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Staff Directory

Please direct general inquires to the Vermont Department of Libraries to:
Department of Libraries
60 Washington Street, Suite 2
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 636-0040

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Administrative Division

State Librarian and Commissioner of Libraries
The State Librarian is appointed by the Governor and serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Libraries. The State Librarian oversees all work within the Department of Libraries including the work of the Business, Information and Access, and Library Advancement Unit (which includes the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled and institutional libraries). The State Librarian administers state, federal and special funding, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. The State Librarian is advised by the Vermont Board of Libraries.

Catherine Delneo
(802) 636-0040

Executive Assistant
Provides administrative support for the Department of libraries including scheduling meetings, tracking legislative calendars, and coordinating approval and payment of invoices.

Jessica Leal
(802) 636-0024

Contracts and Grants Administrator
Oversees contracts and grants within the department. Works with vendors and staff to help facilitate these processes, and ensure compliance with department, state, and federal regulations.

Mackenzie Boyle
(802) 522-5951

Capital Grants Project

Oversees the Vermont Department of Libraries administration of two federal capital project grant opportunities for public libraries in Vermont: $16.4M U.S. Treasury Capital Projects Fund for Libraries and $10M Public Facilities Preservation Initiative Grants. Provides guidance on grant applications, project compliance, and communications.

Grants Specialist


Advancement Division

The Advancement Division provides consultation services and administers grants available to the Vermont library community with a goal of improving services for all Vermonters. The Advancement Division offers general consulting to library directors, library staff, and trustees on the topics of library operations, youth services, inclusive services, and services to rural communities. The Advancement Division oversees the Certificate of Public Librarianship program and continuing education for library professionals and trustees in Vermont.

Assistant State Librarian for Library Advancement
Serves on the Department’s senior management team; administers grants and contracts related to Library Advancement programs; supervises a team of library consultants who provide consulting assistance and continuing education; assists the State Librarian; and serves as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Coordinator for the State of Vermont.

Janette Shaffer
(802) 249-7889

Library Communications and Administrative Coordinator
Provides communications support for the Department of Libraries and administrative coordination for the Library Advancement division. Handles the public library movie licenses and state park/historic sites pass program. Compiles monthly VTLIB newsletter and manages VTLIB’S social media presence.

Lilly Talbert
(802) 636-0023
(802) 249-4055

Library Consultant - Youth Services to Children and Teens
Provides youth-focused consulting, instruction, program development, and administration for the Department of Libraries. The Youth Services Consultant also provides statewide leadership in the areas of library service to youth and families, early literacy, advancement of reading for children and teens, and lifelong learning.

Jonathan Clark
(802) 249-3920

Library Consultant - Continuing Education and Small and Rural Libraries
Coordinates and presents Continuing Education for library staff and trustees, including the Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship program; provides consultation services to library directors and trustees regarding best practices related to library services, policies, mission, and planning, with particular focus on helping small, rural libraries thrive.

Joy Worland
(802) 798-2567

Library Consultant - Library Operations
Helps public libraries in Vermont be as strong, sustainable, and essential to their communities as possible. Works with library trustees and library directors to address issues related to public libraries, including policy development and trainings; consulting on topics including municipal and non-profit operations, building management, budget and finance, strategic planning, community relations, and library boards.

Kevin Unrath
(802) 272-4386

Library Consultant - Inclusive Services and Director of the ABLE Library
Provides consulting and professional development activities with a focus on special populations, which include, but are not limited to, veterans, LGBTQ+, seniors, people with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, and those who are incarcerated or in state care. Position responsibilities include oversight of the ABLE Library, library services to state institutions, management of the local recording program for visually and physically disabled citizens, library services to new Americans, ADA, and adult literacy.

Karen Gravlin
(802) 272-4912

ABLE Library

The ABLE (Audio Braille Large-print Electronic) Library is a free talking book and braille library service. ABLE serves patrons who are blind and visually impaired. They also serve patrons who have a physical or reading disability that stops them from being able to read standard print. ABLE is part of the Vermont Department of Libraries and is a network library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS).

60 Washington Street, Suite 2
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 636-0020
Toll Free: (800) 479-1711

Readers' Advisor for the ABLE Library
Manages and fulfills patron requests at the ABLE Library. Oversees the large print collection and talking book readers.

Sara Blow
(802) 636-0020

Assistant Librarian for the ABLE Library
Manages and fulfills patron requests at the ABLE Library. Oversees our digital collections and the local talking book program.

Wendy Clark
(802) 636-0020

Information & Access Division

Provides  information resources to libraries throughout the state and to state employees. The Information & Access Division manages statewide interlibrary loan service through CLOVER and the Courier program; makes online resources available for Vermonters, including the Vermont Online Library and eBook and eAudiobook Palace App; collects data for public libraries in the state; assists with information technology projects, such as the VTLIB website, library listservs, and the Verso ILS; provides reference services to state employees, libraries, and the public; serves as a resource to library staff for technical services, IT, and reference questions; and  the State Library collection.

Assistant State Librarian for Information and Access
Serves on the Department’s senior management team, supervises a team of library staff who assist public, school, and academic libraries, and state government.  Oversees the state library physical collections and online resources. Fosters partnerships and collaborates with governmental, national, and statewide organizations and stakeholders. Provides training and support to Department of Libraries employees and Vermont library personnel.

Tom McMurdo
(802) 622-4012

Government Services and Reference Librarian
Provides library and reference services to state employees and promotes VTLIB services and resources statewide. Supports libraries using the statewide CLOVER system for interlibrary loan and administers the interlibrary loan courier system. Heads the Interlibrary Loan Roundtable and provides reference instruction for library staff across Vermont.

April Shaw
(802) 318-7889

Library Consultant - Technology
Provides technology support to the Department and serves as a resource to libraries throughout the state. Focuses on the annual report, Verso ILS, listservs, Vermont Online Library, VTLIB website, E-Rate Coordinator, and other ongoing projects, and provides general support as needed.

Joshua Muse
(802) 585-8056

Technical Services Librarian
Manages State Library collections in consultation with the Assistant State Librarian for Information & Access. Performs original and copy cataloging for the State Library collections and assigns classification using Dewey Decimal System (DDC), SuDoc, and Library of Congress Classification (LCC). Consults on cataloging for librarians and staff both internally and externally of the Vermont Department of Libraries. Teaches learner-centered instruction for basic and advanced cataloging classes as part of the VTLIB continuing education program.

Lauren Kelley
(802) 359-3178

Administrative Services Technician III
Catalogs and processes books being added to the collection. Provides general support with the collection.

Cindy Titus
(802) 636-0028

Interlibrary Loan Librarian A
Processes all out-of-state interlibrary loan requests, both from VT libraries and schools, as well as requests from other states for Vermont items. Provides information and resources to callers to the state information line.

Linda Willis-Pendo
(802) 636-0032

Administrative Services Tech II
Facilitates interlibrary requests for items in the VTLIB collection. Oversees Vermont newspapers, newsletters, and magazines for the Department. Acts as supply clerk for the Department. Provides general support with the collection. Serves as ABLE Library assistant.

Vance Asselin
(802) 636-0025