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                                State of Vermont
                             Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

       No. 102, Winter 1995
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                         LIVING IN CHALLENGING TIMES

       As budget cutting and restructuring are now a way of life in the
  public sector, the Department of Libraries continues the difficult task of
  seeking ways to reduce spending while maintaining basic services.  The
  Department's FY96 budget has been kept level, but the FY97 picture is not
  as rosy because the state's economy remains stagnant.   

       As we begin a new year, some restructuring of the Department is
  occurring.  Kent Gray, longtime regional librarian at the Midstate Regional
  Library, has retired.  Marianne Kotch, who has been filling in at MRL for
  Gray since last January, will become Senior Regional Librarian,
  coordinating the operation of all five regional libraries.  Regional
  librarians will help Kotch perform her previous duties of Development and
  Adult Services Consultant in keeping with reordered regional library
  priorities (see News, fall, 1995).  With the recent resignation of Regional
  Librarian David Clark, one of Kotch and her staff's first priorities will
  be to assist in providing service at the Northwest Regional Library.  All
  regional libraries will begin the new year with the capacity to provide
  graphical connections to the Internet via GovNet.  

       In addition, the staff of the Department continues to look for
  cost-saving measures, including using technology.  For example, as you will
  read below, we will be printing and mailing 50% fewer issues of this
  quarterly newsletter because it is now available via the Vermont Automated
  Libraries System (VALS).  At the same time, VALS will include a regular
  calendar of library professional events.  Nonetheless, financial reality
  dictates continuous change and reassessment of priorities at all levels. 
  Some of our future choices may not be easy ones.

       The Department's federal Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA)
  funds are also up in the air as Congress considers a new Library Services
  and Technology Act (LSTA).  This change includes a potential move of
  federal library programs out of the U.S. Department of Education to the
  Institute of Museums.  New categories for allocation of the funds are
  planned as the emphasis shifts from support of rural libraries to support
  of technology for access and of library service to children.  We will keep
  you posted as we navigate a somewhat uncertain financial future.

                                                    Patricia E. Klinck
                                                   State Librarian

                     THIS MAY BE YOUR LAST [PAPER] NEWS!

       In August, the Department of Libraries newsletter was made available
  on the Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS).  Beginni ng with the
  spring, 1996, issue, all public and school libraries with dial access to
  VALS will no longer receive  paper copies of the News in the mail.  The
  Department of Libraries will also cease mailing to members of the Vermont
  Library Association.  Public library trustee chairs and those libraries
  without dial access to VALS will continue to receive News by mail.  We
  estimate that providing electronic access to the News will decrease the
  time lag between publication and distribution significantly and will result
  in a $1500 annual savings.

       To access the News, at the VALS Welcome screen, choose "3A," then
  "DOLDOCS," and then "NEWS."  The News may be read online, downloaded for
  later printing, or printed from the screen.  We encourage libraries to copy
  or route News for staff members.

       In addition to the "electronic" News, the Department will maintain a
  monthly calendar of library professional events, also available under
  "DOLDOCS."  To include workshops and meetings, contact Lorraine Lanius at
  828-3261 or e-mail LLanius before the first of each month.


                         ILL CODE REVISION UNDER WAY

       The Vermont Interlibrary Loan Code Revision Committee held its first
  meeting at UVM's Bailey/Howe Library on November 28, 1995.  Committee
  members are Melinda Adams, Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock; Amy
  Beth, UVM; Maggie Drown, Hartness Library, Vermont Technical College,
  Randolph Center; Holly Kruse, Cabot School; Linda Williamson, Martin
  Memorial Library, Hartland; and Marjorie Zunder, Department of Libraries.

       The committee intends to draft a revised Code to present at the 1996
  Vermont Library Conference in May.  The current Code was written in 1978
  and mentions the use of teletype machines but not computers!  Please
  contact any member of the committee with your thoughts and ideas.

                                                       Marjorie Zunder
                                      Head, Reference and Law Services

                     BILL PROPOSES COMMUNITY CENTER USE

       Hartland Representative Matt B. Dunne introduced a bill H.428 in the
  Vermont General Assembly this year that "authorizes and encourages the use
  of public libraries as community centers."  It is expected that the
  legislature will review and perhaps act on H.428 in the coming legislative
  session.  Speaking at the fall meeting of the Vermont Library Association,
  Dunne noted that public libraries are vital to community identity and
  spirit.  Arts groups around the state are particularly interested in
  collaborating with public libraries.  Public librarians and trustees
  interested in knowing more about H.428 and its implications should contact
  VLA Government Relations Committee member Linda Williamson at 436-2473.


                    DOL WORKSHOP PACKET FEATURES VARIETY

       The Department of Libraries' continuing education packet will be
  arriving at public libraries soon.  With the exception of the basics, most
  of the workshops this year are brand new.  For people serving children
  there are workshops on the summer reading program, Children's Reference
  (one day on print sources and one on CD-ROM) and Services to Babies and
  Toddlers.  Library directors, trustees, and other librarians can look
  forward to Displays and Graphics, Legal Reference, Legal and Copyright
  Issues, Personal Safety, Fundraising, and a Grants workshop.  For those
  involved with electronic resources, automation or technology, there will be
  a workshop for Govet Users and one on LC Subject Headings.

       Three of the basics will be taught this year:  Basic Library
  Administration, Collection Development and Cataloging.  Popular workshops
  from the past that will be repeated are:  Internet, Filing, Understanding
  MARC, Storytelling, VALS Update and VALS Refresher.

       Regional Libraries will continue to offer mini workshops locally,
  either on demand or as they see the need.  The mini workshops last 2-3
  hours and grant 2 credits each.  All topics offered last year will again be
  available:  Intellectual Freedom, Safety, Customer Service, Budgeting,
  Volunteers, Reference Interview and The Internet.  Three new topics are
  Statistics, Planning, and How To Write an Annual Report.  If you need help
  with any of these subjects, contact your regional library to see about
  scheduling a workshop.

                                                          Grace Greene
                                      Continuing Education Coordinator


                        TOECS AGAIN INCLUDE TRUSTEES

       Each of the five Vermont Institute for Government/UVM Extension
  Service spring Town Officers Educational Conferences will include four
  sessions specifically for public library trustees.  Two morning workshops
  will focus on various aspects of automation - "What's Involved in
  Automating a Public Library?" and "Public Access to New Technology in
  Public Libraries.".  The latter program is designed to help trustees
  develop policies relating to public access to various online databases and
  the Internet as well as to CD-ROM technology.  Two afternoon workshops are
  entitled "Setting Up a Performance Evaluation System in Your Public
  Library" and "Fund Raising Idea Exchange," for which participants are asked
  to bring sample evaluation forms and fund raising materials that have
  worked for their libraries.

       The cost of the day-long conference, to be held in five locations
  around the state, will be about $20, including lunch and morning coffee. 
  Riding together to the conference with other town officials offers an
  opportunity to share perspectives on town government and services,
  including the public library.  Call your town clerk to see if anyone else
  from your town is planning to attend.  Even trustees from libraries that
  are not official departments of their towns are welcome to attend TOECs. 
  Dates and locations are as follows:

   Tuesday, March 19 - Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
   Wednesday, March 20 - Quality Inn, Brattleboro
   Wednesday, March 27 - Holiday Inn, Rutland
   Thursday, March 28 - Radisson Hotel, Burlington
   Tuesday, April 2 - Lyndon State College, Lyndonville

       To sign up or for more information, call the UVM Extension Service at
  223-2389.  The Vermont Library Trustees Association, a section of the
  Vermont Library Association, is sponsoring the workshops in cooperation
  with the Department of Libraries.


                     SBA OPENS INFORMATION CENTER AT VTC

       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is establishing a
  Business Information Center (BIC) at the Hartness Library of the Vermont
  Technical College in Randolph Center.  Officially opening in early 1996,
  the BIC will provide information about and counseling of small businesses.

       The collection of nearly $200,000 worth of equipment and supplies is a
  joint project of the national SBA, the state SBA, the college, SCORE, and
  the business community.  This is the 24th such center in the country and
  the first to be located in a library.  National businesses assist the SBA
  in donating materials, underwriting the cost of other materials, and
  providing telecommunications (e.g., Sprint provides an 800 number free of
  charge).  The Vermont BIC will be open 91 hours per week, seven days a
  week.  Al Hall, coordinator of the Center (828- 4518), will be available
  for individual counseling by appointment.  The Hartness Library staff,
  directed by Jane U. Bartlett, will provide assistance when Hall is not on
  site.

       The BIC currently has 400 books, several business series such as 200
  industry-specific titles (e.g., "How to Start a _________ Business"),
  general industry data, and SBA publications.  There are also seven
  computers, three with modems, a range of computer software, CD-ROM titles
  from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and access to SBA Online.  When the
  BIC opens, it will be a good place to refer library patrons seeking
  business information.

                                                             David Clark
                                           Northwest Regional Librarian

                     STAFF DEVELOPMENT TAKES MANY FORMS

       Even a long-time cracker jack library worker needs to update and
  refresh skills now and again.  Learning new skills and tuning up old ones
  can keep employees and volunteers excited about their jobs and doing their
  best.  When your library is facing change, staff training is essential. 
  But getting outside the library and sharing ideas and experiences with
  others can give a worker a broader perspective of the job and the library
  any time.  In a time when raises are smaller than they have been in the
  past, some libraries are rewarding good performance and commitment by
  encouraging staff development. 

       Whatever the reason, staff development makes sense and should be
  included in any library's budget.  But learning need not cost a great deal
  to be effective, and there are many formal and informal opportunities
  available in Vermont beyond Department of Libraries workshops and Vermont
  Library Association meetings.  Here are some sources of formal continuing
  education:

       *  Area Vocational-Technical programs often have classes in
          computing for beginners and more advanced learners at modest cost. 

       *  Community College of Vermont, the University of Vermont, and
          area colleges sometimes offer library-related courses,
          including children's literature, storytelling, and computer
          science.  

       *  Commercial firms, such as McAuliffe's, offer classes in using
          particular software packages and general computer science.

       *  The Vermont Community Foundation's TAP-VT program offers a
          range of programs aimed at non-profit organizations,
          including fundraising, grant writing, management, team
          development, etc.  Trustees and librarians might benefit
          from the programs.  Write of call the VCF at P.O. Box 30,
          Middlebury  05753, (802) 462-3355 to get on the mailing
          list.

       *  The New England Library Association holds an annual fall
          conference and various specific section workshops throughout
          the year.  For more information write NELA, Countryside
          Offices, 707 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA  01845, (603)
          673-3923.

       *  The American Library Association's annual conference will be in
          New York City this July 4-10 and offers a perfect
          opportunity to view a multitude of exhibits and attend many
          workshops of interest to both librarians and trustees. 
          Share a ride with other Vermont librarians and trustees for
          this once-in-a-blue-moon's opportunity.  Write ALA, 50 E.
          Huron St., Chicago, IL  60611.

       *  An ALA division just for public libraries, the Public Library
          Association, will hold is biennial national conference March
          26-30, 1996, in Portland, OR.  Past conferences have been
          packed with useful information for public librarians.  Write
          PLA c/o ALA.

       *  Graduate library programs in the region offer continuing
          education for alumnae and others.  For example, Simmons
          College in Boston is offering several workshops this fall on
          the Internet, the World Wide Web, and basic PC maintenance.

       Beyond these formal opportunities, the Department of Libraries still
  offers a variety of workshops.  The 1996 calendar of workshops will be
  mailed to libraries in early January.  But a number of mini-workshops are
  available on demand, year round by contacting regional librarians.  Current
  topics include trustee orientation, long range planning, Internet basics,
  intellectual freedom, working with volunteers, customer service, and the
  reference interview.  Miniworkshops may be held at local libraries as well
  as at regional libraries.

       Libraries may also wish to organize their own staff development
  opportunitites.  Consider inviting another library's trustees or staff for
  cross fertilization.  Some ideas include:

       *  Watch and discuss a video together or with an expert.  "Library
          Science Videos for Staff Development," by Frank Woods, lists
          items owned by the Department of Libraries available for
          loan.  Topics include problem patrons ("Library Survival
          Guide"), book repair, storytelling, merchandising, etc.

       *  Arrange for a guest speaker at a staff or board meeting.  Some
          topics might be working with people with disabilities,
          personal safety, first aid, fundraising, or literacy.

       *  Develop some trivia quizzes using parts of your collection to
          sharpen staff and volunteers' knowledge about its contents.

       *  Visit another library or the regional library for a tour to
          learn about the strengths of other area collections, to
          learn new  approaches to procedures, and to share ideas. 
          You'll probably also see your library with new eyes when you
          return.

       *  Serving on a Vermont Library Assn. or community committee will
          offer opportunities to learn new skills and build networks.

       *  Exchange jobs or substitute in another library for a period of
          time.  

       *  Hold a mending (or other) bee.  Invite other librarians and, as
          you work, ideas about many aspects of librarianship will fly.


                 CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

       When newscasters mentions intellectual freedom these days, it seems
  they're usually referring to a parent's concern over the need to protect
  their children from unhealthy library materials.  Who, after all, would
  question a parent's concern?  No one questions parents' concerns. 
  Libraries, however, must balance the concerns of parents with the rights of
  everyone in their communities to access materials which might be deemed
  unhealthy by some.

       These issues were the focus of the annual fall conference on
  intellectual freedom sponsored jointly by the Vermont Library Association's
  Vermont Library Trustees Association (VLTA) and Public Libraries Section
  and the Department of Libraries.  Here are a few comments of the 65
  trustees, librarians, and speakers who gathered November 4 in Montpelier:

      *	 Whenever free speech is stifled, the best remedy is more speech.
      *	 Who decides what others will have access to?  
      *	 Once an item is chosen, taking it off the shelf is censorship.
      *	 By virtue of becoming a trustee, you are agreeing to defend the
         First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  
      *	 To what extent can/should public libraries be "safe" places
         for children?  Physically safe, yes, but how about intellectually?
      *	 Librarians maintain the treasure of books by giving them out.
      *	 Librarians and trustees should take a pro-active approach and
         show their communities the variety their libraries have.

       In the morning session, Sandra Paritz, attorney and Marshfield
  trustee, and Leslie Williams, Executive Director of the Vermont ACLU,
  discussed laws relating to public libraries and the responsibilities that
  trustees carry regarding intellectual freedom.  A brief whole-group
  discussion after lunch raised various concerns to be pondered through the
  afternoon when four breakout sessions focussed on policymaking, weathering
  challenges, labeling and placement of materials, and collection
  development.  Rutland author and life-long library user Peter Cooper
  wrapped up the workshop with a heartfelt appreciation for libraries and
  their openness to a public that needs good, varied service.

                                                           David Clark
                                          Northwest Regional Librarian

              INTERNET TIPS FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES

       The Internet has a wealth of resources for librarians working in
  technical services.  It provides a network for colleagues, access to
  library catalogs all over the world, and information about technical
  services.

       The electronic discussion group (listserv), AUTOCAT, is one valuable
  resource for technical services staff.  By means of e- mail, the AUTOCAT
  provides discussion of theory, philosophy, trends and new developments in
  library science.  You can find fast answers to cataloging and
  classification questions, listings of job openings, announcements of
  meetings and workshops, and general exchange of ideas and knowledge.  You
  can even find a message on other uses of the Internet (Feb. 22, 1994, from
  Judith Hopkins).  To subscribe to AUTOCAT, send a message to
  LISTSERVE@ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu.  Leave the subject line blank.  In the body
  of the message type:  subscribe AUTOCAT you first name followed by last
  name.  You will automatically receive instructions and inforamtion about
  the discussion group service.  Since traffic is very heavy, be careful to
  keep track of your e- mail space.

       Librarians can also search other library catalogs by selecting the
  HYTELNET option in the Internet menu.  Choose "Library catalogs" followed
  by geographic area and then the type of library.

       Many web sites on the Internet are specifically designed for technical
  services.  Try the following sites by typing any of the following addresses
  in LYNX:

       http://www.loc.gov/MARC/
            This is the Library of Congress U.S. MARC Standards Office.

       http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/law/acq/acqs.html
            This is AcqWeb (Acquisitions).

       http://libdevl.lib.vanderbilt.edu/ercelawn/serials.html
            This offers Tools for Serials Catalogers

       A technical services home page for librarians in Vermont is currently
  under construction and will be available soon.  Watch for it!

                                                       Lorraine Lanius
                                         Head, Technical Services Unit

                        ASK MS. STANDARDS

       The 1995-96 "standards season" is in full swing.  The Vermont Board of
  Libraries held its first meeting to determine which libraries meet the
  minimum standards for Vermont public libraries. By December 31, all public
  libraries applying for standards should have been notified concerning their
  status, and those wishing to appeal the Board's decision should send
  written appeals by January 19 for discussion at the February 20 Board
  meeting.  A complete list of libraries meeting standards will appear in our
  next issue.

       This year, libraries were encouraged to apply for the 1993 standards
  although, because the 1993 standards have not completed the Legislative
  Administrative Rules process, the 1986 standards are still in effect.  The
  number of libraries that meet the 1993 standards this year was double that
  of 1994-95.  As with anything new, there were some concerns expressed about
  specific standards that I would like to comment on: 

      * Safety and emergency procedures - Even the smallest library
        should take steps to insure the safety of its staff, volunteers,
        and users.  A 1994 handout, "Safety First," addresses some of the
        issues libraries should consider in developing staff and patron
        safety procedures.  The handout is still available, as are copies
        of individual libraries' written procedures.  I am currently
        planning a workshop on personal safety for 1996.

      * Americans with Disabilities Act compliance - It is never too
        late to expand accessibility to public services and comply with
        the ADA.  Every public library should have conducted a written
        evaluation of its facility and services (the deadline was
        January, 1993) and should have written a plan to address
        efficiencies with dates for action.  The self-evaluation may be a
        fairly simple chart listing the library's services and programs,
        means of access, problems, and possible solutions.  Use the ADA
        Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) to review the physical facility. 
        Because the final deadline for physical changes to insure
        accessibility to publicly owned facilities was January 26, 1995,
        making a good faith effort to meet the ADA as soon as possible is
        imperative.  While those who inhabit historical buildings are
        hesitant to make changes, Nancy Boone of the Vermont Division for
        Historic Preservation says that "the best way to preserve a
        historic building is to use it" as broadly as possible. 
        Accessibility will be a continuing concern as libraries develop
        new services.   Information about the ADA is widely available,
        and if you have specific questions, contact your regional office
        of the Vermont Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation. 

      * Continuing education for trustees - there are many
        opportunities available, including the annual fall VLTA
        conference, the annual spring Town Officers Educational
        Conferences, and the spring Vermont Library Conference. 
        Libraries may design their own in-house opportunities as well. 
        For help, contact your regional librarian.

      * Professional development and continuing education for
        librarians with MLS degrees or certification - Opportunities
        abound (see article elsewhere in this News).  Although the
        Department of Libraries will take attendance at its workshops,
        librarians should plan to maintain personal records concerning
        continuing education after they receive certification or the MLS. 
        The Department will continue to maintain records for librarians
        seeking certification.

       Several libraries did not apply for standards under the 1993 version,
  but I suspect that they are close to meeting them.  Now is the time to
  begin tackling the few that are unmet.  Regional librarians will be happy
  to help.

                                                        Marianne Kotch
                                            Senior Regional Librarian
  
                          COMING EVENTS

Mon., Jan. 1 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Wed., Jan. 10, 9:45 am - Vermont Library Association Board meeting, Vermont
Technical College Library.  Contact: Albert Joy, 656-8350.

Mon., Feb. 19 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Tues., Mar. 5 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Wed., Mar. 13, 9:45 am - Vermont Library Association Board meeting, Vermont
Technical College Library.  Contact: Albert Joy, 656-8350.

Wed., Apr. 10 - "Empowering Users: Emerging Implications for Reference
Service", Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass.  Sponsored by Reference Technology Advisory Committee of
NELINET.  Contact: Marj Zunder, 828-3261 or e-mail DOL_ILL.

Wed., May 8, 9:45 am - Vermont Library Association Board meeting, Vermont
Technical College Library.  Contact: Albert Joy, 656-8350.

Thurs.-Fri., May 16-17 - Vermont Library Conference.


RESOURCES

       ..."Vermont Intellectual Freedom Handbook" compiled by the Vermont
  Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee.  Contains general
  information and copies of various ALA documents.  Available free from Gail
  Weymouth, Sherburne Memorial Library, P.O. Box 73, Killington, VT 05751,
  802-422-9765 or e-mail SHERBURNE.  Also available at regional libraries.

       ..."Libraries for the Future", national library advocacy group
  focusing on local control and information access issues.  Call:
  800-542-1918 or e-mail lff@inch.com.  To join discussion on the group's
  listserv PUB-ADV, send a message to LISTSERV@nysernet.org with nothing on
  the subject line.  The body of the message should read: subscribe PUB-ADV
  [your name].

       ..."Minors' Access to Library Materials" report and "Libraries Under
  Fire" video.  Available at $20 per set, $5 per report and $15 per video. 
  Contact: Fort Vancouver Regional Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd.,
  Vancouver, WA 98663, 360-695- 1561.

       ...Updated "Jobbers" handout with information about library use of the
  state contracts with Brodart and Baker & Taylor for ordering books and
  cataloging.  Other vendor and book publishing information included.  Free
  from DOL_Central or Mary Moore @ 828-3261.

       ..."Vermont Centralized Card/MARC Service" handout with description
  and procedures for obtaining free cataloging services for public libraries
  meeting Minimum Standards for Vermont Public Libraries.  Free from
  DOL_Central or Mary Moore @ 828-3261. 

       ..."Books for the Holidays" list of books reviewed by Amy Howlett and
  Jerry Carbone on "Across the Fence" on WCAX.  Computer format available
  from e-mail AHOWLETT.  Hard copy available from DOL_Central or Mary Moore @
  828-3261.

       ..."Digest of Education Statistics, 1995 covering American education
  from kindergarten to graduate school.  Available for $35 from New Orders,
  Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954,
  stock no. 065-000-00803- 3.

       ...American Library Association "Graphics Catalog".  Includes posters,
  book bags, t-shirts and other library promotional items.  Available from
  ALA Graphics, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL
  60611 or 1- 800-545-2433 and press 7.

       ...Vermont Historical Society "Booklist" with bibliographic citations
  of good titles to develop "Vermontiana" collections.  Available from
  Vermont Historical Society, 109 State St., Pavilion Office Bldg.,
  Montpelier, VT 05609- 0901, 802-828-2291.
 
     CONTINUING EDUCATION

       ...Syracuse University Independent Study Degree Program offering
  courses leading to Master of Library Science Degree.  Write to Syracuse
  University, Independent Study Degree Programs, 610 East Fayette St.,
  Syracuse, NY 13244-6020, phone: 315- 443-3480, FAX: 315-443-1928 or e- mail
  SUCEIST@UC.SYR.EDU

SMITH LECTURE...

       A small but enthusiastic crowd heard Virginia Euwer Wolff deliver the
  1995 Smith Lecture held in Montpelier in November.  Her speech was
  outstanding, giving us plenty to think about and much to enjoy.  If anyone
  would like to make a copy of the videotape, contact Frank or Jennifer at
  the Special Services Unit (802) 828-3273.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM MEETING...

       Librarians who work with children will be gathering on Monday January
  8 from 10:00-12:00 a.m. at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier to
  discuss issues around children and intellectual freedom.  This is an
  informal discussion open to anyone who is interested, and sponsored by CSAG
  (the Children's Services Advisory Group).  Please let me know if you are
  planning to attend.

THE CALDECOTT AWARD: MOCK AND OTHERWISE...

       This year's seventh annual statewide Mock Caldecott day was held at
  the Vermont Technical College in Randolph on November 17.  The participants
  heard two former Caldecott committee members, Virginia Golodetz of
  Burlington and Melody Allen, my counterpart in Rhode Island, speak about
  their experiences on the committee and give tips about how to evaluate a
  picture book.  Then in the afternoon, we divided up into groups to choose
  the year's winner from a pre- selected list of 24 titles.  The group chose
  MATH CURSE by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (Viking).  There were
  2 honor books: MY MAMA HAD A DANCING HEART by Libba Gray, illustrated by
  Raul Colon (Orchard) and THE PIRATE QUEENS by Jane Yolen, illustrated by
  David Shannon (Harcourt).

       Next year, I have the honor of being on the real Caldecott committee,
  so I will be particularly interested in your opinions.  We'll be
  considering all of the picture books published in 1996, for the 1997 award. 
  The committee, a group of 15, will convene at A.L.A.'s annual conference in
  New York City this summer, and will do the actual selection at the
  Midwinter conference next January.  In between, we'll be reading, taking
  notes and sending letters, lists, faxes and e-mails back and forth across
  the country.  Please let me know your thoughts about next year's books.

MATERIALS REVIEW SESSIONS...

       We have set the dates for all of the Materials Review Sessions in
  1996, and there's both bad news and good news.  The bad news is that as
  part of our cost cutting/time saving measures we have eliminated the
  afternoon session which is held in South Burlington.  Since attendance has
  been very low there, and both the Department of Libraries and the
  Department of Education have to cut back, it was an obvious target.  We
  hope those of you who traditionally attend that site will be able to go to
  one of the regional libraries.  Otherwise, we can at least send you lists. 
  The schedule is:

Tuesday, April 9         Midstate Regional Library, Berlin
Wednesday, April 10      Southwest Regional Library, Rutland
Thursday, April 11       Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston
Tuesday, April 16        Northwest Regional Library, Georgia
Wednesday, April 17      Northeast Reg. Library, St. Johnsbury

For the Fall they are:

Tuesday, September 17    Midstate Regional Library, Berlin
Wednesday, September 18  Southwest Regional Library, Rutland
Thursday, September 19   Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston
Wednesday, September 25  Northwest Regional Library, Georgia
Thursday, September 26   Northeast Reg. Library, St. Johnsbury

Tuesday, December 3      Midstate Regional Library, Berlin
Thursday, December 5     Northwest Regional Library, Georgia
Tuesday, December 10     Southwest Regional Library, Rutland
Wednesday, December 11   Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston
Thursday, December 12    Northeast Reg. Library, St. Johnsbury

       All of the sessions begin at 9:00 and end about 12:30. 
  Preregistration is not required.  We review books for babies-highschoolers
  plus professional titles, so these programs are relevant for anyone who
  orders books for young people.  In order to give people another chance to
  look at the books, some of the regional libraries are going to have all the
  books on display for a two week period after the review sessions.  The
  schedule isn't definite yet, so please contact your own regional librarian
  for information.

PERFORMERS' DIRECTORY AVAILABLE...

       The 1995-'96 Performers' Directory is now available to all.  This is
  an annual listing (about 100 pages) of people who do performances or talks
  for children in schools or public libraries.  There's a wide range of
  subjects from books to magic to music to crafts.  In the past we have
  automatically mailed the directory to every public library, but this year
  we are sending ones only to libraries which request it.  If you would like
  one and have not yet told us so, please let us know.  Schools and anyone
  else who would like a copy should send $5.00 plus .25 tax (or if your
  organization is 501(c)3, send $5.00 plus your tax exempt number) to:  Grace
  Greene, Children's Services Consultant, Vermont Department of Libraries,
  109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609.  Checks should be made out to the
  Vermont Department of Libraries.

SUMMER MATERIALS...

       The theme for the 1996 summer reading program is mystery, and the
  slogan is Solve the Mystery...Read.  This is a reprise of a theme we did in
  1987, when it was called "Unlock The Mystery."  Get out your old manuals
  and start planning some mysterious happenings.  Wendy Watson, the prolific
  and much honored children's book illustrator who lives in Vermont, is
  updating her illustrations from the 1987 materials for 1996.  All public
  libraries will be receiving a mailing for the summer, including an order
  form for the reading program materials in March.

DCF NEWS...

       Following their annual business meeting, The Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  Committee has announced these news items:

       1)  Marjorie Gillam Lavalla grants were awarded to Cabot School and
  Alburg Public Library.  At Cabot, Librarian Holly Kruse will create a DCF
  newspaper in which "students will focus on making creative connections
  between character plots, conflicts, settings, and tone."  In Alburg,
  Librarian Marybelle Singer is planning a DCF Reader of the Week program and
  a theater presentation from a DCF book.

       2)  The committee chose Linda Morrow of Lyndonville as its new member. 
  She has been involved in bringing  children and books together in various
  jobs as teacher, associate principal, and principal.

       3)  Again available are stickers to affix to copies of the winning
  titles (not the masterlist).  Stickers are free.  Please request
  from Christine Coolidge at e-mail CBEC or (802) 828-3261.  

       4)  16 schools and public libraries were selected as sites for this
  year's ETV booktalks:  Stowe Elementary School, Main Street Middle School
  (Montpelier), Brookfield Elementary School, Thetford Elementary School,
  Frances C. Richmond Middle School (Hanover, NH), Riverside Middle School
  (Springfield), Westminster Center School, Deerfield Valley Elementary
  School (Wilmington), Middletown Springs Elementary, Georgia Middle School,
  Derby Elementary School, Miller's Run School (Sheffield), Groton Free
  Public Library, Cobleigh Public Library (Lyndonville), Lincoln Community
  School, and Barre Town Elementary School.  There will be one booktalk for
  each of the 30 DCF titles (2 per site), plus a special introduction done by
  one of the schools.  ETV has already filmed 10 of the booktalks, with the
  rest of the shooting scheduled for January and February.  They will begin
  to air them in late January as fillers between programs.  Be sure to watch
  for Vermont kids promoting a Vermont award! 

                            SPECIAL SERVICES NEWS

                              S. Francis Woods, Special Services Consultant
                                                                   828-3273


VIDEOS CAN HELP BEAT CABIN FEVER...

       ...Perhaps your patrons are looking for something different to help
  while away the dark winter hours.  Why not tempt them with some of the
  following titles?

       - "Eyewitness" video series:  Cat, Reptile, Bird,and Dog, by the
  people who produce the excellent "Eyewitness" books.

       - A Short Film Festival and Hollywood Salutes Canadian Animation, two
  of many great animated films in the Department's collection.  To track down
  more via VALS, use a keyword search:  "fi videorecording and animation". 
  Most of the films that Weston Woods produced from first quality children's
  books are also now available in video format.

       - Younger patrons may enjoy The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, The Tale of
  Pigling Bland, and several other Beatrix Potter favorites faithfully
  transformed in animation film. 

       - David Macaulay's Castle, the award-winning public television
  program, Cathedral:  The Story of Its Construction, and Pyramid, the
  award-winning PBS documentary.

       - Feature-length videos for children and young adults include Doll
  House Murders (based on Betty Ren Wright's book of the same name), The
  Princess and the Goblin (from the book by George MacDonald), Wonderworks (a
  great series of features from a collection of children's classics), and the
  10-video set of Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts with the New
  York Philharmonic investigating and explaining classical music for
  audiences of all ages.

       There are more than 2,000 titles in the Department's Audio-Visual
  collection.  Make your own selection or call us for help at 828-3273.

           CHANGES TO VERMONT LIBRARY DIRECTORY, 1995

       Following are changes to the Directory distributed in April, 1995,
  along with the Biennial Report of the Department of Libraries.  A revised
  edition of the Directory is available via the Vermont Automated Libraries
  System (VALS) and may be downloaded or printed.  Choose "DOLDIR" under
  "Other Useful Utilities," #3A on the VALS Welcome screen.




Patricia E. Klinck, State Librarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .828-3265
  Grace Greene, Children's Services Consultant. . . . . . . . . . .828-3261
Library and Information Services Division
  Sybil B. McShane, Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .828-3261
    Marjorie D. Zunder, Head, Reference and Law Services. . . . . .828-3261
    Lorraine Lanius, Head, Technical Services Unit. . . . . . . . .828-3261
    S. Francis Woods, Special Services Consultant . . . . . . . . .828-3273
    Marianne Kotch, Senior Regional Librarian, Midstate Regional Library
(Berlin). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .828-2320
    Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury) . . .748-3428
    David S. Clark, Northwest Regional Library (Georgia). . . . . .524-3429
    Amy Howlett/Joan Knight, Southeast Regional Library (Dummerston)257-2810
    Carol Chatfield, Southwest Regional Library (Rutland) . . . . .786-5879


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