State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

No. 110, Summer 1998


       Emergent readers in seven Vermont communities will find a host of new
  books and various special programs for them at their public libraries this
  summer and fall, thanks to this year's round of Elva Sophronia Smith Grants
  from the Department of Libraries.   The grants were awarded to the Martha
  Canfield Memorial Library, Arlington; Barton Public Library; Castleton Free
  Library; Carpenter Carse Library, Hinesburg; Cobleigh Public Library,
  Lyndonville; Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield; and Cutler Memorial
  Library, Plainfield.  All will be purchasing a number of new books for
  children just learning to read and will be working with schools and other
  community groups, as well as parents, to encourage kids to keep discovering
  the joy of reading.

       27 public libraries submitted proposals for the competitive grant
  program given annually.  This year's Smith Grant Committee, chaired by
  Grace W. Greene, Department of Libraries Children's Services Consultant, 
  found the choice especially difficult because there were many strong
  applications.  The winning libraries' proposals displayed careful planning
  and good community cooperation, Greene said:  "Several of these towns
  already have America Reads programs established, and all have good working
  relationships with local schools and other agencies which serve children."  
  Other committee members were Toni Dyer, trustee, Groton Public Library;
  Debbie Spackman, Children's Librarian, Norman Williams Public Library,
  Woodstock; and Marianne Kotch, Department of Libraries Director of Public
  Library Support Services.  Kim Prangley, librarian at the Haskell Free
  Library, Derby Line, was part of the committee but, due to an emergency,
  was unable to participate in the selection process.  

                         DOL OFFERS COMPUTER GRANTS

       Ten Vermont public libraries will also be receiving public access
  microcomputers this summer, with help from a competitive grant program
  offered by the Department of Libraries with funding from the federal
  Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  The multi-media microcomputers
  will be for public access to the Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS),
  the internet, and other electronic resources.  With an application deadline
  of May 15, the grants are expected to be awarded on or about July 1.  

       The grants will be awarded based on libraries' ability to provide and
  support public access computers successfully, as well as on the current
  availability and capabilities of existing computers in their libraries. 
  Only libraries that meet the minimum standards for Vermont public libraries
  are eligible to apply.  In addition, they must be physically accessibility
  to people with disabilities, be willing to cover the costs of equipment
  maintenance and basic telecommunications costs, offer the computers to the
  public free of charge during open hours, and agree in principal to the
  American Library Association's Codes of Ethics for librarians and trustees,
  the Library Bill of Rights, and its interpretations, including Access to
  Electronic Information, Services, and Networks.  For more information about
  the grant program, contact State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

                            GRANT RECIPIENTS MEET

       What happens when your library introduces public access to the
  Internet?  Who uses public access microcomputers in the library?  How? 
  What problems do you encounter?  What are the benefits to patrons of all
  ages?  All these questions and more were discussed at an April 27 meeting
  of librarians whose 17 libraries received IBM/NYNEX/DOL computer grants
  last year.  Marie Houghton and Joan Jamieson, representing IBM and Bell
  Atlantic (formerly NYNEX), respectively, noted that this had been the
  companies' first collaborative grant project in Vermont.  By all reports,
  the recipients were pleased with the results, and so were the grantors.

       The day-long conference began with success stories from Hilari
  Farrington of Stowe Free Library and Cindy Karasinski of Barton Public
  Library.  Each told of the Internet's reference service benefits, the
  ability to serve varied and new users ("20-somethings," teens, etc.), and
  the resulting improved image of the library, its services, and its staff. 
  Pat Hazlehurst of Lyndonville's Cobleigh Public Library moderated a general
  discussion of experiences, and almost everyone present had a story to tell
  of a person helped via Internet service.   Farrington noted that tourists
  are checking their electronic mail via the library's computer which in turn
  helps local innkeepers.  Karasinski told of a teenager with very poor
  reading skills who has become motivated to learn through searching the

       Many librarians shared experiences of collaboration with community
  groups, schools, Adult Basic Education, and other organizations.  In
  Brattleboro, high school students seeking community service credits for
  graduation are "Internet mentors," helping patrons at the library after
  school and one evening a week.  In Barre, a club vocally resistant to
  technology in the library was invited over for a demonstration; its members
  were "converted" and ended up donating a book on good Internet sites.  Lisa
  Von Kann of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum told about her library's
  involvement in a cooperative online consumer health information project
  with area hospitals and libraries, including some in New Hampshire.  This
  project includes development of a website with links to recommended sites
  for medical consumers.

       Roadblocks to public access and their solutions were discussed in
  small groups during the afternoon.  Training and technical support were two
  major concerns, as participants voiced the need to keep up with
  technological developments and to cope with printer jams, system security,
  and other problems.  Various future training topics were suggested, and
  cooperative arrangements for technical support were explored.  The
  wide-ranging discussions also covered privacy issues, publicity, rules for
  use, policies, and ways to address public concern about children's access. 
  "Get in front of the issue" of concern, many concluded, and help parents
  work with their children to find appropriate Internet sites and to evaluate
  content of material found.  Participants went home with packets of sample
  sign up sheets, policies, and publicity materials from the group.


       At its annual meeting in March, the Vermont Certification Board voted
  to award certification to the following librarians who will be recognized
  at the annual Vermont Library Conference, May 27 and 28:

       Robert Allen, Brown Public Library, Northfield
       Noreen Cargill, formerly Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester
       Dawn Carson, Springfield Town Library
       Sally Dain, Waterbury Public Libraries
       Joyce Fuller, Cavendish-Fletcher Community Library
       Jeanne Giard, North Hero Public Library
       Mary Graf, Brownell Library, Essex Junction
       Becky Hollis, Rockingham Free Public Library
       Eleanor B. Johnson, Pope Memorial Library, Danville
       Mary Kasamatsu, Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield
       Megs Keir, Richmond Free Library
       Mary Kenny, Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville
       Ruth McCullough, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier
       Wanda Morton, Stowe Free Library
       Cyndi Newett, H.F. Brigham Free Public Library, Bakersfield

       Congratulations to each of these librarians who completed a minimum of
  150 credit hours, including workshops in Cataloging, Reference, Collection
  Development, Basic Public Library Administration, and Technology; many far
  exceeded the 150 credit minimum.  Members of the Certification Board are
  Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian; Robert Johnson, trustee, Waterbury
  Public Libraries; Lyman Ross, President, Vermont Library Association;
  Kathie Ludwig, Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock; and Grace W.
  Greene, Continuing Education Coordinator, chair.  


       Department of Libraries staff continues to offer mini-workshops for
  librarians and trustees in a variety of areas.  These half-day sessions may
  be given at local libraries or at regional libraries and may be scheduled
  on demand with regional librarians.  Certification credit may be arranged,
  and the agenda can be tailored to participants' needs.   Amy Howlett
  recently organized a "What's on VALS" mini-workshop for librarians in the
  southeast region, while Marianne Kotch offered a session on customer
  service for volunteers and staff at Barre's Aldrich Public Library during
  National Volunteer Recognition Week.  

       Other mini-workshop topics have included using VALS, safety, using
  volunteers, budgeting, intellectual freedom, the Internet, statistics, long
  range planning, trustee orientation, writing an annual report, and the
  reference interview.   DOL's head of Technical Services, Lorraine Lanius,
  is also available to speak about "Planning for Automation:  The Technical
  Services Perspective."  If you would like to attend a mini-workshop or if
  you would like to schedule one at your library, call your regional

                             LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

       The Vermont General Assembly adjourned in mid-April, after passing the
  FY99 state budget, a capital construction budget, and a bill encouraging
  libraries to serve as community centers, among many things.  The FY99
  budget includes an increased appropriation of just over 2% for the
  Department of Libraries.

       The capital construction budget [Act. no. 148 (H.761)] includes a
  provision for the upgrade of the Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS).  
  The system plans to migrate to a WindowsNT platform, using the current
  software developed by Data Research Associates.  There will be many
  enhancements, including the ability to search many of the databases offered
  at once.

       In late March, Governor Dean signed into law Act no. 73 (H.404), a
  bill "relating to community use of public library facilities and
  resources."  Introduced in the house by Hartland Representative Matt B.
  Dunne, the law is designed to encourage local libraries to invite community
  groups to use their facilities.  The text of the law is as follows:

       Sec. 1.  22 V.S.A. 67 is added to read:


       (a)  The general assembly declares it to be the policy of the state of
  Vermont that free public libraries are essential to the general
  enlightenment of citizens in a democracy and that every citizen of the
  state of Vermont should have access to the educational, cultural,
  recreational, informational, and research benefits of a free public

       (b)  The trustees, managers, or directors of a public library may use
  library resources as a community center.  Community centers may serve as
  forums and exhibition areas for the exchange of ideas that encourage the
  growth of artistic, educational, literary and scientific knowledge as well
  as the intercultural understanding of the Vermont citizenry.  Public
  libraries may cooperate with community groups to provide these services.


       The committee to review and revise the Minimum Standards for Vermont
  Public Libraries has been working on a draft to be distributed to public
  libraries early this summer.  After an initial meeting this winter, the
  group conducted phone and personal interviews with librarians and trustees
  from libraries that meet and do not meet standards.  Committee members
  found some misunderstanding about specific standards and about the two
  versions of standards now available.  One set of standards was adopted by
  the Vermont Board of Libraries  in 1986 and received approval from the
  Legislative Administrative Rules Committee.  The 1993 version, while
  approved by the Board of Libraries, did not complete the Administrative
  Rules process due to other legislative priorities.  It is hoped that the
  current committee can develop a draft that will complete that process and,
  ultimately, hold the force of law.

       In general, librarians and trustees surveyed feel that standards are a
  valuable tool for self-evaluation and external validation.  Nonetheless,
  some wanted the process made easier and others called for the committee to
  "raise the bar" and offer inspiration for public libraries.  The Standards
  Revision Committee has been reviewing the 1993 version of the standards
  with an eye toward clarifying and updating various parts; it has also been
  discussing ways to streamline the standards application process.  It is
  expected that the draft will be distributed to libraries this summer so
  that trustees and librarians may discuss it and return comments to the
  committee.  Public hearings will also be held around the state later in the

       Meanwhile, the committee welcomes additional comments and ideas. 
  Please contact any of its members:  Glenna Copeland, Waterbury Public
  Libraries; Randy Mayhew, Board of Libraries, Woodstock; Marianne Kotch,
  Department of Libraries; John Rosenthal, Charlotte Library; Jeanne Walsh,
  Dover Free Library; Linda Williamson, Hartland Public Library. 


       The Department of Libraries has received the Francis Keppel Award from
  the Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS) for Public Library Data for the
  fifth consecutive year.  The annual award is presented to state library
  agencies that excelled in the completeness, promptness, and high quality of
  the local public library data they collect, edit, and submit annually to
  the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  FSCS is a cooperative
  program of NCES and the National Commission on Libraries and Information
  Science.   The national public library data is made available by NCES in a
  variety of formats, and summary tables are also published under the title,
  Public Libraries in the U.S.

       This year's Keppel Awards were given at the 11th annual FSCS training
  workshop in Alexandria, VA, March 30-April 1.  Marianne Kotch, Director of
  Public Library Support Services and State Data Coordinator for FSCS,
  accepted the award for herself and former State Librarian Patricia E.
  Klinck.  The award is in the form of a working abacus with an engraved
  brass plate.

       The April, 1998, edition of Public Libraries in the U.S. includes
  summary statistics for fiscal year 1995 with state rankings for various
  data elements.  Once again, Vermont ranked second in the nation in the
  number of books owned per capita, 4.99, as compared to a national average
  of 2.78.   Other Vermont rankings are as follows:

       20th in library visits per capita - 4.44  (national average = 3.92)

       25th in circulation per capita - 7.03  (national average = 6.43)

       32nd in total income per capita - $17.98  (national average = $22.35)

       37th in local (tax) income per capita - $12.33 
       (national average = $17.49) 
       This average includes only libraries reporting tax support.

       3rd in other income per capita - $5.63  (national average = $1.95) 
       Other income may include fundraising, interest from endowments, etc.
       35th in total expenditures per capita - $16.86 
       (national average = $20.88)
       30th in total collection expenditure per capita - $2.70   
       (national average = $3.15)

                        TRUSTEES MEET, LEARN AT TOECs

       Nearly 150 trustees and librarians attended workshops at the spring,
  1998, Town Officers Educational Conferences, sponsored by the Vermont
  Institute for Government.  Towns generally send car-loads of various
  officers - town clerks, listers, selectmen, cemetery and road 
  commissioners, etc. - and public library trustees often get a broader, more
  substantial view of their place in town government.  Each of this year's
  five conferences, held at Mt. Snow, Lyndon State College, St. Michael's
  College, Lake Morey Inn, and the Rutland Holiday Inn, offered four
  workshops specially designed for trustees.  The programs were organized by
  the Steering Committee of the Vermont Library Trustees Association (a
  section of the Vermont Library Assn.) and the Department of Libraries.

       Morning sessions were devoted to discussion of "micromanagement" and
  trustees' general roles and responsibilities.  In addition, participants
  were given an opportunity to meet new State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane
  who invited suggestions for statewide services to public libraries and
  Vermonters in general.  McShane explained Department of Libraries federal
  and state funding and staffing patterns, as well as her desire to encourage
  new approaches to delivering library and information services.

       Afternoon workshops looked toward the future, as librarians and
  trustees shared experiences with offering computers for public access. 
  Kate Schaal of the Quechee Library summed it up by saying that she
  encountered "more potential problems than actual."  Lively discussion
  ensued concerning privacy, intellectual freedom, shifts in staff
  responsibilities, reference service vs. entertainment, and training both
  public and staff.  

       The final workshop of each day was conducted by Vermont luminaries,
  librarians forecasting the future role(s) of libraries.  Technology,
  naturally, dominated all of the presentations, but each speaker took a
  different stab at predicting what VLA President Lyman Ross called the
  "murky future."  Stating that "no company makes products just for
  libraries," Ross said that the for-profit marketplace's products will
  continue to be adapted for library settings.  John Crane of the Dartmouth
  College Library noted that "the line between content and technology is
  blurring."  In the new college library, which Crane has helped design and
  which will open in 2001, academic computing will be merged with the

       After a brief rest, the VLTA Steering Committee will begin planning
  its annual fall statewide trustees conference, generally held on the first
  Saturday in November.  Tentatively mark your calendars now, and, if you
  have ideas or wishes for speakers and programs, please contact Marianne
  Kotch at 828-2320.

                           FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...
        by Marjorie Zunder, Director, Library & Information Services


       Let us help you support the literacy and ESL programs in your
  community.  Reference and Law Services has new collections of literacy and
  foreign language resources.  Both collections are listed in DOLCAT and
  available through interlibrary loan (ILL).  The materials are housed with
  the library science collection in the central offices of the Dept. of
  Libraries in Montpelier.  Stop by anytime to browse.

       The literacy collection includes how-to books for literacy tutors,
  fund raisers and program coordinators.  Check DOLCAT using S=Adult
  Education or C=LIT.

       The foreign language collection includes foreign language dictionaries
  plus materials for "English as a second language" instruction such as
  medical and legal dictionaries.  Check DOLCAT by subject i.e., Russian
  language--Dictionaries or Arabic language--Dictionaries.  You may also
  search by call number, C=LAN.

       Please feel free to send an interlibrary loan information request to
  DOL_ILL when you don't have a specific title in mind.  Describe what you
  need and we will search the collections for you.  We thank the Vermont
  Literacy Board of the Vermont Dept. of Education and the Office of Minority
  Services of the Vermont Dept. of Health for sponsoring these collections.


       If you are considering a library science degree, we may be able to
  help.  "Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies, 1998-99,"
  published by the American Library Association, is available to borrow from
  the Reference and Law Services grants collection.  You may also send an
  information request for library science financial aid materials to DOL_ILL
  or your regional library.  We will photocopy related articles from our
  general scholarship directories for you.  


       The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) encourages you to borrow
  materials from its library.   The collection is listed in DOLCAT.  It
  contains current, carefully selected materials related to financial aid for
  higher education.  Search by subject or title.  Public and school libraries
  should use the "r" or "rb" command to request an interlibrary loan.


       Look for ALA's Guide to Best Reading in 1998, new to the Department of
  Libraries Library Science collection and available through interlibrary
  loan.  The Guide is a collection of camera-ready reading lists, perfect to
  print as brochures or bookmarks for your library.  The lists include the
  current Notable Children's Books, the Mildred L. Batchelder Award books,
  Booklist's "Top of the List" and many more.



       ...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.


       ...1998 Speakers Bureau brochure, featuring faculty, experts in a wide
  range of topics, who are interested in speaking to Vermont community
  groups.  The list is organized under 16 broad topics, with numerous
  sub-topics for each.  Speakers can be arranged by calling the individual
  colleges' communications offices.  For a copy of the catalog, call Kelly
  Collar, VSC Public Information Officer, 241-2520, email: 

       The speakers database may also be searched online at

       ...Ten "how-to" booklets addressing a variety of subjects affecting
  local governments from the National Center for Small Communities, 444 North
  Capitol St., NW, Suite 294, Washington, DC  20001, (202) 624-3556.  Ask for
  pamphlet "Helpful Resources for Small Communities."

       ..."Child Safety on the Information Highway," a useful handout for
  parents concerned about access issues - Free - from the National Center for
  Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-THE-LOST.

       ...Recycled card catalogs transformed into functional new furniture by
  Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers in Maine.  The company offers to assume all
  freight costs for shipping of donated card catalogs to their shop.  Call
  (207) 784-3332.

       ..."One in Five:  A Profile of Disability in Vermont," a 20-page
  pamphlet with facts and data - @$0.50 - from the Vermont Center for
  Independent Living, 11 East State St., Montpelier  05602, 1-800-639-1522.


       http://www.Amazon.com Online bookstore but great for ILL verification.

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

       http://www.ala.org/booklist ALA's Booklist with fulltext book reviews,
  articles, and bibliographies

       http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINE Index to medical information online,
  with some fulltext articles.

       http://www.libraryspot.com Reference tools, periodicals, online texts,
  library information, and links to more.



       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.



       The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum was inadvertently left off the list of
  libraries meeting standards this year.  Apologies!

       The Department of Libraries Southeast Regional Library has a new

     Vermont Dept. of Libraries
     Southeast Regional Library
     471 US Route 5
     Dummerston, VT  05301-9412

                                COMING EVENTS

       Mon., May 18 - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award presentation to Peg
  Kehret, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center.  Contact Grace W.
  Greene, 828-3261.

       Thurs., May 21, 9:30 am - "Internet Reference" workshop, part II,
  North Country Union HS, Newport.  Contact Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

       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

       Tues., June 2, 9:30 am - Central Vermont Librarians Assn. meeting,
  Aldrich Public Library, Barre.  Contact  Betty Howlett, 496-4205.

       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 9, 9:00 am - Chittenden County Librarians meeting, Deborah
  Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho/Underhill.  Contact  Ann Dorman, 899-4962.

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

       Thurs., June 25-Thurs., July 2 - American Library Assn. annual
  conference, Washington, DC.  Contact ALA, 1-800-545-2433.

       Fri., July 3 -  State holiday.  Department of Libraries central office
  and regional libraries closed.

       Tues., July 14, 9:30 am - "Public Access Computers:  The Issues"
  workshop, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Continues Tues., July 21. 
  Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

       Tues., July 28, 9:30 am - "Public Relations" workshop, Northeast
  Regional Library, St. Johnsbury,  Continues Thurs., July 30.  Repeats
  Tues., 8/4, and Fri., 8/5, Cavendish-Fletcher Community Library,
  Proctorsville.  Contact Grace Greene, 828-3261.

       Mon., Aug. 17 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central office
  and regional libraries closed.

       Tues., Aug. 18, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact Sybil Brigham McShane,

       Fri., Aug. 28, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors Quarterly Forum,
  Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Topics for discussion:  standards,
  young adult services.  Contact Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

       Sept.:  National Library Card Sign Up Month.  Contact American ibrary
  Assn., 1-800-545-2433.


                            SPECIAL SERVICES NEWS
         by S. Francis Woods, Special Services Consultant, 828-3273


       Librarians serving blind and physically disabled persons throughout
  the country met at the Radisson Hotel, Burlington, May 3-7, 1998, for the
  national biennial conference.  The theme of the conference, Freedom and
  Unity, was chosen because it expresses the combination of
  self-determination and cooperation that has characterized the 67-year
  relationship between the National Library Service for the Blind and
  Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Library of Congress, and the network of
  cooperating libraries, which is the largest and longest-lived library
  network in the world.  Each partner in the network, including the
  Department of Libraries Special Services Unit, has a mandate to serve its
  blind and physically disabled readers, but all work together to better meet
  the collective reading needs of patrons across the country.

       Following opening remarks by NLS Director Frank Kurt Cylke, Vermont
  State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane touched on the conference theme.  She
  reminded participants that the cooperating libraries are responsible for
  providing basic library service individuals who are blind, visually
  impaired, or physically disabled - those who cannot readily use the print
  materials of local public libraries.  McShane also sketched an outline of
  Vermont as small and rural, yet with the most public libraries per capita
  and per square mile.  Through interlibrary loan and other cooperative
  efforts, the public libraries of Vermont meet the informational,
  educational, and recreational needs of its residents in the same way that
  the network libraries provide service to their patrons who cannot use

       A short ceremony followed to honor the Telephone Pioneers of Vermont,
  a small group of volunteers who repair C-1 cassette book machines used by
  patrons reading talking books.  On hand for Cylke's presentation of a
  plaque were Pioneers Lori Brigham, Paul White, and Paul's wife Dorothy.
       On Monday, the keynote address was delivered by Lloyd L. Burlingame,
  noted Broadway scene designer.  It was an inspirational salute to adaptive
  technology and to one individual's unquenchable  human spirit.  With
  failing central vision, Burlingame remained chair of the Department of
  Design at the Tisch School of Arts, NYU; kept up to date with professional
  reading; wrote two books in his field; and, now retired, is attacking a
  long list of 19th C. literary classics.

       Euclid J. Herie, President and CEO, Canadian National Institute for
  the Blind (CNIB), and President, World Blind Union (WBU), delivered the
  presidential address.  He described the WBU  as the United Nations of the
  blind and explained the organization's efforts to bring basic equipment,
  such as simple manual braillers, and services to the blind in Third World
  countries.  By Monday afternoon, the conference was in full swing. 
  Highlights of the next three days included:

       * The reception, hosted by the Vermont Regional Library (Department of
  Libraries Special Services Unit), at the Shelburne Museum on Monday evening
  - so-so weather, great appetizers (thanks to NLS and Isabel's Catering),
  and the marvelous grounds and exhibits of the Museum

       * A presentation entitled "Myth Emily Dickinson" by Elliot Engel,
  professor of literature, North Carolina State University - informative,
  fascinating, and very funny

       * A presentation Tuesday, in Montreal, by the CNIB of VISUNET Canada,
  a vision of the "virtual library" for the blind, followed by sightseeing in
  Old Montreal 

       * Presentations on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and its possible
  impact on the network libraries, digital talking books and NISO standards
  in the works, automation updates from NLS staff and the National Automation
  Advisory Group

       * A sobering presentation, "If I touch it will I die?" closing the
  conference Thursday morning, with a discussion of health hazards
  experienced when patrons return cassette book machines harboring insects,
  microscopic creatures, and other harmful or noxious substances and objects
  and offering the best solutions for these problems

       * Finally, a curtailed tour of the Special Services Unit, attended by
  some 25 people, once the bus driver found it

                             YOUTH SERVICES NEWS
        by Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant, 828-3261


       The second year of the Red Clover Award, Vermont's children's choice
  picture book award was a resounding success.  Twenty two thousand six
  hundred three (22,603) children in 184 schools and public libraries read,
  or had read to them at least five of the ten titles on the masterlist. 
  Seven thousand three hundred sixty nine (7369) voted for the winner, ART
  DOG by Thacher Hurd.  The rest of the books received the following number
  of votes:

     SAVING SWEETNESS              2035
     WILMA UNLIMITED               1961
     HUSH                           824
     PAPERBOY                       738
     NIGHTDRIVING                   659

       The Department of Libraries has free silver stickers to affix to
  copies of the winning book - available by calling or via email.

       For the third year, the Red Clover Award will be kicked off with a
  conference for librarians and teachers.  This year, the day-long conference
  will be held at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee on Monday, October 5.  The
  highlight of the day will be a talk by Thacher Hurd, the author and
  illustrator of the 1998 Red Clover award-winner, ART DOG.  Workshops will
  include discussion of this year's ten nominees, of the art of the picture
  book, and of ways to ensure the success of the Red Clover program in your
  school or library.  The $50.00 registration fee includes a Red Clover
  Guide, lunch, and other materials.  All public libraries will be mailed a
  registration form in early September.  For further information or to
  register for the conference, call the Vermont Center for the Book at

       The manual for the 1998-99 program is available from the Vermont
  Center for the Book (802-875-2751) for $10.00, or as part of the fall
  conference registration fee.  The Red Clover Children's Choice Picture Book
  Award is a joint endeavor of the Vermont Center for the Book, Windham
  County Reads, the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont
  Department of Libraries.

       ...CEREMONY - The winner of the 1998 Dorothy Canfield Fisher award is
  Peg Kehret for SMALL STEPS (Whitman, 1996).  The ceremony to honor Ms.
  Kehret will be held on May 18 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. 
  All schools and public libraries which voted were invited.  Many of Peg
  Kehret's books will be for sale, and the Vermont Education Media
  Association will be selling Dorothy Canfield Fisher t-shirts.

       ...COMMITTEE OPENING - If you love to read children's books, have we
  got the job for you!  Next year, (beginning in March) there will be one
  opening on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Committee.  If you live or work in
  Vermont, and are interested in reading 300-400 books a year, participating
  in animated and sometimes heated discussions, 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
  children's 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.  Terms are three years.  Questions?  Call
  me at 802-828-3261, or talk to one of the committee members (listed on the
  back of the masterlist).  Please get the word out to interested teachers,
  parents, etc.

       ...LAVALLA GRANTS - The DCF committee awarded no grants last year, and
  has completely revamped the guidelines.  Now, all funds granted must be
  spent exclusively on books, whether they are on this year's DCF list, past
  DCF books, or supplemental titles.  The committee will be looking for
  proposals with interesting ways of using the books, and promoting the DCF
  program in your school, library or community.  Preference will be given to
  projects designed to have a lasting impact, instead of a flashy product. 
  Request an application from Pam Scott 802-828-2361; email: 
  cbec@dol.state.vt.us.  The total available is $1000.00, and schools and
  public libraries may apply for all or part of that amount.  Deadline for
  applications is October 2.


       For workshops this year, I'm updating many bibliographies, all of
  which will be added to our website as they become available. 
  http://dol.state.vt.us or by going to DOLDOC5 at #3A on VALS.  If you would
  like a hard copy of the following, please contact Pam Scott at 802-828-3261
  or email:  cbec@dol.state.vt.us.  Newly updated titles are:


       Totally new ones are:


       BOOKS AHOY! hasn't even begun yet, but it will soon be time to start
  planning next summer's reading program.  The theme has already been chosen:
  Humor, but we need a name and lots of program ideas.  Please come to a
  planning session on Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Midstate
  Regional Library to start planning.  At that time, we will also discuss a
  theme for the year 2000.

       The Department of Libraries just received  34 children's videos as
  well as a generous gift of a set of 12 videos from Vermont author and
  illustrator Gloria Kamen.  The 12 videos donated by Ms. Kamen are a set
  called "Portraits: The Americans" produced by WETA, a public television
  station in Washington D.C.  The 15 minute tapes, appropriate for 4th grade
  up, profile the following historic figures:  Benedict Arnold, John James
  Audubon, Benjamin Banneker, Mark McLeod Bethune, Buffalo Bill, Elizabeth
  Blackwell, Nellie Bly, Benjamin Franklin, John Muir, Annie Oakley, Deborah
  Samson, Jim Thorpe.   The videos are housed at the Midstate Regional
  Library and may be ordered via the usual ILL methods.  They include several
  that would be perfect for your summer BOOKS AHOY! program: FOOLISH FROG;
  THE MANDARIN DUCKS.  The other new titles are:

AMAZING GRACE                               CHICKEN LITTLE
CHICKEN SUNDAY                              CHRYSANTHEMUM
CROW BOY                                    THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
IN THE MONTH OF KISLEV                      NOISY NORA
ON THE DAY YOU WERE BORN                    OWEN
PETER'S CHAIR                               PICNIC         
THE PIG'S WEDDING                           PILGRIMS OF PLIMOTH 
RALPH S. MOUSE                              SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA


       Anyone who selects books for children or young adults is welcome to
  attend the Materials Review Sessions co-sponsored by the Department of
  Libraries and the Department of Education.  The programs, which begin at
  9:00 a.m. and last about four hours, feature oral reviews by Grace Greene,
  of the Department of Libraries and Leda Schubert, School Library Media
  Consultant, Department of Education.  Books for all levels (preschool -
  high school) are reviewed.  In addition to oral reviews, we also take books
  reviewed by our volunteer reviewers, and nonfiction recommended by the
  review media.  At each session there are several hundreds of new books to
  examine.  The sessions are free and do not require registration.  Beginning
  this school year, there will be only two sessions: one in the fall and one
  in the spring.  The fall 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.


       The Department of Libraries will again partially underwrite nature
  programs from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science for 30 libraries. 
  Libraries which did not receive a VINS program in 1996-97 or 1997-98 will
  be given first chance at the funding in a first come first served manner. 
  The 30 successful applicants will each receive $50.00 off the cost of a
  program.  Fliers explaining the program will be sent to all Vermont public
  libraries at the end of the summer.


       After a one year hiatus, the annual Mock Caldecott program,
  cosponsored by the Department of Libraries, the Department of Education and
  VEMA will return!  The program, a full a day of evaluating and discussing
  picture books, will be at Vermont Technical College in Randolph on Friday,
  November 20.  Registration information will be available in the early fall.    



Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian . . . . . . . . . 828-3265
Library & Information Services Division
    Marjorie D. Zunder, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . 828-3261
      Paul Donovan, Head, Law & Documents Unit . . . . . 828-3261
      Lorraine Lanius, Head, Technical Services Unit . . 828-3261
      S. Francis Woods, Head, Special Services Unit. . . 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. 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

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                      Howard B. Dean, M.D., Governor
                  Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian