------------------------------------------------------------------------------- State of Vermont Department of Libraries N E W S No. 109, Spring 1998 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ NEW STATE LIBRARIAN SETTLES IN Winter, generally a busy time for any State Librarian, has been even more so for Sybil Brigham McShane, who assumed her new post in November. Working with the Legislature, implementing a reorganization of Department of Libraries staff, and learning details of the new job have been, during the interim, folded into her former position which is still unfilled. A supplemental budget request for FY98, an operating budget request for FY99, and a capital construction request for an upgrade to the Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS) have taken McShane at the State House frequently for hearings with various legislative committees. Announcements concerning the appointment of several key positions, including Director of Library and Information Services and Head of Law Information Services, are expected shortly. All of the Department's professional positions are currently being reviewed for pay equity by the Vermont Department of Personnel. When this process is complete, a new Technology Librarian to manage VALS will also be recruited and hired. The search for Library Technology Consultant has been reopened. McShane has also been attending regional meetings with librarians and trustees to hear their opinions about the direction the Department and all Vermont libraries should be heading. New federal legislation and funding broaden the types of libraries that the Department can serve directly. Previously, the Library Services and Construction Act mandated that the Department focus primarily on public library service. The new Library Services and Technology Act, from which the Department receives over 20% of its annual operating funds, emphasizes building linkages among all types of libraries. McShane hopes that the area meetings will generate ideas for reallocation of Department funds and for future initiatives. So far, she has attended meetings of librarians in Chittenden and part of Caledonia Counties as well as the Vermont Library Assn. Public Library Section and quarterly public library directors' meetings. She will be attending all five of the trustees programs at the Town Officers Educational Conferences in April and also welcomes comments and suggestions from all Vermont librarians and trustees via phone, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and mail. 117 LIBRARIES MEET STANDARDS The Vermont Board of Libraries met February 17, 1998, to finalize the list of libraries determined in December as meeting standards for FY98. State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane noted that, while libraries could meet either the 1986 or the 1993 versions of the standards, this year again saw a great increase in libraries meeting the 1993 set which are currently under review by a committee (see article elsewhere in this News). The number meeting the 1993 set has risen from 25 libraries in 1995-96 to 58. Several libraries meet standards that did not last year, including the Georgia Public Library which had not met standards for many years. Other libraries achieving standards that did not meet them last year were those in Barnet and Derby Line. It was uncorrectly reported in the last News that the library in Fairfield did not meet standards last year. Following is the final list of towns whose libraries meet standards (the 58 meeting the 1993 version are noted with an *): Alburg Arlington *Bakersfield *Barnet Barre and East Barre branch *Barton Barton/Orleans Bennington North Bennington Bradford *Brandon *Brattleboro Brighton/Island Pond *Bristol Burlington Cabot *Canaan Castleton Cavendish Chelsea *Chester *Colchester *Craftsbury Danville Derby Derby Line *Dorset *Dover Enosburg Essex *Essex Junction *Fairfax *Fairfield Fair Haven Fairlee Franklin *Grand Isle *Greensboro Groton *Hartford, *Quechee, *West Hartford, *White River Jct., and *Wilder Hartland Hinesburg Hyde Park Lincoln South Londonderry *Lyndonville *Marshfield *Middlebury *Middletown Springs Milton *Montpelier *Morristown *Newbury/Wells River New Haven Newport *Northfield *North Hero *Norwich Pawlet Peacham *Pittsford Plainfield Poultney Proctor Putney *Randolph Reading *Readsboro *Richford *Richmond Rochester *Rockingham *South Royalton Rutland *St. Albans *Shelburne *Sherburne *South Burlington South Hero Springfield *Stamford *Stowe *Strafford Swanton *Thetford and *Post Mills *Townshend *North Troy Tunbridge *Underhill/Jericho Vergennes *Vernon *Waitsfield Wallingford Wardsboro *Warren Waterbury and Waterbury Center Weathersfield Westford West Rutland Whitingham Williamstown *Williston Wilmington *Windsor Winooski Wolcott *Woodstock STANDARDS REVISION PROCESS BEGINS State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane recently appointed a committee to revise the minimum standards for Vermont public libraries. The Board of Libraries last approved a revision of the standards in 1993 and sent them to the Legislative Administrative Rules Committee for approval. More pressing legislative matters arose during this period, and, in the interim, local libraries have been allowed to meet either the 1986 or the 1993 version of the standards. When approved by this committee, the standards hold the force of law, which the 1986 version does, but, McShane said, "five years is a long time in a changing information environment." The committee will work on a "fast track" in hopes of submitting a final draft to the Board of Libraries for discussion at its October meeting. The process will include reviewing the 1993 version of the standards, talking with librarians and trustees, and developing a new draft to be distributed for comment and public hearings. The committee's work will be coordinated by Marianne Kotch, Director of Public Library Support Services. Committee members include Glenna Copeland (trustee, Waterbury Public Library), Randy Mayhew (member, Vermont Board of Libraries), John Rosenthal (trustee chair, Charlotte Library), Jeanne Walsh (director, Dover Free Library), and Linda Williamson (director, Hartland Public Library). CONSULTANTS FOCUS ON E-RATE SUPPORT There hasn't been a day this winter that we haven't heard someone use the term "e-rate." All public libraries have been urged to explore and apply for telecommunications discounts from the federal Schools and Libraries Corporation. In January, the Department of Libraries and the Vermont Library Association's Government Relations Committee held five meetings around the state to help libraries fill out application forms. We covered how and what to fill in the blanks, along with more high-level, forward-thinking issues such as various methods of high speed access to the Internet and developing internal networks. Many libraries are finding that they can have two or more phone lines for the price of one under this discount program. Some libraries are also finding it advantageous to work with local schools to acquire more sophisticated connections. After the meetings, DOL consultants offered one-on-one sessions and phone/e-mail help as librarians assessed their options, worked on technology plans, and attempted, with mixed success, to use the SLC website for online applications. Form 470 is due at the SLC within 75 days of the website's appearance at the beginning of February. 28 days after posting on the SLC website, libraries may select a vendor from any bids received and may enter contracts. Then Form 471, applying for the actual discount, can be submitted. Technology plans should be submitted to State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane for approval prior to filling out Form 486 which certifies that the library has begun receiving the services. However, the SLC does not require a technology plan if a library is only applying for voice phone service, even if two or more voice lines are requested, including some for dial access to the internet. The Department is still encouraging all libraries to develop technology plans in order to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of library users. We have been distributing one from Michigan as a model, but there are several sites on the world wide web that can help librarians and trustees develop such plans. There is still time to explore the e-rate and its advantages for your library. For information and help, please contact your regional librarian. NEW CDs EXPAND RESOURCES AT REF & LAW With no little trepidation, the Department of Libraries Reference & Law unit took a step further toward replacing some of its paper resources with compact discs when we installed three new items: Business Organizations with Tax Planning, Bankruptcy Library (both from Matthew Bender), and Environmental Reporter (from the Bureau of National Affairs). All are accessible on the new Windows -based PC recently set up in the library at 109 State St., Montpelier. The first two products have all state and federal statutes relevant to their respective subject areas. Both are full-text searchable, with practice forms and hints, and are easily navigable by anyone with some Windows experience. The Environmental Reporter is especially friendly. Large buttons labeled with words instead of icons make navigation and tasks quicker. As above, it includes all relevant federal and state statutes, as well as all Vermont regulations having to do with the environment. Short of spending time in an expensive online database, until now, these regulations have only been available in the Code of Vermont Rules (also at R&L) which lacks organization and is scantily indexed. Full-text capabilities on this CD-ROM make locating Vermont regulations much easier. Although all three CD-ROMs are aimed at attorneys as users, their versatility enables the lay public or the librarian to overcome the "legalese" which often acts as a barrier to accessing legal information. So, for all those questions regarding bankruptcy and family law, trustees and debtors, business bankruptcy workouts, IRS regulations and rules, or water pollution, solid waste, hazardous materials, air quality, sewage, sludge, lead contamination or related subjects, try R&L via interlibrary loan (email: DOL_ILL) first (after consulting with an attorney)! --Paul Donovan Senior Reference Librarian MRL NOW MAINTAINS DOL VIDEO COLLECTION The Dept. of Libraries video collection, formerly the Audio Visual Services Unit, is now maintained by the Midstate Regional Library. Videos circulate for 45 days to all types of libraries in the state. Loans are not made directly to individuals. Public and school libraries may request videos by using the "R" command on the VALS system; LIB commands will not be honored, nor will electronic mail to AVSU. Libraries not connected to VALS may request videos by sending paper interlibrary loan forms to their regional libraries. College and special libraries may request videos by sending messages to DOL_ILL on the VALS system. Public and school libraries may also borrow collections of videos for 45 days if they select their own at MRL. It is important to remember that the default charge for an overdue or lost video is $100. A library can easily jeopardize its ability to borrow anything on interlibrary loan if it has several overdue videos. Videos are listed in DOLCAT along with books, but it is sometimes difficult to search for subjects. Suppose you are searching for videos on whales. Try this: s=whales|m=gm ("whales" is the subject, "m" stands for "media", and "gm" stands for "general media") It is important to note that the Department of Libraries is currently purchasing only new children's videos. All adult video purchasing was curtailed several years ago. There are some excellent adult video series available such as "The Jewel in the Crown," but the selection of adult videos is somewhat limited. To broaden the selection of videos available via interlibrary loan, you may have to search some of the other VALS databases. For more information about the video collection or for borrowing help, call MRL at 828-2320. GET YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READING! The Vermont Center for the Book recently held a workshop to promote its "Neighborhood Reading Program" and other informal reading discussion possibilities to public libraries. VCB's Nick Boke spoke about the evolution of reading discussion programs in public libraries, putting the more informal (i.e., without the traditional scholar) Neighborhood Reading programs in context. Libraries and community groups can borrow multiple copies of a wide range of titles from VCB for programs, the structure of which can be tailored to the audiences. Using Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Boke demonstrated skills necessary for leading a discussion and asked participants to share their experiences with reading discussion programs without scholars. Programs of this sort have been popular from Alburg to Newfane, in- and outside of the libraries. VCB reports shipping about 5 sets of books to Vermont communities each work. Librarians in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties are also circulating among themselves small collections of popular titles sure to provoke discussion such as The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. Noting that there are four adult book discussion groups besides the Athenaeum's in St. Johnsbury, librarian Lisa Von Kann told about her once-a-month book programs, some of which are scholar-led, and some more informal. Some of Von Kann's programs involve everyone's having read the same book, while others may simply be a discussion of a particular type of book such as cookbooks. Local authors have also been guest speakers. Book discussion programs need not be limited to adults. With the help of two teens and their mother, Dorothy Taranowski, St. Johnsbury's children's librarian, discussed her very successful young adult-parent reading discussion program. Dorothy borrowed books from the Department of Libraries which has a number of titles to lend in bulk. Contact Grace Greene at 828-3261 for a list and details. VCB's $10 booklet, "Let's Get Together," describes the Neighborhood Reading Program and the books available. Your library may want to have more than one copy in order to satisfy local book groups and to plan library programs. For more information about Neighborhood Reading, call VCB at 875-2751. For online, ongoing discussion of good books and reading, check out VCB's website
. You'll find a "Cyberhood" reading area as well as information about the Red Clover Award, Mother Goose programs, and more. If your library audiences want scholars, you should also contact the Vermont Council on the Humanities (888-3183) for information on its reading discussion programs and special speakers programs. Grant funds can be arranged with the VCH staff. 1996-97 STATISTICAL ROUNDUP The annual supplement to the Biennial Report of the Vermont Department of Libraries, with statistics of local public libraries for the fiscal year ending between December 31, 1996, and June 30, 1997, is ready for distribution. To receive your copy, call Mary Moore at the Department (828-3261) or send an email message to email@example.com. Vermont public library use and support showed healthy increases in the 1996-97 fiscal year. Total circulation in the state's 200 public libraries rose 5% over the previous year, and total library income ($10,433,433) and expenditures ($9,663,331) rose 8% and 6%, respectively, in the same year. Public libraries were busy in other ways, as the following totals show: Annual circulation 3,637,887 Number of visits 1,881,124 Number of reference transactions 298,275 Number of interlibrary loans received 44,072 Number of programs offered 9,277 Program attendance 160,491 Number of registered borrowers 277,182 Number of volunteer hours (typical week) 3,026 This year, we also collected information about library outreach efforts. Public libraries made a total of 5,170 deliveries of materials to individuals' homes, 1,085 deliveries to day care providers, and 2,442 deliveries to other sites such as senior meal sites and nursing homes. We also collected data about computers owned and usage. Public libraries report owning 400 personal computers (PCs), of which 207 are available for public use. Usage figures are impressive: Number of CD-ROM users 89,959 Number of Internet users 67,263 Number of personal computing users 29,346 For those who enjoy superlatives, here are a few: * Libraries with the highest total circulation: Burlington - 218,523; Montpelier - 205,890; Rutland - 186,890; Brattleboro - 171,567 *Libraries with the highest circulation per capita: Sherburne - 28.23; Greensboro - 24.93; Orleans - 22.81; Essex Junction - 20.00 *Libraries with the highest total number of visits: Burlington - 193,700; Rutland - 160,106; Essex Junction - 120,068 *Libraries with the highest visits per capita: Sherburne - 29.16; Readsboro - 25.25; Stowe - 22.72; Fairfax - 21.41 *Libraries open the most hours weekly: Burlington - 64.75; Brattleboro - 62; Barre and Rutland - 61 *Libraries with the highest per capita tax support: Sherburne - $108.22; Dover - $67.65; Essex Junction - $42.91; Fairfax - $40.40 For more information about the statistics contact Marianne Kotch, Director, Public Library Support Services, 828-2320. WHAT'S NEW IN VERMONT'S PUBLIC LIBRARIES? The 1997 public library reports submitted in November revealed a number of exciting changes and activities in local libraries: New buildings were reported in Georgia, Charlotte, Hinesburg, and Jericho/Underhill, while renovations occurred in Fairlee, Tinmouth, and Jamaica. Danville's Pope Memorial Library reported new wheelchair access, nicely landscaped. Building plans were drawn up in Norwich, Waterbury, Williston, Northfield, Wilmington, and Bristol. Several libraries, including those in North Bennington, Pomfret, and Townshend, expanded or changed their hours to be more convenient to the public. The Royalton Memorial Library closed its Royalton village branch, while the Wilder Library became a branch of neighboring libraries in White River Junction and Quechee. Several libraries reported receiving grants to enhance their services, with area Success by Six being a benefactor in Bakersfield, Georgia, Franklin, and Island Pond. Lyndonville's Cobleigh Public Library is one of only five libraries nationwide to participate in a grant to the national advocacy group, Libraries for the Future, to promote family reading. The Tunbridge Public Library received a grant from the Libri Foundation. Several libraries also engaged in local fundraising efforts, including Colchester's effort to raise funds for an automated library system. Stowe Free Library reported very positive responses from the public with its new automated system. The Brownell Library, Essex Junction, and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, each celebrated its centennial, while East Craftsbury's John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library is only 75 years young. Special programs were held at these libraries in celebration. Other special programs and services of note were: - a library-sponsored trip to Italy culminating an "Italian Renaissance" reading discussion program in Montpelier - unusual workshops for children in Greensboro covering such topics as hunting, mountain biking, etc., as well as kindergarten enrichment programs twice a week - a perennial swap and book sale held to kick off the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award reading program in Readsboro - Whitingham library's participation in "Old Home Days" and a series of local history reminiscence evenings in Wardsboro - "Welcome Baby" bags distributed in Huntington - new delivery programs to day cares and shut ins in Georgia and South Londonderry - a cooperative effort to make high school library resources available after school and evenings in Springfield, sponsored by the Town Library, the High School, and Community College of Vermont - community arts and crafts shows at Bondville's expanded Winhall Memorial Library AVAILABLE... CONTINUING EDUCATION... ...Nonprofit management and leadership workshops through TAP-VT, a program of the Vermont Community Fdn., 388-3355. This spring's lineup covers topics such as grant writing, board development, personnel, and fundraising, all at reasonable prices. Call VCF for a complete list. RESOURCES... ...The Department of Libraries now has an updated Volume 19 of the VERMONT STATE PAPERS, VERMONT MUNICIPALITIES: AN INDEX TO THEIR CHARTERS AND SPECIAL ACTS, which is available at no cost to libraries and tow clerks that request it in writing. Due to a limited supply, the offer for the updated version is made only to those who currently have the 1986 version. Write D. Matheson, Dept. of Libraries, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609. ...Winter, 1998, American Library Assn. Graphics Catalog, featuring posters and other items to spice up your library's observance of National Library Week. Call ALA at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 7, for your copy of the catalog. ...Fleming Museum School Programs and education kits, covering a variety of topics such as mummies, Africa, papermaking, and clothing accessories. Call the Fleming's Education Dept. at 656-0750 for details. ...Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service, a free service allowing people who use standard telephones to communicate with people who use text-telephones (TTY). 24 hours a day, VTRS provides links to deaf and other people with hearing and speaking difficulties. Voice users may call 1-800-253-0195 to use the service. A regular newsletter, brochure, and other materials are available from VTRS Outreach Program, Chace Mill, One Mill St., Box A-11, Third Floor, Burlington 05401. GRANTS... ...The National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Challenge Grants has a special initiative for public libraries, offering awards of up to $150,000 to create endowments to support humanities program. ******************************************************************************************* SHARE THIS NEWSLETTER!! We recently changed the way we distribute this newsletter to trustee chairs around the state. Rather than keep and update a mailing list of all trustee chairs and their home addresses, we are simply mailing the News to chairs in care of their libraries. We appreciate librarians' assistance in making sure that their trustee chairs receive it, and we encourage you to copy the newsletter for other board and library staff members. ***************************************************************************** News is published four times each year by the Vermont Department of Libraries and is distributed to all Vermont libraries, trustee chairs, state legislators, and others who care about Vermont libraries. News is available upon request in Braille, in large print, or on disk. Call 828-3261. Editor: Marianne Kotch ***************************************************************************** COMING EVENTS Fri., March 13, 1998, 9:00 am - "Profound Encounters: What's Literature For, Anyway, Part II," Ascutney Mountain Resort, sponsored by the Vermont Center for the Book, 875-2751. Fee: $45. Sat., Mar. 21, 9:00 am - "Celebrating our Common Wealth," SCBWI New England conference, Sheraton Tara, Framingham, MA. Fee: $75-85. Contact Lynn Vergo, SCBWI conference registrar, 43 Smithurst Dr., Holliston, MA 01746. Wed., Mar. 25, 9:30 am - "Books Ahoy!" summer reading workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. Repeats Mon, 3/30, Springfield Town Library. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Mon., Mar. 30, 9:30 am - "Cataloging and Organization of Library Materials," Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. Continues daily through April 3. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Mon., Mar. 30, 9:30 am - Central Vermont Librarians Assn. mtg., Stowe Free Library. Topic for discussion: children's books. Contact Betty Howlett, 496-4205. Wed., April 1, 8:30 am - Workshops for public library trustees as part of the annual spring Town Officers Educational Conferences, Mount Snow. Repeats: Wed., 4/8 - Lyndon State College, Mon., 4/13 - St. Michael's College, Colchester; Thurs., 4/16 - Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee; Tues., 4/21, Rutland Holiday Inn. Fee: $22. Contact UVM Extension Service, 223-2389. Thurs., April 2 - International Children's Book Day. Contact USBBY, (302) 731-1600, ext. 229. Fri., April 4 - "Perspectives in Children's Literature" conference, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst. Fee: $55. Contact Karin D. Dean, (413) 545-4325. Thurs., April 16, 10:00 am - Children's Services (CSAG) mtg., Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Topic for discussion: computer policies. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Fri., April 17, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors quarterly forum, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Hilari Farrington, 253-4808. Sun., Apr. 19-Sat., Apr. 25 - National Library Week. Theme: "Global Reach, Local Touch." Contact American Library Assn., 1-800-545-2433. - Week of the Young Child. Contact Natl. Assn. for the Education of Young Children, (202) 232-8777. - National Volunteer Recognition Week. Contact your local office of RSVP. - Reading is Fun Week. Contact Reading is Fundamental, (202) 287-3220. Mon., April 27, 9:30 am - "Cataloging and Organization of Library Materials," Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston. Continues daily through May 1. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Tues., April 28, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. Repeats Tues., 4/29 - Milton Public Library; Tues., 5/5 - NERL, St. Johnsbury; Wed., 5/6 - Rutland Free Library; Thurs., 5/7 - SERL, Dummerston. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Tues., April 28, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, State Librarian's Office, Department of Libraries, Montpelier. Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265. Tues., May 5, 9:30 am - "Internet Reference" workshop, University of Vermont. Continues Tues., 5/12. Repeats: Thurs., 5/14 and Thurs., 5/21 - North Country High School, Newport. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Thurs., May 14, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. board mtg., Vermont Technical College library, Randolph Center. Contact Lyman Ross, 656-2020. Wed., May 27 & Thurs., May 28 - Annual Vermont Library Conference, Radisson Hotel, Burlington. Contact Mary Jane Marold, 223-3338. Fri., May 29 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and regional libraries closed. Mon., June 1 - "Digital Reality: Managing Electronic Resources" conference, Best Western Hotel, Marlborough, MA, sponsored by NELINET. Contact NELINET via web access . Wed., June 3, 9:30 am - "Internet Reference" workshop, Castleton State College. Continues Wed,. 6/17. Repeats: Wed., 7/15 and Wed., 7/29 - Vermont Technical College, Randolph. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Mon., June 8, 9:30 am - "Collection Development" workshop, Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury. Continues daily through 6/12. Repeats 6/15-19 - Ilsley Library, Middlebury. Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261. Tues., June 16, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries mtg., Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. Contact Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265. ***************************************************************************** YOUTH SERVICES NEWS Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant, 828-3261 BOOKS AHOY!... All public libraries should receive the summer packet of materials by the end of March. If you have any questions about any of the following, please call or email: List of paperback books in multiple copy that you can borrow to use for discussion. E-mail CBEC@dol.state.vt.us or call 828-3261 with the titles and dates you want. Be sure to have alternatives in mind, in case what you want is booked. Thanks to a collaboration with the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, we have several excellent new young adult titles. The summer manual, BOOKS AHOY!, with hundreds of ideas for a wet and wild summer. An order form for all the free summer materials. Deadline for ordering: April 24. All materials will be mailed to you by the end of May. A booklet and application form for the Books Ahoy! performances. Thirty libraries, chosen from all those which have submitted forms by April 17, 1998 will each receive $100.00 towards a performance this summer. GRANTS FOR YOUNG ADULT BOOKS AND PROGRAMS... The Vermont Community Foundation recently announced the annual round for the Paul Post Fund Award, a special grant for young adult services in Vermont libraries in memory of a 12-year-old who was killed in 1987. Any public or school library "with a plan or program to serve its young adult population, which would normally be grades 6-12" may apply. The fund is primarily interested in projects with a program component such as a summer reading group, an after school discussion group, authors' visits, etc. Last year, three grants totalling $2,473 were awarded to the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington - $973 for a multicultural book discussion/lunch group; Pope Memorial Library, Danville - $500 for books and videos; and Sheldon Elementary School - $1000 to create a play based on a work of literature. The typical grant will be in the $500-1000 range. For an application form and guidelines, or for further information on what's been funded in the past, contact Judy Dunning at the Vermont Community Foundation, PO Box 30, Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-3355. Deadline for application is May 1, 1998, with a decision by the end of June. MINIGRANTS ANNOUNCED... The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announces that $30,000 in minigrants will be awarded in December 1998 for innovative and imaginative programs in public libraries and public school libraries designed to combat illiteracy. Minigrants of $500 are available to public libraries and of $250 to public school libraries. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 15, 1998. Requests for applications for proposals should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Write to Deborah Pope, Executive Director, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, 450 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215. DCF/RED CLOVER NEWS... ...PACKETS - The new Dorothy Canfield Fisher/Red Clover packets will be mailed to all Vermont schools and public libraries in March. Included will be the DCF master list for 1998-99, DCF voting form for 1998, and the Red Clover master list for 1998-99. Please let us know if you are missing anything. ...DCF COMMITTEE OPENING - There will be one opening for the DCF committee for a three year term beginning in 1999. If you live or work in Vermont, and are interested in reading 300-400 children's books per year, participating in great discussion and working with a terrific, dedicated group, apply to be a member by sending a letter of interest, a brief resume and two reviews, one positive and one negative of any childrens books of your choosing to: Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant, Vermont Department of Libraries, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609. Deadline is October 2, 1998. Please get the word out to interested teachers, parents, etc. ...RED CLOVER MATERIALS - Manuals for the Red Clover program, as well as Red Clover posters, designed by Vermont illustrator Eileen Christelow, will be available from the Vermont Center for the Book at the Vermont Library Conference in May. MATERIALS REVIEW... As most of you read on e-mail, we have decided to reduce the number of materials review sessions per year from three to two. Not only does this make life easier for Leda Schubert and me, but the e-mail messages I received in response to my informal survey were two to one in favor of reducing the number. So, we will have one spring session and one fall one. Check the "Coming Events" section for spring dates. The fall, 1998 dates are: Tuesday, October 27 - Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury Wednesday, October 28 - Rutland Free Library Thursday, October 29 - Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston Wednesday, November 4 - Midstate Regional Library, Berlin Thursday, November 5 - Milton Public Library All sessions are free, do not require registration, and begin at 9:00 a.m. We review books for all age levels: birth - young adult. COMPUTER POLICY DISCUSSION - Change of location ... The discussion on policies relating to use of computers by the public will be held at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier instead of the Midstate Regional Library, Berlin, on Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. Anyone working with children and computers is welcome to attend. This is not a workshop, but rather a sharing of ideas. Please let me know if you plan to attend. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 828-3261). VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARIES 109 STATE ST. MONTPELIER, VT 05609 Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian . . . . . . . . . 828-3265 Library and Information Services Division Marjorie D. Zunder, Head, Reference and Law Services828-3261 Paul Donovan, Senior Reference Librarian . . . . . 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 NEWS is a federal-state program under the Library Services and Technology Act.