Vermont Dept. of Libraries News, No. 125, July, 2002
State of Vermont
Department of Libraries
N E W S
No. 125, July, 2002
BOARD WELCOMES NEW MEMBER, REVIEWS POLICY
The Vermont Board of Libraries met in Berlin on June 18 to introduce a
new board member, approve a new Internet Use Policy, and discuss progress on
various Department initiatives. It generally meets on the third Thursday of
the even-numbered months at 10:30 am at the Midstate Regional Library.
This was the first meeting for new Board member Susan Bruce of St.
Albans who was recently appointed by Governor Howard Dean to serve on the
seven-member advisory body to the Department of Libraries. A graduate of
Middlebury College, Bruce is a trustee of the St. Albans Free Library. She
was active in fund raising for the recently opened addition to that library
which doubled its space on a small lot. She joins Joan Rahe (Bennington),
Laura Lewis (Guilford), John Rosenthal (Charlotte), Rosemary Rogers
(Proctor), and Nancy Price Graff (Montpelier). State Librarian Sybil Brigham
McShane noted that another appointment to the board will be announced later
in the summer.
The Board of Libraries reviewed and recommended that the Department
adopt a new Internet Safety Policy/Acceptable Use Policy to comply with the
Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA). The policy, which
will be reviewed by the Attorney General's Office before final approval, was
developed in response to resolution of the recent lawsuit regarding the
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). It will be available in its
entirety on the Department's website (http://dol.state.vt.us) when finally
The policy notes the Department of Libraries' support for the American
Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, particularly its Interpretation
regarding Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks. It also
outlines unacceptable uses of the Department's computers and "affirms the
right and responsibility of parents/guardiansto determine and monitor their
minor children's use of the internet."
At the June Board meeting, State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane also
reviewed the recent evaluation of the Department's five year plan for its
federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding. The evaluation,
conducted with the assistance of Library Development Solutions, Princeton,
NJ, notes that "Without LSTA support, Vermont libraries would be less able to
provide relevant services to residents today, such as Internet access,
efficient interlibrary loan and reference services, and access to library
catalogs statewide." The Department's successes with the Vermont Automated
Libraries System (VALS), certification and continuing education for public
librarians, the statewide summer reading program, and technology grant
programs were all highlighted. McShane said that the report also offers
suggestions for the coming five year plan, to be submitted to the federal
Institute of Museum and Library Services this summer. The report is available
Finally, McShane told the Board about the impact of recent state budget
reductions and the possibility of recissions to the FY2003 budget. The
suggestion to close regional libraries to the general public while leaving
them open to libraries was not part of the FY2003 budget passed by the
General Assembly. As this issue of News went to press, a flat state economy
had necessitated a hiring freeze in state government. McShane expected to
hear more about the Department's budget during the summer.
PATRIOT ACT SPARKS CONCERN
Recent articles in the Burlington Free Press and a syndicated cartoon by
Vermonter Jeff Danziger have highlighted the USA Patriot Act and libraries.
On October 25, 2001, Congress passed the "Uniting and Strengthening America
by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism
Act" (USA PATRIOT Act). According to the American Library Association
(ALA), "this law broadly expands the powers of federal law enforcement
agencies investigating cases involving foreign intelligence and international
Several Vermont librarians have been interviewed by the press about
their concerns, and library staff, volunteers, and trustees have also
wondered what their response should be when or if federal agents ask for
information. Most Vermont public libraries have policies upholding the
confidentiality of users in accordance with state law that makes records
identifying library patrons and the circulation of library materials exempt
from public access. Nonetheless, the federal law supercedes state laws, and
librarians should cooperate with law enforcement within the framework of the
The ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee discussed the Patriot Act at its
June meeting and determined that the Act "does not impose any duty on
libraries to collect or retain confidential information about its patrons for
law enforcement purposes. In addition, only FBI agents can use the Patriot
Act to request information. An FBI agent who wishes to obtain confidential
patron information is still required to present a search warrant or other
court order before he or she can legally obtain those records."
Nevertheless, the Department of Libraries advises librarians and their
boards to become knowledgeable about their responsibilities and legal
obligations under the law. The following ALA websites are recommended:
State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane noted in a July 7 email message to
[Librarians] will want to make decisions regarding data, logs
and records of all types digital and paper - to be discarded
or saved. For example, why are you keeping your computer
sign-up sheets? Once the day is complete and you have
counted usage, you really do not need those sheets any more.
If you are keeping the sheets so you can track down who did
"inappropriate" things with the computer you are probably
compromising the privacy of all your patrons for the few
problem patrons. Are you clearing your public access
computers history files and other caches daily so that
patron's privacy is not compromised?
Please be aware that a search warrant issued by a FISA
court [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (USA Patriot
Act amendment)] also contains a gag order. That means that no
person or institution served with the warrant can disclose
that the warrant has been served or that records have been
produced pursuant to the warrant. The library and its staff
must comply with this order. No information can be disclosed
to any other party, including the patron whose records are
the subject of the search warrant.
The gag order does not change a library's right to legal
representation during the search. The library can still seek
legal advice concerning the warrant and request that the
library's legal counsel be present during the actual search
and execution of the warrant.
The Freedom to Read Foundation's legal counsel is also available to
libraries that do not have attorneys. Call the ALA Office for Intellectual
Freedom (1-800-545-2433, ext. 4223) and inform the staff that you need legal
advice. Do not disclose the reason for the assistance and do not inform the
staff of the existence of a warrant. An attorney will return your call.
RICHARDS TO HEAD MRL
Edwin B. "Ned" Richards, formerly of New York City, has been named
director of the Department of Libraries Midstate Regional Library in Berlin,
beginning July 15. The regional library serves libraries of all types and
the general public with interlibrary loan and supplementary library
materials. As regional librarian, Richards will also provide consulting
services to public libraries in Rutland and Addison Counties and parts of
Washington, Orange, and Windsor Counties.
A graduate of Portland (OR) State University with an MLS from Rutgers
University, Richards was most recently Technical Services Coordinator at the
Dana Library at Rutgers Newark campus. Prior to that position, he spent
several years at the New York Public Library, working in various branches and
serving as Senior Assistant Branch Chief in two branches. He served on
NYPL's "Books to Remember" committee in 2000 and on its New Professionals
committee in 1998-2000. Richards has also worked at the Maricopa County (AZ)
Public Library and the Oregon Health Sciences University.
LIBRARIES SIGN UP FOR "MUTUAL AID"
Several Vermont public libraries have signed up to participate in the
Department of Libraries' new Mutual Aid program, a voluntary mentoring
program. The libraries are paired on the basis of interest and need,
offering support and guidance in whatever form the librarians and boards of
trustees feel is needed. Visits and meetings between libraries may be
involved, or the libraries can work together on an "on-call" basis. Contact
between libraries should be at least once a month for a year, which may be
renewed by mutual agreement.
The first libraries to be involved in the program are the Platt Memorial
Library, Shoreham, and the Brown Public Library, Northfield. Shoreham
trustees and staff hope to expand the library's space, perhaps in cooperation
with one or more community organizations. The Northfield library did just
that only a few years ago and now hopes to broaden its children's programming
and other services, which is a strength of Platt Memorial's offerings.
Two incorporated public libraries - Mark Skinner Library, Manchester,
and Brandon Free Public Library - will support each other during the
automation process and in developing a range of community support. If your
library would like to sign up for the Mutual Aid program, please contact your
regional librarian or Marianne Kotch at 828-2320.
STATE LIBRARIAN HEARD ON "SWITCHBOARD"
Librarians and trustees who tuned into Vermont Public Radio's popular
"Switchboard" program May 23 may have been pleasantly surprised to hear
familiar voices. State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane and incoming Vermont
Library Association president Karen Lane spent an hour discussing the future
of libraries in an Information Age, the pros and cons of having more public
libraries per capita than any other state, the variety of programs available
statewide, and a host of other library issues with host Steve Zind.
VPR callers asked questions about the interlibrary loan system, out of
town borrowers fees, regional library services, and more. Some also extolled
the virtues of their own public libraries, particularly summer reading
programs with the statewide theme "Travel Far, Pay No Fare." If you would
like to hear the program in its entirety and your computer has audio
capability, go to http://www.vpr.net/vt_news/switchboard_may2002.shtml.
E-Rate, a common name for telecommunications discounts from the
Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, is now entering its 5th
year of funding through the Federal Communications Commission. This program
provides schools and public libraries with discounts for telecommunications
services, Internet access, and internal communications. If you've never
applied for E-Rate, the process at first glance can seem a bit daunting. But
if you follow a few simple steps, your library can receive up to 90% funding
for these services, to help your library not only pay the bills, but also
upgrade and improve service to your community.
How to get started? The E-Rate web page at
http://www.sl.universalservice.org will have all the necessary forms and
instructions that you will need for your applications. This is also the
place for news, updates, and filing your forms electronically. Most public
libraries that participate in the E-Rate program will follow the same basic
steps year-after-year. Once you learn the application process, you will find
it easier to do the next year. From start to finish, here is a the basic
outline of the E-Rate process:
1. File Form 470 and wait the required 28 days (E-Rate
will let you know when that is).
2. File Form 471 once the "window" (time during which
all Form 471s are treated as if filed on the same day)
3. After Form 471 is filed, you should receive an RAL
(Receipt Acknowledgement Letter) for the E-Rate and
immediately make any corrections where necessary.
4. You will receive a funding commitment from the SLD,
essentially telling you what has or has not been approved
5. File Form 486 to let the SLD know that it is ok to
pay discounts to your provider(s).
6. File Form 472 (BEAR) to your provider(s) in order to
To make the process go smoothly, always respond to E-Rate correspondence
as quickly as possible. If at any time during your application process you
need some help, contact the SLD help line at 888-203-8100 or Department of
Libraries staff for assistance.
On Friday, May 31, 2002, a three-judge panel of the United States
District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania ruled that the CIPA (Children's
Internet Protection Act) requirement for filtering in public libraries is
unconstitutional. However, the court's decision did not eliminate all
requirements for public libraries applying for E-Rate discounts. In addition
to the CIPA requirements, another act - the Neighborhood Children's Internet
Protection Act (NCIPA) -added additional requirements to the application
process which were not impacted by the May 31 court decision and are still in
force. The only exception would be public libraries that are only receiving
telecommunications service discounts.
The NCIPA section that specifically affects public libraries is the
requirement to enforce a "Policy of Internet Safety". Specifically, this
policy must address the following issues: (1) access by minors to
inappropriate material on the Internet, (2) safety and security of minors
when using electronic communications, (3) unauthorized access, (4)
unauthorized disclosure, use, dissemination of personal identification
information regarding minors; and (5) measures designed to restrict minors
access to material harmful to minors. Details on NCIPA and a "Sample
Internet Use Policy" are available at the Department of Libraries website
On June 28, 2002, a new FCC/CIPA order was issued in response to the May
31 court decision and addresses how the Form 486 application process has
changed. First, any library for Funding Year 2001 that did not file a FCC
Form 486 in part due to the litigation will be allowed to submit a Form 486
for a period lasting 120 days from the release date of the order or the
release date of a funding commitment decision letter, whichever is later.
Second, all libraries that filed an FCC Form 486 after the October 28, 2001,
deadline shall not be penalized for having missed the deadline but FCC Forms
486 shall still be subject to the normal 120 day rule. Third, for Funding
Year 2001 library applicants that filed a Form 486 by October 28, 2001,
without completing the CIPA certifications, the SLD shall accept these forms
and process them without penalty for the lack of certification.
What should you do next? The Universal Service Administrative Company
(USAC) recently reported that it is currently working through procedures with
FCC staff "to implement this new order, and we expect to have these
procedures ready next week." When these new procedures are ready,
information about them will be posted on the SLD site at
http://www.sl.universalservice.org. Keep watching. Another site that will
be keeping updates on all the current E-Rate decisions is the ALA site at:
http://www.ala.org/cipa/. Also, please watch your VALS email for E-Rate
information, and feel free to call your regional librarian, Sybil McShane or
Sheila Kearns if you have questions.
Northeast Regional Librarian
FALL TRUSTEES CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON CHANGE
Building on the success of the popular spring trustees workshops at Town
Officers Educational Conferences around the state, the Vermont Library
Trustees Association, in cooperation with the Department of Libraries, will
be holding its annual statewide conference on Saturday, November 2, at the
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. The theme for the day "How are Public
Libraries Changing?" State Librarian Sybil Brigham McShane will offer her
view on how Vermont's public libraries are changing and about important
issues they face in providing different services to evolving communities.
Four workshops will be offered in the morning and repeated in the
afternoon so that participants can attend at least two of them. Topics will
ˇ What is obscenity? How do we know if we are
observing the law?
ˇ How are our meetings supposed to be run?
ˇ Keeping our library in the public eye and promoting
ˇ The new formats - what's out there and how do we pay
Closing remarks on "Is What We're Doing Ethical?" will feature Peacham
trustee David E. L. Brown.
Registration and coffee will begin at 9:30, and the day will end at 3:00
pm. A bag lunch will be provided. Handouts will include a review of Vermont
Public Library Foundation/Freeman Foundation projects, the recently revised
"Policymaking," and other tools to help trustees face the uncertain, yet
changing future. Cost for the day will include morning coffee and lunch. A
registration form will be available at regional libraries, the Vermont
Library Association's website (http://www.vermontlibraries.org) and in the
VLA News in early fall. For more information, contact Marianne Kotch,
Department of Libraries, 828-2320, email email@example.com.
LIBRARY USAGE UP NATIONWIDE
Two new national studies commissioned by the American Library
Association (ALA) show that Americans are using their libraries more than
ever, and 91% of adults believe public libraries play an important role in
the future, despite all of the information available on the internet.
Librarians have long believed that when the economy goes down, public
library use goes up. But no one has been able to substantiate this belief
with data - until now. ALA contracted with the University of Illinois
Library Research Center to study library use over the last five years at the
25 U.S. public libraries serving populations of 1 million or more. Using
data from 18 of those large libraries, the study found that circulation has
increased significantly since March, 2001, when the National Bureau of
Economic Research pegged the beginning of the latest recession. Using
statistical analysis, the Library Research Center found that circulation in
March, 2001, was 8.3% higher than would be expected from the trend observed
since January, 1997. Following the events of September 11, circulation in
October, 2001, exceeded the trend by 11.3%.
A separate survey, released by ALA on April 15, 2002, found that,
overwhelmingly, adults are satisfied with their public libraries (84%
compared to 7% who were not satisfied). KRC Research & Consulting conducted
the "@ your library: Attitudes Toward Public Libraries" study, which polled
about 1,000 adult Americans in a national random-sample telephone survey
conducted March 8-11. The survey found:
ˇ Of adults visiting libraries, those aged 25-34 visit
the most often - 24 times per year. On average library
users visit 13 times a year.
ˇ More than two-thirds of adults with children under
18 say they visit libraries with their children.
ˇ 62% of adult Americans say they have a library card.
Adults with children are most likely to have a library card
ˇ The library is most often used for educational
purposes (46%), followed by entertainment (41%)
ˇ More than half of those polled believe $26 to $100
per capita should be spent to support public libraries
(current spending per capita is $25 nationwide).
In addition to asking Americans about their library habits, the survey
also sought to gauge public perceptions of libraries. ALA found that:
ˇ 91% believe libraries are changing and dynamic
places with a variety of activities for the whole family.
ˇ 90% believe libraries are places of opportunity for
education, self-help, and offer free access to all.
ˇ 88% agreed libraries are unique because you have
access to nearly everything on the Web or in print, as well
as personal service and assistance in finding it.
ˇ 83% believe free people need free libraries; and
libraries and librarians play an essential role in our
democracy and are needed now more than ever.
ˇ 81% agreed that librarians are techno-savvy and on
the forefront of the Information Age.
For more information on both surveys, go to
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...
by Marjorie D. Zunder
Director, Library and Information Services
Interlibrary Loan: When you just can't get it back...
If you are having a problem with a patron not returning interlibrary
loan material, take the initiative with the lender. Report the problem
immediately. Even though this isn't a complete solution, you save the lender
the time it would have taken to notify you. Let the lender know you are
aware of the problem and working on it. If you are billed, pay promptly with
a library check, when necessary even before you receive payment from the
patron. Interlibrary loan losses are hard enough without added headaches
related to notifying and billing borrowers.
Spread the load...
Don't wear out your welcome. Over time, use a variety of lenders.
Since instate mail service is fairly consistent, using lenders outside your
immediate area often yields just as fast service. The more libraries
participating in lending, the stronger statewide interlibrary loan service
becomes. There is an exception to using a variety of lenders. If you need
several items on the same day that could all be sent by one lender, borrow
all of the items from this lender so they can be mailed in one package.
Borrowing multiple copies...
A reminder. In addition to titles available in multiple copies from
Essex Free library, http://www.essex.org/library3.htm, there are also
multiple copies listed at http://talkingaboutbooks.aexx.net/, a business in
Williamstown, VT. Talking About Books offers multiple copies of titles that
are excellent for book groups and charges minimal fees.
New library science books available in DOLCAT:
CARNEGIE LIBRARIES ACROSS AMERICA: A PUBLIC LEGACY.
John Wiley and Sons, 1997.
COPYRIGHT PLAIN & SIMPLE. 2nd ed. Career Press, 2001.
DON'T MAKE ME THINK: A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO WEB
USABILITY. New Riders, 2000.
THE LIBRARIAN'S GUIDE TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE
DIGITAL AGE: COPYRIGHTS, PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS.
American Library Association, 2002.
ONLINE COMMUNITY INFORMATION: CREATING A NEXUS AT YOUR
LIBRARY. American Library Association, 2002.
RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED
LIBRARIES AND MEDIA CENTERS, 2001. Libraries Unlimited,
WHITHER THE POSTMODERN LIBRARY? LIBRARIES, TECHNOLOGY
AND EDUCATION IN THE INFORMATION AGE. McFarland, 2000.
Consumer Health Reference: Need answers to health related questions?...
For a variety of print and web consumer health resources, try
http://dol.state.vt.us/www/refbib/chbib.htm. In particular, there are
several web sites in the "general information" section that are easy to use
and packed with information including MedlinePlus, www.medlineplus.gov,
Healthfinder, www.healthfinder.gov and YourSurgery.com, www.yoursurgery.com.
Under "general information, state," the most helpful web site is Healthy
Vermonters, part of the Vermont Department of Health's web site. Go to
http://www.healthyvermonters.info/contents.shtml for an easy index to a wide
range of health topics, e.g. abuse, air quality, anthrax, arthritis and
Concentrate on the patron...
It is especially tempting, when helping a patron with health information
needs, to share personal experiences and opinions, particularly if you have
background in the medical world of any kind. Try to remember that patrons
want most to talk about themselves. Avoid giving any information "off the
top of your head." Refer patrons to sources that you feel are reliable and
allow them to interpret the information for themselves. Confidentially is
vital in consumer health reference as with all reference work. Don't discuss
any reference questions with others except people you are consulting for
"Policymaking," a handout with a brief overview of the types of policies
public libraries need, some information about by-laws, important ALA
documents, and samples from Vermont public libraries - free - from Marianne
Kotch, Department of Libraries, (802) 828-2320,
Sample forms, including smoking policy, sample emergency procedures, or
a termination reference release form - free from Office Depot's website:
Popular "Bare Bones" lists have been revised and updated by Amy Howlett
for recent Department of Libraries "Collection Development" workshops. For a
new Bare Bones packet, contact Mary Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"BOARD CAFÉ" archives, print-ready, at http://www.boardcafe.org. Look
under "Archived Issues" for short and main course articles such as "How to
Fire Your Executive Director" (March 1998), "Thinking About Going Out of
Business" (June 2000), "What to Do with Board Members Who Don't Do Anything"
(April 2001), or "Sample Conflict of Interest Policy" (January 2000). And
while you're at it, sign up to receive this excellent, small newsletter for
board members of nonprofits.
"Rural Library Services newsletter," a quarterly publication with
practical information to keep up with trends and current issues in our
nation's smallest - but most plentiful - public libraries. $30/year from
Susan N. Hill, Director/Editor, Paulding County Carnegie Library, 205 S. Main
St., Paulding, OH 45879, http://www.pauldingcountylibrary.org .
The American Library Assn.'s spring graphics catalog, including "Read"
posters, bookmarks, T-shirts, and even a "Read" BBQ apron - free by calling
1-866-SHOPALA or via website http://www.alastore.ala.org.
The Public Library Association division of ALA offers a variety of
awards for excellence each year - this may be your library's year to earn the
"Advancement of Literacy Award," the "Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public
Library Service Award," and several others. For a brochure with nomination
forms call PLA at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5026, or at PLA's website
American Doctrine International (ADI) Foundation is interested in
helping Vermont public libraries write grants for books, buildings, and other
necessities. Contact ADI, PO Box 108, New Haven, VT 05472, (802) 657-0166
TAP-VT, the Vermont Community Foundation's continuing education program
for staff and boards of nonprofits, is now listed at the foundation's website
- http://www.vermontcf.org/tap.html. You can view the schedule and download
registration forms for workshops which cover a variety of topics, including
board development, grant research, capital campaigns, running effective
Ohio Library Council has developed two online, self-directed training
programs for library staff: Orientation for New Employees and ORE (Ohio
Reference Excellence) on the internet. To access these learning tools,
visit OLC's website http://www.olc.org and select either "ORE on the WEB" or
"Orientation Program." The Orientation Program provides an overview of
public library service for new library staff - customer service,
confidentiality, Dewey, etc. ORE on the WEB is designed to enhance
reference skills and abilities, particularly for staff with no formal
reference training. For more information, contact Wayne Piper of the Ohio
Library Council at 614-221-9057 or email@example.com.
WEBSITES TO EXPLORE...
http://www.overbooked.org - annotated lists of books receiving good
reviews in various professional journals as well as links to other websites
for genre fiction
http://www.literatureawards.com/index.htm - extensive lists of book
awards, winners, and when awarded
http://www.barnacle.org/overdue - daily library-related comic strip to
share with your customers
Tues., July 23, 9:30 am - Serving Seniors workshop, Northeast Regional
Library, St. Johnsbury. Repeats Thurs., July 25, Ilsley Public Library,
Middlebury. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Thurs., Aug. 1, 9:30 am - Rutland County Librarians meeting, Proctor Free
Library. Contact: Mary Brough, 459-4539.
Fri., Aug. 2, 9:30 am - New Planning for Results seminar, Brownell Library,
Essex Junction. Repeats Thurs., Aug. 29, 9:30 am, Hartland Public Library.
Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Wed., Aug. 7, 9:30 am - E-rate workshop, Grafton Elementary School. Repeats
Wed., Aug. 14, Midstate Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Grace W. Greene,
Fri., Aug. 16 - State holiday. All Department of Libraries offices and
regional libraries closed.
Tues., Aug. 20, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.
Tues., Aug. 27, 10:00 am - "One Person Libraries" Group meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Topic for discussion: working with school
libraries. Contact: Stephanie Chase, 878-5639.
Mon., Sept. 2 - State holiday. All Department of Libraries offices and
regional libraries closed.
Wed., Sept. 11, 3:30 pm - Chittenden County Librarians meeting, Dorothy
Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Contact: Rickie Emerson, 878-4918.
Fri., Sept. 13, 9:30 am - Public Library Directors quarterly forum, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Tues., Sept. 17, 9:30 am - Young Adult Services workshop, Aldrich Public
Library, Barre. Contact: Grace W. Greene, 828-3261.
Thurs., Sept. 19, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. board meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Karen Lane, 476-7550.
Mon., Sept. 23 - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Memorial Children's Book Award
presentation, Vermont Technical College. Contact: Grace W. Greene,
Wed., Sept. 25, 9:30 am - Franklin-Grand Isle Librarians meeting, Montgomery
Town Library. Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Tues., Oct. 8, 9:00 am - Red Clover Book Award conference, Lake Morey Inn,
Fairlee. Contact: Vermont Center for the Book, 875-2751.
Tues., Oct. 15, 10:30 am - Vermont Board of Libraries meeting, Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Sybil Brigham McShane, 828-3265.
Wed., Oct. 16, 6:30 pm - Friends of the DCF Award organizational meeting with
Katherine Paterson, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Contact: Grace W.
Sat., Nov. 2, 9:30 am - Annual fall trustees conference - How is Your Library
Changing?- Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Sponsored by the Vermont
Library Trustees Assn. and Public Library Section of the VLA in cooperation
with the Department of Libraries. Registration fee: $15 for VLA members,
$18 for nonmembers. Contact: Marianne Kotch, 828-2320.
Tues., Nov. 5, 9:30 am - Children's Materials Review minisession, Butterfield
Library, Westminster. Repeats: Thurs., Nov. 7 - Sherburne Memorial Library,
Killington; Tues., Nov. 12 - Milton Public Library; Thurs., Nov. 14 -
Northeast Regional Library, St. Johnsbury. Contact: Grace W. Greene,
Mon., Nov. 11 - State holiday. Department of Libraries central office and
regional libraries closed.
Thurs., Nov. 21, 9:30 am - Vermont Library Assn. board meeting. Midstate
Regional Library, Berlin. Contact: Karen Lane, 476-7550.
YOUTH SERVICES NEWS
by Grace W. Greene
Children's Services Consultant
Children's Librarians Fall Meeting...
Don't miss the annual gathering to plan summer reading programs and
network with other children's librarians. This year's meeting will be on
Thursday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Midstate Regional Library, Berlin.
We will plan the 2003 program, "Summerfeast," and choose a theme and title
for 2004. Anyone who works with children in a public library is welcome. The
meeting will last until noon, but bring a lunch and continue the sharing
while you munch.
Fall Materials Review Sessions...
This fall there will be big changes in Materials Review. Leda Schubert,
School Library Media Consultant for the Vermont Department of Education, is
retiring in the fall. She will, however, be working as a contract employee
for 10% time, and will continue to be the Department of Education's liaison
with The Red Clover and DCF committees. She is also willing to do Materials
Review on a very limited basis. Therefore, instead of five live
presentations this fall, there will be ONLY ONE. This will be held at the
Brown Public Library in Northfield on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.
(directions below). This will not be the only chance to see the books,
however. They will appear at the four other regular locations, with the
reviews inserted in them. There will be just as many books as always, but
the reviews will be done orally at only the one spot. A regional librarian
will be at each of the locations to facilitate the program. The schedule is
Butterfield Library, Westminster Tuesday, November 5
Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington Thursday, November 7
Milton Public Library Tuesday, November 12
Northeast Regional Library, St.Johnsbury Thursday, November 14
All programs will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be a formal part to the
program and then plenty of time to examine all the books.
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 is
Mock Caldecott Returns...
After a year's hiatus, our annual Mock Caldecott program will return.
As always, there will be a morning speaker (to be announced), and then in the
afternoon people will choose their favorite picture book of the year. The
program will be held on Friday, November 22 at Vermont Technical College,
Randolph Center. Registration forms will be ready at the end of the summer.
Please request one if you would like to attend.
CLiF Conference ...
The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is sponsoring its first annual
conference for libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire that have received past
CLiF grants for children's books. The conference, to be held in Hanover on
September 20, will feature librarians talking about successful programs,
outreach, fundraising and getting the children into the library. Trina
Schart Hyman, Caldecott medalist from NH, will end the day with remarks. All
libraries that are eligible to attend will receive a registration form from
CLiF later this summer.
We are beginning to update our directory of performers, Programs For
Children, and are looking for suggestions of new people who do programs or
talks for children at schools or libraries. Please send me names and
addresses of anyone you know who would be good to include. If your library
has sponsored a great program lately, and that person is NOT in our 2000
directory, please share the wealth and send us their contact information.
The Directory should be sent to all public libraries in September.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher News...
There are lots of things happening in connection with the Dorothy
Canfield Fisher program this year, and we hope you will get involved.
There's a ceremony in September; a conference in May, 2003, and a brand new
Friends of the DCF in the making. We are trying to increase involvement and
participation in the program in a number of different ways, and need you to
spread the word.
The 2002 DCF Award winner is Kate Di Camillo for Because Of Winn Dixie
(Candlewick, 2000). Ms. Di Camillo will be coming to Vermont on Monday,
September 23 to receive her award and speak to some of her fans. In early
September, we will send out invitations to all libraries and schools that
voted. The ceremony, to be held at Vermont Technical College, Randolph
Center, will include the acceptance speech, a time for children to ask
questions and answers, and a booksale. The top ten books this year were:
1. DiCamillo, Kate BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE
2. Etchemendy, Nancy THE POWER OF UN
3. Martin, Ann M. THE DOLL PEOPLE
4. Creech, Sharon THE WANDERER
5. Spinelli, Jerry STARGIRL
6. Gantos, Jack JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL
7. Whelan, Gloria HOMELESS BIRD
8. Avi ERETH'S BIRTHDAY
9. Philbrick, Rodman THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE
10. Peck, Richard A YEAR DOWN YONDER
There will be a DCF Conference for the first time ever for teachers and
librarians to promote the award, and to help educators improve their reading
programs for grades 4-8. Lois Lowry will be the keynote speaker, and there
will be many workshops on various aspects of reading, discussing books,
linking to standards, managing a literature program in the classroom, etc.
Mark your calendars now for Friday, May 2, 2003, at the Holiday Inn, Rutland.
Registration forms will be sent out in early spring.
A Friends of DCF is being formed, and we want you! The group will
expand promotion of the program through programming, publicity, and fund
raising. A kickoff and organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday,
October 16 at 6:30 p.m at the Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier.
Katherine Paterson will be the featured speaker.
DCF Activity Pages for eight of the books were distributed at the
Vermont Library Conference. These are in addition to the whole DCF manual,
just as the committee did last year. If you did not get copies of these
pages, we will be happy to send you a packet.
There will be a three-year committee opening beginning in March 2003.
Please let interested parents, teachers and community members know about this
opportunity. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a brief resume and
two reviews, one positive, and one negative, of any children's books of their
choosing, to: Grace W. Greene, Children's Services Consultant, Vermont
Department of Libraries, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609. Deadline:
October 4, 2002.
Red Clover Award Update...
The 2002 winner was voted by over 24,000 children in grades K-4 this
year. They chose Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin,
illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon and Schuster, 2002) as the winner. The
totals for each book are as follows:
1. Cronin, Doreen CLICK, CLACK, MOO COWS THAT TYPE 5,702
2. Sierra, Judy THE GIFT OF THE CROCODILE 4,859
3. Ederle, Gertrude AMERICA'S CHAMPION SWIMMER 2,999
4. Casanova, Mary THE HUNTER 2,250
5. Falconer, Ian OLIVIA 2,206
6. Nolen, Jerdine BIG JABE 1,784
7. Kajikawa, Kimiko YOSHI'S FEAST 1,241
8. Christian, Peggy IF YOU FIND A ROCK 1,230
9. Florian, Douglas MAMMALABILIA 1,124
10. Helldorfer, M.C. HOG MUSIC 804
The 2002 conference will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at Lake Morey
Inn in Fairlee. Doreen Cronin will be there to receive her award and deliver
a speech. The Vermont Center for the Book will send out conference
registration information later this summer.
There is one committee opening on the Red Clover Award 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.
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