VTLIB Resource Updates

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Congratulations to Mill River Union High School librarian Karen McCalla on being named Vermont’s 2022 Teacher of the Year! It’s nice to see librarians being recognized for their role in education. Here is your Tuesday update:

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Join the John W. Kluge Center, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Brookings Institution for Pillars of Democracy – The Administrative State, a conversation on the causes of that distrust and how the administrative state can win the confidence of the American people. The event features panelists Beth Simone Noveck, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and Susan Dudley and will take place on Thursday, October 21, live on Zoom at 4:00pm.

Health and Wellness

Two important items from the VT Department of Health that might be helpful to share with your community:

  • The WIC fruit and vegetable benefit increase has been extended. Beginning mid-October through December, WIC participants over age 1 will receive these fruit and vegetable benefits each month – $24 for children, $43 for pregnant and postpartum participants, and $47 for breastfeeding participants. You can purchase fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.
  • This Saturday, October 23, 2021, is Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Find out how you can properly dispose of drugs on special take back days and throughout the year.

Have a good week.
Janette

Friday, October 15, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous leaf peeping time. Here is your Friday update:

VTLIB and State

  • Registration is open for the 2022 winter/spring Certificate of Public Librarianship core courses. Information Services/Reference course dates are January 31, 2022-March 12, 2022, with required weekly meetings each Wednesday from 1:00pm-2:00pm during that time period. Collection Development course dates are April 4, 2022-May 6, 2022, with required weekly meetings each Thursday from 1:00pm-2:30pm during that time period. Course descriptions and registration links are on the VTLIB website CE page.
  • Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Welch, and Department for Children and Families announced that Vermont has received an unprecedented amount of Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding this year.
  • Governor Scott issued a statement regarding the reopening of the land border with Canada for non-essential travel.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The School Library Journal Summit will take place Thursday, October 28, 2021. This is a free event entitled SLJ Summit: In Community! The day will feature keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and a number of sessions, including “Antiracism, History, and Fighting for Truth,” “Reading in Community, “ and more.
  • Saturday, October 23, 2021 is Home Movie Day, an international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking. The Vermont celebration will take place in Montpelier, from 10:00am-3:00pm. At 10:00am, participants can bring their old films to the Vermont History Museum, learn about preservation, and then get them projected at the Savoy Theater starting at 3:00pm. The organizers are looking for volunteers to help, as well as participants to bring films. RSVP to rachel.onuf@vermont.gov or at 802-622-4092 .
  • CLiF will be hosting another Book Club for Grown-Ups tonight, October 15, at 7:00 PM. The special guest will be Vermont librarian (and former CLiF partner) Brett Ann Stanciu who will be discussing her new book Unstitched: My journey to understand opioid addiction and how people and communities can heal. Regardless of where you live, chances are the opioid epidemic has affected your community in some way.

Community Update

  • NASA invites you to join observers worldwide on October 16, 2021 to learn about lunar science and exploration, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or explore different ways to observe the Moon from home. However you choose to observe, please follow local guidelines on health and safety.

Health and Wellness/Funding Opportunity

  • Round Two of Communities for Immunity funding is open. Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. Funding awards ranging from $1,500–$100,000 will be provided to museums and libraries to leverage their deep relationships with local communities to improve vaccine confidence. The application window is October 12–29, 2021 and projects must be completed by March 31, 2022. Read the applicant toolkit or sign up for an October 14 webinar for more information.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I hope you’re having a good week. Here is your Tuesday update:

VTLIB and State

  • It is not too late to register for the 2021 Red Clover Book Award Conference! It this Friday, October 15, 2021, from 9:00am-12:00pm. It will be virtual, and all portions of the conference will be recorded. You can also find the link and more information about the award on VTLIB’s Red Clover Book Award page.
  • Registration is open for the 2021 Library Directors Summit, which will be held virtually November 18 and 19, 2021. The centerpiece of the Summit is the Directors Excellence training presented by Jonathan Banks, President and Founding Partner of NCXT.Based in Minneapolis, NCXT has worked throughout the country with library leaders on strategic planning, professional development, antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Directors Excellence training comprises two sessions. The first is for new and emerging directors and the second is for directors with more than two years of experience and/or people who attended session one. In addition to the Directors Excellence sessions there will also be a Meet & Greet with VTLIB staff and updates from the Interim State Librarian, Tom McMurdo. Full descriptions and registration links are on the VTLIB website CE page.
  • The Department had an opportunity to participate in the podcast Welcome to the Field for child welfare workers, caregivers, and community partners. In the episode “Reading to Promote Healing,” Sharon O’Neill (VT Child Welfare Training Partnership) talks to Jamie Blouin, Stephanie Reale (DCF), and Jonathan Clark (VTLIB) about using literature to help heal grief and loss with young people in foster care who often have a history of trauma. The presentation further references the collaborative work this group has done to make books on trauma and loss available to foster families and throughout Vermont libraries.
  • This week, Governor Scott announced that one of the most distinguished public servants in Vermont history, Agency of Administration Secretary Susanne Young, will be retiring next month after more than 40 years of service to the State of Vermont. We wish Secretary Young all the best and thank her for her leadership.
  • The Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference (ELC) is hosting a half-day online event on Dec. 2, 2021 1:00-4:30pm on the topic "Inclusive Entrepreneurship: A workshop on how librarians support entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic justice, empowerment, and a counter to systemic racism." The scope of the workshop includes understanding and overcoming systemic barriers and challenges and engaging with BIPOC entrepreneurs and/or historically excluded entrepreneurs (for-profit and nonprofit) in our communities and campuses. In addition to keynotes and panel discussions, the workshop will include 5 lightning talks, 7-minutes each. Proposals for lightning talks are being accepted until October 22, 2021. To learn more about the event and submit a proposal, visit the call for proposal page.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • United for Libraries, the Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations division of ALA, is offering two information session on new member benefits. Those will be Monday, November 1, 2021 at 8:00pm and Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 2:00pm. Registration for either of those is here. United for Libraries is also sponsoring National Friends of Libraries Week October 17-23, 2021. Explore ideas and resources to celebrate your Friends group on their website.
  • The Nashville Area Library Alliance will host a two-day online “Support Staff as Leaders” conference October 20 and 22, 2021. The theme is “Succeeding Through Perseverance and Endurance”, and session topics include mobilizing library services for disaster relief, re-envisioning the library as a place, and more. Registration is $15 and the link to register is here.

Community Updates

  • Vermont Humanities has named Susan Piccoli, the librarian for Woodstock Union High School and Middle School, as the recipient of its 2021 Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator of the Year honor. Congratulations Susan!
  • Through the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) and the Crystal Family, the New Hope Award was established in 2017 to recognize two individuals’ contributions, accomplishments, and potential within the community. Nominations are now being accepted, which should include 2-3 brief paragraphs explaining why you believe the nominee should be considered. To be eligible, the nominee must be a New American whom you feel should be recognized for their contributions, accomplishments, and potential within the community. Visit CVOEO’s website to view last year’s recipients. Nominations should be sent via email to jrouse@cvoeo.org by 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
  • The University of Maryland iSchool's IMProving Assessment of Computational Thinking in Libraries (IMPACT Libraries) research team is looking for public library staff to help them evaluate a series of assessment tools developed to measure the success of Computational Thinking (CT) programs for youth ages 11-18. Participating libraries will use assessment tools they have developed to assess their youth CT programs. By CT programs, they mean activities that engage youth with concepts and practices related to computer science and solving problems with technology.

Health and Wellness

  • A reminder that the Vermont Department of Health tracks active COVID cases and makes updated information available on the Case Dashboard.
  • The VDH also has testing available for free throughout the state.

Take care,
Janette

Friday, October 8, 2021

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

VTLIB and State

  • The Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) will be holding a book giveaway on the lawn at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre (6 Washington Street) on Wednesday, October 13, from 11:30am-4:30pm! Visit us under the tents and fill a bag (or two) with free, new books for all ages. Members of the library community and the public are welcome! VTLIB thanks the Aldrich staff for allowing us to use their space for this event! Please wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status
  • Governor Phil Scott issued a statement regarding the Biden Administration’s plan to invest billions to expand rapid at-home COVID-19 tests for Americans.

Learning Opportunities and Events 

  • Join the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired for their annual “White Cane Awareness Day” walk on Friday, October 15, in Montpelier. Participants will meet on the State House Lawn at 12:15pm to help educate the public about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities. After the walk, everyone is invited for light refreshments at the Capitol Food Court, where a discussion will be held to highlight mobility apps available on mobile devices. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Paul Putnam at DBVI at paul.putnam@vermont.gov, 802-828-2762, or 1-800-708-7681.
  • On Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 1:00pm to 1:30 pm Chelsea Clinton, Deborah Heiligman, Kekla Magoon, and Rita Williams-Garcia will talk about their new books in the Penguin Random House She Persisted series. More details and registration here.
  • The University of Maryland Libraries invites you to attend an online symposium on Researching African Americans in Newspapers on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 2-4:30pm EDT. All are welcome to attend. Details and registration here.
  • Cornucopia of Rhode Island (CORI) is a section of the Rhode Island Library Association whose mission is to serve the library community of color. CORI will host a free online mini-conference featuring speakers and panel discussions on Thursday, November 4, 2021, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Details and registration here.
  • Registration is now open for the Sharing Visions Fall 2021 resource sharing program, “Moving Digital Lending Forward,” taking place virtually on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. The program is free and open to any library staff and affiliated stakeholders who are interested in the topics being presented. Register and learn more here.
    Sharing Visions is a joint effort by New England state library agencies and library colleagues to deliver quality resource sharing-related programming to all library staff at all library types.

Community Updates

  • Congratulations to the Chittenden Public Library for receiving a Vermont Community Foundation Spark grant! In collaboration with other community organizations, the library will host “One Community, Many Points of View: A Year of Creativity, Connection and Celebration in Chittenden.” This will include six community events as well as a year-long, community-created photography display at the town transfer station. The events and photos will invite folks to think about the question: “What is community?”
  • Librarians at Miami University Libraries are asking for help with their research. If you value library collections (special or general) for insurance purposes, they want to hear from you. They're gathering information about how libraries assign values to general and special/archival collections for insurance purposes. Data will be used for research and publication. Click here to complete a brief survey about valuation.
  • This article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy addresses what infrastructure communities need to thrive and includes information about how the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries worked to provide broadband in libraries across the state.
  • The three New York City library systems—Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), New York Public Library (NYPL), and Queens Public Library (QPL)—announced that they will no longer charge late fines on books and other circulating materials. New Yorkers of all ages will not need to pay late fines on overdue materials, and the three systems have cleared all prior late fines from patron accounts, unblocking about 400,000 cards frozen because holders had accrued more than $15 in late fees—more than half of them in high-need communities.

Funding Opportunity

  • ALA invites libraries to apply for funding through its American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, ALA will distribute $2 million to help anchor libraries as strong humanities institutions as they emerge and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic and require support to restore and sustain their core activities. Register for a free webinar to learn about the application.

Health and Wellness

  • Who Vermont Health Connect Customers will pay is changing for 2022. With open enrollment for Vermont Health Connect (VHC) beginning November 1, 2021, VHC is reaching out to librarians to help communicate important changes in the payment procedure this year. Click this link to find information and resources to help communicate about this with your patrons, including an explanation of the process, talking points, links to posters about this for your libraries, sample social media posts and more.
  • The VT Suicide Prevention Center is offering a free suicide prevention awareness and practice webinar series that runs from October 7, 2021, through March 3, 2022. Umatter® Suicide Prevention Awareness and Practice is an interactive, 60-minute virtual workshop. This webinar is for all staff in health care, mental health organizations, schools and community settings interested in suicide prevention skills and the framework for suicide safer care. It provides basic information for all involved in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention, and prior to the adoption of advanced practices in a pathway to care.

Have a good weekend!
Janette

Tuesday, October 6, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy Tuesday! Here is your update:

VTLIB, State and Federal

  • Last week, VTLIB hosted the presentation Building Ventilation Information Session by UVM Mechanical Engineering professor Yves Dubief. We highly recommend watching the recording and reviewing the resources he posted. Dr. Dubief offered information on the mechanics of airflow and the efficacy of masking and filtration in a way that was easy to understand for laypeople. He also provided resources on how to create a community program to build DIY filtration systems. His presentation pulled information from the Harvard University project Schools for Health-Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools and drew parallels to opening libraries.
  • The 2021 Red Clover Book Award Conference is less than two weeks away! This free conference will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 9:00am-12:00pm. It will be virtual, and all portions of the conference will be recorded. You can also find the link and more information about the award on VTLIB’s Red Clover Book Award page.
  • The State of Vermont distributed resources and information to all Vermont public and independent schools to enable them to establish COVID-19 response testing in every school across Vermont. The State is bolstering existing testing tools with rapid testing to help keep more kids in school.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ September ’21 newsletter is now available online. We encourage you to subscribe as this resource frequently features information on funding opportunities and programming ideas.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Microsoft Leading Libraries Summit will take place October 12 and 13, 2021. Speakers from public, academic, and business libraries and the Victoria and Albert Museum will present on leveraging technology to increase access to libraries. Recommended audience is librarians, library technologists, and people in library leadership positions.
  • The New England Library Collaborative Teen Summit will take place this Friday, October 8, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:45pm. This is a free online professional development conference for library staff who work with teens. This year’s schedule includes: a keynote with Crystal Maldonado, author of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, a conversation with Brittney Morris, author of Slay, and a special session with Sarah Weise, author of Instabrain: The New Rules for Marketing to Generation Z.
  • The Vermont League of Cities & Towns (VLCT) is offering the webinar ARPA Funds: Take Your Time and Think Big to its members and affiliates on October 19, 2021 at 10:00am. This may be of interest to municipal libraries since every Vermont town will receive state ARPA funds. Note that this is a different funding source than the IMLS ARPA fund that VTLIB is currently managing.
  • This October, Microsoft and Flipgrid are teaming up with Disney-Hyperion to bring a series of live events into classrooms that will immerse learners in mythology and fantasy. October 6, 2021, from 1:00-1:30pm Rick Riordan will discuss his new book, Daughter of the Deep. And every Friday in October at 1:00pm the series Rick Riordan Presents will explore mythologies from around the world with authors Kwame Mbalia, Tehlor Kay Mejia, and more. Register here for the Rick Riordan event.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Arts Council is starting to issue information on grants available to organizations for the next calendar year. Bookmark their grants page and visit frequently for updates.
  • This week, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) said goodbye to their longtime executive director Paul Costello. For those of you who had the privilege of working with Paul, you know the impact he had on building community in Vermont. We wish him all the best!

Health and Wellness

  • A follow-up to our Infopeople post from last week. We failed to include the direct link to the Self-Care for Library Workers module. The module features resources and archived webinars supporting self-care for library workers. Topics vocational awe, combating compassion fatigue, mindfulness, and putting the “me” in mental health. It is self-paced and self-guided.
  • Pfizer-BioNtech boosters are widely available to eligible recipients. Find out where and how to sign up by visiting the Vermont Department of Health vaccine webpage.

Have a good week,
Janette

Friday, October 1, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy October! The Working Group on the Status of Libraries in Vermont has officially started its work last month. The group will regularly seek testimony on specific topics from you, the members of the Vermont library community. Visit the call for testimony page for more information and updates on the various topics. The first call is for testimony regarding programming.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • AARP VT is hosting free Placemaking Workshops on October 28 and 29, 2021 on the topic of how public space improvements strengthen local efforts to build community and create welcoming places to gather. The workshops are from 10:00am-12:00pm and will be held on Zoon. Attendees will be eligible to apply for one of six $4,000 grants from AARP Vermont to purchase supplies, promote, and implement a winter placemaking project aimed at building permanent change in the community.
  • The 11th annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day” will be celebrated Saturday, February 5, 2022. The Connecticut Library Consortium is offering a virtual kickoff meeting for the event at 2:00-3:00pm on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The kickoff will celebrate last year’s successes and plan for this year’s events.
  • In celebration of their 10th birthday, the Los Angeles Review of Books is hosting a virtual series called “Semipublic Intellectual Sessions.” Sessions will occur Thursdays from October 7 to November 4, 2021. The format will be conversations and Q&A with over two dozen writers, scholars, and critics on subjects including technology, misinformation, the place of criticism and more.
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is hosting a two-part virtual workshop series exploring workplace practices, from recruitment to retention, presented in partnership by VBSR and the United Way of Northwest Vermont. This workshop series is a great fit for mid-size employers, HR professionals, and supervisors/managers.
  • Read Woke NONFICTION! A Panel Discussion with Carole Boston Weatherford, Cicely Lewis, Elliott Smith, and Dr. Artika Tyner will take place Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 2:00 - 3:00pm. Author Carole Boston Weatherford will join Read Woke Books authors including Cicely Lewis, Elliott Smith, and Dr. Artika Tyner to discuss the importance of Black nonfiction authorship, lifting up authentic voices and hidden figures in history, exposing prejudices and the problems it has caused in our society, and inspiring readers to speak out against injustice.
  • The Vermont Humanities Council’s October 6, 2021 First Wednesdays features a host of exciting digital events covering music, history, climate change and justice. Select the presentation that most interests you and log in at 7pm. All events will be recorded. First Wednesdays is sponsored by a grant from IMLS, administered through VTLIB.

Community Updates

  • The American Library Association is seeking information about the library experience with the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund program. If your library applied for ECF funding, strongly considered applying but did not apply, or is considering applying in the second application window (September 28- October 13) please fill out this short survey. Responses are anonymous and it should take less than 10 minutes to fill it out. ALA will use the aggregated data in their advocacy efforts with the FCC to seek improvements to the ECF program. Deadline for responding is Wednesday, October 6.

Health and Wellness

  • Infopeople is offering a free module consisting of resources and archived webinars supporting self-care work for library workers. The topics include vocational awe, combatting compassion fatigue, mindfulness, and putting the “me” in mental health. The module is self-paced and self-guided.
  • We'd like to remind you of great resources available through COVID Support VT. They offer a host of webinars to help Vermonters cope with the stress caused by COVID and, more importantly, they provide access to counselors through their helpline. Please also share this with your community.
  • October 10th is WHO World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is “Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality.” Please access and share the WHO’s campaign materials on their website to help raise awareness for #WorldMentalHealthDay.

Have a restful weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Tuesday update:

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • As cold weather approaches, many librarians are thinking about how to host indoor programs and how to make their building as safe as possible for staff and patrons spending time inside the library. UVM Mechanical Engineering professor Yves Dubief will join VTLIB to present a workshop on affordable ways to improve ventilation on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 11:00am-12:00pm. This is a great chance to get some advice and have an expert answer your questions! Registration is here.
  • The VTLIB Summer Statistics Form is due Friday, October 15, 2021. We would like to hear from all of you, but this survey is required for all Vermont public libraries that received CSLP summer reading materials from VTLIB. The summer programming grant certification and expenditure report is also due Friday, October 15. Completion of this form is required for all those who received summer programming grants.
  • Governor Scott announced that Vermonters 75 years of age and older are now eligible to schedule and receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters and can register starting today. Beginning on Wednesday, that eligibility expands to any Vermonters 70 years of age and older, and then to people aged 65 and older on Friday.
  • The REALM Project has released an update on new COVID studies and findings with relevance to libraries and museums. Highlights from this briefing focus on ventilation and the impact of the Delta variant. Note – the entire briefing is 76 slides long.

Funding Opportunity

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury’s guidance for the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) program, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, is available here. The program provides $10 billion for eligible governments (State, territories, freely associated states and Tribes) to carry out critical capital projects that directly enable work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Among other areas, this includes broadband infrastructure projects and construction/improvements to library facilities that offer public-access internet (for work, education, and health) and digital literacy training. See “Multi-purpose community facility projects,” in particular.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Switchboard is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar, Psychological First Aid (PFA) to Support Clients Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan, on Monday, October 4, 2:00-3:30 PM. It is open to all refugee service providers, whether working at state agencies, resettlement agencies or affiliates, or other organizations. This webinar will review the basic principles of PFA, with special consideration given to supporting clients affected by the crisis in Afghanistan.
  • Teen Summit, a fully online, free professional development conference for library staff who work with teens, will take place Friday, October 8, from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. This year’s schedule includes: a keynote with Crystal Maldonado, author of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, a conversation with Brittney Morris, author of Slay, and a special session with Sarah Weise, author of Instabrain: The New Rules for Marketing to Generation Z. Teen Summit is brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, and the Connecticut State Library, and supported by the state libraries of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  • The Brattleboro Words Trail is collaborating with community partners to host an official unveiling of a state historic marker recognizing the achievements of Lucy Terry Prince - considered the nation’s first African American poet - and her husband Abijah Prince, early Black Vermont landowners and civil rights advocates. A drummer and special speakers will commemorate the placement of the marker at the Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford (Interstate 91, just south of Exit 1) Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM.
  • Library 2.0 and the School of Information at San Jose State University will host a free mini-conference, Libraries as Community Anchors, on October 21, 2021 from 3:00-6:00 PM. The conference will include a keynote panel and 10-15 thirty-minute presentations. More information and a link to register can be found here.
  • EveryLibrary, a national library advocacy organization, is currently hosting a week-long virtual 5K fundraiser to support their work on library funding campaigns and advocacy for public and school libraries. Participation can be the usual running or walking a 5K, but also can be reading or volunteering 5,000 seconds, writing a 5,000-word story or almost anything! The Anton Bookners team is currently in second place for fundraising total, and includes VTLIB’s Joy Worland, who spent a drizzly lunch break running for the good of the library world!

I hope you are enjoying the cool temperatures and have a good rest of your week!
Jonathan

Friday, September 24, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy first Friday of Fall! Here is today’s update:

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Vermont Humanities Council invites you to two virtual events:
    • On Monday, October 4, 2021 at 4:30 pm, join Latinx scholar Dr. Laura Jiménez on Zoom for “Reading for Social Justice.” She'll use our Vermont Reads 2021 choice, We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra, as a catalyst for the conversation.
    • Monday, October 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm, join local organizers and social service providers on Zoom for Community Engagement & Complex Conversations. Panelists from Outright Vermont, Recovery Vermont, the Vermont Network Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, and the Howard Center will tell us about their work supporting LGBTQ+ youth, people in recovery, survivors of violence, and others.
  • VTeen Leadership Weekend (November 19-21, 2021) is a fun-filled weekend developing important skills and traits that will help youth stretch and improve their leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork and other transferable skills to take back and use in their club work, school and community. Open to youth in grades 7-12. Learn more and register by October 22, 2021.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Proposition is a set of goals for common action developed by the Vermont Council on Rural Development to advance a successful and resilient future for the state. It is built on the ideas of over 3,500 Vermonters and addresses where our collective efforts can make effective change. There will be a virtual kickoff September 30, 2021 from 10:00am-10:30 am. The link to join is on this page.
  • The Mathical Book Prize is an annual award for fiction and nonfiction books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them. Each year’s selections join a growing list of stories ranging from picture books and graphic novels to chapter books and young adult literature. Explore the collection of stories for ages 2-18, with 94 titles to date.

Health and Wellness

Interesting article in The Atlantic that might shift your thinking about what lies ahead: Six Rules That Will Define Our Second Pandemic Winter.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I hope you’re enjoying the Harvest Moon! Here’s your short and sweet Tuesday update:

State and Federal

  • The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont PBS have compiled Vermont PBS Kids and Education: October 2021, which includes resources for educators, organized by grade band and subject area. Visit the Vermont PBS Kids and Education page to find more online and printable resources.
  • 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 $15,500,000 in Save America’s Treasures grants to fund 49 preservation and conservation projects in 29 states.
  • The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), supported by the National Library for the Blind Endowment, sponsors a paid internship that offers legally blind individuals the opportunity to gain work experience and explore career options working in the areas of collections building, program delivery, and business oversight and management. The deadline for the Spring 2022 session is November 1. All interns will work remotely.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Join the Vermont Humanities Council during the month of October for their 48th annual Fall Conference. This year's theme is “This Mazéd World:” The Humanities and Climate Change. As climate scientists warn of an escalating, and perhaps uncontrollable, catastrophe in the making and as Americans witness the intensity of climate disruption in western wildfires and eastern hurricanes, we need the humanities to help us make sense of our changing world, build resilience, and work to change the path we are on. The conference will begin with four First Wednesdays talks related to the theme of climate change on Wednesday, October 6 and will conclude with a week of virtual and in-person events held from October 18 to 23, 2021.
  • Save the Date for the virtual Library Directors Summit, November 18 & 19, 2021. Mornings each day will feature presentations from NCXT, a Minneapolis-based company specializing in leadership, organizational transformation, and attracting resources that enhance institutional sustainability. Afternoon sessions will include a Meet & Greet with Department of Libraries staff and updates from the State Librarian. Registration and full descriptions will be available early October. The intended audience for this is anyone serving in the top staff leadership position in their library, regardless of job title.
  • Thirty-five author talks are available NOW (and streamable anytime) as the 2021 National Book Festival gets underway! Watch conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro, Kacen Callender, Lupita Nyong'o, Isabel Wilkerson, Christopher Paolini, Martha Wells and more.

Community Updates

  • Banned Books Week (September 26 – October 2, 2021) offers an opportunity for readers to voice censorship concerns, celebrate free expression and show their communities the importance of intellectual freedom. You can fight censorship and get ready for Banned Books Week with tools and resources available online. Check out the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 and find out how you can get involved.
  • Libraries in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties are invited to promote the live Community Survey to identify strengths and top health needs as part of the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The 10-minute survey is available (9/15 – 10/15) online or in paper format in 10 written languages and ASL. Survey participants can enter to win one of four $50 gift cards. To request printed or digital promotional materials, or if you have questions, please email Marcela Bradova: Marcela.Bradova@uvmhealth.org

Wishing you a good week.
Janette

Friday, September 17, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Friday update:

VTLIB and State

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The American Library Association (ALA) will host a bimonthly series of live conversations between ALA President Patty Wong and library practitioners who are keeping their communities connected with high-speed broadband, technology, and digital skills training. The first Connectivity Corner event will take place on Friday, September 17, 2021, 2:00-2:45 p.m. (TODAY!) through ALA's Instagram account (@americanlibraryassociation). The conversation will cover HCPL's recent application for thousands of hotspots and Chromebooks through the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a new FCC program to help schools and libraries provide tools and services for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.
  • National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (September 19 – September 25, 2021) raises public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. Its goal is to increase financial and societal support for access to basic education programs for U.S. adults with low literacy, numeracy, and digital skills. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.
  • Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change for Indigenous Land: Rights, Relationships, and Responsibilities, a day of online conversation, curriculum highlights, and ideas exchange on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Teaching for Change, NMAI education experts, and K–12 teachers will share curriculum, the NMAI’s Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) Essential Understandings, and strategies for teaching about Indigenous peoples’ histories and their experiences around land justice today. Workshops will feature classroom resources from the NK360° online education portal and the Zinn Education Project’s Teach Climate Justice Campaign | Zinn Education Project.
  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Newbery Medal with two upcoming virtual events: a webinar on September 28, 2021 at 12:00pm entitled “Problematic Award-Winning Texts: Daniel Boone, the Newbery Award, and Children’s Librarianship,” and a day long symposium November 5, 2021.
  • NASA @ My Library and the American Museum of Natural History are bringing a livestream about the Webb Space Telescope to your library. Join presenters from the American Museum of Natural History on either evening for a live, virtual trip more than a million miles from Earth, to Webb’s future home in space. Both events will be similar, so no need to attend both! Save these dates: October 13, 2021 at 6 pm and/or October 14, 2021 at 9 pm.

Funding Opportunities

  • The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is currently seeking applications for CLiF's At-Risk Children grant with programming to take place in the Fall of 2021. The grant includes a professional storytelling presentation, brand new high quality books for children to choose at the event and take home to keep, and an onsite library for the organization. Libraries have special eligibility criteria, please contact CLiF for details. The application deadline is September 30, 2021.
  • Applications for the Jordan Miller Storytelling Mini-Grant are being accepted! The mission of the Jordan Miller Fund is to bring storytelling to New England public libraries by awarding a $500 mini-grant to help fund a storytelling program at your library! To apply click HERE, to fill out a short Google Form. All applications are due on Friday, October 8. 
  • The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Funded projects have ranged from "A Resource Guide about Disabilities, Disability Theory, and Assistive Technologies" to "A Bibliography for Queer Teens" to "Graphic Novels & the Humanity of Mental Illness" to "Web Accessibility Resources for Libraries".Applications must be received by November 5, 2021.

Community Updates

  • The Underground Workshop - VTDigger's new platform for student journalism - is a collaborative community bringing together student journalists from across the state. They gather on Zoom every two weeks on Thursday evenings, with student work at the center of each meeting. Any student is welcome to attend to pitch ideas for stories, to submit drafts for feedback, or just to listen in. Please help spread the word, and for more information, please email Ben Heintz, the Workshop’s editor.
  • For a limited time, Efficiency Vermont is offering free energy saving kits to Vermonters that include products like LEDs and water-saving devices, which can help save money on energy bills.

Health and Wellness

  • At this point in COVID, we’re all stuck wondering about the realities of breakthrough cases. Read an article by an NPR writer about their own breakthrough case, and what it helped show them about the current state of the pandemic.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Jonathan

Tuesday, September 14, 20201

Dear Library Community,
While we don’t usually include too much IT news, this cybersecurity alert is important to include due to its seriousness. If you haven’t already, you should update your Apple devices immediately to address a serious spyware vulnerability.

Here is the regular Tuesday update:

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • The deadline to apply to participate in the VTLIB-sponsored Library Journal and School Library Journal’s Resilient Together: Building School and Public Library Partnerships is now September 19.
  • The Small & Rural Libraries Round Table is back! There will be a virtual MS Teams gathering Friday, November 5, 2021, from 10:00-11:30am, open to any who consider their libraries small and rural. This will be an informal opportunity for small and rural library staff to share triumphs and challenges, bounce ideas off of each other, and enhance the power of the cohort of librarians working in small Vermont libraries. Themes will be "look at all the skills you have!" and reflections on the October Association for Rural & Small Libraries annual conference.
  • The 2021 National Book Festival “Open a Book, Open the World” will take place September 17-26, 2021. Create your National Book Festival experience with the Library of Congress in 2021 by engaging in author conversations online, watching the broadcast special on PBS, listening to NPR podcasts, tuning in to Washington Post Live author interviews and attending a ticketed event at the Library.
  • Governor Scott participated in the Vermont National Guard’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho, where he reflected on the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation.
  • A range of new and strengthened services will make getting help easier as the Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides $4.6 million in federal funds to local mental health and other service agencies across the state. These funds are available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Vermont Afterschool’s Boot Camp Basics are free for anyone working with school-age youth in out-of-school time programs. These 1.5 hour workshops are designed for brand new staff in afterschool, summer, third space, and out-of-school time programs. Participants can select from six different virtual workshops over the course of the next few months.
  • Teachers, librarians, and other educators are invited to attend a conference on the work of Burlington's own John Dewey, the foremost educator of the early 20th century. This event will be held at the University of Vermont October 8-9, 2021. Learn more and RSVP using this form. Contact: Simon Jorgenson at Simon.Jorgenson@uvm.edu or call 513-349-6540

Funding Opportunity

  • The Libraries and Veterans microgrants provide funding to libraries for eligible projects that support library services and programming for veterans and military-affiliated patrons. Microgrants are intended to encourage libraries to engage with veterans and other military-affiliated patrons such as service members, military family members, and family members of veterans. Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis from October 2021 to February 2022 while funds remain available. Award amounts range from $500 to $3000.

Community Updates

  • Warren PL Director Marie Schmukal posted a link to an article about supply chain disruptions in the book industry. That article is worth sharing here in case you missed her original listserv post: The Book Biz Tries to Avoid Supply Chain Disruptions. Thanks Marie!
  • September 15-October 15 is Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month. Penguin Classroom has this booklist of 70+ books by Latinx and Hispanic authors as well as a resource page linking to free discussion guides, downloadable activities, and more.
  • The Call for Proposals for the 2022 Mid-Hudson Valley Banned Books Symposium is open. Sponsored by Mount Saint Mary College, Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, Ramapo Catskill Library System, and BOCES School Library Systems of Dutchess, Orange-Ulster, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster, the symposium will be a virtual event on March 5, 2022. Go here for more information and to submit a proposal.
  • Teaching kids about money when they’re young lays the foundation for responsible money management later in life. Children whose parents emphasize the importance of financial literacy and encourage them to spend and save thoughtfully develop a healthy perspective on money. Annuity.org has lessons & activities by age and a list of applications for teaching kids about money.

I hope you’re having a good week!
Janette

Tuesday, September 10, 2021

Dear Library Community,
After a brief break from the resource update, we are back with a few minor editorial changes to add value and further consolidate the amount of information you receive from the Department of Libraries (VTLIB). We will include as much general VTLIB information here as possible instead of sending one-shot messages. We’ll also continue to include non-Continuing Education learning opportunities and events in this update. Straight-up CE opportunities will be featured in Joy Worland’s Wednesday CE update. Lastly, we will only include health and wellness items if they might be helpful to your work. We will continue to send the update on Tuesdays and Fridays unless there is a holiday. Thanks to my colleagues April, Jennifer, Jonathan, Josh, Joy, and Karen for tirelessly contributing content to this bi-weekly update. And thanks to you for your readership and feedback!

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • VTLIB has extended the deadline for applications for participation in Participation in Library Journal and School Library Journal’s Resilient Together: Building School and Public Library Partnerships until September 19.
  • The Vermont Department of Health continues to offer pop up vaccination clinics. Check out their interactive map that shows where vaccines are available throughout the state.
  • The Scott Administration has released several updates in the last week. Please visit the administration’s press release page for details.
    • Governor Phil Scott Announces Award of Over $13 Million in Community Development Block Grants
    • Governor Phil Scott Announces Distribution of Additional Fiscal Recovery Funds to Cities, Towns and Villages
    • Governor Phil Scott Announces Opening of Another Section of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
    • Transcript: Governor Phil Scott and Dr. Mark Levine Discuss Delta, Vaccine Effectiveness and Pandemic Divisiveness At Weekly Covid-19 Briefing
    • Governor Phil Scott Announces Grant Programs to Enhance Projects and Attract Businesses to the City of Newport
  • The FCC announced  that requests for $5.137 billion in funding to support 9.1 million connected devices and 5.4 million broadband connections were received during the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program's initial filing window. The window, which closed August 13, 2021, attracted applicants from all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia – including schools and libraries in both rural and urban communities seeking funding for eligible equipment and services received or delivered between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.
  • Updates from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
    • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was honored to present six institutions with the National Medals for outstanding service of libraries and museums during a virtual ceremony on August 24. This signature IMLS program is the nation’s highest federal honor that a library or a museum can receive for service to their communities.
    • IMLS is also now accepting nominations for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities.
    • The next iteration of Conversations with Crosby, features Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch in a chat on American Heritage, Culture, and the Humanities. September 15,2021, 11:00am.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Join the Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont PBS and GBH Boston, for a free webinar, Indigenous Cultural and Informational Text Resources from Molly of Denali, on September 29th, 2021, at 7pm. Gear up for the new school year with resources that support diverse cultural awareness and accessing informational text, available free on PBS LearningMedia and all drawn from the animated series, Molly of Denali. Join us for a deep dive into the Molly of Denali supplemental resources, e.g., podcast, short clips and teaching tips, all centered around teaching young children how to access and create informational text while exploring aspects of Alaska Native culture and values.
  • Gale is hosting a two day virtual event for Public Libraries: Join them on September 29 and 30, 2021 from 1:00–5:00pm for Impact Live—a free virtual event for all public libraries. You’ll hear from compelling speakers, connect with industry peers, and add to your professional development. Learning tracks include data, entrepreneurship, equity, literacy, and workforce.
  • This year VSLA is co-sponsoring Vermont Fest instead of Dynamic Landscapes. Vermont Fest 2021 will happen November 4-5, 2021 (Nov 3 Pre-Conference) at the Killington Resort in Killington, VT. Registration for Vermont Fest conference is now open. Early Bird pricing is available until 9/17!
  • Join us on Friday, October 8, 2021, 10am-4pm for Teen Summit 2021. It is an entirely online, and entirely free, professional development conference for library staff who work with teens. All sessions will be recorded and hosted on the MLS Vimeo page after the event, so even if you can’t attend the whole day live you can benefit from the event. Brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, and the Connecticut State Library, and supported by the state libraries of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network (VSARN) is a group of high school students who meet over zoom to promote anti-racism in schools including book projects and education on racism in schools, to help dismantle the infrastructure of racism. They are asking you to this share this google form with youth you know. They are especially looking for students of color, but all students are welcome!
  • This Agati Video Podcast features Tappe’s Library Design Director Jeff Hoover and Furniture Designer Joe Agati in a conversation about library design, how humans behave and the importance of the community factor. Listen here.

Funding Opportunities

  • ALA has announced a new grant for libraries designed to spark conversations about American history and culture through an examination of the women’s suffrage movement. Through Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage, participants will read a series of books curated by humanities scholars and discuss the people and events from this often under-taught part of U.S. history. Twenty-five libraries will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs, ten copies of five themed books, access to programming guides and support materials, virtual training on the LTAI model, a suite of online resources and more. Applications will be accepted from September 1 to December 1, 2021.
  • A reminder that applications for round three of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grant close on September 16, 2021. . Up to 100 libraries will be awarded in this round of grantmaking. Any small and/or rural libraries - including prior LTC grant recipients – are encouraged to apply!

Health and Wellness

  • It can be hard to figure out exactly what we should be doing at this point to be safe under COVID. This New York Times article provides suggestions on the actual risks are for vaccinated people, and guidance on what might be reasonable depending on your individual situation.

Hope you have a good weekend!
Janette

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I’d like to open this update by bidding State Librarian and Commissioner of Libraries Jason Broughton a fond farewell. Jason’s last day with us is tomorrow.  He is heading to Washington D.C. to head up the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Thank you again for your leadership over the last five years and heartfelt congratulations to you on your new position, Jason!

VTLIB

  • I’d like to remind everyone to please hold off on making ARPA purchases until you have a signed contract in hand. We cannot reimburse purchases made pre-contract.
  • VTLIB is sponsoring 10-14 Vermont public library staff and 10-14 school librarians to attend the Library Journal & School Library Journal three-week virtual training - Resilient Together: Building School and Public Library Partnerships. Application guidelines and link to the application form can be found here. The application deadline is 11:59pm September 5, 2021.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • For a list of upcoming Continuing Education events such as library-specific webinars and other one-time events, see the VTLIB weekly Mid-week CE Update sent each Wednesday to the library staff, small and rural, and trustees and Friends listservs.
  • Join the Vermont Library Association’s 1st Thursday How do we best serve our patrons who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or DeafBlind? featuring Laura Siegel, Director of Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and DeafBlind Services at the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living. The goal of this training is to better understand the resources available and how to provide culturally appropriate library services to your patrons and even hire or work better with employees who have hearing loss.  You'll also get the chance to meet (virtually) Karen Gravlin, our Consultant for Special Populations and Director of the ABLE Library. September 2, 2021 at 2:30pm.
  • Vermont Pride Week is here! Celebrate Pride August 28 through September 5, 2021 at various events throughout Vermont culminating in the Pride Festival & Parade on Sunday, September 5 in Burlington. VTLIB will be at the Pride Festival in Battery Park from 1-4pm, so stop by and visit (and grab some stickers and free books!). All attendees are being asked to wear masks/face coverings.
  • School Library Journal’s Picture Books for Fall webcast will be on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 2:00-3:00 PM. Visual storytelling provides one of the earliest building blocks for helping young minds make sense of their emotions and surroundings. Join this webcast for a preview into the colorful and candid world of picture books, spanning timeless educational concepts to stories of loss and hope.

Community Updates

Health and Wellness

  • This resource from Syracuse University, How to Identify and Address Employee Burnout, outlines signs to look for that indicate an employee or colleague may be burned out, along with strategies and external resources on how to address this issue and help workers cope with stress.
  • The Vermont Department of Health continues to urge all who are unvaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are readily available through school-based walk-in clinics and local pharmacies throughout the state. Please keep an eye on the State’s COVID dashboard.

Note that, because of the Labor Day holiday, there will be no update on September 3 or 6. The next VTLIB community resource update will be Friday, September 10, 2021. Thanks to Jonathan Clark and Jennifer Johnson for contributing to this update.

Have a good week.
Janette

Friday, August 27, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday! Here is today’s update.

State, and Federal

  • Governor Scott announced the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is distributing $5 million to Vermont adult day centers to provide financial stability after an extended shut down due to COVID-19. This investment is made with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State Fiscal Recovery fund, allocated by the Legislature in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.
  • The Agency of Education recognizes the importance of partnerships between schools and families to improve outcomes and ensure equity for all students. See current highlights for parent, family and community engagement that promote two-way communication and partnership with families as well as a variety of community resources.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced $2,921,766 in additional IMLS CARES Act Grants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The funded projects were selected from highly rated applications to the previous IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries program.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • For a list of upcoming Continuing Education events such as library-specific webinars and other one-time events, see the VTLIB weekly Mid-week CE Update sent each Wednesday to the library staff, small and rural, and trustees and Friends listservs.
  • The South Carolina State Library invites librarians from other states to enroll in an upcoming 6-week class: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff Level 2 (requires some previous knowledge of ASL), with presenter Kathy MacMillan. The class will meet synchronously Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm September 8, 2021-October 13, 2021. Enrollment by people from outside of South Carolina is dependent on space.
  • Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is pleased to announce registration is open for the 10th annual CLEL Conference: The Little Engine that Could . . . Moving Over the Mountain! CLELCON is Colorado’s premier conference dedicated to early literacy professional development in libraries. The virtual conference will take place October 6-8, 2021, and will be accessible from anywhere in the world. CLEL members can register for all three days for only $35 (CLEL membership is FREE!).
  • Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance holds a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group to engage in sustained learning about anti-racism, equity, and inclusion. The next session is on Friday, September 17, 2021, at 1:00pm, and will address the deconstruction of myths around Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Email Dan Brown, Alliance Public Engagement Director, at dan@vecaa.org to register.

Community Updates

  • The 2021-2022 Vermont High School Writing Contest, cosponsored by Northern Vermont University and the League of Vermont Writers, will be open to any Vermont student between grades 9-12. The contest will kick off on September 1, 2021, with the deadline for entries on November 15, 2021, and announcements of winners by January 15, 2022.
  • Join the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and Let's Move in Libraries for a week-long event, November 15-19, 2021, celebrating the inspiring work of libraries who spearhead StoryWalk® programs – promoting literacy, reading, health, exercise, and movement in communities and neighborhoods across the United States and the world. They invite submissions of all StoryWalk® programs and variations – if it involves reading materials posted along paths – they want to feature it!
  • September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Marley Dias, author, executive producer, and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is joining the American Library Association and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card this September. Visit ALA’s website for more information, ways to promote the event, and online tools.
  • UVM Extension and 4-H are offering THRIVE workshops for middle and high school students. Participants will gain transferable skills, such as: teambuilding, leadership, communication, goal-setting, problem-solving, critical thinking, and more! Contact: Lauren Traister 4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator lauren.traister@uvm.edu 802-888-4972 x 402
  • The nonprofit Vermont Destination Imagination is looking for new teams in schools, after-school programs, homeschool and other community groups to solve STEAM and other challenges. Teams comprise up to seven members grades K-12 and an adult facilitator who present their challenge solutions at the Vermont Destination Imagination Tournament.

Health and Wellness

I hope you enjoy the cooler temperatures and have a fantastic weekend!
Jonathan

Tuesday, August 24, ,2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your brief Tuesday update.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • Join VTLIB Wednesday, August 25, from 2-3pm for an overview of Girls Who Code (GWC) programming and a coding demo with Valerie Tomici (GWC Community Partnerships & Outreach Manager), and Lisa Dion, (Burlington GWC chapter leader). GWC Clubs feature coding tutorials for all skill levels, and all genders are welcome in this girls-supportive environment. Register on the VTLIB CE page and use this link to join the MS Teams meeting.
  • There will be two opportunities to attend an online Open House for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 2:00pm-3:00pm, and Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:00am-11:00am. These will be informal gatherings to ask questions and discuss the Certificate of Public Librarianship. All are welcome, especially those newly enrolled in the program. The MS Teams link to join is on the VTLIB CE page.
  • Do you need an interlibrary loan refresher? You can view a full webinar about Clover as well as several short tutorials (under two minutes!) at the VTLIB Clover Tutorial playlist on YouTube.
  • IMLS Director Crosby Kemper invites you to an exciting virtual celebration honoring the recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. At this celebration you will meet the six museum and library Medalists, hear directly from members of their communities, and get an inside peek at their outstanding programs and services.
  • The Vermont Department of Health continues to urge all who are unvaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are readily available through school-based walk in clinics and local pharmacies throughout the state.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 2:00pm, the Virginia Library Association will offer a free webinar, “Moving Forward with Compassion.” This interactive workshop will explore how compassion can help us move forward with courage as individuals, families, colleagues, and communities. This session will be recorded for anyone and everyone to watch at a later time.
  • EveryLibrary will host the Indie Author of the Year 2021 presentation Tuesday, August 31,2021 at 3:00pm. The selection is made with input from both regional library judging committees and book marketing industry experts.

Community Updates

  • The call for program proposals for the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference is now open. Details about submission and a link to submit a proposal are here.
  • Find resource collections for classrooms, home study or virtual learning at Vermont PBS or on the Agency of Education’s Vermont PBS webpage. This year curated collections and resources are highlighted by age-band, content, and access point (interactive, online, printable, offline) for flexible use. FREE Professional Development series connections are available on topics like culturally responsive teaching, technology integration, and more.
  • NASA is teaming with LEGO Education to bring students and teachers an out-of-this-world STEAM learning experience. Build to Launch puts students in the shoes of NASA engineers, scientists, and astronauts as they explore the STEAM concepts and careers behind the Artemis I mission to the Moon. Join the all-new LEGO Space Team and their Artemis I counterparts for a 10-week interactive learning adventure.

Health and Wellness

I hope you have a fantastic day!
Jonathan

Friday, August 20, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Today’s update is relatively light, which is probably fine given that it’s the height of summer and there is a lot of other news demanding our attention.

VTLIB, State and Federal

  • The data from our FY2020 Public Library Annual Report has just been published as a spreadsheet. This data is collected annually on behalf of IMLS, and includes finances, holdings, circulation, programming, and more. This year, in order to account for different COVID impacts, there are additional sheets (tabs at the bottom of the document) dividing libraries by fiscal year, as well as by size. You can find this and previous years at our annual report stats page, or you can check out the Google Sheets version.
  • Final Reminder: VTLIB is once again able to offer grants to libraries for the courier service. All details about the grant, including the application, can be found on the grant page. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2021. No late submissions will be considered.
  • Help us help you! We are looking for feedback on the Vermont Online Library from public librarians. Join a conversation with April Shaw, Librarian with Vermont Department of Libraries, and Stacey Knibloe, Training Consultant with Gale, to talk about what support you need for your Vermont Online Library resources. Are there training tools you could use? Do you need ideas for outreach to your community? We hope to gather actionable data so we can better serve your needs with these electronic resources. We want to hear from you! Please register.
  • The Vermont Department of Health continues to urge all who are unvaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are readily available through school-based walk in clinics and local pharmacies throughout the state.
  • Governor Scott is seeking applicants for the Natural Resources Board (NRB) chair position, which is currently held by Interim Chair Don Rendall.
  • Mike Smith, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, announced this week that Deputy Commissioner of Health Tracy Dolan will become the new director of the State Refugee Office effective August 30.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched a resource page on sexual orientation and gender identity. The page includes the EEOC’s position on what kinds of acts in the workplace can constitute employment discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It also links to the EEOC’s more detailed technical guidance document on this issue, provides a fact sheet on notable litigation the EEOC is following and includes litigation and enforcement statistics.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced grants totaling $5,561,835 through three programs designed to support and improve library services of Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian organizations.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Library Juice Academy is offering a course called Becoming a Public Library Trustee: What You Need to Know. This four-week course (September 6 – October 3) provides a practical introduction to the duties of the trustee, as well as how to work effectively with the library director, how to understand and design good policy, how to conduct board meetings effectively, and how to evaluate them. Practical exercises, real-life examples, and resources will demystify library governance and enable new board members to hit the ground running.

Community Updates

  • The Changemakers Table is an opportunity for a group of young (under 35) Vermonters to discuss issues facing Vermont, hear from leaders and experts across the state, and explore innovative solutions at monthly meetings over the course of the year. We encourage folks from all over Vermont to apply – much of the program is virtual with the exception of two in-person dinners somewhere in Central VT. Learn more and apply here.
  • August is Women in Translation Month, and to celebrate Words without Borders is highlighting 11 books by Asian women writers. Authors featured are from Indonesia, Macau, India, and more, and the books range across genres.

Health and Wellness

Have a wonderful weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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

State and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Inclusive Arts Vermont is offering a Fall 2021 workshop series Accessibility: From Awareness to Action--a three-part training series designed as a deep-dive into creating more accessible non-profit programming. While Inclusive Arts Vermont’s expertise lies within the arts community, this training would be beneficial to any organization or individual looking to increase accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • On Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:00pm the Association for Rural & Small Libraries will offer a workshop entitled Creating a Building Book for Your Library. Judy Calhoun, Regional Director of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library, will help participants develop a tool that contains building maintenance details, schedules, key contact information and more to help current and future staff keep the library running smoothly. The workshop is free to ARSL members and $25 for non-members.
  • On Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm, the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday series features poet Sarah Audsley as she reads from her manuscript-in-progress in a video shot at the Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park. Visit their website, Facebook page, or YouTube channel to watch! First Wednesdays is sponsored by IMLS through a grant administered by VTLIB.
  • United for Libraries is hosting a free Gala Author Tea on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 1:00pm. Authors Daniel Black (Don't Cry for Me), David Wright Falade (Black Cloud Rising), Meg Waite Clayton (The Postmistress of Paris), and Ruth Ozeki (The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel) will discuss their writing lives and upcoming books, and participate in live Q&A. Barbara Hoffert, editor of LibraryJournal's Prepub Alert, will moderate. Join via Facebook or Zoom.
  • Join VLA’s 1st Thursdays presentation on September 2, 2021 from 2:30-3:30 as they host Laura Siegel, MBA, the State of Vermont’s Director of Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and DeafBlind Services at the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living. She will present information on available resources and how to provide culturally appropriate library services to your patrons with hearing loss.

Community Updates

  • ALA is partnering with Communities for Immunity, a collaboration among libraries and museums, to boost COVID-19 information and vaccine confidence in communities across the US. Communities for Immunity provides funding to libraries, museums, science centers, and other cultural institutions to enhance vaccine confidence where it matters most: at the local level. The partnership will activate libraries and museums to create and deliver evidence-driven materials and develop resources, programs, and approaches specifically designed to help these institutions engage diverse audiences in vaccine confidence.
  • The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service is offering a free poster exhibition titled Picturing Women Inventors. The series of eight posters explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women astronauts, computer pioneers, businesswomen, athletes, and engineers, including some teenagers. Printed poster sets will be shipped in March and digital poster files are available now.

Health and Wellness

Have a good day!
Janette

Friday, August 17, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Congratulations to State Librarian Jason Broughton on his appointment as the next leader of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled! Thank you, Jason, for leading the Department of Libraries with resolve and humor. You’re making Vermont proud.

State and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The American Library Association will hold a Virtual Volunteer Fair September 14, 2021, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The fair will be an opportunity for ALA Members to drop in and speak with committee members and staff liaisons from various ALA groups that offer volunteer opportunities, including ALA Association committees, Divisions, and Round Tables. Members should register for the event, but attendance for the full two hours is not required.
  • EveryLibrary is hosting a 5K Your Way For Libraries with the goal of raising $50,000 to support their work for the health and sustainability of libraries. Participants can run or bike the 5K or choose options such as 5,000 seconds of reading or volunteering. Individual or team participation is offered. Details and registration are here.
  • Registration is open for United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations, a three-day interactive virtual event (August 17-19), featuring expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them. Link to details, registration, and pricing here.
  • On Saturday, September 25, 2021, Race Forward will host a virtual, intergenerational half-day conference highlighting the solutions-driven, movement-making work of young people within Black, Indigenous, LatinX and Asian-American Pacific Islander Communities. #RaceAnd: Our Present, Our Future will elevate how youth and young adult activists are using organizing, art, cultural, narrative, and policy strategies to strike powerful blows to structural racism in the US and continue the global movement to defend Black Lives. Registration link on the conference page linked above.
  • Freedom Lifted is offering a free History of Policing online course for youth. People ages 13 - 18 interested in learning more about the history of policing and how we can build police-free futures can take this free course and come back to it anytime. Details and enrollment link here.
  • The School Library Journal Day of Dialog 2021 Fall will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021, 9:00am-6:00pm. This is a free virtual event featuring author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks. Details and registration here.
  • The American Public Health Association webinar, A Role for the Rural Library in Public Health Programming will take place on Aug 26, 2021 at 02:00pm. Libraries are a natural partner for public health, particularly in rural areas because of their accessibility, their scope of service, and their role as trusted community institutions. This webinar will explore “Why Libraries” and provide concrete examples of programs and models that address public health and healthcare concerns in rural areas. Free to APHA members.
  • Reminder:  The Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance invites you to join them on Saturday August 14, 2021, 3-5pm on the State House Lawn, 115 State Street, Montpelier, as they recognize a historic moment in the women suffrage movement, the right to vote. Register here. Rain Location: House Chamber at the State House.

Community Updates

  • The American Library Association has created an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Assembly. ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations, as well as individuals, working on initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are invited to attend and participate. Volunteers will serve two-year terms on the assembly, with flexibility as needed. Sign up for the EDI Assembly through the ALA Volunteer Form.

Health and Wellness

  • Please keep an eye on the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard for updates on infection rates.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your midweek update.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • Don't forget! Applications for funding to attend the virtual component of the 2021 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference are due Thursday, August 12, by 11:59pm! Guidelines and a link to the application are here: https://libraries.vermont.gov/arsl2021.
  • A series of new walk-in vaccination clinics are open at schools across Vermont. The best way to keep your child healthy – and to ensure a smooth return to full, in person learning – is to make sure they are vaccinated. You can either walk-in, or guarantee your spot by making an appointment by phone (855-722-7878) or online at selfRegistration (force.com).
  • The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a news conference on Thursday, August 12, at 1pm to discuss the release of the first local level results from the 2020 Census. The news conference will provide initial analysis of the first local level results from the 2020 Census on population change, race, ethnicity, the age 18 and over population, and housing occupancy status. The event will be recorded and available for viewing in the 2020 Census Redistricting Files Press Kit.
  • Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement about Elle Purrier St. Pierre, of Montgomery, Vermont, who competed in the women's 1,500-meter final at the Tokyo Olympics: “Elle showed the world what this Brave Little State is capable of, and she should be incredibly proud of what she’s accomplished. Vermonters are eagerly awaiting her return home so we can celebrate her success on the world stage and thank her for inspiring us.”
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant applications for the Childrens’ Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant from states, federally recognized Tribes, universities, local governments, non-profits, and other groups to support children’s environmental health in schools and childcare settings in underserved communities. These grants support projects that advance children’s environmental health through education, training, tools, and capacity building. Applications are due Sep. 10, 2021.
  • From IMLS:

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • September 14, 2021 is the deadline for applying for the final round of Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grants that are being distributed by Vermont Humanities with the Vermont Arts Council. The second Zoom webinar about the grants takes place on Tuesday, August 17 at 2:00pm.
  • The Libraries and Veterans National Forum will be held online from September 13 through 24, 2021, between 11:00am to 3:00pm. It is intended to engage library workers from all types of libraries who are actively engaged in working with the veteran and military communities. In addition to attending sessions at the Forum, participants will contribute to an online toolkit for working with the veteran and military communities in libraries.
  • The Gigabit Libraries Network is hosting the free webinar How Long Will It Take...for everyone to have available broadband? on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:00am. Join Lev Gonick and Jim Geller in an exploration of what needs to happen to bridge the connectivity divide and digital exclusion and the role libraries can play in solving this issue.

Community Updates

Health and Wellness

Please keep an eye on the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard for updates on infection rates.

I hope you have a fantastic day!
Jonathan

Friday, August 6, 2021

Dear Library Community,

Happy Friday! Congratulations to Jeudevine Memorial Library for receiving $600,000 for an expansion project through the federal Annual Agriculture Appropriation! This allocation is part of a $23 million Congressionally Directed Spending package for Vermont.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • This is a final reminder that the deadline to apply for the ARPA grants is Monday, August 9, 2021! You can review the list of equipment and supply ideas for ARPA grants to public libraries.
  • Governor Scott issued this statement in reaction to President Joe Biden’s nomination of Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Governor Scott announced a series of new walk-in vaccination clinics that will be open at schools across Vermont next week. You can either walk-in, or you can also visit healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine to guarantee your spot by making an appointment online or by phone.
  • From IMLS:
    • America250, the nationwide commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026 led by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, announced an agreement with IMLS and more than 20 agencies, which will support the multiyear effort to mark 250 years of American independence.
    • Museums and libraries join forces to boost vaccine confidence. The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) today announced the launch of Communities for Immunity, an unprecedented partnership to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence in communities across the United States.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Vermont Open Farm Week is happening August 8-15 this year, and there are over 80 events from which to choose. You can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. You'll get to know your farmer better and get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont's vibrant working agricultural landscape.
  • Gary Deziel, UVM Extension community development specialist and VTLIB-cooperator, is offering short (up to 60-minute) confidential one-on-one sessions on management and money. Meet (singly or a group from the same library) with Gary to talk about WHATEVER you want to talk about for advice, guidance, or reassurance that you’re on the “right” path. Dates and times are available for scheduling September through December, 2021. Please use this link to sign up!
  • The State of Readers’ Advisory webinar on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 2:00-3:00pm will explore the findings of the State of Readers' Advisory 2021 survey, conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by RUSA CODES, ARRT, LibraryReads, and NoveList. Libraries are always evolving to meet the changing world and needs around them; however, helping readers is a constant, essential service.

Community Updates

  • The application period for the Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship is now open until September 1, 2021.
    The Scholarship is open to those who plan to specialize in library work with children: who have received, or are about to receive a four year undergraduate degree; and who have applied for admission to a library school or are already attending a library school accredited by the American Library Association. The Fund is administered by the Hartford Public Library as trustee, and current income permits an annual scholarship award of $4,000.
  • The NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power, is issuing a new grant intended to support community-based and community-driven sustainable solutions in all three of NDN Collective’s core strategies to Defend, Develop and Decolonize.
  • ALA seeks feedback from library workers, library school instructors and administrators, students and others the library field on "Skills for 21st-Century Librarians: Learning Objectives for Library Programming," a document marking the Association's next steps toward the creation of a programming curriculum for library workers and students. The report is available here. Submit feedback here.
  • Feminist Periodicals is an open access repository of digitized contents of 150 academic journals and pop culture magazines in the field of Gender and Women’s Studies. The most current issue as well as other content can be accessed on their website.
  • Please consider filling out and passing on this Vermont Legal Aid survey about medical debt from the Vermont Office of the Health Advocate. The Office of Health Care Advocate (HCA), a project of Vermont Legal Aid, assists thousands of Vermonters each year with questions and problems related to health insurance and access to care. Through this work, they have identified medical debt as a major challenge facing many Vermonters.
  • Paragon TEC, a support services contractor for NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, is soliciting proposals from eligible formal and informal educational institutions to support the implementation of NASA Sparking Participation And Real-world eXperiences in STEM (SPARX) Challenges and Competitions. Up to six institutions will be awarded funding through a competitive application process, with a maximum award of $50,000 each. The application deadline is August 15, 2021.
  • A coordinator position is open for UVM Extension’s federally-funded Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) which helps families living in or near poverty achieve healthy diets. Position requires a master’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or public health and two to four years of related experience. Please pass it on to whomever might be interested.

Health and Wellness

A special thank you this week to my colleague Jonathan Clark, who has been a tremendous help with pulling these updates together in the last few weeks.

Enjoy this lovely day!
Janette

Tuesday, August 4, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy sunny Tuesday! Here is your update for today:

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • Book bikes, 3D printers, tents, outdoor tables, owl cameras, sound systems, book drops, STEAM kits, and even a book golf cart! Those are just a few of the things that libraries plan to buy. You can review the list of equipment and supply ideas for ARPA grants to public libraries. What do you plan to get? Get creative! The deadline to apply is August 9, 2021!
  • VTLIB is once again able to offer grants to libraries for the courier service. The deadline to submit applications is August 31, 2021. No late submissions will be considered.
  • The Emergency Board, chaired by Governor Scott, met with the State’s executive and legislative economists to adopt new revenue estimates for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. As the Scott Administration prepares the fiscal year 2022 budget adjustment and fiscal year 2023 state budget, it will do so with more revenues than were anticipated. The Emergency Board accepted an updated revenue forecast that increased anticipated revenues in fiscal year 2022 by $190.2 million in the General Fund, $13.3 million in the Transportation Fund and $39 million in the Education Fund (excluding property taxes).

From IMLS:

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth hosts a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.
  • Learn about the journey from no STEM to state STEM, a comprehensive view of Texas’ STEM Education Framework, and freely available resources and where to find them. Hear from the top STEM person in all of Texas and see the journey and the benefits of this comprehensive approach for students and educators. Growing Strong STEMs: Creating a Statewide STEM Structure that Unites Stakeholders webinar presented by edWeb on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Community Updates

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA) are awarding five libraries with the 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for excellence in architectural design. The award recipients are Arizona State Library Hayden Library (Tempe AZ), Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library (Boston MA), Sunset Park Library (Brooklyn NY), Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library (Chicago IL), and Valente Library (Cambridge MA).Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.
  • If you would like to contribute to the next issue of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) newsletter, please consider submitting an article (250 - 750 words) plus a picture and/or headshot by Friday, August 6. Newsletter articles and "Small Victories" (very short exciting news such as promotions, new collections, or other celebrations) can be submitted via the linked forms.
  • School Library Journal announces inaugural Librarian/Teacher Collaboration Award. Sponsored by The Library Corporation (TLC), the Award honors two K–12 educators—a library professional and a teacher—for stellar achievement in working together to engage students and foster curious lifetime learners. Nominations for the inaugural award are welcome from across the K–12 community and will be accepted through August 23.

Health and Wellness

  • The Hawaii State Department of Health will be bringing telehealth services to 15 libraries in under-served and rural parts of the state at the end of this year, thanks to federal funding. The 15 libraries will have designated private rooms and equipment to allow for telehealth visits and offer cellular hotspot units that can be borrowed for use at home.
  • Vaccine Hesitancy in the 1920s - Since their introduction in early nineteenth-century America, vaccines have given rise to anti-vaccine movements. As Progressive Era reforms increased the power of government, organized opposition to vaccination campaigns took on a new life.

Hope you have a fantastic day!
Jonathan

Friday, July 30, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday! Here is your update for today:

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Librarians from public, academic, school, and special libraries are invited to join a working group of the ALA Committee on Literacy and Literacy Assembly for a facilitated community conversation in support of a strategic planning process to advance the role of literacy in the Association. The title of the session is Reimagining Literacy: A Continued Conversation, and it occurs Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 2:00pm.
  • Join Banned Books Week and Honorary Chair Jason Reynolds on Monday, August 2, 4:00-5:00pm for a #BannedBooksChat on Twitter!
  • Library Journal and School Library Journal are offering an online workshop and guest speaker program called “Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture.” There are three live sessions Tuesdays September 28, October 5, and October 12, 2021, from 2:00-4:00pm. Participants will learn how to cultivate an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming library culture, and explore the concrete, antiracist actions library leaders are taking and the tools they are using to make their libraries more inclusive. Price ranges from $225-$289.

Community Updates

  • An editorial by Bob Joly—director of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum—and Sharon Ellingwood White—director of the Alice M. Ward Memorial Library in the July 27 edition of the Caledonian Record: Make Room At The Infrastructure Table For Libraries.
  • Sherburne Memorial Library Director Jane Napier Ramos will be presenting at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries annual conference in October. She will be joined by co-presenters from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, the Independence Public Library in Oregon, and the Union County Library in South Carolina for a session entitled “Supporting Social Ties Among Older Adults During COVID-19 & Thereafter.” Congratulations, Jane!
  • September 28th is National Voter Registration Day. Please consider signing your library up as a partner to support this nationwide non-partisan effort to register voters.
  • Infopeople’s Self-Care for Library Workers module is a collection of freely available resources and archived webinars from Infopeople and other professional development providers supporting self-care work for library workers. The module topics include vocational awe, combatting compassion fatigue, mindfulness, putting the “me” in mental health.
  • Keeping masks on in school and urging everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are among several coordinated interventions recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in their updated AAP interim guidance that strongly advocates for in-person learning during the 2021-’22 school year. The AAP continues to recommend that all staff and students who are 2 years or older wear face masks unless medical or developmental conditions prohibit their use.
  • The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), in partnership with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, is accepting applications for its new program, Color. The program identifies strategies for reducing and eliminating racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities faced by youth of color involved with the justice system and improve outcomes for youth, families, and communities. Multi-disciplinary teams from up to eight jurisdictions will be selected to participate in this training. This program is part of CJJR’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative. Apply by August 20, 2021.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a sunny weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I hope you’re having a good summer. Here is your relatively light Tuesday update.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Library Journal’s Day of Dialog has gone digital and is free to attend! The next all-day event is scheduled for September 23, 2021, from 9:00am - 5:00pm. You’ll hear from top authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction and a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for winter/spring 2022.
  • The tenth annual SLJTeen Live! is a free virtual event that will take place on Thursday, August 5, 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm. With hope on the horizon of an unprecedented, traumatic year, educators, librarians, and students are wondering: Where do we go from here? The conference’s author panels and library programming sessions will help you support and engage teens in this new moment and beyond.
  • Switchboard is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar open to all refugee service providers, whether working at state agencies, resettlement agencies or affiliates, or other organizations: A Trauma-informed Understanding of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). August 16, 2021, at 1:00pm.
  • Join GovLoop for a free webinar Building better Communities with Social Responsibility on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 2:00pm for a panel discussion to learn how state and local governments are adopting new practices to keep pace with changing requirements and meet their social responsibility goals.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Law School is hiring a CLIC Coordinator. In conjunction with a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries, 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.
  • The New England Library Association (NELA) is looking for committee chairs to serve a one-year term from October 2021-October 2022 (except Conference, which is two-year commitment from October 2021-October 2023). All committee chair positions are open - we would love to hear your ideas for them! Please take a look at the NELA Bylaws and Committee Chair Job Descriptions.
  • The July 27, 2021 edition of the Vermont Arts Council’s newsletter Artmail is now available. It includes the following articles: new board officers | explore Stages in the Sun this summer | Vermont Made podcast coming soon | animating the Alexander Twilight Educational Trail | RFP for advocacy services | Council grant opportunities | Art in the Time of Covid: River Arts and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Health and Wellness

Take care,
Janette

Friday, July 23, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Congratulations to the S. Burlington Public Library on their grand opening tonight! The photos are stunning. We can’t wait to see it in real life!

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • Some of you have had to engage your town leadership in conversations about the ARPA Grants to Public Libraries for Equipment and Supply Purchases. We created an informational handout (PDF) that we hope will be helpful with these discussions. The link can also be found on the grant FAQ page.
  • The Vermont Department of Libraries invites Vermont public library staff and school librarians to submit their application for participation in the Library Journal & School Library Journal three-week virtual training - Resilient Together: Building School and Public Library Partnerships. Sessions will be on Wednesdays Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, 2021, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. VTLIB plans to sponsor 10-14 Vermont public library staff and 10-14 school librarians to attend this training series. Applications must be received by 11:59pm September 5th, 2021. Application guidelines and link to the application form can be found here.
  • The next meeting of the ILL Round Table will be on August 5, 2021 from 10:00am-12:00pm. The general topic of discussion will be ILL procedures. Are you curious about what other libraries follow for ILL procedures? Thinking about updating your own? Pretty sure you have found the magical ILL workflow that is perfect for your library? Please come prepared to discuss what has worked, what hasn’t, and to gather ideas from your fellow librarians. Here is the link to the TEAMS meeting.
  • Governor Scott and members of his Cabinet are urging Congress to support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), negotiated by a group of Democratic and Republican senators and the White House
  • Governor Scott announced the appointment of Patty Richards and Dan Nelson to the newly established Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB). Richards will serve as chair and Nelson will fill one of four board member positions.
  • Governor Phil Scott announced that Vermont has received 50% of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.
  • The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont PBS have compiled Vermont PBS Kids and Education: July 2021. This resource is based on the PBS Kids Summer of Possibilities, which provides children with opportunities to play and learn through hands-on activities, games and tips that support literacy, math, science and life skills. Visit the new Vermont PBS Kids and Education page to find more online and printable resources for summer learning.
  • Last week the VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) launched the 2021 VOREC Community Grant Program and the new Enhancement of Recreational Stewardship and Access (ERSA) Trail Grants Program. Together these programs have over $6 million in one-time state general funds to distribute to non-profit organizations and municipalities across Vermont.
  • In last week’s update, I mentioned the English language and citizenship classes the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is offering. Here is a comprehensive list – please share.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • NoveList invites you to the webinar The State of Readers’ Advisory on August 18, 2021 at 2:00pm. Free.
  • How to Implement Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace—a free webinar offered on August 10, 2021, at 3:00pm. What can leaders do to become more mindful of employees' mental health and implement healthier cultures? CeCe Morken of Headspace will share best practices on the topic as well as the most valuable leadership lessons from her 35-year-career building and growing organizations, from start-ups to global, publicly traded companies like Intuit.
  • Join a group of peers and colleagues from the early childhood community to engage in sustained learning about anti-racism, equity, and inclusion. The Alliance has established a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group via Zoom, and the next session is coming up on Friday, August 13 at 1:00 pm. Email Dan Brown, Alliance Public Engagement Director, at mailto:dan@vecaa.org to register.

Community Updates

  • The REALM study just issued Research briefing: Vaccines, variants and ventilation. It is intended to provide timely information about SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and variants to libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs), and their stakeholders.
  • Floyd Cooper, the Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator of over 100 books for children, has passed away following a battle with cancer. A gifted artist, devoted mentor, wonderful speaker and friend to the children’s book community, Floyd’s numerous awards include a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas and for I Have Heard of a Land by Joyce Carol Thomas and the Coretta Scott King Award for The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas. Remembering Floyd Cooper
  • STAR Net’s Look Up: Explore Our Universe campaign is a celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope mission which has a launch window between October 1 and November 30, 2021. Public libraries across the U.S. and beyond are invited to participate in this year-long campaign and take advantage of the many resources that are available. Resources include STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse activities, videos, images, a media toolkit, live streaming events, and connection to subject matter experts.
  • The group Rural Libraries and Social Wellbeing has just issued their Research & Policy Brief: 2021.
  • EBSCO partnerConsumer Reports has launched Libraries: Let’s Broadband Together--a national internet affordability project and is asking public libraries to help drive participation. You can use the available promotional materials to encourage patrons to join the fight for fair internet.
  • Are you curious about Discord or want to learn more about starting your own Discord server and using it for teen services and programs? Check out our new “Getting Started with Discord” toolkit, authored by Jenny Liebig, and produced by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. The toolkit can be found on the ICfL’s Teen Programming Resources page, along with an Author Visit toolkit that was published last year.
  • The July National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Policy & Program Update is now available. Its focus is on afterschool and summer learning programs.

Health & Wellness

As July is coming to an end, a treat for the senses: Flowers of Fire: Illustrations from Japanese Fireworks Catalogues (ca. 1880s)

Have a great weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Dear Library Community,

First off, a gentle reminder that public libraries have about three weeks to submit their application and budget for the ARPA Grants to Public Libraries for Equipment and Supply Purchases. Don't wait to the last minute to make your plan. The more time you give yourself, the better we can help you should you have questions.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement in response to the Canadian Government’s announcement that it will ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans, effective August 9.
  • IMLS is hosting Conversations with Crosby: Francine Prose on Humor and the Humanities. IMLS Director Crosby Kemper welcomes acclaimed writer Francine Prose to discuss the power of words; the beauty, humor, and humanity of contradiction; and how arts, humanities, museums, and libraries help people of all ages reflect more deeply on the world around them. Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 3:00pm.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • We are pleased to announce that VTLIB is partnering with our colleagues in NH to offer a five-week online course to New Hampshire and Vermont library staff who work with teens! Transforming Teen Services: a Train the Trainer Approach (T3) September 09/08, 09/15, 09/22, 09/29 & 10/06 – 10am-11:30am. This course is open to any staff currently working with teens or any one looking to expand services and outreach to teens. Register HERE to be a part of this synchronous course. Registration is limited to 30 participants (This includes participants form NH and VT).
  • Registration is open for the fall Fast Forward Library Leadership Cohorts. This is an online cohort-style learning experience geared toward library staff in a supervisory role or emerging leaders looking to build leadership knowledge and skills. Topics include strength-based leadership, systems thinking, meeting facilitation, confident decision making, strategic planning, and evaluation, learning organizations, and continuous improvement. The program runs from September 10th to November 19th; cost is $350/person.
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures’ free webinar Children’s Mental Health and Learning: Assessing COVID-19’s Impacts will be Monday, July 26, 2021 at 2:00pm. During this webinar, experts will provide an overview of how the pandemic may have affected children, highlight the role that communities and schools can play to support recovery and discuss state legislative trends.

Community Updates

  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Vermont, provides newly arrived refugees to Vermont a comprehensive set of linguistically and culturally appropriate services, with a goal of attaining self-sufficiency. USCRI is offereing free language and Citizenship classes via Zoom. Contact the for details.
  • The Vermont Humanities Council is distributing $1.2 million in Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grants with the Vermont Arts Council. The deadline for submitting your application for the first round of grants is Wednesday, July 21 at 5:00pm. If you can't meet this deadline, don't worry! Applications for a second round of grants will be due September 14. On July 1 they hosted a webinar to answer questions about the grants. The video recording of the webinar is now available, as is as the slide deck from the presentation by Katherine Sims.
  • Have you submitted photos of your book bike in action yet? The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) will be featuring #bookbikes of all shapes and sizes during Book Bike Week, August 2-6, 2021! Submit your information and photo HERE.
  • EBSCO partner Consumer Reports has launched a national internet affordability project, Libraries: Let’s Broadband Together, and is asking public libraries to help drive participation. A seven-minute study asks consumers to test their internet speed, upload a copy of their internet bill and complete a short survey. The available promotional materials can help you promote the study and encourage patrons to join the fight for fair internet.

Health and Wellness

  • On July 16, 2020, the FCC adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, easy-to-remember 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available today, providing suicide prevention and mental health crisis assistance at 1-800-273-8255 and through online chats. 988 is not a nationwide calling code right now. The Veterans Crisis Line is available today, providing Veteran specific suicide prevention and crisis assistance at 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1), by texting 838255, and through online chats at veteranscrisisline.net.
  • With the Canadian border opening to U.S. citizens who are vaccinated, we’ll finally have a chance to feel that freedom and excitement of international travel again without getting on a packed airplane: See the World, in Canada.

​Have a great week!
Janette

Friday, July 16, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I am pleased to open this update with an announcement that we have hired Karen Gravlin as our Consultant for Special Populations.  In her role, Karen will also head up the ABLE Library.  Karen holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Florida State University. She has worked for the Lee County Library System in Lee County, Florida, for almost 9 years. During that time, she has worked in almost every position, including library page, circulation assistant, reference librarian, and most recently, branch manager. Prior to her time in libraries, Karen worked in public schools. Because her father was in the military, she grew up all over the world. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Karen starts on Monday, July 19, 2021. Please join us in welcoming her to the state and the library community.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • The Vermont Department of Libraries will once again allocate funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)—from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries—for Vermont public library personnel to attend the virtual component of the 2021 ARSL Conference. Twenty slots are available. Public library staff, trustees, volunteers, and people enrolled in the Certificate of Public Librarianship program are invited to apply. Guidelines and a link to the application are here. Applications are due at 11:59pm August 12, 2021.
  • A reminder that CSLP's 2021 Teen Video Challenge is accepting videos through August 6 from teens across the country! It's a fun contest for creative teens and it's easier than ever for them to enter thanks to simplified rules. Visit their page for details, including the submission form and contest rules. Please share with teens in your community!
  • This week’s press releases from the Governor’s office:
  • The U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of $25 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program which helps support effective school library programs. The Department estimates awarded grants will range from $175,000 to $750,000 and may be single or multiple year awards. The deadline for applications is August 11.
  • IMLS wants your ideas on how we can carry out their statutory responsibility “to ensure the availability of museum, library, and information services adequate to meet the essential information, education, research, economic, cultural, and civic needs of the people of the United States.” IMLS is currently working on a five-year strategic plan, as required by the Government Performance and Results Act and GPRA Modernization Act. The deadline for comments is August 6, 2021.

Learning Opportunities and Events

Community Updates

  • Vermont Fest is seeking presenters who bring thought leadership, innovation, and expertise to inspire and support Vermont teachers, librarians, edtech coaches, technology managers, and technology and school leaders. The conference is hosted by Vita-Learn and VSLA and will take place November 3rd – 5th 2021, at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.
  • While Americans face challenges unlike any other time in our history, VPR and StoryCorps invite you to take part in One Small Step, a nationwide initiative to help bridge political divides and strengthen communities, one conversation at a time. In collaboration with StoryCorps and other community organizations throughout Vermont, we invite you to meet someone new — a fellow resident with different views from you, who you might never talk to otherwise — for a simple, personal, 50-minute conversation.
  • PastForward Diversity Scholarship Program: The Diversity Scholarship Program supports the attendance of those from underrepresented communities new to preservation and of emerging preservation professionals at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, PastForward Online 2021, November 3-5, 2021. All diversity scholars and the first 50 mentors will receive complimentary registration. Apply before August 13.
  • Reaching Out to a Community Behind Bars: “What happens when people can’t visit a museum? Bring the museum to the people!” The Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC redesigned their indoor exhibit, Men of Change, to serve audiences that “may have never visited the museum.” With this change, the staff found ways to engage with new audiences, such as local incarcerated residents.

Health and Wellness

Have a great weekend!
Janette

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Dear Library Community

I hope you’re having a good week despite this unsettled weather. Here is your Tuesday update:

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • ARPA applications are coming in steadily. Thank you! Please remember to consult the ARPA FAQ and use this form to submit any questions instead of emailing staff directly. This will help us get to it more quickly and will prevent it from get buried in the mountain of emails we tend to get.
  • State Librarian Jason Broughton is featured in this CNN story Why so many geographic sites in the US still have racist names.
  • Governor Phil Scott announced the appointment of Christine Hallquist as executive director of the newly established Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB). The Board was created through Act 71, An act relating to accelerated community broadband deployment, to assist and accelerate community efforts to achieve universal access to reliable, high-speed broadband service.
  • As of July 7, 2021, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is expanding eligibility for its Economic Recovery Bridge Program. With this change, ACCD is now accepting applications from organizations that have received prior State of Federal assistance. Under the expanded guidelines, organizations that can demonstrate; 1) a 2020 tax loss; and 2) that the organization suffered a net loss when aggregating the results of their monthly profit and loss statements for the period from March 2020 – April 2021 including the amount of prior state and federal assistance, are eligible to apply. For more information on the program, including a pre-recorded tutorial on how to apply, visit the ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center.
  • The Library of Congress is offering a free Virtual Business Research Orientation which provides an overview of resources and services for business research, with an emphasis on Library of Congress tools and search strategies that can be used from home. This class is designed to introduce you to research at the Library, navigating the online catalog, and highlighting resources specific to business research. July 14,2021 at 1:00pm.
  • From IMLS:
  • The National Endowment for the Arts will distribute relief funds through its American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations program. These one-time grants will be awarded to support jobs in the arts and culture sector, keep the doors open to nonprofit organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be made to eligible organizations to support their own operations. Unlike other Arts Endowment funding programs that offer project-based support, Rescue Plan funds are intended to support day-to-day business expenses/operating costs, and not specific programmatic activities. Read the American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations Guidelines. See related webinar below.

Learning Opportunities and Events

Community Updates

  • On July 1 the Vermont Humanities Council hosted a webinar about the Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grants that they are distributing with the Vermont Arts Council. The video recording of the webinar is now available, as is as the slide deck from the presentation by Katherine Sims.
  • In a recent VT Cultural Leaders Zoom, participants suggested sending out a survey to better understand future digital needs within their sector. This could inform grant opportunities around audio/visual recording, content capture and streaming. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey by July 18, 2021.
  • PLA is seeking volunteers from all types of public libraries to field-test and provide feedback on a new survey developed by the Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Committee. The Library Staff & Diversity Survey has 23 questions. Volunteers will be asked to complete the survey on behalf of their library system and to answer additional questions about the survey instrument itself to help them make improvements. They estimate this will take about 30 minutes. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form. Further information about the field-testing process is in this FAQs document.
  • ALA President Patty Wong and ALA President-Elect Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada are pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the newly formed ALA Code of Conduct Committee and expanded Policy Monitoring Committee and Council Orientation Committee. The new Code of Conduct Committee's charge is to administer and apply the ALA Online Code of Conduct. Interested volunteers have until July 31, 2021, to apply.
  • Discover Summer, is an online destination from the National Summer Learning Association. The goal is to help children discover the joy of summer and prepare for a great school year ahead. With the new summer search feature, families can discover summer programs, both in-person and virtual, right in their community.

Health and Wellness

Closing this update with yet another interesting library story: Ducklings Rescued After Small Bird 'Knocks' on Library Door for Help.

Have a good week,
Janette

Friday, July 9, 2021

Dear Library Community,
If you’ve already submitted your ARPA Grants to Public Libraries for Equipment and Supply Purchases application and budget, thank you! The link to the form is available on the grant page. If you were unable to attend the required webinar, you can watch the recording on Niche Academy to fulfill this requirement. It’s so exciting to see the things libraries have submitted so far (think makerspace equipment)!

State and Federal

  • President Biden has appointed Governor Phil Scott to the President’s Council of Governors for a two-year term, as the White House announced yesterday. Governor Scott issued a statement in response to the appointment.
  • NASA@ My Library is still accepting applications for NASA@ My Library Partners, which are due by July 21. Sixty U.S. public or tribal libraries will be selected and will receive training and resources to implement NASA events and programming, access to a university subject matter expert to support patron engagement, and a $1,600 programming stipend. Priority consideration will be given to libraries in communities with above average populations of demographics underrepresented in STEM education and professions.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The 2021 Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services invites digital poster submissions from all types of libraries on the topic of Outreach librarianship for their 2021 ABOS Annual Conference October 11-15, 2021. Topics may include a description of an innovative outreach program or service; a service or program designed for underserved patrons or patrons facing barriers; or any other presentation that would benefit the Outreach library community. Deadline to submit is end of day July 16, 2021.
  • On August 14, the Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance will bring Pulitzer-prize and National Book Award winner author Annette Gordon-Reed to Vermont for a two-hour (3–5 pm) event on the State House Lawn. In addition to Ms. Gordon-Reed’s remarks, the event, called “Hard Work Not Done: Voting Matters,” will feature additional speakers, storytellers, poets, and musicians.
  • The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) is offering the free webinar Finding Our Way Forward Together: Advancing Libraries as Anti-Racist Leaders. Four members of the ULC anti-racism action team will begin the discussion (executives from Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Pima County Public Library, Austin Public Library and ULC board chair Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi) and they look forward to a lively conversation with all public library attendees. July 14,2021, 1:00p.m.

Community Updates

Health and Wellness

I’m leaving you with this story of what happened outside of Haskell Free Library yesterday: Border Patrol spots vehicle driving across lawn to illegally enter Vermont. Never a dull moment in our library world!

Have a great weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Niche Academy is offering the free webinar Assisting Library Patrons with Legal Questions: Legal Reference Interviews, Referrals, Programming, and Outreach on July 14, 2021 at 2:00pm.
  • Health Equity Strategies for LGBTQ+ Youth is a three-part series this September. Participants will gain insight into the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in Vermont, expand their knowledge, skills, and resources for supporting youth, and explore substance use prevention strategies to improve health outcomes in this marginalized population. This interactive series will feature engaging discussions and concrete action planning. Participants will have the opportunity to put their learning into their unique community context, creating meaningful connections between their current work and the best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Contact Catherine Diduk at info@healthandlearning.org
  • You’re invited to attend Accessibility in Vermont’s Public Schools on July 9, 2021, 6:00p.m. via zoom. Meet Sarah Shine, a speech and language pathologist working in the public-school system in southern Vermont, where she lives with her husband and two children. Sarah is passionate about supporting children with disabilities and sees opportunities for small communities like her own to remove the barriers and obstacles that her students face. As a native Vermonter, Sarah is working in the very schools she attended as a child and is vested in raising the bar for educators and students.

Community Updates

  • The Rural Library & Social Wellbeing Project has also developed a tool called The Library Director. This is designed to help hiring committees and trustees identify what qualities in a librarian best suit a community. It also includes a set of adaptable interview questions.
  • CLiF is currently accepting applications for their Fall 2021 At-Risk Children program. The program provides a storytelling presentation with a CLiF presenter, an onsite library, an optional family literacy seminar, and two new books for each child. Applications due Sept. 1, 2021
  • SciStarter is looking for public libraries to join an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Moore Foundation funded initiative that will help your library become a community hub for citizen science. Grantees will receive financial support to purchase materials to build citizen science kits and individualized guidance on how to partner with your community to broaden participation in citizen science. Applications are due July 21, 2021 at 8:00 p.m..
  • Art Resources Transfer is a nonprofit organization committed to documenting and disseminating artists’ voices and work to the broadest possible public. Through their Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.), they offer free books on the arts to public libraries, schools, prisons, and reading centers. To learn more, create a free account, and place an order, visit the D.U.C. web page.
  • Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) always welcomes VT residents (who are at least 16) wanting to pursue one or more of the following:
    • Earn a high school diploma
    • Prepare for the GED
    • Improve reading, writing, and/or math skills
    • Learn or improve English

    Please email info@vtadultlearning.org anytime to reach staff at the seven VAL Centers in order to make referrals or learn more about VAL's free education programs.

  • CVOEO is conducting a survey on housing discrimination. It is available in English, Nepali, Arabic, Spanish and French online and you can download a printable. The deadline is July 12, 2021. Please share.

Health and Wellness

Two How Tos that might help with your wellbeing

Have a good week.
Janette

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Dear Library Community,
A quick reminder that today’s edition will be the only update we’re sending this week.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • You are invited to take part in a historic virtual event! Join Patricia "Patty" Wong at 2:00 p.m. on June 29, as she begins her term as the first Asian American to serve as president of the American Library Association (ALA) and shares her plans for leading the association through an exciting time of change. The virtual event is free and is part of the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-29, 2021.
  • September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World is a downloadable educational exhibition curated by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. It presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications. Librarians and educators are eligible to register to download this poster exhibition. Those who register will be invited to join a virtual training session, which will include a live virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, as well as information on how to use the Museum’s online resources to supplement the exhibition. Registration will also enable all participating librarians and educators to contact Museum educators, pose questions, share expertise, offer advice, and engage in peer sharing and learning. Registration will open July 7, 2021.

Community Updates

  • Workers are quitting their jobs in unusually high numbers across the nation, and Vermont Public Libraries are no exception. Learn a little bit more about the “turnover tsunami” from UVM Extension’s Gary Deziel, as well as tips on how to retain good employees or how to hire the best, including a hiring process checklist. Finally, Gary offers a few suggestions about how to attract good people to lower wage positions. Peruse all of Gary’s HR and budget-related articles and resources at his UVM Extension website.
  • July 21 is the deadline for applying for the first round of Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grants that we are distributing with the Vermont Arts Council. Applications for a second round of grants will be due September 14. The Arts Council’s Zoom webinar about the grants takes place this week on Thursday, July 1 at 2:00 pm. Register now for this free webinar.
  • The Library Professionals 2021 Fact Sheet compiled by the Department of Professional Employees AFL-CIO is now available. It explores the role of library staff in the workforce, the demographics, educational attainment, and wages of librarians, as well as the benefits of union membership for librarians and other issues faced by library staff.
  • Nominations for this year’s I Love My Librarian Award are open until September 27, 2021. Ten librarians from public, school, and college/university libraries will win $5,000 each in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities.

Health and Wellness

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and holiday weekend.

Janette

Tuesday, June 23, 2021

Dear Library Community,
This week, and next, we will only be sending this update on Tuesdays, skipping Fridays, to give us a bit of down time. I hope you all are getting some well-deserved rest as well!

State and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Join the Carnegie Forum discussion Better Together: Elevating Family-School Partnerships, with national education and parent leaders to discuss what family engagement should look like and how federal recovery funds can be used effectively to strengthen and reimagine the home-school connection. June 28, 2021 from 12:45—2:00 p.m.
  • The Institute for Health and Human Potential is hosting a virtual panel discussion on DEI, Women, and the Workplace on June 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Free

Community Updates

  • Grants are the focus of the June 22, 2021 edition of the Vermont Arts Council’s newsletter Artmail. One of the featured grants, the Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grants for Vermont Organizations, is open to libraries.  The deadline is July 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  • The American Library Association (ALA) invites applications to round three of their Libraries Transforming Communities grant. An impressive number—32 total—of Vermont libraries have received this grant in rounds one and two. Consider applying for this grant which focuses on small and rural libraries. The application is open through September 16, 2021.
  • Library Journal just published How the American Rescue Plan Act Works for Libraries, a comprehensive article outlining how ARPA funds can benefit public libraries and their communities.
  • SciStarter is "a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, searchable by location, topic, age level, etc., have been registered by individual project leaders or imported through partnerships with federal governments, NGOs, and universities." To help support libraries this summer, and help make citizen science content easily available, they have put together a Tails and Tales-themed blog/newsletter.
  • Dr. Kristen L. Becker, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She is researching the knowledge community-based organizations and agencies have of various evaluation tools typically used in strategic planning (e.g. the SCREAM tool). She is seeking feedback to help with this research and hopes you might complete her survey.

Health and Wellness

  • The Vermont Department of Health website features much more than just COVID-19-related information. Take, for example, their Summer Safety Tips.
  • While researching easy walks to do with my octogenarian dad (who is visiting from NM), I found this information on farm walks across Vermont. Who knew that Vermont is home to “the largest hop yard in the Northeast” and that there is a lavender farm in the NEK?

Enjoy the cooler temperatures!
Janette

Friday, June 18, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy Juneteenth! Yesterday President Biden signed legislation to make June 19th a US federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Watch the pronouncement if you haven’t already. More on Juneteenth below.

VTLIB and State of Vermont

  • If you missed our announcement about the upcoming ARPA Grants to Public Libraries for Equipment and Supply Purchases, here it is again. Please sign up for the required webinar on July 6th 2:00-3:30pm or July 7th 10:00-11:30am. Note that VTLIB's platform for webinar registration does not automatically send a link to access the event. Those links are always posted on the CE website page.
  • Please remember to mention/tag VTLIB in all publicity related to grant-funded performances/programs, state parks/historic sites passes, and anything related to the Certificate of Public Librarianship. Our handles: @vermontdeptlib (Instagram), @VermontLib (Facebook), @VermontLib (Twitter). For the state parks passes, please also tag Vermont State Parks (IG: @vtstateparks). Please contact Jennifer Johnson if you need help with tagging.
  • In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) has updated guidance for non-health care or institutional employers in Vermont. This guidance applies to both private sector employers and public sector employers for indoor and outdoor worksites.
  • The Health Department has launched a new ad campaign featuring real Vermonters who came to walk-in clinics and agreed to share their reasons for getting vaccinated. Check them out here! The videos -- which are now airing on TV and radio, as well as on YouTube and other streaming venues -- are unique in that, at first, the people featured weren’t “all in” on getting vaccinated. These Vermonters describe their concerns and how or why they overcame them, some by doing their research into the vaccines, and others deciding to move forward to protect their loved ones.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • You are invited to the City of Burlington’s First Annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2021! Produced by the City's Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, this event celebrates Black liberation in the United States. This citywide celebration features musical performances, art installations, food vendors, educational opportunities, and more.
  • Alabama-based journalist and founder of the Black Magic Project has created this brief video on the history of the Juneteenth holiday.
  • The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will observe Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month with a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 as part of a virtual program titled “Post Traumatic Stress & Music: The Healing Power of Song.” The discussion will debut at 8 p.m. through the Veterans History Project Facebook page where panelists and a moderator will be available to answer questions and address remarks in the comments section.
  • The Library Services for Dementia/Alzheimer's Interest Group will be hosting an open discussion meeting on Zoom on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:00pm. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to join the meeting. The meeting will be an opportunity for networking, sharing best practices, and asking questions. It is intended both for people whose libraries are just beginning to offer these services and those that have been doing so for a while. Upcoming strategic planning for the group will also be discussed.
  • The world’s leading Gen Z and Millennial’s speaker – Jason Dorsey is coming to Vermont virtually on June 25, 2021, at 1 p.m. The statewide business and educational community will have an opportunity to attend a unique and inspiring presentation by this industry leader. Attendees will learn how to drive communication, engagement, trust and performance across generations based on Jason’s brand-new generational research. Register for free online.

Community Updates

  • The organization Freedom Lifted and the Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership have created a free rubric of questions to ask when planning a project to examine to what extent it is rooted in social justice. Information on the Social Justice Project Rubric and a link to download it can be found here.
  • The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is currently seeking submissions for Book Bike Week, their weeklong celebration of everything with pedals and pages. If your library has a Book Bike (or trike, or unicycle) used for library outreach, submit a photo by July 26 to be featured during Book Bike Week, August 2-6, 2021, across ABOS social media.
  • This article, published by Princh and written by Brooke King, school librarian and chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians Legislative and Advocacy Committee, has some very helpful ideas about year-round library advocacy. It is geared toward school libraries but also has helpful information for public libraries.
  • The June 17th edition of the ALA ODLOS EDI Update is now available.
  • The Summer 2021 issue of Diversity in STEAM is now available.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a great weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dear Library Community,
As you may have heard, Governor Scott today announced yesterday that 80.2% of Vermont’s eligible population-those age 12 and older-have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first state to reach this major milestone. He has rescinded all state COVID-19 restrictions. Additionally, Vermont’s State of Emergency, slated to expire on June 15, will not be renewed. Achieving this milestone is certainly something all of us can be proud of!

VTLIB and State

  • With all COVID-19 restrictions lifted, you may want to view last week’s presentation by Sec. Kurrle (ACCD) and pediatrician Dr. Breena Holmes if you haven’t already. While we had invited them to talk about the Vermont Forward plan at the time, they offer great insight into summer operations, vaccine efficacy and function, cleaning, and a whole host of other things still affecting libraries even now that restrictions have been lifted.
  • The State of Vermont continues to encourage Vermonters to get vaccinated against COVID-19. View the digital toolkit for the vaccine campaign, or request printed vaccine campaign materials from
  • Occasionally, we post jobs that might be of interest to members of your community: The state treasurer’s office is hiring an Outreach and Financial Literacy Director.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Fletcher Free Library is excited to offer a virtual author event via Zoom with Sharon Draper: Telling a Slave’s Story. Mrs. Draper will talk about her Coretta Scott King Book Award winning Young Adult Novel, Copper Sun. This event will take place on Thursday, June 17 at 6:30pm.

Community Updates

  • Thanks to all of you who participated in Fair Housing month! If you haven’t already, would you kindly fill out this survey to let our CVOEO partners and us know what you did for FH month and provide us with feedback for future consideration.
  • The Penguin Classroom Juneteenth 2021 resource page has educator and book club guides, activities, author videos, and more to celebrate Black History, excellence, and joy.
  • Many of you attended our webinar on how to serve Veterans in your library. You may have also received the Library Gateways to the VA packets that VA Librarian Loretta Grikis made available. She would like to remind you to please let her know if you need additional packets or posters, and to contact her if you need help with planning any Veteran-centered programming.  She also wanted to give you a heads up that the VA is launching several PSAs letting Veterans know that the packets are available in local libraries.
  • Summer of Possibilities: Play Your Way from PBS KIDS offers a variety of free resources. Spark curiosity and creativity with hands-on activities, tips, and games around different themes supporting literacy, math, science, and life skills. Get started here with summer fun for the whole family!
  • June is Rainbow Book Month™ -- a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. The ALA’s Rainbow Book Month™ website features lots of flyer and poster templates, social media post suggestions, bibliographies, etc. to help your library celebrate LGBTQIA authors and literature.

Health and Wellness

  • The Vermont Department of Health’s help page features contact information for all the major local mental health emergency service providers.
  • With the farmers market season starting up, help us spread the word that SNAP EBT cards can be used for purchases from local farmers.

Have a good week.
Janette

Friday, June 11, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Yesterday, your State Librarian Jason Broughton announced the VT Department of Libraries’ plans for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) which designates $200 million in pandemic response funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Grants to States program. VTLIB has received $2,135,819.00 in ARPA funding through this program. We are pleased to issue up to $980,587.07 of these funds in Grants to Public Libraries for Equipment and Supply Purchases. We are excited to work with libraries on making the most of this unprecedented opportunity for Vermont communities.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has offered guidance to families with children and those working in child-serving settings on how to navigate the summer and stay healthy and active based on current COVID case rates and rates of vaccination in VT. As Vermont moves forward with its reopening plan, it is important to remember that young children are not yet eligible for the vaccine and so warrant special consideration.
  • The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and the Vermont Farmers Market Association (VTFMA) have shared a map of all the farmers markets in the state with location, days of the week and times. It is a pretty 8 ½ X 11 poster with a spot to write in your local market if you have one. Great for locals and tourists alike! VTLIB will send a map to any public library that would like one, either via courier or mail. Please fill out this form if you would like one.
  • The Vermont Humanities Council announced their Vermont Reads 2021 book choice: We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra. Henstra is a professor of English at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, and the author of two previous novels, Mad Miss Mimic and The Red Word, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award in Canada. Congrats to VHC and Professor Henstra!
  • OCLC’s REALM Project just issued Research briefing: Vaccines, variants, and ventilation. This briefing, prepared by researchers at Battelle, is intended to provide timely information about SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and variants to libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) and their stakeholders. This is a review of scientific literature published through May 17, 2021, and should be used in conjunction with other timely resources to ensure decision-making in LAMs reflects the latest scientific understanding. Continual re-evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 policies is highly recommended as new scientific discoveries are published. Also, don’t miss this handy takeaways PDF!
  • The American Library Association worked with a team of librarians and media literacy experts to create a free set of resources for programming librarians. With these resources, your library can help respond to the need for adult media literacy in training your community. To stay informed of future webinars, resources and ALA grant opportunities, sign up for the Programming Librarian newsletter.

Health and Wellness

Now, stop reading email and get outside
Janette

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I hope you’re having a good week. Here is your Tuesday resource update:

VTLIB and State of Vermont

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Library of Congress has announced this year’s National Book Festival. Mark your calendar for Sept. 17-26—our 2021 event will be bigger and better than ever, a 10-day multi-format event where you can create your own festival experience with videos on demand, author conversations in real time and live question-and-answer sessions, as well as a new podcast series, a national television special and some in-person, ticketed events at the LOC in Washington, D.C.
  • Join an Alliance Equity Discussion with Vermont's Executive Director of Racial Equity, Xusana Davis on June 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm. This month they will be discussing the history of Juneteenth and the government's obligation to address inequity. Email Dan Brown, Alliance Public Engagement Director, at dan@vecaa.org to register.
  • The Managing Emerging Technology and Hot Topics committees of the ALA Library Instruction Round Table will hold a discussion on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 1:00pm. The topic is Hot New Tech?: A Discussion on Emerging Technologies.
  • The Vermont Community Foundation is hosting the webinar Lessons from the Crisis: Next Steps for College and Career Training on June 22,2021 at 1:00pm.
  • Tune in for Two stellar library systems: Columbus, OH and Helsingborg, Sweden, on Friday, June 11, 2021, 11:00am.
  • Climate Stories Ambassadors is a climate change communications forum which conducts and collects climate change oral histories and stories. This summer they will be running a free, online Climate Stories Ambassadors workshop. There will be three monthly meetings, with the first one July 2, 2021 at 12:00pm. More information about the workshop as well as the registration link can be found at: Climate Stories Ambassadors.
  • The Champlain Valley Educator Development Center invites you to The Mindful Anti-Racist Cohort for White Educators starting on September 23 for nine monthly sessions. $325 for members/$375 for non-members.

Funding Opportunities

Community Updates

  • OCLC’s REALM project just published a video One year later: Perspectives from the field. Leaders in the library, archives and museum community share the experience of their organizations navigating through the pandemic, the evolution of policies and what's on the horizon.
  • The June  2021 Edition of Historic New England is now available.

Health and Wellness

Take care,
Janette

Friday, June 4, 2021

Dear Library Community,
In this Friday update I want to draw your attention to a special webinar featuring Secretary Lindsay Kurrle, head of the Agency of Commerce and Community (ACCD) and Dr. Breena Holmes, physician advisor to the Maternal and Child Health Division at the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Sec Kurrle will discuss the evolving COVID-19 guidance as the Vermont Forward Plan approaches Step 4. Dr. Holmes will address summer youth programming guidance for libraries. Additionally, Christie Vallencourt from the VDH will provide an overview of the materials available to libraries interested in getting the word out about the COVID vaccine. Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 2:30p.m.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • A final reminder that movie license agreement and statistics are due today by 11:59pm. If you visit this Google sheet, on the first tab at the bottom you will find a list of libraries that have submitted their agreements, and on the second tab a list of libraries that have submitted stats. The form does not send email confirmations, so if you didn’t make a note that you completed the forms and can’t remember, check the spreadsheet. Please submit your stats for 2020-2021 if you had a VTLIB license, even if your numbers are zero.
  • The VT Department of Health invites libraries to host vaccine walk-in clinics. You can apply using this form. VDH also announced dozens of walk-ins throughout the state for this weekend.
  • Governor Scott Announced an Economic Recovery Bridge Program.
  • The ACCD COVID-19 Response Newsletter provides a great overview of what state actions, funding resources and events. Consider subscribing.
  • The FCC has developed an Emergency Broadband Benefit Outreach Toolkit which has handouts, flyers, PSAs, etc. available in multiple languages including Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and many more.
  • Special library opportunity at the VA in White River Junction: Librarian - National Center for PTSD
  • President Biden released the Administration’s FY 2022 Budget Request to Congress on May 28, which includes $265,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Learning Opportunities and Events

Community Updates

  • If you missed the event An Evening with Angie Thomas, you can still watch the recording for a limited time. All you need to do is register and get inspired.
  • The organization Rural Libraries and Social Wellbeing has released case study reports from 8 field research locations, including Marshfield VT. Each study has five components: An interactive StoryMap, a discussion of the community, of the library, of the library director, and a listing of related resources including how to contact the representative for the library, interview & transcript files, related tools and case-studies, and information received from the library or community to share with the research to fill out the story more completely.
  • OCLC has launched a new community engagement hub with solutions from library leaders, links to training and educational content, upcoming webinar opportunities, related research materials, and quick-hit ideas that you can take action on right now.
  • 9/11 Day of National Service Grant Opportunities from Global Youth Justice, Inc. In Observance of the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks, 9/11 Day of National Service will transform the anniversary of 9/11 into a Day of Unity and “Good Deeds” to help those most in need. Grant opportunities are for youth programs to do “Good Deeds” on 9/11 Day, and after 9/11 Day — Application Deadline June 10, 2021.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a joyful weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I’d like to start this update by congratulating the Vermont libraries who have received Summer Matters grants. The Fletcher Free Library, Highgate Library, Stamford Town Library, Orwell Free Library, and collectively Jaquith Public Library, Cabot Public Library, and Cutler Memorial Library are all being awarded significant funds to run their own summer programming or in collaboration with local organizations. Kudos to all of you--this is a major accomplishment!
 

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • A reminder from Josh Muse: Universal Class is provided free to all public libraries through the Vermont Department of Libraries. Now that Universal Class is under the Overdrive umbrella, libraries who use Overdrive may receive offers to get signed up for Universal Class. But please don’t! Public libraries are already setup with the service through our statewide subscription, at no cost to you. Contact Josh if you have questions.
  • Updates from the Governor’s office:
  • Act 164 of 2020 created the framework for the regulation of cannabis for adults in Vermont. As part of that legislation, a Cannabis Advisory Committee has been created, and the Speaker of the House is authorized to make two appointments to the committee. The Speaker is authorized to appoint two individuals with the follow background:
    • (1) one member with an expertise in systemic social justice and equity issues, and
    • (2) one member with an expertise in women and minority-owned business ownership.

    Any interested persons contact should contact Speaker Jill Krowinski’s office at ckennedy@leg.state.vt.us before June 15, 2021.

  • We’re passing this on for the Winooski School district because they are in urgent need of finding people with specialized language skills: They’re hiring three positions—a Somali & Mai Mai Speaking Home School Liaison, a Swahili & French Speaking Home School Liaison, and a Nepali Speaking Home School Liaison. Please pass this on to whomever you think might be interested. They can contact Director of ELL Kirsten Kollgaard, kkollgaard@wsdvt.org for more information.
  • June is Pride Month, and the Library of Congress features a host of resources to celebrate. This month-long celebration demonstrates how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill. Visit the LOC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month page for resources, events, and audio visuals.
  • A Vermonter was featured on The Library of Congress' "America Works" podcast! Mike Peabody of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District was interviewed about his role as program coordinator of the Additional Recyclables Collection Center (ARCC).
  • IMLS CARES Act State Library Spotlight: Wi-Fi, E-books, and Rural Library Connections in Idaho
     

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Community Appreciation Day: The reopening of the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and the Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center will be on June 5, 2021, from 10:00am – 4:00pm (ceremony at noon). Free.
  • Join Llewellyn for their second annual LlewellynCon, 10 days of talks, presentations, and Q&As with some of your favorite authors. June 10, 2021 - June 19, 2021.
  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will hold a virtual open house on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 4pm. This virtual open house will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the organization and get firsthand accounts on what it’s like to serve on ALSC committees.
     

Community Updates

  • Is your library planning an event that you’d like to advertise to a broader audience? The Vermont Library Association can help! Programming at Vermont public libraries is now advertised on the VLA website at https://www.vermontlibraries.org/events. Events are searchable by county and by library name or town. If you’d like to advertise your library’s event on the VLA website, email your library’s name, your county, the event’s name, a description, and a link for more information (how folks can register or participate) to barbara@windsorlibrary.org.

Health and Wellness

  • As Vermont is inching toward the needed 80% vaccination rate in order to fully open the state, you may want to keep an eye on the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard for the latest.
  • Here is some good advice for my fellow ruminators: How to stop overthinking.

I hope your post-Memorial Day week started with renewed optimism for a somewhat normal summer.

Best,
Janette

Friday, May 28, 2021

Dear Library Community,
The Vermont Department of Libraries acknowledges the passing of picture book authors and illustrators Eric Carle (May 23) and Lois Ehlert (May 25). We send our condolences to their family and friends and to the innumerable readers who have been inspired, educated, and entertained by their work.

VTLIB, State and Federal

  • We are pleased invite library directors, staff, and trustees to an informational webinar with Secretary Lindsay Kurrle, head of the Agency of Commerce and Community (ACCD) and Dr. Breena Holmes, Director of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs at the Vermont Department of Health on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 2:30pm. Sec Kurrle will discuss recommendations for library operations under The Vermont Forward plan. Dr. Holmes will address summer youth programming guidance for libraries. There will be some time for Q&A at the end of the session, but we also encourage you to submit questions for the presenters in advance. Send your questions to Jonathan Clark - jonathan.l.clark@vermont.gov. Please submit questions by Friday June 4th.
  • This week, VTLIB honored 29 graduates of the Certificate of Public Librarianship program. Congratulations to all of you on your achievement. Thanks to the Vermont Library Association for hosting the virtual celebration at their annual conference. Watch the celebration video here.
  • VTLIB’s Tom McMurdo graduated from the Vermont Certified Public Manager® Program this week. Congrats Tom!
  • State Librarian Jason Broughton, along with representatives from the Vermont Humanities Council and Vermont Historical Society, is serving on the ACCD’s American Revolution 250th Anniversary Commission.
  • Pursuant to 3 V.S.A. § 137 (2019), the Vermont Office of Profession Regulation (OPR) has published Proposed Administrative Rules for Assessment of Professional Credentials Obtained Outside the United States (“Proposed Rules”). The Proposed Rules establish a process for applicants to determine whether professional credentials earned outside of the United States meet licensing requirements for a professional license in Vermont. They are seeking your input and participation in developing the Proposed Rules with an aim of establishing final rules by the end of the year.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a new funding opportunity or museums, libraries, and Native American and Native Hawaiian communities. The $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to address community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Library Juice Academy has posted their June and July 2021 schedule of classes. Most of the classes are four weeks in length and the fee is $175. Classes are taught asynchronously and cover a range of topics, including cataloging, EDI training, ethics, technology training and more.
  • You are invited to join Change the Story Vermont, a partnership initiative of Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Commission on Women, and the Vermont Women's Fund, for the launch of their new Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay (LEEP) Toolkit during the lunch hour (noon – 1:00pm), Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
  • The Edelweiss Virtual Bookfest is taking place June 8 and 9, 2021. There will be over 125 authors featured, over 75 sessions, and keynote speakers, including Tayari Jones, Anthony Doerr and more.
  • Switchboard is pleased to announce an upcoming training series open to all refugee service providers, whether working at state agencies, resettlement agencies or affiliates, or other organizations. There are two upcoming events:
    • Panel Discussion: Fundamentals of Equity and Resettlement: Understanding Social Identities in Resettlement Services, June 30, 2021, 2:00pm.
    • Webinar: Fundamentals of Equity in Refugee Resettlement: Understanding Social Identities in Resettlement Services, Jun 16, 2021, 2:00pm.
  • Join Spruce Peak Arts for Being a BIPOC Artist in Vermont Part 2 – The Intersection of Art and Spirituality on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00pm. for a free, virtual panel discussion exploring the reality of racial and social equity and unique challenges faced by BIPOC artists in Vermont. As they dive deeper into part 2 of this 3-part series of discussions, they look forward to exploring the contemplative space of spirituality and the creative process.

Community Update

Health and Wellness

  • In this week’s Angie Thomas events, the author expressed regret over not having Starr, the main protagonist in her novel The Hate U Give, seek mental health help for the trauma she experienced. She also spoke of her own thoughts of suicide—as a teen--, mental health, and self-care. We want to honor her by sharing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline information here and encourage you to share it.

Visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for access to chat, Spanish, Deaf & hard of hearing, as well as resources, or text/call 1-800-273-8255

Have a safe and joyful Memorial Day weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Dear Library Community,
On this anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, I’d like to open this update with the Governor’s full statement and proclamation to mark the day:

Governor Phil Scott has signed a proclamation designating May 25, 2021, as George Floyd Remembrance Day in Vermont. With the proclamation, he issued the following statement:

“One year ago today, George Floyd, an African American man, was murdered by a police officer. His death under the knee of someone charged with protecting all citizens, and caught on video for all to see, was a terrible tragedy; one that sparked grief and outrage around the country.

“Importantly, it also inspired a national reckoning on racial justice and equity and the role we all play to address these issues, as well as reforms to modernize law enforcement and address racism across government systems.

“For these reasons, I am marking this day with a proclamation, so that we reflect on Mr. Floyd’s death and remember why we must continue to acknowledge systemic racism and inequality in order to fulfill the promise of American freedom and justice for every citizen.”

VTLIB, State and Federal

  • This is a reminder that voting for all of Vermont’s youth book awards closes at 5:00pm on this Friday, May 28, 2021. You will find links to all of the book award pages (This applies to youth and school librarians who are submitting votes for their students, and for teens to submit their own votes).
  • Additionally, the form to order free nominee/winner labels for each book award (with new artwork) is now open. Please read the information at the top of the form before ordering.
  • The Department of Public Service is gathering public input to inform the State of Vermont's 10 Year Telecommunications Plan. We’re pleased to be featured in this plan, working on behalf of the Vermont libraries that are part of the broadband network. Please log onto the feedback portal by June 2, 2021.
  • Governor Scott addressed Vermont legislators to mark the adjournment of the 2021 legislative session.
  • Museums for All, an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) initiative, has been instrumental in opening museum doors for 3,000,000 community members receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits since its launch in 2014. The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) administers the initiative at more than 640 museums across the country to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
  • Public and tribal libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education initiative that will increase and enhance STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. Applications will be accepted from May 17 to July 21, 2021. View the project guidelines and apply online.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • While the Vermont Library Association (VLA) Annual Conference 2021 Emerging Energized started today, there’s plenty of exciting programing left to enjoy. Register today!
  • There’s also still time to register for An Evening with Angie Thomas which is tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 7:00pm! Learn more about Angie Thomas’ work, her creative process, and what it means to be one of the most influential American writers today. This evening event is sponsored in partnership with Vermont Department of Libraries with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Partnerships for Literacy and Learning, Vermont Library Association, and the Vermont School Library Association.
  • Gigabit Libraries Network invites you to two free sessions:
  • July is Lakes Appreciation Month. Join Libraries Love Lakes on June 2nd, 2021, at 2pm for a free, virtual information session to learn about this exciting initiative. Libraries Love Lakes is an outreach project pairing libraries with lake scientists to provide collaborative programming emphasizing the importance of lakes in our everyday lives.
  • The Rowland Foundation's 10th Annual Conference will take place in person at the University of Vermont on Oct. 27, 2021, with keynote speaker Carla Shalaby. The conference theme is Teaching Love and Learning Freedom: Practicing Community in the Classroom, and workshops will include sessions on racial equity, restorative practice, and strategies for school redesign. Early bird registration closes on June 30, 2021.

Community Update

  • Have you thought about how you may improve your relationship with your supervisor? Are you a library director with a trustee board of “multiple bosses?” As it happens, good supervisory management practices also inform behavior for employees and “managers in the middle.” Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, offers up another “HR Minute” on “Managing your manager – empathy and humanity are a two-way street,” on his UVM Extension public library education website found under the “Human Resource” dropdown.
  • The Vermont Youth Employment Program VYEP (a program sponsored by the Vermont Department of Labor) is recruiting now. This program is designed to assist young adults (ages 16-24) in gaining access to employment and training opportunities. As a part of efforts to support employment opportunities for youth and young adults, VDOL wants to hear from you as Vermont employers and business leaders. If you are interested in potentially providing work experiences (paid and unpaid) for Vermont youth and young adults this summer, complete the short survey.
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Learning for Justice (formerly known as ‘Teaching Tolerance’) offers social justice classroom resources, professional development, and publications, as well as grant opportunities for schools and communities.
  • The May 2021 edition of the Vermont Arts Council’s Artmail features several grant opportunities.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a good week.
Janette

Friday, May 21, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Another glorious Friday! Here is your update:

State and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • You’re invited to join the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a training to learn how to understand and respond to children’s emotional distress and traumatic stress reactions. This training is open to a broad audience: for caregivers and professionals who interact with children, and anyone who is interested in learning these strategies. Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 12pm. The training will be recorded.
  • VSECU is offering a free webinar Women & Investing on May 25, 2021, at 6:30pm.
  • The Federal Communications Commission recently announced the rules to apply for the E-rate Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), an historic opportunity for schools and libraries to connect students and patrons to home broadband. Unlike traditional E-rate funding, the $7 billion ECF program will allow schools and libraries to pay for off-campus connectivity and internet-enabled devices, such as laptops and tablets. Any school or library seeking funding from this program will need to digest a host of new rules in a flash, due to the very tight application window. The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition’s ECF workshop will provide schools, libraries, and vendors with the essential strategies and information needed to submit successful funding applications. 1:00pm, June 9, 2021.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Legislature, Vermont State Colleges System, and VSAC have teamed up to give the graduating class of 2021 – and last year’s class of 2020 – a special graduation gift: one tuition-free course at any of the Vermont State Colleges: Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University at Johnson or Lyndon, or Vermont Technical College.
  • The Vermont Multilingual Coronavirus Task Force created videos in 10 different languages with information about the COVID-19 vaccine for 12–15-year-olds. Please share with anyone who needs to see these.
  • Storybooks Canada is a free, open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. Part of the Global Storybooks project, it makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available with text and audio in English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada. They have also developed the Indigenous Storybooks and the Global Storybooks literacy portal.
  • Key West Literary Seminar is offering up to twenty full scholarships to teachers and librarians who wish to attend their annual Seminar, January 6 - 9, 2022. They seek a diverse group of individuals who are making a positive impact upon readers in their communities, and they hope that participation in their literary community will inspire fresh engagement with literature in schools and libraries around the country. Scholarship packages include a full waiver of the Seminar registration fee of $675 and need-based financial assistance to offset lodging costs. Application deadline is July 1, 2021.

Health and Wellness

Have a fabulous weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Hope you’re getting outside to enjoy the amazing crabapple trees in bloom right now. Here is your Tuesday update.

VTLIB and State

  • VTLIB staff have been updating the COVID-19 resource pages on the VTLIB website to reflect the changes in the VT Forward Plan, CDC guidance, and other authoritative sources. Find links to all the pages and updated information starting here.
  • VTLIB will once again be providing free motion picture performance licenses from Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. to Vermont public libraries. Sign-ups for licenses open today and will run through Friday, June 4, 2021, at 11:59pm. Please visit the movie licensing page on our website for more information.
  • We will also be distributing state park and historic sites passes to public libraries again this year. Please look for them in the mail starting late this week or next week. Academic libraries: please email Jennifer Johnson if you would like a historic sites pass for your library.
  • Governor Scott proclaimed May 16-22 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Vermont, noting the extra importance in recognizing and thanking EMS workers for the broad range of work for Vermonters that they have done throughout the pandemic.
  • The Vermont Housing Finance Agency is accepting applications again from Vermont homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest round of program funding provides grants for up to 12 months of past-due mortgage and property tax payments for eligible Vermont homeowners. For mortgage assistance, visit www.vhfa.org/map or call (888) 714-2260 to learn more and apply. A separate rental assistance program is available through the Vermont State Housing Authority at erap.vsha.org.
  • The state’s new VermontVacation.com events calendar is almost ready, and the hope is that businesses and event organizers can help populate it for launch to the public. If you have an event happening after May 15th, you can fill out the event submission form now so that your event will be available when the new calendar officially launches. Don’t have an event? Make sure your business is listed on the trip planning directory by signing up. Events and business listings must be tourism-related and appropriate for out-of-state visitors.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Vermont Library Association’s Annual Conference 2021  Emerging Energized starts next week. The conference takes place online over several days in order to make attendance more viable for those balancing work, family, and everything life is throwing at us during the COVID-19 pandemic. #VLAC21
  • There’s still time to sign up for An Evening with Angie Thomas. The author of the Vermont Reads 2020 book The Hate U Give reveals her creative process, as well as what it means to be an influential writer in America. May 26, 2021, 7pm. Offered by the Vermont Humanities Council and in partnership with Vermont Department of Libraries with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Partnerships for Literacy and Learning, Vermont Library Association, and the Vermont School Library Association.
  • Join the Central Vermont Council on Aging and the ABLE Library for the next iteration of the Memorable Times Online: A Night at the Oscars. We will, once again, meet with our Scottish friends from across the Atlantic for a special program on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 10:30 – 11:30am.  Participants will get to enjoy film clips from the 50's-60's and make their choices for Oscar winners! The program is designed to include and delight those living with memory loss and their care partners. Registration is required. Contact Barb Asen at CVCOA for more information or to register:  mailto:basen@cvcoa.org  or 802-476-2681.
  • Learning Together: Increasing staff and family commitment to early literacy” conversation with LENA and Phoenix Public Library, June 16th, 2021, at 1:00pm. Learn how their Early Literacy Outreach team has supported children birth to age five, provided training to caregivers, and how their staff has built expertise in early language development. Hear how they pivoted to virtual programming during COVID and the lessons they learned.

Health and Wellness

Enjoy your week.
Janette

Friday, May 14, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Friday resource update.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

  • VT State Librarian Jason Broughton testified this week to the Senate Education Committee about S. 115 (0:14) and to the House Energy and Technology Committee on H. 360 (1:09) where he was joined by Tom McMurdo and Joshua Muse.
  • Today, the state announced that it is following the CDC guidance in lifting the mask requirement for those who are vaccinated. The Vermont Forward Plan website had not been updated by the time I finished this message. We will include any updated guidance in Tuesday’s resource email.
  • The Governor has taken several legislative actions recently. To view a complete list of actions on bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, click here.
  • As the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy has announced the return of Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) in the Fiscal Year 2022 federal appropriations process. He is now accepting requests for Vermont-based projects. Any request for support must be submitted via electronic application by 5:00pm, Friday, May 21, 2021.
  • Read the latest IMLS blog post Strong Local Ties Help Texas Coastal Libraries Survive and Thrive During the Pandemic
  • The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting a summit on “Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry Data.” This free Virtual Webinar will teach users about the changing race and ethnicity profiles of a community and its businesses at a fundamental level. May 20, 2021 at 2:00pm.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Pride Book Fest 2021 is June 11-13. With prerecorded panels, the event will run on the Pride Book Fest YouTube channel. While other festivals have presented panels of LGBTQIA+ authors, this one is purely focused on queer books, with a packed lineup of more than 60 queer authors of middle grade, YA, and adult fiction.
  • Registration is open for the Rhode Island Library Association Virtual Conference. It will be held June 3-4, 2021, and the theme of the conference is “Well + Connected: Libraries and Healthy Communities.” Registration closes June 1, 2021.
  • School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog is May 20, 2021. This is a free, virtual daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks about new and upcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens. It will also feature a digital exhibit hall, digital galleys, and other free resources!
  • This Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 6:00pm, the Dakota County Library is hosting Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen along with winning author of a 2017 Minnesota Book Award and Korean adoptee Sun Yung Shin to discuss #AsianAmerican adoption representation in children's literature. There is no fee to attend. Register here: Asian American Adoptees in Children's Literature.
  • The Summer Youth Employment Best Practices webinar will be held Wednesday May 19, 2021, at 2:00pm. Join College to Congress and National Youth Employment Coalition as they discuss how they are providing older youth with supportive and meaningful employment experiences and paid internships.
  • The PLA 2022 Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 23-25, 2022. Session proposals are being accepted through June 21, 2021 and can be submitted here.
  • Reserve your seat for the 2-day virtual symposium, COVID-19 The Road to Recovery: Spring 2021 Virtual Symposium, May 26-27, 2021. Comprehensive presentations will address strategic initiatives and key success factors on how to resume operations and successfully navigate the new landscape for a safe return to work in the new normal of the pandemic. Presenters include Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Steve Forbes.
  • Join Shelby Balik from Metropolitan State University-Denver for a talk on “Religion and Society on the Vermont Frontier” on May 16, 2021, at 2:00pm. This event is part of the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Lecture Series.
  • The Scholarly Networks Security Initiative invites you to Gone Phishing: Service Continuity after a Cyber Attack on May 20, 2021, at 2:00pm. This webinar features librarian panelists from multiple institutions that have faced both large-scale and small-scale cyber-attacks.

Community Updates

  • American City & County has a Records Management Rapid Response Checklist available for download.
  • The Association for Library Service to Children's (ALSC) committee for Library Service to Underserved Children and their Caregivers (LSCUTC) has compiled a series of public resource pages for supporting underserved populations. Each toolkit provides professional and leisure reading recommendations, support for programming, and materials for families. These pages will continue to develop over time. Learn more about each by visiting the ALSC Blog. To further inform their work in this area, the committee is hosting an ALSC Chat on May 18, 2021, at 7:00pm to discuss and resource share for those who want to learn more about how others are reaching underserved children and their caregivers.
  • This Interrupting Bias document was recently shared on the VLSA listserv. Some of you might find it helpful.
  • PACE Vermont is back and recruiting Vermonters ages 12-25 for three new surveys starting this summer. Those who qualify can earn up to $50 in their new online research studies. Youth can take their brief online screener by May 31, 2021, to see if they’re eligible.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a wonderful spring weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Tuesday resource update.

State of Vermont

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The "Education, Empowerment, Equity" Summit will be held May 20, 2021, from 9:00am - 1:30pm. This event is specifically created for youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 25. The entire agenda for the day was determined by the Youth Advocacy Council, driven by youth for youth. The Youth Advocacy Council is comprised of youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 14 to 25, who connect with other students in Vermont, advocate for youth resources and lead while providing community service. Please register by May 18, 2021.
  • On Thursday, May 20th, 2021, EveryLibrary is partnering with the MTV Entertainment group in the launching of the first ever Mental Health Action Day. They are gathering diverse partners to move audiences from awareness to action on one single day during Mental Health Awareness Month. Libraries are invited to join as partners in promoting this project. Interested partners can sign up here.

Community Updates

  • The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is currently seeking blog post contributions to appear on their blog site, Intersections. Please submit a summary for consideration by Friday, May 14, 2021. First drafts will be due Sunday, May 30, 2021.
  • PLA has developed a survey to explore the measure public libraries use to ensure patron privacy and to identify related challenges. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.
  • This week, May 10-14, 2021, marks United for Infrastructure Week. As advocates across the country utilize this week to communicate the importance of infrastructure in our communities, this presents a wonderful opportunity for you to share your library's personal story to amplify the need for library facilities to be fairly recognized as a critical part of our nation's infrastructure.

Health and Wellness

  • After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, teen Hannah Lucas and her brother designed the Not Ok App, a virtual panic button that connects users with instant mental health support. The app sends off an alert to emergency contacts when users are in need but are struggling to reach out. From 9 Young Mental Health Activists You Should Know
  • Stress is one of the biggest factors in inhibiting our mental and physical wellbeing. Visit the COVID Support VT page on stress for resources on how to cope with it.

Have a good week.
Janette

Friday, May 7, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy sunny Friday to you.

State and Federal

  • State Librarian Jason Broughton and VLA president Kevin Unrath joined colleagues from Texas and Maine in an ALA-hosted Chapter Advocacy Exchange. The recording is now available.
  • The Vermont Department of Health announced that it is offering walk-in vaccination appointments this weekend at Speedway, Drive-Through, and Mobile Clinic events.
  • The Governor’s Office is seeking a candidate to serve on the State Board of Education as one of its two student representatives. The State Board of Education usually meets on the third Wednesday of every month and establishes policies, regulations and rules related to education in Vermont and in keeping with statutes passed by the Legislature. During the pandemic, the Board has continued to meet virtually each month via MS Teams. Candidates may apply using the Application for Gubernatorial Appointment. The deadline for applications is May 28, 2021. Questions about the application or the nomination process itself can be emailed to EXE.Appointments@vermont.gov. Suzanne Sprague at (802) 828-1130.
  • On May 5, Governor Scott signed H.128, An act relating to limiting criminal defenses based on victim identity. He also issued a statement regarding this bill.
  • Read Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) director Crosby Kemper’s latest blog post Play Ball! A Director's Musings on How the Arts, Baseball, and History Connect.
  • National Women's Health Week is May 9–15, 2021. Check out the resources and events the NIH is offering to celebrate NWHW.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • ProQuest invites you to Improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Publications: A Panel Discussion on Thursday, June 11, 2021, at 11:00am. As a community, how can libraries work together to ensure equitable representation of all scholars in library collections? This upcoming discussion with experts in this area will tackle the challenges of and solutions for improving diversity and inclusion in research materials and scholarly publications.
  • Join CERF+ and fellow artists of all disciplines including performing, visual, crafts, film/media, literature, etc. in this interactive, two-part free online workshop for information and resources so that you can better prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises both big and small. 4-5:30pm, May 26 and 27, 2021. Free.
  • The "Education, Empowerment, Equity" Summit will be held May 20, 2021, from 9:00am - 1:30pm. This event is specifically created for youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 25. The entire agenda for the day was determined by the Youth Advocacy Council, driven by youth for youth. The Youth Advocacy Council is comprised of youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 14 to 25, who connect with other students in Vermont, advocate for youth resources, and lead while providing community service. Please register by May 18, 2021.
  • Library 2.0 will host a free mini-conference on Thursday, June 7, 2021. The title is “Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World.” Proposals are being accepted through May 14, 2021.
  • ALA's Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. The Rural Libraries Summit is May 25-26, 2021, and registration closes Friday, May 21. The summit is free to all attendees but will have a limited capacity, so be sure to register.
  • The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services 2021 Virtual Conference will be October 11-15, 2021. They are accepting program proposals through May 14, 2021, 6:00pm. Submit proposals here. Questions about conference program proposals can be directed to Karen Bradley, 2021 ABOS Secretary and Chair of Conference Programs: secretary@abos-outreach.com.
  • The Preservation Trust of Vermont is offering an online workshop June 1st, 2021, from 8:30am-12:30pm. The topic is “Creating a New Normal for Fundraising,” and the presenter is Christine Graham, from CPG Enterprises, Inc. The deadline to register is May 28, 2021. The fee to attend is $35.00.
  • Niche Academy is offering the free webinar The “Marketing Funnel” Approach to Customer Engagement on May 19, 2021, at 2:00pm.

Community Updates

Health and Wellness

  • COVID Support VT is offering Adult Mental Health First Aid on May 25, 2021. This 6-hour training gives adults the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to either children and adolescents (ages 6-18) or other adults (18+) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Find information about this and many other helpful webinars on the COVID Support VT website.
  • Another great read on re-entering the post-COVID world: Post-vaccination Inertia Is Real

I’m signing off with a Friday treat: A special kind of story time (courtesy of Joy Worland. And if you know Joy, you know where this is going).

Enjoy!
Janette

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Dear Library Community,

I’d like to start by noting a tiny light at the end of the tunnel: ACCD has removed the sector guidance that included libraries in its Vermont Forward plan. As of May 1, 2021, libraries have moved to operating under Universal Guidance.

VTLIB and State of Vermont

  • Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) reading committee applications are due this Sunday, May 9, 2021 by 11:59pm. The committee is searching for two new adult members and two new teen members. Please let the teens and YA lit lovers in your sphere know about this great opportunity! If you have any additional questions, please contact GMBA Committee Chair Shannon DeSantis Gile.
  • Join VTLIB and the Vermont Golden Dome Reading Committee at this year's free Vermont Golden Dome Book Award (VTGDBA) virtual conference on May 21, 2021. From 10am-12pm, you'll hear from the reading committee about the 2021-2022 VTGDBA nominees, and from 12pm-1pm we'll be joined by award-winning author Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes for a keynote presentation.
  • Dr. Breena Holmes from the Vermont Department of Health shared updates on the latest COVID-19 health guidance for childcare, out-of-school-time, summer, and afterschool programs. Updated Summer & Childcare Health Guidance with Dr. Breena Holmes – Recorded Webinar from April 29, 2021.
  • The Vermont Department of Labor announced that Vermont has been awarded a four-year, $21.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help Vermonters who develop a potentially disabling health condition remain at or return to work.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Vermont Library Association will hold its annual conference virtually from May 25th –June 2nd, 2021. The theme is “Emerging Energized.” The conference is free to VLA members and registration is required.
  • The Connecticut Library Association will hold its annual conference virtually May 10th-May 14th2021. The theme is “Libraries Meeting Challenges in a Changing World.”
  • Registration is now open for the special conference of ALA's Library History Round Table: “Libraries Without Borders,” which will take place virtually from Thursday, June 10th through Saturday, June 12th, 2021. The keynote address, “'The Hill We Climb': Towards Equity and Inclusion in Library and Information Science," will be delivered by Dr. Renate Chancellor from Catholic University. Session topics include writing book reviews, blog posts, and newsletters articles, getting started with research, getting published, a Q&A with children’s nonfiction authors, and more. There is no fee to attend but registration is required.

Community Updates

  • To celebrate Asian American Heritage Month, you might want to explore We Are Not a Stereotype, a video series from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Educators can also find videos from PBS as well as lesson plans, activities and professional development resources from these websites:
  • Grades 3-6: Choose Health Food Fun & Fitness program this summer. UVM Extension nutrition educators are offering four sessions of the Choose Health Food Fun & Fitness (CHFFF) series this summer to youth across the state. Taught over the course of six hands-on lessons, CHFFF teaches children ages 8-12 about eating healthy foods and engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Each lesson includes nutrition activities, active games, goal-setting challenges, and a newsletter for the family. This program is free and facilitated by UVM Extension’s qualified nutrition educators. Please register for one of the four series options.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a good week,
Janette

Friday, April 30, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy day before Green Up Day! I hope your libraries get to benefit from this day of communal caretaking.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Join Angie Thomas, the author of five acclaimed books, in a free Zoom presentation An Evening with Angie Thomas. Her bestselling debut novel, The Hate U Give, won multiple national and international awards. Vermont Reads has introduced the book to thousands of Vermonters of all ages, who engaged with Thomas’ YA novel through a variety of community activities. We are excited to learn more about Angie Thomas’ work, her creative process, and what it means to be one of the most influential American writers today. This evening event (and a related event for Vermont schools the following day) is sponsored in partnership with Vermont Department of Libraries with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Partnerships for Literacy and Learning, Vermont Library Association, and the Vermont School Library Association.
  • Get ready for summer and to share your library's State Parks pass with patrons with a workshop hosted by VTLIB featuring guest presenter Kathryn Wrigley, from the Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation. She will provide an overview of summer opportunities for everyone at the Vermont State Parks and State Forests. This will include how to use the tools on the State Parks website to help you locate state parks and trails in your area. May 28th, 1:00pm.
  • The Rhody Radio team is offering a special free session next Thursday, May 6 from 11:00am - 12:30pm with Kristen Meinzer, podcast host and author of the book “So, You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen.” This session is for all levels - whether you have created podcast episodes and are looking for tips on how to improve, or want to give podcasting a try but want to know more about it before diving in. Register at the OLIS CE calendar for the Zoom info!
  • NOFA-VT is offering two virtual “Moth” style storytelling evenings Stories from 50 Years of NOFA-VT. On May 27th the theme is “Birth,” on June 10th the theme is “Community.” Both events will be from 7:00-8:15pm. You can apply to tell your story.
  • Join the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) for Little Free Library Week. Stay tuned for Little Free Library Week, May 3-7, across all three ABOS social media channels. Little Free Library Week, a partnership between ABOS and the Little Free Library organization, celebrates the role that Little Free Libraries have in promoting literacy, reading, and getting books in the hands of individuals, from across the United States and around the world.
  • Power 2 Summit: Youth and Adults Reimagining and Transforming Education Together is a virtual gathering to connect, inspire, and co-create action to transform learning. Wednesday May 5, 2021, at 9:00am - 12:30pm on Zoom.
  • The Center for Community & Social Justice at Champlain College is offering credit-bearing professional development for all Vermont PreK-12 educators. The Summer Institute for Educators: Fostering Anti-Racist Classrooms will be offered online from 8:30am-5:00pm, June 21 through June 25, 2021. This professional development opportunity will be led by local and national experts who will provide attendees with actionable suggestions for creating inclusive classrooms and classroom resources.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Arts Council recently added new grant opportunities to their grants page. This includes Animating Infrastructure Grants and Arts Impact Grants. Be sure to check the website for grant deadlines, information sessions, and other requirements.
  • In a special bonus episode, Call Number with American Libraries podcast celebrates Preservation Week this week by exploring the 1619 Project, a collection of historical records, essays, photos, and audio that aims to reframe the consequences of slavery in the US and highlights the contributions of Black people to the American experience.
  • The Vermont Community Foundation is now accepting nominations for The Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership. The award is a $15,000 cash award that recognizes the work of a Vermont community leader. Nominations must be submitted by 5:00pm on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
  • The Rare Books and Manuscript Section of ACRL is seeking presenters for lightning talks on "cool things we've cataloged." Examples include books, collections, maps, images, manuscripts, kitchen implements, or anything else! Talks should be 7-10 minutes and cover why the item was a challenge, how it was cataloged, and if/how it was publicized. Presentations will be presented via Zoom in summer/fall 2021 (date TBD). Submit proposals by May 24, 2021.
  • AudioFile magazine’s Sync audiobook program for teens and others who enjoy YA literature begins this week. Every Thursday throughout the spring and summer a different pair of audiobooks become available to download for one week with no charge. Register for SYNC to participate and get the Sora App from Apple or Google.
  • Each Monday this May, Vermont PBS’ Mr. Chris and Friends will share a new video to guide children and their families through special daily moments: waking up, brushing teeth, washing hands, cleaning up, and going to bed. Each video has a new original song and features a peek into lives and routines in our community thanks to participation from viewers.
  • The April 23 edition of the Addiction Recovery Channel Understanding White Supremacy in America and What We Can Do About It - An Honest Conversation with Dr. Leon Walls features Dr. Leon Walls, Associate Professor at the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services. Host Ed Baker and Dr. Walls enter into an honest dialogue focused upon the most pressing social issue we face together as a nation today, namely, racial injustice and its intolerable effects.

Health and Wellness

Have a great weekend,
Janette

Tuesday, April 28, 2021

Dear Library Community,
We are so excited about our multi-organization collaboration to bring The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas to Vermont for two virtual events: One public and one for Vermont students. Please join us, the Vermont Humanities Council, VLA, VSLA, and the Partnership for Literacy and Learning for the public event An Evening with Angie Thomas on May 26 at 7:00pm. Register soon!

State and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services is offering a free webinar: Citizenship Education and Civic Integration in Your Museum or Library on Wednesday, May 19, at 2:00pm. Subject matter experts from the USCIS Citizenship and Education Training Branch will share information on civic integration opportunities that museums and libraries can provide for immigrants and adult citizenship education programs. It will end with a question-and-answer session.
  • The People of Color in Library & Information Science (POCinLIS) Summit will take place on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 virtually via Zoom at 12:30pm. Registration is free.
  • Choice 360 is offering the webinar Equitable Staffing Models in the Current and Post-Pandemic Landscape on Tuesday, May 18 at 2:00pm. In this webinar, a panel of academic library leaders will discuss their thoughts and plans towards creating equitable staffing models in the current and post-COVID landscape.
  • You are invited to a Fair Housing Month Closing Reception and Art Celebration from 5-7pm on Thursday, April 29, via Zoom – all welcome! Join the Fair Housing Project of CVOEO and partners to mark the end of Fair Housing Month and celebrate the creative activities and rich community conversations held all over the state. We will begin with an optional “Home Then & Home Now” art activity led by Fair Housing Project’s Corrine Yonce. Then artists of all ages will share the pieces they made throughout Fair Housing Month and everyone can reflect on home and inclusive communities. CVOEO encourages artists to email photos of their creations to fhp@cvoeo.org with any info they would like to share about their inspiration.

Community Updates

  • The Vermont Humanities Council just announced its choice for Vermont Reads 2021: We Contain Multitudes by Sara Henstra. This novel in letters tells the paired stories of two very different teenage boys who are initially reluctant to participate in a pen-pal assignment from their high school English teacher, but ultimately grow well beyond the boundaries of the school project to reveal earth-shattering revelations about themselves and their families.

Health and Wellness

Hope you have a good rest of your week.
Janette

Friday, April 23, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Happy Friday--I hope you’re looking forward to warmer weather as much as my colleagues and I. Here’s your update:

VTLIB, State and Federal

  • Public library movie license update: VTLIB will once again be providing free movie licenses to Vermont public libraries. Sign-ups will begin within the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our movie licensing page for the sign-up form and statistics form. Additionally, libraries will be able to show movies outdoors on library property through the end of the year. Please visit the Outdoor Performances page on the Swank website to submit a request (please note these requests go directly to Swank and that VTLIB does not have access to them).
  • We’re also partnering again with the VT Dept. of Historic Preservation and the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to provide VT state historic sites and state parks passes to libraries. These will be mailed when VTLIB receives them; when that will be is unknown as of this time.
  • TechSoup is a website that offers low-cost software (and even hardware) to libraries and non-profits. It can be a great resource, but it can also be challenging to figure out eligibility (particularly for Microsoft products like Office). We've recently put together a web page to share what we know.
  • State Librarian Jason Broughton is in the national IMLS CARES Act Library Spotlight this month: Supporting Public, School, and Academic Libraries in Vermont
  • Governor Scott issued a statement last week in response to the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s murder.  Statements were also issued by our VT Congressional delegation, as well as Vermont legislators.
  • On April 21, Governor Scott signed bills of the following titles:
    • H.149, An act relating to modernizing statutes related to the Vermont National Guard
    • H.338, An act relating to reapportionment proposal deadlines

    To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, click here.

  • The state introduced two interactive State of Vermont Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Transparency Dashboards which graphically show how the $1.25 billion in CRF funds received by the State of Vermont were authorized and expended in support of individuals, families, vulnerable populations and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Both have interactive graphics to allow the user to display different views or to filter data to display specific elements. Both Dashboards are updated quarterly.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Summer Matters for All Grant Program webinar recording and Q&A are now available on the program website.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, New York Times Magazine journalist, and founder of the landmark 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones is the honorary chair of Preservation Week 2021 and appears in free Preservation Week artwork and audio and video Public Service Announcements (PSAs). In addition, Hannah-Jones will be featured in an episode of American Libraries Magazine’s Call Number podcast for a conversation on the 1619 Project, the modern legacy of slavery in the U.S., and the social justice power that community archives represent. Follow her on Twitter with @nhannahjones as she engages in discussions surrounding civil rights and social justice and highlights the significance of community archives.
    Also consider joining these two free Preservation Week 2021 Webinars

     

  • WebJunction is partnering with the Free Library of Philadelphia on a series of free webinars on the Community-Centered Libraries project, which trained over 300 staff at the Free Library of Philadelphia in community engagement skills. The webinars will cover facets of the curriculum and feature staff with reflections on their learning. Dates for the webinars are June 3, July 8, and August 5. The topics of the webinars are: Building Connections with Community Assets, On Implicit Bias and Communication, and Exploring the SOAR Model.
  • The recording of last week's #REALM Project webinar is now available. "Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A Webinar" explores the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on reopening and ongoing operations plans for organizations, as well as the scientific knowns/unknowns of the vaccines.
  • AARP's next Monthly Placemaking Meetup, on Friday, April 30th from 12:00-1:00pm, will focus on the theme of Food & Flowers. Join your fellow Vermont placemakers for a discussion on gardens and growing, including edible landscaping, planting for beautification, community gardening and more.
  • Tickets are now available for the Entrepreneurship & Libraries Spring 2021 Virtual Workshop, “The Invisible Industry: Resources for Supporting Cannabis Entrepreneurs.” This event is free and will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 1:00-4:30pm. Free.
  • National Summer Learning Association is offering a free webinar: Creating Healing-Centered Summer Programs on Wednesday, May 5 at 2:00pm. This interactive training provides a foundation in trauma-informed practice and offers concrete strategies. The training explores three core ways that programs can maximize their healing potential: through the power of relationships, by encouraging physical activity, and creating manageable, resilience-building patterns of stress.
  • Join Vermont Afterschool for a Summer Ambassador Engagement Webinar on Tuesday, April 27 at 1:00pm. As individuals who are regularly engaged with children, youth, and families, we know that you are hearing a lot of questions about summer and how best to engage youth in summertime opportunities while ensuring health and well-being. Please join a webinar hosted by Vermont Afterschool with the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Department of Mental Health to discuss Summertime Engagement and how to support youth and families this summer.
  • Join the Vermont Farm to School Network for a webinar for educators to learn how to enrich existing curriculum with a Farm to School approach. This introductory session will dig into hands-on examples of programming connected to learning goals that educators can use right away. This free webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. Register online.

Community Updates

  • On April 30, hundreds of libraries nationwide will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Día! This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds by linking children and families to multicultural books, stories, and other library resources. Día celebrations consist of multicultural events, including family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and a host of other fun activities. Visit the Día website for resources such as booklists, customizable event posters, map of participating libraries, etc. If your library or institution is hosting a Día celebración, please post the details to the Association for Library Service to Children's (ALSC) registry: bit.ly/registerdia
  • The NASA Office of STEM Engagement invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and other eligible nonprofit institutions via the 2021 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Notice of Funding Opportunity. For more information regarding these opportunities and scheduled information sessions, please visit the 2021 NASA TEAM II NOFO landing page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and click on ‘List of Open Program Elements’.

Health and Wellness

Have a great weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Dear Library Community,
It’s another week to celebrate Vermont libraries: ALA announces recipients of $1 million in community engagement funding for small and rural libraries. Among the recipients are 17 Vermont libraries, bringing the total between the two award cycles to 32. We are excited to follow your progress and see the impact your projects have on your communities and Vermont as a whole. Congratulations!

VTLIB and State of Vermont

  • Updates from two of our book awards:
    • VTLIB and the Red Clover Book Award reading committee are pleased to present the 2021-2022 Red Clover Book Award nominees! The master list is available on the Red Clover page on our website. A master list with annotations, as well as the bookmark and other materials, is coming soon.
    • We are also excited to collaborate with the Green Mountain Book Award reading committee on the 2021-2022 Green Mountain Book Award nominee list! You will find nominees on our GMBA web page. We are proud of this list and we know your teens will enjoy reading through it!

A huge thank you to the reading committees for doing some incredible work despite the pandemic.

Funding Opportunity

  • Applications for the Summer Matters for All grant program are now being accepted. The program makes at least $1.5 million (with a grant award range of $20,000-$75,000) available to expand access to summer enrichment opportunities for youth statewide during Summer 2021. Libraries are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 5, 2021. Please carefully review the grant page for details. There will be an open call on April 20th from 12-1pm hosted by Vermont Afterschool with more information about this grant opportunity. Registration required.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Vermont Civics Collaborative invites you to What Does Race Have to Do with It? On April 21, at 7:00pm, join Delma Jackson, Senior Fellow at the Center for Whole Communities, and Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram as they talk race, civic engagement, and the humanities. The speakers will reflect on how our history and policies have contributed to creating, maintaining, and disrupting systems of oppression, and consider how entrenched ideas and practices continue to interfere with full civic engagement within global majority communities. Finally, they will discuss specific efforts to remove barriers to engaging BIPOC Vermonters. Free.
  • In honor of Earth Day, DCSLA & DCLA are cohosting a lecture about sustainable design on the renovated MLK Memorial Library. Thursday April 22, 2021 at 2:00pm. Participants will hear from Jaspreet Pahwa, AIA, LEED AP, who has been delivering transformative, award-winning built environment projects in both DC and Virginia for 18 years. In her current role she leads the Design and Construction for DC Public Library (DCPL).
  • The next ALA Connect Live will be Thursday, April 22nd at 2:00pm. The topic will be Library Marketing and Outreach. President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. will be joined by librarians who have orchestrated successful outreach and marketing campaigns in their communities. Topics will include ALA’s suite of tools, including ready-made content for social channels to use for observances of Library Card Sign-Up Month and other upcoming celebrations. Submit questions in advance.

Community Updates

  • The American Library Association published the fact sheet Broadband Funding Opportunities in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The sheet provides a summary of those sections in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that provide funding for broadband.
  • In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, here is a blog post from Wild Apricot about onboarding and welcoming new volunteers.
  • If you are struggling with your mortgage, rent, utilities and other housing expenses because of COVID-19, your local Home Ownership Center can help. They have HUD-approved counselors on staff and available to help you obtain the assistance you need to keep your home. These housing counseling services, provided to any household affected by COVID-19, are a collaborative effort between the Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) administering the Community Development Block Grant COVID (CDBG-CV) funds and the organizations that operate Homeownership Centers in Vermont.
  • The Spring/Summer edition of Diverseability Magazine is now available online.
  • The newest edition of JSTOR Weekly features several interesting articles, including How the Media Covered Police Brutality Three Decades Ago.

Health and Wellness

  • Join COVID Support VT for a free webinar Let’s Get Outside: Recreational Opportunities in VT. This is the third session of their educational Town Hall series, highlighting the many outdoor and recreational opportunities that the beautiful state of Vermont has to offer, as well as the benefit that these activities have for your overall wellness! April 27, 2021 at 6:30pm.
  • In addition to hosting a variety of health and wellness related workshops, COVID Support VT features local and national COVID-19 information, self-care resources, and a link to support counselors. Please share with your community.

Wishing you a good week,
Janette

 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Dear Library Community,
I’d like to open with a link to last Wednesday’s ACCD presentation on the Vermont Forward plan. We found this webinar incredibly helpful as it answered all of the questions we’ve been getting from you all. It’s an hour well spent.

State of Vermont

  • On April 13, Governor Scott signed bills of the following titles:
    • H.10, An act relating to permitted candidate expenditures
    • H.127, An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Barre
  • To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, click here.
  • Vermont Afterschool is proud to work with Governor Scott, Senator Bernie Sanders, and the Vermont Agency of Education to establish the 2021 Summer Matters for All Grant Program. At least $1.5 million will be available to expand access to summer enrichment opportunities for youth statewide. We learned today that libraries will be eligible to apply.
  • The application will open on April 20th. Please check this site for updates on eligibility, funding priorities, and more information as it is released. There will be a grant webinar on April 20th at 12pm which will provide more information about the summer grant opportunity.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Join VTLIB and the Vermont Golden Dome Book Award Reading Committee on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 10:00am-1:00pm for the 2021 Vermont Golden Dome Book Award Virtual Conference. From 10:00am-12:00pm, you'll hear from the reading committee about the 2021-2022 VT Golden Dome Book Award nominees, as well as about books that almost made the list. And then, award-winning author and 2021-2022 VT Golden Dome nominee author Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes (Black Brother, Black Brother) will join us for a keynote presentation from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Free.
  • ALA will host a COVID Library Relief Fund Information Session on April 22, 2021 at 3:00pm. They will highlight the fund, review all stages of the application process, and respond to questions you might have as you begin or reach the completion of your application.
  • Save the Date for the virtual Summit on the Future of Vermont on May 26 and 27, 1-5pm. The summit will bring Vermonters together to consider the Vermont Proposition ‒ a framework of ideas for the future of the state, drawn from the input of thousands of Vermonters, that lays out a set of bold opportunities for our economy, communities, and environment by mid-century. Registration will open in late April.
  • For over 14 years, Inclusive Services at Brooklyn Public Library has been partnering with Music for Autism to offer concerts at their libraries. The concerts have brought thousands of people to the Brooklyn libraries, including many first-time attendees. Because of the expansion of virtual library programming, these free interactive concerts are now open to people with autism beyond the BPL system. On Thursday April 22nd from 1-3pm there will be an open house about these programs. Topics will include information about the content of the concerts, what makes the programs Autism and sensory friendly, and how other libraries can get involved.
  • The next Vermont State Mathematics Coalition "Math Beyond the Horizon" talk will be "Can you hear the shape of a drum?," presented by Carolyn Gordon, from 11am to noon on Saturday, April 24, 2021. This series is oriented toward strong high school math students interested in new topics, but it is open to anyone. Registration is free but required for each session.
  • The United States Census Bureau is offering two free webinars next week. The first is Tuesday, April 20th at 2:00pm: “Accessing Census Bureau Data for Rural Communities.” It will cover basic Census geography, rural vs. urban terminology, as well as tools and tables using the American Community Survey (ACS) for the contemporary rural landscape. The second is April 22nd at 2pm ET: “Statistics in Schools – Bringing Census Bureau Data to Classrooms.” This will teach data users how to explore the Statistics in Schools (SIS) Website, which provides valuable and easy-to-use lessons for K-12 students who have the increasing need for data-literacy to compete in the 21st Century.
  • Join the Gale Consortia Directors for Pandemic Reality—Tools to Support Your Communities on April 20th at 2:00pm. Whether you’re focused on career-seeking adults, ensuring small businesses make it through, finding resources for ELLs, strengthening and supporting social emotional learning and mental health for teens, or all of the above, Gale can help ensure learning for everyone—your communities and your library staff.

Community Updates

  • Yesterday, the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project hosted a webinar to explore the topic of COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for organizations. Presenters provided information on vaccine education, including resources available to help address vaccine misinformation in the community. The recording, slides, and chat are now available online.
  • The article Public Libraries Can Tap into Eligible Funds Worth Billions provides some helpful information on what which ARPA funds are potentially available to libraries.
  • The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) will launch in October 2021. It will be the largest, most powerful, and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. To host a NASA-supported event and receive free materials for the Webb launch, please see fill out the linked form by May 16, 2021.
  • PBS LearningMedia has put together some new resources for teachers and parents related to environmental activism and sustainability.
  • The Smithsonian has collaborated with cultural organizations in communities across the nation to create Vaccines & US. The resources included on the site are intended to help individuals make an informed decision about COVID‑19 vaccines and provide tools to help in discussions about the vaccines with family, friends, and community.

Health and Wellness

Wishing you a relaxing weekend.
Janette

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Dear Library Community,

I hope this Tuesday update finds you well.

VTLIB, State, and Federal

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Humanities Council invites you to For the Love of N’dakinna: Abenaki Continuity and Adaptation on 4/14/2021 at 7:00pm. Abenaki people have thrived within N’dakinna, their homeland, for more than 10,000 years. While the people and their culture have changed during this time, the core values of their ancestors have remained constant. In this First Wednesdays event, Melody Walker Brook, citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band of N’dakinna and former chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, describes how these core values can help shape a more beautiful future. First Wednesdays are supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the VT Department of Libraries.

Community Updates

  • The American Library Association just announced a $1.25M emergency fund for libraries impacted by COVID-19. They are accepting applications through May 20, 2021. The ALA invites public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $30,000 to $50,000 from the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund.
  • The Green Mountain Book Award reading committee is searching for two adult members and two teen members! The deadline to apply is May 9.
  • Watch this video, produced by Jay Craven of Kingdom County Productions, that features multiple readers of Dr. Martin Luther King's April 4, 1967 speech Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break the Silence. Readers include Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Alice Walker and Viet Thanh Nguyen; Grammy-winning singer/songwriters Rosanne Cash and Arlo Guthrie; Tony-winning choreographer and Kennedy Center Honoree Bill T. Jones; West Point Graduate, Vietnam veteran, and Gold Star Father Colonel Andrew Bacevich (Ret.); Vermont climate activist Bill McKibben; 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams and others.

Health and Wellness

Have a good week.
Janette

Friday, April 9, 2021

Dear Library Community,
You may have already had a chance to review the administration’s phased reopening plan Vermont Forward.  Libraries are included in the sector-specific guidance for Group B Sectors. This sector guidance applicable to libraries—effective today (4/9/21) through 4/30/21—doesn’t deviate from the previous ACCD work safe rules. Starting on May 1 Group B sectors shift to Universal Guidance. Note that this guidance should be used as a baseline. The plan explicitly allows taking additional safety precautions if you and your board deem it necessary to keep your staff and patrons healthy and safe.  We are offering a library meetup next Friday 4/16/2021 at 1:00pm to give you a chance to voice concerns and questions, share resources and strategies, and explore ideas as we move through the stages of this plan. We hope you can join. You are welcome to send your questions ahead of time to Joy Worland.

State of Vermont

  • Governor Scott and his Administration presented a plan to strategically invest $1 billion in one-time federal money provided to states to jumpstart recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and support long-term economic growth.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • The Vermont Community Leadership Network is hosting a workshop Local Approaches to Promote Mental Health & Tackle Substance Misuse on Tuesday, April 13th, 10:00am. The workshop will include stories and strategies from the Swanton Enhancement Project, Turning Point of Windham County, Greater Falls Connection, and Farm First, as well as group workshopping and sharing.
  • If you’d like to hear more about the reopening plan and other topics that affect your municipalities, you should consider attending next week’s Town Officer Education Conference (TOEC). Among many important speakers, the conference features presentations by Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner of Public Health and Dr. Patsy Kelso, State Epidemiologist. 
  • If you’re interested in prison policy reform, you may want to attend Access to justice: A story of redemption which features a live chat with one of the great American jailhouse lawyers, Shon Hopwood. April 15, 2:00pm.
  • The Vermont Historical Society’s Vermont Eats series of virtual cooking classes continues this spring:
    • April 13--The WPA Interviews of Italian-American Stoneworkers in Barre 
    • April 20--Mt. Lebanon to Vermont: George Haddad’s Journey
    • April 27--The Kitchens of Ohavi Zedek and the Jewish Community in Burlington

Community Updates

  • The Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers is creating a toolkit with resources for working with marginalized populations. April's focus is on serving children with print disabilities. This blog post links to recommended early literacy books, resources for librarians and caretakers, and the toolkit.
  • Auditions are open for the Listen Up project through May 7. The Listen Up Project is an ambitious original musical based on 8 months of interviews, workshops, conversations and listening sessions with more than 800 teens across Vermont.
  • AARP Vermont invites community organizations and local governments across the state to apply for the 2021 Community Challenge grant program, now through April 14. Grants fund quick-action projects that can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand or tens of thousands for larger projects. Now in its fifth year, the grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods, and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages.
  • April 25-May 1 is Preservation Week. ALA is offering free webinars on Community Archiving and Collecting and Preserving after Tragedy. Visit the event website for more information on the webinars and resources and tools to participate in Preservation Week.
  • The Schedule of Vermont PBS Programs for the months of April and May is based on the PBS Teacher Planning Kit for March-May, which includes bundled media and materials that can be used during in-person or remote instruction, both with or without internet access. Each planning sheet for elementary and secondary education has been pulled out individually and linked to its corresponding week on the schedule with a different program highlighted weekly. Learn more about how to use the planning kits by viewing the screencast, How to Navigate PBS Teacher Planning Kits. For more information about the partnership between the Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont PBS, visit the AOE’s Vermont PBS webpage or the Vermont PBS Distance Learning page.
  • Check out Harper Collins’ resources to help you celebrate National Library Week.

Health and Wellness

I hope you’re savoring every ray of sunshine today!
Janette

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Tuesday resource update:

State and Federal

  • Please take a moment to read Governor Scott’s statement About Racist Response to Efforts to Vaccinate Vermont’s BIPOC Population.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold a series of virtual meetings on the American Rescue Plan (ARP) on Wednesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 8, with Vermont small businesses, municipalities, and public libraries. The session with public libraries happens on 4/8/2021 from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Please pre-register.
  • VT PTAC (VT Procurement Technical Assistance Center) will be hosting a series of webinars explaining the components of the System for Award Management (SAM) on April 7th, 8th, and 9th at 11:00am each day. Part 1 will focus on the SAM, CAGE & DUNS registration processes. Part 2 will discuss the SAM notarized letter process. Part 3 will explore the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) tool.

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Due to the conflict caused by Sen. Sanders’ virtual meetings, we are rescheduling our Disaster Planning for Vermont Libraries training series. The first meeting will now happen on April 15th and the second on April 22nd , both are held from 2:00 – 3:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the schedule change.
  • Make Music Day is an annual worldwide festival of music, celebrated in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries on June 21. The Vermont version of this is a statewide effort organized and promoted by Big Heavy World. Vermont libraries are invited to join the effort by hosting musical experiences that enrich their local communities, whether oriented to children and families, seniors, new Americans, BIPOC, LGBTQ, teens, other marginalized groups, the general public or all of the above! On Tuesday, April 13th at 10:00am, Big Heavy World staff are joining VTLIB for an online session about the project and how libraries can participate. Join to learn about the event, get ideas about programming, learn about logistics and how Big Heavy World will support and promote your program. We will start the workshop with a little mini version of Make Music Day to get you in the mood!

Community Update

Health and Wellness

  • At this time of the year, many Vermonters share a collective excitement about our summer gardens. Read Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens in which the late neurologist and author describes the positive physical effects of these oases.
  • The Vermont Department of Health wants you to tell the world What Getting Vaccinated Means to You! Submit your original videos, photos or written thoughts on what being vaccinated means to you — whether you’ve already been vaccinated or not. Select submissions will be featured in the VDH’s new TV ad campaign and one lucky submitter will be picked at random to receive a $500 cash card.

Wishing you a good rest-of-the-week.
Janette

Friday, April 2, 2021

Dear Library Community,

I’d like to open this update by congratulating Bree Drapa (Westford Public Library), Tayler Goodwin (Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol), and Margaret Woodruff (Charlotte Library) on being accepted to the prestigious Outstanding in Their Field ARSL Leadership Institute. We know you’ll make Vermont proud!

VTLIB and State of Vermont

Learning Opportunities and Events

  • Register for the April 15 REALM project webinar, “Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines.” The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project is hosting a webinar to explore the topic of COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for organizations. Presenters will provide information on vaccine education, including resources available to help address vaccine misinformation in the community. They will also share aspects of what is known and unknown in the scientific community about vaccines, along with a general update about the REALM project.
  • On Wednesday, Apr. 21, 12:00pm, P2PU is presenting a free training that will explore the basics of running peer-based learning circles and teach library staff how to hold learning circles about The 1619 Project, a long-form journalism initiative that examines and reframes the history of slavery in the USA.
  • As part of National Library Week, the American Library Association, in partnership with United for Libraries and Booklist, will present a live conversation with Dan Rather in honor of Take Action for Libraries Day on Thursday, April 8, 7:30pm. The free event is open to the public, and libraries are encouraged to promote it among their communities. Early registration is recommended as space is limited.
  • Library Journal’s Day of Dialog returns virtually on May 6. Along with a packed day of panels ranging from historical fiction to social justice, the event will feature extended individual interviews with four important authors. Free.
  • The inaugural U.S. Book Show is a three-day virtual event presented by Publishers Weekly to serve the book publishing, library, and bookselling community. The show will host panels that will include a spotlight on libraries and buzz panels highlighting Fall 2021 titles and serve up one-to-one connections with exhibitors and attendees. May 25-27
  • The next Vermont State Mathematics Coalition "Math Beyond the Horizon" talk will be "Where Am I - How does your GPS Work?," presented by David Hathaway, from 11 AM to noon on Saturday, April 10, 2021. This series is oriented toward strong high school math students interested in new topics but is open to anyone. Registration is free but required for each session.
  • The U.S. Census Buereau is hosting a summit on “Accessing Census Bureau Data for Rural Communities” -- a FREE Virtual Webinar that will teach basic Census geography, rural vs. urban terminology, as well as tools and tables using the American Community Survey (ACS) for the contemporary rural landscape. April 20, 2021 at 2 pm

Community Updates

  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA, just launched the Book & Media Awards Shelf, a database driven website presenting a curated collection of books, recordings, apps, websites, and other media for children (birth to age 14). The Awards Shelf includes almost 2,000 ALSC award-winning titles from 100 years of awards history. Entries include annotations, genre designations, recommended age levels, and more, along with links for printing, sharing, and looking up titles at local libraries (via WorldCat).
  • Check out the Vermont Mural Project, which brings together young people, educators, cultural organizers, socially-engaged artists, business leaders and community members from all walks of life to envision solutions and strengthen Vermont's capacity to achieve social and environmental justice. Could your library be part of this project?
  • Violent attacks against Asians and Pacific Islanders have been picking up. In this week’s Tech At Work, see how tech is standing with and helping the AAPI community.

Health And Wellness

For those of you who celebrate: Happy Pesach and Happy Easter, respectively.
Janette

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Dear Library Community,
Here is your Tuesday update. I wanted to include a reminder that many of the things we include may not be of interest to your libraries but could be to your communities. Please share as you deem appropriate.

State of Vermont

Several announcements this week by the Scott administration:

Funding Opportunities and Programs for Libraries and to Share

  • Sole Proprietor Stabilization Grant Program
    A second round of sole proprietors grants from the VT Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) was recently announced. This additional funding will offer grants of between $1,500 and $10,000 to qualifying Sole Proprietors on a first come, first served basis. The application for this new round of funding will open on Monday April 5th. A webinar to explain the online application process will be available on Thursday, April 1st at 4:00pm.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Opens on April 8th

    Reminder that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plans to open applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program (SVOG) on April 8th. Visit the SVOG application portal for the latest information, FAQs, and application information to stay up to date on this program.

  • Restaurant Revitalization Webinar
    The American Rescue Plan Act includes a carve out of $29 billion for the restaurant industry referred to as the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Food Creators Financial has spent time looking at the fine print and is offering a webinar to help restaurant owners navigate the coming program. The webinar is scheduled for Monday, March 29th at 3:00pm. Find full details and registration at the Food Creators Financial website.

     

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • The 2021 New England Library Association conference will be three virtual events and a one day in-person conference spread out from September 1st to October 18th. The dates and topics for the three virtual events are September 1st: Advocacy, September 14th: Diversity, and October 1st: Leadership/Management. The in-person event is October 18th in Worcester, MA. VTLIB will sponsor attendance to this conference for a number of Vermont Library staff. Please watch this update for an announcement.
    • The Vermont Genealogy Library is offering a series of exciting classes this spring. They include “Organizing Your Research,” “Solving More Mysteries with Documents and DNA,” and “Using Timelines to Find Holes in Research.” $10 per class. Saturdays at noon.
    • You are invited to ASTHO's Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit on April 21. This virtual meeting is an invaluable opportunity for state and territorial health practitioners to connect and explore practices to address racial and ethnic disparities in their jurisdictions. They have a dynamic speaker lineup prepared, including a keynote speech from National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi will draw from his extensive career in anti-racist research and activism to share his ideas for how we can advance anti-racism in government and beyond.
    • The schedule is now available for the Library Technology Certificate program at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut. The program is a fully online 27-credit program recognized by the American Library Association.

    Community Update

    • Are you concerned about safety issues at your library? Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, offers up another “HR Minute” on workplace safety, including workplace violence, on his UVM Extension public library education website titled Personal Safety & Know what to do in an emergency, found under the “Workplace safety” dropdown. Also offered for download are four helpful handouts from UVM Police Services to edit as you wish including An Emergency Action Plan Guide, A Suspicious Person or Activity Response Guide, Workplace Safety – BE MORE AWARE, and Workplace Violence guidelines and suggestions.
    • Speaking of Gary, many of you have benefited from this grant. Nice writeup about the project he spear-headed: UVM grant makes it safe to visit libraries again.
    • The Association for Rural and Small Libraries is accepting conference session proposals for the 2021 annual conference. Proposals are due April 27th.
    • Virtual Money Smart Week 2021 begins April 10th. This is a national educational initiative coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and ALA. Events include multiple webinars and shorter presentations. Toolkits and a press kit for libraries to promote the events are also available. Content is provided by government, non-profit and educational institutions. All events are free and open to the public.
    • To wrap up Women's History Month, an article on women and book clubs: How women invented book clubs, revolutionizing reading and their own lives.

    Health and Wellness

    • The NYT published this interactive tool to help you decide What Can You Do Once You’re Vaccinated? The article does mention repeatedly that it is ultimately up to you and the level of risk you’re willing to take.

    Happy, sunny day!
    Janette

    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Dear Library Community,

    Thanks to those of you who attended yesterday’s meetup. We launched a needs survey that will help us design any ARPA fund grants in a way that reflects the needs and plans of Vermont libraries. Kindly coordinate the submission with your leadership to make sure we only receive one submission per library. Here is a Word version to give you a preview. Submissions are due by end of day on April 6.

    VTLIB, State, and Federal

    • VTLIB has a new page of Library Building Renovation and Construction Resources that will be updated regularly to help libraries think about, explore, and plan library construction, renovation, restoration, and expansion.
    • Registration is open for the Certificate of Public Librarianship Collection Development Core Course. There will be four required synchronous online sessions each Thursday in June from 10:00-11:30am as well as homework between sessions.
    • In an effort to provide an outlet for Vermont youth to share their pandemic experiences, Governor Scott, the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and Vermont Afterschool held a virtual youth summit. The event asked students from across the state to share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving the Governor and his team the opportunity to learn more about their needs and concerns as the state moves forward on student recovery efforts.
    • Congressman Welch is pleased to inform you that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has given each Member of Congress authority to nominate up to ten community projects for possible inclusion in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. You may suggest a project for Congressman Welch to nominate by completing this survey, which will be open until Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Unfortunately, no responses can be considered after the March 31st deadline. Applicants should carefully review the guidance documents linked on the website to identify the accounts in the appropriations bill for which Members of Congress may nominate community projects. The applications must abide by the strict Appropriations Committee guidance to be eligible for consideration. This will be a competitive process and there are no guarantees that nominated projects will receive funding.
    • New, this week from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS):

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • Slow Food Vermont is teaming up with the Vermont Library Association to offer a spring garden opportunity. They are offering Plant-a-Seed kits from Slow Food USA to ten libraries across the state. Join the Plant-a-Seed @ the Library Introduction and Q&A session via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20th at 2:00pm to learn about the program and how to get a kit.

    Community Updates

    • Kingdom County Productions and the Listen Up Project have launched Black Voices of Vermont, an interactive media project honoring and centering the voices of Black Vermonters. A collaborative story sharing project, Black Voices of Vermont will amplify the stories and perspectives of Black teens across the state. If you know any teens who want to participate in this project, have them contact Shani Stoddard.
    • Join the Nantucket Atheneum for their virtual event One Book One Island: Clemmons Vermont Family Farm: 'Stair Stories: Reclaiming Heritage and Home' featuring Dr. Lydia Clemmons. Dr. Clemmons offers an interactive presentation on the history of her family's farm and how it fits into the wider history of African-Americans. Her talk will cover African-American property ownership, storytelling, history, and race. March 31st, at 6:30pm.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good weekend.
    Janette

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    With Fair Housing Month quickly approaching, I wanted to spotlight the CVOEO Fair Housing Month Community Art Project. Community art projects are engaging to patrons of all ages and can be displayed virtually, outside, in storefronts, or any other distanced way. With the free take-home art kits that our partner organization CVOEO has available, you have ready-made programming. All you need to do is fill out this form, and they’ll send you sets of 10 with canvas boards, paints, brushes, and art prompts.

    VTLIB, State and Federal

    • The Department of Libraries is providing funding for 20 librarians to attend a two-part ALA workshop: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library. The two sessions are April 29th and May 6th, from 2:30-4:00pm. This is a great opportunity to help you make your services more accessible. The application is due April 6th at 5pm. VTLIB will notify funding recipients and register attendees as a group once confirmed. This program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries. Please contact Joy Worland with any questions, joy.worland@vermont.gov.
    • The 2021-2022 Vermont Golden Dome Book Award nominees have been chosen! Visit the VTLIB website to see if your middle-grade favorites made the list.
    • On Friday, the Scott administration laid out the projected timeline to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to all remaining age bands.
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program portal has been launched. The application is slated to open on April 8, 2021.
    • The White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System in partnership with Northshire Civic Center will be hosting an off-site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, March 24th, from 9:00am– 1:00pm, at the rink in Manchester Center, VT. This clinic will be open to enrolled Veterans of ALL ages.
    • Read the latest IMLS blog post: How Women Shaped Our Nation: Inspiring Today's Students with a Peek into the Past.

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • Join the IS Management and Leadership Committee for a presentation and discussion From "Inclusive Leadership" to "Advancing Equity" Part 2. This session will provide an exploration of frameworks and organization development models that can guide leaders and institutions toward building more equitable environments and practices. A focus of the program will be on shifting mental models from a "diversity" frame to an "equity" frame, with practical guidance on how leaders can overcome the challenges to building more just cultures and practices. March 29th, 4:00pm. Free.
    • The African American Male Education Network and Development (A2MEND), Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and California Community College Organización de Latinx Empowerment Guidance & Advocacy for Success (COLEGAS) invite you to attend Silence is Violence: Unpacking and Addressing Anti-AAPI Violence. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the deliberate actions of some political leaders, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk. Join this critical dialogue on what action to take to stop this from continuing. March 27th, 4:00pm. Free.

    Community Update

    • National Library Week 2021 is April 4-10. The theme is “Welcome to Your Library.” Activities during the week include the release of the report on Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020, National Library Workers Day on April 6th, and outreach and advocacy initiatives.

    Health and Wellness

    Now get outside!
    Janette

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    Here is your Friday update.

    VTLIB, State and Federal

    • A reminder that VTLIB is hosting a library meetup on Thursday, March 25th at 2:00pm. In addition to discussing the originally planned topic of next steps to opening, we will provide an update on the new federal funding that is coming our way through the American Rescue Plan and other potential sources.
    • Governor Scott issued a Gubernatorial Flag Directive for today, March 19, 2021, to mark the one-year anniversary of Vermont’s first confirmed fatalities to COVID-19. The directive has the flags of the United States of America and the State of Vermont be flown at half-staff at the State House and at all state facilities and grounds today from sunrise to sunset. It further decrees that all municipalities, courthouses, places of worship and others capable, ring their bells 14 times, representing the Vermonters lost in all 14 counties, from 7:00 to 7:01 p.m., as the sun sets and during the final minute flags are flown at half-staff.
    • Governor Scott signed S.110, An act relating to extending eligibility for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
    • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.
    • Join IMLS Director Crosby Kemper for Conversations with Crosby: American Treasures-Hollywood, History, and Heritage on Wed, Mar 24, 2021, 2:00pm.

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • Registration is now open for the virtual *LACUNY Institute 2020/2021 Conference: "Ending the Library Stereotype: Non-traditional Practices for the 21st-century.” Wednesday, May 5th and Thursday, May 6th, 2021. Registration fee: $5.00.
    • The next Vermont State Mathematics Coalition "Math Beyond the Horizon" talk will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 27, 2021. This series is oriented toward strong high school math students interested in new topics but is open to anyone. Registration is free and required for each session. 
    • The Vermont Community Leadership Network is offering a workshop on Tuesday, March 23rd, 10:00am: Answering the Challenge of Democracy: Building Unity, Connection, and Engagement for a Stronger Future. The discussion will be moderated by Vermont Council on Rural Development Executive Director Paul Costello. Panelists will include Representative Lucy Rogers, Senator Joe Benning, Vermont’s Director of Racial Equity Xusana Davis, Author and Middlesex Town Moderator Susan Clark.
    • Join the NNLM for Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium on April 8-9, 12:00-5:00pm. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust and raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it.
    • The Stonewall National Museum & Archives National Education Project invites educators and advocacy professionals to a virtual six-part series of workshops, speakers and curriculum that support the needs of LGBTQ youth. The series will take place on Zoom from 4:00pm on the following dates: 3/31, 4/28, 5/26, 8/25, 10/27 and 12/15. Topics will include school climate, curriculum, gender-related research, and will include original content from the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. Price is $20/session or $100 for all six.
    • SYNC Audiobooks for Teens is an annual program that gives individuals 13+ who register two complete audiobook downloads per week–including new and favorite listens–each week for 14 weeks during the summer. It's free and available worldwide. This year’s version begins April 29th. On April 15th at 2:00pm, AudioFile magazine is cohosting a free webinar for group leaders and other program facilitators who want to brush up on how to get on board with SYNC in 2021.
    • Join SHLB for the webinar What Could Schools and Libraries Do With 7 Billion? Congress is providing $7 billion in new funding to help schools and libraries support remote learning by extending their broadband connections off-campus. The opportunity formally opens a new door to exciting possibilities for how schools and libraries serve their communities. March 31, 1:00pm.

    Community Updates

    • As part of the new Vermont Community Leadership Network, the Vermont Council on Rural Development is launching a new program to convene and provide targeted support to a cohort of Vermonters working actively on response and recovery. For anyone interested, VCRD will host an online information session to discuss the program on March 22 at 1:00pm. For those unable to attend, a recording of this session will be made available soon afterwards. To apply, please submit this short form by March 29, 2021.
    • Military Kids Vermont invites all youth (no military affiliation required) to participate in the “Kids Creating Change For a Better Tomorrow” Poetry Contest. Deadline to participate is April 2, 2021.
    • The New England Library Association has announced the inaugural year of their Emerging Leaders Virtual Cohort. This program is designed to connect emerging leaders throughout New England in a format that allows for thoughtful discussion and critical examination of subjects pertaining to library leadership. Candidates must be a current NELA member, employed or seeking employment at a New England library, and have no more than five years of experience in a library management position. Cohort meetings will be weekly for two hours on Mondays, August-October. Applications are due May 1, 2021.
    • Reminder that the American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are accepting applications for the 'Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture' grant through April 1, 2021. Talk Story is a family literacy program that caters to American Indian, Asian, and Pacific Islander families, celebrating their stories through books, storytelling, and art. Once again, AILA and APALA have partnered on this grant program to allocate funding to libraries and community organizations to help them implement Talk Story programs.
    • The March 2021 edition of ALA’s EDI Update is now available.
    • The March 17, edition of Crossroads-the newsletter for library learning is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    Wishing you a weekend filled with sunshine.
    Janette

    Friday, March 12, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    Happy Friday. A gentle reminder to switch your clocks to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday morning.

    VTLIB, State, and Federal

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • Teen Lit Mob, Vermont's only teen literary festival, will celebrate teen readers, YA lit, and its fandom on Friday, May 7th, from 9:00am-2:30pm on Zoom. Register to attend now with this quick & easy form to reserve your spot! Free!
    • Free virtual keynote talk hosted by Vermont Afterschool: STEM Education in Our New World with Dr. Ainissa Ramirez. Dr. Ramirez will explore how to re-engage young people with STEM, share why all citizens need to know STEM, and highlight the key STEM skills that citizens of the 21st century will need. She will also discuss her path in science and reflect on potential new practices in STEM education for the future. Thursday, March 25th, 11:30am-12:30pm.
    • The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown millions of Americans out of work and challenged libraries to find creative ways to help jobseekers and adult learners navigate an uncertain and fast-changing landscape. This webinar Libraries and Workforce Development: Connecting the Dots between Your Patrons and Public Policy will feature national policy experts who will provide big-picture context, data, and resources to help library staff to strategically connect with local, state and national workforce policy conversations. Mar 30, 2021, 2:00pm.
    • Join the Library 2.021 Worldwide Virtual Conference on March 25 and 26, 2021, 1:00-6:00pm. There is no cost to attend. The goal of the event is for library workers to share best practices and build more inclusive library spaces for all. The intended audience is librarians, library staff members, and library school students from around the glove. Attendees will have the option to view live presentations in English and Spanish.
    • Save the Date: On May 27 from 1-4 pm the Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference will bring together public and academic librarians and information professionals from across North America to examine best practices for supporting the informational needs of cannabis entrepreneurs. The workshop will be free and online. Registration will be available by early May.
    • Join Addressing the Climate Crisis Digitally: The Power of Imagery to Communicate the Urgency of Acting Now -- a conversation with Toby Smith, Visuals and Media Program Lead at Climate Outreach in the UK. He will discuss how Climate Visuals, a program of Climate Outreach, translated research insights into 7 accessible Core Principles and created a popular reference library of hundreds of photographs illustrating the principles. The focus of Climate Visuals is on how images can motivate action - emphasizing digital media. Mar 12, 2021, 12:00pm.
    • First Book Partnership invites you to their free webinar Partnering for Impact: First Book as a resource for schools and programs serving kids in need. Tuesday, March 16th at 3:00pm.

    Community Updates

    • Gary Deziel, our UVM Extension partner, would love to know -- are there changes you’ve instituted or processes you’ve modified due to the pandemic that will be continued at your library after the pandemic? Please take the survey if you’re willing to share that information with him.
    • If your library, Friends group, or Foundation would like to "up its publicity/marketing game" through Google Ads, Google offers its Google Grants program where 501c3 organizations can apply to receive $10,000/month to spend on Google Ads.
    • The March 2021 issue of the ALA’s HR newsletter Worklife is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    • The CDC continuously issues new self-care resources:
      • Care for Yourself: One Small Way Each Day --You may experience increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. It’s important to take care of your family and friends, but it should be balanced with care for yourself.
      • Practicing Gratitude Works -- Practicing gratefulness may be the best kept secret to help reduce stress and feel better. Practicing gratitude everyday can have a significant benefit to our physical and emotional wellbeing.

    Enjoy the sunshine today!
    Janette

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    Happy Tuesday. I hope you are as excited as many on the VTLIB staff about the temps reaching over 50 this week!

    VTLIB and State

    • VTLIB is offering 33 technology micro-grants of $400 to public libraries to improve connectivity and computer access for patrons. Priority is given to libraries that weren't eligible for the recent VCF/VTLIB grants, followed by those that were eligible but didn't apply. The application is very brief, and the deadline is Friday, March 19, at 4:30pm.
    • We have two openings on the Red Clover Book Award Reading Committee, and we are now accepting applications for those spots. Please visit the webpage for details on being a committee member and how to apply.
    • Applications for VTLIB's summer programming grants are due March 14. Be sure to check this Google sheet to see whether someone from your library has already submitted the webform portion of the application. Please remember that in addition to the webform, you will also need to email your Certificate of Insurance & W9 to Susan Whitney (susan.whitney@vermont.gov) to complete your application.
    • The VT Department of Health has updated its guidance to allow people who are fully vaccinated to gather with other people who are vaccinated, including in their homes. Gatherings of vaccinated people may also include one household that is not vaccinated. Two unvaccinated households should not gather.
    • Governor Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced that Barry Callebaut U.S.A. LLC has received a workforce development grant of $204,266.40 through Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Vermont Training Program (VTP).
    • The Vermont Health Connect website will transition to a new platform in April. They have developed a flyer to help stakeholders prepare for the change.

    Events and Learning Opportunities

    • The National Digital Inclusion Alliance will once again hold an online version of Net Inclusion instead of the in-person conference. This series will include 8 one-hour webinars, every Wednesday from April 7 through May 26 at 1:00pm. All webinars include an additional 30-minute wrap-up for conversation and Q&A with panelists and fellow participants.
    • Bibliotheca is hosting A Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, and other titles, including Whereabouts, which was originally written in Italian. The English translation, translated by Lahiri, will be available April 27th. The discussion will be moderated by Heather McCormack, VP of cloudLibrary, Collection Development and Publisher Relations. March 16th, 11:00am.
    • The Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) connects public library professionals and MIT Media Lab researchers to collaborate and co-create public library programming. Starting April 26th they are offering a free 4-week online class Facilitating Creative Learning, which will focus on practical skills to facilitate STEAM learning programs in libraries.
    • The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District is hosting a Virtual Sustainability Series during the month of March. Topics for remaining webinars include how to make the most of your food, mending clothing, reducing food waste, non-toxic cleaning, and repair of household items.
    • Librarian Kathy MacMillan is offering a webinar series on signing at your library:
      • Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginning and Intermediate Levels)
      • Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series: Babies and Toddlers

    Online sessions via Zoom, 6 weeks, 1 hour per week. Fee: $240; group rate (10 people): $2,000.VTLIB is considering offering training on how to better support service to deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons. Please let us know if you’re interested in such an opportunity by emailing Joy Worland at joy.worland@vermont.gov.

    Community Updates

    • Deadline today: The Association for Rural & Small Libraries is assisting a foundation with determining the short and long-term needs of small and rural public libraries and/or bookmobiles located in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The results of this short survey will be used to inform a potential grant opportunity and should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.
    • The Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network, a student group consisting of students from around the state that are all working towards equity and promoting anti-racism in our schools, seeks your input. They would like to learn more about what schools serving grades K-5 are doing for diversity education. To connect with them directly, you can email: antiracismvtschools@gmail.com.
    • April 7, 2021 is Library Giving Day, a national one-day fundraising event that encourages donations to individual library systems. EveryLibrary Institute is offering two free on-demand webinars to help libraries make the most of this opportunity. The titles are “Getting the Most Out of Library Giving Day - From Fundraising to Friendraising, a Quick Start Guide to Making the Most of a Development Campaign,” and “Library Giving Day – an Opportunity to Cultivate Major Donors.”
    • Listen to the BIBLIO FILE podcast episode Richard Ovenden On the Fragility and Importance of Libraries. Richard Ovenden ​has been ​Bodley’s Librarian (the senior executive position of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford) since 2014. ​In this podcast, he talks about his new book, Burning the Books, a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge; about the threats to libraries past and present; about fire, war, violence, obsolescence, complacency, and underfunding; and about the fragility of libraries, and their fundamental importance to democracy, to truth and facts, to the rule of law, in short, to our treasured Western way of life.
    • The March 8 edition of the Vermont Professionals of Color Network newsletter is now available.
    • The March 3rd edition of WebJunction’s Crossroads newsletter is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good week!
    Janette

    Friday, March 5, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    Apparently, the world doesn’t stop because Vermont celebrates Town Meeting Day – here is your somewhat lengthy (and survey-heavy) Friday update.

    State and Federal

    Funding Opportunities

    • The Northern Border Regional Commission is opening its State Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program grant application process on Monday 3/8/2021. Significant funds are available for Public bodies, IRS recognized 501(c) organizations, Native American tribes, and the four NBRC State governments. 
    • The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLif) currently offers several grant opportunities. Year of the Book, deadline March 10, 2021, Summer Readers, deadline June 1, 2021, and RuralLibraries, deadline June 1, 2021.

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • The Vermont Community Leadership Network is offering a series of workshops that might be of interest to library directors and managers, as well as trustees. These workshops—held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 10-11:30am—focus on community development initiatives, skills training, and the sharing of best practices and inspiring success stories. The first one, entitled Positioning Your Project For Success: The Path From Idea to Successful Grant Funding, is offered on March 9th. Registration is required.
    • Is your library considering a future ballot measure? Or do you have one in a forthcoming election? Either way, get guidance about the process, from initial planning to post-election follow-up, in the EBSCO webinar Ballot Success: A Case Study with Riverside Public Library. March 9 at 2:00pm with an optional training at 3:00pm.
    • The Vermont Community Foundation invites you to their Insight Hub launch event on Tuesday, March 23rd at 1:30pm. Powered by the Vermont Community Foundation’s experience and research, and informed by the lived experience of Vermonters, the Insight Hub offers webinars, events, briefs, and peer-to-peer experiences that help philanthropists understand where their giving can make a difference in Vermont.
    • Join global public library leaders to discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This interactive session will cover how public libraries use these goals to develop actionable strategies to support community change. All library types are encouraged to attend. This discussion will be hosted by OCLC Global Council library leaders. March 9 at 11:00am.
    • Join Spruce Peak Performing Arts for their Being A BIPOC Artist in Vermont Panel. This timely and important discussion features three artists from across Vermont Jennifer Herrera, Will Kasso Condry, and Harlan Mack will join together for a one-hour discussion, followed by a brief Q&A facilitated by artist/moderator ISAIAS of San Diego, CA. Free. Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Specific offers promoted through PLA’s Skilling for Employment Post COVID-19 project and discussed during the 150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them webinar have been extended through the end of 2021. They include LinkedIn Learning Pathways, discounted Microsoft Certification exams, and learning paths and certification exams that are available in several languages.
    • The Library Freedom Project, in partnership with the Cherry Hill Public Library, the Chinese American Librarians Association (Northeast Chapter), and the Network of the National Library of Medicine, is hosting a five-part webinar series focused on issues surrounding health literacy and privacy. The webinars are once a week each week in March and the first week of April. Visit the webinar page for topics.
    • The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLif) will host a free Community Literacy Conference in March. There will be three free webinars: “Incorporating Nonfiction in your curriculum” on March 10th, “Using Comics Across Subjects” March 17th, and “Finding Your New Story idea on March 24th.
    • CLif is also hosting a Book Club for Adults. The next meeting is Friday, March 19th at 7:00pm with VT author Chris Tebbetts.
    • Community Updates
    • A new REALM Toolkit that synthesizes information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cleaning and disinfecting considerations is available for download.
    • On March 3, 2021, the House companion bill of the Build America's Libraries Act (H.R. 1581) was formally introduced. This historic legislation would provide $5 billion in funding to repair, modernize, and construct library facilities in underserved and marginalized communities.The American Library Association is requesting that you ask your Representative to invest in our library infrastructure. They have created a resource page that provides more detail on the legislation.
    • PLA has launched the Benchmark Briefings to support public libraries’ access to and use of data. The free resource translates data from the Public Libraries Survey (PLS) conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) into accessible infographics to ease library peer comparison across key characteristics.
    • PLA has been asked to help identify libraries to participate in a Second Wave of Culture + Community: A National Research & Strategy Collaboration. There is no cost to organizations to be a part of the research. Organizations that invite their communities into the survey will not only be contributing to the national picture of assets, needs, attitudes, hopes, and behaviors in connection with the arts and culture (broadly defined), they'll also be getting detailed, humanistic data about their own participants – including an online tool for comparison to the national averages on various dimensions.
    • The future of work has never been so in flux. All signs point to pandemic mandates translating to lasting changes in how we work. Gary Deziel, UVM Extension, has penned a quick “HR Minute” about the future of work and the remote/office hybrid work model. This HR minute – The unfolding hybrid work model – is available under “Human resources” at the UVM Extension website.
    • And Gary would love to know -- are there changes you’ve instituted or processes you’ve modified due to the pandemic that will be continued at your library after the pandemic? Please take the survey if you’re willing to share that information with him.
    • The Association for Rural & Small Libraries is assisting a foundation with determining the short and long-term needs of small and rural public libraries and/or bookmobiles located in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The results of this short survey will be used to inform a potential grant opportunity and should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. The deadline is March 9.
    • As a member of the young adult library services community, we invite you to participate in an online survey to help inform the work that the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) does on behalf of our community and its constituents.
    • The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is pleased to partner with the Vermont Access Network, the State Treasurer’s office, and Front Porch Forum to announce an original video contest for youth, with the goal to help them better understand the importance of managing money responsibly. This year’s theme, “Save for a Rainy Day,” is a follow-up to last year’s contest theme “Making Money Means Making Decisions.”
    • Bywater Solutions wants to hear a positive story from your library from 2020. Every story will be entered to win a $100 gift card to a bookstore of your choice. Tag your story #librarylovestory or email outreach@bywatersolutions.com and they will share with the community.
    • In the fall and winter of 2020, New America embarked on a snapshot study to gather data on how—or if—people were discovering, accessing, and using their public libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on materials that libraries made available online: Public Libraries and the Pandemic--Digital Shifts and Disparities to Overcome.
    • From the desk of completely random library stories… Need a Book With That Spider? (Trigger warning: The desktop version of this article opens with a large image of a spider)

    Health and Wellness

    I’d like to leave you with this beautiful blog post by Jason Reynolds: Grab the Mic. I’m certain, as librarians—and also as children of older parents, or older parents of children—you can relate.

    I wish you a joyful weekend,
    Janette

     

    Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    Happy sunny Friday to you. Please note that state offices are closed for Town Meeting Day on Tuesday, March 2. The next resource update is scheduled for Friday, March 5.

    VTLIB and State

    • Fair Housing Month is in April. Our discussion book sets of Evicted and Race for Profit, and A Chair for my Mother StoryWalks® are now available for checkout through the CLOVER System.
    • Through a partnership with the Vermont Lottery, AOE announces the 2021 round of a competitive grant program that seeks to further school education technology programs. The grant aims to support educators from all content areas in using technology to create connections between students and curriculum content. There will be two grant awards of $15,000 each awarded to two Vermont schools. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2021. Obtain a grant application at Education Technology | Agency of Education (vermont.gov).
    • Governor Scott announced that he has appointed Tayt Brooks, currently the Governor’s director of affordability and economic initiatives, as deputy secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD).

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • Memorable Times Online, a program of Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) in partnership with the ABLE Library of the VT Department of Libraries, takes place on the first Wednesday of each month over Zoom and telephone. The next meeting is March 3rd from 10:30 to 11:30am. They invite persons with memory loss and their care partners to join from the comfort and safety of home to share stories, memories, music and community. For more information or to obtain the link to join the session, please contact CVCOA's Family Caregiver Support Director, Barb Asen, at basen@cvcoa.org or 802-476-2681.
    • Join Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood in a conversation about their article Racelighting: A Prevalent Version of Gaslighting Facing People of Color on March 3rd at 2:30pm. "Racelighting" as a unique type of gaslighting experienced in the daily, normalized realities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Racelighting refers to the process whereby People of Color question their own thoughts and actions due to systematically delivered racialized messages that make them second guess their own lived experiences with racism. Register here.
    • Libraries and library systems are invited to submit applications for the Citizen Science Month (CSM) Mini Grants of $5,000 to increase awareness of and engagement in Citizen Science Month events and supplemental programs. $5,000 grants, provided by the National Library of Medicine, will be awarded to thirteen U.S. libraries or library systems. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply during Q&A sessions via Zoom: March 4, 2021 at 1:00pm.
    • The ALA Library Instruction Round Table is offering a free webinar about the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources, the latest in the series of Best Practices in Fair Use from American University's Center for Media & Social Impact, the Washington College of Law, and the Association of Research Libraries. Speakers will be Peter Jaszi and Meredith Jacobs from the Washington College of Law and Will Cross from North Carolina State University Libraries. March 4th, 2:00pm.
    • The Georgia Public Library System is offering a free, two-day conference on cyberbullying, LIS mental health, intellectual freedom, and being an active bystander/up-stander. The Elements of Empowerment – Defeating the Bullies and Trolls in the Library event happens on March 23-24, 2021.

    Community Updates

    • VPR’s Brave Little State teamed up with Illustrator Emulsify to create How To Support Vermonters Of Color: An Illustrated Guide.
    • Help Kwame Alexander write a poem. People of all ages are invited to submit an original poem around the themes of racial justice and human rights. Alexander will select lines from multiple submissions and combine them into one single community poem. Review guidelines and submit a poem. Deadline March 10.
    • The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) encourages library workers and educators to amplify the "Report Censorship" message. Article III of the Library Bill of Rights states, “Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” Visit OIF’s “Report Censorship” Toolkit page to learn how you can help.
    • A food systems research team at UVM is conducting a study on changes in consumer food choices and purchasing habits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can helpthemby completing their 7-minute survey about your food sources prior to and following the onset of the pandemic. Results of the survey will be analyzed as part of ongoing research to better understand the impacts of the pandemic on our Vermont food system and prepare for future disruptions. Participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous.
    • The February 26 issue of PLA e-news is now online.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good weekend.
    Janette

    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    Earlier today, Joy Worland, CE consultant, announced that we’ll be sponsoring several VT librarians (public, academic and school) to attend the ALA Virtual Conference. If you’re interested in attending, you should apply.

    State and Federal

    • Leading with some great news from the Department of Health/ACCD: If you have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine to travel to Vermont or return to Vermont, as long as at least 14 days have passed since you received your final vaccine dose. Additionally, people who meet this vaccination criteria may now gather with one other household at time.
    • Governor Scott announced that 11 new plug-in electric vehicle (EV) fast-charge stations are scheduled to be installed across Vermont over the next two years. When these new stations are completed, nearly every Vermonter will be within 30 miles of a fast-charge station.
    • To call attention to the racial injustice that Till’s death represents, the Mississippi-based, IMLS-funded Emmett Till Memorial Project created a smartphone app to guide visitors through virtual or on-site tours of 22 sites related to his murder. The app provides GPS directions to specific landmarks and offers historical and contemporary photos, narration, digital access to archival documents, social media check-ins, and historical documentary footage at each site.

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • The Vermont Humanities Council invites you to a free Zoom discussion on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00pm with Rumblestrip podcaster Erica Heilman, authors Susan Clark and Paul M. Searls, and UVM professor Cheryl Morse: Talking In Place: What Can Vermont Town Meetings Teach Us About Bridging Divides?
    • Shalini Kantayya’s newest film, ‘Coded Bias,’ will virtually screen for free across Vermont from February 22nd - March 8th. This is the second screening of this film organized in Vermont; the previous one ran for two weeks beginning in December 2020. ‘Coded Bias’ follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces. Buolamwini delves into an investigation of widespread bias in artificial intelligence and the person-made and machine-learned algorithms that drive it. Tickets are free (limited to 500).
    • A reminder that the Decameron Project will host Jason Reynolds, best-selling author of the Ghost and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You on February 26th, at 5pm. As the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress, Jason is no stranger to bringing literature to life. Tune in for a luminary conversation –– about writing for justice, the change that lives in our words, and unleashing the power of the “crazy stories” we all have to tell.
    • The Decameron Project now also has the video of a recent virtual event featuring Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, available on their website.
    • The ACRL Professional Values Committee is hosting a free online panel When Collections are Considered Controversial: Stories from Academic Library Workers on Tuesday, March 30th, 3:00pm. Hear three fascinating presentations on how academic library workers have responded to controversies and challenges related to collection development and promotion activities, from controversial medical texts, to art books and visual materials depicting sexuality, to racial justice resource guides. The presenters will also discuss how core library values did or did not factor into their approaches and the actions they took. 
    • Join global public library leaders for Public library work meets sustainable development. This interactive session will cover how public libraries use these goals to develop actionable strategies to support community change. All library types are encouraged to attend. This discussion will be hosted by OCLC Global Council library leaders. March 9, 2021, 11 am.
    • "Planning events & connecting communities & artists during the pandemic" will be the topic of the Vermont Recreation & Park Association’s quarterly meeting at 9:00am, March 10 via Zoom.
    • Join  Gumdrop Books on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:30pm or Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 3:30pm for a 30-minute Telling Epic Tales and Wild Tails Summer Reading Exclusive webinar that will feature information and materials to help your library prepare for summer reading. This year's ALA summer reading theme is "Tails and Tales,” and they will feature the latest releases that support remote and onsite reading programs.
    • Qualtrics’ free Work Different event features how-to sessions from iconic brands on the actions they are taking to move forward. Presenters include Sal Khan from Khan Academy. April 13, noon.

    Community Updates

    • VLA's Public Libraries Section is now adding library programs to the VLA  events page.
      This is where "special" library events (i.e., not story hours or recurring programs, but special events: author readings, performances, etc., that can be attended by anyone) can be posted so that nearby libraries know about them and can direct their patrons to them. If you have events you'd like added to this calendar, please email them to Barbara Ball and she’ll put them up within a day or so. Please just link to the event on your website (no Zoom links). Also, let her know what county your library is in.
    • The Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VT-VOAD) is making free masks available to Vermont non-profits. The masks come in a carton of 500. Please let VT-VOAD know if you need masks. They are also looking for locations that could store some boxes as they are trying to strategically locate the masks to get them out to organizations who have ramped up their services. Please contact Rick Cochran if you need masks or are willing to store some.
    • Pull up a seat at sisters Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner’s AntiRacist Table. It’s a platform that started as a 30-Day Challenge to help people learn, unlearn, heal, understand, and develop into changemakers that make antiracism a daily practice. It includes actionable tasks and steps that help people develop antiracism as a muscle they can build up the more they use it, all in an effort to help participants become a change for good in the world.
    • Nominations have been extended to March 1st, 2021 for The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation. The annual award recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. The award consists of a $10,000 cash prize.
    • This episode of the Skillset Podcast—a podcast from The University of South Carolina iSchool and Publishers Weekly— Libraries Lead in the New Normal, features a discussion between R. David Lankes and Mike Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus and the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington.
    • The New York Times recently published an opinion piece confirming something we already knew: Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You. It’s a good reminder for those of us who haven’t opened a picture book in a while.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good week,
    Janette

    Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    This is the last of four samples we’re taking with regard to libraries providing vaccine sign up assistance.  Please take a moment to fill out this very short survey to help us gauge the number of people you’re helping, as well as to capture any major issues during the process. So far, we’ve not had too many issues reported. We appreciate your help.

    State and Federal

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • The Virginia Beach Public Library is hosting a free Virtual Resource Showcase for the Blind & Visually Impaired on March 10 from 1:00-4:30pm. This event, intended for the newly blind, caretakers, community partners and the general public, will educate attendees on subjects such as accessibility and accommodation, blindness life skills, and library resources available to the blind and print disabled.
    • Join President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. for the first ALA Connect Live program of 2021 taking place on February 25, 2021 at 1:00pm. ALA recognizes the important and unique role libraries play in wider community conversations about resiliency, climate change, a sustainable future, and what libraries themselves can do. You can submit questions in advance.
    • On Tuesday, February 23rd from 10:00-11:30am, the Vermont Community Leadership Network will host a workshop: Sustaining Motivation, Purpose, Focus & Cohesion Amongst Our Teams. The presenter is Sarah Henshaw, of Leaves of Change, who presented at the 2020 Trustees and Friends Conference. Representative Kitty Toll, leader of the House Appropriations Committee, will also be featured.
    • National Summer Learning Network (NSLA) Summer Bootcamp Series will provide leaders with the tools they need at this moment to keep kids healthy, learning, earning, and thriving through this pandemic and beyond. March 1-5, 2021
    • Registration is now open for the New England Roundtable of Teen and Children’s Librarians 2021 Unconference March 25th, 1;00-3:30 pm ET. Fees: $10 for NELA members, $20 for non-members.

    Community Updates

    • The National Library of Medicine’s Spring 2021 #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon campaign period will run from March 1-31, 2021. This edit-a-thon will focus on improving articles related to Healthy Aging. An all-day virtual #citeNLM Edit-a-thon takes place on Wednesday, March 31. Join your colleagues and NNLM staff for a live editing session from 1-3 PM ET to chat about Wikipedia, edit articles, and connect with the #CiteNLM community. No prior experience required!
    • Check out this extensive ALA Programming Guide, created by four SustainRT advisors for Resilient Communities: Library's Respond to Climate Change.
    • The Oregon Library Association Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism has created the OLA EDI Toolkit. You can download a copy at the Oregon Library Association website, or the State Library of Oregon website.
    • Program proposals are currently being sought for YALSA's 2021 Symposium featuring the theme, "Biggest Little Safe Spaces: Serving Teens During Times of Adversity.” It will follow a hybrid virtual/in-person format and will be held from Nov. 5-7, 2021 in Reno, NV. Submit a program proposal by April 1.
    • Growing Works of Art is a writing and arts contest for students in grades 1-8 hosted by the VT Urban & Community Forestry Program and the VT Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation. This year's theme is Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives. Deadline for entries: Friday, March 12th, 2021.
    • Call Number is a podcast series from the ALA magazine American Libraries. Episode 59 looks at efforts to move forward the conversations about race and racism in the United States. American Libraries Managing Editor Terra Dankowski speaks with Emmanuel Acho, sports analyst for Fox News and former NFL linebacker (and recent Midwinter Virtual featured speaker), about his YouTube series and subsequent book Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
    • The most recent edition of WebJunction’s newsletter “Crossroads” highlights some of their free webinar recordings, including “Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries” and “Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff.” Access to webinars requires a WebJunction account, which is free.
    • The Vermont Arts Council has announced the availability of their Creation Grants, which support the creation of new work by Vermont artists. Creation Grants can fund time, materials, some equipment costs, and space rental for artists and artist groups. An independent panel of practicing artists and arts professionals reviews the applications for this highly competitive program. Deadline is April 14, 2021.
    • I AM…2021: A Virtual Exhibit,” a virtual art exhibit on display in the Vermont Arts Council’s new online gallery from February 16 through April 30. On the third Thursday of each month the Council will host a Zoom gathering for audiences to engage with the artists directly.

    Health and Wellness

    • The Central Vermont Council on Aging invites persons with memory loss and their care partners to join their Memorable Times Cafe from the comfort and safety of home to share stories, memories, music and community. These social events take place monthly over Zoom and telephone. For more information or to obtain the link to join the session, please contact Barb Asen via email at basen@cvcoa.org or 802-476-2681.
    • When we attend these sessions, we see the healing powers of music in action. Find out for yourself How Listening to Music Can Have Psychological Benefits

    Have an enjoyable weekend.
    Janette

    Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    I hope this update finds you well on this snowy day.

    State and Federal

    • Governor Scott extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency to March 15, 2021 as the State continues its distribution of vaccines to Vermonters most at risk of death. All previous addendums to the State of Emergency remain in place to continue to mitigate the spread of the virus and ensure economic protections remain in place.
    • Governor Scott, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced the recipients of the 2021 State Historic Preservation Grants. The grants, totaling $204,896, were awarded to 13 municipalities and non-profit organizations statewide in eight counties, facilitating the repair and rehabilitation of important historic buildings.
    • The Agency of Administration, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) and Vermont Department of Health (VDH) are seeking feedback on a Proposed Process for the development of a Vermont Action Plan for Aging Well by March 5th.
    • Read the latest Institute of Museum and Library Services blog post on how American Museums and Libraries Celebrate Black History Month.

    Funding Opportunity

    • Submissions are now open for the 2021 EBSCO Solar grant program from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). For the fifth year, EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2021 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $200,000 in grants available to EBSCO subscribers. Vermont libraries’ access to LearningExpress qualifies them as being subscribers.

    Learning Opportunities and Events

    • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and medicine invite you to Climate Conversations: Decarbonization by The Climate Communications Initiative on February 18 at 3:00pm. Free.
    • Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens during the School Library Journal’s Middle Grade Magic 2021 on Tuesday, March 9th, 9:00am-5:00pm. Discover new books from modern coming-of-age tales to eye-popping graphic novels to immersive fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and enter to win prizes and giveaways. Free.
    • PLA and Special Olympics are hosting an informal sharing session at 1:00pm on Thursday, February 25, 2021 to learn more about how public libraries can work with Special Olympics. To RSVP to join the sharing session and receive the meeting invite, email Scott Allen at PLA at sallen@ala.org. To learn more and get connected with a local Special Olympics contact, check out the Young Athletes in Libraries website.
    • Join the Virtual Reference & Emerging Tech eForum for From a New Normal to a New Future: eForum on Trends in Virtual Reference & Emerging Technology on March 2nd & 3rd 10:00am-6:00pm. The focus will be on how the events of 2020, including operating during a pandemic and in a highly polarized environment, will have a lasting impact on reference work, services, & technology. This eForum is a collaboration of the following RUSA committees: Virtual Reference Services, Managing Emerging Technology, and Emerging Technologies Hot Topics. Open to all. Free.
    • Registration is now open for the Publishers Weekly free webinar series Live from the Library Lounge. The next installment is March 4th, at 1:00pm, entitled “COVID-19 and Public Libraries: One Year Later.” It will explore how COVID-19 has impacted public libraries, including the successes, failures, the hard lessons learned, and the challenges and opportunities yet to come. Free.
    • Watermark Books & Café invites you to attend a virtual event with New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter! Ally will join a virtual discussion of her newest novel Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery. Tuesday, March 2nd, 7:00pm.

    Community Update

    • The Vermont Humanities Council has just added new recordings of their First Wednesdays talks from the 20-21 season. They’ve also added two new recordings to their Portable Humanist podcast series, including one of Dr. Laura Jiménez with Vermont State Librarian Jason Broughton for “Let's Talk Antiracism.” Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube Channel for notifications of recorded content. First Wednesday talks are supported, in part, by a grant from IMLS through the VT Department of Libraries.
    • The Bradford Public Library made a cameo in the VPR piece on writer and Bradford resident Alexander Chee.
    • ALA, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has released a collection of free online games to teach children basic financial skills related to earning, saving and spending money. The four interactive games are designed for children ages 7 to 11 but are appropriate for other ages as well. Library workers are invited to use the games for in-person or virtual programming or to share them on library websites or social media.
    • To share with the kids in your community: Do you have something to share with your GNAT-TV (Greater Northern Access Television) Community (serves 11 towns in Southwest Vermont: Arlington, Dorset, Londonderry, Manchester, Peru, Rupert, Sandgate, Stratton, Sunderland, Weston, Winhall)? Recipes, books, science, nature videos, how-to videos, crafts – anything creative, fun, informative, or how you are keeping busy these days – your community would love to see it! Send your videos (or any questions) to kids@gnat-tv.org and it will be put on TV! Watch the Show!

    Health and Wellness

    • Hunger Free Vermont launched a new and improved website to provide information about 3SquaresVT (also known as SNAP) – Vermont Food Help. It hosts a wide variety of information and outreach tools for service providers and retailers, and all the information those interested in applying for 3SquaresVT may need.
    • Sleep is important, yet frequently elusive (especially during times of stress). Here are The 5 Keys to Falling Asleep On Time Every Night.

    Have a good week.
    Janette

    Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    After getting a question from a librarian whether it was okay to share the information and events in this update, I thought I’d remind everyone that we encourage you to share as much as you deem useful to your community. All of this is public information, and much of it lends itself to being shared in your newsletters, on your social channels, or on Front Porch Forum.

    State and Federal

    Learning Opportunities & Events

    Community Updates

    • The results of the REALM project tests 7 and 8 are now available for review and download. As part of the REALM project’s research, Battelle has conducted eight natural attenuation studies to provide information on how long the infectious virus may survive on materials common to archives, libraries, and museums. Spread of the COVID-19 virus via contaminated objects (also called fomites) is not currently believed to be a primary method of transmission, but additional research is needed to better understand this route of transmission.
    • The February issue of “Library Worklife,” ALA’s HR Newsletter, is now available. This newsletter is a staff favorite as it offers current HR information, career planning help, and wellness resources for librarians. Check it out.
    • Two University of Maryland School of Information Studies researchers have created Library Staff as Public Servants--A Field Guide for Preparing to Support Communities in Crisis (PDF). The guide resulted from their work with 137 libraries to learn how they supported their communities during the COVID crisis.

    Health and Wellness

    • Important tidbit from the VT Department of Health (VDH): Even if your age group is not yet eligible, you can still get a step ahead by creating your account in the VDH system. That way, when your age group is up, it'll be smooth sailing to sign up for your first dose.
    • At the risk of stereotyping us librarians as often being Type As, the 10% Happier episode “How to do nothing” with Jenny Odell offers some new perspectives on how we spend our time.
    • And another, slightly different angle from the aforementioned Library Worklife newsletter: Why We Need to Create a Rest Ethic.

    Wishing you a restful weekend.
    Janette

    Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    I hope you’re enjoying this extra-powdery snow. Here is your Tuesday update.

    VTLIB, LOC, and State of Vermont

    • We have two library meetups coming up soon: Planning for Town Meeting: Meet-up Discussion for Library Directors and Trustees tomorrow, 2/10 at 10:00am and on 2/19 at 10:00, Updates on New Legislation, Initiatives, and Resources. These meetups are a great opportunity to ask questions and to hear from each other.
    • A reminder that instructions to use MS Teams, the platform used for all VTLIB workshops and meetups, are on our website on the top of the Continuing Education page. They are also here: Instructions for Joining a Microsoft Teams Meeting It's a good idea to get Teams set up and try it before the event you're planning to attend. If you are having issues during a VTLIB-hosted event, please get in touch via email and we will try to help you connect.
    • This month, the Library of Congress’ Free to Use and Reuse set of copyright-free images and prints features African American Women Changemakers. It’s always difficult picking just three from these collections, but this month was particularly so — there are great images of Billie Holiday, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ella Fitzgerald and so many others.
    • Governor Scott announced the allocation of just over $770,000 in state tax credits for nine projects, which will support over $47.5 million in downtown and village center rehabilitation projects. Additional funding proposed by the Administration and allocated by the General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session provided a boost to the program, allowing this additional round of awards focused on recovery coming out of the COVID-19 crisis.
    • Governor Scott announced that the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) has licensed Vermont’s 1,200th captive insurance company. Sustainable Assurance Company was granted a license as a pure Captive Insurance Company on January 1, 2021. It was formed by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA).

    Community Updates and Events

    • AARP recently hosted the first in their monthly Placemaking Meet-ups to talk about how VT communities are using light and warmth to bring their communities together during COVID. Libraries were mentioned several times as community resources. Access a recording of the meet-up, information about the next one, and instructions for Make Your Own Ice Luminaries on the AARP website.
    • Oh the Humanities! (OTH) is looking for essays, reflections, articles from librarians, faculty, and publishers in the humanities (1,000 - 1,500 words). They are looking for pieces that speak to intersectionality in the humanities, promote specific programs or new ideas in the humanities, discuss new methods of scholarly communication, and are relevant to topics of the day.
    • The 2021 UVM Extension Town Officer Education Conference is back! Save the dates: 4/12, 4/13, and 4/15.Three sessions each day beginning at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Each day will feature three engaging and informative sessions (a total of nine live sessions) that you may pick and choose from - attend as few or as many as interests you - the fee remains the same -- $0.00! Plan to register for TOEC 2021 in March.
    • The Listen Up Project, an original musical based on the lives of VT Teens (touring the state August 2021), just released “My Person.” This love song was written and sung by Vermont teens. You may want to share with the teens in your life that the project is currently taking signups for auditions.
    • The Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) invites you to view the recorded 1st Wednesday presentation of UVM Pharmacology professor Dr. Karen Lounsbury reviewing the history of cannabis and the medicinal products derived from it, as well as the benefits, risks, and the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis.
    • Susan Green, director of the Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield, VT, participated in a WebJunction webinar where she presented two Toolkits she created for the Rural Libraries and Social Wellbeing Project - Is Everyone Welcome at Your Library, a toolkit on increasing inclusivity at your library, and Dare to Dream: Visioning Your Library, a toolkit on evaluating your library space. The Project's website includes practical toolkits on belonging, capacity, discovery, self-determination, and wellness.
    • The Old Stone House Museum has partnered with Historic New England for the first in a new series of virtual talks. Join William Hart, Professor Emeritus of History at Middlebury College, for his talk, “On His Own Resources: The Enigmatic Alexander Twilight, 1795–1857” on February 24, at 5:00pm. (Suggested contribution)
    • On February 26th at 5:00pm, the Decameron Project will be hosting Jason Reynolds for a virtual conversation and Q&A. Jason recently wrote the bestselling Stamped with Ibram X. Kendi, and as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at the Library of Congress, he's no stranger to bringing literature to life.
    • From now until March 15th the Decameron Project also wants youth to show their corner of the world –– and write about what makes it unique as part of the “Outside My Window” competition. At the end of the competition, Jason Reynolds will choose his favorite story and record himself reading it aloud. Authors of the three best stories will also be awarded with prize money: 1st place wins $250; 2nd and 3rd place win $100.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good week,
    Janette

    Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

    Dear Library Community,

    This is the second of four samples we’re taking with regard to libraries providing vaccine sign up assistance.  Please take a moment to fill out this very short survey to help us gauge the number of people you’re helping, as well as to capture any major issues during the process. Note that there is no implied expectation or demand on our part that libraries get involved in this vaccination effort—the survey is purely for informational purposes. We appreciate your participation.

    State and Federal

    Funding Opportunity

    • In cooperation with the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the 1772 Foundation has announced funding in the form of 1:1 matching grants of $5,000 – $10,000. This funding is for buildings that are owned and operated (or leased long-term) by non-profit organizations. Municipally owned buildings and buildings owned by for-profit entities are not eligible. The deadline for receiving Letters of Interest is Monday, February 15, 2021.

    Learning Opportunity

    • On Tuesday, February 16, at 2:00pm, join Randi M. Cohen, labor and employment counselor and litigator, and your colleagues for a free, hour-long discussion on navigating the law during the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID and Workplace Law: A Practical Primer. Designed for library workers and managers interested in the legal rights and responsibilities of their libraries as they relate to COVID-19, this webinar will foster dialogue and provide support for attendees.

    Community Updates and Events

    • The PLA Survey of the Public Library Field is now accepting responses. Please complete this survey by Friday, February 12th to help PLA gain important insights. Your feedback will inform their ongoing strategic planning process and future programs.
    • The recording of the January 29th REALM webinar, “Project Update and Community Reflections,” is now available on demand. Panelists shared updates on project activities and research findings as well as perspectives from the field. A new toolkit resource that synthesizes information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cleaning and disinfecting considerations is also available for download.
    • Drawing on new findings from the Back to Work: Listening to Americans study, Gallup and Carnegie Corporation of New York, along with government and business leaders, will share new research on Americans’ opinions on a national jobs-and-training program. They will also discuss how such a program could address the economic issues Americans face today and how, even in these deeply divided times, an overwhelming majority of Americans find common ground on priorities for COVID-19 recovery.  February 17, at 1:00pm.
    • VSAC is offering their College and Career Pathways program throughout March. It will be fully virtual, and will feature live workshops for high school families covering key college & career planning topics, virtual tours of Vermont colleges and postsecondary training programs.
    • The Schedule of Vermont PBS Programs for the months of February and March 2021 are now available, featuring weekly thematic bundles of analog, digital, and broadcast resources to support all learning models. It includes a Bingo Sheet for PreK-K called Learning About Black Leaders and a new online resource for high schools with lesson plans featuring short videos and reflection activities.
    • Please share: Outright Vermont is offering a free, virtual training series for mental health professionals on better supporting LGBTQ+ youth clients/patients/students. The Vermont Department of Mental Health-sponsored series takes place this March.
    • The February edition of EBSCOpost features Top Library Resources for African American History Month.
    • The February 3 edition of WebJunction’s Crossroads – The newsletter for library learning is now available.
    • The February 2 edition of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ bimonthly human services and housing policy update is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good weekend.
    Janette

     

    Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2021

    Dear Library Community,

    Happy Groundhog Day! While Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter on this very snowy morning, he also supposedly expects “one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you’ve ever seen.” Okay Phil!

    State and Federal

    • New Jersey Governor Murphy, Maine Governor Mills, Rhode Island Governor Raimondo, New Hampshire Governor Sununu, Vermont Governor Scott, Connecticut Governor Lamont, and Massachusetts Governor Baker announced an extension of the suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions for public and private schools and youth hockey leagues through at least March 31, 2021.
    • Governor Scott announced that Vermont businesses will see another rate decrease in workers’ compensation insurance in 2021. This is the fifth straight year workers’ compensation rates have decreased, and when combined with decreases from 2017-2020, Vermont employers will pay an average of 36% less in workers’ compensation premiums than they did in 2016.
    • Governor Scott announced that he has appointed Monica Hutt, currently the commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, as chief prevention officer, and Maggie Gendron as deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.
    • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the release of a comprehensive evaluation of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program over the past fifteen years.
    • The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is accepting applications for their Aspiring Leaders Internship Program, which was established through an endowment to provide legally blind individuals opportunities to work at the Library of Congress, NLS, in areas of study or interest to qualifying interns. The Program runs during spring, summer, and fall sessions, between 10 to 12-weeks each session.& Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and those who have graduated within the past five years from an accredited two-year or four-year college or university are eligible to apply.

    Learning Opportunity

    • Save the Date for an NNLM free virtual symposium for library staff on health and wellness: BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness. March 24, 25, 26, 2021. This three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. Enter your email address to be notified when the website is up and registration is available.

    Community Updates

    • The American Library Association and the Library of Congress’ Kluge Center have just launched the Librarian WikiWisdom Forum to gather ideas from America’s librarians to address one of the most important problems facing our country: disinformation. Librarians are invited to share answers to specific questions by February 10, 2021. ALA will then choose a small group of thought leaders from active participants who will work with the WikiWisdom moderator to prepare a report of actionable ideas. Participants will present their report in a virtual presentation on March 11th. ALA and the Kluge Center will then widely share the report with librarians and leaders across the country.
    • Talk Story is accepting grant applications from libraries and organizations that serve Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families.  The Talk Story program celebrates and explores APA and AIAN stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations that want to introduce a Talk Story program, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures. The deadline is April 1, 2021.
    • Read all about virtual field trips in the recent EBSCOPost article Virtual Field Trips: Benefits and Resources for Schools by Tammy Ross.
    • You may find some pointers in David Vinjamuri and Joseph Huberty’s article Designing for the Future — The Post-Pandemic Library
    • Looking for some practical inspiration around environmental actions you can take at your library? See this 10 Environmental Actions slideshow for ten ideas you and your library can implement this year. Thanks to Casey Conlin for sharing this practical inspiration!

    Health & Wellness

    Have a good week.
    Janette

    Friday, January 26, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    As mentioned in Tuesday’s update, we’d like to better understand the level of involvement of VT libraries in helping patrons register for the vaccine. We will be sending out this very short survey every Friday for the next four weeks to gauge the number of people you’re helping, as well as to capture any major issues during the process. Note that there is no implied expectation or demand on our part that libraries get involved in this vaccination effort—the survey is purely for informational purposes. We appreciate your participation.

    VTLIB, State, and Federal

    • VTLIB invites you to a library meetup on Friday, February 19 at 10:00am. Get updates from State Librarian Jason Broughton on the state and federal legislative actions, and hear from other VTLIB staff on new initiatives, opportunities, and plans for the next few months.
    • ALA Midwinter 2021 Lightning Talks Tuesday, February 2nd, 11am-Noon. Join Vermont librarians who attended this national conference for reflections on the experience, summaries of favorite sessions, most meaningful takeaways, and plans to try new things inspired by the conference.
    • Governor Scott delivered his fifth budget address to the General Assembly, presenting a balanced budget that, with the help of federal stimulus, includes $210 million in bold new investments to strengthen the economy, create more and better paying jobs, and address big priorities, like downtown revitalization, infrastructure, broadband and climate change.
    • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) published library spotlights this week: How Georgia Invested in Connectivity and Museums and From Coding to Watercolor Painting, a Volunteer-Led Library Program is Putting Learning in the Hands of the Community

    Community Updates and Events

    • Montpelier’s Kellogg Hubbard Library is hosting the third in the League of Women Voters program series, “Racial Disparity in Policing & Juvenile Justice” on February 10 at 7:00pm. The talk will address the impact of racial disparity in policing and juvenile justice, including the role of the prosecuting attorney in our system, and the issue of trust in law enforcement.
    • The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will kick off its 90th birthday with a very special virtual concert featuring jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker on March 3, marking the day that NLS’ founding legislation was signed by President Hoover. The concert will take place at 8:00pm on the Library of Congress’s YouTube channel.
    • The Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA) invites you to participate in a study on Black History Month (BHM) Programming. While virtually every public library across the U.S. conducts some program during BHM, there has never been a systematic study to assess the content, scope, target age groups, and focus of that programming. To participate in the survey, you must work at a public library in the United States or one of the US Territories.
    • The Children's Braille Book Club (CBBC) just announced that they have received funding that will allow them to offer free 1-year subscriptions to 125 eligible families. The CBBC-Free Program is available to blind children ages birth to 10 years old or parents/legal guardians who are blind and have children ages birth to 10 years old. They are currently accepting applications.
    • Save the Date: Teen Lit Mob will be back (virtually) this spring! Save the date for Friday, May 7th, 2021. Keynote by Ibi Zoboi! Endnote by Justina Ireland! Writing workshops with Ibi, Justina, An Na, and Chris Tebbetts! Illustrating workshop with Dan Nott! Panel Discussion! Book Giveaways! More! Students will be able to join from school or home for all or part of the day, and attendance will be unlimited. IMLS is a sponsor of this event by way of VTLIB.
    • The schedule, speaker list, and registration information are now available for the 2021 Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference which will be held Friday, February 26th. 9:45am-6:00pm ET. Abby Adams, from the Platt Memorial Library in Shoreham, VT, will be a speaker.
    • New England Library Association news and upcoming events:
    • EBSCO Information Services has announced that submissions will now be accepted for the 2021 EBSCO Solar grant program. $200,000 in grants will be provided to libraries looking to install solar arrays.
    • Join the Sierra Club Vermont Chapter for Transit Equity Day on Thursday, February 4 at 7:00pm. Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort of several national organizations and unions to promote public transit, walking, biking, carpooling, and electric vehicles as a strategy to combat climate change.
    • The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc. is issuing grants to provide funding to native community-based projects in specific focus areas including COVID-19 response, sustainability and stewardship, and enhancing tribal identity and cultural vitality.
    • Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get your library’s data in shape? This free Data Boot Camp series features curriculum from the RIPL 2020 national event. These will NOT be webinars where you listen to a talking head the whole time; instead, please come ready to participate in a variety of interactive learning activities, some of which will occur in small groups in breakout rooms.
    • The recording of the Choice-ACRL webinar, "Lessons in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Managing Change from Where You Are," is now available. You may also access past Choice-ACRL Webinars on Choice's YouTube channel.
    • The School Library Journal recently published its SLJ Reviews of the 2021 Youth Media Awards.

    Health and Wellness

    Leaving you with a Crowdsourced Poem to Inspire Hope created by NPR’s poet in residence Kwame Alexander and sourced from more than 2,500 submissions.

    Stay warm,
    Janette

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    We’ve heard from a few of you who are helping Vermonters register for the COVID-19 vaccine. To better understand the level of involvement of libraries in this unprecedented push, we will be sending out a very short survey every Friday for the next four weeks to gauge the number of people you’re helping, as well as to capture any major issues during the process. Look for the survey link in Friday’s resource update.

    State of Vermont

    • As you know, the Vermont Health Department (VDH) is scheduling Vermonters ages 75 and older for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at HealthVermont.gov/MyVaccine or by calling (855) 722-7878. If you are helping patrons, family members or others in your community with the registration, you might find this walkthrough video and these FAQs helpful. If you’re able to help the VDH promote vaccine information, you should check out the Digital Vaccine Toolkit for Partners. The toolkit includes handouts in different languages, promotional materials, and social media templates.
    • The State of Vermont annually reports on a wide variety of population-level indicators demonstrating quality of life for Vermonters. The Vermont Legislature’s Joint Government Accountability Committee is hosting a virtual public hearing on January 28th at 6pm to inform their work on the selection of appropriate population-level indicators to demonstrate the quality of life for Vermonters who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) and to expand the Legislature’s, the Administration’s, and the communities’ understanding of the condition of wellbeing for BIPOC Vermonters. They welcome testimony, limited to 3 minutes per participant. The hearing will be livestreamed to the General Assembly’s Joint Committee YouTube channel.

    Learning Opportunities

    • Join TT, SPLC’s Intelligence Project, and American University’s Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab (PERIL) at 4:30pm Tuesday, January 26, for a webinar on combating the online radicalization of young people. You’ll learn about radicalization’s ties to digital literacy, better understand how online hate affects targeted groups, and get tools for intervening with vulnerable students.
    • Harvard University Graduate School of Design - Executive Education Instructor Jeffrey Hoover, Principal, Library Design Director, Tappé Architects is offering an online library design class: Physical Library Futures: Seeing Past the Pandemic. February 8–17, 2021. (Fee)

    Community Updates and Events

    Health and Wellness

    Enjoy this brilliant winter day.
    Janette

    Friday, January 22, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    We hope that learning about the ideas that the Vermont recipients of round one of the Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grant discussed recently on the listserv inspired you to apply for round two. We strongly encourage you to give this grant a try even if you have never applied for one before. The grant webpage offers all the information you need to be successful, and the ALA Public Programs Office—the grantor—is even offering a 20-minute consultation to get you started. All you need to do is sign up through this form. The grant deadline is March 4. This is a great opportunity to act as a catalyst to bring your community together—good luck!

    State and Federal

    Learning Opportunities

    A brief update with regard to this section: In an effort to reduce duplication, we will send all library-related and CE learning opportunities in Joy Worland’s Wednesday CE update (sent to the lib.staff and VTLIBRARIES listservs), instead of here, unless they are time sensitive. This section will include non-library/CE learning opportunities only. We hope this shift will make your lives a little easier.

    • There is still time to apply for participation in the Public Library Association's (PLA) Leadership Lab: Embedding EDI in Library Leaders, sponsored by VTLIB. Please read the full program description and requirements on the PLA program page before you complete this application. Applications must be received by noon on January 25, 2021. This program normally costs $400- $475 but is free to selected participants. This program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries.
    • The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is offering the free webinar Filling Your Cup During COVID: Self-Care Practices in Librarianship on January 26 at 2:00pm. This presentation is an overview of techniques to help you navigate change, grief, and loss during these unique and challenging times in librarianship.
    • Join Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, for a timely discussion on how the pandemic has widened the gender gap at work and what organizations can do to disrupt this trend. January 27, at 1:00pm.

    Funding Opportunity

    • In cooperation with the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the 1772 Foundation has announced that funding in the form of 1:1 matching grants of $5,000 – 10,000 will be made available for a variety of historic preservation projects. Visit their website to get details.

    Community Updates and Events

    • The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites members of AASL Chapters to submit a proposal for the 2021 AASL National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 21-23. The past year has created an overwhelming opportunity to innovate practice. Don't miss your chance to share your expertise and lessons learned with colleagues from across the country. Complete proposals must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Central on Mon., February 1, 2021.
    • Another reminder that ARSL is still accepting applications for participation in their Outstanding in Their Field: Leadership Institute. Those who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries throughout the country and from various backgrounds and ethnicities may apply before February 24.
    • The EveryLibrary Institute has released a free report titled "Factors of Success for Libraries on the Ballot" which explores what influences the outcomes for public libraries with ballot measures on Election Day. It explores two main questions: "Is there a set of conditions that will largely pre-determine the results on Election Day?" and "Are there any specific choices by management that can be made in the lead-up to a campaign to create favorable conditions?"
    • Girls Who Code is now accepting application for its 2021 virtual Summer Immersion Program. Girls and non-binary students in 9th-11th grade will learn to code alongside peers from across the country in virtual classrooms hosted by leading companies like Twitter, Disney, Bank of America, and more.
    • This might be a good time to promote your community’s seed library as Vermonters start engaging in their annual tradition of combing through new seed catalogs. Several public libraries in Vermont host seed collections including Charlotte, Barton, Vershire, and Windsor. Sterling College partnered with the non-profits Abenaki Helping Abenaki and the Seeds of Renewal Project to establish the Dawnland Garden & Black River Seed Library.

    Health and Wellness

    • Vermonters 75 and older can start registering for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday 1/25/21. The VT Dept. of Health (VDH) is asking Vermonters to register online, and that may result in patrons calling the library and asking for computer access and/or assistance. Patrons can find more information on the VDH Vaccine Website which is updated frequently - and they can also sign-up for a weekly COVID-19 update email from the VDH.
    • The Queens (NYC) Public Library is offering a series of noontime webinars on bicycling on the first three Wednesdays in February. Topics include Cycling as Transportation, Biking Through the Winter, and Choosing a Bicycle.

    Have a good weekend.
    Janette

    Tuesday, January 20, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    In honor of Inauguration Day, I’d like to share this video of our country’s first Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff heading to the Library of Congress to do his homework and get inspired.

    State of Vermont

    • Yesterday, Governor Scott issued the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This past year, we’ve seen that legacy brought to life as our nation engaged in a long-overdue reckoning on systemic racism and injustice. Across the nation, Americans organized and spoke out to call for needed reforms. And this work is far from over.
       
      “Just as Vermonters have risen together to meet the challenge of this pandemic, we must also rise as one to confront injustice and inequality. We must raise up the voices of those whose experiences we can never fully comprehend. We must examine our own prejudice and speak up when we see something that isn’t right. And we must listen, learn and seek out the best in one another.
       
      “In his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Dr. King said that, ‘We will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.’ While the work to live up to our highest ideals is not yet complete, we place our hope in Dr. King’s vision of a future that is just and inclusive for all Americans.”
    • FYI: To cut down on the number of emails you receive from us, we will stop sending the state’s media briefing announcements. Generally, media briefings happen on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00am. You can watch it live on ORCA Media’s YouTube channel and all major VT news outlets.
    • Please share this important information with your communities: The Vermont Community Foundation is charged with administering a state program which gives direct stimulus payments to people living in Vermont who were left out of the federal program due of their immigration status. If an individual was not able to receive the 2020 federal stimulus because of their immigration status and they meet the criteria described by the legislature (see the FAQ page), they will be eligible for the state funding through this program. The sign-up form is available in English and several other languages spoken in Vermont.

    Learning Opportunities

    • Listen to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb discuss vaccine distribution, efficacy, ethics, etc. in the free webinar The End of the Pandemic: Successful Vaccine Distribution. Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:30am.
    • PBS Books will host a virtual conversation about HEMINGWAY with filmmakers Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein and a presentation on ways you can get involved and activate conversations around Ernest Hemingway and his work. Friday, January 22 at 12:30 pm.
    • A collective of VT and NH educators will be hosting “The Conversations” consisting of several virtual sessions focused on teaching and learning for and by educators throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. These sessions create opportunities for local educators to share their practices and projects in their local communities. January 25 – February 10, Monday-Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:00pm. Free.
    • Citizen Science Month (April 2021) is a great time to bring citizen science — public engagement in real scientific research — to your library or community-based organization (CBO). Join this webinar to learn about Citizen Science Month featuring projects and resources showcased by SciStarter, Arizona State University, the Network of the National Library of Medicine, the All of Us Research program, and other champions of Citizen Science Month. January 22 at 2:00pm
    • On March 23-24, 2021, there will be a free virtual conference entitled “The Elements of Empowerment” organized by Dr. Nicole Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina, and Teneka Jones Williams of the Georgia Public Library Service. Topics will include cyberbullying, LIS mental health, intellectual freedom, and being an active bystander/up-stander.
    • April is Citizen Science Month! Citizen Science Month offers thousands of opportunities for you to turn your curiosity into impact. There’s something for everyone, everywhere! Join a project or event from wherever you are to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you

    Funding Opportunity

    • The Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation is pleased to announce Fiscal Year 2022 funding opportunities.  Grants are given to private non-profit organizations, schools, and public entities (town government, etc.) offering new or expanded programming for Vermont children and youth. Applications are due March 17, 2021. The two types of grants the VCTF has available are One Year Grants (max. $10,000) and Equipment Grants (max. $2,000).

    Community Updates and Events

    • Check out this program being offered as part of the Resilient Communities ALA Grant Series: Last Child in the Woods Book Discussion on January 27th, 7:00pm. Read the book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv by Jan 27th. Then join the Bellevue Public Library via Zoom to discuss the book with the library & Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.
    • Every year, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, runs the Lincoln Essay Competition for Vermont’s 8th graders, dividing the state into four competitions. Students are invited to focus on “the unalienable rights” in the Declaration of Independence by answering a specific prompt. First place winners receive $500, second place $400, third place $300, and up to four honorable mentions of $200 each. The deadline for submissions is February 26, 2021.
    • To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia, Boston Public Library has uploaded over 8,000 images from its archives to Wikipedia Commons. The images cover several collections, including photographs that document the early history of the Red Sox, 19th century daguerreotypes of prominent abolitionists, and construction of the historic McKim library building in Copley Square.

    Health and Wellness

    Wishing you an inspirational Inauguration Week.
    Janette

    Friday, January 15, 2021

    Dear Library Community,

    A reminder that state offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    State of Vermont

    • The Vermont Council on Rural Development extends a special invitation to Vermont librarians to share your thoughts on the future of Vermont. The VCRD is excited to share the first draft of the Vermont Proposition--an effort to set non-partisan priorities for statewide action. The Proposition draft, based on input from thousands of Vermonters, shares a set of ideas to drive common action and advance a successful future for our communities, environment, and the full diversity of Vermonters. We are looking to you to help us to strengthen the Proposition. What’s missing? What could be improved? What do we need to do to create an equitable and prosperous future for the state? Join other librarians from across Vermont in a virtual forum on 1/21/21 from 3:00 – 4:00pm to share your thoughts.
    • Governor Phil Scott announced organizational changes to modernize the State’s public safety and select permitting and regulatory functions to better serve Vermonters, increase efficiency and improve these systems. 

    Learning Opportunities

    • Opportunity for Sponsored EDI Training: The Public Library Association (PLA) is running a 6-part live virtual classroom series on Wednesdays from 2/3/21 – 3/24/21 titled PLA Leadership Lab: Embedding EDI in Library Leaders. VTLIB plans to sponsor two Vermont librarians to attend this training series, provided they agree to work with VTLIB to plan and deliver trainings to the Vermont library community on what they learn. Interested applicants must have experience in training others and a demonstrated interest in/experience with EDI initiatives. The application for this program will go live on Tuesday, 1/19/21 and will be due on Monday 1/25/21 at noon. More information will be released on 1/19.
    • The Library of Congress is hosting the free webinar Discovering Science Collections Virtually at the Library of Congress on Tue, January 19, 2021 at 2:00pm
    • Niche academy invites you to the free webinar Library as Small Press Wednesday, January 27 at 2:00pm. To meet patrons’ needs for quality local content, more and more libraries have stepped into the role of small press to produce books written by staff and community writers. By publishing local content, libraries capture vital local information, promote diverse writers, reach underserved populations, and Illuminate special collections.
    • NNLM is hosting Trauma Informed Approach in Libraries, a free webinar that helps library workers understand how trauma impacts the lives of people libraries serve and how to better serve everyone, even our most vulnerable patrons. Jan 21, 2021 at 3:00pm
    • As part of their efforts to support library workers during these difficult times, the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host a free webinar entitled How to Thrive in Uncertain Times on Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1:15pm.
    • The free workshop Learning From Home? Remote Learning Tips & Tricks for Families and Practitioners is hosted by the Vermont Family Network on Jan. 26, 2021 at 3:00p. Presenters share practical tips and tricks for both parents and practitioners in navigating and maximizing remote education during the pandemic.
    • The Vermont Genealogy Library, home of the VT French-Canadian Genealogical Society, offers a series of classes on Zoom. They take place on Saturday mornings at a new time, from 12-1:30 pm. The class fee is $10, and the deadline to register is noon on Friday. To read more and register, go to their website or call 802-871-5647.

    Community Updates

    • The Vermont Humanities Council is pleased to offer two new grant options for Vermont non-profits: Rapid Response Grants and Humanities Partnership Grants. Rapid Response Grants are a quick turn-around grants of up to $1000 that can be used for small existing projects or new time-sensitive projects. Submit your application by the first of the month. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by the 15th of the same month.
    • As part of the REALM project’s research, Battelle has begun a natural attenuation study to examine how colder and warmer temperatures may impact survivability of the infectious COVID-19 virus on surfaces. Tests 7 and 8 study materials that were previously tested at temperatures between 68 to 72°F (22 ±2°C). Spread of the virus via contaminated objects (also called fomites) is not currently believed to be a primary method of transmission, but additional research is needed to better understand this route of transmission.
    • AARP offers monthly Placemaking Meetups to inspire organizations that are working, or wish to work on, placemaking in their communities. January's meetup will explore fun ways to use lighting, warmth and other techniques to brighten up your downtown or village center and get people outdoors in the winter months. Placemaking activities may present wonderful partnership possibilities between libraries and their towns.
    • Join the UVM Tarrant Institute's resident librarian Jeanie Phillips and Shelburne Farms place-based educator and professional learning facilitator Aimee Arandia Østensen for Who's Outside? Building an Anti-Racist Bookshelf an exploration on how justice and equity show up (or don't) on our classroom bookshelves. Tue, January 19, 2021 at 4:00pm
    • The January edition of Library Worklife is now available online.

    Health and Wellness

    • Offered on three different dates by VT Suicide Prevention Center with funding from the Vermont Department of Mental Health, the webinar Introduction to Zero Suicide in Vermont: Suicide Safe Pathways to Care describes how systematic suicide care closes gaps for the suicidal person, what is involved in the implementation of a Zero Suicide approach and what resources exist to support this work. The first session is on January 20.
    • This article offers a good starting point for managing certain levels of panic and anxiety: Everything You Need to Manage Your Panic and Anxiety. (Note: The article is not intended to replace professional help. If you or anyone you know is in imminent danger of self-harm or suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.)

    I wish you a calm weekend and week ahead as we honor Dr. King, and welcome President Biden and Vice President Harris.
    Janette

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    I hope you’re managing as well as possible and finding small joys, given the news these days.

    State and Federal

    • Governor Scott announced a handful of new appointments and promotions in the Agency of Administration, Agency of Human Services, and on his senior staff.
    • You may have received a call from Loretta Grikis, librarian at the White River Junction VA Hospital, inviting you to participate in Library Gateways to the VA. This project aims to partner the White River Junction VA with regional public libraries in an effort to disseminate information about the VA and VA benefits via posters and folders. Material distribution has started and will likely be completed by early summer. Please contact Loretta if you have questions or would like to participate.
    • The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”), signed into US law on Dec. 27, 2020, provides $900 billion in new COVID-19 relief funding and includes a new $15 billion grant program called Save Our Stages ("SOS Grants") through which the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide aid to struggling live venue operators and related businesses. The Vermont Arts Council is hosting a Save Our Stages Online Informational Session at 1:00pm on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
    • The CAA bill also authorized new rounds of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and several review here.
    • The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Vermont Department of Health's leadership teams will be joined by the Small Business Administration for a webinar and update on the PPP and Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs (EIDL). Dr. Patsy Kelso, the State of Vermont's Epidemiologist for Infectious Diseases, will also be delivering an update on Vermont’s vaccination distribution policy. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3:00pm | Join online or call in 802-828-7667 (Conference ID: 514 708 204#)
    • Updates from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau include information about a new law that provides relief for renters and the extension of the CDC’s eviction protection through January 31, 2021. Many homeowners now have more time to seek forbearance and avoid foreclosure as deadlines have been also been extended. Lastly, a reminder that principal and interest payments on federally held student loans are automatically suspended through January 31, 2021.
    • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are co-hosting a joint webinar on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm. The webinar will help participants better understand the CFPB’s Your Money, Your Goals and the FDIC’s Money Smart materials.
    • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would like to invite all to a symposium this Thursday from 12:30-2:00 PM on New Data and Directions in Research on Public Libraries. Join ZoomGov Meeting | Meeting ID: 160 441 7523 | Passcode: 126869

    Learning Opportunities

    Upcoming VTLIB CE

    Community Updates and Events

    • SerVermont released a request for proposals for AmeriCorps VISTA host sites for the 2021-2022 program year. A letter of intent is due on February 5, and a full application is due on March 3. VISTA Members will begin service in mid-August. This may be a great opportunity for public libraries as SerVermont is especially interested in partnering with organizations that, among other things, are based in rural communities or areas of concentrated poverty.
    • The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday series continues tomorrow, January 13 at 7pm. Check out the wide range of topics this series offers. First Wednesdays are sponsored by a grant from IMLS, administered by the VT Department of Libraries.
    • The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) has a nationwide program to offer outdoor WiFi access points (similar to the one recently run by the VT Dept. of Public Service). These WiFi access points are available to a wide range of community locations, from libraries to schools to fire stations. Sites should already have internet access, and there is no cost for the device or installation. You can find more information or apply here.
    • The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2020 Statistical Report is a compilation and analysis of statistical data and information about graduate library and information science education programs in ALISE Institutional Member schools/institutions. The summary can be downloaded by all, regardless of ALISE membership status.
    • Congratulations to the North Hero Public Library on winning a Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) Rural Libraries Grant! The grant provides the library and North Hero School with $2,500 for children’s books, funding for community book bundles and storytelling events, and, most importantly, support collaborative programming between the public library and the school.
    • The National Library Legislative Day Teen Contest that Vermont School Library Association (VSLA) President Peter Langella conducted this year has received national recognition! The program was one of seventeen programs recognized and officially commended by the American Association of School Librarians.
    • The Young Adult Library Services Association has released three of its four 2021 selected book lists. View them below.
    • The Best Fiction for Young Adults list will be released in late January. Learn more about YALSA’s book awards and lists here.
    • The Call for Speakers for Big Talk from Small Libraries has been extended to January 15. This conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries. They are looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.
    • Versify is a Houghton Mifflin imprint curated by author Kwame Alexander that supports Alexander’s vision that accessible and powerful prose and poetry—in picture books, novels, and nonfiction—can celebrate the lives and reflect the possibilities of all children. Join Alexander and friends for a free live event celebrating the launch of “The Whole Hole Story,” by Vivian McInerny and illustrated by Ken Lamug. Join the Facebook Live Event Tuesday, January 12th, 7:00pm.
    • VSLA issued a position statement on Black Lives Matter. Read it on their home page.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good week.
    Janette

     

    Friday, January 8, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    I’d like to start off with echoing State Librarian Jason Broughton’s congratulations to the 15 Vermont libraries that were selected to be part of the ALA’s competitive Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grant opportunity! We cannot wait to see the great initiatives coming from this!

    State of Vermont

    Learning Opportunities

    Community Updates

    • In a January 7 statement, the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) condemned the January 6 violence in Washington, D.C. The full statement can be found here.
    • Forty eight state-level school library associations—including the Vermont School Library Association (VSLA)—and the leadership of the AASL Chapter Assembly sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team stressing how school librarians are an equity-oriented solution to some of the most pressing concerns facing educators at this moment.
    • The Social Responsibilities Round Tables (SRRT) will sponsor a limited number of ALA memberships and registrations for ALA Midwinter. Anyone recently furloughed, laid off, or experiencing a reduction of paid work hours is invited to request a sponsored ALA membership and attendance at ALA midwinter 2021. If you’d like to have your ALA membership sponsored by SRRT, please fill out your part of this form and email it to both Julie Winkelstein (jwinkels@utk.edu) and Monica Chapman (mlchapman@ala.org). The deadline is Monday January 11, 2021 at 1:00pm EST.
    • In response to recent devastating events, PBS created Three ways to teach the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to help support educators and parents in facilitating difficult and important conversations they are likely to have in the coming days.
    • ARSL is now accepting applications for participation in their Outstanding in Their Field: Leadership Institute. Those who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries throughout the country and from various backgrounds and ethnicities may apply before February 24.
    • Join the Social Alchemy Pod for New England library workers concerned about climate change and seeking transformative solutions! February 12 at noon. (fee)
    • In the post-COVID world, patrons will need to learn new skills to rejoin the workforce and be prepared for technical and tech-enabled roles that will be in even greater demand. Visit PLA’s Skilling for Employment Post COVID-19 initiative page for access to resources your library can use and promote.
    • School Library Journal is compiling and sharing virtual events, activities, and resources for students and families. Virtual Events Calendar (VEC) is the spot where SLJ rounds up other new events daily, geared toward literacy and social change and occasionally just plain fun. For inclusion, please send details about your events to sljeventscalendar@mediasourceinc.com.
    • The January 6 edition of WebJunction’s Crossroads Newsletter for Library Learning is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    I hope the weekend gives you time to recover from the events of this first full week of the year.

    Best,
    Janette

    Tuesday, January 6, 2021

    Dear Library Community,
    I hope this year is off to a good start for you. Here is your first resource update for 2021.

    State of Vermont

    • If you missed Governor Scott’s New Year’s statement, you can read it here.
    • Governor Scott is seeking applicants for appointment to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to fill a forthcoming vacancy. A full job description for this role can be found here.
    • Governors Murphy, Mills, Raimondo, Sununu, Scott, Lamont and Baker announced an extension of the suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions for public and private schools and youth hockey leagues through at least January 31, 2021.

    Learning Opportunities

    • The Vermont Library Association invites you to register for Racism’s Influence on the Library World, this month's 1st Thursdays presentation happening this Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. You must pre-register.
    • ProQuest is offering Lessons in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion From Public Libraries: Managing Change From Where You Are on January 28 at 2:00pm The struggle to transform libraries into truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive institutions is at its heart a problem of change management. Change comes from within, through learning and unlearning, and through conversation and collective action. In order to stick, systemic change must be enacted from all levels within an organization's structure.
    • Join PLA for their first-ever PLA Leadership Lab: Embedding EDI in Library Leaders , a virtual workshop that will explore transformational leadership through the lens of the current social crises, emphasizing equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice (EDISJ) principles and approaches. This workshop consists of six live virtual classroom sessions that will take place Wednesday, 2/3/2021–Wednesday, 3/24/2021. Each 90-minute session will include open discussion, facilitated presentations, small group work, and Q&A. (fee)
    • PLA is offering Orientation to Library Simplified: The Library-Driven Platform on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2pm. Library Simplified is a free and open-source e-reading software suite that allows libraries to manage their collections and control the patron experience for finding, borrowing, and reading library e-books. (fee)

    Community Updates

    • It’s time again to register for one of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays talks happening tomorrow at 7pm. Presenters include nationally known podcaster Erica Heilman, Middlebury College professors Erin Sassin and Susan Burch, and Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans. These talks are supported through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Each week throughout the 2020-2021 school year the PBS Learning Media team is putting together a packet of printable activity sheets for early elementary students and parents. Follow the link to find coloring pages, activities, and worksheet packets in tailored bundles for grades PreK-K or Grades 1-2, available in both English and Spanish.
    • The December 30, 2020 edition of PLA e-news is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    Information from our colleagues at the Vermont Department of Health:

    If your financial situation has recently changed, you may now qualify for Vermont nutrition and food programs, including WIC program (Women, Infants and Children) and 3SquaresVT/SNAP. Contact the Health Department, Hunger Free Vermont, or call 2-1-1 for more information.
    Have a good week.

    Janette

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020

    Dear Library Community,

    This is our last resource update for this year, with the next one scheduled for January 5, 2021. Thank you for your readership and for your constructive and positive feedback about the updates.

    VTLIB, State, and Federal

    • VTLIB's new Building and Renovation Grant Possibilities for Libraries page lists a number of state and national grants for building, renovating, and preserving libraries.
    • The VDH’s Holiday Messaging Toolkit for Schools (PDF) has been updated with messages to share with families for the winter holidays and break. The toolkit contains social media posts plus images, sample newsletter drop-in text and information to help schools share with staff and parents. You can find it, and other resources, on the PreK-12 schools page under “Guidance.”
    • The VDH asks for your help in spreading the word on their #StaySafeVT social media campaign. In addition to sharing the Holiday Travel Video, they hope that you will repost their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram safety tips. Please search #StaySafeVT and share.
    • The December issue of IMLS News is now available.

    Learning Opportunities

    Community Updates

    • The Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries: LJ Index of Public Library Service 2020 features three Vermont libraries: Craftsbury, Enosburg, and Norwich. Congratulations to you!
    • Read Lessons Learned from Libraries in a Pandemic and other interesting articles in the EBSCOpost newsletter.
    • In November, we collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFAVT) to offer four different agricultural literacy events. The recordings of these events are now available.
    • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is providing a new free podcast series called, "Financial intuition." The series provides tips and strategies on how to make more informed financial decisions around managing money, saving and paying for higher education, and repaying student loan debt.
    • Voices of Vermont is a collaborative story sharing project that will amplify the stories and experiences of black teenagers from across the state. Participants will answer a few short questions (via email) about their experiences of being a person of color living in Vermont. These interviews will be turned into a spotlight article to be featured and shared across varying social media platforms during the month of February and beyond. For more information, email directors, Shani Stoddard or Sarah Lowry at :shani.stoddard@gmail.com / sarahmlowry@gmail.com
    • The question of what to do with old ereaders came up recently on the VSLA listserv. Reuse or repurposing is the best option, but Amazon will give a (small) credit for trading in older Kindles, as well as a discount on a new one. 
    • The UVM Extension office has recently completed the development of a new web app, COVID-Track, that provides personalized COVID-19 estimated active case information at the county level via text message or email. This is free for anyone to use. You can select up to 5 counties that you would like to receive updates about. Each day the most recent estimated active case counts from the VT DFR model will be sent to you along with % change over the past 2 weeks and over the past 2 days. The intent of the app is to help people remain informed about the status of COVID-19 cases in areas relevant to them and make more informed decisions about activities based on that status. This project was made possible by support from the new UVM Office of Engagement through the COVID Rapid Response grant program.
    • The December issue of Programming Librarian is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    All of us at the Vermont Department of Libraries wish you a peaceful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2021.
    Janette

    Friday, December 18, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    Happy Friday—I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful winter morning!

    VTLIB and State of Vermont

    • Important reminder! The Vermont Community Foundation/VTLIB grant for public libraries is currently open for applications! There are plenty of slots remaining for the 80 available grants. Though called an “Internet Connectivity” grant, it can be used for a wide range of improvements to help patrons access computers and the internet. VCF plans to offer 80 grants of $1,500 each. Public libraries located in a Communication Union District or a Study Area are eligible (that’s 148 of 185 public libraries in the state). The application is relatively brief, and reporting is fairly minimal. You do not need exact figures for your application, just a general estimate for cost. We urge all eligible libraries to submit. There are more than half the slots for grants still remaining! The due date for the grant is Wednesday, Dec. 23. If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with Joshua Muse Joshua.muse@vermont.gov or Tom McMurdo Thomas.mcmurdo@vermont.gov .
    • VTLIB's new Reputable COVID-19 Vaccine Information site offers links to consumer-level resources and information that librarians can provide patrons with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Governor Scott has signed an executive order creating the 250th Anniversary Commission to plan, coordinate and promote observances and activities that commemorate the historic events associated with the American Revolution in Vermont. State Librarian Jason Broughton is among those appointed to this commission.
    • Governor Scott announced the arrival in Vermont of the first 1,950 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first portion of the 5,850 doses coming to Vermont this week. The State Vaccine Depot and the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington each received 975 doses at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The doses were sent as part of the initial nationwide shipments that followed the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine issued by the FDA on December 12.
    • Governor Scott announced that the COVID-19 State of Emergency has been extended to January 15, 2021. All previous addendums to the State of Emergency remain in place, including a temporary suspension of social gatherings and the cross-state travel map.
    • Governor Scott is seeking applicants for appointment to the new three-member Cannabis Control Board. All members will be appointed by the Governor after being vetted by the Cannabis Control Board Nominating Committee.
    • Governor Scott announced that the State of Vermont was named the International Domicile of the Year by the European Captive Review. The award is given to the top captive insurance domicile in the world outside of the European Union that has outperformed competitors and demonstrated excellence in servicing the European captive insurance marketplace.
    • The State of Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development has launched the Better Places pilot program to provide “placemaking” grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for projects that improve the vitality of state-designated downtowns, village centers, new town centers, or neighborhood development areas. Applications are due January 22, 2021.

    Learning Opportunities

    Community Updates and Events

    • New REALM toolkit resources are available to help support the interpretation and use of REALM laboratory research.
    • Vermont PBS, the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Libraries continue to work together to develop easy to access, localized, learning connections for home and school. Please complete this quick Vermont PBS Distance Learning Resource Wishlist survey to inform project goals for 2021. There are more than 400,000 standards-based resources on PBS LearningMedia that can be used offline!
    • The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have completed a three-month project focused on realizing their potential for bringing positive and sustainable impact to the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion for the organization, the profession and those they serve. As a result of this work, they have developed a statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the core commitments can be read on the COSLA public website.
    • This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new KIDS COUNT Policy Report, Kids, Families and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and a Roadmap for Recovery, an annual national report based on data from the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. Voices for Vermont's Children summarized this year's key findings for our state.
    • The deadline for submitting a letter of interest to the Vermont Arts Council for the Animating Infrastructure funding opportunity is today. The program seeks proposals for projects that provide opportunities for artists to engage with community in the design and/or fabrication of permanent or temporary public art for an interior or exterior site that is accessible to the public. Grants of up to $15,000 are available. A small number of selected applicants who submit a letter of interest will be invited to develop a full proposal in January 2021.
    • The ALA Core Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group is seeking proposals for the Core Interest Group Week, February 1-5, 2021. The program will be held online on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 from 2-3 pm. The theme will be Incorporating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Technical Services. Possible presentation topics: training on metadata inclusiveness and conscious editing in traditional and non-traditional cataloging environment; training on diversity in collection development in libraries or other settings; training on any EDI-related subject pertaining to Technical Services. Each presentation can be allocated 15 minutes (full presentation) or 10-5 minutes (light presentation). Please submit your proposal by January 10.
    • The Internet Archive, with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invites public libraries in the United States and cultural heritage organizations in U.S. territories to apply to join its Community History Web Archiving program. Apply by January 31st, 2021 to join a diverse network of 150+ public libraries and librarians.
    • The December 16 issue of WebJunction’s Crossroads newsletter is now available.
    • The December 17 edition of the ALA's EDI Update is now available

    Health and Wellness

    Have a good weekend.
    Janette

     

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    I hope you’re having a good week so far and keeping warm on this noticeably colder day.

    VTLIB and State

    • Give a listen to #vted Reads with Jason Broughton. On this show, Jason and Jeanie Phillips discuss art, teaching, creativity, Led Zeppelin, getting to know your parents as an adult, and what, specifically, the Vermont State Librarian gets up to. They also discuss the graphic novel ‘Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me’, by Ellen Forney which Jason selected for this conversation.
    • To help Vermonters stay up to date on the latest COVID guidance and information, Governor Scott encourages Vermonters to register for Vermont Alert (VT-ALERT), the State’s emergency notification system.
    • Governor Scott issued a statement on the FDA Approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for COVID-19.
    • Governor Scott also released a statement on the U.S. Department of Labor decision to end benefits to struggling Vermonters.

    Learning Opportunities

    • A reminder that the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the American Association of Museums, and research nonprofit OCLC webinar for Museums and COVID: How to Use the Latest Research to Your Advantage is today at 3pm. In addition to a presentation and discussion of the latest REALM (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) project research, participants will also hear from AAM and museum practitioners on best practices, tips, and lessons learned, and come away with information they can consider for their own environments.
    • This Thursday, VTLIB staff will be co-presenting with staff from the Department for Children and Families on Collaborating to Create a Path to Healing and Stability for Vermont Youth (1:00-2:00pm). Participants will learn about being a trauma-informed librarian and will have opportunities to brainstorm ways to build or expand on existing partnerships between the Department for Children and Families and libraries. Learn about DCF’s work with kin/foster and adoptive families, and the supports that are available to caregivers in Vermont. Jaime Blouin, Resource Coordinator out of the Barre District Office, and Sharon O’Neill with the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership will join the Department of Libraries to facilitate this important conversation.
    • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) invites you and your community to a free webinar: Identity Theft & Coronavirus Scams. Representatives from the CFPB's Office for Older Americans and the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Program will discuss some of the coronavirus scams that are circulating and how to avoid them. They will also provide tips on ways to protect against identity theft, as well as what actions to take if you have been or suspect you are a victim of a scam or identity theft. Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2:00-3:15 pm
      • To access audio: Dial-in: +1-415-527-5035
        Event number/Access code: 199 218 5915 Event Password: JbVf5tyK4E@2 (52835895 from phones)
      • To view the presentation slides please join the event on the web.

    Community Updates and Events

    • The American Library Association published a free guide on Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners.  It contains information, program ideas and conversation starters on topics like misinformation and disinformation; architecture of the internet; civics; media landscape and economics; and media creation and engagement. The 30-page guide also explores ways to “meet patrons where they are” by integrating media literacy into reference interactions and existing programs. Starting in winter 2021, a series of one-hour webinars will explore concepts from the guide. Led by project advisors, the webinars are free for all library workers. View a full list of the free webinars and register.
    • The School Library Journal published 2020 by the Numbers: Stats on Education, Access, and Reading. Schools and libraries across the country and the world faced daunting challenges in 2020 as buildings shut down and millions of students shifted to online learning during the pandemic. These facts and figures about schools, libraries, books, and learning help tell the story of this unprecedented year.
    • Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the quarterly open-access journal published by ALA's Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures division, is looking for contributions to its regular "Public Libraries Leading the Way" column. This column highlights a technology-based innovation or approach to problem solving from a public library perspective. To propose a topic, use this three-question form. Proposals are due by January 4, 2021, and selections will be made by January 15.

    Health and Wellness

    • One in three Vermonters is at risk for food insecurity, struggling to find help to feed their families. If your financial situation has recently changed, you may now qualify for Vermont nutrition and food programs. They include WIC program (Women, Infants and Children), 3SquaresVT/SNAP, and more. Newer programs such as Farmers to Families and Everyone Eats are helping to fill the gaps. All these programs can help keep healthy food on the table. Contact the Health Department, Hunger Free Vermont, or call 2-1-1 for more information.
    • If you need a little stress relief or a little together-time with your staff while being apart, try doing a joint puzzle using Google’s Puzzle Party.

    Take care,
    Janette

    Friday, December 11, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    We’re pleased to be able to announce that the Vermont Community Foundation has partnered with the Vermont Department of Libraries to recognize the importance of local rural libraries promoting safe and equitable internet access with a $120,000 grant to public libraries. This grant targets libraries in Communication Union Districts to enhance connectivity in communities that are attempting to build high speed internet networks. Most public libraries are eligible for this $1500 grant and are highly encouraged to apply. Visit the grant page for more information and to apply. Please note: Deadline to apply is December 23, 2020.

    State of Vermont

    • Governor Scott, ACCD and the Vermont Community Foundation announced $90,000 in grant funding to launch Better Places, a statewide initiative that aims to speed economic recovery by creating places in downtowns and village centers to safely serve residents and visitors this winter and into the coming year.
    • Governor Scott and the Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) announced the recipients of this year’s $600,000 Building Communities Grants for Facilities.
    • Yesterday, Governor Scott issued a statement for the first night of Hanukkah.
    • Governor Scott and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has announced over $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards to 10 communities in seven different counties and $243,853 in CDBG CARES Act funding (CDBG-CV) awards to eight communities throughout the state.

    Learning Opportunities

    Community Updates and Events

    • Vermont Poet Rajnii Eddins is hosting a Black Artist Showcase via Zoom featuring Jadah Bearden, Zanevia Wilcox, Kia’Rae Hanron, Kiah Morris, Toussaint St Negritude, and himself. Friday, December 11th from 6-8pm.
    • On Thursday, December 17th at 1pm ET the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host an open Zoom session on titled Chat & Snack: Supporting Teens During Difficult and Challenging Times. This will be an opportunity to listen, learn, reflect, and share thoughts about how teens are and have adjusted to the new normal, post-election media and other challenging aspects of 2020. This session is open to everyone.
    • The Massachusetts Library System and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners co-hosted the 3rd Small Libraries Forum on November 17 & 18, 2020. All speaker sessions were recorded and can now be found, with optional Closed Captioning, at the MLS Small Libraries Forum Video Showcase
    • A COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized by FDA this week, but will everyone be open to receiving it? What does current research say about peoples’ intentions to being vaccinated against COVID-19? Mandatory employee vaccination programs are allowed, but what are the considerations when making decisions for your library? Gary Deziel, UVM Extension assistant professor addresses these topics in the latest issue of “HR-Minute – COVID-19 vaccination hopes and hesitancy – December 2020.pdf”, available at under the “human resource guidance” dropdown list.
    • The December issue of Library Worklife, ALA’s HR-focused newsletter, includes ideas for virtual holiday employee celebrations, managing grief during the holidays and Federal Coronavirus leave rules.
    • April is Citizen Science Month and it’s not too early to start planning programming! This document has ideas and resources for in-person and virtual programming.
    • Applications are now open for The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation. The annual award, established in 2019, is open to public, school, and academic libraries and recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. The award consists of a $10,000 cash prize. The jury will award four runners-up $1,000 in Penguin Random House books to eligible libraries. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2021.
    • Looking for creative ways to replace traditional holiday staff/volunteer appreciation parties (or even family gatherings) during COVID-times when we can't gather in person? Virtual Holiday Party Ideas for Toasting Your Team offers dozens of creative suggestions for instilling a sense of holiday cheer during challenging times.
    • The American Library Association will premiere LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience(LLX) in January of 2022 and needs your feedback.
    • The Vermont School Library Association is one of the four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. As part of their grant Educating Stakeholders about the AASL Standards and the School Librarian’s Role at a Grassroots Level, they have published their first digital poster.

    Health and Wellness

    Signing off today with something to ponder as your start your weekend Library Books: A Small Antidote to a Life of Perpetual Dissatisfaction
    Janette

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    For your Tuesday update, I’d like to draw your attention to a few upcoming opportunities that might help your operational decision-making: The VDH and ACCD webinar series, as well as an IMLS/OCLC webinar on the REALM study (please see below).

    VTLIB, State and Federal

    • All libraries in Vermont can participate in the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC). Their contracts provide discounts for a wide range of products, from books and supplies, to computers and devices, to furniture and consulting. They've put together a list of PPE and cleaning- related contracts—though of course that doesn't mean everything is in stock. If you haven't signed up for MHEC yet, or have questions, go to our page.
    • Yesterday, Governor Scott issued a statement on Pearl Harbor Day.
    • Join the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) for a weekly webinar series focused on health and commerce pandemic updates for the business community. Decision makers from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Department of Public Safety will provide updates and be available to answer your questions. These webinars are designed for business owners and organizations that primarily serve businesses. Participants can submit anonymous questions via the webinar’s online questionnaire. The next webinar is Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Join online or call 802-828-7667 (Conference ID: 942 923 435#)
    • The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) assists communities—through competitive grants—by providing financial and technical assistance to identify and address local needs in the areas of housing, economic development, public facilities, public services, and handicapped accessibility modifications. Their Accessibility Modification Grants provide funding, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for projects that bring existing municipally owned buildings into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Their Planning Grants provide funds that allow recipients access to the technical expertise and professional resources needed to test ideas, propose strategies, develop plans, establish policies and procedures, and conduct organizational activities. Please contact VCDP to determine which grant type best fits your project needs.

    Learning Opportunities

    Community Updates and Events

    • Join NYPL TeenLIVE with author Emily X.R. Pan: Monday, December 14th, 4pm ET. Emily X.R. Pan will be in conversation with librarian, Susen Shi, talking about their work and most recent young adult anthology, FORESHADOW, Stories to Celebrate The Magic of Reading & Writing YA.
    • The Empire State Library Network is seeking proposals for their July 2021 PILLARS Symposium, focused on preparing secondary students for success in college and beyond. Presenters and target audience include school, academic, and public librarians - both YA and Adult Services.

    Health and Wellness

    We’re giving this space to reiterate an important message from our state officials on mental health, stigma:
    As the pandemic stretches on, state officials asked Vermonters at Friday’s press conference to tune into their mental health and wellness right now, and to look out for one another.

    Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell talked about the strain COVID-19 has placed on our daily lives. People are struggling with isolation, unemployment, financial pressure, housing and food challenges. “My message to Vermonters today, is that you are not alone, it’s OK to not feel OK right now,” Squirrell said. “Do not be afraid to talk about it, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

    Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, acknowledged the difficulties ahead, as we are asked to stay home and within our own households during the holidays to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. He also called on all of us to fight the urge to judge or blame any person or place affected by COVID-19.

    “We cannot let fear, gossip and negative attitudes harm our efforts to stop this virus from spreading,” Dr. Levine said. “Stigma can lead to people hiding their symptoms or illness and keep them from seeking health care immediately. It can also lead to people not being forthcoming or fully honest with family, friends, and of course, our contact tracing work force.”

    Dr. Levine said it is still essential for Vermonters to follow our guidance to slow down the current surge. “But if you do attend a social gathering, or if you travel, we are not here to judge,” he said. “What we care about is making sure we can stop the spread. That means helping us identify close contacts, notify them quickly and make sure they get tested. If we fail to do these things, will only allow the virus to spread more silently throughout our communities.”

    Be well,
    Janette

    Friday, December 4, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    Here is your Friday update.

    State and Federal

    • The VCDP Municipal Public Facility and Service Program invites funding requests for activities that construct temporary or permanent solutions to structures for meeting COVID19 code requirements for public facilities. This may be of particular interest for those of you who need HVAC and other facility upgrades to mitigate COVID concerns. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Contact VCDP to determine project eligibility. This program will provide grants that range from $5,000 to $200,000 with no match requirement.
    • The U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seek your help in providing consumers with information about fuel economy and the benefits of using more fuel-efficient vehicles. You can obtain printable and electronic versions of the 2021 Fuel Economy Guide here.
    • Please help the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) spread the word on mortgage forbearance. For those finding it difficult to make mortgage payments, there is still help available under the CARES Act. It’s not too late to take advantage of these protections. For some mortgages, the deadline to request forbearance is December 31, 2020.

    Learning Opportunities

    • The Department of Libraries will use funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) (from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries) for three librarians to attend ALA Midwinter Conference 2021, January 22-26, 2021. Guidelines and the application form will be available Monday (12/7), and the deadline to submit the application is midnight December 31st. Priority will be given to applicants who are first-time conference attendees, applicants who have never received VTLIB conference support, and applicants who do not receive conference attendance support from their libraries.
    • Join Brainfuse for the free JobNow & VetNow: Online Career & Veteran Support Services for Your Patrons during the COVID-19 Crisis webinar that will cover all aspects of Brainfuse’s online career services, JobNow and VetNow. These resources provide patrons with live, one-to-one interview coaching, job search guidance, resume assistance, and, through VetNow, help in navigating the various benefits available to veterans of the U.S. Military. Tuesday, December 8, 2020; at 2 pm.
    • Americans for the Arts is hosting the webinar PPP Forgiveness Options and Income Tax Implications on Receiving CARES Act Grants, Loans, or Unemployment Compensation on& December 18 at 1:30pm. This session covers Payroll Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness options and the income tax implications on receiving CARES Act grants, loans, or unemployment compensation.
    • The Vermont Genealogy Library is offering a Using MyHeritage Library Edition webinar on December 5, from 10:30am to noon. The class fee is $10.00.
    • In the PLA webinar Representation in the Library of Congress Collections: Complicating the Narrative, Library of Congress staff will introduce the audience to the LOC’s online exhibitions that challenge common narratives. Wednesday, December 9, at 2 pm.

    Community Updates

    • The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual grant supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Applications will be accepted between Dec. 1, 2020, and Feb. 5, 2021. View the full award guidelines and apply online here.
    • ALA also invites library workers to apply for the inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader responsible for the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series. The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant supports meaningful programs in libraries with limited programming budgets. Up to three grants of $2,500 will be awarded annually. Applications for the 2021 award will be accepted from December 1, 2020, to February 5, 2021.
    • The Library of Congress presents a Bobbitt Prize Reading: Terrance Hayes and Natasha Trethewey, celebrating the biennial Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, given in 2020 to Terrance Hayes for his poetry collection “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin” and to former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for lifetime achievement. The winners will read from their work, and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will confer the prize on them both. Thursday December 10, 2020, at 7pm.
    • Consider adding a book or two with a financial theme to your children’s collection. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)'s Money As You Grow Bookshelf consists of 21 books for children ages 4-10. Each book contains a financial theme, a parent guide, and activities. You may order the parent guides for free or download a PDF version to provide electronically.
    • The December 2 issue of WebJunction’s Crossroads newsletter is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    Have a great weekend,
    Janette

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    We hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are easing into December on this balmy Tuesday afternoon.

    State of Vermont

    • If you missed the Governor’s Thanksgiving Statement last week, you can read it here.
    • In last Friday’s media briefing, Governor Scott encouraged families and businesses to help show Vermont Lights the Way, an effort to brighten communities and neighborhoods around the state by decorating homes, businesses, and trees along with other creative ideas to help celebrate the holidays during the pandemic.

    Learning Opportunities

    • Everyone enrolled in the Certificate of Public Librarianship program should submit the list of all the CE they have done since May 15th to joy.worland@vermont.gov. The deadline to submit is December 15th. Tracking will be updated by December 31st and letters of certification sent to anyone who has completed the requirements.
    • Do you have patrons with visual impairments or other print challenges such as dyslexia or the inability to hold books? Have you heard about the ABLE Library, but are not sure what services it offers and for whom? Join the ABLE Library staff to learn more about the services and special equipment that are at your patrons’ disposal through the ABLE library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, as well as the eligibility requirements for these services. The ABLE staff will also present community partnerships that might benefit your patrons and answer questions. December 9, 2020 at 2pm.
    • Join EBSCO in the webinar Maximizing LearningExpress Library's Job and Career Resources During COVID-19 to learn how to best use LearningExpress Library's job and career resources to help those impacted by our current economic crisis. December 8, 2020 at 2pm.
    • Niche Academy is offering The Efficient Library: Simple changes that help librarians save time and improve service, in both ordinary and extraordinary times on December 9, 2020 at 2pm.

    Community Updates and Events

    • Congratulations to the Westford Public Library for being featured recently in a Public Libraries Online article titled "Not Open? No Problem. Rural Libraries Push WiFi into Community Spaces." Public Libraries Online is a publication of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.
      The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant is accepting applications until December 16th. The grant is open to any project that seeks to engage an underserved population of children from birth up to the age of 14.
    • There is still time to register for the Vermont Humanities Council’s nine free First Wednesdays talks that will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 pm. These talks are supported by a grant from IMLS, administered by the VT Department of Libraries.
    • The UVM Extension Lake Champlain Sea Grant’s Watershed Explorers program 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. If you’d like to receive booklets for your library, complete this google form and someone from extension team will follow up. Reach out with any questions to Ashley Eaton, akeaton@uvm.edu.
    • The next Vermont Community Leadership Network virtual workshop will be Tuesday, December 8th at 10am. The topic is maximizing the effective use of local online communication tools. Registration: To learn more about the VCLN, including the schedule for other future workshops, visit their home page.
    • Join Macmillan Library & Tor for an ALA Midwinter Pre-Game, an afternoon of book buzzing + author panels. January 21, 2021 at 2pm.
    • We are proud to collaborate with the Central VT Council on Aging to offer the Memorable Times Cafe online on Wednesday, December 2, 10:30-11:30am. We invite persons with memory loss and their care partners to join 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.
    • Please share with your community: Vermont Applies Month starts Wed 12/2! All December, VSAC offers helpful sessions on the Common App, filling out financial aid, attending the Vermont Virtual College Fair, and more. Learn anything and everything those who are college-bound need to take the next step on their education path.
    • The November 24 issue of PLA e-news is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    • The Vermont Department of Health is reminding anyone heading out for a COVID test to dress warm and bring an umbrella, as you may have to wait outside. Not a problem today, but we’re expecting colder weather after tonight.
    • ALA Editions is offering a free downloadable PDF "Stay Well, Stay Inspired." It contains library-themed coloring pages, writing prompts, and uplifting quotes -- fun for both staff and patrons!

    Have a good week.
    Janette

    Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    Due to the holiday schedule this week, we are not including learning opportunities in this update as Joy just sent out her CE update. Also note that state offices are closed on Thursday and Friday.

    State and Federal

    • If you missed last Friday’s VTLIB Meetup where we discussed the Governor’s Executive Order, telework, contact tracing, and more, you can watch the video here.
    • Please remember to register for next week’s VTLIB directors and leaders’ summit if you haven’t already. The registration is open through end of business on Nov. 30.
    • The Secretary of Administration issues a monthly press release pertaining to the current status of the State's General, Education and Transportation Fund revenues. Find the October release, as well as past ones, here.
    • Read IMLS’ November 18 blog post Beacons of Strength: Libraries Provide Mental Health Resources to Cope With COVID to read how libraries have found ways to provide reprieve and support to community members.
    • Please help spread the word on the State’s Speak Up for Staying Safe campaign. You can share health tips from the HealthVermont.gov/StaySafeVT website. Find screen savers and cover photos here, or share Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts.

    Community Updates

    Health and Wellness

    All of us at the Department of Libraries wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving whatever shape it may take this year.
    Janette

    Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    The Governor’s new COVID-19 restrictions issued on Friday, 11/13 generated several questions within the community. I’d like to remind you that we are offering a library meetup on November 20 from 3-4 pm to give you a chance to ask those questions of VTLIB staff, and to hear from each other. Please register here.

    VTLIB, State and Federal

    • Please remember to update the Library Services and Status Survey if there are any service changes at your library, or email joshua.muse@vermont.gov if that's easier. To better capture reductions as well expansions in service, we've added a question that asks the date and reason for your most recent status change, such as overall case numbers, local case numbers, limited staff or PPE, or the like. Thank you for your help!
    • You can view all of the Governor’s past media briefings on the ORCA YouTube Channel.
    • The Governor's Local Support and Community Action Team heard Vermonters’ reflections, recovery strategies, and ideas for action and has compiled them into a final report to share with the Governor, the Visiting Recovery Team, state leaders, and with other communities around the state.
    • Today the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent living released an Elder Abuse Help Guide. The guide covers what elder abuse/exploitation is; what help-options are available to older Vermonters who experience abuse/exploitation; and how to report elder abuse/exploitation for government response. Please make this available in your libraries as much as possible and share with all in your community.
    • The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the agency’s Annual Financial Report (AFR) is now available for FY 2020. The report details the health of the agency’s finances from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020, as required by the Office of Management and Budget.

    Learning Opportunities

    • The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank is offering a webinar series on Racism and the Economy. The series features monthly live events that explore context and actions to address systemic racism in housing, education, criminal justice, and other topics.
    • A reminder that the Library Journal Webcast Be Your Community’s Career Development Anchor is happening this Thursday, 11/19/2020 at 2pm. If you can’t attend, register anyway to receive access to the recording.

    Community Updates

    • Applications are open for the ALA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation American Dream Literacy Initiative grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Apply online by Friday, January 29, 2021. There is a recording of a webinar about the grant on the ALA Programming Librarian website.
    • The McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor released their updated list of Vermont’s most promising jobs for the next 10 years. The free, easy-to-use resource lists 60 plus occupations expected to pay at least $22/hour and have at least 220 openings over the next decade. With so many Vermonters looking for work or thinking about changing career fields, we think it’s never been more important to be able to access information about promising jobs and how to get them. Please share widely.

    Health and Wellness

    • Learning the difference between React vs. Respond might prove useful as you’re navigating the upcoming holiday season.
    • My Arkansas counterpart shared these recordings of the Healthy Active Arkansas Mindfulness Matters initiative. The page features 20-minute mindfulness sessions to help deal with stress.

    Have a good rest of your week,
    Janette

    Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    Today’s resource update features several COVID-19 related posts. Please take your time reading this information—there is a lot to absorb.

    State and Federal

    • To slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise in Vermont and throughout the nation, Governor Scott has implemented several temporary limitations on social gatherings and business operations. You can also read about these restrictions in this VT Digger article.
    • The Vermont Department of Health is urging anyone who participated in certain events in northern and central Vermont to get tested for COVID-19. Health officials said contact tracers have been unsuccessful at getting all the information they need about people who attended two Halloween parties on October 31, one in Marshfield and the other in Milton. People who attended those parties should be tested for COVID-19. In addition, members of the bowling leagues that played at Spare Time in Colchester on November 3 and 4 should be tested. To find a testing site, go to healthvermont.gov/covid19.
    • To slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise in Vermont and throughout the nation the Governor has issued new restrictions. Vermont will temporarily require a 14-day quarantine for all non-essential travel, increase compliance checks and expand testing to find the virus earlier and contain it faster.
    • In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island Governor, Vermont, and New Hampshire will support a regional approach to interstate competitions. As case numbers increase in many states across the country, it is critical that neighboring states coordinate a regional approach to limit further community spread of the virus. 
    • The Vermont Department of Public Safety is seeking public and stakeholder feedback to shape and refine the state’s continuing work to modernize policing across Vermont.
    • Many libraries and museums around the nation use their IMLS funding to create programs and to create and expand services for veterans and military families. Learn more in IMLS’ Veterans Day blog post Libraries, Museums, and Military Veterans: Telling Stories of Service.

    Learning Opportunities

    Community Updates

    • The Vermont Arts Council is now accepting applications for its next round of Artist Development Grants. The deadline for this current round is January 11, 2021.
    • NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine) has a new page with health resources for public libraries. The page features health information, programming, collections, and other resources specifically for public library staffs. The landing page features recorded webinars we have hosted on conducting virtual health programming.
    • You can read STEM Magazine's full October issue here. It features an article about “Women In Biology” that discusses a new series of children’s books focused on women in STEM fields.
    • Hour of Code 2020 is a celebration of Computer Science Education Week which starts on December 7. Sign up here to host an event. Hour of Code has also created free lessons that can be used completely offline and without a computer. CS First Unplugged includes a printable booklet that contains three computational thinking activities in which students (grades 4-8) learn about how computer science helps us communicate and stay connected with people around the world.

    Health and Wellness

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    Please note that state offices will be closed tomorrow, November 11, in honor of Veterans’ Day.

    State and Federal Updates

    • On November 7, Governor Scott issued a statement on the outcome of the presidential election: “I want to congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris. I also want to recognize this historic moment as we see the first ever woman, and the first ever person of color, reach the U.S. vice presidency. It is my greatest hope they will be successful in uniting our country and leading us forward through these difficult times.” Read the entire statement.
      In a November 8 press release, the Vermont Department of Health is reminding Vermonters to adhere to current health guidelines: Vermonters Urged to Take Action to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 as Case Numbers Increase
    • Governor Scott and the Department of Labor marked the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week in Vermont with a virtual proclamation signing on November 9.
    • Serving veterans is one of the priority areas for the Institute of Museums and Libraries. Check out their resource page that includes a selection of topics, discussion-starters, data gathering, and facilitation tools that can be used to guide community development work.
    • This year, the proud and courageous tradition of military service among Native Americans will be nationally recognized – for the first time. On Veterans Day 2020, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will dedicate the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Learn more about Vietnam War veteran Harvey Pratt, the memorial designer, on the Veterans History Project blog.

    Funding Opportunities to Share or Consider

    • Vermont businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now seek free technical business assistance to help in their recovery. The Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program provides businesses with access to experts in several areas.
    • Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project 2.0 is hosting its second grant writing workshop as part of its Project Development Series. The upcoming workshop, to be held virtually November 18-20, has adapted the format to balance intensive training, and interactive learning. On November 13th, a week before the workshop, SVEP 2.0 is hosting a Funders Roundtable. You can register for both the Funders Roundtable on November 13th and Making Fund Finding Fun: A Three-Part Grant Writing Workshop on November 18th, 19th, and 20th.

    Learning Opportunities

    Community Updates

    • Agricultural Literacy Week is next week! Tune in for this week-long (virtual) 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, Missisquoi Abenaki chef Jessee Lawyer, students of gender studies and agriculture at Bennington College, and organic farmers building soil health and feeding their communities. All events are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.
    • Every November during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and partners share history and the continuing culture of America’s indigenous peoples. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
    • All Vermont middle school students are invited to enter the Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster-Essay Contest 2021. Submit an original poster and essay reflecting this quote: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Submission deadline is 12/18/2020
    • The Preservation Trust of Vermont has $625,000 available to preserve and restore buildings and community gathering spaces of economic and social significance in rural communities. Examples of potential projects are roof repair or replacement, structural repairs, window and door restoration, and fire safety improvements. Grants will be made in increments of $50,000-$100,000. Only nonprofit organizations and municipalities in towns with populations less than 7,500 people will be eligible. Application deadline is December 14, 2020.

    Health and Wellness

    • With so many unknowns as we head into the winter holiday season, this Happiness Calendar might provide tools for getting grounded. Check it out.
    • Lots of Vermonters have heeded the call to get a flu shot this year. If you’d like to join them, find out how.

    Have a good rest of your week,
    Janette

    Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    I hope you’re able to get off email and outside very soon. The weather feels like a well-deserved treat after this week. Here is your update:

    VTLIB and State of Vermont

    • Now is the time for library boards and directors to re-evaluate their reopening plan/COOP plan in light of the next wave of COVID-19. Check out our new page for assistance: Updating COOP/Reopening Plans: COVID-19 Focus
    • Governor Scott has ordered into service the Vermont Army National Guard’s Combined Cyber Response Team (CCRT) to assist the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) in its response to last week’s cyberattack, which has disrupted its IT systems.
    • With the holidays approaching, schools may be planning to communicate with their communities about the risk of travel. The Vermont Department of Health has developed a Holiday Travel Toolkit for Schools for use in helping to encourage families to consider their plans carefully to protect one another. The toolkit includes printable flyers and posters, social media graphics, and lots of other information applicable to public libraries.

    Learning Opportunities

    We are ramping up our workshop offerings for this winter. Go to our CE page for more details:

    • 11/13: Community Poetry Programming for Libraries with guest presenter Rajnii Eddins 1:00-2:00pm
    • 11/16, 11/18: Annual Report for Public Libraries Trainings
    • 11/17: Certificate of Public Librarianship Orientation 9:00-10:00am
    • 12/16: Gale Webinar: Simplify Student Research with Gale 3:00-3:30pm
    • 01/26: So Your Library is a Museum: Working with Art and History Collections 10:00am-12:00pm
    • 03/08-04/10: Reference/Information Services Core Course Time/Dates TBD

    Community Updates

    • Congratulations to Jennie Rozycki, Director of the John G. McCollough Free Library in North Bennington. Jennie was named to the Vermont Business Magazine Rising Stars Class of 2020, a list of 40 Vermont leaders under the age of 40. A panel of judges selected award recipients from over 190 nominations for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and involvement in their communities. Vermont Business Magazine will honor recipients at a Rising Stars virtual event in November. The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine.
    • A reminder that nominations for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award close on November 9, 2020. ALA has announced an additional prize for the lucky winners. The ten winners—working in U.S. school, public, and academic libraries—will receive $5,000 and registration to ALA Midwinter Virtual. Now, thanks to the generous support of award sponsor Carnegie Corporation of New York, the prize package will also include a $750 unrestricted gift to each winner’s library.
    • With Shake Up Your Shelves, Harper Collins has compiled a list of diverse books for various age groups to remix your collection and your curriculum to create a more inclusive learning space for your library or classroom. You can fill out this form to be entered to win books by BIPOC authors.
    • Reverie by Ryan La Sala Is OverDrive's Next Big Library Read. It runs November 2–16. Register for a Free Zoom Webinar with Ryan and the Professional Book Nerds Podcast on Tuesday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. Viewers can expect a lively discussion about some—or none—of the following topics: theme parties, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kingdom Hearts, Sailor Moon, arts and crafts, CATS the musical, drag queens, lounging around on gym equipment like a pampered heiress, and listening to NPR while cooking. And now cheer up your Friday by watching Ryan’s announcement.
    • EveryLibrary reports that voters in both Red and Blue states passed the majority of library tax measures on the ballot on election night. While all results are uncertified as of the time of this reporting, they can report that 28 measures for libraries were approved by voters in 17 states. As of now, 3 library measures failed and 6 additional questions are too soon to call.
    • The October issue of PLA e-News is now available.

    Health and Wellness

    • The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences article Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19 provides some useful tips.
    • Chief Medical Officer Joshua White from Vermont's Gifford Medical Center provides information and guidance on the path of COVID-19 in VT in this video which covers the coming holidays, the flu shot, not becoming complacent, and more.

    Have a good weekend.
    Janette

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    With encouragement from Dr. Kelso, state epidemiologist, we are sharing the AOE and VDH joint guidance on book quarantining in schools in their publication A STRONG AND HEALTHY START Safety and Health Guidance for Reopening Schools, Fall 2020. On page 24, they state that “Library books may be used immediately upon return, without removing from circulation.”

    We are sharing this information so that you can weigh it, along with existing study results (e.g. REALM study), when making your own determination on quarantining materials. VTLIB will continue to forward recommendations from recognized and legitimate experts to assist you in making your decisions. A reminder that each Vermont public library has the power to make decisions on if and how to provide services for its local community under the advisement of the library board and stakeholders such as the municipality and community leaders, if applicable. Libraries should weigh the potential vulnerability of members of their library community, staff, and participating volunteers when deciding how to proceed.

    Learning Opportunities

    • VTLIB has a bunch of webinars and classes scheduled for the next few weeks. Go to our Continuing Education page for details:
      11/13: Community Poetry Programming for Libraries with guest presenter Rajnii Eddins 1:00-2:00pm
      11/16, 11/18: Annual Report for Public Libraries Trainings 10:00am-noon
      11/17: Certificate of Public Librarianship Orientation 9:00-10:00am
      11/18: Gale webinar: Reach More Users with Gale Accessibility Tools 3:00-3:30pm
    • This month’s VLA First Thursday webinar is titled The Trauma-Informed Library, presented by Marie Olsen, MS, LCMHC, RPT. Thursday, November 5th - note that the time for this session is 4:00-5:00pm.
    • Join Project Outcome for Public and Academic Libraries for a free webinar demonstrating some of the new toolkit features, including the qualitative dashboard, customizing reports with images, and more. November 11 at 2pm.

    Community Updates and Events

    • A group of scientists and experts from UC Boulder, UC San Diego, Penn State, Yale, Drexel and more have co-authored FAQs on Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission. The stated goal of the FAQ: "to provide information to the general public in an efficient manner about how to prevent aerosol transmission of COVID-19, with the hope that this will allow more informed decision making by individuals or organizations."
    • The American Library Association and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Up to 16 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded. Read the project guidelines and apply online by Friday, January 29, 2021. ALA will host a free webinar at 1pm on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for people interested in learning more about the American Dream grants.
    • Vermont PBS Distance Learning Project has updated resources for November 2020. Join PBS KIDS and explore a new learning theme each week. Identify the theme and watch the corresponding episode on PBS KIDS. Then visit pbskidsforparents.org to download a Learn Along Bingo packet to inspire learning.
    • The November edition of Jason Reynolds’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature newsletter Grab the Mic is now available.
    • The Library of Congress just published Ex-Offender Reentry and Employment: A Resource Guide.. This guide provides a wide variety of online and print resources for justice-involved individuals who are incarcerated, or were formerly incarcerated, with starting points that will assist them with their reentry into society.
    • A reminder that 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.
    • Access Lab issued a  call for speakers for their virtual Access Lab 2021 event, March 16-17, 2021. There is still time to submit a proposal before the deadline next Friday, November 6. The 2021 conference theme is 'Thriving in the (un)usual. Creativity. Agility. Pace'.
    • Many ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) 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 September/October issue of Public Libraries Magazine is now available online.
    • Partnerships for Literacy and Learning - Free and low-cost learning opportunities for parents who are homeschooling their children. The first in the series is: Establishing Routines for Reading/Writing at Home. Watch this 30-min video here at no cost to learn from Ellen Thompson about routines when teaching Reading & Writing.
    • A few of our libraries were featured in the Times Argus article Turning the Page: Libraries start to reopen.

    Job Opportunities

    Occasionally, we will post job opportunities that might be worth sharing among your networks.

    • VCRD is seeking a Development Director to help lead fund development, prospect outreach, donor communications and other fundraising work..
    • The Community Engagement Lab is seeking an entrepreneurial professional with organizational advancement skills.

    Health and Wellness

    With gratitude for all you do,
    Janette

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    Dear Library Community,
    It was so nice to get out and see many of you this week during our PPE distribution. I was heartened to hear about the many creative ways you continue to provide important services to your communities. You’re an inspiration.

    State and Federal Updates

    • Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Labor have announced the availability of a new $1,000 scholarship for eligible Vermonters to support training and other expenses incurred from enrollment in an adult career and technical education certificate program. The Adult Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship is a partnership between the Department of Labor and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
    • In another grant spotlight, IMLS presents this project in today’s newsletter: Filling In the Map: Presenting and Preserving Native Alaskan History.

    Learning Opportunities

    • The Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) will host guest presenter Rajnii Eddins for part two of his session on poetry programming “Community Poetry Programming for Libraries” on November 13th at 1:00pm. This session will work with librarians to help them implement community poetry programs at their libraries as a means to strengthen community connections. Full descriptions and registration links are on the VTLIB website CE page. Rajnii’s first workshop today was a real treat. You won’t want to miss the next one!
    • The Library Journal Design Institute will be a free virtual event this year on November 18, 2020. Library leaders from around the world, library stakeholders, and architects will explore issues of library design through COVID and beyond.
    • Gale and Library Journal invite you to their webinar Be Your Community’s Career Development Anchor. In this webinar, you’ll learn how two libraries are successfully helping patrons navigate the changing workforce, evolve their career paths, and feel confident about their professional futures. Thursday, November 19, at 2pm.
    • Registration for full access to the archived 2020 ARSL Annual Conference is open through 11:59 PM CST October 30. $65 per person ($50 for ARSL members) gives access to recordings of every ARSL 2020 conference session for on-demand viewing, handouts, slide decks, resource guides from conference presenters, and more.

    Community Resources and Events

    • The Interlibrary Loan Round Table will meet on Monday, November 2nd at 1pm.  Topics for this meeting will include lending periods, quarantines, and any new goals for the group. The ILL Round Table, begun in August 2018, meets quarterly to discuss interlibrary loan topics, advocacy, and issues in Vermont. To join the meeting on November 2nd, use this link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.
    • Did you know that First Book members have 24/7 access to a one-of-a-kind Book Bank? The Book Bank is a clearinghouse for FREE, brand new books in bulk donated by the publishing industry. School districts and nonprofit organizations serving kids in need pay just the cost of shipping and handling to get the books delivered (typically between $0.55 and $1.00 per book).

    Health and Wellness

    • This sensory tour Mind’s Eye: A Sensory Guide to the Guggenheim New York—originally designed for those who are blind or have low vision—might offer an escape from the comfort of your home. The guide features New Yorkers’ voices and uses precise, evocative language to convey the Frank Lloyd Wright museum’s architecture and the sensorial experience of moving through it.
    • There is some simple wisdom in this article (now if only it wasn’t for that snooze button…) The 10 Foundational Practices for a Good Life

    Have a fantastic weekend and a delightful Hallowe’en!
    Janette

    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