Vermont Dept. of Libraries News, No. 123, January, 2002
State of Vermont
Department of Libraries
N E W S
No. 123, January 2002
CORINTH, HUNTINGTON LIBRARIES MEET STANDARDS
Public libraries in East Corinth and Huntington met the Minimum
Standards for Vermont Public Libraries for the first time this year, and the
Chittenden Public Library met them for the first time in many years. The
Vermont Board of Libraries met in December to hear the Department of
Libraries staff report on standards and was pleased to note that more
libraries had applied and met standards this year. A full list of libraries
meeting standards will be included in the spring NEWS.
The Blake Memorial Library in East Corinth has been working to meet
standards for several years, adding a publicly appointed or elected trustee
to its board and obtaining its first appropriate from the town of Corinth in
2000. The Huntington Public Library expanded its hours to the requisite 14
per week after years of moving from site to site with limited hours and, last
year, coping with a mold problem that closed the library for health reasons.
Now in temporary quarters, the library will be making its final move into a
renovated historic meeting house next year. Chittenden's library, situated
in a school, also expanded hours and contributed to the Vermont Union Catalog
for the first time in some years.
State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane congratulated the libraries and
recognized their accomplishment. She noted that the staff of the Department
is available to help libraries meet standards by going over the forms and
suggesting ways to achieve individual requirements. Libraries found not
meeting standards will once again be given an opportunity to work with a
Technical Assistance Team (TAT) to develop a year-long plan to meet
standards. While working with the TAT, the library will be considered as
meeting standards. Libraries in Pawlet and Guilford worked with a TAT in
2000 and have met standards for the past two years. For more information
about standards, contact Marianne Kotch, Director of Public Library Support
VPLF GRANTS AWARDED
State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane and other members of the board of
the Vermont Public Library Foundation spent much of the fall and early winter
awarding Incentive Grant checks at local library ceremonies. The grants,
part of a two year grant to the Foundation from the Freeman Foundation, are
designed to enhance local public library services. Checks ranged from $5,000
to $250,000 this year.
Each library was able to design a project that would best suit the needs
of its community. Some of the projects are focusing on building renovations,
accessibility, or enhancements such as comfortable furniture for reading, new
shelving, display shelving, and carpeting. Libraries in small towns
(Middletown Springs) and in larger towns (Waterbury) will be renovated and
furnished to encourage browsing and lingering. Starksboro's new public
library had shelving built from wood harvested from the town forest.
Weston's 90 year old Wilder Memorial Library will install running water and a
In many communities, hours of service will be expanded or new staff
hired. Some public libraries, such as the one in Mt. Holly, will be hiring
staff for the first time ever. Northfield's Brown Public Library is
currently recruiting its first children's librarian, paid initially with VPLF
grant funds and later through the library's budget. In Williamstown, the
librarian's hours will be expanded so that a new outreach program for senior
citizens may be developed and promoted. Woodstock's Norman William Public
Library will increase reference services, and several libraries (Danville,
Essex, Lyndonville) will add young adult librarians.
Other public libraries, such as Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial, are using
the grants to broaden and enhance their collections. Milton's librarian
Fran Ferro noted that, since the library has moved and the community has
grown dramatically in recent years, the collection has not kept pace. She
will be adding a wide variety of nonfiction for all ages, based on a study of
the age of the collection she conducted using her automated library system.
Several other public libraries are using this opportunity to build their
audio book collections, especially adding unabridged books on tape and books
on CD. Still others are starting DVD and video collections.
In Lincoln, Pawlet, and other communities, programming and expanded
publicity are designed to encourage a broader spectrum of the public to use
local libraries. Automation of library operations, including circulation and
the public catalog, will be completed via VPLF grants in libraries in
Bennington, Marshfield, Putney, and other towns. Technology in the form of
more public access computers, furniture for newly acquired Gates Library
Foundation computers, and expanded public training service is the focus of
grants awarded to libraries in Killington, Ascutney, and elsewhere.
Photos of some of the award presentations are available at the
Department of Libraries website, http://dol.state.vt.us. A complete list of
libraries and their projects will also be available soon. Public libraries
will be eligible for Year 2 funding in similar amounts beginning in early
2002. Applications will be mailed when all Year 1 awards have been made.
GATES GRANT CREATES TRAINING LAB AT MRL
As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Library Program,
Vermont was granted a computer training lab to be located at the Midstate
Regional Library in Berlin. The lab consist of 10 training workstations,
one instructor workstation, a lab server, and an LCD projector. All of these
computers are set up with the same profiles and the extensive list of
software titles that came with public access computers granted to local
public libraries by the Gates Foundation. To accommodate this lab the
Department of Libraries has refurbished the space at MRL that previously
housed the Audiovisual Services Unit, and we have purchased appropriate
furnishings to make the lab a comfortable and pleasant place in which to hold
Currently the lab is being used to hold follow-up training for public
libraries that received Gates grants. The Department plans to hold all of
its upcoming computer-related workshops and training in this new facility,
and we are in the process of developing new workshop offerings that will
allow us to take advantage of the capabilities of the lab. While we are
excited about being able to offer training to libraries on basic topics such
as Internet resources and VALS/Web2 usage, we are looking forward to
developing workshops that will train libraries on how to leverage their Gates
grant computers to offer new services and to train patrons.
In the future we also hope that the lab can be made available to
libraries that may want to bring in groups to conduct training led by their
own instructors. At this time we anticipate that such training would be
based on the software and capabilities of the current Gates grant computer
configurations and welcome libraries to contact us to discuss the possibility
of using the lab in this way. For more information on the lab, its
capabilities, and planned uses contact Sheila Kearns (802-828-3261 or
EIGHT LIBRARIES DESIGNATED AS "ENVISIONING EXCELLENCE"
Following successful completion of peer review of their respective long
range plans, eight Vermont public libraries have been recognized by the
Department of Libraries as "Envisioning Excellence." "This is our way of
recognizing the effort each librarian and board of trustees made over the
past year or so in developing a long range plan of service," State Librarian
Sybil Brigham McShane said. All of the libraries received a special
certificate noting their "Envisioning Excellence" status and are now able to
apply for standards using the "fast track" application form. The libraries
and their directors are:
Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester - Martha Reid / Carolyn Barnes
Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho/Underhill - Jane Ploughman
Fairlee Public Library - Debra Edmands
Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield - Betty Howlett
Putney Public Library - Stephen Coronella / Marianne Sanders
Quechee Library - Kate Schaal
Rutland Free Library - Paula Baker
Whitingham Free Public Library - Kris Berberian
All of these libraries used PLANNING FOR RESULTS: A LIBRARY
TRANSFORMATION PROCESS (by Ethel Himmel and William Wilson, ALA, 1998) to
help them with the planning process. Many also participated in Department of
Libraries-sponsored "Planning for Results" seminars led by Marianne Kotch,
Director, Public Library Support Services, during 2000. Kotch started a new
series of the seminars in January, 2002, using THE NEW PLANNING FOR RESULTS:
A STREAMLINED APPROACH (by Sandra Nelson, ALA, 2001). If you are interested
in participating in a future group, please call her at 828-2320, or email
LIBRARY MUTUAL AID PROGRAM BEGINS
A voluntary mentoring program for Vermont public libraries, Library
Mutual Aid is a new program of the Department of Libraries available to all
Vermont public libraries. The program, brainchild of former Peacham trustee
David E. L. Brown, pairs libraries on the basis of interest and need and
offers them a chance to share expertise and support on a regular basis.
Participating librarians and boards of trustees offer support and
guidance to each other in whatever form they may need, and other staff,
Friends, and volunteers of both libraries may also be involved. Libraries
might share duplicate books, extra supplies, furniture, etc. One library
group might help the other complete particular projects, such as moving
furniture, weeding, starting a Friends group, or writing an annual fund
raising letter. They might also offer advice with policymaking, planning,
running a capital campaign, or other initiatives. Mentees may well find that
they have know-how and ideas to share with mentors as well.
Contact between libraries should be at least once a month for a year
which may be renewed by mutual agreement. Librarians are expected to take
the lead in maintaining contact. Libraries may sign up to participate by
filling out an application available from any regional librarian and
returning it to Marianne Kotch, Director of Public Library Support Services.
For more information, contact Kotch at 828-2320.
2002 WORKSHOPS 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 Collection Development and Cataloging. Some of the
other workshops are: Young Adult Services; Services for the Elderly;
Storytelling; Grant Writing; Book Discussions; Legal Reference; Medical
Reference; and Technology Planning and the E-rate. The packet includes
registration forms for workshops which should be returned to Grace Greene,
Continuing Education Coordinator.
In addition to the formal workshops offered, regional librarians are
also available to teach a variety of shorter workshops ("mini workshops") on
almost any topic needed on demand. Please take those opportunities into
consideration when planning staff and board continuing education needs.
TRUSTEES, LIBRARIANS CONSIDER MONEY ISSUES
In examining the theme, "If Money is the Answer, What is the Question?,"
historian Richard Hathaway offered an historical context for the operation of
public libraries in his keynote address at the 2001 fall statewide
conference. Speaking to 80 trustees and librarians in Rutland November 10,
he cited classical authors, his own childhood librarian, printer T. R.
Silvey, and author Sven Birkerts in asserting that public libraries are
essential to the survival of our society. Libraries, Hathaway said, "help
people find the right words to bring us home" and "keep the possibility of
surprise alive in our culture."
Having served as auctioneer for several library-related fundraisers,
Hathaway offered ten nitty gritty suggestions to keep "New Millenium"
1. Form a Friends of the Library group to interface
with the community
2. Design programs to serve and attract all of the
3. Accept a "print-plus" world
4. Stress reading programs
5. Hold book sales
6. Engage in cooperative and consortial efforts with
allied organizations and services
7. Publish local history, bibliographies, and other
8. Build links with local service groups, such as
9. Hold art displays so that the "buildings can bloom"
10. Remain a primary community institution
After the keynote, the Vermont Library Association's Personnel and
Government Relations Committees reported on their plans for the coming year.
Nancy Wilson, chair of the Personnel Committee, offered a workshop on
determining pay and benefit schedules for employees. She noted that the
committee is developing a series of handouts to be available in 2002 and will
also be available to meet with local boards of trustees to help them develop
equitable pay and benefit packages.
After lunch, small group sessions discussed planned giving, led by
former Montpelier trustee Meredith Augustoni, and making effective budget
presentations, led by Middlebury librarian David Clark. State Librarian
Sybil Brigham McShane closed the conference with words about various grant
programs that will be helping to strengthen public library service in the
coming years. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Public Library
Section and the Vermont Library Trustees Association of the Vermont Library
Association, with organizational assistance from the Department of Libraries.
SPRING TRUSTEE TRAININGS PLANNED
Vermont's public library trustees will again have an opportunity for
discussion of mutual concerns at this year's spring Town Officers Educational
Conferences organized by the Vermont Institute for Government and the UVM
Extension Service. Four trustee-oriented workshops are planned for each of
the five sessions held regionally, and there will also be several other
sessions of interest to trustees as well as other town officials. Each
conference will begin with a keynote speech at 9:00 am and end by 3:30 pm.
All public library trustees and librarians are welcome to attend the
conferences. This year's "trustee track" will include the following workshop
sessions presented by Vermont trustees and librarians:
· Successful board meetings - How to conduct and
participate in a productive meeting, make sure things get
done, and still get home before midnight
· Working with a library long range plan - How plans
are developed and how they can be successfully implemented
· Preparing your library for disasters and crises -
How libraries can anticipate and respond to community and
library disasters including necessary documents, insurance
coverage, emergency handbooks, and other plans
· Library success stories - Time to share successful
grant projects, public relations, programming, and services
Dates and locations are Thursday, April 4 (Lyndon State College);
Wednesday, April 10 (Rutland Holiday Inn); Tuesday, April 16 (Lake Morey Inn,
Fairlee); Wednesday, April 24 (Hampton Inn, Colchester); Thursday, May 2 (Mt.
Snow). Registration packets will be mailed to all public libraries in late
February, but you may also call the UVM Extension Service at 223-2389 to
register. Many towns send carloads of officials to the conferences. Call
your town clerk for ride sharing information, and seize the opportunity to
tell your library's story!
DO YOU SHOW VIDEOS AT YOUR LIBRARY?
Under the current copyright law, public libraries may not show
videotapes unless those tapes have been cleared for public performance or
unless they have obtained a video site license. Without prior permission, a
public library may not rent a video to show or hold a video-based program
using videos in its own collection, even for a small audience with no
According to the American Library Association's VIDEO AND COPYRIGHT fact
sheet (available at http://www.ala.org/library/fact7.html), "when libraries
purchase a videocassette, they purchase the physical object as distinct from
purchasing the copyright to the content when they want to use a videotape in
such a way that would infringe upon the copyright, permission must be sought
from the copyright owner or steps taken to ensure that the videotape is
leased or licensed for the specific purpose of a public performance."
Under the copyright law, libraries may loan or rent videos to patrons,
as long as they do not cover the copyright notice that appears on the
producer's label and they do not knowingly loan a video to a group for a
public performance. There are also strict guidelines for classroom use of
copyrighted videos to insure that they are used as part of teaching
Finally, "most public performances of a videotape in a public room
(including library meeting rooms), whether or not a fee is cha2002, will
definitely be worth it for public librarians and trustees from even the
tiniest libraries. Preconferences, author appearances, inspiring speakers,
exhibits, and practical workshops are all in store.
SIMPLE LIVING COLLECTION TRAVELS
The Vermont Earth Institute, a Norwich-based nonprofit organization, has
arranged for nineteen Vermont public libraries to participate in its Simple
Living Lending Library program during 2002 and 2003. Each library will
display and circulate the small collection of adult titles chosen by Barbara
Duncan, executive director of VEI, for two months before passing them on to
the next library. The collection includes such titles as Elaine St. James'
INNER SIMPLICITY, Cecile Andrews' THE CIRCLE OF SIMPLICITY, and Brower &
Leon's THE CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICES. For more
information about the collection and to add your library to the list, contact
Duncan at (802) 649-4156, or visit the website:
PLA CONFERENCE COMES TO PHOENIX
While Phoenix, Arizona, seems like a long way to travel for a
conference, the national conference of the Public Library Association,
scheduled for March 12-16, 2002, will definitely be worth it for public
librarians and trustees from even the tiniest libraries. Preconferences,
author appearances, inspiring speakers, exhibits, and practical workshops are
all in store.
Eight preconferences will offer concentrated information on market
research, weeding, library building projects, readers' advisory,
storytelling, young adult services, website development, and public
relations. Benjamin Zander, author of THE ART OF POSSIBILITY and conductor
of the Boston Philharmonic, will open the conference, and other speakers
throughout the four days will include Juan Williams, Helen Thomas, and
several other authors. Educational programs will cover a wide range of
topics from "Building Projects for Small and Medium-sized Libraries" and
"Library Advocacy in Your Own Backyard" to "Real Stories about Quality
Children's Programming" and "Creating Genealogy Collections from Local
Sources." Over 600 exhibits will offer the latest in publications,
audio-visual materials, technology, equipment, supplies, and services.
Conference participants will also be able to take a variety of tours of
libraries and area sites, and a postconference will address "What Makes a
Leader? Key Competencies for Public Library Leaders in the 21st Century."
For more information, visit PLA's website at www.pla.org, or call
1800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA. And if you can't bring yourself to visit Arizona
during mud season and would rather wait for an east coast conference, this
year's American Library Association extravaganza will be held in Atlanta, GA,
June 13-19. Information is at ALA's website, www.ala.org.
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...
by Marjorie D. Zunder
Director, Library and Information Services
Describing your ILL service . . .
Need to describe your library's interlibrary loan service in a
newsletter, brochure or other article? If you'd like a model, Lisa Milchman
of the Norwich Public Library has written a great one for her library. For a
copy of Lisa's article, contact Marj Zunder, email@example.com or
Borrowing multiple copies . . .
Need multiple copies of current books for a book group? Essex Free
Library has a collection of multiple copies and is willing to lend them. The
list is available at http://www.essex.org/library3.htm
Borrowing recordings and videos . . .
Trying to borrow a title that sounds like a book, but is really a sound
recording, video or even large print? Please add a note to your request that
will help the lending library recognize what you need.
Borrowing from the Community College of Vermont . . .
Wondering where the Community College of Vermont library materials have
gone? They are now all housed at Vermont Technical College. This includes
all videos. Check the State Colleges catalog through VALS for any materials
formerly held by Community College of Vermont libraries.
Fundraising tips . . .
Stephanie Roth of THE GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING JOURNAL suggests that the
ten most important things you can know about fundraising are:
1. If you want money, you have to ask for it.
2. Thank before you bank.
3. Donors are not ATM's!
4. Most money comes from people, and most of those
people are not rich.
5. People have the right to say no.
6. To be good at fundraising requires three character
traits as much as any set of skills. The traits are belief
in the cause, ability to have high hopes and low
expectations, faith in the goodness of people.
7. Fundraising should not be confused with fund
chasing, fund squeezing or fund hoarding.
8. Fundraising is an exchange, i.e. people pay you to
do work they cannot do alone.
9. People's anxieties about fundraising stem from their
anxieties about money.
10. There are four steps to fundraising: plan, plan,
plan and work your plan.
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Searching for web sites . . .
Can't find exactly what you need with a web search? Need a better way
to find good web information? The UVM online library catalog, Voyager,
includes web sites. The sites cataloged in Voyager have been carefully
selected for quality content. To search this section of the catalog, go to
the opening screen for Voyager. In the upper right corner under "Additional
databases" choose "Select Web Sites." You can search by subject as you
would for any other library material. DOLCAT includes cataloging for a
number of the Vermont state government web sites.
New library science titles available in DOLCAT . . .
The following books are available on interlibrary loan:
BECOMING A FUNDRAISER: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF
LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT, 2nd ed. American Library Assn., 2000.
BUYING AND MAINTAINING PERSONAL COMPUTERS.
CYBRARIAN'S MANUAL 2. American Library Assn., 2000.
Includes essays on all aspects of the internet, including
ergonomics, LAN technology, copyright, cyber-citing, push
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM MANUAL, 6th ed. American Library
INTERNET POLICY HANDBOOK FOR LIBRARIES. Neal-Schuman,
LIBRARY DISASTER PLANNING AND RECOVERY HANDBOOK.
MYSTERY READERS' ADVISORY: THE LIBRARIAN'S CLUES TO
MURDER AND MAYHEM. American Library Assn., 2002.
SELECTING AND MANAGING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES.
TEACHING THE iNTERNET TO LIBRARY STAFF AND USERS.
WEB-BASED INSTRUCTION: A GUIDE FOR LIBRARIES. American
Library Assn., 2001.
Resources . . .
. . . As part of The Campaign for America's Libraries, the American Library
Association (ALA) is pleased to announce AccessAbility @ your library(tm), a
national program developed by Easter Seals and ALA to educate children and
adults about people with disabilities and to promote the library as a
community resource for people of all ages and abilities to obtain information
about disabilities. Reading lists for children and adults have been prepared
by members of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA),
divisions of ALA. The lists will be made available through Easter Seals
affiliates to local libraries participating in AccessAbility @ your library
programs, and also can be accessed on ALA's Web site at:
www.ala.org/news/v7n10/adult.html and www.ala.org/news/v7n10/children.html.
Easter Seals will be approaching approximately 20 libraries in targeted areas
to pilot the program, which may expand to additional sites following the
launch. For more information, please contact Joan Fishman in the Easter
Seals national office at 312-551-7136. Program information can also be
obtained from the Easter Seals Web site, www.easter-seals.org.
Grants . . .
. . . the 2002 VERMONT DIRECTORY OF FOUNDATIONS is now available, listing
in-state foundations and those out-of-state foundations that target the state
- $45 from CPG Enterprises, Inc., PO Box 199, Shaftsbury, VT 05262. Also
available from CPG are valuable publications on grant writing. See the
website at www.cpgfundraising.com for details.
Websites to explore . . .
· ALA interlibrary loan form to use to request from
out of state: http://www.ala.org/rusa/stnd_illformprint.html
You must print this form, fill it out and snail mail it.
· List of the of the OCLC codes for out of state
Addresses in this list are brief. Use the library's web site
for a complete address.
· National interlibrary loan code, newly revised:
The Vermont ILL Code will soon be revised also
· Vermont Library Association:
Includes membership form, list of officers, intellectual
freedom handbook, and more.
· Library Media & PR
An annual calendar of events to hang your public relations
on, bookmarks to print, good ideas, book lists, links to
other PR sites
· Boothbay Harbor (Maine) Memorial Library's
"Publishers Page of Shame": http://www.bmpl.lib.me.us/shame.htm
Regularly updated list of new books that have fallen apart almost
immediately upon release into circulation.
Fri., Jan. 18, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors Quarterly Forum,
Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. General discussion for directors from all
sizes of libraries. Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320. Snow date: Jan.
Mon., Jan. 21 - State Holiday - Department of Libraries central office
and regional libraries closed.
Mon., Jan. 28, 9:30 am - Franklin-Grand Isle County Librarians
Miniworkshop on after-school programming, Georgia Public Library. Regular
meeting follows at 12 noon. Contact: Susan Webster, 524-4643.
Mon., Feb. 4, 10:00 am - Addison County Librarians meeting, Starksboro
Public Library. Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Tues., Mar. 5 - State Holiday - Department of Libraries central office
and regional libraries closed.
Tues., Mar. 12, 9:30 am - Rutland County Librarians meeting, Middletown
Springs Public Library. Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Tues.-Sat., Mar. 12-16 - Public Library Association national conference,
Phoenix, AZ. Exhibits and workshops just for public librarians.
Registration fee. Contact: PLA, 1-800-545-2433.
Tues., Mar. 19, 9:30 am - Grantwriting workshop, Midstate Regional
Library, Berlin. Repeats: Thurs., Mar. 21, Sherburne Memorial Library,
Killington. Continues Tues., April 9 (MRL) and Thurs., April 11
(Killington). Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Thurs., Mar. 21, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. Board meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Trina Magi, 656-5723, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues., Mar. 26, 9:00 am - Children's Materials Review Session, Brown
Public Library, Northfield. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261. Repeats:
Wed., Mar. 27 - Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
Thurs., Mar. 28- Milton Public Library
Tues., April 2 - Butterfield Library, Westminster
Wed., April 3 - Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury
Thurs., April 4, 9:00 am - Town Officers Educational Conference, Lyndon
State College. Four workshops throughout the day will be especially for
public library trustees. Registration fee. Contact: UVM Extension Service,
Wed., April 10 - Holiday Inn, Rutland
Tues., April 16 - Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
Wed., April 24 - Hampton Inn, Colchester
Thurs., May 2 - Mt. Snow
Sat., April 6, 9:30 am - A Day for Friends and their Librarians, 2002,
Rutland Free Library. Gathering for idea sharing for members of local
Friends of the Library groups and librarians. Featured speaker: Doris Bass,
former president, FOLUSA. Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Sun., April 15-Sat., April 20 - National Library Week, with Vermont
Library Association-sponsored legislative breakfasts and book cart at the
Vermont State House. Contact: Carolyn Barnes, 878-5370. For promotional
materials, contact American Library Association, 1-800-545-2433.
Mon.-Fri., April 29-May 3, 9:30 am each day - Basic Cataloging workshop,
Whiting Library, Chester. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
YOUTH SERVICES NEWS
by Grace W. Greene
Children's Services Consultant
Spring Materials Review Sessions: Shorter and a New Location
Review sessions co-sponsored by the Department of Libraries and the
Department of Education are open to all who live or work in Vermont, and
serve as a tool for collection development for school and public librarians.
You need not pre-register. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. If you have any
question about whether we will be canceling because of the weather, call DOL
anytime after 7:30 a.m.28-3261).
This spring's session will be quite different from usual, because Leda
Schubert from the Department of Education will not be there. Leda is taking a
leave of absence to attend the MFA in Writing for Children program at Vermont
College, and will be working only 10% time. So, for this one session, I will
be doing it alone. I will be reviewing roughly the same number of books as I
always do, but the number reviewed orally will be about half the usual number
because of Leda's absence. I plan to present for about two hours. In
addition, I will take many books reviewed by volunteer reviewers, as well as
nonfiction titles recommended in the review media. In order for everyone to
see the books, we will allow even more time than usual for browsing.
Here's the schedule. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SESSION NORMALLY HELD AT THE
MIDSTATE REGIONAL LIBRARY, BERLIN, WILL BE HELD AT THE BROWN PUBLIC LIBRARY,
Tuesday, March 26 .. . Brown Public Library, Northfield
Wednesday, March 27 ... Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington
Thursday, March 28 .. Milton Public Library
Tuesday, April 2 Butterfield Memorial Library, Westminster
Wednesday, April 3 Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury
Directions to the Brown Public Library in Northfield: From the North,
take I89 to Exit 8 (Montpelier) and follow Route 12 South; from the South,
take I89 to Exit 5 (Northfield/Williamstown) and take Route 12 North. The
library is located on Route 12 (Main Street) in downtown Northfield. Parking
is available in the library parking lots, and in the United Church parking
lot directly across the street from the library. The library telephone number
DCF/Red Clover Award News . . .
. . . DCF Ceremony
The winner of the 2001 DCF award, Christopher Paul Curtis, whose book
BUD, NOT BUDDY, won the hearts of many Vermont children, came to Vermont to
accept his award in late October. At the ceremony at Vermont Technical
College, a packed house of several hundred children, librarians and teachers
listened to Mr. Curtis talk about his years on the automobile assembly lines
in Flint, MI, and his eventual emergence as an author. This was a man who
knew how to hold his audience-he had everyone in the palm of his
hand--fascinated, amused, and wanting more. We were indeed fortunate that Mr.
Curtis was able to fit Vermont into his very full schedule.
. . . Online DCF discussion
There is now a DCF Web Discussion Board online, for you and your kids to
use. Please check it out when you get a chance. Instructions:
Go to this web address, click NEW USER and follow online directions:
It is important to fill in the information required and click the CREATE
button at the bottom of the page.
This DCF Web Discussion board requires email address verification. After
submitting this form, an email message with your temporary password will be
sent to the email address you specify. You will need to use this password to
gain access to this board. Be sure to double-check that the email address you
enter is valid. Once you login, you can change your password, but not your
email address. NOTE: You must login to the DCF Web Board within 24 hours or
this user name and password will expire. Administrator, Roger Crowley,
The DCF committee again thanks Roger for maintaining this site.
. . . Changing Committee Members
At its fall business meeting, the DCF committee chose Liz Bourne as its
newest member. Liz is the librarian at the Westminster Schools, has been on
the Red Clover committee, and currently is teaching a Collection Development
course through UVM. Of course, the bad thing about welcoming a new colleague
is that means we will be saying goodbye to another. Linda Morrow, the
librarian at the Rivendell School in the Fairlee/Orford district, after great
six years will be going off the committee in the spring. Farewell and thank
you, Linda, and welcome, Liz.
. . . Spring mailing
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 2002-2003
The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Masterlist for 2002-2003
The DCF voting form for this year (deadline April 12)
As soon as we know information about the winning books for 2002 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 to a ceremony, but hold a
party or celebration in your own library or school. If there is a ceremony
for this year's winner, Scott Campitelli from RETN is planning to film it, so
the video will be widely available.
. . . Information and a Meeting for New Children's Librarians
The packets that we developed last year to help new children's
librarians navigate their way through the Vermont library scene have been
eagerly received and greatly appreciated. Similar in intent to the new
librarian packets, this compendium of information includes a summary of the
services that the Department of Libraries 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. In addition, if there is enough interest, I will plan a
gathering for new children's librarians and their directors to share
concerns, discuss duties and priorities, and help one another plan good
children's services. Please let me know if you would be interested in
attending such a day, to be scheduled probably in the late spring.
. . . Summer Materials for TRAVEL FAR, PAY NO FARE
This year's summer reading program is based on the book by Anne
Lindbergh, TRAVEL FAR, PAY NO FARE (HarperCollins, 1992). Amazingly, the book
actually features a bookmark from a library in Vermont! The bookmark, with
the slogan "Travel far, pay no fare, let a story take you there," literally
takes the reader into the story. With the magic bookmark, Parsley, a
nine-year-old girl has gone into such books as STUART LITTLE, THE INCREDIBLE
JOURNEY and THE YEARLING, and has even brought out animals from these
stories! The book is currently out of print, but Reeve Lindbergh, Anne's
sister, is having it reprinted just for our program. Reeve and Anne's
daughter are planning on providing one copy for each public library in
Vermont, and there will be more copies available for libraries to buy. We
are very grateful to Reeve for her support and generosity.
The manual will feature programs based on the book itself, as well as
programs with a general theme of travel. Therefore, you can choose to focus
on geography, fantasy worlds, or the magic of books. In March all public
libraries will receive:
· A manual full of ideas on how to run a successful
· 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, stamps and bookmarks
· A list of performers who do programs related to the
summer theme, with announcement of partial funding from DOL
· A packet of ideas for adult programs made up by
. . . Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Grants
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will award $40,000 in Minigrants ($350
per library) in December for innovative and imaginative programs in public
libraries and public school libraries designed to combat illiteracy. The
deadline for submission of proposals is September 15, 2002. Programs that
will be considered include storytelling, innovative or noteworthy workshops,
and festivals. Applications for proposals can be downloaded from the Keats
website: www.ezra-jack-keats.org. Telephone: 718-252-4047.
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AGENCY OF ADMINISTRATION
DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARIES
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Grace Greene, Children's Services Consultant . . . 828-3261
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Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library (St. Johnsbury) .748-3428
Amy Howlett, Southeast Regional Consultant (Bellows Falls).463-0142
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