Vermont Dept. of Libraries News, No. 119, October 2000

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                              State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

 
 No. 119, October 2000
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          DEPARTMENT PREPARES FOR MOBILE LIBRARY LITERACY PROJECT

As noted in a special edition of NEWS issued in September, the Department of
Libraries recently received approval of its Mobile Library Literacy Project
from the federal Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS).  Thanks
to U.S. Senator James Jeffords, the two year National Leadership Grant will
bring nearly $1 million into the state to "promote access to books, reading,
programs, and information through technology" (see News, Summer, 2000).   The
Department of Libraries will issue the majority of the funds in sub-grants to
local public libraries, schools or school districts, or other qualified
organizations.  State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane said that grant amounts
could range from $10,000 or $20,000 to $150,000 or $250,000, depending on the
project design.  Two-thirds of the amount will be awarded in Year One and
one-third in Year Two.

The successful applicant will be required to present a mobile library
literacy project that is specifically designed to meet its locality's needs
as described and documented in the grant application, and should: 

       * emphasize partnerships with other organizations and
       institutions, and
       * demonstrate the ability to sustain the project beyond the
       two-year grant period, for at least three to five years.

Priority will be given to projects that include service to all age groups.

Details of the program and a timeline were included in the September edition
of NEWS.   Application packets with further information  will be mailed to
public libraries and community organizations in December. 

                        
                        BOARD OF LIBRARIES CHANGES

A reappointment, a resignation and the end of two terms will change the
Vermont Board of Libraries this fall.  Governor Howard Dean recently
appointed John Rosenthal of Charlotte to the seven member body serving in an
advisory capacity to the State Librarian.  The former chair of the board of
the Charlotte Library, Rosenthal has been a selectman and lister in his town
and also served on the Department of Libraries Standards Revision Committees
in 1993 and 1998.  While a trustee in Charlotte, he helped raise funds and
guide the building of the town's first public library, after several years in
space shared with the town school.  A graduate of Middlebury College,
Rosenthal has worked as a school librarian.

Leaving the Board of Libraries are former chair Reeve Lindbergh of
Passumpsic, Rosemary Rogers of Proctor, and Randall Mayhew of Woodstock.  An
author with a busy schedule speaking in many venues including Vermont schools
and libraries, Lindbergh led the Board through the recruitment and hiring of
a new State Librarian and the transition period thereafter.  Rogers, a 10
year veteran of the Board, served on two Standards Revision Committees, while
Mayhew served on one and also helped revise the Board's by-laws.  State
Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane said that all three will be missed for their 
ability to think broadly about the possibilities for Vermont libraries and
their support of the Department and libraries in general.

Remaining members of the Board of Libraries are Nancy Price Graff of
Montpelier, Laura Lewis of Brattleboro, and Joan Rahe of Bennington.  McShane
expects vacancies to be filled by the end of the year with representatives
from various geographic areas of the state.


                   STANDARDS PROGRAM AGAIN OFFERS CHOICE

Information and application packets for the FY2001 program of Minimum
Standards for Vermont Public Libraries were mailed to all public and
community libraries in early September.  The deadline for application is
November 1, 2000.  This year, libraries may again apply using the 1986
version or the 1998 version of standards because the 1998 version has not yet
completed the Legislative Administrative Rules process.

All public and community (joint school-public)  libraries are eligible to
apply for standards, which represent a basic level of service as defined by
the Vermont library community. The number of libraries meeting standards has
risen from 42 in 1972 to 124 in  2000.  All libraries - whether applying for
standards or not - should complete and return the Public Library Report in
order to remain eligible for Department of Libraries services, to be listed
accurately in the Vermont Library Directory, and to receive interlibrary loan
and other materials in a timely manner.

Public libraries that meet standards are again eligible to use the Vermont
Centralized Card/MARC Service which provides free cataloging in card or
computer format for new acquisitions and makes materials readily available
for interlibrary loan via the PUBCAT database on VALS.    In addition,
libraries meeting standards are eligible for grant programs that can
significantly enhance service to local communities.  In the coming year, the
Department of Libraries anticipates at least the following programs:   Smith
grants for children's services,  public access computer grants, connectivity
grants, and mobile library literacy project grants. 

Libraries that consistently meet standards are encouraged to explore
"Envisioning Excellence," a Department program designed to recognize
libraries that have developed long range plans to go beyond the minimum that
the standards represent.  Libraries' completed plans are reviewed by peer
libraries before being recognized as "Envisioning Excellence."  A "fast
track" application is again available for "Envisioning Excellence" libraries.

Libraries that apply for standards and are found not to meet them may request
help from the Technical Assistance Team (TAT), consisting of  a member of the
Board of Libraries, a Department of Libraries consultant, and an area public
librarian or trustee.  The TAT helps libraries develop written Standards
Action Plans, with specific steps and a timeline for meeting standards during
a period of no more than one year.   Libraries working with a TAT continue to
be eligible for the services that the Department of Libraries provides to
libraries meeting standards.  

The schedule for the application, approval and appeals processes is as
follows:

Oct. 15, 2000 - compliance date for standards that do not
                have to be met in the last completed  fiscal year

Nov.  1, 2000 - application deadline (postmark date)

Dec. 12, 2000 - Board of Libraries meets to determine which
                libraries meet standards

Dec. 29, 2000 - Department of Libraries notifies all
                applicants if they meet standards or not

Jan. 31, 2001 - Deadline for receipt of appeals from
                libraries found not meeting standards

Feb. 20, 2001 - Board of Libraries holds public hearing on
                appeals and makes recommendation  for final decision by
                State Librarian and notification by Feb. 28, 2001

Libraries needing additional forms or assistance should call Marianne Kotch,
Director of Public Library Support Services, 828-2320.   Forms are also
available at the Department of Libraries website, http://dol.state.vt.us,
under "Librarians Resources."


                 GATES LIBRARY INITIATIVE BEGINS IN MARCH

Representatives of the Gates Library Initiative in Seattle, WA, were in
Vermont in mid-August to meet with State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane,
Information Technology Manager Sheila Kearns, and Director of Public Library
Support Services Marianne Kotch to discuss activities concerning the granting
process for eligible public libraries in the state.  Most public libraries in
the state will be able to participate in the program which awards grants to
U.S. public libraries serving low-income communities and is designed to
expand public access to electronic resources and the internet.

Public libraries which returned technology inventory forms distributed by the
Department early last spring will be eligible either for full grants of
high-end computers or for partial grants that will allow libraries to
purchase the computers at cost.  A wide selection of software, a major
training package and round-the-clock technical support are additional,
significant components of the program for all involved. 

Grants will be awarded on the basis of poverty as determined by a formula
developed by the Gates Library Initiative, which is available at the
organization's website:

http://www.glf.org/learning/libraries/libraryprogram/usguidelines.htm.  

Grant application workshops will be held in two locations next March. 
Library directors will be required to attend a workshop in order to apply for
a grant, and applications will be due two weeks after the workshops.  Awards
will be made later in the spring, and implementation may begin as soon as
July, 2001.  Gates provides a "Before Your Computer Arrives" workshop and
follow up with give intensive on-site training for all grant recipients.  It
is expected that trainers from the Gates Library Initiative will be in the
state through February, 2002.

More information about the grant application workshops will be distributed in
early 2001 to all libraries eligible for full or partial grants.  Libraries
will know whether they are eligible for full or partial grants before the
workshops.


            30 LIBRARIES RECEIVE PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTER GRANTS

Thirty Vermont public libraries will expand their public access computing
services thanks to grants from the Department of Libraries and the IBM Corp
this fall.  Library users will be able to access the Vermont Automated
Libraries System (VALS), the Internet, and other electronic resources.  The
grants are funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act
(LSTA) and by IBM.  

Each library will receive a computer workstation which will be available free
to the public when the library is open.  The library will in turn assume
monthly basic telecommunications costs for use of the equipment and
participate in a day-long evaluation conference in early spring, 2002. 
Libraries receiving grants are:

Martha Canfield Memorial, Arlington*          Lawrence Memorial Bristol	
Chelsea Public                                Burnham Memorial, Colchester
Dailey Memorial, Derby                        Dorset Village Public*
Grand Isle Free                               Greensboro Free*
Highgate Public                               Island Pond Public
Cobleigh Public, Lyndonville                  Baldwin Memorial, Newbury/Wells River*
Goodrich Memorial, Newport                    Brown Public, Northfield*
Rand Memorial, North Troy                     Quechee Public
Peacham*                                      Putney Public
Arvin A. Brown Memorial, Richford*            Richmond Free*
Rochester Public                              Rockingham Free, Bellow Falls
Rutland Free*                                 St. Johnsbury Athenaeum* 
Pierson, Shelburne                            Springfield Town
Swanton Public                                Wardsboro Public
Waterbury Public                              Woodbury Community
 
*These libraries will receive their workstations directly from IBM.

Congratulations, all!

The Department of Libraries will also announce shortly the names of  a number
of public libraries awarded grants to improve the level and quality of user
access to the Internet.  In conjunction with "e-rate" discounts, these grants
will assist libraries in covering the cost of high speed access for a period
of three years.  The grants are funded under the federal Library Services and
Technology Act (LSTA) in accordance with the Department's Statewide Plan for
Library Development and Information Access in Vermont FY2000-FY2004.  Grant
recipients will be willing and able to sustain high-speed Internet access
beyond the three-year funding period, gradually assuming the cost during the
life of the grant.  Each library will offer at least two public Internet
workstations for public access during all of its hours of operation.
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                           FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

                           by Marjorie D. Zunder
                Director, Library and Information Services
                          mzunder@dol.state.vt.us
                               802-828-3261

PLRL meeting

The fall meeting of PLRL, the Vermont Public Library Reference Librarians,
will be held in the Ethan Allen room of the Vermont State House in Montpelier
on November 8, 2000, 10 a.m. to noon.  The meeting will include a tour of the
Reference Services Unit and Law Library in the DOL central offices which are
adjacent to the State House.  Please give me a call at 828-3261 if you plan
to come.

ILL requests periodical articles

Using the ILL or the INF commands for VALS periodical articles requests helps
both the requesting library and the lending library.  With the ILL or INF
format, the requesting library is prompted for each required part of the
periodical request, reducing errors.  The lending library receives a request
in a clearly legible format that includes the address of the requesting
library.  Use either ILL or INF depending on where you are in VALS when you
want to place a periodical request.  When you are at the VALS welcome screen,
type ILL.  When you are in the VALS linked catalogs, type INF.  At the prompt
for the username of the lending library, always use the full Internet address
for the library, i.e. mdyill@myriad.middlebury.edu, 
brooks_bratt@dol.state.vt.us, etc.

ILL requests for ERIC (ED) documents

Schools are open and educational resources are in demand.  Libraries may use
the ERIC database in VALS to locate citations for ERIC resources.    For ERIC
documents, check the citation for availability.  If the citation states that
the document is not available from EDRS, you may still be able to borrow it. 
Use the LIB command to request it from DOL_ILL.  In the "one-line message,"
type "not available from EDRS, send VT locs" or "send free out of state
locs."   Check the total number of pages in the citation for ERIC documents. 
For documents of 30 pages or less, DOL_ILL will supply a paper copy, if
needed, at no cost.  Indicate in the "one-line message" area-"need paper." 
For documents over 30 pages, only microfiche is available from DOL_ILL.  For
longer ERIC documents, if patron prefers to pay for a paper copy, libraries
may request this through DOL_ILL.  DOL_ILL will order a paper copy of the
document from EDRS and pass on EDRS fees, i.e. $4.46 for every 25 pages or
increment thereof.  Libraries may order ERIC documents directly from EDRS if
they prefer.  Contact DOL_ILL for instructions.  In either case, response
from EDRS averages two weeks.

ILL mailing mistakes

You have received an interlibrary loan book that should have been mailed to
another library.  Be generous.  Contact the library that made the mailing
mistake.  Find out where the material should have been sent and send it on. 
Know that everyone can make such mistakes.  You want others to help you when
you send something to the wrong library or when the material you want to
borrow is mailed to the wrong place.  Yes, you will pay the extra postage for
someone else's mistake or the extra toll for a call to straighten it out. 
You'll be grateful you did when the shoe is on the other foot.

ILLAG

Interlibrary loan is a coordinated effort in Vermont.  Sharing information
and ideas, the Vermont Interlibrary Loan Advisory Group met in Montpelier on
September 13, 2000.  Jean Fournier, Lyndon State College, described the
changes in the draft National ILL Code.  These include provisions for patron
confidentiality, patron initiated requests and a preference for electronic
requests.   Citing continuing need for ILL training, Caroline Marotti,
Rutland Free Library, and Vicky Palmer, Union 32 High School, discussed
possibilities for mentoring by local librarians. Angus Robertson, Bailey/Howe
Library, UVM, recommended LibWeb, http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Libweb/, with
links to many library catalogs including several for Vermont.  He uses these
links to check availability before sending ILL requests.  Angus also gave
instruction in searching UVM's Voyager online catalog.   Several of his tips
were:

       1. In author searches, do not use a comma, but do include
       hyphens if part of name.

       2. In subject searches, do not use extra spaces, hyphens or
       punctuation.

       3. In call number searches, do use periods.

       4. In keyword command searching, Boolean connectors, e.g.
       AND, OR, must be given in all capital letters. 

ILLAG will meet next in February 2001.
 
Foundations and Grants

Knowledge is power, not to mention money.  Knowing more about funding
sources, such as the organizations and projects they have funded in the past,
helps you find other sources that match your need.  Annual reports and IRS
tax filings list the funded projects for each foundation.  The grants
collection in the Dept. of Libraries law library has current copies of annual
reports for many Vermont foundations as well as annual reports for out of
state foundations that fund Vermont projects. These are available to law
library patrons and may be borrowed through DOL_ILL.  IRS tax filings for
many foundations are available at:

http://fdncenter.org/searchzone/990search.html.   

Here's a concise article highlighting the top foundations and top grants in
the library field, with background on the field of foundations and the grant
seeking process, key components of proposals and a list of fundraising
resources:  Camarena, Janet.  "A weather of information on foundations and
the grant seeking process," Computers in Libraries, v. 20, no. 5, May, 2000,
p. 26-31.  Request a copy from DOL_ILL. 

Grants for historical records care

The deadline for submitting Vermont Historic Records Advisory Board grants is
the first working day of each month through June 2002.  VHRAB offers grants
for consultant help with collections of historical records, such as diaries,
photographs and maps.  Grants are also available for collaborative projects
such as the St. Johnsbury project that involves collections at the St.
Johnsbury Athenaeum, the Fairbanks Museum, the St. Johnsbury Academy and the
St. Johnsbury Historical Society.  For more information, see the VHRAB Web
site, http://vermont-archives.org/boards/vhrab/regrant.htm or contact Michael
Sherman, 802-223-2632.  

Vermont elections

Be prepared for those questions on Vermont elections.  Statistics are
available through the Web from the Vermont State Archives. At
http://vermont-archives.org/, click on "election history."  You will find
lists of elected Vermont officials from 1778 with the results of Vermont
general elections since 1789 and Vermont primary elections from 1916.  
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                APPLY NOW FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS DISCOUNTS

What's "E-Rate"?  The E-Rate or "Education Rate" program is now entering its
fourth year of funding.  Administered by the USCA (Universal Service
Administrative Company) under the direction of the FCC (Federal
Communications Commission), E-Rate provides eligible schools and public
libraries affordable access to modern telecommunications and information
services.  By offering discounts ranging from 20%- 90% depending on economic
need and location (urban or rural), funding for E-Rate has amounted to an
average of $2.25 billion annually to schools and public libraries. 

What's covered?  Eligible discounts can be applied to commercially available
telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections.  These
services include everything from basic local and long distance phone services
and Internet access services to acquisition and installation of equipment to
provide internal connections. 

Who should apply?  Every public library with telecommunications and Internet
access needs (including regular phone service) should.  To apply for
discounts your library needs to submit a three-stage application to the SLD
(Schools and Libraries Division) consisting of:

       * FCC Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and
       Certification)
       * FCC Form 471 (Services Ordered and Certification)
       * FCC form 486 (Receipt of Service Confirmation)

It's important to remember that, if your library is seeking funding for more
than just basic phone service, you will need to develop a technology plan and
submit it to the Department of Libraries for approval.  The SLD does check on
technology plans, so beware. 

When to apply?   On July 1, 2000, the SLD officially opened its application
process for Year 4 funding, which covers the period from July 1, 2001 to June
30, 2002.  The E-Rate application cycle for Funding Year 4 will feature a
window opening date in early November 2000 and a window closing date in
mid-January 2001.  All funding requests received within this period will be
considered as having been received simultaneously.   Specific dates for
filing will be posted on the SLD Web at a later date.  If you haven't applied
for Year 4 funding, there is still time to do so.  If you have applied for
E-Rate in the past, now would be a good time to review last year's
application and determine what, if any, changes you will need to make for
Year 4. 

47 Vermont public libraries have officially received funding commitment
letters for year 3 which ends June 30, 2001. The number in parenthesis refers
to the "Wave" the public library was listed in at the SLD site.      
 
 Abbott Memorial Library(12)                Aldrich Public Library (21)
 Alice Ward Memorial(3)                     Barton Public Library(8)
 Bennington Free Library(3)                 Blake Memorial Library(9)
 Burnham Memorial Library(5)                Calef Memorial Library(8)
 Charlotte Library(7)                       Cobleigh Public Library(12)
 Craftsbury Public Library(8)               Cutler Memorial Library(6)
 Dailey Memorial Library(9)                 Dorothy Alling Memorial Library(7)
 Fletcher Free Library(4)                   Gates Memorial Library(18)
 Hartford Public(1)                         Haskell Free Library(9)
 Haston Library(11)                         Island Pond Public Library(6)
 Jaquith Public Library(6)                  John G. McCullough Free Library(6)
 Joslin Memorial Library(4)                 Kellogg-Hubbard Library(8)
 Kimball Public Library(4)                  Lanpher Memorial Library(1)
 Lawrence Memorial Library(7)               Maclure Library(10)
 Martha Canfield Memorial Library(4)        Milton Public Library(9)
 Morristown Centennial Library(17)          Norman Williams Public LIbrary(10)
 Norwich Public Library(3)                  Poultney Public Library(7)
 Quechee Library(4)                         Rand Memorial Library(4)
 Readsboro Community Library(4)             Richmond Free Library(11)
 Rockingham Free Public Library(1)          Royalton Memorial Library(4)
 St. Johnsbury Athenaeum(1)                 Solomon Wright Library(5)
 Springfield Town Library(3)                Thetford Town Library(7)
 Tunbridge Public Library(11)               Warren Public Library(7)
 West Hartford Public Library(7)            Whiting Library (22)
 Windsor Public Library(3)                  
 
If you have never applied for E-Rate before but would like to and need help
you can contact your Regional Librarian or me (748-3428). If you would like
to contact E-Rate directly here are some helpful numbers for you to use.

     * On the Web:   www.sl.universalservice.org
     * Call Toll-Free:   888-203-8100
     * Fax Toll-Free:   800-959-0733 (obtain SLD documents toll-free)
     * E-Mail Help Desk:   question@sldfund.org

                                  --Michael Roche
  				    Northeast Regional Librarian
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                                VALS Update

By the time this newsletter reaches most of you, nearly 50 Vermont public
librarians will have been through the annual (almost) ritual of the VALS
Update workshop held on October 17 & 18.  Among the topics of discussed are: 
Department of Libraries (DOL) grant programs, access to on-line databases
through DOL, and a sneak preview of a new WWW-based system for searching
DOL's online catalog and placing ILL requests through VALS.  Detailed
information on the grant programs can be found elsewhere in this issue of
NEWS.   More detailed information on how to gain access to full-text on-line
databases from OCLC FirstSearch and InfoTrac will (has) appear(ed) in your
VALS e-mail.  The general information is as follows:

OCLC FirstSearch:  We have upgraded to the Wilson Select Plus database,
adding more than 500 titles to the 800 titles previously available in Wilson
Select.  This database provides indexed and abstracted records with
accompanying full text in periodicals from H.W. Wilson's General Science
Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, Readers' Guide Abstracts, and Wilson
Business Abstracts, and includes US and international professional
publications, academic journals, and trade magazines.  On a trial basis we
have also added access to Biography Index, Business & Industry, Consumer's
Index, Disclosure (financial reports on publicly owned companies).  You may
learn more about these databases by logging on to FirstSearch or by visiting
this web site: http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm and
choosing the link to the database about which you wan to learn more.  A set
number of searches (available to anyone who logs on to FirstSearch with the
DOL authorization and password) will be available in these trial databases. 
We will monitor the usage of these databases to determine, which, if any, of
them seem to be of sufficient value to you to continue.

Infotrac:  We are now providing access to Infotrac's General Reference Center
which offers easy access to full-text and image articles from today's most
well-read general interest magazines, reference books and newspapers.  This
database features all of the general interest magazines formerly included in
Magazine Index Plus/ASAP, plus the following sources: Children's magazines,
Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service articles, The New York Times & The Wall
Street Journal (indexing only), and more than 15 reference books.  This
database is available to all patrons of your library.  Detailed information
on how to set up a login will be found in a message sent through VALS e-mail,
or may be obtained by calling DOL.

Sneak preview of the new web-based access to DOL's online catalog:  We are
still in the process of setting up this service, but we anticipate that we
will soon be letting you know how to access the new WWW version of DOL's
online catalog.  Watch for announcements in VALS mail.  The new version of
the catalog interface will include the much-requested and long-awaited
ability to search multiple databases simultaneously .  We have also enhanced
the capabilities of the catalog to process requests for items in DOL's
collections (DOLCAT), requests for items listed in PUBCAT and K12CAT, and
requests for items found in the catalogs of other VALS libraries (Vermont
State Colleges, Middlebury College, and UVM).  Initially, the use of this
request system will be on a trial basis and we will ask you to continue to
rely on your current processes for logging onto VALS to request books. 
However, in a short time, and with your cooperation and assistance, we hope
to have everyone using the WWW to search for and request books.

                                        --Sheila Kearns 
                                          Information Technology Manager
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                  PUBLIC LIBRARIES BUSY WITH CONSTRUCTION

At a time when people are wondering about the future of library collections
in an age of expanding electronic resources, many communities are putting
energy into preserving and expanding significant community focal points,
their public libraries.  The desire for public spaces for community building
appears strong in a world marked by internet access and "e-books."   This
summer, several Vermont public libraries embarked on or completed
construction projects, resulting in new or expanded space.  Libraries in
Dorset, Lincoln, Barre, Hartland, Pittsford, Bristol, and Woodstock all
opened new or refurbished facilities this summer or fall, and the Fairfax
Community Library experienced its first summer with air conditioning.  Ten
libraries around the state received funding from the State Capital
Construction Budget for future renovation or construction.

The Dorset Village Public Library began the season early this summer with a
celebration of its expansion and accessibility project.  The event marked the
retirement of long time librarian Gail Bumgardner.

The opening of the new Lincoln Library in early August was an emotional event
concluding a strong community effort.   Local author Chris Bohjalian recalled
the devastating 1998 flood that wiped out the old library and most of its
collection.  The new building, set on a hill above the flood plain, is the
result of many townspeople's efforts, including salvaging some of the
collection, moving it to temporary quarters, raising funds, sorting through
gifts of books from all over the world, and implementing the construction.  A
tent seating 300, color guard, ecumenical prayer, Ben & Jerry's Peace Pops,
and ribbon cutting by the oldest and youngest residents of the town were
highlights of the afternoon, featuring the best weather of the summer.

Before it opened on the day after Labor Day, Barre's Aldrich Public Library
was opened for tours during the city's annual Homecoming Days in August. 
Building the three story , 8,000 square foot addition and renovating the
existing Carnegie-era city landmark meant several months in temporary space
for staff and part of the collection.   Adding automation to the mix made the
project even more complex.  Vermont librarians and trustees will be able to
tour the project from the ground up at the October 28 "Laws, Libraries and
YOU" conference.

Hartland Public Library held its grand opening in a renovated building near
the town recreation fields on Sunday, September 10.  The library grew from
2,300 square feet to 5,200, and added a parking lot.  Fund raising for the
building project included a popular junk car collection/recycling event
organized by librarian Linda Williamson and the sale of bricks printed with
names and quotations.  

The Maclure Library in Pittsford, featured on the cover of Pat and John
Belding's Where the Books Are, completed a renovation of its basement in
August, expanding available space for children and creating a separate space
for young adults .  Adult stack and reading space, parking spaces, and a
meeting room were also gained.

The new children's room of Bristol's Lawrence Memorial Library opened
September 16, as phase two of a project that began with an addition to
improve accessibility.  That effort, using some of the last of the federal
Library Services and Construction Act funds, opened up the library's
basement, to enable the library to add 2,000 square feet of useable space. 

Woodstock's Norman Williams Public Library held its grand re-opening on
September 25, after a two year project with a cost increasing nearly
three-fold due to unexpected structural problems uncovered along the way. 
The renovation/addition tripled the library's useable space within almost the
same footprint by opening previously inaccessible upstairs space, excavating
the basement for children's and meeting rooms, and creating a mezzanine in
the Gothic landmark on the Green.  The library also installed an automated
system.  When Governor Dean presented one of the Capital Construction Budget
checks to the library before it opened, trustees told of private contributors
who gave generously three times during the building project.  

Other Capital Construction Budget checks were presented to libraries in
Newbury, Peacham, Barnet, Reading, Bristol, Richmond, Essex Junction,
Williamstown, and Newport for a variety of projects including accessibility,
renovation, and new construction.  Several other public libraries around the
state are planning construction projects in the near future, notably those in
Craftsbury, Hartford/White River Junction, Fairlee, Huntington, Shoreham, and
Tunbridge.


                             VT-AIRS ORGANIZES

Need information?  Call 211 someday.  That's the idea behind the Vermont
Alliance of Information and Referral Services (VT-AIRS) organized this
August.  The statewide association works to provide barrier-free access to
information about health care, social services and other community programs. 
Dialing 211 would connect the caller to local information referral through
hotlines, help lines, public libraries, or other local networks.  It's an
extremely complicated undertaking;  this early organization is just step one.  
We are at least one year away from a state-wide system. Maybe two!

Membership in VT-AIRS is open to organizations or individuals providing
information and referral.  Meetings give current providers a venue for
sharing ideas, information and challenges.  Members benefit from working with
other professionals, preparing for the national exam, or learning about
workshops, training conferences and meetings of interest.

VT-AIRS was established by the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont
Agency of Human Services, United Way of Chittenden County/GET INFO, United
Way of Windham County/ HELPLINE , the Council of Aging for Southeastern
Vermont, InfoLine of Rutland, and the Vermont Center for Independent Living. 
For more information contact Amy Howlett of the Vermont Department of
Libraries at 257-2810 or email amy.howlett@dol.state.vt.us, or Sharon Tierra
of HELPLINE, 257-4011.


             SORTING THROUGH YOUR CHOICES FOR INTERNET ACCESS

All Vermont public libraries using VALS have an Internet Service Provider
(ISP) through the VALS/GOVnet dial-up account that is supplied through the
Department of Libraries.  This method of Internet access is great option for
libraries that have staff-only Internet access or that have a single public
Internet access computer, which uses the VALS/GOVnet dial-up account when it
is not being used by the staff.  

Once a library reaches the point where it wants to have simultaneous Internet
access for staff and the public, then it is time to address the costs of
telecommunication (additional phone line(s) or a high-speed data connection)
and to go shopping for an ISP.  Assuming that you will want at least one
additional phone line for each PC with Internet access, once you begin to
consider your fourth (perhaps even your third) telephone line for Internet
access, you should start investigating options for dedicated, high-speed data
connections.

Although there is technology available that will allow more than one PC to
share a single dial-up connection over one phone line, this is not an option
that the Department of Libraries can recommend for public Internet access
computers.  While the sharing of a dial-up connection among computers gives
the appearance of increasing Internet access (there are two or three people
on-line at the same time when there used to be only one), it slows down the
access speed for all users and extends the amount of time required for each
user to gain access to information.  It is especially problematic if you
invest in a new "state of the art computer" with a high-speed processor and a
56K modem and attach it to this sort of connection.  In effect, you will be
undermining the very capabilities that you paid good money for when you
bought the computer.

So when you decide you need to increase your library's capabilities for
Internet access, where do you begin?  As with most things in libraries, the
first step is research and here are some of the resources toward which I can
point you.  In addition to being a good general source for technology
planning, Wired for the Future by Diane Mayo and Sandra Nelson (ALA, 1999)
has an excellent chapter on telecommunications options (p. 172-182).  The
C\Net internet site, has a good guide to choosing Internet service providers: 
C\Net ISP Buyer's Guide http://webisplist.internetlist.com/   And the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation web site provides good information on a number
of basic technology topics, including "Selecting and Internet Service
Provider" (http://www.glf.org/granteesupport/techsupport/techbasics/).  

Among the things to which you should pay close attention in doing this
research are the specific hardware and/or software requirements of each type
of service, any special security vulnerabilities (as with cable service) to
which certain services can expose your computer systems, and the full range
of costs associated with each service.  For some services, telecommunications
charges are separate and additional to Internet access charges, and in some
instances you will need to either purchase or lease hardware that will enable
your Internet access.

Once you have begun to do your research on Internet access options and you
start contacting the service providers in your area here are some things to
keep in mind:

* There are several types of service providers including GOVnet/K12net
(http://www.govnet.state.vt.us/k12net.htm), telephone companies, Internet
service providers (see the DOL homepage dol.state.vt.us for links to
"Internet Service Providers in Vermont"), and cable companies.  

* When researching and evaluating services, one of the most important things
to keep in mind is that to have VALS access (using telnet to connect to your
VALS account to use e-mail and make ILL requests), your ISP must be able to
provide you with a fixed and routable IP address so that the VALS security
system will let you log on.  While most suppliers of frame-relay service and
some suppliers of ISDN can provide this capability, it can be more difficult
to obtain with cable or digital subscriber line services.  This requirement
of a fixed and routable IP address is not peculiar to VALS and is something
that you will run into if you try to access services from any number of other
information suppliers.

* When you begin making price comparisons for services, it is important to be
certain that you are comparing things correctly.  Some service providers will
give you a single price without detailing what is included.  When looking at
prices, be sure that the service provider states that all of these elements
are included in their price, and ask if they can, if appropriate, break-down
their pricing into these elements:  1) Internet access/service cost, 2) Data
circuit/telecommunication cost, 3) Hardware (CSU/DSU, Router, Cable modem,
etc.) lease or purchase cost, 4) Hardware maintenance cost.

* One of the services that you may be offered when you establish a dedicated
data connection is domain name registration.  You should be aware that it is
not necessary and it is not recommended by DOL that public libraries
establish and register their own domain names.  Through GOVnet, all public
libraries in the state have rights to use the domain name
mylibrary.lib.vt.us.  When discussing services with a provider, you should
let them know that you intend to use this domain name, and when you have
chosen your service provider, you should contact the me at 828-3261 or email
sheila.kearns@dol.state.vt.us to make arrangements to do so.

When it comes to Internet access, the process of moving up in the world is
not simple and will take some research and planning.  As with many types of
experiences in Vermont libraries, your best source of information may be your
fellow librarians.  If you aren't aware of other libraries who have been
through this process, give us a call and we may be able to steer you in the
direction of someone who has.

                                             --Sheila Kearns
					       Information Technology Manager
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                                 AVAILABLE . . .
Resources...

"Vermont Directory of Foundations," listing foundations incorporated in the
state and 175 out-of-state foundations that support Vermont causes and groups
- $40 from CPG Ent., PO Box 199, Shaftsbury  05262, 862-0327.  CPG also
publishes a variety of other fundraising publications and a bimonthly
newsletter edited by Christine Graham.

Looking for cheap Microsoft and Lotus software?  Check out
http://www.compumentor.org and click on "software  program" to find out about
discounts for nonprofit organizations (like libraries).

BOARD CAFE, an electronic newsletter published monthly by CompassPoint 
Nonprofit Services (formerly the Support Center for Nonprofit  Management)
and the National Center for Nonprofit Boards.  This month's edition discusses
writing a job description for an Executive Director, which could be adapted
for library purposes.  To subscribe to this free journal, send an e-mail
message to boardcafe@compasspoint.org and in the body of the message type 
SUBSCRIBE BOARD CAFE.

Continuing Education...

Excellent course on  nonprofit management and leadership, sponsored by
TAP-VT, a program of the Vermont Community Foundation, PO Box 30, Middlebury 
05753, 388-3355, vcf@vermontcf.org.   Learn to organize an annual or capital
fundraising campaign, write grants, supervision skills, and "working
effectively," from Vermont experts.

Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science Institutes for
Continuing Education, covering issues such as intellectual property,
designing online tutorials, management theory, book repair, etc.  Most are
Saturday sessions, but "Weaving a Web of Welcome:  Creating a Library Web
Site with HTML" is an online course.  Call or write Simmons at (617)
521-2803, gslisce@simmons.edu.

LITA (Library Information and Technology Assn. division of ALA) National
Forum in Portland, Oregon Nov. 2-5, 2000," DoubleTree Hotel-Lloyd Center,
Portland, Oregon.  Theme:  "High Tech/High Touch: The Human Aspects of
Technology."   Visit http://www.lita.org/forumY2K/index.htm for more
information.

"The Public Library and Consumer Health:  Meeting Community Needs through
Resource Identification and Collaboration," a two-day conference on consumer
health sponsored by the Public Library Association, the National Library of
Medicine, and the Medical Library Association - January 10-11, 2001, in
Washington, DC.  Registration fee:  $275.  For details contact PLA at
800-54502433, ext. 5PLA, or via website http://www.pla.org


                              *COMING EVENTS*


Mon., Oct. 16, 9:30 am - CAYAL fall program on grant writing, Pavilion
Auditorium, Montpelier.  Contact:  Marje Von Ohlson, 652-7840.

Tues., Oct. 17, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Dept. of
Libraries central office, 109 State St., Montpelier.  Contact:  Sybil Brigham
McShane, 828-3265.  Note change of location.

Tues., Oct. 17, 9:30 am - "VALS Update," Midstate Regional Library Berlin. 
Repeats Wed., Oct. 18.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

Wed., Oct. 18, 9:30 am - Planning for Results group meeting, Whiting Library,
Chester.  Repeats Tues., Oct. 24, Essex Free Library.  Contact:  Marianne
Kotch, 828-2320.

Sun., Oct. 22, 2:00 pm - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians' "Fall Foliage Tour,"
featuring author Chris Bohjalian, Richford Town Hall.  Contact:  Annette
Goyne, 848-3313.

Tues., Oct. 24, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Repeats Wed., 10/24 (Milton Public Library),
Thurs., 10/26 (Sherburne Memorial Library), Wed., 11/1 (Butterfield Library,
Westminster), and Thurs., 11/2 (NERL, St. Johnsbury).  Contact:  Grace W.
Greene, 828-3261.

Tues., Oct. 24, 6:30 pm - Franklin-Grand Isle librarians and trustees fall
meeting and pot luck dessert, Georgia Public Library.  Speaker:  Sheila
Kearns, Dept. of Libraries Information Technology Manager.  Contact:  Susan
Webster, 524-4643.

Wed., Oct. 25, 3:30 pm - Lamoille County Librarians meeting, Morristown
Centennial Library, Morrisville.  Contact:  Mary West, 888-3853.

Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 am - "Laws, Libraries, and YOU," fall conference
co-sponsored by Vermont Library Assn. Public Libraries Section and Vermont
Library Trustees Association section, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. 
Registration fee = $10.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

Wed., Nov. 1 - Standards application deadline.  Contact:  Marianne Kotch,
828-2320.

Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 2 & 3 - "VermontFest 2000:  Integrating Technology in the
New Millenium," sponsored by the Vermont Information Technology Association
for the Advancement of Learning (VITA-Learn), Lake Morey  Inn, Fairlee. 
Features workshops for educators and students as well as a showcase of
products.  Registration fee:  $100 for either day, $190 for both.  To
register call VITA-Learn at 828-0074.  For more information: 
http://www.vermontfest.org.

Fri., Nov. 3, 9:00 am - NELINET Fall Vendor Expo, Sheraton Framingham Hotel,
Framingham, MA, for NELINET members and non-members.  Visit with vendors
(such as Books24x7, OCLC, iTKnowledge, CABI, CountryWatch.com, ITC)  in the
exhibit hall and hear presentations during breakout sessions.   Details and
registration information can be found at: 
http://www.nelinet.net/conf/vend/vend00f/program.htm.  Registration deadline
October 18, with attendance limited to 150.  Contact:  Kathryn Poliseno, 
kpoliseno@nelinet.net.

Mon., Nov. 6, 9:30 am - Franklin Grand Isle Librarians meeting, Alburg Public
Library.  Contact:  Marybelle Singer, 796-6077.

Wed., Nov. 8, 10:00 am - Public Library Reference Librarians' meeting, Ethan
Allen Room, Vermont State House.  Contact:  Marjorie Zunder, 828-3261.

Fri., Nov. 10 - State Holiday.  Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.

Thurs., Nov. 16, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. board meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Kathy Naftaly, 773-1860.

Fri., Nov. 17, 9:30 am - Mock Caldecott program, Vermont Technical College,
Randolph.  Contact:  Grace Greene, 828-3261.

Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 23 & 24 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central
office and regional libraries closed.

Fri., Dec. 8, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors Quarterly Forum, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Topic:  job descriptions - how are they changing? 
Contact:  Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.

Tues., Dec. 12, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Reigonal Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.  Note
change in date.
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                   CHANGES TO VERMONT LIBRARY DIRECTORY

Please note these changes your Vermont Library Directory, 1998.  You can also
obtain fairly up-to-date directory information at the Department of
Libraries' website, http://dol.state.vt.us, under "Librarians' Resources."

#17	New librarian:  Jennifer Lucey       
#107	New trustee chair:  Kathy Johnson
#122	New librarian:  Denise Nutile, 537-2788
#144	New librarian:  Cheryl Colby, 293-5863
#153	New librarian:  Gail Woll, (518) 642-9087
#196	New librarian:  Lisa Marie Gerondeau, 372-6154
#199	New librarian:  Lisa Sammet
	New trustee chair:  Stefanie Cravedi
#253	Library address:  222 West River Rd., Lincoln  05443;
	Phone no.:  453-2665 (BOOK)
#283	New librarian:  Fran Oken
#312 & 313   New librarian:  Rebecca Brown
#342	New librarian:  Paula Albertson
#352	New hours:  Tu 2-6 pm, Th 10 am-8 pm, Sa 9 am-1 pm
#356	New librarian:  Trish Capron
#373	New librarian:  Susan Belcher
#431	New librarian:  Lyn Lauffer
#506	New librarian:  Bill Scheller, 644-2211
#515	New librarian:  Patience Maloney
#521	New librarian:  Beverly Major, 387-5737
	New hours:  Tu 2-8 pm, W 2-6 pm, Sa 10 am-12N
#530	New librarian:  Ramona Putnam
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                            YOUTH SERVICES NEWS
                            by Grace W. Greene
                      Children's Services Consultant
                       grace.greene@dol.state.vt.us
                               802-828-3261


Children's Choice Book Awards . . .

* Red Clover Award:

Listserv:  to join, email the Vermont Center for the Book: 
postmaster@vermontbook.org and ask to have your name put on the listserv. 
This is a great way of exchanging ideas about how to present the books,
discuss the merits of the books, or tell the world about what a  great job
you are doing!

Committee opening:  There is one opening on the Red Clover committee for the
term beginning next year.  If you are interested in reading and discussing
picture books, helping to choose the annual list, participating in workshops
and conferences, and working with a fabulous group of people, please submit a
letter of interest, a resume, and two reviews of picture books, one positive
and one negative, to Sally Anderson at the Vermont Center for the Book, 256 
Haywood Road, Chester, VT 05143 by December 15.  To find out more about the
responsibilities of committee members, consult your Red Clover guide.  If you
do not have a guide, contact the Vermont Center for the Book at 875-2751.

* DCF Award:

Manual:  The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Committee has updated the manual we
produced last year to incorporate the titles on this year's master list, and
to offer a few new themes.  It will not be sent to libraries in a hard copy
format this year, but it will be available to download from the DCF website
http://mps.k12.vt.us/msms/dcf/dcf.html. Please let teachers know about its
availability and help them incorporate it into their curriculum.  We are
always looking for feedback, so tell us what we can do to improve it.  
Website:  the website mentioned above is maintained, on a volunteer basis, by
Roger Crowley, the technology coordinator at the Main Street Middle School in
Montpelier.  If you have questions about the website, or would like to see
more info included, please contact me.

Mock Caldecott...

Eileen Christelow, author and illustrator of WHAT DO ILLUSTRATORS DO?
(Clarion, 1999) and WHAT DO AUTHORS DO? (Clarion, 1995), as well as many
wonderful picture books such as the five monkeys series, and my all time
favorite, FIVE DOG NIGHT (Clarion, 1993) will be the keynoter for this year's
Mock Caldecott day.  In the afternoon participants will choose their favorite
picture book of this year.  Everyone who signs up will receive a list of
books to consider before the conference. The program will be held on Friday,
November 17 at VTC in Randolph.  Please contact us for a registration form
(cbec@dol.state.vt.us) soon, since we often have to turn people away.

Teen Read Week...

Reach out to the young adults in your area by celebrating Teen Read Week,
October 15-21, 2000. Check out the ALA website: www.ala.org/teenread/ff.html
for ideas on how to participate.  One of the things they are sponsoring is a
chance for teens to vote on the best book they have read so far this year.
They just need to logon to www.ala.org/teenhoopla.  The results of the poll
will be announced shortly after Teen Read Week ends.  The theme for this
third annual Teen Read Week is "Take Time To Read."  It is based on an online
survey conducted during last year's Teen Read Week by YALSA in partnership
with SmartGirl.com.  Of the 3,072 young men and women surveyed (ages 11-18),
nearly half (43%) said they enjoyed reading for fun, but did not have time to
do so.  

Summer Reading Programs for 2001 and 2002...

A group of enthusiastic and dedicated librarians met on September 14 to plan
next summer's reading program, and to choose the theme for the summer of
2002.  Next summer, we will focus on outdoor adventure, with the theme, "Wild
About Reading."  Jim Arnosky, Vermont's own fabulous
naturalist/author/illustrator will do the artwork.  For the reading record,
he is designing a trail through the woods.  Children will be able to add
stickers featuring five different native Vermont animals to the trail. In
2002 we will do a travel theme, and Tracey Campbell Pearson will be the
artist.  Meanwhile, for "Wild About Reading" please send ideas for programs,
displays, ways to run the program, etc. to me by December 1. The focus of the
program will be on Vermont's wild animals and experiences such as tracking,
camping, exploring the outdoors and orienteering.  All ideas are welcome.
Email is fine 

Materials Review Sessions...

The people have spoken!  An informal survey conducted over VALS has revealed
that most of you would prefer we move the spring Materials Review Sessions up
earlier in the year (they were in May last year), so we will try the end of
March/beginning of April in 2001.These book review programs, co-sponsored by
the Departments of Libraries and Education, feature oral reviews of books for
babies through young adults.  In addition to the oral reviews, there are
hundreds of other books for you to examine. The dates and locations are: 
Tuesday, March 27 - Midstate Regional Library, Berlin;  Wednesday, March 28
-Milton Public Library; Thursday, March 29 - Sherburne Memorial Library,
Killington; Tuesday, April 3 - Butterfield Library, Westminster; Thursday,
April 5 - Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.

All sessions begin at 9:00 and last approximately 4 hours.  We review books
for babies through young adult, and have several hundred on hand for you to
look at.  Please feel free to bring your lunch and eat during or after the
program.

Born to Read...

We are now three months into this early literacy program, and I hope you have
all had success getting new families into your library.  We recently ordered
another shipment of MAX'S BATH, so if you are running out, let me know, and
we will send more. We also still have extra copies of the Born to Read
newspaper insert, "A Few Basic Tips on Reading With Your Children," so feel
free to request more copies. I urge you to use this program to garner good
publicity for your library.  Try setting up a photo opportunity with your
local newspaper when you know a family is coming in to claim a book. 
Pictures of adorable babies get a lot of attention, so don't overlook this
chance to promote your library's services for families and young children.

Traveling Teddy Bear Project...

When planning your seasonal programs, don't forget to celebrate national
Teddy Bear day on November 14.  This is the anniversary of the day that Teddy
Roosevelt decided not to shoot the bear, and, as a result, had a furry toy
named after him.  The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is teaming up with the
Department of Libraries to sponsor a traveling teddy bear that will travel
around to approximately 18 Vermont libraries during the next year to promote
reading.  Sponsoring libraries will host teddy bear picnics and other
programs, and will write postcards and journal entries to record his
adventures.  Every participating library will receive a Read to Me teddy
bear, and a copy of the new book, TEDDY BEARS FROM START TO FINISH
(Blackbirch Press, 2000), as well as program ideas and materials.  The
available slots were all taken at our September summer reading program
meeting, but if you were not at that meeting, and would like to participate,
let me know, and we will see about continuing the project longer.

Performers' Directory...

The new edition of "Programs for Children" listing hundreds of performers and
speakers will be arriving at public libraries soon (and available for $10 to
all other organizations). There are dozens of new listings as well as updates
of your favorite performers.  We are now publishing this every other year,
but I gather information continually, so please continue to send information
about new people as you discover them.  Also, remember that inclusion in the
directory does not imply endorsement from the Department of Libraries. I have
not screened the performers, and the information presented is what they have
sent.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you check references before
hiring anyone new to your library. 

Vermont Libraries Awarded Grants For Children's Books...

Twelve Vermont public libraries have been chosen to receive grants from the
Children's Literacy Foundation (CliF) this year.  Each of these libraries,
all in towns of under 5,000 population, is receiving approximately $1,000
worth of children's books in a 2-to1 match (i.e. the library raises one
third, and CliF gives them two-thirds of the money).  The deadlines for
application are February 1 and August 1 each year.  For an application, or
more information, contact Duncan McDougall at childrens.literacy@valley.net;
802-244-0944.  

Each grant period the Foundation funds six New Hampshire libraries, and six
Vermont libraries.  The twelve successful Vermont applicants this year have
been in Alburg, Cavendish Danville, Franklin, Guilford, Hancock, Island Pond,
Middletown Springs, Mount Holly, Shoreham, Weathersfield, and Westfield. 
Congratulations to all!

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards...

The winners of this year's Globe/Horn Book awards are as follows Fiction
winner:  		

THE FOLK KEEPER by Franny Billingsley (Atheneum, 1999)

Fiction honor books:  	

KING OF SHADOWS by Susan Cooper (McElderry, 1999)
145th STREET:  SHORT STORIES by Walter Dean Myers (Delacorte,  2000)

Nonfiction winner:  	

SIR WALTER RALEGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO by Marc Aronson (Houghton, 2000)

Nonfiction honor books: 	

OSCEOLA: MEMOIRS OF A SHARECROPPER'S DAUGHTER (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2000)
SITTING BULL AND HIS WORLD by Albert Marrin (Dutton, 2000)

Picture Book winner: 	

HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURG by D.B. Johnson (Houghton, 2000)

Picture book honor books: 	

BUTTONS by Brock Cole (Farrar, 2000)
A DAY, A DOG by Gabrielle Vincent (Front Street, 2000)


Bibliographies and Handouts Available...

For this summer's Collection Development workshops, I updated these handouts:
"Aids for Developing a Children's Collection," "A Barebones Easy Reader
List," "Current Reviewing Tools," and the master list of CBEC bibliographies
and traveling exhibits. Also updated earlier this year were two of our
standard bibliographies:  "Great Books for Babies and Toddlers," and "Great
Books for Ages 3-5."  To request any of these, please call or email Jenn Weed
at 828-3261; cbec@dol.state.vt.us  They will be on the website eventually,
but currently are only available in hard copy.

Between the Lions...

According to a recent study of the effects on young children of viewing the
reading show, Between the Lions, kindergarten children who watched the show
outperformed kindergarten children who did not, by nearly 4 to 1 on measures
of specific program content.  Skills measured included phonemic awareness,
letter-sound correspondences, and concepts of print.  Average performance
from pre-test to post-test improved 50% for those who viewed the program, and
only 13% for those who did not view the program.  If you would like more
specifics, email Linda Bostrom at ALA at lbostrom@ala.org. To find out more
about Between the Lions, visit the website http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/lions/

Traveling Doll Exhibit...

Librarians in Randolph and South Burlington have alerted me to an exhibit
that libraries will want to borrow.  The United Federation of Doll Clubs has
put together a collection of dolls, animals and their companion books to loan
to libraries, schools and community groups.  Currently the collection
consists of 78 items-approximately 36 books and their accompanying dolls or
plush animals.  The collection is a mix of storybook (Corduroy, Pinocchio,
Hitty) and historical (Betsy Ross, Amelia Earhart, Nelson Mandela) figures. 
There is no cost to borrow the exhibit, but it is the responsibility of the
borrower to transport or mail the collection on time to the next destination.
The exhibit must be displayed in a "safe" location (in cases, if the exhibit
is for more than one day).  For information, or to schedule, contact:  Mary
VanBuren-Swasey, 32 Hickok Place, Burlington, VT 05401-8515; 802-863-1940;
email: mvanbure@zoo.uvm.edu.

Smith Grant Reports...

Several libraries have reported on recent Smith Grant projects. Georgia began
a collection of transitional books and related activities that resulted in
the creation of two book discussion groups full of eager readers.  Northfield
had mixed success with a program they took to the park this summer:  children
enthusiastically participated in activities, but checked out very few books.
Woodbury began a young adult book collection and scheduled programs directed
at teens (the programs had their ups and downs:  a Civil War one was very
popular, while one on vegetarianism had to be postponed "as all the
vegetarians and would-be vegetarians had to attend another event that same
weekend").  If anyone would like copies of any of the final reports, please
ask.
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                              STATE OF VERMONT
                          AGENCY OF ADMINISTRATION
                           DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARIES


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
     

                          Editor:  Marianne Kotch

                      VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARIES
                               109 STATE ST.
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                      Howard B. Dean, M.D., Governor
                  Sybil Brigham McShane, State Librarian


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