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.

Continuing Education Record

The form below may be used to document your continuing education activities. Please do not submit this form to the Vermont Department of Libraries unless requested to do so:

2018 Workshops

Cataloging for Busy Librarians - Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Why is cataloging important? What should you, a busy library director know about cataloging and classification? What are some easy tools to use? This one-day class will focus on all those questions. We will explore the elements of a catalog record, do some hands-on practice, and look at cataloging in the context of your libraries. You will walk away from this class with an enhanced understanding of why cataloging matters at your library and with practical knowledge of cataloging, classification, and holdings records that will make your job easier and improve service to your patrons.

Regional Trustee Training – Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

This half-day training for Public Library Trustees will include time for networking, sharing ideas, and training/discussion on the following topics:

  • Future of Libraries
  • Trustee Roles & Responsibilities
  • Trustee Best Practices
  • Ethical Issues for Trustees
  • Advocacy/Community Engagement Ideas and Resources
  • Strategic/Long-Range Planning Ideas and Resources
  • Fundraising Ideas and Advice
  • Succession Planning
  • Open Meeting Law Refresher
  • Resources from the VT Dept. of Libraries

This training will be led by Lara Keenan, VT Dept. of Libraries Consultant for Governance and Management.

Regional Trustee Training – Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
Monday, April 30, 2018, 9 am-12 pm

This half-day training for Public Library Trustees will include time for networking, sharing ideas, and training/discussion on the following topics:

  • Future of Libraries
  • Trustee Roles & Responsibilities
  • Trustee Best Practices
  • Ethical Issues for Trustees
  • Advocacy/Community Engagement Ideas and Resources
  • Strategic/Long-Range Planning Ideas and Resources
  • Fundraising Ideas and Advice
  • Succession Planning
  • Open Meeting Law Refresher
  • Resources from the VT Dept. of Libraries

This training will be led by Lara Keenan, VT Dept. of Libraries Consultant for Governance and Management.

Introduction to Information Sources & Services - Midstate Regional Library
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9 am-3 pm

This daylong workshop will provide basic training in providing information sources and services to library users seeking reference assistance. We will explore how to evaluate information sources, as well as how to optimize searching and information retrieval. The interpersonal and customer service skills required to conduct a successful reference interview will also be explored and discussed. Through engaged discussion, interactive examples, and hands-on activities with multimedia resources, attendees will begin to recognize the core competencies used in the information exchange.

This workshop is for: Certificate of Public Librarianship participants, library staff persons that assist library patrons with information, and those who might want to have a refresher on reference services.

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