State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

No. 112, Winter 1999

                        BOARD WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

The Vermont Board of Libraries has had a busy fall, adding three new members,
electing officers, and conducting public hearings on geographic names.  At
its October meeting Nancy Price Graff of Montpelier, Laura Lewis of Guilford,
and Joan Rahe of Bennington, all experienced public library trustees, joined
the board.  An author and editor, Graff  is finishing up a term as a trustee
of Montpelier's Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  She has written adult and
children's nonfiction books, including The Strength of the Hills:  A Portrait
of a Family Farm and is a former editor of Vermont Life magazine.

Co-chair of the board of trustees of the Guilford Free Library since October,
Lewis is the retired librarian of Brattleboro Union High School, a post she
held from 1968-1995.  She also served on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
committee for six years and currently reviews young adult books for the
Brattleboro Reformer. 

Rahe retired a few years ago after directing RSVP of Bennington County for
three years.  Prior to working with RSVP, she was director of personnel at
the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester and previously owned three stores in
East Arlington's Candle Mill Village.  Rahe was a trustee of the Bennington
Free Library from 1992-95.

Also at the October Board of Libraries meeting, Reeve Lindbergh of Passumpsic
was re-elected chair for the 1998-99 year, and Randall Mayhew of Woodstock
was re-elected vice chair.  The December meeting featured hearings on two
geographic name changes pursuant to the provisions of 10 VSA 153, which
authorizes the Board of Libraries to name roads and geographic locations. 
After a petition from Montpelier citizens, the Board approved a request to
name the hill on which National Life Insurance Company is located, "Dewey
Hill."  The Board voted to continue its hearing of a proposed change of the
current Marshfield Pond in the town of Marshfield to either "Edgewater Pond"
or "Turtlehead Pond."  The matter will be taken up again at the Board's April
meeting, after a vote at the Marshfield Town Meeting.

The Board of Libraries also heard a report from the field by Vermont Library
Association President and Stowe Free Library Director Hilari Farrington at
its October meeting and, at its December meeting, a report on the VLA
Government Relations Committee's plans for legislative gatherings around the
state in February, 1999.


Sheila M. Kearns and Robert Longe have joined the staff of the Department of
Libraries. Kearns will assume the post of Information Technology Manager in
February, 1999, and Longe began his position as Information Technology
Specialist in September.

A native of Bennington, Kearns received her M.S. in Library and Information
Science from the University of Texas at Austin.  She also holds a Ph.D. in
Literature and Literary Theory from the University of California at Irvine,
an M.A. in Literature from Syracuse University, and A B.A. in English from
the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Indiana.  Most recently, Kearns
was Research Associate for the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at
Austin.  Previously, she was an Information Consultant with RGK Foundation
and an Assistant Professor of English in Austin.  She has wide ranging
experience in information service technologies, software environments, and
applications, as well as experience in technology planning.

Longe, a resident of Johnson, has held various, progressively more
responsible computer positions at the Vermont Department of Employment and
Training since 1982.  He oversaw their mainframe operation and also worked
with their new TCP/IP, Windows NT network as well as GOVnet.  Troubleshooting
is his specialty, and he was immediately kept busy traveling to local
libraries and talking librarians and fellow staff through problems via the


Application packets for the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Program
("E-Rate") 1999-2000 funding year were mailed to public libraries in
mid-December.   The E-rate was recreated by Congress in the
Telecommunications Act of 1996 to make telecommunications affordable for
every K-12 school and public library in the nation.  The program provides
discounts ranging from 20% to 90% toward the purchase of telecommunications
services, Internet access, and internal connections.  The funding year runs
from July 1, 1999, to June 30, 2000.

All public libraries are eligible to apply, but first priority will be given
to requests received within a 100 day application "window" which ends around
March 11, 1999.  By that time, libraries should have:

-submitted a written technology plan for approval to the State Librarian

  Libraries that are applying only for voice phone service do not need to
  submit such a plan although it is strongly recommended that one be developed.

-filed form 470 either by mail or online with the Schools and Libraries Corp.

  In order to meet a March 11 deadline, this should filed by February 11.

-received bids and negotiated with vendors for at least 28 days prior to
selecting vendors

-filed form 471 either by mail or online with the SLC

  Libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium with other
  libraries or local schools.

This is an excellent opportunity for Vermont public libraries, many of which
fall into the highest discount categories, to expand public access to
electronic resources.  Discounts for existing and/or new telecommunications
services, Internet access, and internal connections may all be requested. 
Department of Libraries staff and members of the Vermont Library Association
Government Relations Committee are available to help libraries complete the
forms.  Several help sessions have been scheduled around the state.  For more
information, contact your regional librarian or contact the SLC at its
website  , via email at question@slcfund.org, or by calling


On December 4, because of widespread abuse, there was a temporary suspension
of the "public" account called "VALS" which the general public could use from
home to access GOVnet, the Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS), and the
Internet.  Security violations, break in attempts and other unacceptable uses
made it imperative for the state's Chief Information Officer to take swift
action to preserve Internet access to the rest of the state, including
libraries dialing into the VALS via GOVnet.  Public access was reinstated by
the end of December, 1998, with different procedures designed to improve

Because many public libraries use the public account to offer Internet access
to the public, libraries were advised to switch to their library GOVnet
accounts in order to continue to provide this service.  GOVnet temporarily
eased up on the "one simultaneous logon rule."  Librarians may not give the
public their VALS account information but should log users on themselves.  An
alternative to using the library's GOVnet account might be to obtain a
private Internet provider.

GOVnet's a new public access system will allow adult Vermont residents to
obtain an individual GOVnet account after registering with the Department of
Libraries.  The Department has the necessary registration forms and
acceptable use policies for individuals available for downloading or printing
at its website:


"Hard copy" of the forms are available on request by sending a message to
dol_central@dol.state.vt.us.  Users are required to return the forms to the
Department of Libraries.  The Department will be sending libraries revised
copies of logon instructions for the general public.  For more information,
contact State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane at 828-3265,

                   124 LIBRARIES MEET STANDARDS IN FY99

A record number of public libraries - 124 - meet the minimum standards for
Vermont public libraries this year.  Of those, 74 meet the 1993 version of
the minimum standards.  Libraries were able to apply for either the 1986 or
the 1993 version.  Meeting standards for the first time ever were the
Charlotte Library, Highgate Public, Jericho Town, Abbott Memorial, and
Woodbury Community Libraries.  The Tenney Memorial Library, Newbury, and the
Calef Memorial Library, Washington, met standards after not meeting them last
year.  A complete list of libraries meeting standards will be included in the
next issue of News.

This year, libraries found not to be 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.  

The 1986 version of the standards was approved by the Legislative
Administrative Rules Committee, but the 1993 version did not complete the
process.  The Standards Revision Committee recently completed its revision of
the 1993 version and referred them to State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane
for the Legislative Administrative Rules process. 


This fall, the Department of Libraries acquired a two-user license for the
use of school and public library staffs to search certain First Search

       World Cat     Books and other materials in libraries worldwide
       NetFirst      OCLC database of Internet resources
       WilsonSelect  H.W. Wilson Select full text database of some 800 
       WorldAlmanac  The World Almanac
       WorldBook     The World Book Encyclopedia

To introduce the new service, the Department also sponsored four workshops
taught by the staff of NELINET, Inc.  The WilsonSelect database is
particularly useful as full text articles from 800 periodicals are available. 
This supplements materials found in the UMI database for which the Department
has a five-user license for school and public libraries.  First Search is
available via the world wide web at http://www.ref.oclc.org:2000. 


On January 10, 1999, first class postage will increase from $0.32 to $0.33
for the first ounce.  Each additional ounce is an additional $0.22, a
decrease from $0.23.  However, library rate will increase from $1.12 to $1.13
for the first pound.  Each additional pound through 7 lbs. will increase from
$0.41 to $0.45, while each additional pound over 7 lbs. will increase from
$0.22 to $0.28.  The average cost of mailing a 3-lb. library rate package
will therefore increase from $1.94 to $2.03.  These increases will affect
interlibrary loan appreciably, but libraries may also still use the Bound
Printed Matter rate to mail books (but not videos or audio books) to other
libraries.  The upper limit for Bound Printed Matter was recently increased
to 15 lbs.      


The initial meeting of a new "Planning for Results" group will be held at
Midstate Regional Library in Berlin on Friday, January 15.  Monthly seminars
led by Director of Public Library Support Services Marianne Kotch are
designed to keep public library planners on task through the planning
process.  Public librarians and trustees attending will support each other
and offer suggestions to improve their final long range plans of service.

The January 15 meeting features a review of the steps in the planning
process, discussion of the status of participants' specific planning efforts
and problems, and development of a timeline for future assignments and group
meetings.  No prior experience is necessary, but it is strongly recommended
that participants purchase the two volume Planning for Results:  A Library
Transformation Process by Ethel Himmel and William James Wilson (ALA, 1998,
0-8389-3479-x, $40 and 0-8389-3488-9, $20).  To order, call ALA at
1-800-545-2433 or visit the website http://www.ala.org/editions.  ALA's
Public Library Association has information about a listserv and 26 workforms
to download at its website, http://www.pla.org.  If you are unable to attend
the January meeting but would like to attend future sessions, contact Kotch
at 828-2320 or email mkotch@dol.state.vt.us.  

                 IS YOUR LIBRARY READY FOR THE YEAR 2000?

In general, the United States will be in good shape when the year 2000
("Y2K") rolls around, according to Robert West, Assistant Chief Information
Officer and Year 2000 Coordinator for the State of Vermont.  Speaking at the
fall public library directors' quarterly forum, West warned that there will
nonetheless be problems worldwide with computers and other every day items
that are controlled by microprocessors.  Dates are embedded in many
applications, he said, so that the Y2K problem could affect elevators,
medical monitoring equipment, traffic lights, electricity, bank records,
ATMs, credit cards, air traffic control systems, VCRs, water treatment
plants, and security systems, to name a few.  West said that most of the
technical problems are fairly simple to fix, but solutions are labor
intensive and time consuming.  

West noted the following significant dates: 

January 1, 1999 - testing of Y2K compliance in various computer systems

April 1, 1999 - Canadian, Japanese, and New York state fiscal years begin
(ending 3/31/2000)

July 1, 1999 - 44 U.S. states' fiscal years begin, including Vermont's
(ending 6/30/2000)

August 22, 1999 - some older Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), that
military vehicles, airplanes, and beepers rely on,  may not work

September 9, 1999 - the date many programmers used (9999) to end their
programs.  This may  affect older systems and  networks.

October 1, 1999 - federal fiscal year begins (ending 9/30/2000)

January 1, 2000 - The Big Day - what will happen?

January 4, 2000 - First business day of new year

February 29, 2000 - Leap year occurs, causing other possible problems

Vermont state government is reviewing all of its systems to make sure they
are Y2K compliant, and there is a website, updated regularly, listing
equipment which has been found to be compliant.  Software and hardware
vendors are anxious to fix any problems with their products because their
livelihood depends on it.  West suggested starting with an inventory of
equipment followed by an assessment of whether the impact is high- or
low-risk.  Contact vendors and suppliers if you have any doubt.  Some
software vendors have software that may be downloaded from the Internet to
test PCs or to make existing software Y2K compliant. Whenever making new
purchases, proof of Y2K compliance should be obtained in writing.  Internet
resources for Y2K compliance are:

           www.year2000.com  articles about the "problem"
           www.state.vt.us/y2k    Vermont state government
           www.y2k.gov       President's council on the Y2K problem

For more information, contact West via email at .


Whether you're brand new to your library or a veteran of many years, DOL
includes topics for all of you in our workshop offerings.  The packet
containing information and registrations for all the workshops plus the
certification  guidelines should arrive at all Vermont public libraries in
February.  Highlights of the 1999 schedule include:  two sessions each of the
two workshops required for certification, Reference and Basic Public Library
Administration; several Internet workshops; and five youth services topics
including young adult services, storytelling, book discussions and outreach. 
Some other topics are "Understanding MARC," grantwriting, resources for adult
literacy, and legal reference.

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


                          FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...

                           by Marjorie D. Zunder
                Director, Library and Information Services

Library Science Collection...

We're almost through our Library Science Collection weeding project, and it
isn't even spring yet!  We have a wonderful collection of books to help you
"run your library good."  Our titles are fresh, practical and current. 
Located in the central offices, we have loads of books on automation,
children's services, grant writing and the gamut of library related topics. 
We also have a wide range of library science periodicals.

You are welcome to use the collection in several ways.  You may browse onsite
between 7:45 and 4:30, Monday through Friday.  All titles are listed through
VALS in DOLCAT and may be borrowed through interlibrary loan.  Or, you may
list the topics you are interested in and ask us to select titles for you. 
We also provide photocopies of articles.  As with books, you may request
articles by specific cite or just ask us to send you several on your topic. 
Are we missing a title or topic that you need?  We have a standing order for
American Library Association publications and order additional materials
recommended in the major library reviewing sources.  PLEASE let us know when
you do not find what you need or locate something exciting that we lack.  We
welcome your suggestions.

Small Business Administration Business Information Center...

Patrons with business plans to write?   The Business Information Center at
Hartness Library, Vermont Technical College, can help.  The first SBA
Business Information Center in the U.S. to be housed in a library, this
Vermont resource is a gold mine for budding entrepreneurs.  You may search
titles in the collection with a call number search, C = BIC, in the state
colleges' catalog in VALS.  The Center's librarian, Sherry Paige, is
part-time, but the Center is open the same hours as the Hartness.  Sherry's
voice mail number is 802-828-4518.  You may also call Hartness Library
directly at 802-728-1641 for assistance with Center materials.  Borrow
materials from the collection through interlibrary loan. 



The Rutland Free Library was the scene of the Vermont Library Association's
public libraries and trustees sections' joint conference in November, "People
working with People."  Held in cooperation with the Department of Libraries,
the conference offered ideas for improving librarian-board relationships and
productivity as well as for working with community organizations and

VLA Public Library Section president Mary Kasamatsu introduced Anne Peyton of
Yellow Brick Road Consulting, the morning facilitator who challenged the 85
participants to determine whether they were more like St. Bernards, foxes, or
lions in their approach to work in organizations.  Whether more nurturing,
autonomous, or assertive, everyone is needed to make an organization solve
problems and accomplish goals.  Group exercises demonstrated how these styles
are put into action, how conflicts arise, and how problems may be solved.
Afternoon speakers - Bob Kittner, Mary Prior, and David Clark - sparked small
group discussion on building effective boards, cooperation with local
schools, and working more closely with the business community.  VLA president
Hilari Farrington and State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane ended the day
with their thoughts on how the Vermont library community can best work

Trustees and librarians will have more opportunities for learning together at
five Town Officers Educational Conferences this April.  Workshop topics will
include "Collaboration with the Public and Private Sectors," "Building
Projects from Start to Finish," and "Open Discussion for Trustees." 
Registration forms should be sent to public libraries by the UVM Extension
Service in February.  To register for any of the conferences, call the
Extension Service at 223-2389.  Dates and locations are:

     Monday, April 5 - St. Michael's College
     Wed., April 7 - Lyndon State College
     Tues., April 13 - Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
     Thurs., April 15 - Holiday Inn, Rutland
     Tues., April 20 - Mt. Snow, Dover

The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science presented the
Vermont Department of Libraries with the 1997 John G. Lorenz Award during the
annual Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) meeting in
Portsmouth, NH, on October 5, 1998.  Vermont was one of 24 first-time winners
of the award which is made each year to state library agency respondents and
staff for submitting timely and accurate State Library Agency survey data. 
Named after John G. Lorenz, NCLIS Library Statistics Program Coordinator, the
award was presented in the form of a certificate signed by Pascal D.
Forgione, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S.
Department of Education, and Jeanne Hurley Simon, NCLIS Chairperson.   State
Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane accepted the award for Vermont and noted that
Marianne Kotch and other Department of Libraries staff submitted the data.

                            COOPERATION CORNER

Focusing on local libraries' efforts to work together and with community
groups by Marianne Kotch, Director, Public Library Support Services


Started in 1994, the Chittenden County Home Card allows citizens of
Chittenden County to use the library most convenient to them without paying
out-of-town borrowers' fees.  In order to receive a Home Card, a patron need
only register for a card at his/her home library and remain a member in good
standing of that home library.  Then the patron may use any participating
library, as long as s/he returns books and other items borrowed to the owning
library.  A flyer describing each participating library's hours, phone number
and location is given to new borrowers.  Patrons are expected to use their
home libraries for interlibrary loans, and home libraries are encouraged to
take requests by phone or mail.  

A "Homecard Participation Agreement" is signed by all librarians and trustee
chairs in the system prior to joining.  Home libraries are responsible for
tracking down overdue items borrowed by their borrowers and, if necessary,
replacing lost items if not recovered within a year from the original due
date.  If a library has debts outstanding for more than six months in excess
of $300 to other participating libraries, all of the library's patrons will
be denied homecard access within the system until the debt is resolved.  

Most of the libraries in Chittenden County belong to the homecard system, as
does the Varnum Memorial Library in Jeffersonville.  There is general
agreement among the participating librarians that the system works well and
that patrons appreciate it.   Specific problems are discussed and resolved at
regular meetings of the Chittenden County Librarians.  


In early December, the Vermont Library Association sent a packet to all
public libraries and encouraged them to sponsor get-together with their
legislators on or around February 15.  The Legislative Gatherings are
designed to create greater awareness of how libraries presently serve the
public and to learn how legislators perceive libraries' roles in the
community now and in the future.  The events are opportunities for librarians
and trustees to become better acquainted with area legislators and offer
their libraries' help in informing the public about legislative activities
and issues.

Many of the Legislative Gatherings will be held cooperatively by groups of
neighboring libraries.  On February 15 at 8:00 am, libraries in Chittenden
County are sponsoring a breakfast at Williston's newly expanded  library,
while Washington County libraries are holding a "Green Eggs and Ham"
breakfast with help from the New England Culinary Institute.  Franklin-Grand
Isle Librarians will hold a reception for legislators after a public program
with Vermont author Archer Mayor at the Fairfax Community Library on
Saturday, February 20, at 2:00 pm.  Other similar events are planned for
around the state.  For more information, contact the VLA Government Relations
Committee chair, Pat Hazlehurst at 626-5475.




   ...Southern Vermont Education Center in Springfield's  Spring
1999 course offerings, including credit and non-credit courses 
relating to education, technology, board development, etc.  Call
1-800-281-5183 or (802) 885-5183.


   ..."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.

   ...Information about the Great Books Foundation programs of
reading/discussion for adults, including a Starter Kit for $9.95 -
call 1-800-222-5870.

   ...Information about VTRS, the Vermont Telecommunications
Relay Service for the hearing impaired - call 1-800-253-0195
(voice).  Ask to be put on the mailing list.  Refrigerator magnets
and kits are available.

   ...The American Library Assn.'s Winter/Holiday, 1998,
graphics catalog featuring posters, bookmarks and other
promotional materials for National Library Week in April and
every day - call 1-800-545-2433 and press 7 for your free copy.  
Ask to be put on the mailing list.

   ..."Born to Chair," a new four page pamphlet from the
Vermont Institute for Government and compiled by Paul Gillies,
explains how to run a meeting successfully - call or write VIG,
c/o UVM Extension Service, 617 Comstock Rd., Ste. 5, Berlin,
VT  05602-9194, 223-2389.
   ...Six facts sheets created by the Vermont Population Alliance
designed to provide Vermonters with a better understanding of
our natural world.  They cover such topics as the costs of
growth,  wetlands, sprawl, transportation, wildlife, and energy
use, and they are free for the asking from the VPA, P.O. Box
466, Norwich  05055, 649-5168, bdpop@valley.net.


Vermont Newspaper Project, preserving and providing access
to Vermont newspapers.  Note:  this is a correction from the
URL given in the last News.


                               COMING EVENTS

Wed., Jan. 6 - E-rate help session, 9:30 am, Brandon Free Public Library. 
Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

Thurs., Jan. 7 - Lamoille County Librarians meeting, 9:30 am, Stowe Free
Library.  Contact:  Hilari Farrington, 253-6145.

Tues., Jan. 12 - VLA Government Relations Committee e-rate help session, 11
am, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

Thurs., Jan. 14 - VLA Board meeting, 9:30 am, Midstate Regional Library,
Berlin.  Contact:  Hilari Farrington, 253-6145.

Fri., Jan. 15 - "Planning for Results" group initial meeting, 9:30 am,
Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Snowdate:  Jan. 19.  Contact:  Marianne
Kotch, 828-2320.

Fri. & Sat., Jan. 15 & 16 - Flynn Storytelling Festival, Burlington.  Friday
evening performance for adults, Sat. a.m. workshop with artists,  Sat. family
matinee.  Contact:  Flynn Theater, 86FLYNN, www.flynntheatre.org.

Wed., Jan. 20 - Chittenden County Librarians meeting, 9:00 am, Dorothy Alling
Memorial Library, Williston.  Contact:  Rickie Emerson,  878-4918.

Fri., Jan. 29 - Public Library Directors quarterly forum, 9:30 am, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Topic:  what to include on your webpage. 
Snowdate:  February 5.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

Feb. 1 - deadline for CLIF grant applications.  Contact:  Children's
Literature Foundation, (603) 643-5854.

Mon., Feb. 15 - VLA Legislative Gathering Day, sponsored by Government
Relations Committee.  Contact:  Mary Jane Manahan, 223-3338, or Pat
Hazlehurst, 626-5475.

Mon., Feb. 15 - State holiday - Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

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

Wed., Feb. 17 - "Performers Showcase," VLA CAYAL section program, 9:30 am,
Vermont Technical College, Randolph.  Registration fee:  $10 for VLA or VEMA
members, $12 for nonmembers.  Contact:  Janis Minshull, 626-5475.  Deadline: 
Feb. 1.

Sat., Feb. 20 - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians present author Archer Mayor,
2:00 pm, Fairfax Community Library.  Contact:  Annette Goyne, 848-3313.

Mon., Mar. 1 - deadline for Smith Grant applications.  Contact:  Grace
Greene, 828-3261.

Tues., Mar. 2 - State holiday - Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Sat., Mar. 6 - Rutland County Librarians meeting, 10:00 am, Brandon Free
Public Library.  Topic:  book sales and how to organize them.  Snowdate: 
Mar. 13.  Contact:  Stephanie Choma, 247-8230.

Tues., Mar. 9 - "Developing your technology plan from your long range plan"
workshop, 9:30 am, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Snowdate:  Mar. 10. 
Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

Thurs., Mar. 11 - VLA Board meeting, 9:30 am, Midstate Regional Library,
Berlin.  Contact:  Hilari Farrington, 253-6145.

Tues., Mar. 23 - "Library Laughs" workshop, 9:30 am, Rutland Free Library. 
Repeats Thurs., Mar. 25, 9:30 am, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  (Snow
date:  April 1, MRL)   Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Tues., Mar. 30 - "Resources for adult literacy" workshop, 9:30 am, Milton
Public Library, 39 Bombardier Rd., Milton.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene,

Mon., April 5 - Town Officers Educational Conference, 8:00 am-3:00 pm,  St.
Michael's College.  Contact UVM Extension Service, 223-2389.  Repeats:  Wed.,
April 7, Lyndon State College; Tues., April 13, Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee;
Wed., April 15, Holiday Inn, Rutland; Tues., April 20, Mt. Snow, Dover.

Wed., April 8 - Children's outreach services workshop, 9:30 am,  Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Sun., April 11-Sat., April 17 - National Library Week.  Theme:  "Read! Learn!
Connect! @the Library."  Contact:  American Library Assn., 1-800-545-2433.

Wed., April 14 - 1999 Swan Lecture sponsored by Vermont Library Assn.,
University of Vermont.  Featured speaker:  ALA President Ann K. Symons. 
Contact:  Albert Joy, 656-2020.

Fri., April 16 - "Understanding MARC" workshop, Southeast Regional Library,
Rutland.  Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261.  

Tues., April 20 - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, 10:30 am, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.

Tues., April 27 - Children's materials review session, 9:00 am, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261. Repeats: 
Wed., April 28, Milton Public Library; Tues., May 4, NERL, St. Johnsbury;
Wed., May 5, Rutland Free Library; Thurs., May 6, SERL, Dummerston.


                        VLA SEEKS AWARD NOMINATIONS

The awards committee of the Vermont Library Association is now accepting
nominations for two annual awards, the Sarah C. Hagar Award and the Trustee
of the Year Award.  The Hagar Award, named for the first president of VLA and
librarian of Burlington's Fletcher Free Library for 23 years, is awarded each
year for outstanding service in or significant contribution to the field of
librarianship in Vermont.  The Trustee of the Year Award recognizes
outstanding achievement by a trustee on behalf of his or her library, either
during the previous year or during his/her years of service.  

Both awards will be made at the 1999 Vermont Library Conference in Killington
in May.  To receive a full description of the award criteria or to place a
nomination, contact Paul Carnahan, VLA Awards Committee Chair, Vermont
Historical Society Library, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT  05609-0901,
828-5662, pcarnahan@vhs.state.vt.us.  The deadline is April 1.


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

After several years of us deciding what age group you should focus on, this
year we want you to tell us!  If interested in improving library services to
a particular age group (any age from babies to young adults), libraries
should plan on applying for a Smith Grant.  Five libraries which clearly
document need, cooperate with other organizations or agencies and make a
coordinated plan, will each receive $1,000 for materials for the targeted
population.  Application forms and guidelines will be sent to all public
libraries in January, with a March deadline for application.  Questions? 
Contact Grace Greene at 828-3261 or ggreene@dol.state.vt.us


Time to start gearing up for a funny summer!  This year's Summer Reading
Program is based on humor, and the slogan is "Library Laughs."  Packets of
materials to help you plan your summer activities should go out this March. 
Included will be:

* An order form for free materials for your Summer Reading Program: posters,
reading records, bookmarks, certificates and stickers.  The fabulous artwork
was done by Richmond children's librarian and cartoonist L. J. Kopf.

* A manual full of ideas on how to have a successful program.

* A listing of performers who have created funny programs for this summer. 
If you did not get a performing artist grant last year, apply this year.  The
first 30 libraries to apply for one of these programs will receive $100
towards one of the listed programs.

* A list of the paperback books we have in multiple copy to loan for book


All of you in libraries in towns of under 5,000 should take advantage of the
Children's Literature Foundation (CLIF), an all-volunteer, non-profit
organization dedicated to nurturing a love of reading and writing among
children throughout rural New Hampshire and Vermont.  CLIF subsidizes the
purchase of books for public libraries in towns with populations of under
5,000.  The subsidy involves a 2-to-1 match of funds for a total of $900
(e.g., a library raises $300 from its community, CLIF provides matching funds
of $600.)

CLIF recently reviewed applications from libraries across the two states and
selected six rural libraries that received the first CLIF Library
Sponsorships in 1998.  Three recipients are located in New Hampshire (Hill,
Twin Mountain, Westmoreland) and three in Vermont (Canaan, Lincoln,
Stamford).  In some cases, over 10% of the town residents came out to
celebrate the CLIF book delivery, and many of the books soon walked out the
library door tucked under the arms of children!

CLIF will award several new Library Sponsorships twice a year.  The deadlines
for each round of applications are every February 1 and August 1, and CLIF
hopes to support 25-50 libraries per year.  CLIF also plans to undertake
other initiatives to promote children's literacy in coming months.  For more
information or to receive an application, please contact CLIF at P.O. Box
993, Hanover, NH 03755; call (603) 643-5854; or send an e-mail to


New Committee Members: At its October meeting the DCF committee selected
Sally Margolis, the children's librarian at the Barton Public Library, as our
newest member.  Sally, who has worked in both school and public libraries in
various states, and is a reviewer for School Library Journal and an avid
reader, will begin her duties in the spring.  She replaces Sue Wade, the
children's librarian at the St. Albans Free Library, who has been a huge
asset to the committee for her six year term.

DCF Conference Booklet: The DCF committee has decided to add to its work load
and create a booklet to accompany the new master list, and hold a conference
in the fall to encourage participation in the DCF program. Watch for details
later in the year.

Lavalla Grants: This year the committee awarded two Marjorie Gillam Lavalla
Grants: to Isle La Motte Free Public Library to purchase DCF books and begin
a DCF program, and to Moore Free Library, Newfane, to begin a parent/child
DCF book discussion.


Plan now to see the best of the Spring, 1998, books for children and young
adults at the next series of materials review sessions.  Leda Schubert, the
Department of Education's School Library Media Specialist, and I will, as
always, begin at 9:00, and continue until approximately 1:00.  The spring
session will feature the Newbery and Caldecott Awards, and all of the DCF and
Red Clover titles for 1999 - 00, as well as a selection of 1999 books
reviewed by us, the volunteer reviewers and the review media.  The schedule
is as follows:  Tuesday, April 27 - Midstate Regional Library, Berlin;
Wednesday, April 28 - Milton Public Library; Tuesday, May 4 - Northeast
Regional Library, St. Johnsbury; Wednesday, May 5 - Rutland Free Library;
Thursday, May 6 - Southeast Regional Library, Dummerston.  After the review
session at the Southeast Regional Library, the books will remain for two
weeks so you can peruse them at your leisure.


If the 700 Great Sites for Kids that ALA recommends
(www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites) isn't enough, check out
.   You will find links
to hundreds of excellent, trustworthy, fun and informational sites for kids. 
Children who wish to publish their own writings or artwork on the web should
look at KidLit Children's Literature (www.mgfx.com/kidlit).   There's poetry,
short stories, book reviews, artwork and even a full length novel, all
created by kids.  If you have missed the great columns that Gail Junion Metz
does for School Library Journal, "Surf For," thematic guides to Internet
Sites, you can see them all at .   The December, 1998
topic, for instance, is history, and she lists 12 sites that would be useful
to both students and teachers.


I have recently updated several bibliographies and one list, all of which
will be available through our website or in hard copy from Pam Scott at
cbec@dol.state.vt.us or (802) 828-3261.  The revised items are:  

* "The Green Mountain Sampler," a 32 page bibliography of children's books
about or set in Vermont.

* All of our graded booklists.  There are four lists: Grades 1 & 2; Grades 3
& 4; Grades 5 & 6; and Grades 7 & 8.  These are suggestions of some good
books recommended for these age groups not a required or "approved" list.

* The list of authors and illustrators of children's books who live in the


The National Education Association in cooperation with the American Library
Association is sponsoring a national reading campaign to be held on Dr.
Seuss's 95th birthday on March 12, 1999.  The hope is that every child in
every community across the country will be reading with a caring adult. 
There are many way to celebrate.  For more information and a helpful list of
ideas, visit the website , call (202) 822-SEUS, or
write Read Across America c/o NEA, 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington D.C.


The next edition of the Department of Libraries Biennial Report/Directory is
due for distribution in April, 1999.  Remember that it is kept up-to-date
online at the Department's homepage:  .  Many libraries'
addresses have changed with the E-911 system.  Please notify Marianne Kotch
at 828-2320 if you have a change that should be included in the next



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
      vacant     , 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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