Contact Us - 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
lib.contact@vermont.gov

Or use our contact form: https://libraries.vermont.gov/contact_us

Administrative Division

State Librarian & 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
catherine.delneo@vermont.gov
(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.

Vacant

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.

Lucie Fortier
lucie.fortier@vermont.gov
(802) 522-5951

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 governance and management, 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
janette.shaffer@vermont.gov
(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.

Vacant

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
jonathan.l.clark@vermont.gov
(802) 249-3920

Library Consultant - Continuing Education and Small and Rural Libraries
Coordinates the Continuing Education program for library professionals in Vermont including the Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship program; provides consultation services to library directors and trustees regarding best practices related to policies, strategic planning, and law of public libraries, with particular attention to how these issues uniquely present in small and rural libraries.

Joy Worland
joy.worland@vermont.gov
(802) 798-2567

Library Consultant - Governance & Management
Helps public libraries in Vermont be as strong, sustainable, and essential to their communities as possible. Works with public library trustees and public library directors to address issues of all kinds relating to running libraries, including the following: training trustees and directors on their essential duties, law of public libraries, and open meeting law; helping with ethics and conflict-of-interest questions; providing resources for strategic planning and advocacy; and answering email and phone questions on a wide range of topics.

Tonya Ryals
tonya.ryals@vermont.gov
802-798-2480

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
karen.gravlin@vermont.gov
(802) 272-4912

ABLE Library
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
sara.blow@vermont.gov
(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
wendy.clark@vermont.gov
(802) 636-0020

Information & Access Division

Provides  information resources to libraries throughout the state and 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 & 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
thomas.mcmurdo@vermont.gov
(802) 622-4012

Government Services & 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
april.shaw@vermont.gov
(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
joshua.muse@vermont.gov
(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
lauren.kelley@vermont.gov
(802) 359-3178

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

Cindy Titus
cindy.titus@vermont.gov
(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
linda.willis-pendo@vermont.gov
(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
vance.asselin@vermont.gov
(802) 636-0025