Celebrating Agricultural Literacy Week 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Join Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and Department of Libraries staff for an overview of Agricultural Literacy Week 2021 and ways your library can participate.
Building Ventilation Information Session
Friday, October 1, 2021
Join UVM Mechanical Engineering professor Yves Dubief for this information session on effective and cost-effective tools and techniques for ventilating your library.
MHEC Webinar for Vermont Libraries
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
MHEC (Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium) staff will conduct a webinar to provide awareness and guidance on contracts relating to expenditures using ARPA funds. They will highlight available contracts as well as provide answers to any questions. Recorded Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
ARPA 2021 Funding Webinar for Public Libraries
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
1 hr. 28 min.
Note - If you need to watch the webinar to fulfill the grant requirement, please watch it on Niche Academy, so we can track attendance - https://my.nicheacademy.com/vtlibwebinars/course/32979
This webinar will cover all things regarding ARPA 2021 funding for public libraries. VTLIB staff will go over how we arrived at the disbursement amounts, what purchases are allowed and not allowed, and what you need to do to be eligible and remain compliant. We’ll also provide an overview of the ARPA grant application, along with deadlines and supports. Finally, you’ll have some time to swap ideas on what your plans are for this funding and for a Q&A.Note that attendance at one of the two webinars or watching the recording is required to be eligible for the ARPA funding. If you are unable to attend either live session we will make a recording available in Niche Academy.
Libraries and the Vermont Forward Plan, with presenters from ACCD, UVM and the Department of Health
Thursday, June 10, 2021
1 hr. 1 min.
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 UVM College of Medicine/Dept of Pediatrics, will join us for an informational webinar Thursday, June 10th 2:30-3:30pm. Library directors, staff and trustees are invited to join. 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 Department of Health will provide an overview of the materials available to libraries interested in getting the word out about the COVID vaccine. Recorded Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Vermont State Parks and Trails Presentation
Friday, June 4, 2021
Get ready for summer with a presentation by Kathryn Wrigley from 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. Trails and parks from all areas in the state will be featured, and Kathryn will walk you through how to locate those near you.
Disaster Planning for Vermont Libraries Intermediate Workshop
Thursday, April 22, 2021
1 hr. 3 min.
Perhaps your library has a disaster plan. Maybe it is slightly outdated. Or perhaps you took the beginner workshop and got really excited. What next? In this webinar we will delve deeper into disaster planning and discuss risk assessment, hazard mitigation, keeping plans up to date and front of mind, and how to develop a preparedness mindset. VHRP Director Rachel Onuf will present and facilitate discussion. Presented in collaboration with the Vermont Historical Records Program (VHRP) and the Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN).
Friday, April 16, 2021
Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for a discussion of Vermont Forward, the administration’s phased reopening plan. Bring your concerns and questions, share resources and strategies, and explore ideas as we move through the stages of this plan.
Disaster Planning for Vermont Libraries Beginning Workshop
Thursday, April 15, 2021
1 hr. 2 min.
In the past year, the pandemic has impacted how Vermont’s libraries have provided services and reminded us of the value of preparing for both the expected and the unexpected. Disasters come in many forms and with the spring thaw just around the corner, there is no better time to start planning for flooding and other hazards. In this 60-minute webinar, Roving Archivist Sally Blanchard-O’Brien will cover the basics of emergency preparedness and disaster planning. Core concepts will be introduced along with some tools to help you begin developing a disaster plan for your library. Presented in collaboration with the Vermont Historical Records Program (VHRP) and the Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN). Recorded April 15, 2021.
Make Music Vermont Day at Your Library webinar
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Make Music Day is an annual worldwide festival of music, celebrated in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries on June 21. Musicians perform in public places at no charge to celebrate music in all its forms and share it with the public in a community-building experience that brings joy to everyone. Vermont’s libraries are invited to create and host music 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! Big Heavy World coordinates the map of music sites and promotes artists and venues through its network of press contacts, social media, and radio station. Join Jim Lockridge from Big Heavy World, Craig Mitchell and VTLIB staff to explore how your library can participate in Make Music Day 2021.
Human Resources for Trustees
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
As trustees you may be new to personnel management and Human Resources (HR) practices. You may have also encountered new HR dilemmas caused by the pandemic. Or you’re looking for information on how to make great hires and support successful transitions. Join UVM Extension's Gary Deziel and VTLIB's Janette Shaffer to discuss any HR questions you might have as board members.
Library Meetup: Next Steps
Thursday, March 25, 2021
As vaccines roll out and the number of daily new COVID-19 cases declines, many patrons may be asking when the library will fully reopen. What questions have you been receiving about reopening from patrons, trustees, and staff, and what questions and concerns do you have? Come to a meetup with the VTLIB staff where we will facilitate a discussion around your concerns and questions, share resources and strategies, and explore ideas.
Librarians Connecting Patrons to Vermont 211 Resources
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Vermont 211 has been connecting Vermonters to health and human resources for 16 years. Join Vermont 211 Outreach Specialist, Carmina Garciadealba, to learn exactly what 211 does 365 days a year. This hour and a half session will provide a 211 101 to “help the helpers” – Librarians! This will be an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and become a 211 ambassador.
Summer Reading Essentials
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1 hr. 57 min.
Join VTLIB for an overview of the 2021 summer reading program, including: 2021 Tails & Tales theme & general CSLP resources, Tips for an effective summer reading program, Community partnerships and partnerships with other libraries, Places to get additional funding, Summer programming grants, and Beanstack. If you are new to summer reading programming or are looking to refresh your program, please join us for this session.
Library Resources and Services for Veterans
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
An overview of library resources for veterans and outreach ideas for working with this population. Guest presenters from the VA Medical Center and the White River Junction Veterans Center.
VTLIB Meetup: Updates on New Legislation, Initiatives, and Resources
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021
1 hr. 4 min.
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.
VTLIB Summer Programming Grant Info Session & Focus Group
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021
1 hr. 17 min.
This is a recording of the Summer Grant Info Session & Focus Group held from 10:00-11:30am on 2/16/21. For more information about this grant, visit: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/VTLIB_grants/summer_program_grant
Legal Information Resources for Vermont Librarians & Patrons
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
What do you do with the patron who walks in to your library with a question about local noise ordinances, setting up a business, or filing for divorce in Vermont? In this session, Sarah Scully will give some tips and tricks for handling legal research questions, and resources to help Vermont public librarians and patrons with their law-related quandaries. In addition, you’ll learn about the ways that the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) is continuing to provide legal research assistance to Vermonters remotely during the ongoing COVID pandemic. Sarah Scully is the new coordinator for CLIC, which is housed and administered at Vermont Law School and funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries. Learn more at CLIC's website
Supporting Fair Housing Month at Your Library
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
This webinar will include information about April Fair Housing Month and how to get involved, activity templates, and a panel of library staff from Vermont sharing examples of their activities, resources, and events. You’ll leave this interactive session with concrete ideas and supports for implementing Fair Housing Month activities in your library.
Visit the Fair Housing Month Page for resource information.
ALA Midwinter 2021 Lightning Talks
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
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.
Vermont Libraries Respond to New Cannabis Laws: Collection & Program Ideas
Friday, Jan. 29, 2021
1 hr. 6 min.
Libraries across Vermont (and the US) find themselves at a distinct crossroads when it comes to legalized cannabis as library patrons increasingly look to their libraries for factual, unbiased information. Are there any local resources that inform consumers about strains for consumption? What programs are being offered? What materials do you have on growing, cultivating or cooking marijuana and how did you choose them? Is there information on the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of the law? This interactive webinar will help answer questions about the role your library can play in this new frontier of service. Presented by Aaron Bock, from the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and Jennifer Hendzlik from the Indianapolis Public Library, who have presented at PLA and for other state libraries on this topic.
So Your Library is a Museum: Working with Art & History Collections
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
1 hr. 45 min.
Do you have stuffed birds in your library? Or maybe a sculpture by a forgotten artist? Many libraries have, sometimes inadvertently, become caretakers for art, history, and natural history collections of all shapes and sizes. Join Vermont Historical Society Community Outreach Manager Eileen Corcoran to explore how these items came to be housed in libraries, considerations for the care and management of different collections, and ideas for how you can make them an asset rather than a burden.The recording is broken into two parts.
Collaborating to Create a Path to Healing and Stability for Vermont Youth
Wednesday, December 12, 2020
1 hr. 4 min.
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.
Vermont Systemic Housing Issues: An overview
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
This webinar will include an overview of the systemic housing issues in Vermont, including discrimination, accessibility, affordability, and homelessness; how this impacts our communities and library services; and a discussion on how libraries have engaged their communities in positive activities related to fair housing, homelessness, and local housing needs.
COVID Updates for VT Libraries (11/20/20)
Friday, Nov. 20, 2020
Join the VTLIB staff and guests for a chance to ask questions and hear from each other about the most recent COVID-19 developments. Recorded Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
Library Services for Vermont Migrant Farmworkers and Families
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Migrant farmworkers and their families are an important part of the Vermont agricultural community, but they often live in geographic, linguistic and cultural isolation that can create barriers to health, education, wellness and other public services, including libraries. 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.
Online Meetup for Vermont Verso Libraries - 9/3/20
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020
1 hr. 15 min.
This is an informal online meetup for libraries who work with the Verso ILS.The session is peer-led, with library staff asking (and hopefully answering) questions that they have. VTLIB staff will attend as well. We’ll collect any questions that we aren’t all able to answer, bring them to AutoGraphics, and then share the responses on the listserv. Recorded Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.
NNLM workshop: Promoting Attentional Fitness - Demystifying Mindfulness
Thursday, August 20, 2020
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.
NNLM webinar Libraries and Dementia Services
Thursday, August 13, 2020
1 hr. 23 min.
Mary Beth Riedner, chair of ALA’s Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias, and Timothy Dickey of the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Libraries presented this webinar on helping libraries improve services to patrons with dementia, with topics such as dispelling myths, staff training, programming and collection development. Recorded Thursday, August 13, 2020.
NNLM workshop: More Than Calm: Exercising Your Attention with Mindfulness
Friday, August 7, 2020
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.
NNLM workshop: Attentional Fitness 101: Sneaking Mindfulness into Real Life
Thursday, July 30, 2020
1 hr. 5 min.
Participants will discover how developing your attentional fitness—with or without meditation—develops capacities for relating more effectively to the challenges of daily living.
NNLM workshop: Health-Centered Patron Services & Community Engagement
Thursday, July 23, 2020
In the U.S. overall, people visit public libraries more often than they visit health care professionals. With this in mind, Dr. Flaherty will discuss how library staff can support authoritative health information provision for their patrons. She will also address and provide examples of opportunities for rural libraries to become involved in health promotion in their communities.
Dr. Flaherty is author of "Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library" and professor at the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
HR Issues in Vermont Libraries During COVID 19
Monday, July 20, 2020
Join UVM Extension's Gary Deziel and VTLIB's Janette Shaffer to discuss HR questions related to the pandemic. Have your hours decreased? Are you and your trustees in agreement about what library services to offer right now and how that affects staff? Are you unsure what your rights are if you may be at high risk for contracting COVID-19? This and more will be covered during this hour.
Presentation Slides (PDF)
ALA Virtual Conference Lightning Talks
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Multiple "lightning talk" reflections from 2020 ALA Virtual Conference attendees. Presenters are librarians from public, school, and academic libraries throughout Vermont who attended the conference with support from 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.
NNLM Health Literacy Workshop
Thursday, July 9, 2020
NNLM NER staff member Catherine Martin will discuss the All of Us Research Program, some of the more often used NIH web pages such as MedlinePlus and the National Institute on Aging, and information on COVID-19. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to receive health literacy books and other resources for their library collections as part of a VTLIB NNLM grant.
Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library
Thursday, June 4, 2020
1 hr. 37 min.
Using Canva to Create Accessible Graphics for Your Library was a webinar offered by VTLIB.
Informational Meeting on Library Reopening
Thursday, May 28, 2020
1 hr. 24 min.
The Department of Libraries has scheduled a special informational meeting for Directors/Managers and Trustees tomorrow, Thursday 5/28, 10 – 11 am. State Librarian Jason Broughton will provide information on what the Governor’s announcement on reopening can mean for your library, what steps you would need to take and what requirements you would have to have in place before reopening. He and the VTLIB staff will then be available to answer questions.
Clover Introduction & Refresher
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
In this webinar you will learn the basics of the Clover interlibrary loan system. We will start with logging in, making a single copy request and making multiple requests, and also cover updating your library information and participant record.
How to have a Successful 2020 Summer Reading Program
Thursday, May 14, 2020
With uncertainty about how COVID-19 will be affecting library services and onsite programming this summer, librarians need to be prepared to be flexible and creative in SRP offerings. Join VTLIB Youth Services Consultant Jonathan Clark to explore ideas and strategies to make this a successful 2020 SRP.
Meet-Up Grant Presentation
Friday, May 8, 2020
A discussion of funding opportunities for libraries, including grant tips and funding sources. Grants include National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grants, Vermont Humanities Council & Vermont ArtsCouncil, PLA Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Initiative, PLA/Microsoft Micro Grant for Rural Libraries, IMLS CARES Act Grants, Vermont Community Foundation, and Building Communities Grants (State of Vermont). Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)
Vermont Public Library Budgets & Finance
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
1 hr. 47 min.
This webinar will focus on budget and finances in Vermont public libraries: financial responsibilities of the library director, building and tracking a budget, advocating for budget requests to Trustees and Select Boards, the difference between municipal and incorporated libraries, with a brief introduction to grants and fundraising. Presenter will be Gary Deziel, UVM Extension Assistant Professor for Community Development, MBA SHRM Certified Professional, and library trustee.
Governance of Vermont Public Libraries
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
1 hr. 40 min.
This webinar focuses on administrative structure and responsibilities in Vermont public libraries: working with trustees and select boards, laws that govern library work, and the challenges and opportunities of local control.
Balancing Small Library Administration, Management, and Daily Operations Webinar
Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2020
1 hr. 41 min.
Balancing administrative responsibilities, managing staff and/or volunteers, and necessary daily tasks require unique time management and prioritizing in small libraries with small staffs and limited hours. Join former library directors and VTLIB staff Lara Keenan and Joy Worland for tips and resources on how to make this paradigm be successful and even fun!
Vermont Libraries Virtual Meetup with Gary Deziel
Friday, Apr. 10, 2020
Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for an hour of discussion, idea and information sharing, updates, and support. This week we will be joined by Gary Deziel, UVM Extension Assistant Professor for Community Development, MBA, and library trustee. Gary will answer questions about how to handle budget issues while the library is closed.
Dorothy's List Virtual Conference
Friday, Apr. 10, 2020
1 hr. 43 min.
A recording of the 2020 Virtual Dorothy's List Conference, including the introduction, and the Dorothy’s List Reading Committee speaking about the 2020-2021 nominees (and the books that almost made the list!).
Vermont Libraries - Virtual Meetup
Friday, Apr. 3, 2020
Join VTLIB staff and Vermont librarians for an hour of discussion, idea and information sharing, updates, and support. All are welcome. Recorded Friday, Apr. 3, 2020.
Youth Services Webinar: Remote/Virtual Programming for Libraries Thursday, Apr. 3, ,2020
1 hr. 33 min.
Join VTLIB staff Jonathan Clark and Jennifer Johnson and guests Ian Gauthier, Garrett Grant, Deb Ehler-Hansen, and Bree Drapa for this exploration of online programming and resources for youth.
VT Libraries - Resilient and Responsive
Friday, Mar. 27, 2020
Join VTLIB staff and your VT library colleagues in a group discussion about meeting library patron needs, online resources, virtual programming, maintaining community connections, self-care and professional growth during this unusual time.
Friday, Mar. 6, 2020
A webinar by consultant Vin Livoti on resources for financial literacy.