Continuing Education and Certification

The Vermont Department of Libraries provides continuing education for librarians with a variety of workshops throughout the year as well on-demand training and information about free webinars offered by other organizations. Stay informed about upcoming classes using our Events Calendar.

2018 Workshops

Storytime Refresher Workshop - Manchester Community Library
March 9, 2018 9:30-2:00

Need some ideas to liven up your storytime? Never done a storytime before? All are welcome to this workshop that covers the basics of Baby, Toddler, Preschool, and Family storytimes. Best practices will be discussed, and there will be plenty of time to share programming ideas.

Storytime Refresher Workshop - Stowe Free Library 
March 13, 2018 9:30-2:00

Need some ideas to liven up your storytime? Never done a storytime before? All are welcome to this workshop that covers the basics of Baby, Toddler, Preschool, and Family storytimes. Best practices will be discussed, and there will be plenty of time to share programming ideas.

Materials Review Workshop - Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin
March 23, 2018 9:30-2:00

This workshop is designed for those who are interested in helping Cass review books for her upcoming, biannual materials review sessions and her monthly emailed lists. Learn how to prepare a short review with hands-on practice and learn to determine which materials are useful in your collection. Cass will also discuss Everyday Diversity and how it can easily be applied to your collection. All are welcome regardless of interest in reviewing for Cass. Special guests Grace Greene and Leda Schubert will also be present to give their tips & tricks!

Afterschool Workshop - St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
April 3, 2018 9:30-2:00

Need some inspiration on what types of programs might work for your afterschool crowd? Have some issues “containing” the enthusiasm of your afterschool crowd? Come hear a panel of experts talk about ideas and strategies. There will be plenty of time to discuss ideas and issues you might have at your library.

Financial Literacy in Your Library: Frameworks, Resources, and Conversation - Manchester Community Library
April 3, 2018 10 am-3 pm

Description: April is Financial Literacy Month, and this day-long workshop will be offered in two regional locations (one northern and one southern). National and Statewide organizations like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), Vermont Security Council, AARP and the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) will provide frameworks, facilitate conversation and highlight a variety of free resources available to libraries that can help make Vermonters better informed about the financial programs, services and protections available to them. Collection development suggestions and event ideas will also be shared.

Afterschool Workshop - Bennington Free Library
April 5, 2018 9:30-2:00

Need some inspiration on what types of programs might work for your afterschool crowd? Have some issues “containing” the enthusiasm of your afterschool crowd? Come hear a panel of experts talk about ideas and strategies. There will be plenty of time to discuss ideas and issues you might have at your library.

Financial Literacy in Your Library: Frameworks, Resources, and Conversation - St. Albans Free Library
April 5, 2018 10 am-3 pm

April is Financial Literacy Month, and this day-long workshop will be offered in two regional locations (one northern and one southern). National and Statewide organizations like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), Vermont Security Council, AARP and the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) will provide frameworks, facilitate conversation and highlight a variety of free resources available to libraries that can help make Vermonters better informed about the financial programs, services and protections available to them. Collection development suggestions and event ideas will also be shared.

Public Library Directors 101: Training for New (and Newish) Directors – Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin
April 12, 2018 9:30 – 12:30

This half-day training for new (and newish) public library directors is geared towards anyone who became a new library director within the past two(ish) years. Library Consultant for Governance and Management Lara Keenan will review the many and unique facets of public library directorship in Vermont. What do you need to know about how public libraries work in Vermont? What does the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) do? What deadlines should you know about? What is your job vs. your trustees’ job? What laws govern your work? How do you manage the expectations of your employees, trustees, patrons, and local government officials? We will present a checklist of questions to ask, things to know, and places to go for training in the unique aspects of Library Director work (including other VTLIB continuing education classes). You’ll also meet other new directors and build a network of support as you continue your education in the powerfully-important work of being a VT Public Library Director.