Vermont Dept. of Libraries News, No. 120, January, 2001

                              State of Vermont
                           Department of Libraries

                                   N E W S

 No. 120, January 2001


     One of the most exciting developments ever for Vermont public libraries
occurred in November when the Freeman family, on behalf of the Freeman
Foundation, announced  a grant of $10 million in support of  Department of
Libraries efforts to improve library effectiveness and community outreach. 
The funds will be received over two years by the Vermont Public Library
Foundation to supplement local, state and federal funding for Vermont's
public libraries.

     Public libraries may apply for funds up to 50% of their total 1998-99
operating income from local, state, and federal sources with a minimum grant
of $5,000 and a maximum of $250,000 in each of the next two years.  About 190
public libraries will be eligible.  Speaking at a Burlington press conference
in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Houghton Freeman and State Librarian Sybil
Brigham McShane, Governor Howard Dean noted that "the Freeman Foundation came
to us and offered assistance to increase local libraries' visibility and
effectiveness.  This program will help libraries expand their vital role in
Vermont's communities."

     Funds may be used to strengthen traditional library services, including
programming, staff, and library collections, as well as to support physical
improvements, accessibility, computers, and other technology.  A third year
of funding based on the increase in local, state, and federal funds raised by
each library during the grant period is also under consideration.  Thetford
librarian Peter Blodgett noted that the Freeman grant will offer libraries
opportunities to demonstrate exactly what additional funding can do to help
libraries improve their services to their communities.

     The grant will be administered by the Vermont Public Library Foundation
formed by State Librarian Sybil McShane as authorized by a General Assembly
last year.  McShane will serve as president of the foundation.  Other members
of the board of the foundation are Marianne Kotch, Department of Libraries
Director of Public Library Support Services; Joan Rahe, member of the Board
of Libraries; Jill Markolf, president of the Public Library Section of the
Vermont Library Association; and John E. Fothergill, representative of the
Vermont Library Trustees Association Steering Committee.  

     Application forms will be sent to all eligible libraries in February and
there will be several deadlines for application to allow libraries a chance
to develop projects that best suit their communities' needs.  Because
libraries will be required to submit annual reports on the success of their
projects, the Department of Libraries will provide grant recipients formal
training on outcome and performance measurement soon after grant decisions
have been made.


     Two other grant opportunities will be available to Vermont public
libraries early this year.   Here are brief reminders of the Mobile Library
Literacy Project funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library
Services and the Gates Library Initiative.  Vermont librarians and trustees
will want to watch their mail closely for further information about:

* The two-year federally-funded Mobile Library Literacy Project grant
was announced by U.S. Senator James Jeffords (see News Sept. and Oct. 2000
issues).  Nearly $1 million in sub-grants from the Department of Libraries
will be available to public libraries and schools libraries/school districts,
"to promote access to books, reading, programs, and information through
technology."   A pre-grant application meeting will be held in February, and
the application deadline is April 1, with announcements to be made April 30. 
The Department's contact for further information on this project is Amy
Howlett, 257-2810.

* The Gates Library Inititative is designed to help close "The Digital
Divide" for low-income Americans.  Grants will be awarded to Vermont public
libraries on the basis of poverty as determined by a formula developed by the
Gates Library Intitiative (see News, Oct., 2000), and libraries 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.  The application deadline is expected to be around the end of
March, with announcements to be made in April.  The Department's contact for
further information on this project is Sheila Kearns, 828-3261.

                       124 LIBRARIES MEET STANDARDS

     A record number of public libraries - 124 - meet the Minimum Standards
for Vermont Public Libraries this year, and some that do not meet them have
requested participation in the Technical Assistance Program.  For the third
year in a row, libraries could apply under either the 1986 or the 1998
version of the standards because the 1998 set have not yet been approved by
the Legislative Administrative Rules Committee.  Nonetheless, 76 pubic
libraries, 61%, meet the new standards, including some small libraries.  

     Libraries that choose to participate in the Technical Assistance Program
will work with a team (TAT) including a member of the state Board of
Libraries, a regional librarian, and an area librarian or trustee to develop
a plan to meet the standards within the year.  While the library is working
with the TAT, the library will be eligible for all of the privileges offered
libraries meeting standards.  Last year, libraries in Guilford and Pawlet 
successfully participated in the TAT program.  Because appeals for libraries
found not meeting standards are still pending, a complete list of libraries
meeting standards will be in the next issue of News.


     Public libraries in the southeast region will continue to receive
consulting and continuing education from the Department of Libraries despite
the closure of the Southeast Regional Library  (SERL) on December 8, 2000. 
Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Librarian, continues to provide technical
assistance to librarians and trustees out of the Dummerston building until a
new office is completed in the State Complex in Springfield.  Until further
notice, her telephone number remains 257-2810.   Many of the books at SERL
were given away to area public, school, and other libraries in the region
this fall.  The remainder are being withdrawn in preparation for a public
give-away in February.

     In addition, the Department continues to offer training, computer
assistance and online resources, library materials in collections, and
interlibrary loan to all libraries, including those in the southern counties
of the state.  The Midstate Regional Library (MRL) will provide book-related
services to libraries that once borrowed collections and sent paper
interlibrary loan requests to SERL.  The MRL staff will send small
collections through the mail to libraries which request them via email,
phone, or mail, and librarians are welcome to visit MRL in Berlin to check
out collections themselves.  Delivery can also be arranged.  Anyone with
questions about the SERL closure may call Marianne Kotch, Director of Public
Library Support Services, at 828-2320.

                         WORKSHOP MAILING PLANNED

     In February all public libraries will receive the annual Department of
Libraries Continuing Education packet containing the certification guidelines
and information about all of the year's workshops.  The two "basics" we will
be teaching this year are Reference and Basic Public Library Administration. 
Some of the other workshops are:  Public Relations, Picture Book
Storytelling, Understanding MARC, and Children's Programming.  

     The list of workshops is shorter than usual in order to give people a
chance to concentrate on the work entailed in three major grant initiatives
(Mobile Literacy, Gates Foundation and Freeman Foundation).  Also, many
librarians prefer to take advantage of the shorter, more local mini workshops
available on demand from the regional librarians, so remember those
opportunities when planning your continuing education needs.

                                 --Grace Worcester Greene
                                   Continuing Education Coordinator


     The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), passed by the US Congress
in December as part of H.R. 4577, has triggered concern about public
libraries' public access procedures and policies and is sure to be a major
topic of discussion among library boards this year.   The new law offers
librarians and trustees an opportunity to discuss Internet access and First
Amendment issues with their publics. 

     State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane attended an information session on
Saturday, Jan. 13 sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), at its
midwinter meetings.  She received an assortment of handouts about the act and
also heard presentations by  Kate Moore, director of the Schools & Libraries
Division (E-rate program), and Jane Heiser, director of the Institute of
Museums and Library Services state programs office (LSTA).  The federal Dept.
of Education declined to send anyone to speak about the implications for
ESEA.  McShane hopes to receive permission to make the handouts available

     The full text of CIPA is available at the Department of Libraries
website at 
Basically, the act amends various laws regarding federal funding of schools
and libraries to limit the availability of funds "to purchase computers used
to access the Internet or to pay for direct costs associated with accessing
the Internet" unless the school or library 

     (A)(i) has in place a policy of Internet safety for minors that includes
the operation of a technology protection measure with respect to any of its
computers with Internet access that protects against access through such
computer to visual depictions that are--

(I)  obscene;
(II) child pornography; or
(III) harmful to minors; and
(ii) is enforcing the operation of such technology protection measure during
any use of such computers

     The law extends protection to adults as well as children but "an
administrator, supervisor, or other authority may disable a technology
protection measure to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful
purposes."  Before applying for federal funding, schools and libraries must
certify every year that they comply with the law, including having Internet
safety policies in place.  In addition, schools and libraries which do not
have Internet safety policies must hold at least one public hearing regarding
proposed Internet safety policies prior to adopting a policy.  

     In carrying out its responsibilities under subsection (h), each school
or library to which subsection (h) applies shall-- 

(A) adopt and implement an Internet safety policy that addresses-- 
(i) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide
(ii) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat
rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; 
(iii) unauthorized access, including so-called `hacking', and other unlawful
activities by minors online; 
(iv) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal
identification information regarding minors; and 
(v) measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to
minors; and 
(B) provide reasonable public notice and hold at least one public hearing or
meeting to address the proposed Internet safety policy.

     McShane noted that although the law goes into effect on April 20, 2001,
that is the date by which the FCC must have  adopted regulations  and is not
the date on which libraries have to have any form of "internet protection" in
place.  In fact, if libraries apply for Round 4 of e-rate and get a
commitment letter (around October 28, 2001),  only then will they have to
certify that they are "undertaking  such actions" for the next funding cycle
(Round 5).  Federal LSTA funding will probably not be impacted at least until
FY2002 which begins on October 1, 2001.  IMLS is still reviewing the law and
will draft guidelines.

     Despite its title, McShane said, CIPA applies to both adults and
children.  CIPA applies only to "visual depictions," not text, and there is a
different standard for children than adults (i.e. adults may look at things
that kids can't), so in all likelihood two levels of filtering will have to
be maintained.  ALA, ACLU and the Freedom to Read Foundation were still
discussing what legal actions they were going to take.

     Librarians and trustees should probably be prepared to answer questions
from the public and use this as an opportunity to discuss some of the first
amendment issues and what is considered "protected speech" for adults, the
"Library Bill of Rights," etc.  They could talk about  local policies and
local efforts to educate parents and children about safe internet use.  They
could discuss local control and community standards vs. federally mandated
controls.  They could also talk about the imperfections of filtering
technology, the unknown cost to libraries and communities if they have to
purchase "internet protection" and/or forego e-rate and/or LSTA funding.

     To keep up-to-date on the issue, please use the following websites for
reference where information is added frequently:

                       CIVIL WAR ITEMS FOUND MISSING

     During a recent check of the shelves at the Department of Libraries in
Montpelier, nearly 400 items were discovered missing.  Among them were many
items related to the Civil War, including regimental histories, personal
narratives, and general histories, nearly all published between 1860 and
1920.  Also missing were items related to the Revolution and the
Spanish-American War. 

     Paul Donovan, Law Librarian, was mystified by the motive.  "All items
had some combination of bookplate, department stamp, accession number,
embossing or perforation.  None were manuscripts, and none were related to
Vermont, " he said. 

     Although increased security measures will be implemented, they had been
planned before the books were missed.  Anyone with any information should
contact the Montpelier Police Department at (802)223-3445.


     Vermont public libraries reported growth in program attendance,
cooperation with community organizations, and various new collection
initiatives among their successful ventures in the past year.  Here are a few
of the highlights, as reported on Public Library Report forms submitted in

* Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial Library received a grant from the
Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center to offer full-text health and
medical information via the library's website.  Health_Connect@Brooks offers
patron access to two full-text magazine databases - traditional and
complementary health - a drug database and a database of more than 1,000
pamphlets, all offered by EBSCO.

* The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum joined with four other town institutions
holding historical records to form the St. Johnsbury Archives Collaborative
which wrote and received a grant from the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission of the National Archives.  This has allowed the group
to hire an archivist to begin a three year project of surveying, processing,
and organizing the significant historical records of the town.

* Rochester Public Library sponsored an all-day event celebrating
Chinese New Year in February, 2000, in conjunction with a local day care
provider and local performing artists.  Chinese storytelling, a Chinese
astrology lecture, a cooking class, a lantern-making class, and an outrageous
choreographed "dragon" dance which made its way through the streets of the
center ended with a reception at the library with delicacies prepared in the
cooking workshop and hot Chinese tea.  "Not only did we bring a significant
group of people into the library who had never been in, we introduced many
aspects of Chinese culture to our patrons of all ages that fascinated and
educated," said librarian Sandy Lincoln.

* The libraries of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties joined to sponsor
talks by prominent Vermont authors such as Reeve Lindbergh and Chris
Bohjalian.  Each library contributed financially to the cost of bringing the
speakers to various libraries in the counties.  Richford librarian Annette
Goyne noted that "this was a good way for our small library to provide
patrons with quality programs despite our limited funds."

* Former Marshfield librarian Mary Kasamatsu reported that "an annual
tradition which everyone enjoys is the Fall Harvest of Talents, a community
talent night co-sponsored by the library and Central Vermont Adult Basic
Education.  This brings together people who might not normally interact -
students, older adult new readers, parents, professionals - and showcases
hidden talents.  Everyone has something to share and sees neighbors in a new
light by the end of the evening."

* Newbury's librarian, Marjorie Shane, reported continued interest in
public access computing:  "I had several older people come in, some of whom
have never used a computer or the internet.  I give them lessons, help them
work through all the jargon and find what they need.  At least four people
have liked it so much, they've bought their own computers and internet
access.  All they needed was some help getting started." 

* In Colchester, "a patron, not usually fond of computers, learned to
use the internet to find a source for the tiny pots she needs for mamei
bonsai.  That led to e-mail and that led to a renewed relationship with a
brother who lives far away and hates to write letters," says Carolyn Barnes,

* Finally, Jericho/Underhill's Sunday Afternoon Music Series, held
monthly from October, 1999, through May, 2000, featured local musicians
performing in the reading room.  Genres included reggae, classical, swing,
and jazz, and each performance brought new community members who had not been
to the library before.

                           DEPARTMENT JOINS NACO

     This past summer the Department of Libraries joined forces with the
libraries at Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, Vermont Law
School, Vermont State Colleges and the Vermont Historical Society to join the
Name Authority Cooperative Project (NACO) as a "funnel project" to maintain
and create name authority records for the national authority file.  Name
authority records in the file are MARC records that contain headings and
cross references established in accordance with certain standards.  

     NACO started in 1977 as a joint venture between the Library of Congress
and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) to create a common authority
file.  The project was later expanded to include many libraries that
contribute as separate institutions or through funnel projects comprised of
several member institutions. Members agree to follow a common set of
standards such as those given in Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd rev.
ed. and MARC 21 Format for Authority Data when changing or adding authority
records to the shared authority file in order to ensure the integrity of the

     Vermont libraries can look forward to finding more established Vermont
headings in the national authority file now that Vermont libraries are
involved in the creation of authority records.  Now libraries can avoid some
of the frustration often encountered in the past when trying to verify
Vermont related headings that were not available or had not kept pace with
name changes.

                                             --Lorraine Lanius
                                               Head, Technical Services Unit


     Cataloging of Vermont newspaper titles is now available for Vermont
libraries to use in their own catalogs. With the completion of the cataloging
phase of the Vermont Newspaper Project, over 700 MARC records of Vermont
newspapers were downloaded into the Department of Libraries' catalog.
Libraries can search PUBCAT and DOLCAT for titles that match their newspaper

     Public libraries participating in the Card/MARC Service may obtain
cataloging for the newspaper titles following the usual procedures with one
exception. Please add the database control numbers found in the database to
your requests. These numbers are found in the upper left corner of the MARC
records in PUBCAT and DOLCAT. In PUBCAT these numbers start with D and have 3
letters and 4 numbers (exp. DED-1011). Continue to search DOLCAT for items
not found in PUBCAT and make a note of DOLCAT database control numbers on the
cataloging request form. These numbers start with A and have 3 letters and 4
numbers (exp. ABI-6577). The DOLCAT records will be copied to the PUBCAT
database and your library holdings symbol will be attached to PUBCAT records.
Libraries not using the Card/MARC Service can also take advantage of the
cataloging information for use in their own catalogs.

     Serials cataloging can be tricky with changes in titles, dates, and
frequencies of publication, so be sure your title exactly matches the
cataloging record. When deciding if the dates for your newspaper match a date
range found in the cataloging, your library doesn't have to own all the
issues in the date range. However, the date of your newspaper issues should
fall within the date range specified in the cataloging record. If you have
any questions about procedures mentioned, please call Lorraine Lanius at
828-3261 or email to make arrangements for obtaining the


     The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently
announced its 2001 competition for the National Award for Library Service. 
This award honors outstanding American libraries that have made significant
contributions to their communities.   For instructions on how to nominate a
library in your community, please log on to:  

The deadline for application is February 15, 2001.

                     A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE HAPLR INDEX

     Late in the year 2000, national media noted that two Vermont public
libraries - in Fairfax and Orleans - had been rated highly on the Hennen
American Public Library Rating (HAPLR) Index.  A flurry of inquiries from
other reporters, the general public, trustees, and librarians ensued.  Should
your library pay any attention at all?  The authors of "Lies, Damn Lies, and
Indexes," Keith Curry Lance and Marti A. Cox (American Libraries, June/July,
2000, p. 82-87), don't think so.
     Created by Minnesota librarian Thomas A. Hennen, the HAPLR Index uses
local public library statistics published by the National Center for
Education Statistics (NCES) and submitted by all  state library agencies,
including the Vermont Department of Libraries.  The most recent edition of
the Index is based on 1996-97 statistics and is meant to be an index of
public library quality.  Lance and Cox believe that Hennen's methods do not
reflect current public library thinking, that local communities should
define, manage, and evaluate their libraries:  "there is no single mold, no
one standard that every public library must meet."  More importantly, they
feel that the index correlates unrelated variables (e.g., materials
expenditures per capita and visits per hour) or excessively correlates
related variables (e.g., expenditures per capita and materials expenditures
per capita).  Finally, Hennen polled subscribers to the PubLib listerv to
come up with the weighting of variables, a practice which Lance and Cox feel
is arbitrary and "muddles" the data.

     So what'a conscientious librarian or trustee to do?  How does your
library rate anyway?  Rather than ranking your library by arbitrary measures,
you might try to compare your library's statistics with peers.  The
Department of Libraries Biennial Report supplement which will be available in
February will give you an idea of the use and performance of libraries in
towns with populations AND characters similar to your library's.  You may
want to check out the NCES Peer Comparison Tool at  And you may want
to embark on a comprehensive, community-based long range planning process
such as that outlined in Planning for Results:  A Library Transformation
Process by Ethel Himmel and William White (ALA, 1998).

                           FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...

                           by Marjorie D. Zunder
                Director, Library and Information Services

Unexpected ILL fees

     Smith College, OCLC symbol SNN, has begun charging $10.00 for
interlibrary loans.  This is a blow as Smith often owns just what Vermont
borrowers are seeking.  We hope this will not become a trend among New
England private colleges.  DOL ILL apologizes for any inconvenience this
change may have caused.  We are now trying to send other locations that do
not charge.  When you send ILL requests out of state, it is always wise to
include a note with the maximum your patron wishes to pay, ex. "max. charge
$0.00" or "pls. call 802-828-3261 if fee will be charged." 


     Using a keyword search may be the best way to locate an ERIC document,
but it will not help you request it.  Unfortunately, you cannot send a "lib"
request from the results of a keyword search.  To use the "lib" command, make
a note of the title of the document you need, exit keyword searching and find
the document you need using a title search.  Note the ERIC document number at
the end of the record to use as the call number in your request and check to
see if the record says that the document is available.  Next use the "lib"
command and "dol_ill" for "username of lending library."

Local newspapers

     Is there an upstart newspaper in your town?  Send the title and
subscription information to or call Paul
Donovan, 802-828-3261.  DOL's Reference and Law Services Unit attempts to
subscribe to all Vermont newspapers.  We usually do not add "shoppers," but
do subscribe to all general local newspapers that we are aware of, preserving
them as microfilm.  Please help us stay current.

Videos in Vermont public libraries

     Many thanks to all of the libraries that responded to the DOL_ILL video
survey.  We have compiled information on the holdings and policies of 70
public libraries.  Of these, 5 libraries own no videos, 55 libraries will
lend their videos and 27 libraries list videos in Pubcat.  There is still
time to join this survey by responding to DOL_ILL.  We encourage all
libraries to be as generous as possible with their lending.  You never know
when you might need to borrow a video.  Only libraries that lend their videos
may borrow videos. All of the public libraries that responded to the video
survey will receive a copy of the results.  Other libraries may request a
copy from DOL_ILL.  Please send any survey corrections to DOL_ILL. The survey
of videos in school libraries is not yet complete.  School libraries are
encouraged to continue to respond to DOL_ILL.   

Batching ILL requests

     Consider sending your ILL requests to DOL_ILL more frequently instead of
waiting until you have a large group of requests to type all at once.  Sure,
typing several requests in a batch saves time.  Unfortunately, each day lost
means patrons wait longer.  Please balance your efficiency with providing
speedy service.



     ADA-required signs from the International City/County Management (ICMA).  
Current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations (35.163) require
that you mount ADA signs at every employee and public entrance, whether
accessible or not.  In response to these requirements, ICMA now offers an
Entrance Sign Kit to help libraries comply with current entrance sign rules.
Each Sign Kit includes the number of blue and white reflective aluminum signs
that you need to mark library entrances, as well as specific mounting
materials, instructions and sign guidelines. All Kit text materials have been
reviewed by the ADA Technical Assistance Center-Region V.  To obtain the
Entrance Sign Kit from ICMA, count the number of accessible and inaccessible
entrances to your facility (which are not currently marked with wheelchair
symbol/ADA signs) so that ICMA will know how many of each type of sign to
include with your Kit. Then, call the ICMA ADA sign staff, toll free, at
(877) 232-5487, or fax/send a purchase order to ADA KIT-ICMA Sign Project, 56
Salem Lane, Evanston, IL 60203, fax (847) 568-9485. Kits cost $20 per sign
ordered, plus $9.50 S&H.  Inaccessible entrance signs have right/left arrows
on each sign to direct people to the nearest accessible entrance, as required
by law.

     "Good Ideas 2000," jam-packed with information and inspiration for
publicity pieces, annual reports, planning, children's events, general
events, fundraising by Friends and volunteers, and internet and technology
use, compiled by Amy Howlett - free from the Department of Libraries, email
DOL_CENTRAL or call Mary Moore at 828-3261.

     5th edition of the Vermont Environmental Directory,  2000, listing 100+
NGO environmental, educational, governmental agencies and an invaluable
reference/resource for students, teachers.  $13.00 postage included. Contact
Jimmy Fordham at Vermont Natural Resources Council, 9 Bailey Ave.,
Montpelier, VT 05602 , 802-223-2328, email:

     Two useful websites relating to technical services:

*  - A cataloging
resource on rare books, manuscripts and other specialcollection materials. 
The site is maintained by the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare
Book & Manuscript Section of ACRL.  The site is designed for libraries with
only one cataloger.  Links are provided to experienced rare books catalogers
who have volunteered to answer questions on various aspects of cataloging
these special materials.

* - A MARC
tutorial created by two catalogers from the University of Southern
Mississippi.  The content of the tutorial is based on the Library of
Congress/Follett publication, Understanding MARC Bibliographic.

Continuing Education...

     The University of Vermont is offering "MARC 21"  (EDLI 200 / 60046), a
one credit course, on Mon. & Wed., 4-6 pm, beginnning May 21-Jun 13, at UVM's
Bailey/Howe Library, with Wichada Sukantarat, Assistant Library Professor. 
Enroll by May 7 to update your knowledge of this new development in
bibliographic description and control.  Investigate the changes in USMARC
format and learn the impact of changes on providing access to library 
collections.  Course participants will gain a high level of knowledge in the
application of MARC formats.  Enrollment Limit: 10.  For more information,
contact Sukantarat, 656-8568, e-mail:

                              *COMING EVENTS*

     Sat., Feb. 10 - Livable Wage conference, Vermont Law School, with 
keynote address by Felice Yeskel, co-director of United for a Fair Economy. 
Several workshops, inlcuding  "Talking points: how to counter the opposition"
and "Broadening the base: how to effectively build your local LW coalition."  
Contact:  Nancy Wilson, 453-2366, or e-mail or call
Jen Mathews at 863-2345 ext. 8.

     Mon., Feb. 12, 9:30 am - Central Vermont Librarians meeting, Aldrich
Public Library, Barre.  Topic:  grant opportunities for 2001.  Contact: 
Ellen Roth, 476-7550.

     Thurs., Feb. 15, 9:30 am - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meeting,
Highgate Public Library.  Contact:  Lucie Fortin, 868-3970. 

     Mon., Feb. 19 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central offices
and regional libraries closed.

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

     Tues., March 6 - State holiday.  Department of Libraries central offices
and regional libraries closed.

     Thurs., March 15, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. board meeting,
Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Kathy Naftaly, 773-1860.

     Fri., March 16, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors quarterly forum,
Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.  Topic:  grants in general.  Contact: 
Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.  Snowdate:  Fri., March 23.

     Mon., March 19, 9:00 am - Chittenden Co. Librarians meeting, Winooski
Memorial Library.   Contact:  Janet Soutiere, 655-6424.

     Tues., March 20, 9:30 am - "Wild About Reading" workshop, Sherburne
Memorial Library, Killington.  Repeats Wed., March 21, 9:30 am, Brown Public
Library, Northfield. Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.

     Tues., March 27, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.  Repeats: 
Wed., 3/28, Milton Public Library; Thurs., 3/29, Sherburne Memorial Library,
Killington; Tues., 4/3, Butterfield Library, Westminster; Thurs., April 5,
NERL, St. Johnsbury.

     April 1-7 - National Library Week.  Contact:  American Library Assn.,

     Mon., April 2, 8:00 am - Town Officers Education Conference with
workshops for trustees, Castleton State College.  Contact UVM Extension
Service, 223-2389, or Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.  Repeats:   Wed., 4/4, Lyndon
State College; Tues., 4/10, Mt. Snow; Thurs., 4/12, Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee;
Mon., 4/16, St. Michael's College.

     April 2 - Vermont Library Association legislative breakfasts organized
by VLA Government Relations Comm.  Contact:  Pat Hazlehurst, 626-5475.

     Wed., April 4, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. Public Library Section
meeting, Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock.  Topic:  salaries and
benefits for library staff.  Contact:  Jill Markolf, 496-3913.

     Mon., April 9, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. CAYAL section meeting,
Springfield Town Library.  Topic:  book and craft activities.  Contact: 
Marje Von Ohlsen, 652-7480.

     Tues., April 17, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin.  Contact:  Sybil Brigham McShane, 28-3265.

     Tues., April 17, 9:30 am - Public Relations workshop, Sherburne Memorial
Library, Killington. Contact:  Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.    Repeats:  Tues.,
April 24, Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury.


     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,, under "Librarians' Resources."

#39	Hours:  Tu & W 1-8 pm, Th & F 1-6 pm, Sa 10 am-2 pm

#119	New librarian:  Diane Lischer

#169	Trustee chair:  Angie Chapple Sokol, 872-2781

#196	Hours:  Tu 1-8 pm, W 9 am-12N, Th 4-8 pm, Sa 9 am-3 pm

#272	New librarian:   Paula Davidson

#310	Trustee chair:  J.B. McKinley, 888-6610

#362	New librarian:  Stephen Coronella

#376	Trustee chair:  Neil Sehrman, 434-3235

#384	New librarian:  Devik Wyman, (603) 835-2169

#414A	New library:  Good Shepherd Catholic School, 121 Maple St., 
PO Box 384, St. Johnsbury  05819, 751-8223;  VUC:  S22G.  
Librarian:  Anita Wellman

#480	New trustee co-chairs:  Hank Ransford, 877-2608/Ann Sullivan,

#500 	New librarian:  Mary Kasamatsu

                            YOUTH SERVICES NEWS

                            by Grace W. Greene
                      Children's Services Consultant

     2001 ALA Awards:  Newbery, Caldecott and others The American Library
Association announced these winners at its Midwinter Conference in Washington
D. C. on January 15: 
Newbery Medal: 	A YEAR DOWN YONDER by Richard Peck (Dial)

Honor Books:	HOPE WAS HERE by Joan Bauer (Putnam)
                THE WANDERER by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
                BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE by Kate Di Camillo (Candlewick)
                JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL by Jack Gantos (FSG)

Caldecott Medal:  SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT? Illustrated by David
                  Small, written by Judith St. George (Philomel)

Honor books:      CASEY AT THE BAT illustrated by Christopher Berg, 
                  written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer  (Handprint)
                  OLIVIA written and illustrated by Ian Falconer
                  CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE illustrated by 
                  Betsy Lewin, written by Doreen Cronin (Simon and Schuster)

Coretta Scott King Award:
     For writing:  MIRACLE'S BOYS by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam)
     For illustration:  UPTOWN by Bryan Collier (Holt)

Michael Printz Award (for YA literature):  
     KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond (Delacorte)

Batchelder (for book in translation):  
     SAMIR AND YONATAN by Danielle Carmi (Arthur A. Levine)

Margaret Edwards Award (to author of young adult books for body of work):  
     Robert Lipsyte

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (to author of children's books for body of work):
     Milton Meltzer

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (first time given):  

     For a complete listing of all the awards, and the honor books for the
awards, visit the ALA website at

DCF/Red Clover Award News...

     At its October business meeting, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher committee
awarded three Marjorie Gillam Lavalla grants: $300 to the Ilsley Public
Library in Middlebury to support a cooperative effort with the local middle
school over the summer; $500 to Irasburg Elementary School to help expand a
DCF club which will meet at lunchtime, and $300 to Rivendell Academy which
will enhance teaching through the DCF program.

     In late March all public and school libraries will receive a packet
containing information about Vermont's two child selected book awards. 
Included will be:

The Red Clover Masterlist for 2001-2002
The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Masterlist for 2001-2002
The DCF voting form for this year (deadline April 13)

     As soon as we know information about the winning books for 2001 we will
get it out to you.  Please remember, that although we are usually successful
in having a DCF ceremony before the end of the school year, it is a very
short turnaround time, and we can't guarantee a ceremony at all.  The best
plan is NOT to promise your eager readers a trip a ceremony, but hold a party
or celebration in your own library or school.

Mock Caldecott Results...

     On November 17 a group of approximately 75 picture book enthusiasts
gathered at Vermont Technical College for Vermont's annual Mock Caldecott
program.  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, spoke about her development as a picture book
creator.  Her well-illustrated talk gave participants real insight into
artistic development, influences and the many decisions that go into a
seemingly simple illustration.  

     Armed with advice and information from Christelow, the participants then
selected their favorite books from a pre-selected list of twenty.  And the
winner was.THE RAFT by Jim Lamarche (HarperCollins).  Honor books were
GERSHON'S MONSTER by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Jon Muth (Scholastic), and
CLICK, CLACK, MOO by Doreen Cronin illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon and

Packets for New Children's Librarians...

     I have just developed a packet of materials to help new children's
librarians navigate their way through the Vermont library scene, and am eager
to start sending them out.  Similar in intent to the new librarian packets,
this compendium of information includes a summary of the services that DOL
provides for children's librarians, lists of available materials,
bibliographies, etc.  In order to distribute them in a timely fashion, I need
everyone's help.  If you are a new children's librarian, or if there is a new
children's librarian at your library, please let me know, and I will send out
a welcome packet.  I also try to meet with all new children's librarians, so
give me a call, and we'll set up a time.

Born to Read...

     We are now half way through the first year of the Born to Read program,
and I need statistics from all the public libraries.  Those of you who
attended one of the Born to Read workshops last spring received a sheet
called, "Born to Read Board Book Giveaway" which asks you for a few brief
pieces of information.  If you still have that sheet, please fill it out, and
send it to me.  If you need another one, just call or email, and we'll send
it right out.  Thanks so much!  The good news is that Born to Read will
definitely be continued, although in a reduced form, for children born in
2001.  Those children will get a packet at their six month well baby visit
which will consist of a book, the Born to Read video, the Born to Read
newspaper insert, and a coupon to take to the public library for another
book. At the nine-month visit they will receive another book.   

     So, we need to continue to promote this program in all ways possible. 
Marj VonOhlsen in So. Burlington (who ran out of her 20 books several months
ago!) has a permanent display in her library featuring a copy of MAX'S BATH,
and information about the program.  She also makes a point of talking about
it at EVERY program she does, regardless of the age of the audience.  It is
always word of mouth that is the most effective, and her method proves that. 
If you need any help, encouragement or advice, please give me a call.  And,
don't forget to stay in touch with your local physicians to remind them about
the program, and that the public library is one of the participants.

Summer Materials for Wild About Reading...

     This is a year to celebrate the great outdoors of Vermont:  the animals
and plants, camping and hiking, the scenery.  A group of children's
librarians selected outdoor adventure as the theme for this year's program,
and "Wild About Reading" as the slogan.    The summer materials will have a
new look this year since, for the first time, we will be printing in full
color, thanks to generous grants from Keybank and the Chittenden Bank. Jim
Arnosky, the noted Vermont author, illustrator and naturalist has created a
wonderful reading record with a trail through the woods.  In addition, he has
drawn five native Vermont animals to be made into stickers to add to the
trail.  In March all public libraries will receive:

* A manual full of ideas on how to run a successful summer program
* A list of the paperback books available in quantity for book discussions
* An order form for all the free summer materials:  posters, reading records,
  certificates, stickers and bookmarks
* A packet of ideas for adult collection development and programs made up by
  Marianne Kotch

     Please note that the performer packet that usually accompanies these
summer materials was sent out in January because we have extended the time
period when libraries can hold the programs to include late spring and early
fall. The deadline for application is March 1.

Guidelines for Public Library Service to Children and Young Adults in Vermont

     Almost two years ago a dedicated committee began the process of revising
"Guidelines for Public Library Service To Children in Vermont" published more
than ten years ago. Now (finally!) a draft version is available for your
perusal and comment.  You may request a hard copy from me, or read it on our
website later this month. The committee of six met regularly for over a year
to revise, write and revamp Vermont's recommendations for children's
services.  The committee consisted of:  Janis Minshull, Children's Librarian,
Lyndonville; Carol Chatfield, Children's Librarian, Ilsley Public Library,
Middlebury; Sue Barden, Library director, Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg;
Elaina Griffith, Library Director, Royalton Memorial library, South Royalton;
Joanna Rudge Long, trustee, Abbott Memorial Library, South Pomfret, and Grace
Greene, DOL's Children's Services Consultant.

     The revisions reflect the changes in philosophy and operations in public
libraries today.  We have given new emphasis to outreach and collaboration;
services to babies and toddlers; family programming, and, of course,
technology.  In addition, we have expanded the document to include young
adult services, so as to include that very important segment of the community
so often left out of library planning.   Please read the draft revision and
let me know what you think.  Both specific and general comments are welcome.

Smith Grants on Hold...

     Because of all the wonderful grant opportunities available for Vermont
public libraries (Mobile Library Literacy, Gates Foundation and Freeman
Foundation) we have decided not to offer a Smith Grant for children's
services round this year.  Instead, we will hold the funds and be able to
provide something bigger next year.  We apologize for any inconvenience this
may cause.

Spring Materials Review Sessions...

     Please remember that the spring Materials Review Sessions will be held
early this year, by popular demand.  The dates, which are listed in the
calendar section, are all in March and April.  These oral book review
sessions feature new books for babies through young adults, are free, and do
not require registration.  Each session begins at 9:00 and lasts
approximately four hours.


                              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

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

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