State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

No. 108, Winter 1997


Vermont Secretary of Administration Kathleen C. Hoyt recently appointed Sybil
Brigham McShane of Montpelier to the post of State Librarian.  McShane has
worked for the Department of Libraries for 17 years, most recently as
director of Library and Information Services.  "Sybil has been in the
forefront of our use of technology to improve access to information and
services," Hoyt said.  "She has worked extremely hard to expand and improve
our statewide library computer network, VALS, so that Vermonters in rural
areas have the same access to library services as those who live in more
urban areas."

McShane's appointment was effective November 23, 1997.  Hoyt said that, after
conducting a national search, it was a pleasure to be able to hire a
qualified candidate from within state government to fill this important

Born in St. Albans, McShane earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury
College and her master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College,
Boston.  She also served the Department of Libraries as director of the
Library Services Division (1984-1990) and as head of the Reference Services
Unit (1980-1984).  Before coming to the Department, she worked as a reference
librarian at the Troy (NY) Public Library, director of the library/media
center at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, and library assistant at the
Boston (MA) Athenaeum and at the Wellesley College Science Library. 


State Librarian Patricia E. Klinck retired on October 31, 1997, after 27
years with the Department of Libraries.  At its annual conference, the New
England Library Association gave Klinck its highest honor, the Emerson
Greenaway Award, given annually to a librarian who has had a distinguished
career and made a significant contribution to librarianship.  Following are
her remarks from the October 5 ceremony:

This award means a great deal to me as it brings warm memories.  Emerson
Greenaway was one of those special people I have been privileged to know in
my 37 years as a librarian.  In fact, when I was a fledgling state librarian
back in 1977, he was the person who gave me the advice I needed to tackle my
job with confidence  I always saw Emerson as a visionary, but definitely a
most pragmatic visionary.  His feet were planted firmly on the ground.  He
know what worked and what didn't.  The advice he gave me has served me well
over my twenty-plus years as state librarian and, in retrospect, probably is
responsible for my receiving this award.  So, I think it is only fair that I
pass some of Emerson's words of wisdom on to all of you.

One vivid memory stands out in my mind.  One fall day I had driven Hoyt
Galvin to NH to meet with Emerson.  The three of us sat around Emerson's
dining room table, in New London, trying to sort out a thorny Vermont public
library problem.   After much discussion, Emerson, with his eyes twinkling,
mused that the issue was simply another case of a librarian having come down
with "rat syndrome." I was a bit stunned until he explained, "Patty, remember
this - never, never back yourself into a corner with no way out except a
fight.  Librarians do have this    tendency."  Over the years I thought of
Emerson often and I used his advice over and over.  We always plan a detour,
an alternative way out, or a back-up scenario before a project begins or goes

That same day, those two titans of library land decided to become Dutch
uncles and gave me the advice they  thought I needed just to survive.  I had
just begun my job and was looking forward to many years as state librarian.
They had already had their major successes in the library world and told me
that, most important, I should remember to keep my sense of humor as I would
certainly need it, probably on a daily basis.   They also told me that the
key to success was to leave a job when the time was right and at the top of
the game, well before I was on the downside of the hill.  I hope I am doing
that.  In Emerson's view, the greatest legacy a leader could leave is an
organization that had a staff that was well chosen and so good and so well
trained that it could carry on successfully without the leader.  From his own 
experience, he said that no one was indispensable and if one thinks he/she is
indispensable, he/she is probably just the opposite.  No one can predict what
the fates will bring.  The fates have obviously been very good to me.

Recently, I was asked what I felt my greatest legacy is to libraries in
Vermont.  I do feel that even with VALS and other operational achievements,
my best legacy to the state of Vermont is the staff of the Department of
Libraries.  To a person they are energetic, creative, smart, committed, and
always challenging.  They have set a tone for all librarians in Vermont that
even the most difficult challenges can be met and met successfully.  No one
says it can't be done.  As with all high powered, competent people, they do
sometimes test my sense of humor, even daily, but I must admit to all of you
that my successes have only been possible because of them and because so many
librarians statewide have been willing to meet the changing library world
head on.  I have also been fortunate in the support I have been given by four
governors for whom I have worked.  And I have never had to be superwoman at
home.  If I had to focus on  a major project, my family adjusted.  Thank you,

I now leave the library world, appropriately, some would say, on Halloween,
but with a sense of satisfaction.  I have had one of the best library jobs in
the US, and the past 20 years have been a great adventure.  We have moved
Vermont libraries forward.  The goal I had back in 1983 - that all Vermonters
would someday have electronic access to library materials and information,
from library, office or home, with a local telephone call - was finally met
14 years later.  In 1997, libraries and reading are an increasingly vital
part of even the smallest Vermont communities.  Now it is time for new vision
and new goals for the new century, for both the Vermont library community and
for me in another life.  I am proud to say I now enter the most important
library constituency - patron.

Emerson, I hope you are smiling.  Your mentoring worked.  Not only was this
award named in honor of you,  but my receiving it is definitely, in great
part, due to your advice.  Thank you all.

                          DEPARTMENT REORGANIZES

A plan to reorganize the various units of the Department of Libraries is
being implemented, creating two divisions.  The new Public Library Support
Services Division, directed by Marianne Kotch, includes those units which
work directly with public libraries and incorporates regional libraries,
audio-visual services, continuing education for local library personnel, and
adult and children's consulting services.  The video collection is now being
managed by the Midstate Regional Library.  Videos are available to school and
public libraries through normal interlibrary loan methods, and school
libraries no longer need to go through public libraries to borrow videos.

The Library Information Services Division, formerly directed by Sybil Brigham
McShane, includes units which work directly with the public or in support of
public services, including the reference and law unit, technical services,
interlibrary loan, services to the blind and physically disabled, and the
Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS).  A successor for McShane, recently
appointed State Librarian, will be recruited, as will a technical assistant
to work with local libraries in accessing VALS and other technology.


At its October meeting, the Vermont Board of Libraries recommended approval
of the Department's five year Children's Services Plan, which includes
forming an Advisory Council to advise the Children's Services Consultant
about what the Department of Libraries should be doing for children's
services.  That council has been appointed by the State Librarian and held
its first meeting in November.  Members include Teri Austin, Sherburne 
Memorial Library; Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library; Mary Jane Marold,
Kellogg-Hubbard Library; Janis Minshull, Cobleigh Public Library;  Sherrie
Simmons, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston; Kit Stephenson, Westford
Public Library; Jeanne Walsh, Dover Free Library; and Grace W. Greene, Dept.
of Libraries.  The council will meet twice a year to discuss programs and
directions for children's services.  Please feel free to contact any of the
above members or Grace Greene with questions, concerns or ideas.


Mara Siegel recently joined the Department of Libraries staff as the new
DOL-UVM Access Office Librarian.  Except for loans to Middlebury College,
Siegel is responsible for all in-state interlibrary loaning from the
University of Vermont Libraries.  She works twenty hours per week at the
Bailey/Howe Library interlibrary loan office.  Siegel was previously
technical services librarian at Trinity College, Burlington, for six years. 
She lives in Johnson, VT, where she co-owns the French Press, a coffee shop.

About 85 trustees, librarians and Friends convened in Rutland on November 1
to discuss "Library Makeovers," the annual conference theme of the Vermont
Library Trustees Association, sponsored in conjunction with the Department of
Libraries.  Montpelier trustee chair Ali White began the day with a
description of her board's own makeover, in which committees of trustees and
community members were formed to accomplish major tasks.  Keynote speakers
Cindy Karasinski, librarian of the Barton Public Library, and Jerry Carbone,
librarian of Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial Library, told of recent
accomplishments and of future plans.  Karasinski outlined the library's
efforts to reach children from the earliest age through collaboration with
local child care providers, early education professionals, social workers,
schools, and other groups.  Carbone talked about the library's automation
project, collaboration with local arts and other organizations, and future
plans for changing and adding space for quiet, computing, and a changing

Before lunch, trustees broke into small groups to discuss a variety of
questions about libraries in the future, including what spaces will be like,
how boards should be organized, and what qualities trustees and librarians
will need.  Marianne Kotch of the Department of Libraries outlined trends in
public library service as revealed by public library statistics collected
in-state and nationally.  After lunch, trustees had their choice of several
workshops conducted mostly by Vermont librarians and trustees.  Topics
included capital campaigns, programming ideas to attract wider audiences,
planning a building expansion, relationships with town government,
fundraising as public relations, and tapping community resources.

Trustees will have several opportunities for continuing education in 1998,
including programs at the annual Vermont Library Conference May 27 and 28. 
VLTA, the Department of Libraries, and other organizations will be working
with the Vermont Institute for Government to sponsor five Town Officers
Educational Conferences in March and April.  The dates and locations are: 
March 24 - Rutland Holiday Inn; March 25 - Lake Morey Inn; April 1 -
Brattleboro Inn; April 8 - Lyndon State College; and April 9 - St. Michael's
College, Colchester.  Registration information will be sent to libraries in
January, or can be obtained by calling the UVM Extension Service at 223-2389. 

                        STAFF PLANS 1998 WORKSHOPS

At the Department of Libraries, if it's fall, it must be time to do the next
year's workshop schedule, so the staff has been busy meeting, planning and
figuring out the best workshops for you.  The entire packet containing
certification guidelines and information about all the 1998 workshops should
arrive at all Vermont public libraries in February.  Highlights of next
year's schedule include two sessions each of the two required workshops,
Collection Development and Cataloging; four two-session workshops on Internet
search skills; Puppetry and Public Relations.

For librarians working on certification, please remember that, in addition to
the long standing "Big" workshops (Cataloging, Reference, Collection
Development and Basic Public Library Administration), you also now need 10
credits of technology.  Five of the technology credits can be general
computer courses (e.g. Windows 95); but the other five must be
library-related (e.g. Internet, VALS, Automation).  If you have any questions
about the certification process or workshops, please call Continuing
Education Coordinator Grace Greene at 828-3261; e-mail


Vermont public libraries do not qualify for the first round of grants from
the Gates Library Foundation for public access to computers and the Internet. 
Guidelines released in October detailed the first round of funding which will
help approximately 1,000 libraries in low-income communities nationwide.  The
foundation's three programs will target libraries in the neediest states and
communities using U.S. Census statistics and a study conducted by the
American Library Association on libraries and poverty to establish
eligibility guidelines.

The Gates Library Foundation's three programs will help libraries purchase
computers for their patrons and will provide technical assistance and
training to their staffs.  The first program, statewide partnerships, will
help libraries in three states expand public access; only Arkansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and West Virginia are eligible to apply. 
The second program will be for library systems in urban libraries serving
areas of extreme poverty, and the third program will be for individual
libraries serving areas of extreme poverty as identified by the foundation. 
The full text of the guidelines, as well as application forms, are available
at the foundation's website, www.glf.org, or by calling 1-425-992-1200.  The
foundation expects to award more grants in the future as $200 million has
been pledged to purchase computers for public library patrons and provide
technical training and support for library staffs in low-income communities.  
                           FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
                   News from Reference and Law Services
       Marjorie D. Zunder, Library Information Services Coordinator

The following hints were offered at a recent VALS workshop.  Additions or
corrections are welcome to mzunder@dol.state.vt.us.           


     Search by keyword
          ex.  k=
               fin su birds and nt vhs
     Length of video:  see "material" field in bib record
     Abstract:  see "note" field in bib record

* St. Michael's/Trinity and VSCCAT
     Search by call number
          ex.  c= video 
               c= vhs

St. Mike's/Trinity, Lyndon and Johnson will loan for short periods as they
would a book. Lyndon catalog contains some "club" videos, i.e. video store
titles, which they will not loan.  Castleton loans for in library use only,
but may change this policy in the future.

     Search by keyword
          ex.  k=birds and vhs

UVM will loan many of their video titles.  Request through DOL_ILL.

* K12CAT

No keyword searching yet, but may be available soon.  

* MIDCAT, Ilsley and Dartmouth College catalog

These libraries do not loan videos.  Search their catalogs for video titles
to request through out of state ILL.  If you find titles that you need,
request locations from DOL_ILL.


http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes.htm - Vermont Statutes Online - direct
keyword access

http://www.amazon.com  -  database of books, authors, titles, subjects,
ISBNs, and other book-related information

http://www.lcweb.loc.gov - The Library of Congress database - a good source
for verification

http://www.book-sales-in-america.com  - lists library book sales nationwide

http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm  - 1996-97 Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://www.ala.org/booklist - full text reviews, articles, and bibliographies
from Booklist

http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/filt_res.html  - full text of ALA Council
resolution regarding use of filtering software in  libraries


*  Public libraries putting together budgets should be aware that the Vermont
minimum wage increased to $5.25 per hour on September 30, 1997.  The federal
minimum wage increased to $5.15 on September 1. 

*  The state of Vermont contract for voice telecommunications has gone out to
bid.  When it is awarded in January, "political subdivisions of the state"
(i.e. municipalities) will also be eligible to use the resulting discount for
basic minimum charges.  Stay tuned for details.

*  The Department of Libraries' five year plan for the federal Library
Services and Technology Act was recently accepted by the federal Institute
for Museum and Library Services.  A copy is available at the Department's web
site, http://dol.state.vt.us.

*  The Department of Libraries recently awarded the Martha Canfield Memorial
Free Library, Arlington, a grant for a public access computer.  This was the
Department's final bit of funding from last year's DOL/IBM/NYNEX grant
program.  Computer workshops for public library staff through the  NYNEX
portion of the grant program will be continuing through the winter.

*  According to a survey of US and Canadian residents commissioned by MCI
Library-LINK, the number of people who regularly access the Internet through
points other than home, office, or school has nearly tripled in the past
year, with over one-third of this Internet access taking place at the
library.  Projections indicate that by the year 2000, the current 4% of all
users accessing the Internet through these alternative access points could
rise to nearly 30%.  MCI Library-LINK is a three-year public-private
community partnership between MCI and the American Library Association. 
                               COMING EVENTS

Thurs.-Fri., Nov. 27-28 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central
office and regional libraries closed.

Tues., Dec. 2, 9:00 am - Children's materials review session, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Repeats: Thurs., 12/4 (Milton Pub. Lib.); Tues.,
12/9 (NERL); Wed., 12/10 (Rutland Free Lib.); Thurs., 12/11 (SERL). Contact:
Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

Tues., Dec. 16, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

Thurs., Dec. 25 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

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

Thurs., Jan. 8, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Association Board meeting, Vermont
Technical College Library, Randolph.  Contact: Lyman Ross, 656-2020, ext.

Fri., Jan. 16, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors' quarterly forum, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320 or E-mail:

Wed., Jan. 28 - Vermont Center for the Book Neighborhood Reading Conference,
South Royalton House, South Royalton. Contact: VCB at 875-2751.

Mon., Jan. 16 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Tues., Feb. 17, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

Tues., Mar. 3 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Thurs., Mar. 12, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Association Board meeting, Vermont
Technical College Library, Randolph.  Contact: Lyman Ross, 656-2020, ext.

Tues.-Wed., Mar. 10-11 - Public Library Association National Conference,
Kansas City.  Contact: ALA at 1-800-545-2433 or http://www.ala.org.

Fri., Mar. 13, 1998 - VCB/DOL/DOE sponsored Conference Part II, "What's
Literature For, Anyway?" Ascutney Mountain Resort.  Registration fee of $40
for one day.  Contact: Vermont Center for the Book, PO Box 441, Chester, VT
05143, (802) 875-2751.

Tues., Apr. 21, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

Wed.-Thurs., May 27 & 28 - Annual Vermont Library Conference, Radisson Hotel,
Burlington.  Contact:  M.J. Marold, 223-3338.

Fri., May 29 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

                                              --Lorraine Lanius, Head
                                              Technical Services Unit


..."Censorship in Public Colleges and Universities" exhibit on censorship for
Banned Books Week or other times.  Cost $48 (includes mailing).  Contact:
Donald Parker, Long Island Coalition Against Censorship, PO Box 296, Port
Washington, NY 11050, phone: 516-944-9799.
                           CONTINUING EDUCATION

...Nonprofit Management Education programs sponsored by TAP-VT, Vermont
Community Foundation.  Programs on nonprofit organization, accounting,
fundraising, long range planning, managing difficult people and other topics. 
Contact: Karen James, TAP-VT, Vermont Community Foundation, PO Box 30,
Middlebury, VT 05753, phone: 388-3355 or E-mail vcf@together.net.


...The Public Library Association of ALA's Excellence in Small and/or Rural
Public Library Service Award honoring a library serving a population of less
than $10,000.  Honorarium = $1,000.  Deadline for applications is December 1. 
Contact: PLA, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA.  

                              YOUTH SERVICES
             --Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant


In order to make acquiring our bibliographies easier, many of them are now
available through VALS!  So far the bibliographies from the Bare Bones Packet
( a collection of lists of recommended children's books for the small public
library) and the ones from the Storyteller's Survival Kit are on line, and we
will be adding more later.  The entire list of bibliographies and resources
available from the CBEC is listed, and for those not on line, you can just
e-mail us and we will mail them out.


All public libraries should have gotten an alert about the Vermont Center for
the Book's (VCB) conference on reading discussion programs for all ages on
January 28.  The flyer gave you several good reasons to attend (find out how
to lead a group; support groups in your community; learn about borrowing
books from VCB).   Here are two more good reasons: 1) one part of the
workshop will be on parent/child book groups, and will feature a presentation
by author/editor Amy Ehrlich and librarian Dorothy Taranowski who have a very
successful intergenerational program in St. Johnsbury and 2) you will receive
5 DOL credits for attending.  VCB will mail out final registration
information at the beginning of January.

BOOKS AHOY! in SUMMER, 1998...

Next summer will be a wet one in Vermont.  No, that's not a weather
prediction, it's an announcement of the theme of our 1998 summer reading
program.  The slogan is "Books Ahoy!"  and we will focus on oceans, lakes,
boats, aquatic animals, bubbles and all things wet.  John Stadler, a New
Hampshire author and illustrator, has created fabulous art work based on his
very funny book THE CATS OF MRS CALAMARI (Orchard, 1997).  Vermont is again
working with Rhode Island on the materials, so Melody Allen, my Rhode Island
counterpart, and I will be creating the manual together.  I will be working
from Summer Splash!, our water program of about 10 years ago, but I'm looking
for new ideas for programs, performers, displays and good books, so please
send me your ideas (by Dec 31).


Confused over policies about using the library's computers?   Not sure what
to do about your PAC's or Internet use?  You're not alone!  Come to a
discussion on Thursday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Midstate Regional
Library and ask your questions and offer your solutions!  Anyone working with
children and computers in public libraries is welcome to attend.  Remember
this is not a workshop, but rather a sharing of ideas.  If you plan to
attend, please let me know so I can get an idea of the attendance.  PLEASE


CAYAL (the children's and young adult section of the Vermont Library
Association) is teaming up with VEMA to host a program on emergent readers on
Wednesday, February 10, at Vermont College in Montpelier.  The workshop will
examine new methods for teaching children to read (primarily reading
recovery), discuss good materials to buy (from both education and trade
publishers), show how to make simple books with the youngest readers, and
discuss what librarians can do to help.   Speakers will include Susan
Lynaugh, a Reading Recovery trainer, and Mary Prior, librarian at Barnet
Elementary School.  VLA and VEMA members will automatically receive
registration forms, others can contact Mary Graf at the Brownell Library in
Essex Jct. (878-6956).


The Ceremony: In spite of the predictions of 7-10 inches of snow for October
27th, our 40th annual ceremony was a huge success. Arizona author Barbara
Park, winner of the award for  MICK HARTE WAS HERE, spoke to approximately
600 children and adults about her writing in general, and her inspiration for
this book in particular.  She was afraid, she told us, that no one would buy
MICK HARTE because it is on such a serious subject (death of a boy from a
bicycle accident).  Instead, it is her biggest selling title ever!  Anyone
who missed the ceremony could view the videotape by calling Frank Woods at

New Committee Members: At its October meeting the DCF committee had an
unusually difficult task of selecting new members because of the many
outstanding applications, but we are confident the selected two are great
ones: Joanna Rudge Long, a children's literature specialist and former editor
of Kirkus Reviews and Frank Green, a professor of children's literature at
Lyndon State College.  Welcome, Joanna and Frank.

Lavalla Grants:   Also at the October meeting the committee decided NOT to
award any Lavalla Grants this year, but rather to review the guidelines and
double the pot for next year.

Quiz and Booktalks: The official DCF website,
http://plainfield.bypass.com/~union/dcf.html now has the 1997-98 Quiz created
by Chair Sandra Roy, and the booktalks that were given at the Vermont Library


Plan now to see the best of the Spring, 1998 books for children and young
adults at the next series of materials review sessions.  Leda Schubert, the
School Library Media Specialist and I will, as always, begin at 9:00, and
continue until approximately 12:30.  The spring session will feature the
Newbery and Caldecott Awards, and all of the DCF titles for 1998-99, as well
as a selection of 1998 books reviewed by us, the volunteer reviewers and the
review media.  The schedule is as follows:    Tues., April 28 - Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin; Wed., April 29 - Milton Public Library; Tues., May
5 - Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury; Wed., May 6 - Rutland Free
Library; Thurs., May 7 - Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston.  After the
review session at the Southeast Regional Library, the books will remain for 2
weeks so you can peruse them at your leisure.

                   109 STATE ST., MONTPELIER, VT  05609

Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian . . . . . . . . . . . . 828-3265
Library and Information Services Division
                                            , 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
Public Library Support Services Division
    Marianne Kotch, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 828-2320
    Grace Greene, Children's Services Consultant . . . . . . . 828-3261
    James Nolte, Midstate Regional Library (Berlin). . . . . . 828-2320
    Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury). 748-3428
    Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Library (Dummerston) . . . 257-2810

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