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.

* VTLIB 2018 Continuing Education Survey *

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:

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Upcoming 2018 Workshops

September:

This elective workshop is designed to compliment and extend the skills gained from the core “Information Sources & Services” course. Using LIS resources, Diving Deeper will engage with the Library Bill of Rights, the Patriot Act, patron privacy issues, tiered-reference strategies, and models for data collection/statistics. There will be a focus on exploring these topics through the lens of medium-and-small libraries.

Priority for enrollment will be given to participants who have successfully completed a) the core Information Sources & Services course, b) another course in reference services, or c) have demonstrable experience in a public reference setting.

“More Than Large Print Books!”

An overview of the ABLE Library (formerly the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped): who is eligible for ABLE services, and the scope of resources for VT libraries, including LP books, described films, talking book machines, DB cartridges & machines, the BARD app, consultation and training opportunities to help you help your patrons better than ever before.

  1. Click the link - https://meet.lync.com/vermontgov-vermont/joy.worland/27JZF61S
  2. Click Install and Join with Skype Meetings App (web)
  3. This downloads the Skype Meetings App. Once complete, click to install the program (it should be listed under downloads in the browser). If it asks, click Run. You'll only need to do this the first time you use the app.
  4. When the install is complete, it should open the meeting automatically; if not, click Try to join the meeting again.
  5. Enter your name (it's just for display, there is no login), and click Join.
  6. The Skype Meetings App window will pop up, showing you and the other participants. It will default to using your computer's audio - if you'd rather use your phone, click Switch Audio to my Phone. Dial the number indicated, and enter the conference ID followed by #. Note - If you use your phone for audio, make sure that the mic on your computer is off, or you will hear feedback.
  • The webinar will be conducted via Skype. If this is your first time on a Skype Meeting, it may take a couple minutes to get everything set. How to join:

The annual report provides a broad statistical summary of a year in the life of a library, from visitation and programming, to finances and staffing, to circulation and holdings (both physical and digital). The report is submitted each year by every public library, and is used by our department as well as IMLS to help plan for the future. Whether you’re a new director, or have been submitting the report for years, join us as we provide an overview, and then walk through the entire report. We’ll discuss the small changes for this coming year, and answer any questions you may have.

The session may be attended in person or virtually through Skype, and a recording will be available online if you missed it. Please indicate in the "Notes" section of the registration form whether you will be attending in-person or virtually.

The webinar will be conducted via Skype. If this is your first time on a Skype Meeting, it may take a couple minutes to get everything set. How to join:

  1. Click the link - https://meet.lync.com/vermontgov-vermont/joshua.muse/W6F6DGRS
  2. Click Install and Join with Skype Meetings App (web)
  3. This downloads the Skype Meetings App. Once complete, click to install the program (it should be listed under downloads in the browser). If it asks, click Run. You'll only need to do this the first time you use the app.
  4. When the install is complete, it should open the meeting automatically; if not, click Try to join the meeting again.
  5. Enter your name (it's just for display, there is no login), and click Join.
  6. The Skype Meetings App window will pop up, showing you and the other participants. It will default to using your computer's audio - if you'd rather use your phone, click Switch Audio to my Phone. Dial the number indicated, and enter the conference ID followed by #. Note - If you use your phone for audio, make sure that the mic on your computer is off, or you will hear feedback.

October:

This elective workshop is designed to be the capstone to the Information Sources & Services suite of continuing education courses offered by the Department of Libraries.

Participants will actively shape the content covered through the sharing of current issues, related resources and professional experiences. The ultimate goal will be helping foster a lasting information community of support extending beyond the classroom.

Priority for enrollment will be given to participants who: a) the core Information Sources & Services courses, b) another course in reference services, or c) have an MLS/demonstrable experience in a public reference setting.

  • 10/16 & 10/17: Customer Service/Soft Skills Workshop: A Trio of Topics - 9:30am-4:00pm, 5.5 CEU (Barre-10/16, Bennington-10/17)

Polishing Your Professional and Personal Communication Skills                       

Refresh your communication skills for work, meetings, networking, and social gatherings.

Understanding the Difference Between Urgent vs. Important                                

How to prioritize your projects and work, manage the stress, and enjoy your colleagues!

Gracious Refusals: Saying “No” with Confidence and Grace                                  

Learn to establish healthy boundaries with tact and aplomb.

*This training is intended for supervisors and managers from any state departments.*

Polishing Your Professional and Personal Communication Skills                       

Refresh your communication skills for work, meetings, networking, and social gatherings.

Understanding the Difference Between Urgent vs. Important                                

How to prioritize your projects and work, manage the stress, and enjoy your colleagues!

Gracious Refusals: Saying “No” with Confidence and Grace                                  

Learn to establish healthy boundaries with tact and aplomb.

November:

The Public Library Directors' & Leaders’ Summit will be an interactive, intimate experience for public library directors, senior managers, and leaders to discuss library services, hear updates and notifications, connect with the Department of Libraries employees, and meet fellow colleagues from across Vermont. During the summit public library directors and top managers will be exposed to some exciting new projects and state government information, and hear from fellow directors who are doing innovative things within their communities.

December:

This class is intended to introduce the basics of public library administration to those working or seeking to work as small & rural public library directors, mid-managers or supervisors. The emphasis will be on day-to-day operations, challenges, and opportunities to provide excellent service to your community. Topics will be presented in an overview fashion, with the expectation that directors will continue to do continuing education throughout their careers. 

Topics will include:
• Brief history of libraries, VT laws and statutes
• Role of the director, library trustees, staff, Friends
• Policies and procedures
• Budget, grants and funding
• Intellectual Freedom & Confidentiality
• Library Services: Youth, Adult, Special Populations, Outreach
• Management
• Technology – digital platforms, handling IT maintenance
• Diversity @ the library
• Professional library organizations
• Safety at the library; disaster planning
• Strategic planning

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