State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

No. 111, Winter 1998 (mislabeled, actually Fall 1998)

The Department of Libraries recently awarded 11 public access computer grants
funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  Public
libraries in Bristol, Canaan, Castleton, Fairlee, Lyndonville, North
Bennington, Springfield, Strafford, Townshend, and Williston will each
receive a computer, monitor, printer modem, CD-ROM drive, and speakers, as
well as Windows 95.  The public library in Thetford will receive a cash grant
toward the purchase of a public access computer.  

Twenty applications were reviewed by a committee consisting of State
Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane, Regional Librarian Michael Roche, and VEMA
Technology Coordinator Daniel Greene.  First preference was given to
libraries that are not currently offering public access to electronic
resources, including the Internet, and to those with older computers. 
Libraries receiving grants will be developing publicity materials, public
training, public access policies and technology plans during the coming

                            BOOKMOBILE PROJECT

For families in four southern Vermont towns this summer, the library came to
the doorstep.  Windham County Reads, a nonprofit agency devoted to promoting
literacy from the earliest age, local public libraries, and the Department of
Libraries joined forces to offer a bookmobile.   The Southeast Regional
Library supplied staffing and materials, while local public librarians and
Windham County Reads volunteers offered storyhours at various stops and
helped patrons choose materials.

The six week pilot project reached children, families, and senior citizens in
Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Vernon.  The bookmobile traveled a two
day route with high ciruclation records at a senior housing condominium stop,
two neighborhood lunch programs, and a 200-home trailer park.  People wanted
fiction - picture books, mysteries, westerns, and World War II novels. 
Bookmobile customers also requested specific books or subjects which
libraries provided  the following week at the same bookmobile stop.

What lessons did the pilot teach?  Regularity and advance publicity are
critical to success.  Customers at each stop preferred a particular time, not
always predictable.  Equipping a bookmobile (a borrowed school bus this year)
took time, organization, and money - about $350 and 50 hours of volunteer
labor to build the shelves.  A computer, cellular phone, and better designed
work station would have improved service considerably.  The
storyteller/volunteer had plenty to do:  finding the right book for a young
adult who likes Gary Paulsen, developing a plan to persuade a parent that her
children could keep track of their library books, sharing the love of reading
with small groups.  Volunteers who lived at the bookmobile stops were the
most helpful and least threatening.

The DOL-Windham County Reads project was just one library/book delivery
project to serve areas of the state this summer.  Other noteworthy projects
occurred in Starksboro and Waterbury.  The latter project, a school
library/public library combination, was funded through an Early Reading
Challenge Grant from the Vermont Department of Education.  These grants are
available for the coming year as well, and the deadline is September 15,
1998.  Schools must be the primary applicant; grant awards range from $4,000
for a small school to $20,000 for a regional collaborative.  Contact the
Department of Education for more details.

                                   --Amy Howlett
                                     Southeast Regional Librarian


The Vermont Department of Libraries is one of eight state library agencies
chosen by Libraries for the Future (LFF) and Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
(FOLUSA) to participate in the Community-Library Advocacy Project, a major
national initiative to promote the awareness, use and support of public
libaries, funded by the Viburnum Foundation.  Other states chosen were
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and

Vermont's project will be coordinated by Marianne Kotch, Director of Public
Library Support Services.   She will work with representatives from the
Vermont Library Association, LFF/FOLUSA, and four local public libraries to
strengthen relationships between those libraries and their communities and
build lasting coalitions in support of library service.  The four libraries
chosen to participate in the project are the Georgia Public Library, Winooski
Memorial Library, Windsor Public Library, and Alice M. Ward Memorial Library,
Canaan.  These sites will be the focus for intensive advocacy training and
skills building among community library supporters by a team of
advocate-mentors recruited by LFF and FOLUSA.  

At a three day conference in July, the two national organizations introduced
many of the advocate-mentors to participating state representatives.  
Mentors were selected for their expertise in developing successful advocacy
campaigns for libraries in their communities.  They have experience in
increasing library funding, opposing censorship, diversifying and expanding
the base of advocates in their communities, and building community
coalitions.  The Community-Library Advocacy Project will match mentors with
selected local libraries for training and technical assistance based on their
individual needs.  Each of the four Vermont communities participating will
host a workshop for community members, Friends and trustees next year, and it
is expected that other libraries in the state will benefit from other
activities of the project during its two year period.


In late June, floods swept through Vermont and damaged the public libraries
in Bradford and Lincoln.  Water gushed around Bradford's public library,
leaving it an island on a cliff for a while.  The library had to close for a
week, and structural damage is still being assessed.  

In tiny Lincoln, about 80% of the collection (4,000 volumes) was
waterdamaged, including almost all of the children's books, all videos, and
some audiobooks.  The computer was submerged, but the shelf list, most of the
card catalog, circulation trays, and record books were saved by
quick-thinking librarian Linda Norton, her husband Bill, and caring
townspeople.  At 1:30 a.m., a book brigade moved any dry books from the
basement library to the community room upstairs in Burnham Hall.  Muddy books
were later spread on the lawn, and volunteers pulled circulation cards.   A
real community effort ensued, as shelving was washed and moved, gifts were
organized and assessed, and donations picked up and reviewed.  

Concerned librarians, area businesses, and private citizens rallied to help
the Lincoln Library.  Several libraries' Friends of the Library groups sent
donations to the building fund and the book replacement fund.  The Department
of Libraries opened up the Vermont Centralized Card Service to the library,
located typewriters and computers to help with the cataloging project,
donated shelving and furniture from former regional libraries, and served as
a contact point for donors.  On July 23, 75 children and adults gathered in
Lincoln as Governor Howard Dean presented a $3,000 Smith Grant from the
Department of  Libraries for the purchase of new children's books.  The
library will also be included with the town support from the Federal
Emergency Management Association (FEMA).

Throughout the project, Norton, her trustees, and volunteers have remained
upbeat and organized, lending a sense of humor to what was a devastating
experience.   For example, books in circulation at the time all have received
special stickers imprinted with, "This book survived the flood of 1998
because it was at home with (name)."   The library was able to open in
mid-August in temporary quarters, and a planning process is underway to find
a site, develop a building program, and raise funds for a new library. 
Thanks to all Vermont librarians and trustees who have called with donations,
help, and information when requested.


The federal Institute for Museum and Library Services notified the Department
of Libraries in June that, after careful study of all 55 state plans for
implementing the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), Vermont's plan
was identified as one of five national Models of Best Practice.  The content
analysis report identified characteristics of such Models as including the
some of the following:

- focus on applying the functions of information management skills to content
rather than having to revisit existing and traditional library programs;

- demonstrate in overt and subtle ways that [the agency is] familiar with
current and some cutting edge technologies, expressing a certain comfort
level with the characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities
presented by digital environments;

-  possess extensive and long-term project planning experience which usually
manifests itself in previously existing, executable plans that have been
implemented in the past;

-  begin to employ quantifiable objectives, record quantifiable baseline
figures, and move to quantifiable end results;

-  possess some solid technologically-oriented planning experience, which
like their project experience, manifests itself in implemented previous
project efforts...

-  often have an independently formed technology plan, just as often designed
by people with technical expertise and know-how, representing realistic and
practical understanding of plan implementation;

-  have strong existing library services that readily match, at least in
part, current technological capabilities...

-  able to focus and make difficult decisions in a context of serious
challenges in... circumstances or operating environment 

The Department's complete LSTA Long Range Plan (1998-2002) is available under
"Librarians' Resources" at its website:  http://dol.state.vt.us.


A Department of Libraries summer survey revealed that approximately $9.5
million in public library construction projects are either on their way or in
various planning stages.  $5.7 million in funding is already in hand, but
libraries reported an estimated need of $3.8 million to complete the 30
projects underway.  The projects range in size from an 8,000 square foot
addition to the Aldrich Public Library, Barre, to the Hartland Public
Library's plan to renovate another building in town to double library space. 
Much of the funding libraries reported having in hand has been obtained
through community fundraising, although it also includes some municipal bonds
and capital appropriations.

In addition to the 30 projects reported as in the planning stages or with
construction going on, 35 libraries reported that they have no construction
plans at this time.  Of those 35, however, 15 reported not meeting the
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessiblity Guidelines.  Some of those 15
provide access to the main level of the library but not to other areas,
including basement restrooms and collections upstairs.  The ADA went into
effect on January 26, 1992.  At that time, public service providers,
including public libraries, were required to evaluate their facilities and
services to ensure access by all people, and, if not barrier free, to develop
transition plans to offer such services.   


This year's minimum standards program for Vermont public libraries will be
very much like that of previous years.  Public libraries may apply under both
the 1986 and the 1993 versions of the minimum standards.  The 1986 version
was approved by the Legislative Administrative Rules Committee, but the 1993
version did not complete the process.  A committee is currently working on a
draft revision of the 1993 version and hopes to have it ready for approval
this fall.  Meanwhile, the schedule for the coming round will be as follows:

Sept. 1, 1998 - application forms mailed to all public and community
libraries.  Notice of mailing sent to trustee chairs.

Oct. 15, 1998 - compliance date for meeting standards which do not have to be
met in the last completed fiscal year.

Nov. 2, 1998 - application deadline (postmark date).  Either the 1986 or the
1993 version may be used.  Application forms should be sent to Marianne
Kotch, Midstate Regional Library, RR 4, Box 1870, Montpelier, VT  05602.

Dec. 15, 1998 - Board of Libraries meets to hear which libraries meet

Dec. 31, 1998 - Department of Libraries notifies all applicants if they meet
standards or not.

Jan. 18, 1999 - Deadline for receipt of appeals from libraries found not
meeting standards.

Feb. 16, 1999 - Board of Libraries holds public hearing on appeals and makes
recommendation for final decision by State Librarian.

This year, libraries found not meeting standards will be eligible for help in
developing a Standards Action Plan from the Technical Assistance Team,  an
idea proposed by the Standards Revision Committee.  The TAT, consisting of a
member of the Board of Libraries, a Dept. of Libraries consultant, and a
local librarian or trustee, will help libraries develop Standards Action
Plans with specific steps and a timeline for meeting standards during a
period of no more than one year.  While working with the TAT, libraries will
continue to be eligible for services that DOL provides to libraries meeting
standards.  If you have any questions about the standards or need application
forms, call Marianne Kotch at 828-2320 (email:  mkotch@dol.state.vt.us).


The Standards Revision Committee sent a copy of its first draft to Vermont
public libraries in late May and held five public meetings around the state
during early August.  Based on discussion at those meetings, the committee
plans to develop a final draft for submission to the State Librarian for
discussion at the October meeting of the Vermont Board of Libraries.

The Standards Revision Committee held its initial meeting this winter and
then conducted phone and personal interviews with librarians and trustees
from libraries that meet and do not meet standards.  Uncovering some
misunderstanding about specific standards, the committee strove to clarify
and update the 1993 version of the standards.  In addition, the committee
suggested an expanded process for assisting libraries that are found not to
meet standards, including the formation of a TechnicalAssistance Team.  This
group would help libraries develop written Standards Action Plans with
specific steps and a timeline for meeting standards during a period of no
more than a year.

The Standards Revision Committee also suggested a "fast track" plan for
libraries that consistently meet standards, so that libraries meeting
standards for five years in a row may opt to complete a streamlined
application form after completing the Envisioning Excellence process.  This
process involves developing a long range plan that is approved by a peer
reviewer assigned by the Department of Libraries.  


Community librarians and their trustees are invited to attend a meeting on
Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 am to noon, at the Northeast Regional
Library, St. Johnsbury.  There are several new community (joint
school-public) libraries in the Northeast Kingdom, including those in Gilman,
Walden, and Woodbury.  There are communities that are exploring the
possibility of starting a community library, including Albany, Glover,
Sutton, and Concord.  There is a long-time community library in Wolcott.  

The meeting will be an opportunity for librarians and trustees to discuss
common problems and share solutions.  Michael Roche and Marianne Kotch of the
Department of Libraries will facilitate the discussion and tell of Department
of Libraries resources that may be useful in developing what some feel is an
extremely difficult means of providing service to populations with differing
needs.  Letters were sent to all community librarians and trustee chairs in
the Northeast Kingdom, but anyone interested in the issue is welcome.  Please
call either Roche (748-3428) or Kotch (828-2320) by Sept. 15 if you would
like to come. 


The Department of Libraries has acquired 200 copies of World Poetry:  An
Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (Katherine Washburn and John S.
Major, eds., Norton, 1998) for distribution to Vermont public libraries. 
These gifts were made possible by the American Poetry and Literacy Project
(APL), a not-for-profit organization co-founded in 1993 by the late poet
laureate Joseph Brodsky and its current director, Andrew Carroll.  Brodsky
and Carroll created APL as an effort to distribute poetry widely through
daily life by placing free books all across the country in supermarkets,
hotels, waiting rooms, trains, and anywhere the public might have free
access.  Support for the project comes from individuals and companies who
decide how books are distributed.  As of this spring, more than 125,000
titles have been placed around the U.S.

As part of the celebration of National Poetry Month (May) and as an effort to
raise awareness of literacy problems in America, APL, the Academy of American
Poets, and the Washington State Apple Growers sponsored the Great APLseed
Giveaway.  The plan was to drive a moving van across the country from New
York to San Francisco and distribute 100,000 free poetry books.  A website,
www.pets.org/apl/conseed.htm, offered a way to follow the pace of the route

Although Vermont was not included on the route, regional librarian Jim Nolte
called APL to see if Vermont libraries could participate.  Carroll's reply
was that the Book-of-the-Month Club would like to donate copies of World
Poetry to any interested public libraries in the state.  Any Vermont public
library which has not yet picked up its free copy may stop by any regional
library or call Jim Nolte at Midstate Regional Library, 828-2320.
COOPERATION CORNER  A new feature focusing on local libraries' efforts to
work together and with community groups by Marianne Kotch, Director, Public
Library Support Services*

In the words of Vermont's Banjo Dan, "when good people work together, there's
not much that they can't do."   Starting with area meetings of the Lamoille
County Librarians back in the 1970's, Vermont librarians and trustees have
been getting together to help address common concerns in a variety of ways.  
The Chittenden County Home Card system is perhaps the most visible result of
these efforts, as library patrons may use most libraries in the county free
of charge after registering at their home libraries.  But there have been
numerous other successes, large and small, around the state over the years.

Recently, Department of Libraries staff has made the encouragement of
cooperation among public libraries a major focus.  Consultants have been
working with existing groups and organizing other groups in an attempt to
nurture joint activities and to determine ways the Department can help them
grow.  As reported elsewhere in this News, librarians in Windham County are
helping with a pilot book delivery program in conjunction with Windham County
Reads and the Department's Southeast Regional Library.  Librarians in Addison
and Rutland Counties, who had not met as groups for some time,  came together
again in late August for brainstorming and discussion.  We would like to help
them start work on specific projects that benefit their communities.  

The Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meet nearly every month in winter.  Some
meetings are general sharing sessions, while others focus on specific topics,
such as summer programming, book mending, or art exhibits.  Duplicate books
are exchanged, multiple copies for book discussion programs are swapped, and
arrangements are made for block-booking of touring artists programs.  More
importantly, there is mutual support among the librarians who gain the
information and confidence to try new projects, such as house tours for
fundraising or starting a Grandparents Club, through the shared experiences
of others.

School, public, and college librarians in the Caledonia Southwest Supervisory
Union have also been meeting several times a year for a long time.  Sally
Gardner of Wolcott says she gets so many good ideas from the other
librarians, but I suspect that she shares a few of her own in the process. 
The libraries coordinate the purchase of Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List
books to insure that all of the titles are available in the school district.

Next issue's feature:  Chittenden County Home Card. 

*thanks to Sally Gardner, G. M. Kelly Community Library, Wolcott, for
suggesting this feature
                          E-RATE PROGRAM CHANGES

The Federal Communications Commission decided June 12, 1998, to scale back
rather than eliminate the universal-service telecommunications discount
program (e-rate) for schools and libraries.  The amount available for
subsidies has been scaled back to $1.275 billion, 43% less than originally
planned.  The agency decided to ensure that the poorest schools and libraries
would receive funding first, and decided to pay for the initial round of
30,000 requests for discounts over 18 months, through June 30, 1999,  rather
than the one year originally planned.  Because of the new timeline, funding
year 1999 applications will now be available this fall.  Challenges to the
program and to its funding continue, and information about changes is
available at the Schools and Libraries Corporation webside (www.slcfund.org).

                       ALTA RELEASES SURVEY RESULTS

America's public library trustees are not wholly representative of the
publics they represent, according to a demographic survey of American
trustees conducted by the American Library Trustees Association in 1997. 
However, trustee demographics have changed a little bit from those uncovered
in 1935 and 1973 surveys when the "trustee was most apt to be a man, over 50
years of age, well-educated, and a member of a profession such as law" (Anne
Prentice, The Public Library Trustee, Scarecrow, 1973).  

Today, it may not be a surprise to learn that:

  65.3% of all public library trustees are female
  95.8% of all trustees are white
  51% of trustees who are employed report their 
  occupations as "professional"
  40.8% of all trustees are not employed (or retired)

Over 72% report annual household incomes of over $35,000, and over 64% have
college,  graduate or professional degrees.  These figures are a sharp
contrast to those of the nation's population generally, since about 46% of
Americans earn over $35,000 and 23% have college or higher degrees. 

The national survey also asked questions about local boards and their make
up.  73.4% of trsutees are appointed and only 25.4% are elected, but 63.6%
have legal reponsibility for their libraries, as opposed to 36.4% of boards
that are purely advisory.  The number of people on library boards ranged from
3 to 38, with the most common numbers reported as seven (32.8%) and five
(17.4%).   95.4% of all boards have twelve or fewer members.  Almost all
respondents (92.7%) reported terms of eight years or less, but 24.8% reported
that they received no training when they first became trustees.   Teachers
far outnumber lawyers on boards of trustees today.

762 trustees completed the survey for ALA's Office for Research and were from 
a cross-section of libraries fairly representative of the nation's libraries
overall.  A detailed report on the survey is available in "Who are These
People?" by Mary Jo Lynch (American Libraries, August, 1998, pp. 100-101.



...Nonprofit management and leadership workshops through TAP-VT, a program of
the Vermont Community Fdn., 388-3355.  The season's lineup covers topics such
as grant writing, board development, personnel, and fundraising, all at
reasonable prices.  Call VCF for a complete list.

...Institutes for Continuing Education on a variety of subjects relating to
modern librarianship, including developing web sites, grantwriting, and
managing metadata - tuition ranges from $80 to $130 for each day-long course.  
Many of the courses are held on weekends.   Contact the Graduate School of
Library & Information Science, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 
02115-2898, (617) 521-2800.

...Online courses, all technology related, costing $4.95 a month or $49 a
year for unlimited access.  The courses do not confer college credit, but a
certificate is issued after a certain number of courses.  Check this website
for details:  http://www.zdu.com.


...Updated or new handouts from various summer workshops by Marianne Kotch,
Director, Public Library Support Services:

  * Policymaking
  * Websites for Collection Development
  * Developing a Policy for Public Access to Electronic Resources
  *A Bare Bones Adult Nonfiction Collection for Small Vermont Public Libraries
  * A Bare Bones Adult Biography Collection

Free from Mary Moore at the Dept. of Libraries, 828-3261, or via email at

...Aspiring writers' kits to help libraries and booksellers support,
structure, and host writing groups in their communities. Includes brochures
to help group leaders, tip sheets, resource lists, and display materials. 
Ask for a WDWG Kit, free from Writer's Digest Books, 1-800-289-0963/424,

...Vermont Council on the Humanities "Reading and Discussion Programs for
General Audiences, 1998-2000 catalogue" listing 19 new series as well as old
favorites and suggested coordinating Speakers programs for libraries to offer
adults.  Call Suzi Wizowaty, VCH at 888-3183.   Ask also for a "Connections"
programs brochure for special audiences.

..."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.


     Univ of Vermont's Special Collections catalog

    Vermont Newspaper Project, preserving and providing access to Vermont 

   Vermont Patent & Trademark Depository Library at UVM

   National Center for Family Literacy 


...The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards minigrants of up to $500 annually to
fund programs that promote children's reading and literature.  Deadline: 
Sept. 15.  For application information, call the Foundation at (718)

                               COMING EVENTS

Sept.:  National Library Card Sign Up Month.  Contact American Library Assn.,

Mon., Sept. 7 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Thurs., Sept. 10, 9:30 am - "Puppetry" workshop, Hartford Village Library. 
Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261, cbec@dol.state.vt.us.  Continues Sept. 17.

Thurs., Sept. 10, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. board meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Hilari Farrington, 253-4808,

Mon.-Sat., Sept. 14-20 - "Kids Online Week," for libraries nationwide to
highlight safe and rewarding Internet experiences for children.  Contact: 
American Library Assn., 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5044.

Tues., Sept. 15, 9:30 am - "Planning for Results" workshop, Beginners'
session, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Experts session:  Wed., Sept.
16, 9:30 am, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Grace Greene,
828-3261, cbec@dol.state.vt.us. 

Tues., Sept. 15, 9:30 am - Central Vermont Librarians Assn. meeting, Warren
Public Library.  Contact:  Jill Markolf, 496-3913, warren@dol.state.vt.us.

Wed., Sept. 16-Fri., Sept. 18 - 1998 Rural Libraries Conference,
Winston-Salem, NC.  Theme:  "Economic and Community Development in a
Technological Age."  Fee:  $155.  Contact:  Darlene Weingand, Univ. of
Wisconsin, (608) 262-8952.

Sat., Sept. 19, 10 am -Northeast Kingdom community libraries meeting,
Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch,
828-2320, mkotch@dol.state.vt.us.

Sept. 20-26 - Vermont Archaeology Week, with programs around the state. 
Contact:  Giovanna Peebles, 828-3050.

Mon., Sept. 21, 9:30 am - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meeting, H.F.
Brigham Memorial Free Library, Bakersfield.   Contact:  Helen Bushey,
827-4414, bakersfield@dol.state.vt.us.

Thurs., Sept. 24, 9:30 am - "Introducing the Internet to the Public"
workshop, Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston.  Repeats:  Friday, Sept.
25, 9:30 am, Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg.  Contact:  Grace Greene,
828-3261, cbec@dol.state.vt.us.

Thurs., Sept. 24, 10 am - Public Library Children's Staff  meeting to plan
summer, 1999, reading program and beyond, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. 
Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261, cbec@dol.state.vt.us.

Sept. 27-Oct. 3 - Banned Books Week.  Contact American Library Assn.,

Sun., Oct. 4-Tues., Oct. 6 - New England Library Assn. annual conference,
Providence, RI.  Contact:  NELA, (508) 685-5966, NELA@world.std.com.

Tues., Oct. 6, 9:30 am - "VALS Update" workshop, Midstate Regional Library,
Berlin.   Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261, cbec@dol.state.vt.us.

Tues., Oct. 13, 9:30 am - "VALS Refresher" workshop, Midstate Regional
Library, Berlin.   Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261, cbec@dol.state.vt.us.

Tues., Oct. 13, 9:30 am - Red Clover Award conference, Lake Morey Inn,
Fairlee.  Fee:  $50.  Contact:  Vermont Center for the Book, 875-2751.

Oct. 19-25 - Teen Read Week, sponsored by YALSA, ALA's Young Adult Library
Services Assn.  Theme:  "Read for the Fun of It!"  Contact: YALSA,
1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.

Tues., Oct. 20, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  State Librarian's Office, 828-3265.

Tues., Oct. 27, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session, Northeast
Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.  Repeats:  Wed., 10/28 - Rutland Free
Library; Thurs., 10/29 - SERL, Dummerston; Wed., 11/4 - MRL, Berlin; Thurs.,
11/5 - Milton Public Library.   Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261,

Mon., Nov. 2 - Application deadline for minimum standards for Vermont public
libraries FY99 program.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320,

Mon., Nov. 2 - "Future of Reading in the Digital Age" conference, sponsored
by Vermont Center for the Book.  Contact:  VCB, 875-2751.

Sat., Nov. 7, 9:30 am - "People Working With People," Vermont Library Assn.
Public Library Section/Vermont Library Trustees Assn. fall conference,
Rutland Free Library.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320,

Sat., Nov. 14-Sun., Nov. 15 - "Harlem in the Jazz Age" conference, sponsored
by Vermont Council on the Humanities, Radisson Hotel, Burlington.  Fee
(before 10/2):  $150.  Contact:  VCH, 888-3183.

Nov. 16-22 - National Children's Book Week.  Contact:  Children's Book
Council, (212) 966-1990.

Fri., Nov. 20 - Mock Caldecott Program, Vermont Technical College, Randolph
Center.   Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261, cbec@dol.state.vt.us.

Thurs., Nov. 26 & Fri., Nov. 27 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries
central office and regional libraries closed.

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


Please note that the date of the annual Red Clover conference has been
changed to Tuesday, October 13, 1998.  The place is the same: the Lake Morey
Inn in Fairlee, and librarians and teachers working with children in grades K
- 4 are urged to attend.  Thacher Hurd, winner of the 1998 award for ART DOG
(Harper, 1996), will keynote the conference; and Eileen Christelow, creator
of the Red Clover poster and author of WHAT DO AUTHORS DO ? (Clarion, 1995)
and the forthcoming WHAT DO ILLUSTRATORS DO?  will be the featured afternoon
speaker.  In addition, participants will be able to choose among a variety of
workshops, all designed to increase and  improve participation in this book
award program.  The $50.00 registration fee includes a Red Clover Guide,
lunch, and other materials.  All public libraries and schools 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, 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.


In the last DOL news, we announced that the Department of Libraries and the
Vermont Institute of Natural Science would continue their joint programming
efforts this year.  Since then, VINS has decided to completely change their
programming structure, and focus on only one topic: birds of prey.  There
will be three levels of programs graduated according to age of audience, but
they have eliminated all of the other topics, at least for this year. 
Because this limits libraries' choices so drastically, we have decided to
suspend our joint programming efforts for the time being.  We hope to be able
to renew our relationship in the future.  Meanwhile, individual libraries may
wish to schedule a birds of prey program themselves.  For more information,
call Heather Behrens at VINS at (802) 457-2779.


For workshops this year, I have updated the puppetry bibliography and created
a listing of websites and books useful in creating computer policies,
"Resources To Help With Policy Making."  To request either, call or email Pam
Scott at 828-3261 or cbec@dol.state.vt.us.  

Mark your calendars now for the annual Mock Caldecott day, that fabulous full
day of discussing and evaluating new picture books.  The date is Friday,
November 20.  Place: Vermont Technical College in Randolph.  Registration
information will be available in September.


Beginning this year there will be only two Materials Review Sessions a year:
one in the fall and one in the spring.  The programs are each approximately
four hours long and feature oral reviews by Grace Greene of the Department of
Libraries and Leda Schubert of the Department of Education.  Books for all
levels, from babies to high school are reviewed.  In addition to the oral
reviews, there are also several hundred other new books to examine, 
including non-fiction recommended by the review media and a variety of books
recommended by our volunteer reviewers.  Check the "Coming Events" section
for fall dates.  Spring, 1999,  dates are as follows:  Tuesday, April 27 at
the Midstate Regional Library, Berlin; Wednesday, April 28 at the Milton
Public Library; Tuesday, May 4 at the Northeast Regional Library in St.
Johnsbury; Wednesday, May 5 at the Rutland Free Library; Thursday, May 6 at
the Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston.


Committee Opening...     

There will be one opening on the DCF committee beginning in March, 1999. 
Anyone interested in applying should send 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, Vermont Department of Libraries, 109
State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609.

Lavalla Grants...

Marjorie Gillam Lavalla grants in amounts up to $1,000.00 will again be
available to schools and libraries wishing to promote the DCF program.  As of
this year, the money may be used only for books: books on this year's list,
past DCF titles or supplemental books.  Request an application from Pam Scott
at 828-3261 or email cbec@dol.state.vt.us .    Deadline for both is October
2, 1998.     


Public Library Children's Staff: Come one, come all to a meeting at the
Midstate Regional Library in Berlin on Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. 
We will choose a name for the 1999 Summer Reading Program on humor; choose a
theme for the year 2000, and talk about setting up informal regional groups
to discuss children's services.


ALA is urging libraries to participate in a new public education campaign "to
ensure that children have a safe and rewarding experience online."  The
campaign will be kicked off during "Kids Online Week" (September 14 -20) when
libraries across the nation will host Internet classes, displays,
demonstrations, etc.  To assist libraries in their efforts, ALA has developed
a poster tip sheet with ideas and suggestions (available in hard copy from
the ALA Public Information Office (800-545-2433 x 5044/5041) or from ALA's
website at http://www.ala.org/teach-in.



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

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