the library is closed.


Dorothy's List Virtual Conference
Friday, Apr. 10, 2020
1 hr. 43 min.
A recording of the 2020 Virtual Dorothy's List Conference, including the introduction, and the Dorothy’s List Reading Committee speaking about the 2020-2021 nominees (and the books that almost made the list!).


Vermont Libraries - Virtual Meetup
Friday, Apr. 3, 2020
55 min.
Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for an hour of discussion, idea and information sharing, updates, and support. All are welcome. Recorded Friday, Apr. 3, 2020.


Youth Services Webinar: Remote/Virtual Programming for Libraries
Thursday, Apr. 3, 2020
1 hr. 33 min.
Join VTLIB staff Jonathan Clark and Jennifer Johnson and guests Ian Gauthier, Garrett Grant, Deb Ehler-Hansen, and Bree Drapa for this exploration of online programming and resources for youth.


VT Libraries - Resilient and Responsive
Friday, Mar. 27, 2020
57 min.
Join VTLIB staff and your VT library colleagues in a group discussion about meeting library patron needs, online resources, virtual programming, maintaining community connections, self-care and professional growth during this unusual time.


Financial Literacy
Friday, Mar. 6, 2020
25 min.
A webinar by consultant Vin Livoti on resources for financial literacy.

List of resources from the webinar (PDF)