VTLIB Resource Updates

Tuesday, October 28, 2020

Dear Library Community,
First off, congrats to the Charlotte Library (Charlotte, VT) and Rockingham Free Public Library (Bellows Falls, VT) for receiving an ALA Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change grant respectively!

State of Vermont

  • In today’s governor media briefing, Dr. Beth Kirkpatrick, an infectious disease specialist and director of the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Vaccine Testing Center, announced that the University of Vermont Medical Center and the Vaccine Testing Center have been chosen to run a trial for a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca.

Learning Opportunities

  • October 30th and November 13th at 1:00 VTLIB will host guest presenter Rajnii Eddins for two sessions: “Self-Expression through Poetry for Library Staff,” and “Community Poetry Programming for Libraries.” The first will guide librarians in their own self-examination and self-care regarding the stressors of being a rural librarian, particularly right now. The November 13th session will work with librarians to help them implement community poetry programs at their libraries as a means to strengthen community connections. Eddins is renowned in Vermont and beyond for his work in processing difficult social and cultural issues through the arts, particularly working with racial and other social justice issues.
  • Reminder that Thursday, October 29th at 2:00 there will be a webinar and Q&A for Vermont librarians about the ALA Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grant. The grant will award $3,000 grants to up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities in 2020 and 2021 to develop and lead a community engagement project. This is a session specifically for Vermont librarians with ALA Programming Office staff on the call to answer questions and give advice in real time. This will be hosted on an ALA Zoom account. Registration here.

Community Resources and Updates

  • An “HR Moment” from our UVM Extension Partner Gary Deziel regarding voter leave law. Thirty states, including our New York (two hours paid) and Massachusetts (two hours unpaid) neighbors, require employers to give workers time off to vote on November 3. Vermont isn’t one of them. Under 21 V.S.A. § 472b, Vermont employees and students have the right to attend town meeting day using unpaid leave, but not other elections.
  • To support schools and public libraries forced to close by the COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, educators, librarians, booksellers, and other qualified individuals to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to their guidelines which have been extended to March 31, 2021. (This Open License is not meant to grant permission for the posting of any pre-recorded audiobook product.)
  • The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series of free lectures continues with ten talks on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 pm. These talks will only be offered online, via Zoom. Advance registration is required for these events.
  • The Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity is asking that you consider promoting their BIPOC Business Survey to any Vermont BIPOC-owned business. They are seeking to gauge interest in the creation of an entity to serve the needs of this community.
  • ACRL/NY 2020 Annual Symposium “Civic Engagement: Democracy and the Library” will be held virtually December 4, 2020. They are welcoming proposals for 5-7 minute poster presentations from all library staff about the intersection of libraries and research institutions with civics, governance, and democracy. Proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2020.
  • Senator Leahy’s Burlington office will host a fully remote internship program for the spring of 2021. The application deadline is November 15, 2020.
  • The Fall/Winter edition of DIVERSEability is out now.
  • WebJunction’s October edition of Crossroads – the newsletter for library learning is now available. In this edition, they are highlighting some of the newest additions to the WebJunction Course Catalog including the next offering in their grant-funded training initiative, Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries.

Health and Wellness

  • On November 2, the day before election Tuesday, renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg will offer Stability in the Storm: A Pre-Election Day Meditation Sit with Sharon Salzberg--an hour long program including two short, guided meditations. The first will focus on mindfulness of the breath to cultivate calm and stability. The second, on lovingkindness, will aim to help restore our connection to ourselves and to one another. In this one-hour event, Sharon will also offer words of wisdom and encouragement as we navigate this difficult time.
  • Late fall can be a great time to feed the soul (as well as the body) with local foods - and bring some joy and creativity into the cooking routine. Edible Vermont offers several fall-inspired recipes using apples, crab apples, root veggies, maple and more. Check it out on their In-Season Fall Recipes page.

Stay warm,
Janette

Friday, October 23, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday to all of you. This is a long update, so I’ll jump right to it:

State and Federal Updates

Learning Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

  • Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup reminded us this week that there is still some relief money available through the Vermont Arts Council and ACCD. Libraries are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Nonprofit incorporated libraries may wish to consider applying for the second round of Expanded Emergency Economic Recovery Grants from the State. Once the application is posted on the ACCD website next week, the application window will only be open for two weeks. This is not a first-come, first-served opportunity. Everyone who is eligible and completes an application within the two week application period will be awarded some funds. For information on the Grants (including eligibility, application requirements, and more), see the website, review the PowerPoint slides, and watch the recording from the webinar given on 10/21/20.
  • The Equinox Open Source Grant provides implementation, training, hosting, and support services for the Koha ILS, an open source integrated library system used by libraries worldwide, including many libraries in Vermont. Preference will be given to organizations that serve historically underrepresented, underserved, or marginalized communities. The deadline for this year’s grant cycle is November 1, 2020.

Community Updates and Events

  • The REALM Test 6 is now underway. The project also has a toolkit available to help support the interpretation and use of the study results.
  • The REALM Study and researchers are also prominently featured in this Wired Magazine article It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again. The article puts the study into perspective and might answer a few of the questions you’ve had.
  • The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) is looking to recruit application reviewers for STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities, an initiative that will help public library workers in small and rural communities offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming and exhibitions for their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations (application deadline, Friday, October 23). Please email B.B. Browne (bbrowne@ala.org) by the end of today, October 23 with your contact information and a short summary of your experience with library programming.
  • The call for speakers is open for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2021, which will be held February 26, 2021. This is a free one-day online conference aimed at librarians from small libraries. They are looking for speakers from small libraries or speakers who directly work with small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. Deadline to submit is Friday, January 8, 2021.
  • Join the Vermont Creative Network’s IdeaJam - Sector Conversations on Tuesday, October 27 from 11am to 1pm. This is part of a series of brainstorming sessions to discuss ideas for Vermont’s creative sector action plan.
  • The Vermont Law School’s Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) just hired Sarah Scully as their new CLIC Coordinator. Prior to working at VLS, Sarah earned her Masters of Library Science at the University of North Texas, and gained valuable experience in academic libraries and as a trustee for the Tunbridge Public Library. When not enjoying library time, Sarah enjoys knitting, hiking, and working in the garden. CLIC is supported through a grant from VTLIB.
  • Are mandatory employee vaccination programs allowed? When a vaccine comes available, will everyone be open to receive it? What does current research say about peoples’ hesitancy to being vaccinated against COVID-19? Gary Deziel, UVM Extension assistant professor addresses these topics in the latest issue of “HR-Minute – COVID-19 vaccination hopes and hesitancy – October 2020.pdf”, available under the “human resource guidance” dropdown list.
  • The current issue of the ALA-APA newsletter Library Worklife features some excellent articles on a variety of library HR topics including “Election Season and the Workplace,” and “Risks of COVID-19 Related Violence at Work.”
  • Strategic Library just published Lobbying and Political Advocacy: A Review of the Literature and Exploratory Survey of State Library Associations, an article that discuses lobbying and political advocacy in librarianship.

Health and Wellness

  • The article How to make this winter not totally suck, according to psychologists might help you deal with shorter and colder days.
  • Halloween may look a little different this year, but we can still find ways to celebrate safely. The Department of Health has issued some guidance, but please be aware of any local ordinances issued by your town or city which may be more specific or stringent.
    • Guidance from the Vermont Department of Health: Three things in mind this Oct. 31 that will make everyone safer: 6-foot Spaces, Masks on Faces, Uncrowded Places.
    • Some Safe Halloween Ideas from Vermont Libraries: Halloween pumpkin walk, StoryWalks, virtual costume/dance party, pumpkin give-a-ways, decorating the windows and outside of the library instead of the inside, take-home spooky crafts and pumpkin carving.

Speaking of Halloween…enjoy this Wes Tank Story Rap The Haunted Palace as you start your weekend.

Best,
Janette

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Dear Library Community,

A quick reminder that we are still taking requests for disinfectant and wipers (funded through the CARES Act) through tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday 10/21). Please use this form to submit your request.

State of Vermont

  • Following the decision by the State of New Hampshire to close indoor skating facilities for two weeks, Governor Scott issued an executive order prohibiting Vermont’s skating rinks from accepting new reservations for use of their facilities beginning October 16, at 5:00 p.m., through midnight on October 30, 2020.
  • Governor Scott announced an expansion of the state’s Economic Recovery Grants, utilizing an additional $76 million in funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act. These funds are in addition to the $152 million in economic relief already delivered to Vermont businesses
  • The Vermont Department of Health reminds Vermonters that this Saturday is National Drug Takeback day. Go to the VDH Do Your Part page to learn more.

Learning Opportunities

Community Updates and Events

  • It's National Friends of Libraries Week (October 18 - 24). Check out this ALA page with resources for the celebration, including graphics, sample press releases, celebration ideas, and much more.
  • Applications are open for ALSC/Baker & Taylor’s Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. The deadline is Nov. 15, 2020. Restrictions apply.
  • The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) is thrilled to announce the opening of two new online exhibits. Innovation in Vermont and the virtual version of When Women Lead: Governor Madeline Kunin of Vermont can now be viewed from the comfort of home while practicing social distancing.
  • The Alaska State Library updated their convenient COVID-19 Survival on Materials Held by Archives, Libraries, and Museums chart that features an overview of the REALM Study results.
  • ALA's Black Caucus and the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table are launching an updated version of the Black Lives Matter, Black Literature Matters Comics Reading List.
  • Catch a new episode of the Kimball’s Tiny Table podcast featuring Outreach Librarian Kate Branstetter in an interview with Vermont author Elizabeth Wilcox. Elizabeth talks about her new book The Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir and what it was like to publish something so personal and yet extremely relevant to current events.
  • The October 2020 issue of ALA’s EDI Update is now available online.

Health and Wellness

  • The Center for Cartoon Studies partnered with cartoonist Cara Bean to create Let's Talk About It: A Graphic Guide to Mental Health. The book is designed to destigmatize the conversation around mental health and looks at how the brain affects behavior, shares ways to stay mentally healthy, and directs readers towards resources for those who need help. Downloadable for free.
  • The VT Department of Health will conduct a pop-up testing clinic on Thursday, October 22 at Barre Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) will conduct special testing clinics today through Friday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The clinics will be at the medical center’s Acute Respiratory Clinic. To register for the Health Department pop-up, go to healthvermont.gov/covid19-testing. For testing at the CVMC clinic, call 802-371-5310 to schedule an appointment.

Have a good rest of your week,
Janette

Friday, October 16, 2020

Dear Library Community,

The Census has officially ended its self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Decennial Census. Here a message from Jason with regard to the Vermont count:

“On behalf of the Vermont Complete Count Committee, I want to thank the library community for its tremendous outreach efforts to ensure Vermonters and residents were aware of the importance of Census participation for Vermont. A special thanks to the Vermont Library Association, Vermont School Library Association, and the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries for their efforts in getting out the message. While we await the data in 2021, your work will allow Vermont its right to be heard through congressional seats, the Electoral College, federal appropriations, and representation. THANK YOU.” – Jason Broughton Vermont’s 2020 Decennial Complete Count Committee Chair

VTLIB, State and Federal Updates

  • In allocating the remaining CARES Act funding that VTLIB received (just over $58k), we offer the following:
    • We will soon offer grants for libraries to replace a piece of networking equipment that will improve or sustain internet access at their library. This grant will be up to $300 per library. Details are forthcoming in the next two weeks.
    • In the PPE needs survey we administered a while ago, disinfectant wipes were the most requested item. Unfortunately, we have been unable to procure those at a reasonable price, so as an alternative and to get the most out of the remaining funds, we have purchased disinfectant spray and wipers which will be available to libraries for free. Please fill out your request for the PPE items by Wednesday 10/21/2020.
  • Governor Scott announced that the State of Emergency has been extended to November 15, 2020 to ensure the state can continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19.
  • Vermont Governor Scott and governors from four Northeast states today issued a statement calling for reforms needed to achieve their states’ respective goals for clean, affordable, and reliable electricity. 
  • Governor Scott and his administration would like to thank Dr. Fauci for his virtual visit to Vermont and #TeamFauci for all of their work – particularly as they confront a steady stream of misinformation and criticism, even from the highest levels of the federal government. He has asked all parts of state government who are interested to participate sending their thank yous to #TeamFauci via social media. Our State Librarian Jason Broughton is participating and hopes that anyone in the wider library community will do so as well. #TeamFauci
  • The Vermont Agency of Education announced that Susan Rosato, an English Learner (EL) Teacher at Colchester High School in Colchester, is the 2021 Vermont Teacher of the Year. Rosato will begin her tenure as Vermont Teacher of the Year on January 1, 2021.
  • The state has announced that Vermonters whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 can access more than 100 free classes and training opportunities this fall through the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS), thanks to a $2.3 million allocation of Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) from the Vermont Legislature.
  • The Department of Public Service offers two programs to assist eligible Vermonters with utility expenses:
  • The Department of Public Service invites libraries, businesses, municipal buildings, and other sites to apply for a program to improve wireless access. It is focused on towns with little public WiFi and areas that are priority for telehealth and remote learning needs. Please also share this opportunity with your community.

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB is hosting poet, teaching artist and activist Rajnii Eddins for two workshops: “Self-Expression through Poetry for Librarians” on 10/30 and “Community Programming for Libraries” on 11/13, both at 1pm. Eddins has been engaging diverse community audiences for over 27 years, working with both youth and adults in Vermont and around the country. Learn more here.
  • Niche Academy is offering Library Leadership Your Way, a practical webinar for anyone interested in library leadership. This includes new and seasoned formal library leaders as well informal library leaders from all types of libraries and backgrounds. Free; 10/28 at 2pm.
  • Join President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. for the October ALA Connect Live program focused on the COVID-19 Research Project conducted by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Battelle. The REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums) is conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums and is currently in phase 5 of their testing. October 22, 2pm.
  • Baker & Taylor invites you to Impacting Community Outcomes at the State, Consortia and Local Level Webinar on October 26 at 2pm. Join presenters as they discuss how innovators at the state, consortia, and local level are using digital services to drive literacy in the communities they serve.
  • Learning Revolution is making all the new Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit talks available for free with registration. Viewers will be able to watch each talk for five days after they are posted.

Community Resources and Updates

  • Open enrollment for Vermont Health Connect (VHC) starts in November. VHC will host several virtual events to help consumers enroll. Please share as widely as possible. VHC also made a printable flyer that we hope you’ll post.
  • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Go to the CDC page to find resources on the topic.
  • Results from Test 5 of the REALM project study are now available. This research is focused on how long COVID-19 may survive on materials common to archives, libraries, and museums.

Health and Wellness

  • Art is good for the heart and mind, and there’s still plenty of art and culture to discover across Vermont in the time of COVID. Check out the Vermont Arts Council’s Art Excursions page for ideas.
  • For a giggle, take a look at what the staff at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum are up to in Halloween Blues.

Have a good weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, October 14, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We hope you are having a good week so far. Here is your resource update for a rainy Tuesday:

VTLIB, State and Federal Updates

  • VTLIB created a web page titled Ventilation Considerations for Libraries in response to requests from directors and trustees for guidance on ventilation best practices, tools to help with ventilation, and funding ideas for air quality improvements.
  • The ABLE library staff has created an audio recording of the 2020 Voter's Guide for People with Disabilities published by Disability Rights Vermont. Please share widely with your visually impaired and print disabled patrons. Thanks to Josh Muse for his technology help.
  • Governor Scott announced action on a range of bills, including the Legislature’s bill to create a regulated cannabis market in Vermont, which will be allowed to go into law without his signature.

Learning Opportunities

  • The National Summer Learning Association is offering Supporting Youth Development through Outdoor Exploration on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Through hands-on activities and stimulating concepts, summer programs are showing youth the importance of environmental stewardship. We will hear from summer programs that are committed to empowering students to be environmental scientists and stewards about connecting youth to the outdoors in an urban setting.  
  • EBSCO is hosting Understanding the Spectrum of E-Book Accessibility: Today's Challenges vs. Tomorrow's Opportunities on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1 p.m. The need and demand for accessible e-books is at an all-time high due to the spike in remote learning and reading during the global pandemic as well as pending legal mandates. In order to properly support the research, learning and information needs of all students and faculty, libraries must pivot and re-evaluate vendors that are not working towards a common goal of accessibility for all users regardless of ability.

Community Resources

  • Cold and flu season is upon us - along with the COVID-19 Pandemic. UVM Extension’s Gary Deziel has written an HR-Minute that includes a decision “flowchart” to plan your next steps if someone on your staff gets sick. See this HR-Minute, as well as his previous ones, under the “Human resource guidance” dropdown on the UVM website.
  • SLJ Staff has published a guide to 6 Election-Themed YA Novels Tackle Relationships and Political Engagement. Teens have long been engaged in the world around them, and this year many of them may be voting for the first time. As you encourage young people to be civic-minded, recommend these election-themed YA books that tackle family, friendship, love, and making their voices heard. 
  • ALSC is aware that many members have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise find themselves unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has disproportionately affected people who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color). Friends of ALSC will fund 50 ALA and ALSC membership renewals to BIPOC members who find themselves in this position and have been active ALA/ALSC members in the last year. The first round of applications will close on November 13, with the potential for future application periods until a total of 50 memberships have been selected and awarded.
  • The Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers (LSUCTC) committee is devoting the 2020-2021 calendar year to creating a vibrant, dynamic toolkit that provides Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) members with up-to-date resources for working with marginalized populations.  Each toolkit page will provide professional and leisure reading recommendations, support for programming, and materials for families. October’s LSUCTC Toolkit focuses on youth and families experiencing homelessness and financial insecurity.
  • The Core division of ALA is offering AvramCamp, a free, one-day online event that supports underrepresented genders in open technology to further the library community’s goals of ensuring equitable access to information for everyone. The event is November 12, 2020.
  • Help early learners build healthy social and emotional skills with this special collection on promoting kindness, being just, and creating a caring community! These activities, videos, tips, articles, and guides offer thoughtful ways to demonstrate and encourage kind and fair behavior with: Creating a Caring Classroom Community by PBS LearningMedia.
  • Libraries continue to find creative ways to promote their COVID services. Watch two examples with Curbside Larry and Duke University’s Library Takeout.

Health and Wellness

Take care,
Janette

Friday, October 9, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We hope that you were able to watch yesterday’s webinar Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19, which provided important context on the REALM study and information on safely handling materials. Presenters also provided guidance on and examples of operational safety measures. The presenters emphasized that there isn’t a specific answer to dealing with the virus and that any of these measures must be applied within the context of your library’s own situation. Remember that each Vermont public library has the power to make decisions on whether and how to provide services under the advisement of the library board and stakeholders such as the municipality and community leaders (if applicable). We highly recommend watching the recording if you’ve missed the webinar. 

State, VTLIB and Federal Updates

  • Governor Scott announced action on a range of bills, including the Legislature’s bill to create a regulated cannabis market in Vermont, which will be allowed to go into law without his signature. 
  • The Vermont Department of Health developed a video that explains contact tracing in an easy-to-understand way. Please share widely.
  • In today’s media briefing, Governor Scott issued a statement condemning the alleged plot by militia groups in Michigan to overthrow the government and kidnap Governor Whitmer. He called for civility and urged Vermonters to lead by example.
  • In his segment of the briefing, Dr. Levine reminded Vermonters to adhere to the travel restrictions put in place by the state. Please refer to the updated travel map before you travel or welcome visitors from out-of-state.
  • You may be getting a lot of questions from patrons about voting. Please remember that registered voters in Vermont have their very own My Voter Page where they can review their registration, update their address, and track the status of their ballot.
  • VTLIB's own Jonathan Clark was interviewed on the Kimball Public Library's innovative podcast "Kimball's Tiny Table." Check out Jonathan's conversation with Outreach Librarian Katie Branstetter - as well as the other episodes of this fun, local library podcast - on the podcast site
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a key investment in Museums for Digital Learning (MDL), a special initiative focused on building the museum field’s capacity to connect with teachers and students. This year, with K-12 educators continuing to be impacted by the pandemic, the project is of significant value as museums pivot to gather and offer more digital teaching and learning resources.

Learning Opportunities

  • Here is another opportunity to learn about the REALM project: the October ALA Connect Live program is focused on the COVID-19 REALM Research Project conducted by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Battelle. October 22nd, 2pm. Please submit your questions in advance.
  • WebJunction is offering a webinar on a topic most of you can identify with: The Accidental Facilities Manager. This webinar offers a primer on building systems and issues, along with tools for preventive maintenance, energy assessments, optimizing ventilation and filtration, and more. Presenters share what they learned the hard way, in large and small libraries, so that you can be more prepared and self-assured. November 10, 2020, 3pm.
  • The Library of Congress is offering an Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations. The Orientation to Legal Research Series features a number of classes designed to give a basic introduction to legal sources and research techniques. These orientations, taught by reference librarians, are typically offered once a month on a rotating basis, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, in webinar format.

Community Updates and Resources

  • 2021 Early Literacy Calendars are now available. Share these bright and colorful reproducible calendars with your library’s families. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing (and now counting), each download contains twelve months of learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more!
  • Please help get the word out to your community about Vote Early Day on October 24th. Go to the Vote Early Day website for posters, social media resources, and other tools to help promote voting early.
  • The Most Costly Journey (in Spanish, El viaje más caro), offered by the Vermont Folklife Center, is an ethnographic cartooning project that employs collaborative storytelling as a tool to mitigate loneliness, isolation, and despair among Latin American migrant farm workers on Vermont dairy farms. Online versions of the books are available.
  • October is #ShareTheHarvest month, so when you support participating businesses, you’ll help limited income Vermonters join a CSA next summer or fall for half price. Just as you’re about to dig into your delicious take-out: 1) post a picture, 2) tag @nofavermont and the restaurant, Co-op or brewery you’ve chosen, and 3) you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from @stoneleafteahouse.  Winner will be announced Friday, October 16th at noon. More chances to win coming soon. Follow NOFA-VT’s Share the Harvest program on Instagram and Facebook.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a good weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Dear Library Community,
There have been lots of questions in the last few days about materials quarantining. We’re sharing, once again, the internal procedures we follow when processing returned items in order to make interlibrary loan a smoother experience. While the REALM study results have shown that the COVID-19 virus can live on a stacked book surface for up to six days, there are no current medical studies about contracting the virus from a surface, or about the amount of detectable virus needed to infect. Libraries should review all available information about COVID-19 and make decisions about internal quarantining processes based on science and knowledge of their own communities. Also tune into the OCLC webinar on Thursday to hear more from the REALM researchers (see info below).

State of Vermont

Learning Opportunities

  • Join VTLIB tomorrow (10/7) for Library Services for Vermont Migrant Farmworkers and Families. In this presentation, Naomi Wolcott MacCausland and Kelly Dolan from UVM Extension's Farmworker Programming will provide an overview of farmworkers in Vermont, barriers to accessing resources, and facilitate an open discussion on services and strategies for how libraries can connect with farmworkers in their community. 11:00am -12:00pm
  • A reminder that the webinar Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19 is happening this Thursday (10/8) at 3pm. Join this 60-minute webinar from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project to hear how some organizations are implementing policies and procedures around the use of these various treatments and considerations that could inform your own local decisions. You’ll also hear an update on REALM testing efforts and the development of project resources.
  • Join the Author & Educator Roundtable: Culturally Responsive Books in the Classroom, a webinar to hear from educators turned authors as they talk about culturally responsive books in the classroom. How do they use books, their own and others, to affirm the humanity of their students and advance antiracism in their work as educators? How can these ideas and practices be taken on by fellow teachers and librarians in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond? Wednesday, October 28 at 4:30 EST - FREE
  • Everylibrary is offering the free webinar: Power Mapping: How to Target People that Will Promote Social Change. In this session, we will focus on power mapping, which is a visual tool and skill to illustrate relationships between stakeholders to create change around a particular issue. Today, October 06, 2020 at 7pm.
  • Attend a free webinar presented by the American Indian Library Association: The American Indian Youth Literature Awards: Discussion and Reflection. Indigenous stories are all around us, but fewer than 1% of books published for kids in the U.S. are by Indigenous writers. US publishers are overwhelmingly ignoring the contributions of 574 Tribal Nations. The American Indian Youth Literature Award winners and honor books celebrate literature by Native authors and illustrators with the world. 10/22/2020, 12:00 pm

Funding Opportunities

  • ALA invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for their Libraries Transforming Communities grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities. Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Grants will be awarded in two waves in 2020 and 2021. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 21 to Dec. 2, 2020. VTLIB will be hosting a webinar on applying for this grant October 29th at 2:00pm. This will be a recorded webinar from ALA covering the grant basics and application process followed by a live Q&A with ALA staff exclusively for Vermont librarians.
  • The Network of National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS Coordination Center has funding available for short-term outreach projects that focus on bringing HIV/AIDS health information resources to consumers. Awarded projects will start on November 9, 2020 and run through April 30, 2021. The maximum funding per award is $16,593.50. The application due date is October 30, 2020.

Community Updates and Events

  • VTLIB has created a Beanstack Challenge for the Food in Your Backyard Week (Sunday, October 11th - Saturday, October 17th). Library patrons who register for the challenge need to participate in ONE (1) event to become eligible to win a "Vermont Maple 100" gift basket to celebrate all things maplbe. Tell your patrons about this fun opportunity - even if your library does not have an event planned for the week - since many library's events are held online.
  • Penguin Classroom has created Antiracist Reading for All Ages, “a curated book list that explores multifaceted identities of People of Color (of the Global Majority) and provides context and calls for action.”

Health and Wellness

A small follow up to today’s update as these two items are time sensitive. Apologies for the added emails.

  • Brooks Memorial Library is hosting the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday: Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction on October 7 at 7:00 pm. Amherst College psychology professor Catherine Sanderson examines the factors that lead most of us to stay silent in the face of bad behavior, and how this tendency to stay silent allows such acts to continue. Sanderson will provide practical strategies that we can all use to speak up and take action. Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and Chair of Psychology at Amherst College, and author of Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral. This event is funded, in part by a grant from IMLS.
  • The Outbound Collective is offering a 3-month paid program that is open to all outdoor-focused writers from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. The deadline is October 9. Find out more here.

Thank you,
Janette

Friday, October 2, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday to you. Here is your update:

State and Federal Updates

  • Governor Scott announced the reappointment of Jessica Holmes, Ph.D. to serve as a member of the Green Mountain Care Board. Holmes has served on the Board since 2014.
  • Governor Scott signed a bill originating in the House of the following title: H.969 An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced an FY 2020 National Leadership Grant for Museums supplemental award to Games for Change that will equip 40 museums in cities critically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the tools to better connect with underserved teens.
  • Public libraries across the country play a critical role in connecting community members to vital resources and programs, now more than ever. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the release of new data on rural public libraries in the United States and how they function in American society. Rural Libraries in America: An Infographic Overview provides an overview of the distribution, resources, and services of these important community assets. The brief uses IMLS data from the 2017 Public Libraries Survey.
  • Once a month, IMLS features a program or initiative that is funded through their grants and have made a difference. Read Transforming a Library, Changing Lives: Empowering At-Risk Youth to Become Leaders—How Mentorship and After-School Clubs are Lifting Up Young People in Georgia.

Learning Opportunities

  • Niche Academy presents GovInfo Phobia: How to Get over that “Deer in the Headlights” Feeling, a free webinar that will focus on the workings of Congress, basic legal questions, statistical and Census questions, and even patents. Wednesday October 14 at 2:00 pm.
  • PLA presents the free webinar: ACA and Advancing LGBTQ Health on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2 pm. This free webinar will help educate public library practitioners about available health insurance coverage options, benefits, and special federal protections exclusively for LGBTQ communities during the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2020 for plans that start Jan. 1. 2021).
  • The Kalamazoo Public Library is hosting the 43rd Annual Youth Literature Seminar on Friday, November 13 from 8:30 am–3:30 pm. This year’s seminar will focus not only on how our present echoes our past, but also on how historical trauma affects how we respond to current tragedies. The event is online, free, and features award-wining authors Candace Fleming, Varian Johnson and Paula Yoo.
  • For the month of October, the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Reading Club recommends three memoirs that explore the personal experiences of physicians of color: Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflection on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, and The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper, MD. To learn more about these books and their authors and to find related information from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources, visit NNLM Reading Club’s Racism and Health: Diversity in Medicine.

Community Updates and Events

  • Congratulations to Nancy Tusinski, Library Director at the Hartland Public Library. Nancy was recently elected to the board of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries as the Northeast Representative. Her term begins Jan 1, 2021.
  • University of Vermont Extension’s Gary Deziel has just completed a survey of town clerks, treasurers, and selectboard chairs about their perceptions of the coming fiscal year. If you are interested in how selected Vermont municipal officials are feeling about money right now, please see his survey. To access the survey report, click on the following link and scroll down until you find “Survey Report - Fiscal Perceptions of Select Municipal Officers - September 2020” (PDF).
  • Do you have an idea, innovation, collaboration, or case study you think other public libraries would benefit from? Share it with your peers by submitting a PLA webinar proposal. The deadline for submissions is November 30.
  • The Vermont Creative Network is launching an action planning process this fall. Join them on October 6 for FutureJam -- a daylong visioning event to kick off the conversation. Choose a time slot and join a fast-paced "jam session" to shape a vision for Vermont's creative sector. #createvt
  • The September issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health features guest editor Annie Norman, State Librarian of Delaware, who curated this Public Libraries & Public Health focused edition. Two of the articles are by one of the guest presenters we hosted in July as part of the NNLM Rural health Grant, Mary Grace Flaherty. A recording of her workshop is on our VTLIB workshop recordings page.
  • The UVM Extension Lake Champlain Sea Grant education team is launching a new program Watershed Explorers. The Watershed Explorer Challenge booklet has 11 activities, rooted in Next Generation Science Standards, that are designed for young people to learn about watershed science and the Lake Champlain Basin. They are partnering with public libraries to provide pickup locations for the booklets. Currently, they have a number of VT and NY pickup locations but would love to add more to better represent the entire state and watershed. If you’d like to partner with them and receive booklets for your library, please complete this google form and someone from their team will follow up. Please reach out with any questions to Ashley Eaton, akeaton@uvm.edu.

Health and Wellness

Have a great weekend.
Janette

 

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I hope you’re enjoying this glorious fall day! Here is your Tuesday update:

State and Federal Updates

  • On Friday, Governor Scott delivered the traditional adjournment address to both chambers of the Vermont Legislature, commemorating the close of 2019-2020 legislative biennium.
  • ACCD guidance had previously stated that all businesses receiving a Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grant must spend the grant money by December 30, 2020. ACCD recently clarified that such businesses do not need to have fully expended these grant funds by the December date. Visit the ACCD grant page for details.
  • The Vermont Statehouse is going to be getting a portrait of the man who is thought to have been the first Black state lawmaker in the country, Alexander Twilight. On Sunday, the non-profit group Friends of the Vermont State House announced it was commissioning a portrait of Twilight who was elected to represent Brownington in the Legislature in 1836.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced funding for a pilot program aimed at helping museums access hands-on digital media and technology training and best practices, bolstering the capacity of small, rural, and remote museums across the nation.
  • Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels “The Nickel Boys” and “The Underground Railroad,” received the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during last weekend’s National Book Festival. Whitehead, 50, is the award’s youngest winner, as it recognizes a lifetime of work. Congratulations Mr. Whitehead!

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB is hosting Library Services for Vermont Migrant Farmworkers and Families on October 7 at 11 am. In this presentation, Naomi Wolcott MacCausland and Kelly Dolan from UVM Extension's Farmworker Programming will provide an overview of farmworkers in Vermont, barriers to accessing resources, and facilitate an open discussion on services and strategies for how libraries can connect with farmworkers in their community.
  • VLA’s October 1 First Thursday event, Let’s talk Anitracism, features Vermont's State Librarian Jason Broughton and literacy scholar Dr. Laura Jiménez talking about leading effective discussions centered on diversity and antiracism, using the Vermont Reads 2020 book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as a catalyst for the conversation. This program is co-sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
  • The Vermont League of Cities & Towns is offering Effective Performance Management for Municipal Supervisors on October 14 at 10 am. ($40 VLCT members, $20 PACIF members)
  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is hosting a Virtual Institute on October 2nd and 3rd.

Grant Opportunities

  • ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science. The deadline to apply is November 2, 2020.
  • The Vermont Community Foundation Spark Connecting Community grants deadline is October 15.  Spark grants are perfectly suited for public libraries as they put building and nurturing community front and center.

Community Updates and Events

  • Don't Forget: Food in Your Backyard Week runs October 11-17. Find virtual and non-virtual program ideas on this handout. VTLIB and Rooted in VT will be advertising the week online and in print copies of SevenDays. Submit your events using this Google Form, and see who has already submitted an event on the Event Page. Don't miss the Facebook Live Kick-Off Event featuring VTLIB's own Jason Broughton, along with author Bill Mares and farmer Natalie Guillette.
  • The Association of Rural & Small Libraries’ annual conference is underway.  VTLIB is proud to have sent 17 Vermont public librarians to this valuable conference. They will present their reflections in a Lightning Talk event in late fall. Participation is funded through a grant from IMLS.
  • The Vermont Arts Council announced the recipients of the 2020 Vermont Arts Awards recognizing outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts. Awards honor educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers, and scholars.
  • EBSCO is hosting Coffee (or Tea) with EBSCO: A Roundtable Discussion with Your Colleagues with three different panels and at three different times tomorrow, Sept. 30. Hear from panelists about topics ranging from their library's role in remote learning to promoting library resources using social media.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a good rest of your week,
Janette

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We’re excited to report that Vermont is 5th in the nation for our #Census2020 responses. 99% of households have been counted. Thanks to all of you for helping make this happen. Please continue to remind your community, friends, and family to respond today so we can reach the remaining 1%! Congrats to State Librarian and Vermont 2020 Complete Count Committee Chair Jason Broughton on this success! And thanks to Senator Leahy for the Twitter shout out!

State and Federal Updates

  • Governor Scott signed S.337, creating new programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the thermal energy and transportation sectors.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced $13,800,000 in IMLS CARES Act Grants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The funded projects were selected from 1,701 applications requesting $409,251,399, and institutions receiving awards are matching them with $1,753,470 in non-federal funds.

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB Continuing Education:
    • Catch the recorded sessions from this week’s 2020 Trustee and Friends Conference. There is something there for everyone!
    • Register for Library Services for Vermont Farmworkers and Families, with Naomi Wolcott MacCausland and Kelly Dolan from UVM Extension's Farmworker Programming. To prepare, the presenters would like information on what services librarians are aware of for this population and what libraries are currently offering. They would also like to gather questions librarians might have about this topic in advance. Please contact Joy Worland (joy.worland@vermont.gov) with any feedback or questions. Wednesday, October 7th, 11:00am – noon.
    • Certificate of Public Librarianship Core Information Services (Reference) Course. This course will cover the basic skills needed to provide information services to library patrons. Librarians enrolled in this course will learn about the reference interview, how to evaluate information resources, how to navigate search engines, and then work to pull all of these new skills together to provide stellar reference services to their communities. While building these skills, registrants will work together to create a list of reference sources to share and keep after the course ends. Thursdays: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 3:00-4:00pm ET (online)
  • Join WebJunction for Collections and Facilities: Caring for your resources during COVID-19, a webinar from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project to learn how some organizations are implementing policies and procedures around the use of various treatments and considerations that could inform your own local decisions. You’ll also hear an update on REALM testing efforts and the development of project resources. Thursday, October 8, 3:00 pm.
  • Emma Redden and Grace Aldrich from The Full Story School will present the workshop “How to Talk with Young Children about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism.” The workshop, hosted by The Children's Room and Waterbury Area Antiracism Coalition, will be held in-person (outdoors and socially distanced) on Sunday, September 27, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at Camp Meade in Middlesex. Professional development credits are available (with fee). Contact Naomi at 241-1374 or email childrensroom@huusd.org for more information and to register.
  • AARP's Third Annual Placemaking Workshop will be held online for free on October 29th and 30th from 10am - noon each day. Participants of the workshop will be eligible to apply for one of three $3,000 grants from AARP Vermont for supplies, promotion, and implementation of a winter demonstration project aimed at building permanent change in their community. This workshop is designed to provide those new to placemaking with ideas and tools to get started as well as for placemakers who want to build upon their existing skill set.
  • ALA is featuring LUCC: Library Unconference on Communications during COVID. This unconference seeks to bring together library workers and librarians to discuss virtual programming, outreach, morale boosting, and community building during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and present an opportunity to discuss lessons learned, most successful initiatives, struggles, and plans moving forward. Friday, October 2, 12 – 2pm. Free!
  • Join the School Library Journal’s annual Summit: Culture Shift on Saturday, October 24. Now in its 16th year, this national convening will focus on creating a culture that promotes an equitable world and closes the opportunity gap for all children. In this free, day-long event, you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community. And, in a first-ever reveal, SLJ will announce its 2020 Best Books at the Summit.
  • The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) has teamed up with Udacity for the Future Is Digital Challenge, an initiative focused on training rural Americans interested in learning new skills to help them participate in the nation’s growing digital economy.  Enrollment is underway. Join their Virtual Information Event on September 30.

Community Updates and Events

  • The National Book Festival opened at 9am today and runs through Sunday, Sept. 27, and you can continue to enjoy the festival experience for 60 days after the main events conclude. Make sure to visit Vermont’s virtual booth where you can find online content including an interview with Lindsey Stoddard, author of Vermont’s Great Reads selection Right as Rain. To get to the booth, register first, then select “Discover State Reads,” from the top of the platform navigation bar.
  • Banned Books Weeks starts on Monday, September 27. Visit bannedbooksweek.org to participate in a variety of live events and access resources. #bannedbooksweek
    Locally, check out Fletcher Free Library’s very cool Banned Books Week Reading Room created by Youth Librarian, Megan Butterfield.  She assembled the room using Google Slides (this link shows some good how-to instructions).
  • The September 25th edition of the PLA newsletter is now live.  
  • Save the date for our annual Agricultural Literacy Week brought to you by NOFA Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries. This is a celebration to inform, educate and create community around the topic of resiliency in all of its forms. Each night, November 16th through 19th, will feature a webinar bringing together the voices of our community: farmworker rights group Migrant Justice, Abenaki chef Jessee Lawyer, students of gender studies and agriculture at Bennington College, and organic farmers building soil health.
  • ALA is calling for conference proposals for their Annual Conference happening on June 24–29, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Be a part of the education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2021 ALA Annual Conference by submitting a program proposal. PLA is currently accepting program proposals via the submission site, which will close September 30, 2020.
  • The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the outstanding impact of U.S. public, school, and college/university librarians who have gone above and beyond for their communities. For the first time in the award’s history, the ten winners will be honored by their colleagues at a virtual award ceremony during ALA’s 2021 Midwinter Meeting; winners will receive complimentary conference registration in addition to a $5,000 cash prize. Nominations for this exciting award are open through November 9, 2020. 
  • The Summer 2020 issue of Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is now available online.
  • VTLIB is proud to sponsor the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays talks for the year ahead! Although events will be held virtually instead of at public libraries this year, you can expect the same caliber of dynamic presentations by accomplished experts. Advanced registration is required. (VTLIB sponsorship is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Health and Wellness

Have a restful weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Dear Library Community,
This is a busy and exciting week for us at VTLIB with the 2020 Trustee and Friends Conference in full swing. There is still time to register for live events or watch our recorded sessions at your leisure. One thing you don’t want to miss is our keynote speaker Susan Clark discuss Slow Democracy and the Power of Community.

State of Vermont

  • On Friday, Governor Scott issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    “I am saddened to learn of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

    “History will remember, and our children should learn about, Justice Ginsburg. She was a tireless advocate for justice and equality, and an example for future generations. There is no doubt she will be missed on the court, and in our national dialogue.

    “I know her death will leave many Americans concerned about the appointment of her successor. While it is important to take the time to mourn her passing, we must also follow precedent, as well as her dying wishes, and delay the appointment process until after Inauguration Day.”

  • Governor Scott announced updates to COVID-19 guidance for bars, restaurants and lodging establishments, as well as a new program to support businesses affected by the pandemic. Restaurants and bars can now utilize bar seating if patrons are six feet apart, and a partition is in place between patrons and the staff behind the bar. In addition, capacity limits were lifted for lodging establishments, allowing them to book all available rooms.

Learning Opportunities

Community Updates and Events

  • The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year! And, for the first time in its history, the event will be completely virtual. Register now at loc.gov/bookfest to access on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions during the Festival weekend, Sept. 25 – 27. You’ll have options to personalize your own festival journey with timely topics, and to explore book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose.
  • The Vermont Humanities Council’s October 7 First Wednesday program features another impressive lineup of speakers and topics. All talks start at 7 pm and are hosted on Zoom. Registration is requested. VTLIB and IMLS are underwriters of First Wednesdays.
  • Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced her selection of Shira Perlmutter as the 14th Register of Copyrights.
  • The American Library Association (ALA) has announced plans to award nearly $2 million to small and rural libraries in 2020 and 2021 to help them address issues of concern in their communities. Up to 650 libraries will receive grants of $3,000. Application deadline is 12/2/2020. Read the full project guidelines.
  • A reminder that the Central VT Council on Aging and the ABLE Library Memorable Times gathering is happening online on Wednesday, 10/7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. We invite persons with memory loss and their care partners to join in from the comfort and safety of home to share stories, memories, music and community. These social events will take place monthly over Zoom. For more information or to obtain the link to join the session, please contact Barb Asen via email at basen@cvcoa.org.

Health and Wellness

Happy first day of fall!
Janette

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I hope you’ve been able to get out to enjoy this gorgeous fall day! Here is your update for today:

State and Federal Updates

  • Governor Scott’s office issued a press release about Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), joining the press conference to discuss Vermont and the nation’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • For the second year in a row, a coalition of federal agencies is working together to address the issue of how to close the digital divide and increase internet access in Indian Country. This year, the Interior Department and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Service for the 2020 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place September 21-25 as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Opportunities

Community Updates and Resources

  • Starting September 21, in order to distribute the CARES Act remaining funds that were earmarked for cultural nonprofits, the Arts Council will open two different applications, one for new applicants and one for those who have already received funding. Read more on the Vermont Arts Council website, attend information sessions, and consider applying.
  • Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations, advocates, and individuals to promote the importance of making health information understandable for everyone. In the spirit of Health Literacy Month this October, the Public Library Association (PLA) is highlighting a suite of free tools and resources for public libraries to build awareness of health issues, prevention, training opportunities, and more to help advance their community’s health and work to eradicate (health) information poverty.
  • The ALA Privacy Subcommittee is hosting regular privacy-themed blog posts by librarians across the country on Choose Privacy Every Day.  Subscribe to the blog to get weekly news round-ups and all the latest posts delivered right to your inbox.
  • ALA released a new policy perspective report, Libraries & Reentry: The Importance of Public Spaces, Technologies, and Community to Formerly Incarcerated Patrons.Authored by ALA Research Associate Katelyn Ringrose, the paper explores the role of libraries in the reentry process, focusing on how library services help reduce the probability of recidivism and ease some of the burdens associated with exiting prison or jail.
  • Amigos Library Services announced a call for proposals for their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise conference on December 2, 2020. They will take a closer look at EDI and explore what initiatives have worked, and what ones have not. The submission deadline is 9/29/2020.

Health and Wellness

  • The Vermont Department of Health is offering their 2020-2021 Worksite Wellness workshop virtually and as a series this year. The series is free. Sessions will be recorded and available for those not able to participate live.
  • Harvard epidemiologist Julia Marcus offers a framework for making key life decisions while also managing pandemic risk. Read her interview with Ezra Klein in How to think about coronavirus risk in your life

Have a great weekend!
Janette

 

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020

Dear Library Community,
This Tuesday morning featured a celebrity “visit” by NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci to Vermont. Dr. Fauci joined the Governor in his regular press conference to congratulate Vermonters on our successful response to COVID-19. If you missed it, you can find this, as well as all other past media briefings, on the ORCA YouTube channel.

State of Vermont Updates

  • The Vermont DEC’s Air Quality & Climate Division (AQCD) in partnership with the Department of Libraries launched a moisture meter loan project at 48 public libraries across the state in the fall of 2020. Hand-held wood moisture meters are available for library patrons to borrow for free to check the moisture content of their firewood. WCAX covered our Moisture Meter initiative this morning. Thank you to those of you who are participating!
  • The Vermont Department of Health has published the status of Covid-19 infections from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9, during which our percent positive rate was 0.4%. Learn more in the latest Weekly Summary of Vermont COVID-19 Data.

Learning Opportunities

  • Registration is open for the free, virtual 2020 Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference. Live attendance is sold out, but registrants can sign-up for recording-only options. This is a conference on how libraries and librarians support entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. Speakers will include ecosystem partners, public librarians, academic librarians, and special librarians.
  • Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership is collaborating with Think Again Training on a two-part LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Libraries Training webinar series specifically designed for libraries to help equip public and school library staff/volunteers support LGBTQ+ children, youth, families, and adults. The training dates and times are Wednesday, 9/16 and Wednesday 9/23 from 9am – 10:30am.
  • Join Everbridge for their Second Everbridge Coronavirus Virtual Symposium: Covid-19 Road to Recovery Autumn 2020 onference. The free, 2-day global event will focus on how to resume operations and successfully navigate the new landscape for a safe return to work in the new normal of the pandemic. Featured keynote speakers include Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci. October 14, 2020 | 11am to 3:30pm and October 15, 2020 | 9am to 1pm.
  • You are invited to join Martha Gettys, OCLC Solutions Strategist, Stacey Reiling, Library Services Consultant, and Marian Carney, Strategic Accounts Director, for WorldShare Management Services and student success. Learn how WMS empowers students, enabling them to become scholars with easy access to world-class resources, including WorldCat. 9/17 at 10am.

Community Updates, Events, and Resources

  • The Alaska State Library has put together this handy chart listing COVID-19 survival times by material based on the REALM test results.
  • The nonprofit Sprocket has worked with a local library and school to put together a Digital Education Resource Guide. It focuses on software, websites, resources, and ideas to help with digital learning.
  • ALA Connect Live is offering a program with ALA President Julius Jefferson, Jr., Freedom to Read President Barbara Stripling, and ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Martin L. Garnar. Scheduled just before Banned Books Week, the focus will be on intellectual freedom and celebrating the freedom to read. Please submit your questions in advance on any topic of interest to you. Thursday, September 24th, 2:00-3:00 ET
  • ALA is partnering once again with Google to offer up to 90 $1000 mini-grants to provide digital skills programs for library patrons and students using Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum. As part of the grant, library staff will receive professional development training through Five-Star technologies to enhance their virtual programming capabilities. Applications due Sept. 17.
  • Vermont Public Broadcasting System (PBS), DISH Network, and the Agency of Education (AOE) have expanded their partnership to provide weekly thematic bundles with educational programming, curricular connections, and distance learning tutorials through Vermont PBS Distance Learning and PBS Parents. The Schedule of Vermont PBS Programs for the months of September and October, 2020, is now available.
  • Central VT Council on Aging and the ABLE Library are pleased to announce the launch of Memorable Times Online on Wednesday, 10/7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. We invite persons with memory loss and their care partners to join in from the comfort and safety of home to share stories, memories, music and community. These social events will take place monthly over Zoom. For more information or to obtain the link to join the session, please contact Barb Asen via email at basen@cvcoa.org.
  • The Lanpher Library’s October Tuesday Talks topic is “Exploring Diversity Through Comics and Movies”. Jack Wool will be presenting a discussion of various graphic novels, children’s and young adult books that can assist with building empathy, flexibility and understanding of our diverse and interesting America. Lanpher Memorial Library- Oct 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM Via Zoom, email lanpherfriends@gmail.com to preregister and receive id and password.
  • Join NOFA-VT and the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club for an evening of conversation and inspiration Organic Agriculture as a Climate Solution this Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a good week,
Janette

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

Dear Library Community,
IMLS announced that Test 5 of the REALM Project is now underway. This time the Battelle lab is testing four fabrics and leather bookbinding materials to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on materials commonly used in archives, libraries, and museums. We are still waiting to get a response from IMLS to our request for help interpreting the Test 4 results. Please stay tuned.

State of Vermont

  • Today is the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Read Governor Scott’s statement commemorating the day.
  • Governor Scott and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)  announced the launch of a new online system for temporary registrations and license plates for private vehicle sales.
  • Governor Scott announced that Vermont has received $3.8 million in federal funding for suicide prevention. The five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will support the implementation and evaluation of the State’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention in Vermont.
  • Maine Governor Janet Mills, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott are calling on President Donald Trump to reverse the re-imposition of a 10% tariff on imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum from Canada, citing the negative impact on manufacturers and supply chain businesses in northern New England.
  • The Scott administration has moved to close the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Essex, informing State employees at Vermont’s only juvenile detention facility this week that the program will be shut down in October.

Learning Opportunities

  • The New York State Library invites neighboring states’ educators and librarians to a series of webinars on Digital Equity beginning September 10.
  • Starting next week, Voices for Vermont’s Children will be hosting a weekly series on Vermont’s Child Protection System. This four-part webinar series, scheduled from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Wednesdays through October 7, will explore the greater context in which our child protection system exists. Register for sessions individually, or all four together.
  • The Vermont Community Leadership Network is hosting a series of workshops on community development initiatives, skills training, and the sharing of best practices and inspiring success stories. The Fall 2020 series of workshops will be held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 10-11:30am. Next week’s (9/15) topic is Skills: Hosting and facilitating effective meetings in a time of Covid. Registration is required.
  • Join UMaine's Fogler Library and the Department of Communication and Journalism for Friend, Enemy, or Frenemy? A News Literacy Challenge. Each day, for five days, participants will receive brief tasks designed to build their news literacy, while having fun and learning something new. This challenge will take place October 26-October 30, 2020, during Media Literacy Week.
  • AASL has launched its second Back-to-School Snapshot Survey. The survey is intended to capture data from building-level school librarians, district supervisors, and educators of school librarians (e.g. professors, adjuncts, etc.). The data will be used both as a comparison to changes over time and collectively to report on the role of school librarians as the school year gets under way. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on September 17 at 6pm.

Community Updates and Resources

  • We have a small request for information from those of you who are currently collaborating—or have collaborated in the recent past (pre COVID-19)—with the Department for Children and Families. Would you send Jonathan Clark and me an email briefly describing what you’re doing and who your DCF partner is?
  • Nominations are open for ALA's "I Love My Librarian Award!" The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Each year, 10 librarians are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award in recognition of their outstanding public service.
  • The Rokeby Museum is hosting notable Vermont historians on September 20, 2020, at 4:00pm to present a double-lecture program Exposing the Challenges: A Closer Look at Women’s Suffrage. The event will take place outdoors with safe seating for 50; in the case of rain, the event will be held indoors for 25 with video recording available the next day. Reservations can be made by calling 802-977-3406 or emailing admin@rokeby.org.
  • A conversation on How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture with Elizabeth Knight and John Wackman, authors of Repair Revolution. This event will look at how repair events in libraries and other spaces are helping bring people together around common goals of sustainability, stewardship, community resilience, as well as social and climate justice. September 29 at 6:30pm.
  • Vermont Bike to Work week is right around the corner (Sept 21-27). What better time than now to earn great discounts and rewards by traveling green safely (e.g., walk, bike, and more)!

Health and Wellness

September is Suicide Prevention Month. As of September 4, there have been 72 suicide deaths in Vermont this year.

Suicide is preventable. And it’s critical that people who are struggling – often in private – know that they matter and help is available.

Asking someone about suicide or talking about it does not increase the risk of suicide. Whatever the concern, it is especially important to talk with – and listen to – children, teens, and young adults early and offer help when someone may be struggling or comes to you.

If you or someone you know is thinking about or planning to take their own life, there is help day and night.

The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center is offering a Suicide Prevention webinar series. Their website has details as well as other information, including links to materials that can be posted in libraries.

Find additional help and resources here:

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. Counselors are available 24/7 to provide free and confidential support.
  • In an emergency, you can also call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department. Visit vtspc.org/suicide-resources/get-help/ for additional resources.
  • Text the Crisis Text Line – text "VT" to 741741. Get immediate counseling and support through text messaging.
  • Trevor Lifeline: LGBTQ Crisis Lifeline: 1-866-488-7368
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
  • 10 community mental health centers located around the state offer crisis services and ongoing supports. Go to mentalhealth.vermont.gov/individuals-and-families.

For more actions we can all take to prevent suicide, visit BeThe1To.com.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Today, on the first day of classes for Vermont kids, I am sending well wishes to school librarians and teachers, parents, and—most of all—to the kids. I hope the excitement of seeing each other again and getting back into some sort of schedule far outweighs the anxiety that comes with the big changes you’ve had to make. Here’s to a week filled with connection and joy!

State and Federal

  • Governor Scott has signed an executive order to accelerate a series of reforms and modernizations of public safety services in Vermont and to initiate a comprehensive, ongoing discussion with state residents—especially historically marginalized communities—about how law enforcement can best serve communities’ needs.
  • Governor Scott issued a statement for Labor Day. If you missed it, you can read it here.
  • The state continues to make free cloth masks available through its municipalities. Please refer to this list of local distributors if you are in need of masks.
  • In his most recent newsletter, Senator Sanders includes an extensive list of CARES Act funding opportunities available to Vermonters:  State COVID-19 Relief Assistance is Still Available
  • A reminder that nominations for the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service are being accepted through November 2. IMLS Director Crosby Kemper offers reflections and encouragement in his message about the award: Communities, Creativity, and Imagination: On the National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Learning Opportunities

  • The VT Dept. of Libraries' 2020 Trustees and Friends Conference Registration is now open! See details about this free, flexible, week-long conference on our website, along with the link to register. 
  • Arizona State University is launching its second session of the News Co/Lab’s free, adaptive course Mediactive: How to participate in our digital world. This online course on media literacy starts on September 13.

And because this is the start of the school year, we’re including a few K-12 opportunities here too.

  • The Clemmons Family Farm recently launched a multicultural online curriculum for K-12: Windows to a Multicultural World. The program provides African-American and African diaspora history, art, and culture education as an alternative to school field trips to the Clemmons Family Farm.
  • The Library of Congress published a comprehensive bibliographic guide to K-12 Music Education Resources at the Library of Congress. The LOC Music Division staff developed this guide in response to music education and performances moving online.
  • PBS LearningMedia - Highlighted Resources:
    • Practice Language and Literacy with Arthur: Help young students discover a love of language and reading for International Literacy Week! These Arthur resources feature entertaining and educational activities for use at and away from the computer. View the Collection
    • Inspiring Middle School Literacy: Find teaching guides and self-paced lessons for blended learning that will help struggling readers build literacy skills. Students will find videos, interactives, and more to help them develop more advanced note taking, reading, and writing skills. Explore Resources

Community Updates

  • The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held online Sept. 25-27. For news and updates, follow the festival blog and subscribe to latest updates.
  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) partnered with Netflix in support of Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, a collection of 12 episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children's books from Black authors. The videos are also available for free without subscription on the Netflix Jr. YouTube page.
  • Voting is open for YALSA’s 2020 Teens’ Top Ten now through October 15. Teens aged 12-18 can vote for up to three titles from the 25 nominees. A video featuring the nominated books can be found on the Teens' Top Ten webpage.
  • The New York Times published an opinion piece on September 3 on How Libraries Can Save the 2020 Election.

Health and Wellness

Best,
Janette

Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Vermont libraries were featured nationally twice this week! In the WebJunction article Take a StoryWalk Through Downtown with the Library, Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library was credited with originating StoryWalk®. Shelburne’s Pierson Library made ALA’s 2020 Library Design Showcase, celebrating the “year’s most impressive new and renovated buildings.” We’re impressed too…and extremely proud. Congrats!

VTLIB, State, and Federal Updates

Community Resources, Events & Updates

  • Pride Vermont Week starts next week! Check out all the great activities they’re offering including a Pridestream and triple feature at the drive-in.
  • ECHO is preparing to send new library passes in the mail to all libraries within Vermont. Please contact Nicole Bova at nbova@echovermont.org to confirm the best address to send your library's ECHO pass to.
  • Preservation Trust of Vermont is hosting its Arts & Cultural Heritage retreat online September 21-22. It is "designed to support anyone undertaking or considering a community development or historic preservation project." Fee is $35, registration deadline is September 14th.
  • The AFL-CIO 2020 - Department of Professional Employees recently published a Library Fact Sheet
  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison iSchool is hosting a virtual conference: Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement. November 16 -17. Sliding scale registration fee.

Health and Wellness

I wish you a wonderful holiday weekend.

Best,
Janette

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Welcome to September! I hope you’re enjoying the cooler weather.

State, Federal, and VTLIB Updates

  • Governor Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) announced that Twin Pines Housing has received $65,000 in grant funding from the State’s Brownfield Initiative to work with Evernorth (formerly Housing Vermont) to remediate the former Tip Top Tire site in Wilder and construct four units of affordable housing.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the agency’s CARES Act awards totaling $1,200,000 to 15 organizations to support Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 health emergency.
  • Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • We are pleased to offer a FREE Swank streaming option to all eligible Vermont K-12 schools for the next two years to provide school librarians and teachers resources their students can access remotely. The program is funded, in part, through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We hope to get the streaming service off the ground in October, when the regular movie license cycle begins. More information will be coming soon.

Events, Community Resources, and Updates

  • The new ALA division "Core" will hold a Virtual Forum November 18th and 20th. The theme of the Forum is "Intention and Serendipity: Exploration of Ideas through Purposeful and Chance Connections."
  • As a premier partner of National Voter Registration Day for 2020, ALA encourages libraries to sign up to participate in a nationwide day of action on September 22. Register by September 8 to receive National Voter Registration Day posters, stickers and other swag mailed to you directly. Visit their website for additional resources from ALA.
  • Join this week’s Vermont Humanities Council 47th annual Fall Conference event Knit Democracy Together—a modern take on historical knitting circles like those that supported the abolitionist and suffragist movements. On Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm, knit or crochet pieces of a state capitol sculpture while discussing contemporary political issues via Zoom with artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. She’ll later assemble the individual pieces into a finished whole. Learn more about this event.
  • In order to be more accessible, responsive, and sustainable, Public Libraries magazine is going digital for the July/August and September/October 2020 issues. Access the July/August digital flipbook or download the PDF at www.ala.org/pla/publiclibraries/digital.
  • The Vermont Council on Rural Development just published a comprehensive guide on Community Leadership in Action. The guide offers strategies to help leaders move community and economic development projects forward. Some of the featured case studies could be of value for libraries.
  • The Local Solutions and Community Action Team—established by Governor Scott—invites you to join a series of virtual COVID-19 recovery discussions across the Northeast Kingdom to connect with others in the region to share challenges and ideas for community response and recovery; Register (required) for the Orleans County Visit on 9/3 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Submissions for the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards open today (September 1). Teens in grades 7-12 (aged 13 and up) are eligible to participate.
  • According to the NY Times, libraries, bookstores, and consumers are likely to face challenges securing copies of books scheduled to be published in the coming months due to printing log-jams as a result of publishers delaying the publication of titles during the Pandemic. Pre-ordering fall titles now might help libraries obtain the titles closer to the publication dates (rather than having to wait months for additional print runs). Read more in the article.
  • Ryan Dowd, of the Homeless Training Institute, has a new, downloadable training module available: Customers Without Masks: Simple strategies that get customers to follow your COVID-19 policies (without a fight!). (The cost is $97.)

Health and Wellness

Have a good week!

Best,
Janette

PS: And because I wrote the word “September” above, I am signing off with one of the more pleasant earworms in my head that one could have (think Earth, Wind & Fire). You’re welcome.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Today’s update turned out to have taken on a slightly different format, given the many grant opportunities that presented themselves in the last few weeks. Some of these are directly applicable to libraries, while others would be of more interest to your communities. Please share them as widely as possible.

State and Federal Updates

  • The Vermont Agency of Education is working in close cooperation with the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources to support Vermont schools as they prepare to reopen next month.
  • Governor Scott and Vermont officials congratulated the Ministry of Transport Quebec (MTQ) for breaking ground on the third segment of construction of Autoroute 35 (A-35), which will connect the Highgate Springs crossing of U.S.-Canadian border directly to Montreal.
  • If you attend the Governor’s press conferences, you are probably familiar with all of the COVID-19 data sets that Commissioner Pieciak presents regularly. You can access some of these data summaries here.
  • Each issue of IMLS News contains brief articles that alert readers to new information about grants, and monthly highlights of best practices. The August edition highlight is From Book Delivery to Virtual Scavenger Hunts: How Arizona is Helping Libraries and Communities Stay Connected

Grant Opportunities

  • Application deadlines for three COVID-related grants (relief, digitization, expense reimbursement) are quickly approaching. Visit the VLCT site to learn more.
  • The Micro Business Development Program (MBDP) announced the Economic Micro Business Recovery Assistance for the COVID-19 Epidemic (EMBRACE) grant. The initial grant application will be available starting August 20th, 2020. These grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • The Restart Vermont Marketing and Stimulus Grant Program will provide grants to organizations for efforts and activities related to economic recovery, consumer stimulus, marketing, or tourism related projects to support businesses that have suffered economic harm due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The Vermont Arts Council offers a variety of grants that might be of interest to libraries themselves and the artists and art organizations in their communities.  Visit their latest Artmail – Grants Edition newsletter for information.
  • The Vermont Community Foundation is continually adding COVID-19 related grants to their already broad portfolio of opportunities.

VTLIB FAQ

  • There has been much discussion around homeschooling recently and VTLIB has compiled the resources shared on listservs around this topic in its new VTLIB Homeschooling Resources for Libraries. This page is intended as a starting point for library staff around the topic of homeschooling and schooling-at-home and should not be considered an exhaustive list of resources available for learners and families. We will continue to add and update this page and encourage you to share resources you would like to add to this list. To contribute contact Jonathan Clark: jonathan.l.clark@vermont.gov

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Join the Vermont Library Association on Thursday, September 3rd 2:30-3:30 for their September installment of the First Thursdays Virtual talk. The featured guest will be Gary Deziel who will provide information on Effective People Management in the COVID-19 Maelstrom.
  • Join the SLJ webcast Picture Books for Fall for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope. Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 2-3 PM
  • A reminder that the National Museum of African American History & Culture offers a toolkit and series of resources called Talking About Race. It's intended for educators, parents, and the general public, and features historical and contemporary information as well as exercises.
  • Have you started your planning for fun, socially-distanced events and resources for Food in Your Backyard Week yet (October 11-17, 2020)? VTLIB and Rooted in VT are co-sponsoring an online kickoff event on Monday, October 12th at 6:00 via Facebook Live. The event will feature VT author, former state legislator, VPR commentator, and well-known beekeeper and home brewer Bill Mares; VT State Librarian and award-winning baker Jason Broughton; and one more special guest yet to be confirmed. We will have a cooking demo, an exploration of Bill’s wide-ranging food hobbies, and a discussion of how both libraries and food build community (even during Pandemic times).

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a lovely weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Starting off with a (fun) request: In preparation for the Library Trivia Event at the FREE 2020 Online Trustees and Friends Conference, we are collecting trivia or fun facts about Vermont libraries. If you have a tidbit, please send it to joy.worland@vermont.gov.

State and Federal Updates

  • Governor Scott announced that the State has applied for, and received, an initial grant award of $35.8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Other Needs Assistance, or Lost Wage Assistance (LWA), program.
  • Governor Scott announced his proposal for an additional $133 million in economic relief and recovery, using funds from the $1.25 billion the State received from the Federal CARES Act. As with previous proposals, the Governor and his administration will work with the legislature to bring further relief to Vermonters and Vermont businesses.
  • The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY 2021 State Budget and will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. via videoconferencing.
  • The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced $12,800,000 in Save America’s Treasures grants to fund 42 preservation and conservation projects in 26 states.

VTLIB FAQ

  • VTLIB has been answering this question frequently: “What does the VT Dept. of Health mean by “close contact” when it comes to COVID-19?” To clarify: Both time and distance matter. Close contact generally means being within six feet for 15 minutes or more of a person who tested positive while they were contagious (infectious). Close contact does not mean: being more than six feet away in the same indoor environment for a short period of time, walking by, or briefly being in the same room. Learn more, and learn about contact tracing, on the VT Dept. of Health website.

Learning Opportunities and Library Conferences

Community Updates and Events

  • Join Senator Leahy and the Vermont Council on Rural Development for a celebration of local leadership at a virtual event this Thursday, 8/27/2020 at 10 am. VCRD will be announcing the launch of a new Vermont Community Leadership Network and the publication of the new Community Leadership Guide. The annual Community Leadership Awards will also be announced at this event.
  • With remote learning looking like the state of play this fall, publishers have extended permissions for read alouds of their titles. Review an updated list published in the School Library Journal.
  • The Old Stone House Museum is hosting a huge celebration for Alexander Twilight Day starting September 20 with U.S. Rep. Peter Welch. Sunday, September 20-Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Alexander Lucius Twilight, first African American to serve in a state legislature, was an impressive force as an educator through the mid 1800’s in historic Brownington Village who essentially built Athenian Hall (the four-story granite building that would house both girls and boys from 1836-1858). He employed what is modernly described as place-based, experiential educational techniques.

Health and Wellness

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Vermont chapter is offering its “Family-to-Family” program once again this fall. Starting in September, this FREE 8-week course is structured to help families and friends of individuals with a mental health condition understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being.
  • The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging is a great starting point for seniors in need of support, including meals on wheels, housing alternatives, and transportation. They are also able to refer caregivers to their local support network.

Since we started this update with trivia, we’ll end it that way as well: Test your knowledge of Vermont in VPR’s Brave Little State Trivia this Thursday 8/27 at 7:30 pm.

Have a good rest of your week,
Janette

Friday, August 21, 2020

Dear Library Community,
With all the buzz these days about changes to the 2020 Census, we’d like to share a recent Seven Days VT article Why Is Vermonters' Response to the Census So Low? Please help get the word out to your family, friends, and community that the Census is still ON. The wellbeing of Vermont depends on participation.

State and Federal Updates

  • Governor Scott announced $8 million in available grant funding to assist Vermonters with overdue utility bills as a result of economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Governor Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), and the Department of Taxes announced an increase to the maximum grant award for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in the maximum grant award is available to businesses in the lodging, retail, hospitality, arts, travel, and event-affiliated sectors that have continued capacity constraints.
  • Governor Scott has issued an executive order aimed at increasing Vermont's child care capacity as public schools plan to provide some or all education remotely.
  • Governor Scott has signed onto a bipartisan letter calling on the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau to restore the deadline for the 2020 U.S. Census, which has been moved from October 31 to September 30, 2020.
  • Governor Scott and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced that $8.5 million in relief funding has been made available for farmers, sugar makers, meat and poultry processors, slaughterhouses, farmers markets, agricultural food products businesses, forest products businesses, and producer associations to cover losses and expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced grants totaling $5,263,000 through three programs designed to support and improve library services of Native American and Native Hawaiian organizations.

Learning Opportunities

  • Opportunities for next week, excerpted from our mid-week CE Update:
  • The Research Institute for Public Libraries is offering “Libraries Build Pathways to Wellbeing” on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm. The Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing project found that public libraries are a component of social wellbeing outcomes in rural communities, and that there are ways libraries provide service that influence outcomes. In this webinar you’ll hear about the design and outcomes of their research, the Evidence-Based No Rules Tools under development, and how qualitative data made it all possible. You do not need to register for this free webinar. Access the webinar

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Humanities Council Fall Conference themed “Democracy 20/20” kicked off this week with their first session: Women’s Suffrage: Moral Advancement or Politics as Usual? Be sure to check out their upcoming sessions.
  • Vermont public libraries had top billing in the media this week in a piece on WCAX “Public libraries take on added importance during pandemic,” featuring the Milton and Charlotte public libraries, and in VTDigger “How libraries across Vermont are continuing to serve people despite a pandemic,” highlighting the Bixby, Carpenter-Carse, Kellogg-Hubbard, Fletcher Free, and Moretown libraries. 
  • Join the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as they celebrate the 2020 Class of National Student Poets at their virtual Appointment Ceremony! Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 pm.
  • ALA just published its August 2020 EDI Update. It’s a good reminder to point out VTLIB’s Racial and Social Justice page that features a variety of Vermont-based resources.
  • Join PLA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) for their next live Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 2 at 1:00 pm. The discussion will focus on how library workers can address health disparities and advance public health in our communities.
  • The Open Education Conference (#OpenEd20), an annual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives, is calling for proposals. Designed through a collaborative process that leverages the passion and expertise of the community, #OpenEd20 aims to engage diverse perspectives, facilitate connections that drive effective practice, and inspire participants to strive for a future where education is accessible, affordable, equitable, and inclusive for all.
  • The New England Library Association (NELA) is looking for volunteers for several of their committees, including the Freedom, Membership, and IT sections. Learn more here.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dear Library Community,We’re excited to begin this update by pointing out that the Vermont League of Cities and Town’s fall conference schedule is now available and attendance is free! This is a great opportunity for libraries to connect with their colleagues in municipal government! See below for details.

IMLS Updates

Learning Opportunities

  • 8/20: NNLM workshop: Promoting Attentional Fitness: Demystifying Mindfulness, guest speaker Daron Larson (10:00-11:00)
    In Daron’s last webinar in this series, participants will explore ways to share mindfulness resources with library patrons to promote mental wellbeing, resilience, and social connection. This session will be customized based on the needs of librarians in Vermont working under pandemic-related constraints.
  • Firespring is offering a free webinar titled "Getting Your Donors to Give - Well Before Your Event" that will cover how to offer engaging and inspiring pre-event communications (for online events) that will inspire donors to give. The webinar will also provide a "checklist to help plan your own knock-their-socks off experience." Webinar is Wednesday, August 19th at 11:00. (Register even if you can't attend, and they will send you a recording.)

Community Resources and Updates

  • The Vermont League of Cities and Town's (VLCT) Town Fair is happening online this year - from September 28th through October 2nd - and it's free! Workshops include information on cyber security, lessons learned and best practices on responding to COVID-19 from VT Emergency Management, supporting your workplace through change, strategies for supporting economic recovery, the critical role of racial equity to the future of VT towns (a workshop by VT's Executive Director for Racial Equity Xusana Davis), tools for keeping your community engaged and informed during a crisis, and more! Learn more on the VLCT website.
  • Join the Vermont Humanities Council for their free online presentation Women’s Suffrage: Moral Advancement or Politics as Usual? on 8/19 at 7 pm. The suffrage movement operated under two very different principles. Elizabeth Cady Stanton saw women’s suffrage as a right that had been unfairly denied to women, while Frederick Douglass saw women’s suffrage as a means to save the country’s soul. This presentation considers both of these visions. Would women’s participation in politics improve the moral character of the nation? Or would politics degrade women voters?
  • The Vermont Law School’s Cornell Library is hiring a CLIC Coordinator. This 20 hours/week position organizes law library reference and information services for the public, including attorneys, alumni, state employees, self-represented litigants, and other Vermonters. CLIC is offered through a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Health and Wellness

And should you have any doubt about librarians being awesome, read With coronavirus lockdowns many libraries (and librarians) have been more fabulous than ever.

Have a good rest of your week.
Janette

Friday, August 14, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday! A quick reminder that state offices are closed on Monday for Bennington Battle Day.

Federal and State Updates

  • The Department of Public Service is issuing grants to help consumers obtain line extensions for high speed internet. The grants focus on those who have a COVID-related need, such as school access, working from home, and telehealth services. The Department of Public Service has more information about eligibility and program guidelines available. Find out more and apply here.
  • DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to the spoofed SBA website that the cyber actor is using for malicious re-directs and credential stealing. Read more about it here.
  • Governor Phil Scott today announced the extension of the State of Emergency by another month. He also announced the following in the past week:

Learning and Professional Development Opportunities

  • Save the date for our FREE 2020 Online Trustees and Friends Conference Remaining Vital: Your Library as Community Connector in Uncertain Times from September 21 -25!
  • A reminder that applications for funding to attend the Association for Rural & Small Libraries 2020 Virtual Conference are due by midnight Sunday, August 16th. The application and guidelines can be found on the VTLIB site. This funding opportunity is made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries.
  • Join Vermont PBS and Vermont Agency of Education specialists for a series of webinars that will build hybrid and distance learning toolkits for Fall.
    • Beyond Screentime: The Fundamentals of PBS Learning Media Navigation, Aug. 19 from 10:00 - 11:00 am. This live webinar is for those interested in learning more about how PBS LearningMedia can enhance curriculum design and delivery.
    • Playful Learning Collections for Home: Resources for Parents, Aug. 26 from 10:00 - 11:00 am. This live webinar is for community members looking for ways to supplement at-home learning.
    • Natural Themes and Project Based Learning Connections: Incorporating PBS into your Curriculum, Sept. 2 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Explore strategies for integrating PBS programming into inquiry processes of interdisciplinary and student-centered instruction. Facilitators will share ideas for determining cross-curricular concepts that align with themes of PBS programs and supplemental resources.

To attend any of the free sessions email Heather Duhamel at Vermont PBS hduhamel@vermontpbs.org.

  • Niche Academy presents a free webinar: Whole Person Librarianship: Partnerships to Prepare Libraries on Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 pm.
  • The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is holding its conference virtually this year on Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 16. Go to their conference page for more information.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool "Back in Circulation Again" Virtual Conference, October 19 & 20. This is billed as "providing circulation and access services staff and managers with a place to learn, share, and connect." Details and registration.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Humanities Council published its 2019 Annual Report. VTLIB is a sponsor of VHC’s First Wednesday series through funding from IMLS.
  • The Vermont Arts Council is now accepting applications for its next round of Artist Development Grants. Artist Development Grants support artists at all stages of their careers. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business. The deadline is September 28 (for this round).
  • In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, Next Stage Arts Project of Putney welcomes Dr. Meg Mott, Professor of Politics Emeritus of Marlboro College, for a free spoken word, online-only event examining the ambitions and aspirations of women’s suffrage. Co-sponsored by Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance, Votes for All Women: Patience, Persistence, and Politics takes place Tuesday, August 18th, at 7 pm. The event is free, and registration is requested. More information can be found on the Event Registration Page.
  • CMU CS Academy is a free, online, graphics-based computer science curriculum for middle and high school classrooms provided by Carnegie Mellon University. Three distinct curricula support beginning computer science students to those enrolled in AP Computer Science Principals. CMU CS Academy provides professional development for educators, resources, 24/7 online support, auto-grading, and a teacher portal for monitoring of student progress all for free. Sign up online.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a fun-filled weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Happy Primary Day! If you haven’t already voted by mail, find out what you need to do to vote in person by visiting the Secretary of State’s page. Here is your Tuesday update:

State of Vermont and VTLIB

  • Governor Phil Scott announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the State of Vermont have finalized an agreement to allow certain state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines.
  • A reminder that the Vermont State Ethics Commission is soliciting public input before they send a finalized draft code of ethics to the legislature in November. Please visit the Ethics Commission website which has information on a statutory code of ethics and how you can provide input.
  • The State of Vermont recently received funds from FEMA to run a Crisis Counseling Program in response to the pandemic, called COVID Support VT. One of their immediate goals is to share educational and self-help materials on how to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and develop positive coping strategies – and they would like your help. Please fill out this Google Form as soon as possible to tell them which materials would work best to reach your community members, and they will send those materials to you.
  • The VTLIB Library Advancement Division has a few things to distribute to libraries. Please contact Jennifer Johnson for any of these items.
    • Mask posters and quarter-sheet-sized handouts available for libraries AND community partners (businesses, schools, municipal buildings, etc.). There are other designs besides the library one. Can be sent by mail or through the courier.
    • Census cards are also available for libraries and/or community partners.
    • Giveaway books, including picture books and board books, available for libraries with the greatest need. Courier and pick-up are preferred.
  • It was brought to our ABLE Library’s attention that some libraries are paying postage to send materials to print-disabled patrons. These materials can be sent free of charge through USPS’ “Free Matter for the Blind” program. Some restrictions apply. Visit the USPS website for details.

Learning Opportunities

Community Resources and Opportunities

  • Vermont Legal Aid Town Hall: Please join Vermont Legal Aid for a free 30-Minute Town Hall about changes to unemployment benefits and eligibility as more Vermonters are starting to get offers to return to work. This town hall is on Thursday, August 13 at 10 a.m. Attorney Kelli Kazmarski will talk about changes to federal unemployment benefits, what happens to unemployment benefits when you are not able to return to work for reasons like dependent care or health/safety concerns, and issues related to overpayments of benefits.
  • The Vermont Family Network has updated its School Options for Families resources page. The page includes a school options infographic, questions to consider before schools reopen, and sample letters to request Compensatory Education Services.
  • Is your library a player in economic development? Or do you have an idea of how your library could contribute to job creation, entrepreneurship, and nonprofits -- but you could use a little funding to get started? @ the Table is the inaugural pitch competition of the Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference (ELC). Libraries will be invited to pitch ideas or initiatives to stakeholders in economic development. Public, school, special, and academic librarians are encouraged to apply by 11/25 at 5 pm. Visit the table pitch competition page for all of the details.
  • The Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program is returning September 14-28, 2020 with its second ebook selection: Lauren Francis-Sharma’s epic saga Book of the Little Axe. Unlimited ebook copies of Book of the Little Axe will be available without waitlists or holds through U.S. public libraries using OverDrive.
  • Borrowed, Brooklyn Public Library's flagship podcast, is collecting stories from library systems across the country to use in two upcoming episodes. Library workers of any title/rank (librarians, administrators, clerks, custodial staff, etc.). are invited to record a voice message responding to one or both of the following prompts and email it to podcasts@bklynlibrary.org. (You may leave your name, but you don’t have to.)
    • How has your library been handling re-opening after the COVID-19 shut down? When did you return to work? What has changed?
    • Has your library been having conversations about racial discrimination and inequity? If you are a BIPOC, what has your experience been like working at a library? What are the challenges your library system faces when it comes to racial equity among staff and/or patrons?

Health and Wellness

Have a good rest of your week.
Janette

Friday, August 7, 2020

Dear Library Community,It’s hard to believe that we’re quickly approaching the open enrollment period for VT Health Connect (VHC). I’d like to start this update with a special appeal to you to let our VHC outreach coordinator know what training and information needs you have. Connecting Vermonters to healthcare is more important than ever, and libraries continue to play an essential role in this effort. Please see the full blurb below.

State and Federal Updates

  • Governor Phil Scott and the Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced the launch of a new grant program to help mitigate operational expenses and losses for child care providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant applications are open now through August 26, and award notices are anticipated by September 11. Eligible applicants include childcare and afterschool programs, summer day camps, parent child centers, and agencies that serve as fiscal agents for local Children’s Integrated Services.
  • The Health Department has issued a two-page fact sheet that gives people the information about the use of masks to help protect children.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it will end all field data collection by September 30 which is earlier than planned. Bureau Director Steven Dillingham issued a statement on August 3 outlining this and several other operational plan changes. Please continue promoting the 2020 Census for the next several weeks. Here’s a little inspiration out of Burlington.
  • IMLS announced grant awards totaling $25,899,000 for museums across the nation to improve services to their communities. Through the agency’s largest competitive grant program, Museums for America, and special initiatives under this grant program, Museums Empowered and Inspire! Grants for Small Museums, a total of 190 projects were selected from 631 applications requesting $98,198,305.

Vermont Department of Libraries

  • We continue to update our Racial and Social Justice page with the newest addition being a list of State of Vermont Racial and Equity Councils and Commissions 2020 created by Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity, State of Vermont (PDF)
  • Vermont Health Connect wants to know what you think! Open Enrollment starts November 1, and Vermont Health Connect (VHC) is looking for feedback from librarians. They want to know how VHC can best support you—the librarians —as you assist library patrons who have questions about VHC health coverage. As part of their Open Enrollment outreach, VHC will deliver a group online training session (hosted by VTLIB) for librarians in October, followed by online presentations to the general public in November. To learn more about your needs for VHC training, information, and support materials, VHC invites Vermont librarians to participate in short, one-on-one feedback sessions to help them develop a more useful training. If you have 30 minutes to help with this project, please contact Molly Waldstein at molly.waldstein@vermont.gov to schedule an appointment to talk.

Learning Opportunities

  • ALA is offering a free webinar Library Fundraising in the Wake of COVID-19. Fundraising expert Ed Rossman will provide you with a comprehensive approach for generating sustained funds from underutilized library assets in the wake of the pandemic. Through practical examples, Ed will take you through the process of securing steady funding. Monday, August 10, 2020, 1:00 pm.
  • Niche Academy invites you to join their free webinar on Library Information Systems on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00 pm. Join library consultants and instructors Joe Matthews and Carson Block as they talk about their new book Library Information Systems. The book offers a comprehensive look at the technologies that power modern libraries - including how they got here and where things are headed next.
  • The National Conference on State Legislatures invites you to join A Century of Women Voting: The 19th Amendment at 100 on Tuesday, August 11, at 2pm. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
  • Join First Book for 2 Free Webinars on Critical Topics:
    • "Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education," Wednesday, August 19 (11:00AM - 3:00PM EST). Join Jason Reynolds, award winning author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and AU antiracism scholars for an exciting FREE virtual event hosted by the American University Antiracist Research & Policy Center.
    • "Supporting Students Coping with Grief and Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic," Tuesday, August 11 (6:00 PM -7:30 PM EST). Join for a FREE live webcast and Q&A to learn tangible ways to support grieving children from Dr. David Schonfeld, a leading developmental-behavioral pediatrician and founder of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.
  • As meetings and events continue to take place in virtual spaces because of the COVID-19 pandemic, accessibility is too often an afterthought. Accessibility for virtual events should be a priority and central to the planning process from the beginning. Here is a Rooted in Rights guide on How to Make Your Virtual Meetings and Events Accessible to the Disability Community

Community Updates and Engagement Opportunities

  • The Vermont Humanities Council Fall Conference Democracy 20/20 starts August 19th. The 47th annual Fall Conference promises to “take a clear-eyed look at the theory and practice of democracy.” Weekly free digital programs begin on August 19, ending with small gatherings statewide in October and a capstone event at the State House after Election Day (if safety guidelines allow).
  • Researchers at Syracuse University are interested in learning more about the invisible labor and traditionally unrecognized work of librarians so that it can be included in discussions of library value. If you were working at a library in any paid position in 2019 (staff, paraprofessional, or professional), we would love to hear about your experience with invisible labor. Participants are asked to complete an online questionnaire by September 15, 2020.
  • Five teens from across the country have been chosen from among thousands of award-winning poets to serve as National Student Poets, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.
  • In response to the rise in digital media use and other challenges posed in recent months, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has compiled a suite of tools and resources to support library professionals in all types of libraries. ALSC’s - Look to Libraries in Times of Crisis webpage provides a host of free resources including tip sheets, articles, booklists, and other resources.
  • The 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment is August 18, 2020. It's not too late to participate in the Suffrage Scramble! To quote the teenage son of one librarian participant, "If those women could fight for the vote, the least you can do is run 3 miles to honor them!" Be sure to honor them by voting, too!

Health and Wellness

We can’t repeat the information on mental health help resources often enough, especially now with the added stress of school starting soon.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:

I wish you a joyful weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I hope this message finds you glad for the rain and the accompanying relief from last week’s heat. Here is your Tuesday resource update:

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott today announced that beginning Tuesday, August 4, public safety, public health, health care and human services employers whose employees worked to help mitigate or respond to COVID-19 may apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees. For more information, to apply using the online application (beginning Tuesday, August 4) and to sign up to receive periodic updates, please visit the Agency of Human Services’ website.
  • The Vermont House Government Operations and House Judiciary Committees will be co-hosting virtual meetings on August 6, 12 and 16 to obtain input from community members on proposed changes to law enforcement in Vermont. The public will be able to provide input on specific bills that are already before the legislature. The meetings will be held on August 6 at 1:00 p.m., August 12 at 6:00 p.m., and August 16 at 4:00 p.m. Please see this link for a fillable form where you can schedule to testify.

Learning and Professional Development Resources

  • The Vermont Department of Libraries is excited to be providing the opportunity for Vermont librarians to attend the 2020 Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Virtual Conference (funded through LSTA). Guidelines for applying and a link to the application are on our website. The application is due by midnight, August 16th.
  • Also check out VTLIB’s CE schedule which is packed with free webinar offerings:
    • 8/6: NNLM workshop: Library Resources and Programming in the New Landscape of Vermont Cannabis Laws, guest speaker Jennifer Hendzlik (10:00am-11:30am)
    • 8/06: Beanstack Summer Reading 2020 Staff Training Q&A Session (1:00pm-2:30pm)
    • 8/7: NNLM workshop: More than Calm: Exercising Your Attention with Mindfulness, guest speaker Daron Larson (11:00-12:00)
    • 8/13: NNLM workshop: Libraries and Dementia Services, guest speakers Timothy Dickey and Mary Beth Riednor (10:00am-11:30am)
    • 8/20: NNLM workshop: Promoting Attentional Fitness: Demystifying Mindfulness, guest speaker Daron Larson (10:00-11:00)
  • Recent research indicates that employees are feeling less informed, cared for, and engaged at work compared to a little as a month ago. Gary Deziel, our UVM Extension partner, has penned an HR Minute, COVID-19, remote worker engagement, about the three mistakes that lead to lower employee engagement are being repeated by organizations across the U.S. – and practical strategies to increase employee engagement at your public library.
  • The Vermont Library Association invites you to their monthly 1st Thursdays webinar happening on Thursday, August 6th from 2:30-3:45 pm, "Antiracism at Your Library."  Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting.

Community Resources and Events

  • Sunday, July 26, marked the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To honor 30 years of progress in access and inclusion, IMLS is showcasing a handful of libraries that used their IMLS grants to improve spaces and access for individuals with disabilities in the last few years.
  • The School Library Journal recently published Honoring John Lewis | A Brief Resource Roundup for Young Readers. With the passing of Congressman John Lewis, it is important for young readers to understand and honor his legacy, and to continue his fight for equality. It’s not an aside that these are also wonderful stories, well-told and compelling. Share these resources and empower young students and budding activists alike.
  • Vermont PBS and the Agency of Education is inviting youth librarians to join the Distance Learning Advisory group. This advisory group will meet bi-monthly, beginning in August to discuss ways to integrate PBS content and resources into community models. Please email Martha Deiss at Martha.Deiss@vermont.gov if you are interested in joining the group.
  • The Library of Congress, National Archives and Smithsonian launched a joint campaign for the month of August to celebrate the 100thanniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the constitution granting women’s suffrage. They will count down each day until the anniversary day with compelling stories of women who worked for the vote—before & after the amendment—leading up to the centennial on Aug. 26.  Full information on the #19SuffrageStories campaign can be found on the LOC blog.
  • ALA recently launched its COVID-19 Recovery website, which features a collection of tools, developed and updated by units across the American Library Association, will help communities, library workers, and library supporters plot the best course forward for their libraries.
  • Join PLA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) for a live Twitter chat tomorrow, August 5 at 1 p.m. The discussion will focus on creating inclusive communities through an EDISJ lens. To participate, simply follow PLA on Twitter (@ALA_PLA) and log in at noon Central on August 5. The EDISJ Task Force will tweet introductions and discussion questions to get things started. To join the conversation, tweet using the hashtags #chatPLA and #Inclusion.
  • The REALM Project just announced Test 4. Five items were selected for this round of Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on materials commonly used in archives, libraries, and museums. Read more about the project and how to subscribe to updates.
  • The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. Learn more about Resilient Communities and apply online. Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020

Health and Wellness

And because music is good for us, I’m signing off with this year’s winner of the tiny desk concert announced today: Linda Diaz with a wonderfully calming song.

Best,
Janette

Friday, July 31, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Good afternoon and happy Friday! I am stepping in for Janette on today’s update as she has the week off! It is a much-deserved break for her. See today’s update:

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott has signed a Directive officially setting Tuesday, September 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools. Originally announced on Tuesday, the directive requires all public and independent schools to open for in-person or remote instruction on September 8, with an exception for schools primarily serving students with disabilities, which can restart operations prior to September 8. The Secretary of Education will have oversight and authority in the implementation of the order and local school officials and governing bodies are required to consult with, and abide by, the direction of the Secretary of Education.
  • Governor Phil Scott announced that the Vermont Department of Public Service has launched a Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP). LECAP provides up to $3,000 in assistance to help consumers extend telecommunications lines to their homes, with $2 million in total funds available. This program was passed through Act 137 and developed in response to the COVID-19 emergency to help Vermonters access broadband.
  • As the state continues its sustained efforts to encourage mask use as a tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable, Governor Phil Scott announced strengthened mask requirements in public places and congregate settings. View the full amendment to the Executive Order.

VT Department of Libraries

  • VTLIB is once again able to offer grants for libraries on the courier service. All details about the grant, including the application and the scoring rubric we will use, are available on our website. The due date for applications is Monday, August 31. All applications must be submitted via email or postmarked by this date. Late applications will not be considered.

Learning Opportunities

  • We are continually adding workshops and webinars to our schedule. Here are some highlights:
    • 8/6: NNLM workshop: Library Resources and Programming in the New Landscape of Vermont Cannabis Laws, guest speaker Jennifer Hendzlik (10:00am-11:30am). Libraries across Vermont (and the US) find themselves at a distinct crossroads when it comes to the nuances of cannabis legalization. This interactive webinar will help answer questions about the role your library can play in this new frontier of service.
    • 8/06: Beanstack Summer Reading 2020 Staff Training Q&A Session (1:00pm-2:30pm). VTLIB is excited to begin training staff to use the Beanstack reading registration and tracking platform. Please review all training materials and complete the Staff Challenge in Beanstack prior to attending one of these sessions. These sessions will not be a comprehensive overview and training on how to use Beanstack but a way to answer any questions you may have after reviewing all training materials. Please submit your questions in advance to jonathan.l.clark@vermont.gov.
    • 8/7: More than Calm: Excercising Your Attention with Mindfulness, guest speaker Daron Larson (11:00-12:00). Practice session and Q&A. Though scientific evidence of its potential benefits grows, there’s a counterintuitive art to establishing a consistent mindfulness practice. Live practice sessions with an experienced coach help participants set realistic expectations, customize their approach to fit their needs, and better understand how to interpret their practice experiences.
    • 8/13: NNLM workshop: Libraries and Dementia Services, guest speakers Timothy Dickey and Mary Beth Riednor (10:00am-11:30am). Mary Beth Riednor, chair of ALA’s Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias, will be joined by Timothy Dickey of the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Libraries in this presentation on helping libraries improve services to patrons with dementia, with topics such as dispelling myths, staff training, programming and collection development.

Community Updates and Resources

  • The IFLA Section on Library Service to People with Special Needs has a survey to discover what services people are offering during COVID-19 to people with physical or cognitive disabilities, people who are experiencing homelessness, are in prison, or are refugees. The deadline to submit is August 15th.
  • A college professor created a syllabus for herself for the summer to prepare herself and colleagues for remote learning and teaching during a pandemic here.

Health and Wellness

Take care and enjoy the lovely weather!
Tom

Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I am submitting today’s resource email on behalf of Assistant State Librarian Janette Shaffer. I sincerely hope your week is going well, and I thank you for the work you do for your communities! Here is today’s update:

State of Vermont

VT Department of Libraries

  • Access weekly updates and summaries on which VT libraries report being open and what services they are offering (as reported on VTLIB's Library Service and Status Questionnaire) on the VTLIB website here.
  • Gary Deziel, our UVM Extension partner, has posted another HR Minute that can help you understand more about the human resource management challenges of reopening your library; COVID-19, The Reopening Conundrum (PDF). In this article, Gary outlines the essence of trustee responsibility as keepers of the “well-being of the library” and the possible conundrum of putting the library’s overall mission first, and the employees, your key resource, first as well. Essentials of the Americans with Disabilities Act and tips from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are highlighted.

Learning Opportunities

  • WebJunction is offering a free REALM Project update webinar on August 4th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join staff from OCLC, IMLS, and Battelle to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come. To register click here.
  • The Santa Clarita Public Library is excited to present the Book to Action: Garbology Discussion Panel on Wednesday, July 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET (yes, that’s 9:30 p.m. ET). The free discussion will cover micro-trash, plastics, the impact of trash on our environment and much more during the hourlong Zoom event. Register now at SantaClaritaLibrary.com/Events.
  • EveryLibrary Insitute offers a webinars-on-demand program which allows you to attend free webinars on a wide range of library advocacy, funding, and other relevant topics at any time that’s convenient for you. Just sign up on the registration pages, and you will be emailed a unique link to attend the webinar whenever you want.

Community Updates and Resources

  • State Librarian Jason Broughton was this month's Brave Little State question asker: Why Do Some Vermonters Display The Confederate Flag? Listen to the episode.
  • VPR, via its Brave Little State program, is asking BIPOC residents and visitors of VT to contribute their voices to an upcoming story that answers the question "How can the state, both its government and its people, support Vermonters of color?" VPR invites BIPOC residents and visitors to submit their answer by July 31st. For more information click here.
  • The REALM Project has published the results of the second round of Battelle's laboratory testing for COVID-19 on five commonly handled materials: braille paper pages, glossy paper pages, magazine pages, children’s board books, and archival folders.
  • Join PLA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) for their live Twitter chat on Wednesday, August 5 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern for a discussion on creating inclusive communities through an EDISJ lens. To participate, follow PLA on Twitter (@ALA_PLA), and log in at 1:00. The EDISJ Task Force will tweet introductions and discussion questions to get things started. To join the conversation, tweet using the hashtags #chatPLA and #Inclusion.
  • 2020 Summer Reading Lists: ALSC has updated their Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles. Summer Reading book lists are available for Birth-Preschool and grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Each list is available to download for free. The back panel can be edited to include your library's contact information.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services this week announced 70 grants totaling $18,256,177 to support libraries across the country. The awards were made through the FY 2020 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21stCentury Librarian Program. The awarded grants search on the IMLS website contains a complete list of grantees and project descriptions. The awards went to projects supporting lifelong learning, digital inclusion, collections access, and library training programs. Visit the IMLS website for more information about the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian programs.

Health and Wellness

I hope that you have a restful weekend.

Yours,

Lara

Friday, July 17, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Please note that in the next two weeks, we will only send a Friday community update.  I’ll be on the road next week to distribute PPE, and on vacation the week after. This is a good time to thank my VTLIB colleagues who send me things for inclusion, edit, and cover for me when I’m gone. You’re the best!

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announced the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program for dairy producers and processors who have experienced income loss, additional expenses and market disruption as a result of the pandemic. The application will open on Friday, July 17 with an available $25 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for qualified applicants.
  • Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Human Services, and the Department of Vermont Health Access announced that Vermont’s Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program will launch on Friday, July 17, 2020. The grant program, first proposed by the Administration and amended by the Vermont Legislature, utilizes up to $275,000,000 from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide direct cash grants to eligible health care and human service providers who have lost revenue and/or observed increased expenses due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Learning Opportunities

  • Please check out our VTLIB webinar page for our upcoming webinars. These include one on HR issues, and several from the Network of the National Library of Medicine.
  • Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners/Massachusetts Library System Free Virtual Symposium Thursday, July 23rd, 9:00-12:00:  "Special Collections Symposium for Smaller Libraries."  If you are interested to learning more about special collections management for smaller libraries, not sure where to start with your collections, or just want to network with colleagues, please join us for this virtual symposium!
  • Join the webinar: MHEC and your Library’s Subscription Management Service. This webinar will begin with an overview of the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) and navigating the website, followed by a WT Cox demonstration. Tues, July 21st: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Preservation Trust of Vermont webinar: Sustainable Preservation. 7/30/2020, 9:00-12:00, $25. A three-hour session with top state experts on how to reduce the energy costs and carbon footprint of your non-profit or municipally-owned historic building. Learn the hows and whys of getting an energy audit, strategies and funding sources for efficiency upgrades, and basic and advanced techniques for weatherizing leaky windows, doors, attics and cellars. Presenters include the Preservation Trust of Vermont, Efficiency Vermont and NeighborWorks.

Community Updates

  • Submit a webinar proposal for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, which will begin on September 1, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged and will be considered for September and October presentations.
  • The Maryland State Library would like to invite you to join us for an event next Monday night. Ibram X. Kendi (How to be an Antiracist) and Dr. Charlene Dukes (Prince George's Community College) will have a discussion on antiracism. This program will be broadcast live on July 20 at 7pm. Register soon! This program is supported through IMLS.
  • Reuters has created an infographic to show the disparities between Black and White from cradle to grave.

Wellness

  • If you can’t tell by now, I am biased toward walking for mental and physical health.  A Neuroscientist considers it a superpower: ‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier.
  • And Scrambling just magnifies the benefits of walking! The Vermont Department of Libraries is a proud member of the Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance, working together to inform Vermonters of the history and outcomes of women’s suffrage and engage them in the ongoing quest for equal rights and citizenship.  The Alliance is partnering with Central Vermont Runners to present a virtual 5K event, the Suffrage Scramble, during the week of the primary, Saturday, August 8- Saturday, August 15th.  For this virtual event, participants choose their own course, pace and start time!

I hope you have a good weekend!
Janette

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I hope your week has started out well. We continue to see a lot of exciting things happening  in our world of libraries. Here is today’s update:

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott announced actions several bills, passed by the Legislature. Bills of note that the Governor signed yesterday are:
    • S.219, An act relating to addressing racial bias and excessive use of force by law enforcement
    • S.338, An act relating to justice reinvestment
    • S.342, An act relating to temporary workers’ compensation amendments related to COVID-19

To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2020 legislative session, visit the Governor’s site.

  • Governor Phil Scott, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Vermont State Housing Authority and the Vermont State Housing Finance Agency today announced $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. These relief programs will be available starting Monday, July 13 through two different programs.
  • Governor Phil Scott announced that Vermont has joined 15 states and the District of Columbia in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate electrification of the medium- and heavy-duty bus and truck market. The agreement calls for 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be zero emission vehicles by 2050.

VT Department of Libraries

  • A VTLIB reminder that it is time for our yearly open enrollment period for the courier service. If you are interested in having your library added to the Courier Service, please fill out the interest form by July 24, 2020.
  • The July 20th go-live date for our Beanstack Summer Reading platform is quickly approaching! This program is available, at no cost, to all Vermont public libraries and presents an exciting opportunity for you to connect to young readers and their families over the summer. Get the most out of the system by reviewing our training materials and joining us for one of several Q&A sessions.

Learning Opportunities

  • We are continually adding workshops and webinars to our schedule. Here are some highlights:
    • NEW! On 7/15 from 10 – 10:30 am, VTLIB is offering a Face Mask Campaign Info Session. Learn about the State of Vermont's educational campaign to encourage Vermonters to wear face masks, and the tools that can be used to promote the campaign in your community. Registration encouraged but not required.
    • VTLIB ALA Virtual Lightning Talks are this Thursday the 16th at 10-11:30AM. These are 5-minute reflections on a session or concept from ALA Virtual Conference shared by Vermont librarians whose attendance was made possible through LSTA funding. Join if you can for this wonderful opportunity to hear from your colleagues!
    • A reminder to submit your HR questions: On July 20th at 11 am,  UVM Extension's Gary Deziel and I will offer the webinar HR Issues in Vermont Libraries During COVID-19 . While you will be able to ask questions during the webinar, we wanted to give you a chance to anonymously ask sensitive ones ahead of time. Please submit your questions no later than 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
  • A free Common Sense webinar “Tech in Support of Black Lives: Closing the Digital Divide and Shaping a Just Internet.” Wednesday, July 15th, 1pm. Free with registration required. Find more information and register here.

Community Updates and Resources

  • The Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) is offering a virtual discussion: “VT Rental Assistance Program and Eviction Moratorium Update” on July 17 at 12:30 pm. This discussion is part of CVOEO’s Fair Housing Friday series.
  • July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities. For legislation this historic, one day of celebration simply isn’t enough! NCSL and the State Exchange on Employment and Disability are partnering to commemorate this event witha weeklong celebration including a virtual meeting series (be sure to register!)and a clearinghouse of resources.
  • Poet Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity, and the richness to be found in each of our stories. Join the VT Humanities Council on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm for this digital event.
  • Summer is officially here. Normally, this would mean daily trips to the pool, summer camp, and afternoons spent at the local public library reading and participating in annual summer reading programs. Read about what summer will look like in Summer Reading Programs Reimagined
  • Independent Publishers of New England is proud to announce establishment of a grant to support independent publishers and authors who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. IPNE's Pandemic Grant Fund will provide grants of $500 in cash or, in some cases, in kind (publishing services offered) to qualified individuals.
  • ALA invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. The project will fund in-person and virtual film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries, and it will provide instruction and support for the libraries to be centers for community education and support during extreme weather events. Apply by August 28, 2020.

Health and Wellness

Take care,
Janette

Thursday, July 10, 2020

Dear Library Community,
This update is getting to you a day early so we can share this exciting news with you:  The Beanstack Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is now officially set up and will go live to the public on July 20th! Look for the self-guided training materials Jonathan will be sending out tomorrow, along with a schedule for our virtual Q&A sessions which we will be offering all next week.

Here are your other updates:

State of Vermont

  • The Vermont State Ethics Commission was asked by the House and Senate Government Operations Committees to submit a draft code of ethics to be considered for statutory adoption in the next session. See S.198 and H.634. The Commission was asked to solicit public input before a finalized draft code of ethics is sent to the legislature in November. The Commission strongly urges written comments. It will, however, offer an opportunity for oral comments. At 10:00 a.m. on August 12, 2020, the Ethics Commission will hold a virtual public hearing regarding its draft proposal. Details will be posted on the Ethics Commission website soon.

Learning Opportunities

Community Updates and Resources

  • For those of you who have requested sneeze guards and hand sanitizer that VTLIB is making available through CARES Act funding: Please contact me if you have NOT received a message detailing logistics.
  • The REALM Project (Battelle study): Five plastic-based items were selected for the third round of Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on materials commonly used in archives, libraries, and museums. The study will begin Friday on items provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library; the National Archives and Records Administration; and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress. Learn more on the REALM Project page.
  • New Financial Management Resource: Safeguarding and managing cash in your library is very important. In accounting lingo, the steps you take to protect the cash in your library are referred to as internal controls. Petty cash management, or minding the “cash box,” goes hand-in-hand with cash management concepts and procedures. Your reputation depends on managing money well. Gary Deziel, UVM Extension Assistant Professor, has created a six-page, easy-reading guide to both topics. You can find it, as well as all of his budget and HR management guides on his page, or you can follow this direct link.
  • WebJunction recently promoted a crowd-sourced collection of continuing education titles for library professionals titled Black Excellence in LIS Syllabus.
  • PLA has issued a Call to Action for Public Library Workers to Address Racism. In the statement PLA calls on public library workers to commit to structural change and to taking action to end systemic racism and injustice. Read more about the action steps you can take.
  • TechSoup's recent article "Nonprofit fundraising in the Age of Uncertainty" offers "five ways that nonprofit[s]... can survive these tough times and emerge with positive approaches to donor engagement and fundraising."

Health and Wellness

Stay cool over the next few days!

Best,
Janette

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I hope you enjoyed this holiday weekend. Here is your Tuesday update:

State and Federal Updates

Educational Opportunities

  • From VTLIB:
    • 7/9: NNLM Health Literacy Workshop: National Institute of Health Basics (10:00-11:30)
    • 7/16: ALA Virtual Conference Lightning Talk Reflections (10:00am-11:30am)
    • 7/20: HR Issues in Vermont Libraries During COVID-19 (11:00am-12:00pm)
    • 7/23: NNLM Guest Speaker: Mary Grace Flaherty (10:00am-11:30am)
    • 8/6: NNLM Program: Library Resources and Programming in the New Landscape of Vermont Cannabis Laws (10:00am-11:30am)
    • 8/13: NNLM Program: Libraries and Dementia Services (10:00am-11:30am)
  • There are still seats available for this week's free webinar 2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count!. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October.
  • The Supervisor Success Committee of ALA’s Learning Round Table created a collection of self-paced training modules to equip supervisors with core skills that help them effectively meet day-to-day challenges, achieve results, and build a more positive, effective workplace and environment. The content is applicable to a range of audiences and can be accessed here.
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to host a webinar Thursday, July 9th at 3pm on Tackling Racism in Classic Children's Literature with Klem-Marí Cajigas and Lindsey Patrick-Wright. We all know that there are outdated and racist classics on our shelves. How do we hold fast to intellectual freedom while solidifying our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness? Nashville Public Library spent a year asking that question and the resulting work can be replicated by other libraries seeking to apply an anti-racist lens to their collections.

Community Updates and Resources

  • VTLIB will, again, be offering movie licenses to public libraries for 2020-2021. There is even an option to show movies outside for a limited time. To learn more about this year’s program, including outdoor showings. License sign-ups and stats for 2019-2020 are due by July 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.
  • Join PLA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) for another live Twitter chat on Wednesday, August 5 from 1–2:00 p.m. The discussion will focus on creating inclusive communities. To participate, simply follow PLA on Twitter (@ALA_PLA) and log in at 1pm ET on August 5. The EDISJ Task Force will post introductions and discussion questions to get things started. To join the conversation, tweet using the hashtags #chatPLA and #inclusion.
  • The VT League of Women Voters and Front Porch Forum made this flyer on early voting available for distribution.  Please post as widely as you can.
  • The ALA division Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASGCLA) Accessibility Assembly has released two new toolkits, Accessible Communication Styles, and Virtual Accessibility. These new topics are part of the Library Accessibility Toolkits: What You Need to Know series.
  • With support from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter is collaborating with libraries to co-host virtual events to engage patrons in citizen science, to hear first-hand from project leaders, to learn about related programs and recommended reading and more. The new summer series will help keep students, adults, and families engaged with reading and research to prevent learning loss (also known as the “summer slide”). 
  • ALA and Capital One invites rural libraries to apply for Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grants. This new grant opportunity for rural public libraries will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide. Applications will be accepted from July 6 to August 26, 2020.
  • An important read from the School Library Journal, not just for school and youth services librarians: Little House, Big Problem: What To Do with “Classic” Books That Are Also Racist

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a great week,
Janette

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dear Library Community,

You are receiving tomorrow’s update now as we are observing the holiday tomorrow. I’d like to start by thanking all of you who have submitted your library status update to us already. The information you provide helps the library community, as well as other stakeholders, to get a sense for the current landscape and serves as an important component in their own decision making. You can view the results here. We encourage libraries who have not submitted to share their information, no matter the level of services that they currently offer: https://bit.ly/vtlib_covidstatus. If you’ve already reported and have small changes, please email them to Joshua Muse.

VTLIB and State of Vermont

  • Library Statistics - We have updated some of the guidance for tracking stats for the annual report. The biggest takeaways involve tracking weeks and hours open, separating in-building from curbside visits, and tracking in-person/virtual/recorded programming.
  • Vermont organizations who have suffered revenue loss due to the Covid-19 crisis can receive funding through the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The support was announced this week with the passage of Vermont’s H.966 legislation that outlines the state’s use of funds received from the Federal CARES Act. ACCD and the Dept. of Taxes will host webinars on July 3 to explain the process and to answer questions.

Educational Opportunities

  • Upcoming VTLIB offerings (website will have full details and registration links by the end of today:)
    • Tuesday, 7/7, 10:00-11:00am: Collaborative Work Session: Websites & Tech Issues
    • Thursday, 7/16, 10:00-11:30am: ALA Virtual Conference Lightning Talk Reflections
    • Monday, July 20th, 11:00am -12:00pm: HR Issues in Vermont Libraries during COVID-19, Gary Deziel and Janette Shaffer, presenters

Community Resources and Updates

  • The Vermont Library Association’s John Swan Memorial Lecture recording is now available for viewing.
  • The Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor's Economic Recovery Task Force is launching a series of virtual forums, facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, in every county across the state. Each forum will consist of a brief opening session followed by four 90-minute breakout sessions into topics chosen by regional leaders and representatives and conclude with a short closing session and share out. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in their county's forum; registration is required.
  • Join EveryLibrary online from September 14-16, 2020 to meet some of the most advanced political strategists and tacticians from within the library industry and beyond. Explore how to navigate the world of politics and build voter support for library funding. Conference topics will include outreach, donor research, grants, legislation, coalition building, digital tactics, and marketing.
  • Last month, the Vermont Community Foundation announced a graduation gift to the entire Vermont high school class of 2020 of one free course of their choosing at the Community College of Vermont this fall. Enrollment is open through Sept. 4
  • Public Libraries magazine is going digital for the July/August and September/October 2020 issues. Instead of a paper issue, PLA will produce and email an easy-to-access digital flipbook and PDF version to all PLA members and magazine subscribers.
  • The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. Applications will be accepted from July 1 to August 28, 2020.
  • ALA is embarking on a virtual tour across the middle of the country to highlight the innovation and impact of a diverse range of libraries and engages stakeholders to advocate for libraries and the communities they serve. Read more about the Holding Space: A national conversation series with libraries tour.
  • We’ve been hearing stories about librarians as contract tracers. Here is a story on NPR and a slightly different angle on Marketplace Morning.#LibrariansToTheRescue #EverydayHeroes #MadSkills

Health and Wellness

All of us at the Vermont Department of Libraries wish you a restful 4th of July holiday weekend.

Best,
Janette

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Happy Tuesday! Lots of updates to share with you today:

State and Federal Updates

Learning Opportunities

Community Updates and Resources

  • A recent REALM project (Battelle study) update: Test set 2 announced, compilation of reopening references released.
  • The Vermont Arts Council announced that nine Vermont organizations will receive grants totaling $972,800 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through its second round of funding.
  • The Vermont Arts Council also just published “Vermont's Creative Sector: A Resource Guide for Covid-19 Reopening and Recovery.”
  • The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)published this comprehensive Reopening: Guidance for Libraries document.
  • PLA has a suite of tools available to help make the case for your library in your community. Download customizable templates to use with local decision makers (Word doc), the broader community (Word doc), as well as tips for successful messaging (Word doc) and a guide to writing letters to the editor (Word doc). Find more information on how community leaders can work with libraries to support local response, recovery, and resilience, here.
  • If you missed the town hall with Rep. Peter Welch last week, you can listen on his Youtube Channel.
  • Comcast announced that it will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentialscustomers. Originally set to expire on June 30, the free offer will now be available through the end of this year. Comcast will also continue to waive the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the free offer. You can find other offers and options from a wide range of internet providers on the Department of Public Service's page.
  • Vermont’s own Katherine Paterson shared her short story “William and the Mysterious Brame” and activity kit for families and educators as a free download.
  • The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is holding its first annual Book Bike Week Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7 featuring book bike programs from across the United States (and the world!), showcasing book bike pictures, videos, and news articles on the ABOS Facebook page.
  • The School Library Journal’s TeenLive is hosting a free virtual event August 5, 2020. The theme is "Our Voice, Our Time." The event will have author panels, library programming sessions and a great lineup of keynote speakers.
  • Music Corner Story Time Listen, Listen is a social media project that uses music-themed children's books and other stories shared by professional musicians and music educators to inspire, educate, and transform people of all ages and to promote diversity, acceptance, and cultural understanding. Virtual programming you can share but don't have to create yourself!
  • Amigos Library Services is inviting proposals for their September 23, 2020 conference “Like the Ceiling Can't Hold Us: Sharing Innovations in Libraries.” Share your innovations in reference, technology, and programming. Presenters get to attend the conference for free. The proposal deadline is July 15.
  • The Wisconsin Historical Society partnered with local artists to create a set of stunning PSA-style COVID-19 posters. They also have an online toolkit for creating your own posters.

Health and Wellness

Hope you’re having a good week.

Best,
Janette

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dear Library Community,
My apologies for sending Friday’s update today. We’d like to start this update by introducing our newest resource page Racial and Social Justice Resources, a collection of Vermont-based organizations and projects, history resources, educational tools, and booklists. As this is a work in progress, we appreciate your suggestions on making this page more comprehensive.

State of Vermont and VTLIB

  • Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Department of Labor announced changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that will reduce employers’ UI tax rates and increase the maximum weekly benefit amount for UI claimants.
  • Governor Phil Scott and State Librarian Jason Broughton urged Vermonters to complete the 2020 Census in Wednesday’s media briefing. Getting an accurate count of Vermont residents is critical to helping ensure we get federal funds allocated in part on population and demographics – funding needed for infrastructure, school lunches, hospitals and more. Go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
  • VTLIB has launched a resource for public libraries to share their current services and reopening status. With all that is in flux right now, we wanted a centralized, ongoing way to share what everyone is doing throughout the state. Please keep your library community in the loop on any service changes using the questionnaire.
  • If you are not currently on the courier and are interested in having your library added to the Courier Service, please fill out the interest form available here (deadline is July 24, 2020). Filling out this form does not guarantee that your library will be added to the courier service.
  • The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) announced that it received one of the 317 CARES Act economic stabilization grants funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project “Preserving and Expanding Access to Vermont’s History.” The $133,512 award will retain eight staff members working to produce digital records for online access to VHS’s museum and library collections.
  • We shared with you on Tuesday that the first findings released by the REALM study this week, determined that “the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days.” At the same time, we were alerted to ACCD guidance for senior centers (p 9) also recommending a three-day quarantine period for books. This guidance was established by State Epidemiologist for Infectious Disease Patsy Kelso.
  • And speaking of the REALM study,  the Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the receipt of a $1,500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support materials research for collections care and the reopening of libraries and museums during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Opportunities

Community Updates and Resources

  • On Tuesday, ALA issued a statement affirming the rights of transgender people: “The American Library Association (ALA), and particularly its Rainbow Round Table, unequivocally and emphatically stands in solidarity with its transgender staff and members, transgender library workers, transgender library users, transgender authors, and the transgender members of the communities we serve.” Read more
  • Watch a recent talk by Dr. Gretchen Sorin on her book Driving While Black, held by the Piscataway Library in New Jersey. The book focuses on African American travel, especially the well-known Green Book travel guide. There's also a brief preview of the upcoming documentary by Ric Burns and Emir Lewis.
  • The New York Public Library announces the launch of a new self-paced early literacy training, Raising the Bar: Integrating Early Childhood Development into Librarian Professional Development. This free training expands on the work of our train-the-trainer materials to offer a comprehensive, self-guided, individual learning experience. Developed for librarians of all experience levels, this self-paced training can be completed at any time and in any place.
  • YALSA seeks article proposals for its journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS)'s Fall 2020 issue, themed Trauma Informed Teen Services. This issue will inform readers of trauma-informed teen services, practices, and approaches from various disciplines and experiences that include all types of trauma, including most recently COVID-19, and beyond. Learn more, and submit by June 30.

Health and Wellness

Have a good week.
Janette

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Tomorrow is the start of ALA Virtual, the American Library Association’s annual conference. We’re very excited about this, because we are able to support participation—for a conference that is often out of reach—for 17 librarians from all over the state and from all types of libraries. This year we allocated much of our LSTA CE funding to more of you to attend virtual conferences and CE opportunities. We plan a panel presentation in mid-July to hear from participants about their experiences. Stay tuned!

State and Federal Updates

  • On Friday, we announced that Congressman Peter Welch is holding a virtual town hall for all Vermont librarians this week, but we made a mistake on the day. This event is happening on Wednesday, June 24 at 10 am. The event, co-hosted by State Librarian Jason Broughton and VLA President Kevin Unrath and moderated by Jason, will feature remarks by Rep. Welch, brief updates from selected representatives of diverse Vermont libraries, and an opportunity for you to ask questions. Register here.
  • At a press conference Friday, Governor Phil Scott was joined by the State’s Executive Director of Racial Equity Xusana Davis and Representative Kevin ‘Coach’ Christie, chair of the Human Rights Commission, to mark Juneteenth, which "marks the release of many of the last enslaved people held under our nation’s brutal slavery system". Governor Scott also proclaimed it Juneteenth Recognition Day in Vermont.
  • A reminder that ACCD issued new guidance on Friday that affects libraries. We highly encourage you to read the entire update. The areas that most impact libraries are within the Mandatory Health & Safety Requirements and Section 8.4 Indoor Arts, Culture and Entertainment.
  • Governor Phil Scott signed new legislation strengthening Vermont’s captive insurance laws, increasing efficiencies while adding flexibility to regulatory policy and procedures. This year’s bill again highlights the continued collaboration between Vermont’s executive and legislative branches to ensure the state’s captive law remains the industry benchmark.

Learning Opportunities

  • Free PLA Webinar: 2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 2 pm Register here.
  • On Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm, the Vermont Humanities Council hosts Jarvis Green, producing artistic director at JAG Productions, for a discussion with poet Major Jackson, choreographer Felicia Swoope, and writer Desmond Peeples about being Black culture bearers in Vermont during this time of protest and pandemic.
  • Join VLCT and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for a Stay Home, Stay Safe Q&A For Municipalities on June 29, 2020 at 2pm. This weekly question and answer webinar with Deputy Secretary Ted Brady is an opportunity for municipalities to ask questions and learn more about best practices, new tools, and resources to help cities and towns navigate these difficult times.
  • The Denver Public Library invites you to a virtual three-day “Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium” that will take place July 8th-10th from 12 - 6:00pm ET.
  • Join the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table for an Afternoon of Social Justice. This free virtual event features librarians and scholars as they present on a variety of topics including Native American treaty rights, democracy in the time of COVID, and women activism and libraries. June 29th, 12:00pm – 4:30pm

Community Updates and Resources

  • The REALM Project (Battelle study) phase 1 research results, issued yesterday, show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable on the materials after three days of quarantine. Read more here.
  • Hear State Librarian Jason Broughton along with his Census Colleagues in VPR’s Vermont Edition show Census 2020: Vermont's Low Response Rate & Counting Amid A Pandemic
  • The Moore Free Library in Newfane has been awarded a two year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund a Community Memory project. This funding will support the creation of a digital archive of stories, reminiscences, quips and thoughts by and about community members from Newfane, Williamsville, South Newfane and Brookline, past and present. Congratulations!
  • The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services has several monetary award and travel grant opportunities. These are open to librarians working in bookmobiles and outreach services; submissions are due August 1st.
  • The application deadline is July 15th for the 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize. All U.S. public libraries are eligible to apply. The prize is awarded to one public library that is "transforming its community in groundbreaking ways." Prize includes $250,000, a cover story in Library Journal, and a gala celebration.

Health and Wellness

Stay cool,
Janette

Friday, June 19, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Today, on the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, black museums and historical institutions in the US will launch BLKFREEDOM.org, a digital commemoration of the day. The website will air an original video featuring appearances by Lonnie G. Bunch III, the first African American and first historian to serve as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist, educator, museum director and the first female African-American president of Spelman College, and the Honorable Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library. The video premiere is today at 12PM ET, but you can also watch it later. Catch this video, as well as spoken word, dance and music performances, story times, and virtual tours on their interactive website.

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott announced several measures to gradually ease restrictions on Vermonters in long-term care facilities or in hospitals and those over the age of 65.
  • Vermont has received a $2 million federal emergency grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for expanded services and supports. The funding will help ensure that people with mental health and substance use disorders can access care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Opportunities

  • ALA changed the name of the Library Director Bootcamp to “Library Director Crash Course” after we sent out the application to apply for VTLIB funding to attend. The workshops are still at the same times and content, and the VTLIB application process is the same. Visit our program page for updated information.
  • Other VTLIB Educational Opportunities
  • Certain types of personal information are legally confidential, including medical information. According to the CDC, COVID-19 is especially dangerous to people the age of 65 and older, and those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. As you work to provide expanded services to your communities over time, you may be learning new things about the health status of employees, volunteers, and trustees you work with. Gary Deziel, UVM Extension Community Development Specialist, writes about confidentiality in the workplace in a new Vermont public library “HR Minute”.
  • Join PLA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) for their first live Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 1 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST. The discussion will focus on EDISJ in the library workforce and will aim to help library staff understand the interplay of EDISJ principles in workforce development and re-examine systems and policies to expose issues of inequity and injustice.

Community Updates and Resources

  • The REALM Project has released the report, “Systematic Literature Review of SARS-CoV-2: Spread, Environmental Attenuation, Prevention, and Decontamination,” prepared by Battelle. This is an in-depth review of published literature on virus attenuation on commonly-found materials that can inform discussion and decisions about operations in archives, libraries, and museums. For more information on this first round of testing and other activities (including the report itself), visit the “Happening Now” project update page. For more on the scope, timeline, and committees involved with #REALMproject, visit oc.lc/realm-project
  • PLA members have access to an advanced copy of the article "Reopening Under COVID-19: A Space Planning Approach" by David Vinjamuri and Joe Huberty, featured in the upcoming May/June 2020 issue of Public Libraries magazine.
  • On Sunday, June 21 at 3:00 pm, Vermont Humanities is hosting Juneteenth in the Air with the Clemmons Family Farm, an interactive online event of Juneteenth history and storytelling, including an aerial performance. Guests will include Professor Bill Hart, aerialist Ella, and Mrs. Lydia Clemmons (Senior).
  • ALA Book Award Celebration June 28th: The American Library Association (ALA) is offering an exciting, new, free all-day virtual event celebrating the winners of several of its major book awards, including the esteemed Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards.
  • Listen Up Vermont - Overdrive has made Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow (audiobook) and Layla F. Saad's Me and White Supremacy (ebook) freely available to users for 30 days -
  • RBdigitalThe New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is on the core list of audiobooks, which means that it’s always available without holds or limits.
  • Looking for creative, insightful, and emotionally-intelligent ways to ask patrons to wear masks in the library? Check out The Big Mask Ask, which includes instructions for how to create customizable posters of your staff wearing masks.

Wellness and Health

  • The Detroit Public Library is partnering with the All of Us Research Program at Wayne State University’s Shiffman Medical Library on Well-being for All of Us: Virtual Book Club beginning on June 3. This free book club is designed for adult readers. The book is available for free on Hoopla as both an eBook and an audio book, which the author reads herself. Learn more here.
  • Hot weather safety tips and information are available from the Department of Health.

Leaving you with an idea for “an unusually unruly library in Virginia, [where] there’s food everywhere and droppings on the floor. Sometimes, visitors stand on the reception desk and squabble with abandon.” Curious? Read about The Library-Themed Livestream for Birdwatchers.

Have a good weekend!
Janette

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I'd like to open this update by promoting a new portal published by The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC: Talking About Race, as it offers resources to help parents, teachers, caregivers, and the general public have conversations about race.

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott signed an executive order to update and extend the State of Emergency in Vermont to July 15. The latest order reflects all current re-openings and eased restrictions, which have been underway since late April to account for the State’s low case counts and continued slow growth rate.
  • Governor Phil Scott signed new legislation strengthening Vermont’s captive insurance laws, increasing efficiencies while adding flexibility to regulatory policy and procedures. This year’s bill again highlights the continued collaboration between Vermont’s executive and legislative branches to ensure the state’s captive law remains the industry benchmark.

Learning Opportunities

Community Resources and Updates

Health and Wellness

Leaving you with a great video from the Bennington Free Library: Let's All Work Together (Caution: Earworm material!)

Best,
Janette

Friday, June 12, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Today, June 12, is Loving Day—a celebration marking the day the Supreme Court struck down state bans against interracial marriage. Fifty-three years later we are witnessing more history in the making.  #lovewins  #hope

State of Vermont and Federal Updates

Learning Resources

Community Updates and Resources

Self-Care

  • Why not relax a little while also brushing up on your Pride Month history knowledge? Join Sewickley (PA) Public Library’s Pride Month History Quiz! Runs Monday (9 am) to Friday (4 PM).
  • Start next week with the Boccaccio Project which is being launched by the Library of Congress on Monday. The project consists of a Series of Musical Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Wishing you a restful weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Here is your update for a chilly spring Tuesday.

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott announced the opening of the application for appointment as the public member to the Racial Equity Task Force. The Task Force will be chaired by the State’s Executive Director of Racial Equity Xusana Davis and include up to seven additional members, including one member of the public. Those interested in appointment for the public member position should complete the application and submit it via email to exe.appointments@vermont.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12.
  • The State of Vermont’s Racial Equity Advisory Panel has published this list of ways to get involved with equity work. This guide was compiled with focus on those who wish to serve as allies and are looking for basic guidance on how to understand and approach this work. Please share.
  • Governor Phil Scott announced on Friday that he has appointed Michael Harrington as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. Harrington has been serving as interim commissioner of the Department of Labor since September 2019. 

Learning Opportunities

Community Updates and Opportunities

  • VTLIB Board of Trustees member, Bruce Post, is this month’s question-asker on Brave Little State. Give the episode Is Vermont Really So Expensive? a listen! We love our library celebrities!
  • The ARSL Conference Committee Chairs and members of the ARSL Board recently met to discuss options for holding the ARSL 2020 Conference and decided to hold the conference virtually. Details about #ARSL2020 will be available on the conference page soon.
  • Free Screen Sharing in Windows - If you're looking for a way to help patrons while distancing, the free screen sharing program that comes with Windows 10 might provide a solution. Check it out.
  • The School Library Journal’s piece “COVID-19 Is an Opportunity to Rethink Youth Librarianship | Reimagining Libraries” marks the launch of a series of articles and virtual engagement opportunities that will help the library community answer questions.
  • WebJunction just published an article titled "Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times" that explores innovative ideas for libraries to move their programming and services outside their traditional library spaces (both now for Summer Reading Programming and in the future).
  • The NBC News story titled “Reading as resistance? The rise of the anti-racist book list” discusses how Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be An Antiracist," Ijeoma Oluo's "So You Want to Talk About Race" and other anti-racist texts are selling out at major bookstores.

Health and Wellness

And if you don’t have time to get out, this little music video, produced by the Nashville Public Library, might give you a little boost: “Curbside Baby.”

Best,
Janette

Friday, June 5, 2020

Dear Library Community,
In examining the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic, while also witnessing the fight for racial justice gain momentum, I must admit that it is difficult to send this update as though it is business as usual. So with the acknowledgement that it is not business as usual, we will include resources on social and racial justice in these updates on a regular basis.

State of Vermont

IMLS

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 22 grants to museums totaling $2,731,000 through the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program, generating an additional $2,584,312 in matching funds. Fifty-eight organizations requested grants totaling $8,226,629.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 21 grants totaling $1,772,000 to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians.

Learning and Educational Opportunities

Community Resources

  • VTLIB updated its Booklists and Resources Addressing Race and Social Justice yesterday. This is a work in progress – please send any suggestions to jonathan.l.clark@vermont.gov
  • The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is producing a series of briefing papers that support institutions committed to achieving racial equity. This paper provides a framework for implementation by highlighting strategies public libraries are using to advance equity.
  • State Librarian Jason Broughton participated in meetings with the Local Support and Community Action Team to identify key priorities to move VT forward towards recovery. This week, the group released its Interim Report to the Governor on recommendations for social and economic recovery. See the report for detailed preliminary recommendations around housing, child care, local food access, business support and recovery, broadband, and more as well as a list of next stage action steps to drive them forward. 
  • The School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog opening talk by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, co-authors of "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" (Little, Brown), is now available.
  • The results of the ALA "Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey" are in! Read the latest press release, and learn more about the survey and view the full set of questions here.
  • Did you know that if you use MHEC (Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium) for discounts on purchasing, you can find vendors who are minority, women, or veteran-owned? The site lists the SDO (Supplier Diversity Office) certifications for every vendor. Once you login to the MHEC site, click the following links to find the full list and their specific certifications: Diverse Vendors By Contract or Diverse Vendors By Vendor
    If you haven't signed up for MHEC yet, or have questions, go to our MHEC page. https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/MHEC
  • NOFA launched their newsletter “News from the Farm” which features updates, activities, and seasonal recipes.

Health and Wellness

  • Check out Come Alive Outside whose mission is to “get people off the couch and back outside.” They offer several programs such as the 100 miles in 100 days, or the children’s passport that allows elementary students to earn points for outdoor activities. Supported by the Vermont Department of Health.
  • Self-care is often something that falls to the bottom of the list of things that need our attention. Here are some tips on how to reintegrate self-care into your life.

Have a restful and safe weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear Library Community,
It is important to start this update with  Governor Scott's statement condemning the violent death of George Floyd and acknowledging that Vermont is not immune to the systemic racism that is built into our social and economic systems. “For many people today, every time something like this happens, it’s another reminder of how long communities of color have been waiting for equity, and how little things have changed,” said Governor Scott. He announced the launch of a Racial Equity Task Force as a “component of a broader state effort to promote racial, ethnic and cultural equity, including in its response to COVID-19.”

The outrage our fellow citizens are feeling right now is a reminder of the role each of us has in recognizing and combating the inequity Black and Brown Americans face daily.

Additional Statements from our Library Colleagues:

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Updates:

State of Vermont

  • Governor Scott and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced a restart plan for resuming driver’s license tests and a new service for Vermonters to receive their learner’s permit online as the State begins limited resumption of services paused due to COVID-19.

VTLIB

  • Last week, we celebrated 27 of your colleagues who earned the Certificate of Public Librarianship—the largest cohort in a decade. Watch this video to see who they are and where they’re from. Congratulations to all!
  • June is Pride Month! In addition to ongoing social media features of Vermont LGBTQ+ resources and historical artifacts (from the Vermont Historical Society), we have two events scheduled:
    • 6/16: LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training with Pride Center of VT - Webinar (2:30-4:30pm)
    • 6/30: LGBTQ+ Identities and the Library: A Panel with the Vermont Library Association and Vermont School Library Association (Virtual Panel: Time and registration TBA)
  • We are hearing that many of you are facing budget cuts. To help you navigate this situation, VTLIB, along with our UVM Extension partner Gary Diezel, created Considerations and Guidance for Responding to Budget Cuts. This is a work in progress and will evolve as the State’s financial situation evolves. We welcome your feedback.
  • Join Jennifer Johnson in her workshop on 6/4: Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library - Webinar (10:00am-12:00pm)

Community Resources and Updates

  • Join the Vermont Humanities Council on Wednesday night, June 3 at 7 pm for a pre-recorded, audio only with slides talk titled “The Surprising History of Common Vegetables” by science and history writer (and esteemed VTLIB collaborator) Rebecca Rupp. Visit the Vermont Humanities Facebook page or their website, www.vermonthumanities.org, to join in!
  • This month’s PLA e-news is packed with helpful news, CE opportunities, and resources for public libraries. Check it out!
  • A reminder that the 2020 CSLP Teen Video Challenge is happening NOW! Please share this program with the teens in your community.
  • This July, the Climate Reality Project and former Vice President Al Gore will host their first-ever virtual climate advocacy training. Learn more.
  • The Crisis Prevention Institute offers its Top 10 De-Escalation Tips. These tips provide guidance and advice as you work with your communities on challenging topics both now and in the future (including helping community members and stakeholders follow the guidelines and requirements in your reopening plans).
  • Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) offers Tips For Talking To Your Kids About Social Justice (PDF).
  • The School Library Journal article A Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit features a list of recommended resources used in trainings and workshops on diversity and cultural literacy for librarians.

Health & Wellness

Have a good rest of your week.
Janette

Friday, May 29, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We’d like to start by alerting you that we have more clarity now on what level of operations are permitted per today’s update in the ACCD’s Update on New Work Safe Additions to the Be Smart, Stay Safe Order. Here are the applicable updates:

8.4 Indoor Arts, Culture and Entertainment (Effective 6/1)

  • Libraries, galleries, museums, theaters and other indoor arts, culture and entertainment organizations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must post their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. Posting templates are available at accd.vermont.gov.
  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.
  • Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, organizations should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.
  • Organizations should close or remove high touch entertainment features, including arcades and playgrounds.

VTLIB interprets this to read that libraries MAY open as long as they can meet the occupancy limit, as well as safety and signage requirements, but that curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. We hope that this helps you decide how to proceed at this point. You should still consider drafting an opening plan if you haven’t already (written opening plans are required by the State for libraries with a staff of 10+).

Other State of Vermont Updates

  • Governor Phil Scott and Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) Commissioner Michael Pieciak announced on 5/28 the approval of a premium relief plan submitted by Northeast Delta Dental, Vermont’s largest provider of dental benefits. In total, $2.89 million in premium relief will be provided to approximately 70,000 Vermonters after the suspension of most dental services due to COVID-19.

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB Opportunities
    • Reminder, application deadline June 5th, 3pm: The Vermont Department of Libraries is offering the opportunity to attend the ALA Virtual Conference June 24 – 26, 2020 to Vermont public, academic and school librarians. Visit our ALA Virtual guidelines page for details and application information. This opportunity is made possible through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
    • Find details and links to registration for the following here
      https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/continuing_ed:
      • 6/4: Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library
      • 6/16: LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training with Pride Center of Vermont
  • Vermont Early Childhood Forum on Mental Health: Tools for Professionals to Support Children through Transitions During the Coronavirus Crisis Thursday, June 4, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Hosted by Building Bright Futures in partnership with the Vermont Department of Mental Health The upcoming Early Childhood Forum on Mental Health will feature a panel of mental health experts and include resources on stress and trauma in children, how to create workforce well-being for providers, steps programs can take to support children and families through transitions, stories, and a Q&A period. You may submit a question in advance and register online.
  • EveryLibrary Institute is offering this recorded on-demand access to their webinar with PEN America and The EveryLibrary Institute for two-part media literacy training for library educators now available on demand until June 12th!
  • SUNYLA 2020 – The Heart of the Campus: Accessible, Inclusive, & Inspiring Libraries Please join the SUNYLA annual conference taking place virtually June 17-18, 2020. This year’s  conference will focus on how libraries create and sustain an accessible, inclusive, and inspiring learning environment that exceeds user expectations. Registration will close June 12.

Community Resources

  • Gary Deziel, our UVM Extension Office partner, just posted another HR Minute that might help you with the The Human Side of Returning to Work
  • The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to partner with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) to distribute 6,000 women’s suffrage youth book sets to libraries across the country. Public and school libraries are encouraged to apply for the book sets by June 15, 2020.
  • Emily Oster professor at Brown University, and bestselling author and Galit Alter, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School have recently launched the site “Covid Explained” to offer unbiased COVID-19 facts.
  • The VT Arts Council hosted a Q&A with Dr. Patsy Kelso, State Epidemiologist for Infectious Diseases at the Vermont Department of Health who offered expertise, responded to questions, and shared recommendations for Vermont's arts and cultural sector. Much of the information she shared is applicable to libraries. Access a recording of the Q&A here.
  • The water specialists, fisheries biologists, and watershed scientists of UVM’s Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG) have turned their attention to reaching out to kids who don’t have easy access to Internet or are otherwise interested by creating the Watershed Explorers Program. The Watershed Explorers program is designed to be an asynchronous learning experience – using a printed Watershed Explorers booklet -- for MIDDLE-SCHOOL children and their families to engage in at their home or within their neighborhood.  LCSG is asking libraries for help with the following:
    • Distribution of the booklet and market it however they see fit.
    • a letter with in-kind match (how much time in staff effort to market, do any programming they choose, and distribute the book).

    LCSG has a very tight window of opportunity for funding for the Watershed Explorers – if you are interested, please email Ashley Eaton, Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator, LCSG, now!

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a restful weekend!

Stay well,
Janette

Tuesday, May 27, 2020

Dear Library Community,
I hope you had a restful holiday weekend. Here is your update for Tuesday:

State of Vermont

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB Webinar: Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library 6/4 10:00am-12:00pm
  • The 2020 John Swan Memorial Lecture will be offered online this year on Thursday, June 4th at 4pm via GoToMeeting:  Alison Macrina, from the Library Freedom Project will deliver a lecture titled “PRIVACY and the INTERNET OF THINGS”. Register here.
  • Join NSLA for a Virtual Summer Learning Press Conference on May 27th at 11 AM (ET) for “When Schools Close...Harnessing the Power of Summer for America's Students,” a virtual press conference where leaders from across the country will come together to discuss the state of summertime experiences in America, summer solutions emerging in this pandemic, along with recommendations for the investments and policies needed to improve conditions for children and families during this COVID-19 summer and beyond. Registration required.
  • We previously sent you the recorded DEMCO webinar titled "COVID-19 Safety Tips for Reopening Your Library" by pediatrician and librarian Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. DEMCO has now posted COVID-19 & Libraries: Your Questions Answered, a detailed Q&A with Dr. Navsaria answering questions asked by librarians as they plan to reopen.
  • The American Library Association (ALA) and ARSL have extended the application deadline to May 29 for Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries, a one-day facilitation / community engagement workshop at ARSL 2020. Recipients will receive full conference registration and $1,000 travel stipend.

Community Resources

Health and Wellness Resources

  • As many of you are probably multitasking more than ever in the last few months, some of you might be experiencing an elevated need for perfectionism. The Forbes article How to stop Perfectionism from Ruining your Life offers some tips on how to counter it.
  • NOFA is working to provide free seeds to Vermonters experiencing a lost job, facing food insecurity or wanting to expand their gardens to help community members in these situations. Read more here.

Enjoy this warm late spring day!
Janette

Friday, May 22, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday! Here is your (admittedly rather lengthy) resource update:

State and Federal Updates

Learning Opportunities

  • There’s still time to apply for funding to attend the ALA Virtual Conference June 24 – 26, 2020. Funding is offered by VTLIB through IMLS. Visit our ALA Virtual guidelines pagefor details and application information. The application deadline is 3pm on June 5, 2020.
  • VTLIB continues to offer continuing education opportunities. Details and links to registration can be found on our CE Page.
    • Virtual Meet-Ups Every Friday in May 1-2pm
    • 6/4: Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library
    • 6/16: LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training with Pride Center of Vermont
  • Free indie eBook webinar: Lowering Cost Per Circulation and Supporting Local Authors with Indie Author Project Select on cloudLibrary Wednesday, May 27th at 2:00 PM ET. This free webinar will go over how this model is drastically lowering cost per circulation number for libraries of all sizes, why indie authors are excited about the program, and what participating libraries have to say about their experience so far.
  • PLA webinar: Equal Access for Every Ability Tuesday, June 2, 2:00-3:00 ET.
    Fee: ranges from $43-$59, depending on ALA/PLA membership, Group rate: $129.
  • NNLM webinar: Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World. Jun 17, 2020 from 12:00- 1:00 PM ET. This webinar addresses how to provide library service to seniors, the most vulnerable population affected during COVID-19.
  • ALA and United for Libraries recently offered a webinar titled "Working Together, Planning for Reopening: Policy and Legal Issues for Reopening a Public Library, The Board, the Attorney, and the Librarian." These webinars are usually fee-based, but during this time of COVID-19 ALA is making them available for free. You will need to sign up for the webinar (even though it is already passed), wait to receive the access link via email, and use that link to create a free Teachable.com account where you can watch the recorded webinar, access the slides, and see all the links that were in the webinar chat.

Community and Library Resources

  • Feeding Your Community: Summer Meals at Libraries in 2020. Thursday, May 28, 1:00 ET. CSLP staff and representatives of the USDA Food & Nutrition Service are collaborating to offer a nationwide webinar for library staff about the Summer Food Service Program and its special waivers for summer 2020 that allow non-congregate feeding.
  • PLA's call for webinar proposals is now open! If you have an idea for a webinar you'd like to present for PLA, we encourage you to submit a proposal. The deadline for submissions is May 31. Responses will be sent within 4–6 weeks. Please contact plawebinars@ala.org with any questions or concerns about the webinar proposal process.
  • Join a Virtual Story Circle! Created by Vermont Folklife Center (VFC), Story Circles are online gatherings of 6-8 people to share what we're going through individually while also bearing witness to the experience of others. These will be recorded and saved in the VFC's archive for posterity. Learn more and sign up for two special, free sessions created for the NOFA-VT community, May 29 and June 6.
  • Join the Vermont Humanities Council for their First Wednesday series supported by IMLS and VTLIB. Next week’s presentation (May 27, 7PM) is a talk by Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson, “How to Boost Your Psychological Resilience in a Crisis.” Visit on the Vermont Humanities Facebook page or their website, www.vermonthumanities.org to join in!
  • The article in Strategic Library on The Power of Empathetic and Collaborative Leadership might prove helpful as you navigate the new realities of advocating for and managing your library.
  • The School Library Journal (SLJ) continues to update its list of publishers who are temporarily lifting or adjusting their copyright guidelines and permissions. Find it here COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory
  • SLJ Day of Dialog - Free Virtual Event all day on May 27. Come hear from more than 40 authors and publishers about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, ranging from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA, and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators.

Health and Wellness

All of us at VTLIB wish you a peaceful Memorial Day weekend.

Be well,
Janette

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dear Library Community,
In case you missed State Librarian Jason Broughton’s May 17  Update on Reopening Timeframes for Vermont Public Libraries, you may want to review it now. Jason provides some information on the governor’s latest orders and their implications on the projected timing for libraries to reopen.

Other resources for you:

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB is offering the opportunity to attend the ALA Virtual conference June 24 – 26, 2020 to Vermont public, academic and school librarians. Visit our ALA Virtual guidelines page for details and application information. The application deadline is 3pm on June 5, 2020. This opportunity is made possible through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
  • Niche Academy’s webinar recording “Reopening Lives with the Library” is now available for viewing. They’ve also released their first set of COVID-19-related tutorials as part of their Reopening Lives Academy collaboration with the library community.
  • Grow with Google OnAir offers free virtual workshops, events, and 1:1 coaching sessions to help you get the most out of digital tools.
  • Applications are now open for the 4th cohort of the Library Freedom Institute. This is a free, (mostly) online, four-month long training program to turn librarians into Privacy Advocates. 
    Application materials are due on June 1 and are available on the Library
    Freedom Institute’s website
    .

Funding Opportunities

  • The Vermont Covid-19 Cultural Relief Grant Program offered in collaboration with the Vermont Humanities Council and Vermont Arts Council is still accepting applications through May 31, 2020. Libraries are eligible, and several libraries in Vermont have already received awards. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
  • Last week’s webinar on the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries is now available on-demand.  Libraries are eligible to apply for this grant. The deadline is June 12, 2020.

Community Resources

Health and Wellness

  • The University of Minnesota offers Nature and Us, a guide that explores the benefits of nature on our health. For those of you teleworking, the “Bring nature indoors” might be of particular interest.
  • Two months into teleworking you may need some pointers on How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic

It looks like we’re finally entering a sustained period of great weather.  Close your email and get out there !

Be well,
Janette

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Today we’re celebrating our own State Librarian, Jason Broughton, who has received the VSLA School Library Advocate 2020 Award. The VSLA Awards Committee writes “Jason has worked to connect and collaborate with VT school librarians from the beginning and has taken on the challenging work of renaming a statewide book award.”  Congrats to Jason—you’re doing VTLIB proud!  We’d also like to congratulate awardees Deborah Ehler-Hansen, Meg Allison, and Peter Langella. Please visit the VSLA awards page to read about their accomplishments.

Please find our resource updates below and share with your community as you see fit:

VTLIB and State of Vermont

  • As previously announced, VTLIB will use some of the CARES Act funding to make bulk purchases for specific PPE items. We are currently able to procure sneeze guards (locally in Vermont) and hand sanitizer. We are making these items available to libraries for free. Please complete this interest form as soon as possible but no later than noon on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 to be considered for this round of purchasing. https://bit.ly/2AxcpYi
  • Governor Phil Scott signed Addendum 14, a Be Smart, Stay Safe order to extend the State of Emergency to June 15 and update previous emergency orders to reflect re-openings and eased restrictions. Review the ACCD’s latest guidance, as well as resources for business restart and signage. You might find the signage useful even if you don’t plan on reopening. On a related note, if you missed our new Reopening Information section on the VLIB website, visit here.
  • The state announced that Vermont State Parks will remain closed through June 25, 2020. Visit the state park blog to learn more.

Learning and Educational Opportunities

  • As you move your library operations forward through uncharted waters, you and your staff are probably finding yourselves having to do things you didn’t originally sign up to do. Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, offers some insights about Other duties as assigned at UVM Extension’s VT Public Libraries Educational webpages.
  • DEMCO's webinar recording is now available for the "COVID-19 Safety Tips for Reopening Your Library" presentation by pediatrician and librarian Dr. Dipesh Navsaria.
  • PLA Maximizing and Measuring Virtual Programs - This on-demand webinar is designed to help libraries develop targeted outcomes to use when designing online programs to maximize the learning opportunities and measure the resulting value of them from attendees. Find additional PLA On-Demand Webinars here.
  • IMLS and SBA offer a webinar recording on the Paycheck Protection Program focused on museums and libraries.
  • Free Contact Tracing Course through Coursera. The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly.

Library Resources

  • OCLC, IMLS, and Battelle COVID-19 Research Partnership update:  REALM Project site launches. This is a research partnership to create and distribute science-based information and recommended practices designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors who are engaging in the delivery or use of museum, library, and archival services. Visit oc.lc/realm-project and sign up to receive project updates. #REALMproject.
  • As we move our services online during this pandemic, accessibility is as important as ever. The ALSC blog post  “Is Your Online Library for Everyone explores some common myths about web accessibility.
  • PBS Books is offering a series of virtual events for libraries to offer with their communities. They hope to provide at least two events (one for kids and another for adults) monthly. The events will be Facebook live events on the PBS Books page, and recordings will also be available.
  • DEMCO recently posted A Checklist for Library Curbside Pickup Services which offers several tips for an effective curbside procedure.
  • The Atlantic Monthly recently published the piece “The Post-pandemic Future of Libraries.”
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the latest report on the State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey. The biennial survey, conducted in 2019, assesses the condition of SLAAs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in FY 2018.
  • Libraries got another feature in this week’s Seven Days “With Curbside Pickup Allowed, Libraries Sort Out Next Steps

Health & Wellness

  • The Vermont Family Network website lists helpful resources by topic, including mental health and health, housing, and community. They also feature a special COVID-19 resource page.
  • The Vermont Arts Council’s COVID-19 Virtual Arts Experiences page features a variety of opportunities to experience art while social distancing. Check it out.

Have a good weekend.  Things seem to be going upwards, weather-wise at least!

Best,
Janette

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Tuesday resource update:

State of Vermont

Learning and Professional Development Opportunities

  • VTLIB Virtual Meetup: Please join on us on Friday 5/15 at 1pm for our second Youth Services-focused virtual meet-up! This week the discussion will be geared around (but not limited to) teen/tween services and will be led by Abby Kolosovskiy from Fletcher Free Library. Join us to discuss unique challenges and exchange ideas of how best to serve teens during this challenging time.
  • The VTLIB Clover Intro & Refresher happened this morning. Please review the recording.
  • IMLS invites you to participate in a live webinar to learn more about the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries, Thursday, May 14, 2– 3pm. Vermont libraries are eligible.
  • ALA Connect Live: COVID-19: Well-being of Library Workers
    Join ALA for the second in a series of monthly leadership discussions with ALA’s Executive Board called ALA Connect Live. 5/21, 2:30pm
  • Call for submissions: The editors of Sustainability in Libraries are seeking articles from a variety of perspectives on topics related to sustainability—including crisis preparation, response, and recovery—within the library profession.

Community Resources

  • The Public Library Association (PLA) is seeking a new round of feedback about the work of libraries as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis, releasing a survey and requesting feedback by EOD Monday, May 18, 2020. Please complete the survey.
  • PLA’s Libraries Lead with Digital Skills has expanded its initiative to offer public libraries $2,000 to provide virtual programming, outreach, and education to address the digital skills gaps of job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
  • Google launches ‘Read Along,’ a free app that helps young children practice reading. Google’s new Read Along app leverages speech recognition and text-to-speech to help kids learn to read across nine different languages.
  • ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries is continually updating its COVID-19 trends page.
  • The Reinvestment Fund’s PolicyMap provides free access to some of the most important data related to the COVID-19 pandemic within this BETA tool.

Health and Wellness

  • Why COVID19 Hits Some People and Places Differently” explores why certain people and geographic regions are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic more than others.
  • The New York Times launched a new podcast Together Apart” which they describe as “part guide, part reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit to still creatively meaningfully gather, even while we have to be apart. Each episode explores one person’s dilemma as they try to navigate hosting an event that’s been upended by Corona.”

As spring seems to finally be here to stay, I leave you with a Love Letter to Trees by Hermann Hesse.
Janette

Friday, May 8, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday! – Here is your resource update:

State and Federal Updates

  • The Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect; however, the Governor’s latest order does allow for certain social activities if Vermonters follow outlined safety measures. Read the Health Department’s guidelines (PDF) on how to weigh the risks and connect with family and friends safely.
  • In light of the Public Health Emergency concerning the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice issued a statement to ensure that victims of illegal discrimination know where to turn when their civil rights are violated. Please review the statement here.

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB is offering a Clover Intro & Refresher on 5/12, 10:00 -11:00am.
    In this webinar you will learn the basics of the Clover interlibrary loan system.
  • Do you have a personnel policy? Creating one can be a daunting task, but Gary Deziel, our UVM Extension partner, has created a Personnel Policy Guide to make it less so. In addition to the guide, he offers two Vermont public library personnel policies. Big thanks to the library directors of Whiting and Charlotte for their permission to publish their respective personnel policies as thoughtful examples. Go to the Vermont Public Libraries Educational Program page, choose “Human resource guidance” dropdown to access the PDF Personnel Policy GUIDE and Charlotte and Whiting MS Word files.
  • ALA and the Congressional Management Foundation recently offered a webinar titled "Long-term Strategies for Building Relationships with Lawmakers" as part of their National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) activities. During this critical moment, ALA has opened access to everyone until the end of June.
  • When is the best time to focus on library data? According to State Library Services of Minnesota Director Jen Nelson,there has never been a better time than now. In her recent guest blog post on the Measures that Matter website, Jen makes the case that today, the stakes are high.

Community Resources

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a good weekend and Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!
Janette

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Happy Tuesday! Now that many of you are offering curbside services, we need to get a snapshot of what that looks like a few weeks in. Would you kindly take a few moments to complete a follow-up survey which will assist not just VTLIB, but the administration as well? Please submit by Thursday, May 7 at 2 pm, though the survey will be kept open beyond that. The information will also be shared publicly without library names: https://bit.ly/vtlib_curbsidefollowup

State of Vermont Updates

  • On May 1, ACCD issued an update to its Stay Home Stay Safe order. Please take a moment to review all new items marked in red and let us know if you have questions.
  • Governor Phil Scott announced limited elective procedures would resume, which had previously been put on hold as Vermont’s health care system focused on preparing for, and responding to, COVID-19.

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB is offering a workshop on Vermont Public Library Budgets & Finance on Wednesday, May 6 from 2-4pm. This is the final segment of the core Administration course for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program, the first time this component of the CPL has had an online option.
  • The first part of Friday’s Vermont Libraries Virtual Meet-Up will be dedicated to introducing you to three Vermont-based grant opportunities that might help you meet potential budget challenges. We’ll offer best practices on how to apply for these and other grants and give you time to ask questions. The second half of the meetup will feature an update from State Librarian Jason Broughton and a subsequent Q&A with him and Assistant State Librarians Tom McMurdo and Janette Shaffer.  Join us from 1-2pm on Friday 5/8.
  • The Vermont Human Rights Commission is hosting a free town hall event to address racism and Xenophobia amid COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 4:00– 6:00pm. Here is the link to Eventbrite with more details.
  • Free NNLM webinar: Virtual Programs for Preschoolers: How to encourage wellness, movement & creativity May 14, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm.
  • It’s National Library Legislative Week, and United for Libraries (the Friends and Trustees Section of ALA) has several free, short online webinars this week – along with several ideas – to help you connect with your legislators and advocate online. Details on the webinars and activities can be found on their website.
  • PLA's free webinar series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19, is now available on-demand! Hear from library leaders across the country to learn how their library is handling the changing landscape, supporting staff and community needs during this time, and planning for the future.

Community Resources and Updates

  • The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with Federal, State and local health officials, will begin a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in select geographic areas this week.
    Updates on the operations resuming by location are available at 2020census.gov. It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census—please urge your family, friends, and community to complete it.
  • VINS, the ECHO Center, the Fairbanks and Montshire museums have teamed up to create Four Science Vermont to support distance learning with a science curriculum.
  • The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has developed a National Response to COVID-19 to provide community-based strategies to support suicide prevention.
  • The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the International Federation of the Red Cross developed a guide to preventing and addressing the Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19.

Health and Wellness

Signing off today with a link to a collection of Bright Spots from Vermont Schools in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you, teachers and school librarians, for all you do for our kids! <3 #vted #teacherappreciation #SomeGoodNews

Have a good afternoon!

Janette

Friday, May 1, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Today is May 1, the first day of the Census 2020 Digital Action Weekend. We urge all of you to use every digital channel you have at your disposal to promote participation in the Census.Our economic future depends on it now more than ever. Visit the Resource Guide for brilliant promotion ideas, fun visuals, video contest information, and lots more! Thank you! #Census2020 #ShapeYourFuture

State of Vermont

  • On April 29, Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration announced that the state is significantly increasing and strengthening its testing and contact tracing programs in order to quickly identify, contain and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19. Read the press release.

Learning Opportunities

Library and Community Resources

Health and Wellness

  • Anxiety is something many of us experience at various levels during this pandemic. Here’s an article that might help: COVID-19: Tips for Mindfulness & Coping with Anxiety
  • For a little poetry therapy, explore the The Social Distance Reading Series, a collaboration between Green Mountains Review and The Vermont School poets, a pop-up series designed to offer poets a platform for launching new collections of poems.

We leave you with a link to the Aldrich Library’s fifth virtual storytime with Mr. Ian. “Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast” by Christine Pym. Enjoy!

Janette

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dear Library Community,

A reminder that we’ve changed the schedule of this update.  We are now sending it on Tuesdays and Fridays with a CE update on Wednesdays. We continue to welcome your feedback and ideas.

Updates from the State of Vermont

  • Posting the link to the mandatory safety training tied to re-opening the state economy once again with a reminder that all staff and current volunteers of libraries that want to provide curbside services—regardless of work location—must complete the training and retain documentation of completion. https://labor.vermont.gov/VOSHA.
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) has launched. This program provides unemployment benefits to self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors. More information on the application process and eligibility can be found here: https://labor.vermont.gov/PUA
  • A new map of Vermonters who have tested positive for COVID-19 by town can now be found at healthvermont.gov/covid19 (click on the map of Vermont). The State is also reporting race data of COVID cases in addition to age and gender. Read the Seven Days Article

VTLIB Learning Resources

Community Resources

Health and Wellness

  • A few Vermont health and mental health resources
    • Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont (24/7). They will connect you to all types of resources.
    • Call 1-800-642-5119 if you need help and are an older Vermonter or caring for an older Vermonter (60+).
    • Call the Vermont Parent's Helpline at 1-800-244-5373.
    • Find resources for coping with stress.
  • Article on How (and Why) to Stay Active While Social Distancing
  • Catch Vermont artists like Dave Keller, Dwight & Nicole and Patty Casey during their Wednesday Night Music Series performances sponsored by Spruce Peak.

Wishing you an enjoyable Tuesday evening with the sincere hope that you get to go outside to enjoy this nice weather.
Janette

Friday, April 24, 2020

Dear Library Community,

As you may have heard, the State of Vermont Executive Department Addendum 11 to the Work Smart & Stay Safe order states that “Libraries may allow for curbside pickup for lending in accordance with guidance issued by the Department of Libraries” (item 4. e.). Note that the decision-making power still lies with each public library and its governing body. Please review the VTLIB Curbside and Book Delivery Service Guidelines as informed by your feedback and approved by ACCD and VDH. We’ve also assembled a bibliography for further reading on curbside delivery.

Considering this news, we will keep the rest of this digest relatively short. Please share with your communities.

Funding Sources

  • Please remember that libraries are eligible for emergency relief funding through a new partnership between Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council. They are accepting applications right now.
  • The USDA put out a new resource intended to be a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

Educational Opportunities

  • Vermont public libraries with endowments have reason for concern; investments have fallen in value, and income from endowments will be squeezed. In this short eight-minute video, Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, explains how endowments work and how the recent COVID-19 market-downturn may affect an endowment’s revenue stream.  Go to his Public Libraries Educational Program page.
  • Netflix is making several documentary films and series available for free. Each features educational resources such as discussion questions and actions viewers can take.

Health and Wellness

Finally, I would like to let you know that we will be changing the schedule of this update starting next week. We will send one of these on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a CE update on Wednesdays. As the State is heading into a phased restarting of the economy, we want to leave space to keep you updated on any new developments without inundating you with our messages.

Wishing you a restful weekend,
Janette

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Today is “Take Action for Libraries Day” which is part of National Library Week. It’s a good time for Trustees, Directors, and Friends to consider what communications you can engage in—especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic— to reconnect with the Selectboard, Town Administration, Town Clerk, taxpayers, volunteers, patrons, and donors to help these stakeholders realize that the library—even if it is physically closed—is still an essential resource that is meeting the community’s needs and is worthy of funding. Consider phone calls, emails, letters, social media posts, Front Porch Forum posts, newsletters, newspaper advertisements, etc. For advocacy resources and ideas, check out our website.

Here are your resource updates for today. Please feel free to share these with your staff and community:

State of Vermont Updates

  • ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will help us paint a complete picture as we work toward solutions. Please share information via the ACCD Business Impact Form.
  • The Scott Administration announced a multi-state initiative to secure student loan relief options for thousands of Vermonters with privately-held student loans.
  • The Scott Administration announced that more than forty additional auto insurance companies have filed plans to return premiums or reduce their rates for Vermont policyholders.

Library News

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services, together with OCLC, Inc. and Battelle, announced a new collaboration to support the nation’s libraries and museums as they consider safe reopening practices in light of COVID-19.

Funding Opportunities

Continuing Education and Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB has three more webinars scheduled during the month of April. Please visit our <continuing education page for details:
    • 4/24: Virtual Story Circle for Vermont Library Staff & Trustees (1:00-3:00pm)
    • 4/28: Twitter for Beginners (10:00-10:45am)
    • 4/30: Instagram for Beginners (10:00am-10:45am)
  • The Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) continues to develop its COVID-19 resources:
    • Webinar: “Local Financing Opportunities to Help Communities Recover,” Monday, April 27, 10pm. Register here.
    • Webinar recordings, as well as links to important municipal resources can be found on VLCT’s COVID-19 page.
  • Humankind podcast on Libraries Reimagined

Health & Wellness

  • Great infographic from ANR, Dept. of Forest, Parks, and Recreation on Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19.
  • Sleep might be difficult for some these days. Here is a short article on forming healthy sleep habits. Of course a call to the Disney Bedtime Hotline for a bedtime message from Mickey Mouse and friends could help as well. Available for free through April 30. Call 1-877-7-MICKEY (1-877-764-2539).

Hope you get to enjoy this lovely sunshine!
Janette

Monday, April 20, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Happy National Library Week! It’s worth stopping to reflect, for a moment, on this year’s theme “Find the Library at Your Place” and to consider the feat you’re accomplishing in helping your patrons find the library at their place. You continue to offer access through enhanced online resources and a shift in programming, while also connecting through email or patron phone check-ins - all while having to find the library at your own places. A cheer to all of you! #nationallibraryweek

We will highlight a “Library at Your Place” resource in each digest this week

  • Library patrons can reach a wide range of classes, articles, and information by using their library card. Through Vermont Online Library, they can access High School in Context and Science in Context for homework or reliable information or find car repair information in Chilton Library. Make sure your patrons know how to login, and read more info, at https://libraries.vermont.gov/online_library/vol

Library Resources

  • Gary Deziel, our UVM Extension partner, has created a short video titled “Do this now! Some budget tips for Vermont public libraries during the pandemic.” You can find it, along with his many library management resources on the Vermont Public Libraries Educational Program page.
  • Today, ALA released its State of America’s Libraries 2020 report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 19–25, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year.
  • Recordings of all 2020 Big Talk From Small Libraries sessions (NLC)  are now available!

Community Resources

  • A reminder that the VT Arts Council expects to begin the application process for Emergency Relief Grants. Applications will be reviewed weekly by a grant review panel shortly thereafter.
  • IFLA has produced a COVID-19 edition of their popular How To Spot Fake News infographic, with a stronger focus on some of the issues encountered around the Pandemic.
  • Along with many other institutions, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is offering free online classes on fashion, teaching with art, and more. The classes are through the site Coursera.

Wellness & Mental Health

And what better way to wind down the day than having something read to you? Catch Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton reading kids’ books weekly on Twitter. Or listen to him reading (grown-up) fiction on his Levar Burton Reads podcast.

Have a good week,
Janette

Friday, April 17, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Friday brings an announcement from Governor Scott on a phased restart of the Vermont economy. Please read the press release along with the guidance from ACCD. Note that libraries are not included in this first phase. State Librarian Jason Broughton is working with ACCD and VDH to determine where libraries fit on the timeline of the restart. We will inform you as soon as we have that information.

VTLIB Resources

  • VTLIB Staff have updated the Programming Ideas and Resources for Adults page on our website with a list of non-virtual programming ideas to reach your non-internet-connected patrons. These ideas were gathered from listservs, webinars, and phone calls/emails with VT librarians.

Learning Opportunities

  • All Vermont library staff and trustees are invited to a Virtual Story Circle hosted by the Vermont Department of Libraries. This is an opportunity for participants to share a brief oral story about how COVID-19 has affected their libraries, their library work, and their library communities. Friday, April 24, 1-3pm. Register here.
  • Save the Date: Clover Introduction & Review Webinar May 12, 10am. Details and registration link available soon.
  • Library Ethics: Earning Trust and Respect During Difficult Times (A webinar by LibraryWorks)

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm. $25

Community

  • Priya Parker - the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters - has a new TED Talk titled "How to Create Meaningful Connections While Apart." This resource provides insights into how we can remain connected with one another and with our communities during the time of COVID-19.
  • Specialized Bicycle Company opened an online portal for anyone impacted and still working to apply for a free bike. Specialized also notes that these folks can be nominated by a friend, colleague, neighbor, family member or anyone else. REFER AN ESSENTIAL WORKER: Send the referral link to an essential worker in your community who is in legitimate need of safe, reliable, and convenient transportation, or fill out the form directly if you are in need of essential transportation for your essential work. Through April 22nd. Final donations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis to qualified applicants.

We wish you a good weekend. Hope you get out or maybe explore Vermont virtually.

Janette

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Here is your resource update for a sunny Thursday:

State of Vermont

  • Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Public Service today announced an innovative collaboration with several partners that will increase internet access by means of public Wi-Fi hotspots for dozens of rural towns in Vermont. Please also remember that DPS has a public Wi-Fi hotspot map on its website.
  • We’d like to highlight the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center section on “Resources for Individuals.” Among other things, it offers answers to many questions resulting from a loss of income.
  • Governor Scott announced that Vermont will join a multi-state effort to coordinate a response to the pandemic, as well as a reopening of their economies. Read more in this VT Digger article.

Community

  • The $2.2 trillion CARES Act approved by Congress in late March included $150 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts to distribute to cultural institutions affected by the  COVID-19 pandemic. The Vermont Humanities Council expects to begin the application process for Emergency Relief Grants next week in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council. Applications will be reviewed weekly by a grant review panel shortly thereafter. Use this form to request more information.
  • The Vermont Historical Society recently launched The COVID-19 Archive: Images and Stories from Vermont which employs digital technology and crowdsourcing to provide future researchers with a resource to study the impact the coronavirus had on the lives of Vermonters.
  • In a recent Addiction Recovery Channel feature, Gary De Carolis, Executive Director at the Chittenden County Turning Point, talks about how he and his team are creating ways to stay connected and provide recovery support for people with substance use disorder. Gary also offers advice on coping with the stress related to physical distancing, along with a resource list at the end.

Learning Opportunities

  • VTLIB has several webinars scheduled over the next few weeks. Please check the schedule frequently as we keep adding topics.
  • PLA is offering a free webinar “Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Strategies for Advancing Digital Equity Now” Thursday, April 23 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • To share with teens (and teens at heart): Vidcode courses teach computer science, object-oriented programming, web programming, design, & JavaScript. Free while schools are closed.
  • EveryLibrary Institute is hosting a three-part webinar series to show school librarians how they can have an impact on their school system in the time of COVID-19. Each week will feature a topic on certain aspects of being a school librarian in these uncertain times. Find a topic you're interested in and RSVP, or RSVP for all three of them. The first starts at noon on April 22.

As always, we rely on your feedback to make this resource as useful as possible. Please let us know if you have comments or questions.

Be well,
Janette

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Today our update is a bit longer because we wanted to include information on the CARES Act in addition to the standard updates. Hopefully you will find the groupings helpful:

CARES Act

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced measures to award the first $30 million of $50 million appropriated to the agency in the CARES Act. The funds are dedicated to expanding digital network access, purchasing internet-accessible devices, and providing technical support services to citizens “to address digital inclusion efforts and related technical support, using the following types of data to prioritize efforts:
    • Poverty/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
    • Unemployment; and
    • Broadband availability.”

We are closely examining the information we have and are awaiting directions from IMLS on next steps.

  • Here is a nice list of CARES Act Funding Opportunities for Nonprofits, conveniently organized into a table (PDF).

State of Vermont

  • The state’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions have been expanded, organized and redesigned in a user-friendly format that is easily searchable. Visit healthvermont.gov/covid19-faq and click the “See all frequently asked questions” button.
  • Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced the official launch of a new online system for license renewals. Renewal notices will continue to be mailed. The online renewal form can be found at  mydmvlicense.vermont.gov/.

Learning Opportunities for Library Staff

  • Please visit the VTLIB Continuing Education page for a variety of educational opportunities, including:
    • 4/15: Balancing Small Library Administration, Management & Daily Operations 1-3pm
    • 4/17: Summer Performer Grants 10-11am
    • 4/23: Governance of VT Public Libraries: 10am-12pm
    • 4/24: Virtual Story Circle for Library Staff, Trustees, & Friends 1-3 pm New

Trends in libraries

  • The Library Journal survey results regarding COVID-19 are in. Read on: “Library Journal Survey: U.S. Public Libraries Mostly Closed, But No Consensus on Who Works and Where
  • The New England Library Association is looking for your input. They have created a survey requesting information on how your libraries are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is short and should take fewer than 10 minutes to complete.
  • The ALA has assembled a new trend page focused on the near- and long-term changes that may result from the coronavirus pandemic. They will continue to update the page with additional information – and welcome your contributions for how libraries and library professionals can plan for the possible futures that may unfold.
  • National Library Week is next week (April 19-25), and this year’s theme has been changed to reflect that libraries are closed. The new “Find the library at your place” digital graphics and media tools in English and Spanish are available for download on the National Library Week webpage. Also check out the 20 Easy Ways to Participate in the NLW 2020 tip sheet, as well as the new Because statements that are relevant in our time of social distancing that can be posted to websites and social media.

We hope that this message reaches you well regardless of where you are finding your library these days.
Janette

Monday, April 13, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We hope you had a good weekend that included a good book or game, and some outside time to enjoy the daffodils! Here is your Monday morning resource update from VTLIB:

  • The Vermont Department of Labor is continuing its Virtual Town Hall events this week to offer answers about Unemployment Insurance to claimants and employers alike. Please check their calendar for topics and event details. The calendar also features recordings of previous town halls.
  • The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) is dedicated to supporting the COVID-19 response and eventual recovery through their existing competitive grant programs and through their new VT COVID-19 Response Fund. They are also offering a webinar tomorrow (Tuesday) from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. titled “Vermont’s Philanthropic Response to COVID-19: A Conversation with Vermont Funders.” General grants are also still available through VCF—note that deadlines may have changed.
  • The American Association for School Librarians (AASL) is offering a webinar “Essential copyright knowledge:  a toolkit for teachers and librarians” on April 14 at 1:00 p.m. This webinar will cover copyright essentials for educators, providing the background for thinking about finding, adapting and creating teaching materials, including open educational resources. AASL asks you to submit your questions ahead of time.
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has a comprehensive Coronavirus Resources webpage, updated daily, that covers a range of policy areas from health and fiscal to elections. New additions include resources that can be widely shared:

The NCSL is also offering a free webinar “COVID-19: Broadband and Technology Issues“ on April 22 at 2:30 p.m.

  • The Project Management Institute (PMI) is making a wide range of project management training materials available online for free to help at-home workers add to and bolster their skills. Learn more at COVID-19 Resource Hub. Classes can be used as electives toward the CPL program.
  • ALA has assembled a guide for digital literacy tools and resources in their “Staying Connected” update.

Signing off with another Wes Tank rap rendition of a Dr. Seuss classic: Green Eggs and Ham.

Wishing you a good week,
Janette

Friday, April 10, 2020

Dear Library Community,

We started Friday with an announcement by Gov. Scott that he is extending Vermont’s State of Emergency (including the Stay Home, Stay Safe order) through May 15. Read the press release if you missed it. The State is also mourning the passing of former VT State Rep. Bernie Juskiewicz.

News from our ABLE Library

  • The ABLE Virtual Book Club will be holding a special session on Wednesday, May 27 from 2-3pm. We will be discussing "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. Please contact Sara and Wendy at lib.ablelibrary@vermont.gov to sign-up
  • The ABLE Library will now begin processing applications for service after a brief pause. You can download the application to join the NLS here: https://libraries.vermont.gov/able_library/application

We hear from you that you continue to support your clients with accessing essential services. Here are a few resources that might help you with that:

General resources and opportunities:

  • The Public Library Association is looking for volunteers to serve on committees, task forces, and advisory groups. Learn more here (note that you must be a member to participate).
  • Gallup is offering a free webinar on 5 Steps to Building a Strengths-Based Culture. Free and offered at various times on 4/23.

VTLIB leaves you today with an opportunity to learn a vital life skill in one minute: How to safely remove surgical gloves. Brought to you by Montana State Library CE Coordinator, Jo Flick, who is also an EMT.

We hope you have a restful weekend.
Janette

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Thursday resource update:

  • Please continue to check our Continuing Education page for new webinars. We add them frequently in response to your requests and feedback. April offerings include:
    • 4/17: 2020 Summer Performer Grants: Updates & FAQ (10:00am-11:00am)
    • 4/23: Governance of Vermont Public Libraries Webinar (10:00am-12:00pm)
    • 4/28: Twitter for Beginners (10:00am-10:45am)
    • 4/30: Instagram for Beginners (10:00am-10:45am)
  • United for Libraries, the Trustees and Friends section of the American Library Association, is offering a free webinar titled "Advocacy for Your Library During a Crisis" on April 13 at 1:00pm. Can't attend live? Register anyway, and they'll send you a link to the recording.
  • Join OCLC on Monday, April 13, at 3:00pm EDT for a 90-minute OCLC virtual town hall featuring staff from WebJunction and the OCLC Research Library Partnership along with four guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries. More information and registration is available here.
  • PLA published the results from its recent Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Survey of Response & Activity.
  • The Governor announced yesterday that the state was approved for federal public assistance funds in response to COVID-19. Read more about that what that means.
  • NOFA VT has launched a Farm & Food resilience page that includes a resource list for gardeners. They’ve also launched a Resilience Series newsletter. Scroll to the bottom of their page to subscribe to their newsletters.

We’re signing off today with a link to a rainy day read—the article "Empathetic Audience Engagement During the Apocalypse"—for a deep, meaningful look at ways that museums (and libraries) can process the shift from "how we used to do things" to "how we can meet current community needs and plan for the future" through exploring the emotional needs of our patrons. The article includes several innovative ideas for connecting with community members who need connection, who are feeling stir-crazy, who want to make a difference, who need stress relief through silliness, or who are grieving.

Wishing you a good evening.
Janette

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We hope this message finds you well. Here is your Wednesday update:

  • Sen. Sanders, Sen. Leahy, Rep. Welch and Gov. Scott are hosting a Telephone Town Hall on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Thursday (tomorrow) 4/9/2020 at 5:00pm. Some Vermonters will receive invitation calls right before the event, but if you do not receive that call, please dial 1-888-480-3635 at the time of the meeting.
  • The VT Dept. of Labor (VDOL) is offering a series of Virtual Town Halls where attendees can hear directly from VDOL staff. Visit the calendar for event details. All virtual events are recorded and accessible on the VDOL website, as well as on the VDOL YouTube Channel: bit.ly/VTLabor-Youtube.
  • What started as a topical page on the VTLIB website, has now turned into a full VTLIB COVID-19 section after we’ve broken resources out to make them a little easier to find. Thanks to Joshua Muse for this work. Please let us know if you have suggestions for further improvement.
  • We have two VTLIB learning opportunities coming up this week:
    • 4/9: Certificate of Public Librarianship Orientation Webinar (10:00-11:00 am)--
      For new and prospective enrollees in the Certificate of Public Librarianship (CPL) program.
    • 4/10: Vermont Libraries Virtual Meet-Up (1:00-2:00pm) -- Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for an hour of discussion, idea and information sharing, updates, and support. Special guest this week is Gary Deziel from the UVM Extension who will talk about budget considerations now and in the future.
  • The State of Vermont has developed this COVID-19 dashboard to provide a visual status update on cases in Vermont. Case information is updated daily by 11:00am, reflecting counts as of end of previous day. The mobile version is here.
  • The article 8 Steps Nonprofits Should Take Now to Survive the Pandemic Fallout from The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers crucial advice on refocusing and planning ahead.

We leave you today with a new take on Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Sox, a rap by Wes Tank set to beats by Dr. Dre. We hope it will brighten your day!

Best,
Janette

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Our first few updates today focus on state resources and updates that might support your work:

  • The Vermont Department of Labor just issued an updated Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Claimant Questions (PDF). Please use and distribute this guide as much as possible.
  • Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Education (AOE) today announced a partnership with Vermont PBS to provide educational content to supplement remote learning for Vermont during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please learn more about this important tool that will be especially helpful for households with low internet connectivity.
  • Governor Phil Scott has requested federal disaster funds to assist the state of Vermont in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The request asks for federal Public Assistance (PA) funds for the state and all towns for costs incurred in the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Individual Assistance, including Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling Assistance/Regular Services Program for all Vermont counties. The request documents, submitted to FEMA on Monday, are available by clicking here (PDF).
  • The 2020 Census is now more important than ever. We are continually updating our 2020 Census and Libraries page where you can now find links to 2020 Vermont Complete Count PSAs—including this one by State Librarian Jason Broughton—and promotional materials such as this flyer.
  • The Department of Libraries compiled a list of Vermont newspapers providing COVID-19 coverage with links for each newspaper. (Excel)

And because it’s early in the week, we offer you and yours a few diversions to help you through it:

  • Author J.K. Rowling has just launched a new Harry Potter at Home website that features quizzes, craft tutorials, access to the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, for free on Audible and digital library supplier Overdrive.
  • Tour some of the world’s best museums virtually.
  • This BlueZones article on 50 Ways to Stay SANE During This Crisis, features a checklist on applying the system of Strong, Active, Neighborly and Energetic (SANE).

Be well and enjoy the sunshine.
Janette

Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We hope you’re having a good Monday. Here are some updates for you, as well as reminders.

We are continuously adding opportunities for learning and ideas sharing. Find a full list and registration information on our Continuing Education page. Here are two happening this week:

  • Now is a good time to consider enrolling in the Certificate of Public Librarianship or to encourage your staff to enroll. There will be an informational/orientation session Thursday, April 9th from 10-11 explaining the program’s purpose and benefits, its requirements, and where to find classes. Registration link is on the VTLIB website.
  • Vermont Libraries Virtual Meet-Up Friday, April 10th, 1pm-2pm. Gary Deziel from UVM Extension will join us to answer questions about budget issues while libraries are closed and to prepare for the future. Registration and link to join the meeting on our website.

We know you are getting requests from patrons regarding unemployment information and small business support.CareerOneStop features lots of employment information, and it has added resources specific to COVID-19:

The list of online learning options during this crisis is growing. Here is one we’d like to highlight:

And before we sign off, we thought we’d share an article on Ways to Manage Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Please remember to frequently check the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 page for updates, guidance, travel advisories, etc.

Have a good week.
Janette

Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Before we delve into the resource portion of this, we want to alert you to an important change in the way we communicate to you.  In order to cut down on the amount of cross-posting while still getting important COVID-19 related messages out to you, starting Monday we will only post to lib.staff (for public library staff only) and VTLibraries (for everyone). If you want to continue to receive information from the Governor, the administration, and VTLIB on this topic, you must be subscribed to one of the two listservs. Follow this link to learn how to subscribe: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/news/listservs

We will continue to send audience-specific messages to the other appropriate listservs (youth services, trustees, etc.).

As always, you can also find important updates on the VTLIB Covid-19 and the Vermont Department of Health page.

  • VTLIB staff has gathered a list of virtual (and some non-virtual) programming ideas for adults to help inspire you during the library closure. Check out this list, and please send additional adult programming ideas to Joy Worland: joy.worland@vermont.gov
  • We’ve also posted a list for ideas for virtual youth programming as well. Find that one here and contact Jonathan Clark for additions: jonathan.l.clark@vermont.gov
  • If your library is in a position to promote 3squaresVT, please consider participating in a Hunger Free VT training.
  • Zoom security- Zoom has become a very popular web conferencing product during the current crisis, but there have also been some recent security issues. Read this article with ideas on how to prevent interlopers at your meeting.
  • Netgalley is a free site for librarians to read/review galleys: https://www.netgalley.com/
  • SYNC Audio Books for Teens returns at the end of April. Blog post about the program and how to access it: https://www.audiobooksync.com/blog/webinar-registration-2020/.We are sharing it here because it's designed for teens but people of any age can use it, and sometimes the titles are adult titles. It's free.

Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions.
All of us at VTLIB wish you a restful weekend.
Janette

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We continue to find excellent resources that might be helpful to you and your community. Here’s a small selection which we hope you will share as appropriate:

  • As you’re facing new and unusual HR and budget questions, our UVM Extension partner Gary Deziel’s HR Minutes and Money Minutes might provide answers. We’ll keep sending them out, and you can find them archived here. One theme you’ll find in Gary’s updates, as well from VTLIB, is a reminder of the importance of communicating regularly with your trustees and other stakeholders—your Select board, Town Administration, Town Clerk—while the library is closed. They are your partners in solving difficult problems (for both municipal and incorporated libraries), and more importantly, in planning ahead for when the situation calms.
  • If you hear of community members who are having trouble completing the Census online, please share this tutorial with them https://www.easycensushelp.org/2020censusdesk.html
    Also please share on your social channels. If you talk with someone on the phone or through other means who is having trouble with this, please walk them through it as best you can. Thanks Jessamyn West for pointing it out.
  • Did you know about the Digital Public Library of America, which features 63,000 items ready for you to view from the Green Mountain Digital Archive? The archive contains Vermont images and digital objects all in one place. Please share this link with your communities.
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures has developed a COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means for States guide that breaks down the different parts of the bill by topic.

More on our COVID-19 Resource page.

Be well,
Janette

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Sending a few VTLIB and general interest updates your way on this sunny afternoon:

  • Webinar: 2020 Summer Performer Grants: Updates & FAQ, 4/17, 11:00am-12:00pm
    Summer performer grant recipients* are welcome to join VTLIB staff for an update on the status of the 2020 summer performer grants. Recent changes to grant parameters (including the addition of a virtual performance option) and paperwork will be explained, and there will be plenty of time to ask questions. *Libraries will find out whether or not they were approved for a grant by April 10. Follow this link to register.
  • In case you missed yesterday's announcement regarding temporary changes to the VT Open Meeting Law, which includes a waiver of the physical location requirement. Get the details here.
  • Thank you to all the public library directors (and their designees) who have responded to the PLA Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19 Crisis survey! The response deadline has been extended to 1pm ET, April 1 to encourage as many libraries as possible to share information at this dynamic time. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • The recording of the IMLS webinar Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections is now available at this link.
  • For municipal libraries: Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) staff are compiling answers to member inquiries about how to handle the public health emergency posed by the COVID-19 virus. Ask your questions and access their resources here: https://www.vlct.org/coronavirus
  • West Townshend, Vermont resident Rick Veitch will be appointed Vermont’s fourth cartoonist laureate on Thursday, April 2 at 3pm via livestream, which you can find on cartoonstudies.org

Be well,
Janette

Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear Library Community,
We’re hoping you’re starting this week with more optimism given the news from Washington, D.C.:

  • On March 27, Congress passed the largest economic stimulus package in history. The $2 trillion CARES Act includes funds for libraries (IMLS $50 M), the arts ($75 M) & humanities ($75 M), and education ($30.8 B). We will share details as we learn more. In the meantime, you can review a summary by the Senate Committee on Appropriations issued by VT Sen. Patrick Leahy (PDF).
  • Vermont Libraries Virtual Meet-Up Friday, April 3rd, 11am-12pm: Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for an hour of discussion, idea and information sharing, updates, and support. All are welcome. Register here
  • The Vermont Arts Council is documenting the financial distress that cultural organizations are experiencing, and the wider economic impact of COVID-19 on Vermont's arts sector. Please help by filling out this survey and passing it on to any of your local cultural institutions.

Information for Patrons:

  • The office of Sen. Bernie Sanders assembled an excellent resource on What You Need to Know about the Federal Stimulus Package specifically for Vermonters and where to go to apply for support. We’ve posted an excerpt on our website (PDF).
  • For those of you looking for resources for consumers, Vermont Legal Aid has a COVID-19 page with info on evictions, health care, 3 squares, etc.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) developed an extensive COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide. Please consider sharing with your staff and your patrons.

As always, you can find additional resources on our VTLIB COVID-19 page.

Be well,
Janette

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Library Community,
A few updates from VTLIB to help with ideas, resources, and crowd sourcing.  Please keep your feedback coming—it helps us develop resources based on your needs.

  • One of the silver linings of this situation is that we’re doing more crowd sourcing. Please post any virtual programs and ideas you’re willing to share on this google doc.
  • Join our Consultant for Youth Services Jonathan Clark and librarians Ian Gauthier, Garrett Grant, Deb Ehler-Hansen, and Bree Drapa in a webinar on Virtual Programming in Youth/Child Services on Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. We hope to provide a platform to share ideas and address questions and concerns when putting on virtual programming. 
  • We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the list of Ideas for Projects While Teleworking. Posting it again in case you missed it.
  • OCLC is maintaining a growing list of this freely available content at oc.lc/covid19-partner-content which includes recommended options to access through OCLC services (Excel).
  • American Libraries just published an article on How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic (Thanks Virgil Fuller for sharing).
  • As you might still be fielding inquiries from your patrons regarding unemployment, you may want to refer to this COVID-19 specific unemployment FAQ published by the Vermont Department of Labor.
  • Municipal libraries may have EAP Access (PDF) (a Vermont League of Cities and Towns membership benefit), which offers an opportunity to speak confidentially to trained counselors. Please confirm your municipal membership in VLT and pass this resource on to your staff and trustees.
  • Listening is now live! The project focuses on two responses to the COVID-19 emergency: the creation of a crowd-sourced Sound Archive to document our daily experiences during the pandemic, and a series of online Virtual Story Circles, where Vermonters can gather remotely to listen and share during these challenging times.

As always, you can find lots of resources on our COVID-19 page. 

We hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy the spring weather.

Best,
Janette

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Library Community,
All of us at VTLIB hope this message finds you well. Here is your resource update for today:

  • Today’s newest addition to our COVID-19 resource page is a list of project ideas while teleworking (PDF). This list, as are most of the resources that we’re developing, is inspired by the questions we’re getting from you.  Please don’t hesitate to send additional ideas for inclusion to Joy Worland.
  • Please let any ABLE library patrons in your community know that we have a virtual book club happening on Wednesday, April 8th, from 2-3pm, when we will be discussing Richard Russo's short story collection "The Whore's Child.” Sign up is open through phone or email by April 3rd.
  • The Internet Archive has announced the National Emergency Library free sign ups and no waitlists until June 30, 2020.  Use it to access over 1.4 million books.
  • The newly launched #SmithsonianEdu campaign highlights 1.7 million online tools geared specifically toward students and teachers. Read more here: <Eight Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian.
  • EBSCO has announced an expansion of their resources offered free for a limited time.
  • www.VermontArtOnline.org allows you to explore and discover Vermont's museums & galleries all from the comfort of your home.

We also thought we’d include some staff picks for mental and physical health as we’re assessing what this situation means for our own well-being

Enjoy this spring weather.

Best,
Janette

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear Library Community,
Word is getting out about the amazing work you're all doing despite your libraries being closed—this article is a good example. So before jumping into our resource update, I want to take a moment to celebrate all of the good things happening outside of your library walls.  KUDOS to all!

  • At the risk of causing survey fatigue, we’re sharing another--because crowd sourcing information over the last ten days will help in developing a life-line for many in the months ahead.  Please participate in PLA’s  Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Survey of Response & Activities
  • VTLIB is also asking for input on any topics you’d like us to address in Friday’s webinar Vermont Libraries: Resilient & Responsive. Please email joy.worland@vermont.gov with any suggestions.
  • We’ve expanded our internet service provider page to include web conferencing information.
  • An ALA American Libraries Live Webinar Libraries and COVID-19 Managing strategies and stress, recorded Friday, March 18 is now available here.
  • In the next few days, we will introduce a series “HR Minutes” presented by Gary Deziel, MBA, SHRM-CP | UVM Extension Assistant Professor and Georgia Public Library Trustee. In this series, Gary will provide resources that will answer many of the HR-related questions you’ve asked on the listservs.
  • We’re also working on a list of suggested projects and tasks that library staff can complete from home. Look for that this week as well.
  • Dr. Steve Albrecht—internationally known trainer, speaker, author, and consultant—of Library 2.0 has made his webinar recordings available to view for free for all Library 2.0 members. Registration for membership is free. You will need to be logged in to view the webinars.

Have a good evening!

Be well,
Janette

Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear All,

We hope you had some time to enjoy the sunshine this weekend and to regroup for the week ahead. We are learning of more great resources coming out daily. We’ll share anything we that we think might be helpful. Please share anything that would, in turn, be helpful to your respective communities through your websites, social channels, newsletters, and even any bulletin boards you might have safe access to.

  • Governor Phil Scott, Congressman Peter Welch and Administration officials will hold a COVID-19 Media Briefingto provide an update on their response and highlight ways Vermonters are supporting this effort today, 3/23/2020 at 1:00 p.m. Catch it on Facebook or any major Vermont media outlets.
  • Censusofficials have made someoperational adjustments in response to the pandemic. Please find a flyer listing the dates here(PDF). Also, consider posting some of the kid-oriented materials from partners like Sesame Workshop, Seussville, and Nickelodeon. Use the hashtag #CountOnLibraries on social media to join the conversation.
  • Thanks for submitting your public Wi-Fi information last week. The VT Public Service Department has created this map of public hotspots. If you’re not listed and offer open wi-fi, please submit the survey.
  • Although the physical Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) is closed, virtual legal reference resource assistance continues via the Ask a Law Librarian service.
  • The Public Library Associationis offering a series of free webinars in response to COVID-19. Based on this, we have adjusted our webinar schedule and are now offering Vermont Libraries: Resilient & Responsive on Friday, 3/27/2020 at 1 p.m.
    Join VTLIB staff and your VT library colleagues in a group discussion about meeting library patron needs, online resources, virtual programming, maintaining community connections, self-care and professional growth during this unusual time. 1 CEU, Elective category. Register here.
  • EveryLibrary Institute offered a (sold out) webinar last Friday: To Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation. Now you can watch the webinar on-demand for free.
  • The SBA offers disaster assistance to VT small businesses. Find information, forms, and contact information on their page.
  • The VT Folklife Center launched a project in response to COVID-19: Listening in Place aims to create a crowd-sourced sound archive to document our daily experiences during the pandemic,as well as a series of online Virtual Story Circles, where Vermonters can gather remotely to listen and share during these truly challenging times.
  • The State Police is doing a live Facebook story time tomorrow, 3/24/2020 at 3p.m.

Here’s wishing you as good a week as possible.

Be well,
Janette

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Library Community,

Another resource update as we close out this strange week. Most of these can be found on our COVID-19 resource page,

  • We recommend promoting online resources as widely as possible to augment your own collections. Please add them to your websites and promote on social media. A list is available here.
  • We will also be offering a webinar on “How to Support Your Community Outside the Library Walls” on Thursday 3/26/2020 from 11 am to 12 pm.
  • We’ve developed a Copyright Resources and Information page for programming during this time. On a related note: If you have a question about Swank movie license copyright, please call them directly 1-888-267-2658
  • We have also assembled an Internet Provider Info page to make it a little easier for you to find information on ISPs participating in relief efforts (open wi-fi, waving of fines, etc.)
  • COVID-19 information in different languages created by Spectrum and Howard center. More languages to come
  • COSLA is collecting information on database vendor response to COVID-19. This is a work in progress and features mostly academic databases. Here’s a preliminary list. (PDF)

The highlight for me this week was watching the videos of your virtual story time and programming! We’d like to collect these and make them available if you’re willing to share. Please email links to jennifer.johnson@vermont.gov.

I hope this weekend gives you a chance to regroup and catch a breath.

Be well,
Janette

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Good morning!
We wanted to share a few resources with you that might be of interest:

  • New page of online resources: We’ve put together a page that lists online resources for patrons. The page also features a Word doc for download. Feel free to share this through your various communications channels. Just as our COVID-19 resource page, this is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. We are also planning a webinar for next week to talk about online resources. Look for an announcement soon!
  • Wi-Fi survey reminder:The VT Department of Public Service is working on a master list of sites with open Wi-Fi accessible from outside of the building. If you’ve already participated-thank you! If you haven’t had a chance, it’s not too late—here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TD5ZFLS
     
  • Open Meeting Law: According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the Vermont Legislature is currently considering Open Meeting Law amendments (in particular regarding the physical location requirement). If any adjustments are made, they will be posted to the Secretary of State’s website: https://sos.vermont.gov/municipal-division/laws-resources/covid-19-response/.
     
  • ARSL statement on closures: https://arsl.info/arsl-statement-on-library-closures/
  • News from the publishing world:
    • Penguin Random House grants temporary open access permissions for story team/read aloud
    • Macmillan abandons embargo
    • Internet Access: Several Internet providers are making their networks available for free (where geographically applicable):
      • Comcast Opens Xfinity Wi-Fi Network Nationally for Free - https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
      • Xfinity Wi-Fi Free For Everyone: Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
      • AT&T - https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
        Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” announced today and concerns raised by members of Congress, which we share, AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days (as of March 13, 2020), we will Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.
      • T-Mobile - https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/ongoing-updates-covid-19#customers
        T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on our current plans with limited data with data will automatically have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days(excluding roaming). No action required.

      Wishing you, your staff, and your families all the best,
      Janette

      Tuesday, March 17, 2020

      Dear Library Community,

      We are continually updating our COVID-19 webpage. Here are a few highlights from VTLIB and the State:

      • Thanks for continuing to submit your closures using our online form. The form, as well as the list of closures can be found on that page. We will update the list in regular intervals.
      • We’ve added a small collection of VT Public Library Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) examples. Please continue to share yours if you are able.
      • We’ve added a few new printable resources (e.g. a social distancing poster)
      • You’ll find the Governor’s official Declaration of State of Emergency on this page as well. The declaration contains useful information about nursing homes, telework, unemployment, etc.  We’ve had questions about where to send folks to file for unemployment with many libraries closed. For the time being, local VDOL offices remain open and can help.

      The Vermont School Library Association (VSLA) has assembled “Learning at Home: Resources for Teachers” – please share.

      We also thought the New England Library Association’s (NELA) statement on public library closures is worth sharing.

      Please let us know if you have questions.

      Wishing you all the best,
      Janette