Vermont Dept. of Libraries News, No. 115, Winter 2000

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                              State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S


No. 115, Winter 2000
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                      VERMONT PUBLIC LIBRARIES QUALIFY
                              FOR GATES GRANTS

       The Vermont Department of Libraries was recently notified their grant
  application, submitted on behalf of Vermont public libraries, for the Bill
  and Melinda Gates Foundation's Library Initiative state partnership grant
  program has been approved.  

       Vermont public libraries serving communities with a poverty level of
  10 percent or higher (based on 1990 US Census data), will be eligible to
  receive cash grants to purchase computers, Internet access, training and
  technical support.  Libraries serving communities with poverty levels less
  than 10 percent will be eligible to purchase computers at a discounted
  rate and will also receive training and technical  support.  Separately,
  Microsoft Corporation will donate software to libraries that receive
  grants.

       Vermont is one of 15 states to qualify for Round 3 of Bill and Melinda
  Gates Foundation Gates  Library Initiative grants. Training and equipment
  implementation for Round 3 states is not scheduled to  begin until the year
  2001.

       The mission of the Gates Library Initiative (GLI) is to help bridge
  the "digital divide"-the gap  between those who have access to computers
  and the Internet and those who do not.  Since the inception  of the Gates
  Library Initiative in 1997, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than
  $35 million to  more than 2,200 libraries to bring Internet access to their
  patrons, as well as provide staff with technical  assistance and training.


                     SERL STUDY COMMITTEE SUBMITS REPORT

       The committee charged by the General Assembly to study the impact of
  closing the Department of  Libraries Southeast Regional Library and to make
  recommendations for mitigating the closure submitted  its report November
  15.  In developing its final report, the committee met with various
  community  leaders, conducted surveys of public librarians and SERL users,
  and studied data about libraries and other  resources in the area and the
  use of the library itself.  Before completing its report, the committee
  held an  information meeting for the public on November 1.

       Committee members included John Beagan, teacher, West Windham; Margery
  L. Bunker, SERL  user, East Dummerston; Jerry Carbone, Director, Brooks
  Memorial Library, Brattleboro; Stephanie  Choma, Director, Brandon Free
  Public Library; Martha H. O'Connor, SERL user, Brattleboro; and  Marianne
  Kotch, Department of Libraries Director of Public Library Support Services,
  who served as  chair.  

       The report begins with a review of library service in the southeast
  region and SERL's role, noting  that circulation to public libraries
  accounts for only 31% of SERL's annual circulation.  3,500 individuals  are
  registered borrowers at SERL, and about 3,000 of these live in and around
  Brattleboro.  Of the 17  year-round public libraries in Windham County,
  three charge nonresident borrowers' fees of between $15  and $32 annually. 
  SERL patrons pointed to these fees as a major reason for using SERL instead
  of those  public libraries.

       The committee's recommendations are as follows:

* Encourage the elimination of nonresident borrowers fees for all
  Vermonters through a system of state  aid to public libraries

  Windham County residents were concerned about these fees and worried
  that libraries would raise  them or begin to chare.  The committee felt
  that fees serve as barriers to library users, including people  with low
  incomes, those with low literacy skills, and others who may at one time or
  another have been  turned off to reading and lifelong learning.

* Recognize and support Brooks as the hub library for Windham County
  with sufficient funds to reduce  or eliminate nonresident fees for
  Vermonters

  Brooks Memorial Library is the logical library for most current users
  of SERL to use after closure.  Some state funds could be appropriated to
  lower or eliminate the fee as well as offset the cost of  additional
  services, computer upgrades and an expanded collection.

* Encourage bookmobiles and other library outreach services

  Citizens and librarians alike supported Windham County Reads'
  bookmobile service as one way to expand access.  The committee felt that
  the current state-WCR partnership should be encouraged to  continue through
  some funding and, if the building is used by another organization, the
  suggestion that  WCR retain some space there.

* Ensure that public libraries are publicized

  Many area residents were not aware of all of the services smaller
  local public libraries offer,  including hours open, interlibrary loan,
  internet access, no fees/fines, and programming.  All involved  with
  Vermont libraries - librarians, trustees, the Department of Libraries, the
  Vermont Library Assn., etc.  - should be involved in this critical
  activity.

* Ensure that interlibrary loan is readily available to everyone

  SERL's citizen users surveyed mentioned easy availability of
  interlibrary loan as one essential  service they receive there.  Yet
  interlibrary loan is a basic library service, coordinated by the Department 
  of Libraries and available at almost all Vermont libraries.  The committee
  felt that public libraries should  do a better job of assuring the public
  that equally effective interlibrary loan service is available locally.

* Encourage closer working relationships between public, college and
  school libraries to broaden the  public's access to library materials

  Many communities have valuable resources available to them in their
  school and other local  libraries, but the general public does not always
  have access to these materials.  Librarians should work  together to find
  ways to open school libraries beyond school hours year-round and to provide
  services.

* Provide means for small public libraries to develop their
  collections or access supplementary materials

  Citizen users of SERL said that they use that facility because of its
  longer loan period, its lack of  fines for late materials, the helpfulness
  of the staff, and the ability to borrow as many books as they want. Home
  schooling families and teachers were particularly in need of broader
  library collections.  Librarians  from the smallest public libraries were
  uneasy about the closing of SERL because they would not have a  nearby
  collection from which to get supplementary materials to satisfy patron
  demand.

       The committee concluded its report by recommending that SERL remain
  open to the public and to  libraries until the committee's recommendations
  can be refined, funded, and implemented.  This was in  direct response to
  comments at the public meeting.  Committee members offered to assist the
  Department  in any way possible to see that the recommendations are
  implemented.

       Copies of the final report, which includes as appendices survey
  results, library statistics, lists of  local libraries, and a proposal from
  Windham County Reads, are available from the Department of  Libraries,
  828-3261, email:  mmoore@dol.state.vt.us.


                          DEPARTMENT READY FOR Y2K

       Y2K readiness has been on the Department of Libraries agenda for more
  than a year now, and in  November we dotted the final I's and crossed the
  last T's by filing our Y2K Readiness Certifications and  our Y2K
  Contingency Plans with the State's Chief Information Officer.  The process
  leading up to the  preparation of these documents involved developing an
  inventory of all Department systems that might be  experience an impact
  from Y2K, assessing the actions necessary to make all systems Y2K
  compliant,  performing those actions, and validating the fact that Y2K
  compliance had been achieved.  Although that  may sound pretty technical,
  it mostly involved doing something pretty familiar to all librarians--a lot
  of  research.  We also had the advantage that all of state government was
  involved in the same process, so we  could learn a lot from other state
  agencies doing the same things that we were.

       Last May you may have noticed one of the major events in our
  preparations for the millennium  rollover when we announced that the
  Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS) would be offline for  half a day. 
  That was when we upgraded the operating system and library automation
  software to versions  that were certified to be Y2K compliant.  Although
  testing has been done to assure that this software will  handle to rollover
  to dates past 12/31/99, we also now have the day-to-day working proof of
  that as we  discharge books with due-dates set for after January 1, 2000.

       Another important part of our preparations for Y2K was contingency
  planning, which involved  preparing detailed outlines of how the Department
  would continue to offer its services if any or all of its  automated
  systems were not working properly.  It was an especially interesting
  process for me because I  got to learn all about how library operations at
  the Department took place before we had the automated  system.  

       By the time that you read this, you should also have noticed the last
  big event in our Y2K  preparations, shutting down the system to make a
  complete backup of both the system software and the  databases.  I hope
  that most of you will have been enjoying some holiday-time while this is
  taking place,  but for those of you who may have had to be at your
  libraries when this was taking place, thanks for your  patience while we
  have been offline.

						--Sheila M. Kearns
						Information Technology Manager


                        !!  IT'S E-RATE TIME AGAIN !!

       Every Vermont public library is eligible for telecommunications
  discounts (e-rate) under the  Telecommunications Act of 1996 and should
  apply as soon as possible for the year beginning July 1, 2000. The
  Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which is responsible for the e-rate
  program has  designated the Universal Service Administrative Council (USAC)
  to administer the fund, which is  currently capped at $2.25 billion. 
  Priorities for funding applications are 1) telecommunications (including 
  basic telephone service) and internet access and 2) internal connections.

       The e-rate application forms are available online at
  http://www.sl.universalservice.org, and that is  the preferred and fastest
  method of application.  The process at a glance includes the following
  steps:

1. Develop a technology plan if seeking more than basic phone service
2. File form 470 seeking services
3. Wait 28 days and prepare service plans, contract and bids, if applicable
4. File form 471 for services ordered
5. Funding commitment approved by Schools and Libraries Division
6. File form 486 to start receiving funding or discounts

       There have been some positive results from Vermont public libraries'
  applications for the  e-rate.  For the 1998-99 year, Vermont public
  libraries received over $55,000 in discounts.  Many smaller  libraries have
  found that they can afford two phone lines (or more) for the price of one
  so that they can  make Internet access more easily available to the public. 
  Other libraries have been able to arrange for  direct access to the
  Internet, either via cable, frame relay or other service.  If your library
  is seeking an e- rate discount for more than basic phone service, file a
  technology plan with the State Librarian for  approval.  If you need help
  with this, request a copy of the handout "Technology Planning" from the 
  Department of Libraries, 828-3261.

       If you have any questions about applying for the e-rate or need help
  with a previous application,  contact your regional librarian for
  assistance.  It may also be helpful to contact the SLD directly at 888-
  203-8100 or email at question@slcfund.org.

					--Michael Roche
					  Northeast Regional Librarian


              DEPARTMENT PLANS FULL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE FOR 2000

       In February, all public libraries will receive the annual continuing
  education packet which will  contain the certification guidelines and
  information about all of the year's workshops.  The two "basics"  we will
  be teaching are Collection Development and Cataloging, each of which will
  be taught in two  locations.  Other workshops include: Born to Read 2000,
  Booktalking, Outreach, The Internet,  Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and Customer
  Service.  An online course, Authority Control, will debut.  A  special day
  of sharing for members of Friends of the Library groups is also in the
  works.

       If you have any questions about the certification process, or
  workshops, please contact Grace W. Greene, Continuing Education
  Coordinator, at (802) 828-3261 or email ggreene@dol.state.vt.us.


                     BOOKMOBILE LIBRARIANS COMPARE NOTES

       Librarians from seven different bookmobile programs came together
  October 20 at the Midstate  Regional Library to talk about their
  experiences this summer and learn from each other.  Vehicles were one 
  important topic, as Sherry Simmons of  Williston talked about renting a van
  and Beth Duddy told how  Starksboro used a  school bus.  Staff of Windham
  County Reads offered tours of their bookmobile, designed to  their
  specifications, and told what it takes to create an operation around a real
  bookmobile?  Staff from Bristol  and Lyndonville told of their great luck
  with childcare centers and trailer parks and wondered if they should try  a
  new audience next year.  

       Other issues of concern included:  Is twenty minutes enough for a
  bookmobile stop? How can you let  people know you're coming?  How do you
  decide which stops have priority when there's a waiting list of  people who
  need your services?  We had a lot to discuss, more than we could
  comfortably cover in one  meeting. 

       Public libraries are no longer just buildings.  They are seeing all
  kinds of ways to take services  outside the physical framework and into the
  lives of customers.  Last year the workshop on "Children and  Outreach for
  Children's Services" began a dialogue around service to younger patrons.  
  This year, the  Department of Libraries will host a workshop to explore the
  topic of outreach in more depth, and  Bookmobiles will definitely be on the
  agenda! 
					--Amy Howlett
					Southeast Regional Librarian


          TRUSTEES, LIBRARIANS LEARN FINER POINTS OF "SPEAKING UP"

       On November 12, public librarians and trustees gathered in the new
  Sherburne Memorial Library  in Killington to hear New York State Librarian
  Janet Martin Welch discuss ways to raise awareness for  library issues and
  services.  "Speaking Up and Speaking Out for Your Library" was a day-long 
  conference sponsored by the Vermont Library Association's Public Library
  Section, the Vermont Library  Trustees Association, the Department of
  Libraries, and Libraries for the Future.
	
       Welch showed videos of library patrons telling stories of how
  libraries had helped them in very  practical, real ways:  getting a job,
  stopping pain, learning to read.  Workshop participants then told each 
  other success stories from their own libraries which Welch urged them to
  use in publicity.  The videos she  showed, which were produced by the New
  York Library Association, have been adapted into public  service
  announcements which the Department of Libraries will be purchasing for
  distribution soon.  

       The morning's agenda also included a discussion of ways to handle
  difficult questions from the  public, politicians, and the press.  Welch
  showed that responding positively when faced with sometimes  negative
  comments can teach people what libraries are all about.  View such
  encounters as opportunities  rather than as threats, she encouraged.  The
  afternoon offered trustees and librarians a chance to discuss  an
  automation proposal unveiled by Rep. Matt Dunne of Hartland who had served
  as keynote speaker for  the day and to learn about upcoming projects of the
  VLA Government Relations Committee.

       Future trustee continuing education events will include programs at
  the annual Vermont Library  Conference in May as well as a series of
  workshops in conjunction with the annual Town Officers  Educational
  Conferences (TOECs)co-sponsored with the Vermont Institute for Government. 
  Workshops  for trustees at these sessions will cover such topics as working
  with Friends organizations, technology:  are we ready to automate and
  what's in our future?, roles and responsibilities of trustees and
  librarians,  outreach services, and getting along with the press.  Dates
  and locations of the TOECs are listed in the  "Coming Events" portion of
  this newsletter.  Registration information for the conferences will be
  mailed  to libraries by early March.  Contact your town clerk or the UVM
  Extension Service (223-2389) for  details.


                            FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...
                            by Marjorie D. Zunder
                 Director, Library and Information Services
                                  828-3261

Interlibrary loan lore...

       * Before you request an ERIC document (listed with an ED number rather
  than an EJ number), check two parts of the full  record in the ERIC
  database.  Check to see if the record states "Unavailable from EDRS."  When
  you see this, proceed as  if you were trying to borrow a book.  Search for
  the author and/or title in the VALS catalogs to find a library to borrow 
  from.  If there are no owning libraries in VALS, you may request out of
  state locations from DOL ILL.

       * When you see "Available from EDRS" in the ERIC database record,
  check further to see how long the document is.  For  ERIC documents up to
  30 pages, DOL ILL sends a paper copy at no charge.  For documents longer
  than 30 pages, DOL  ILL sends a microfiche copy.  If your patron prefers a
  paper copy and agrees to pay $.10 for each page of the document  after the
  first 30, state this in your request.  For example, if the document is 63
  pages, your message will say "Patron will  pay $3.30 for 63 p. doc."
  
       * Libraries using cloth mailing bags expect libraries to use these
  bags to return the same borrowed material.  Easier said than  done.  When
  you receive a loan in a cloth bag, think about how you can mark this loan
  for return mail in the cloth bag.   Can you mark your circulation record? 
  What is the best place to leave a note that you will see as you are
  preparing this  material for return mail?
     
Searching for CDs...

       Looking for sound recordings on compact disc using VALS?  Try using
  this keyword search:  

     find sound and recording and compact and au _______

  Use the name of the composer or performer as the author in this
  search.  Circulation policies for CDs will vary by library.  If  your
  library owns but does not lend CDs, do not ask to borrow them from other
  libraries.


AVAILABLE...


Resources...

...Computer-based interactive training programs for 
library shelvers and assistants - $59.95 each from Mark L. 
Kish, 222 Forest Home Dr., Ithaca, NY  14850.  Visit 
http://www.librarytools.com for demos.

...Vermont Nonprofit Insurance Trust (VNIT), providing 
insurance opportunities and options to nonprofit 
organizations in Vermont.  For more information call Jane 
Van Buren of the Vermont Alliance of NonProfit 
Organizations (VANPO) at 862-0292.

...Easy-to-use traveling table top displays available for 
loan from the Center for Energy and Environmental 
Education for cost of shipping ($15-25).  Topics include 
clutter, financial control, and healthy eating and might be 
useful backdrops for promoting materials in the collection.  
Call the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, 
Univ. of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA  50614, (319) 
498-4516, or view the website:
http://www.cns.uni.edu/simplify.

Continuing Education...

..."Vermont in the New Century:  The Ninth Annual 
Vermont Economic Outlook Conference," sponsored by 
the Vermont Economy Newsletter, Fri., Jan. 14, 2000, at 
the Sheraton Burlington.  Fee:  $105.  Register with 
Northern Economic Consulting-Conference, 669 
Cambridge Rd., Westford, VT  05494, 879-7774.

..."PLA 2000:  The Public Library Assocation Eighth 
National Conference," Mar. 28-April 1, 2000, in Charlotte, 
NC, featuring something for every kind of public librarian, 
from authors to technology.  Preconferences focus on such 
topics as readers' advisory, technology futures, library 
leadership and the enneagram, libraries as cultural 
community centers, and trusteeship.  Details at 
http://www.pla.org.  Fee:  $150 for PLA members, 
additional for preconferences.  Contact:  PLA, 50 E. Huron 
St., Chicago, IL  60611, 1-800-438-3402.


COMING EVENTS FOR EARLY 2000

  Tues., Jan. 11 - "Planning for Results" Group I, MRL, Berlin, 9:30 am. 
  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320. Snowdate - Wed., Jan. 12.

  Thurs., Jan. 13 - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meeting, Swanton Public
  Library, 9:30 am.  Contact:  Marilyn Barney, 868-7656.

  Fri.-Wed., Jan. 14-19 - American Library Assn. Midwinter Meetings, San
  Antonio, TX.  Contact:  ALA, 1-800-545-2433.

  Tues., Jan. 18 - Chittenden County Librarians meeting, South Burlington
  Community Library, 9:00 am.  Contact:  Claire  Buckley, 652-7080.

  Thurs., Jan. 20 - Vermont Library Assn. Board meeting, MRL, Berlin, 9:30
  am.  Contact:  Linda Brew, 656-2020.

  Tues., Jan. 25 - "Planning for Results" Group II-East, Essex Free Library,
  9:30 am.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320. Snowdate:  Tues., Feb. 1. 
  Repeats for Group II-West:  Wed., Jan. 26, Whiting Library, Chester, 9:30
  am.  Snowdate:  Wed., Feb. 2.

  Tues.,  Jan. 25 - VALS Update workshop for school librarians, St. Johnsbury
  Academy, 3:30-5 pm.   Contact:  Emily  Tocci,  525-3636.  Repeats Feb. 2,
  Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester, 2-4 pm..  Contact:  Merlyn Miller,
  362-1775.

  Thurs., Jan. 27 - VALS Update workshops for school librarians, Midstate
  Regional Library, Berlin.  10 am-12N for basic  information and 1-3 pm for
  experience VALS users.  Contact:  Mary Moore, 828-3261.

  Sat., Feb. 19 - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians present author Reeve
  Lindbergh, Swanton Public Library, 2:00 pm.  Contact:  Annette Goyne,
  848-3313.

  Mon., Feb. 21 - Vermont Library/Legislative Day 2000.  All Vermont
  librarians and trustees are encouraged to wear red  and attend legislative
  gatherings.  Contact:  Pat Hazlehurst, 626-5475, or any member of the
  Vermont Library Assn.  Government Relations Committee.

  Mon., Feb. 21 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central office and
  regional libraries closed.

  Tues., Mar. 7 - Town Meeting Day.  Department of Libraries central office
  and regional libraries closed.

  Thurs., Mar. 16 - VLA Board meeting, MRL, Berlin, 9:30 am.  Contact:  Linda
  Brew, 656-2020.

  Thurs.-Sat., Mar. 30-April 1 - Public Library Assn. national conference,
  Charlotte, NC.  Contact:  PLA, 1-800-438-3402,  or view website
  http://www.pla.org.  Registration fee:  $175 for PLA members through
  2/25/2000; $200 thereafter.

  Tues., April 4 - VLA Public Library Section meeting on Readers' Advisory,
  place TBA, 9:30 am.  Contact:  David Clark,  388-4095.

  Wed., April 5 - Town Officers Education Conference, featuring workshops for
  trustees, Lyndon State College, 8:00 am- 3:00 pm.  Fee TBA.  To register,
  contact:  UVM Extension Service, 223-2389.  For program information,
  contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.  Repeats:  Thurs., April 13, Rutland
  Holiday Inn; Tues., April 18, Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee;  Mon., April 24, St.
  Michael's College, Colchester; Thurs., April 27, Mt. Snow Resort.

  Sun., April 9-Sat., April 15 - National Library Week.  Contact:  ALA,
  1-800-545-2433.

  Thurs., April 13 - VLA CAYAL program with Patrick Jones, place TBA. 
  Contact:  Carol Aubut, 475-7550.


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


Born to Read 2000...

       Here's a great way to bring young families into your libraries!  I
  hope you all saw the publicity when James Earl Jones  was in the state to
  kick off the Vermont Business Roundtable's Born to Read 2000 campaign.  The
  basic program  involves giving a bag of books to every child at the six
  month well baby visit at their doctor's.  The bag will contain three  books
  for babies (THE VERY BUSY SPIDER by Eric Carle; PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT by Iona
  Opie, illustrated by  Rosemary Wells; and CLAP HANDS by Helen Oxenbury); a
  video on reading to your baby; and both the hardcover and  an audiotape of
  WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak (for older siblings, or for
  when the baby is  older).  In addition, there will be a coupon for the
  families to take to their local public libraries for another free book,  
  MAX'S BATH by Rosemary Wells.

       The Department of Libraries will buy  thousands of copies of MAX'S
  BATH, and distribute them to all Vermont public  libraries.  The first
  means of distribution will be through four mini workshops in April/May
  (watch for the announcement  in the forthcoming Continuing Education
  Packet).  If you can't attend those workshops, you can pick the books up at
  your  regional library, or they can be mailed.

       This is a great opportunity to get people into the library who have
  never been there before. Most people don't realize that  libraries have
  materials and programs for babies and toddlers, so once you get them in,
  you can entice them with great  books, and tell them about your storytimes.
  If your baby/toddler collection needs boosting, borrow a baby/toddler book 
  box from your regional library, and then consider purchasing some more
  books.  If you want to start a storytime for babies  and need help, give me
  a call and I can point you to some resources.

       How many people will redeem their coupons?  An estimated 7,000 babies
  will be born in Vermont next year.  Obviously  not all of those families
  will arrive on your doorstep with a coupon.  However, there will be
  statewide publicity through  television, radio and newspapers, so many will
  hear about this.  Also, the book featured in the video is MAX'S BATH, so 
  that should whet people's appetites.  

       In addition to this primary initiative, the Roundtable is also just
  trying to get the message out about reading with and to  children in
  general.  Another thing that will be happening is that they will be giving
  giant teddy bear books to all the  public libraries to give away.  These
  books were donated by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, and are elaborate
  fold  out houses that come with two small stuffed bears.  The title is: TWO
  TINY BEARS MAKE A BIG MOVE.  The  Roundtable is asking the public libraries
  to give these away to children in the summer.  Their idea was that every
  time a  child took out a book, he/she could enter his name in a drawing for
  the teddy bear book.  You may do that, or give them  away in another
  fashion.  Several children's librarians have suggested hosting a Teddy
  Bears' Picnic in conjunction with  this promotion.  We will write up
  suggestions for hosting such a program, and give them to you when you
  receive the  books (they will be distributed through the spring workshops,
  too). 

       If you have any questions, please call me at 828-3261 or email
  ggreene@dol.state.vt.us

Smith Grants...

       The topic for this year's Smith Grants is outreach to underserved
  youth.  The Department of Libraries has set aside $6,000  for this grant
  program, and any library meeting standards can apply for all or any part of
  that amount.  Outreach involves  taking library services outside the
  library to reach children and families who normally don't come to the
  library.  Examples of this kind of service are: bookmobiles; taking book
  boxes to home daycares and storytimes in the parks.  Application forms and
  guidelines will be sent to all public libraries meeting standards in early
  January, with a March  deadline for application.  Questions?  Contact me at
  828-3261 or ggreene@dol.state.vt.us

Summer Programs...

       We made it through the last millennium, and now it's time to plan for
  this one!  The theme of our summer reading  program is Time Travel, so feel
  free to go forwards or backwards in time. The librarians who gathered in
  September,  1999, to plan the summer reading program decided to focus on
  five periods in time: dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, Medieval  times, the
  1960's, and the future. The summer manual will have program suggestions for
  each period, as well as time and  time travel in general.  You, of course,
  can choose to focus on one or all of these topics, or add other time
  destinations.  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 artwork was done by artist
  Michael Horwitz.

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

* A listing of performers who have created applicable 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 $100.00  towards one of the listed programs.

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

Free Children's Books...

       All of you in libraries in small towns should know about 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
  (i.e. a library raises $300 from its community,  CLiF provides matching
  funds of $600.)

       In a year and a half, CliF has sponsored 30 libraries, to bring new
  books and opportunities to some of the region's  smallest towns.  Vermont
  towns which have libraries awarded grants are Canaan, Chelsea, Craftsbury,
  Derby, Lincoln,  Ludlow, Marshfield, Peacham, Royalton, Sharon, Shrewsbury,
  South Londonderry, Stamford, Tunbridge and  Washington.

       CliF will award 24 more sponsorships next year, 12 in Vermont.  The
  lucky winners next year will also be awarded a free  program by a Vermont
  author or illustrator!  The deadlines for each round of applications are
  every February 1 and  August 1.  For more information or to receive an
  application, please contact CliF at P.O. Box 993, Hanover, NH 03755;  call
  (802) 244-0944; or send an e-mail to childrens.literacy@valley.net.  Also,
  feel free to call me for more information  since I am on the Advisory
  Board.

Patrick Jones to Speak on Young Adult Services...

       Young Adult librarian Patrick Jones, author of CONNECTING YOUNG ADULTS
  AND LIBRARIES: A HOW- TO-DO-IT MANUAL (Neal-Schuman, 1998), the bible of
  public library service to young adults, will be speaking in  Vermont on
  April 13.  Spurred by the interest of the attendees at our young adult
  workshop in September, the Department  of Libraries and CAYAL (the
  Children's and Young Adult Librarians section of the Vermont Library
  Association)  decided to pursue sponsoring Mr. Jones.  Details on cost and
  location will follow, but save the date now!

Mock Caldecott Results...

       On November 19 a group of 80 enthusiastic librarians and teachers
  gathered at Vermont Technical College to hear Mary  Azarian, winner of the
  1999 Caldecott Award, speak on making picture books and  to select their
  favorite picture book of  1999.  And the winner is.......... SECTOR 7 by
  David Wiesner (Clarion), a wordless fantasy about a child artist and his 
  introduction to the factory where clouds are made.  The group also chose
  two honor books: WESLANDIA by Paul  Fleischman (Candlewick) and BLACK CAT
  by Christopher Myers (Scholastic).

Spring Materials Review Sessions...

       The spring dates for our oral book review sessions for school and
  public librarians co-sponsored by the Departments  of Libraries and
  Education are now set.  They are:

     Thursday, May 2      Midstate Regional Library, Berlin
     Wednesday, May 3     Milton Public Library
     Thursday, May 4      Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
     Tuesday, May 9       Butterfield Library, Westminster
     Wednesday, May 10    Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury

  These are jam-packed sessions now that we do them only twice a year, so,
  plan to spend at least four hours.  We will  begin at 9:00 a.m. and end
  1:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Feel free to take your lunches so you're not starving by
  the end!

Smith Grant Reports...

       We have reports from two of the libraries which received $1,000.00 for
  emergent reader books through the 1998 Smith  Grants.  Anyone who would
  like to see a copy of reports from Arlington or Barton, just ask. 
  Particularly impressive was  this statement from Barton:

       At the end of the 97/98 school year, Barton Academy and Graded School
  tested the first grade class and found only 60%  reading at grade level. 
  This reinforced a commitment to targeting early reading as their first
  priority.  At the end of the  98/99 school year, 82% of the first grade
  tested above grade level and an additional 12% read at grade level.  The
  school  re-tested this class early in their second grade year and found
  that levels are being maintained.  School principal, George  Vana, credits
  the Smith Grant, the right thing in the right place at the right time, as
  an important contributor to this  improvement.

DCF News...

       At the Dorothy Canfield Fisher's annual business meeting in October,
  the committee chose two new members: Sally  Sugarman from Bennington
  College and Elizabeth Bluemle, co-owner of the Flying Pig Bookstore in
  Charlotte.  In other  business, the committee decided not to award any
  Lavalla Grants this year, but will offer them again next year.

       Check out the DCF quiz that was done by librarian Nancy Calcagni,
  students and teachers from the Mary Hogan School  in Middlebury.  It is on
  the DCF website http://mps.k12.vt.us/msms/dcf/dcf.html 

"Connect For Kids" Day To Kick Off National Library Week...

       Libraries across the country are invited to join in hosting "Connect
  for Kids" Day on Saturday, April 8, to kick off the  National Library Week
  2000.  The national event aims to focus attention on the variety of
  resources available to children  and their families at the library and in
  their communities.  "Libraries build community," says Sarah Ann Long,
  president  of the American Library Association and director of the North
  Suburban Library System, near Chicago.  "One of the ways  we do this is by
  connecting parents and children with resources that can enrich their
  lives."

       "Connect for Kids" Day is sponsored by the American Library
  Association with support from the Benton Foundation to  highlight the
  central role of libraries and librarians in connecting parents and children
  with education, recreation and other  services.  Long said the event
  provides an opportunity for libraries of all types to work in cooperation
  with other  community organizations by inviting them to provide displays
  and demonstrations of their services for youth.  For more  ideas and
  information, see the ALA Website at www.ala.org/kidsday ALA will mail a
  free poster/tip sheet to all libraries  in January.

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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
      Paula Davidson, Midstate Regional Library (Berlin) 828-2320
      Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury)748-3428
      Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Library (Dummerston)257-2810

Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS)
    Sheila M. Kearns, Information Technology Manager . . 828-3261
      Robert Longe, Information Technology Specialist  . 828-3261
     

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