Recorded Workshops

Library Resources and Services for Veterans
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
50 min.
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:


Supporting Fair Housing Month at Your Library
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
53 min.
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
43 min.
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.

Presentation (PDF)
Resource List (PDF)


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
47 min.
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
56 min.
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.


Certificate of Public Librarianship Orientation
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020
35 min.
An overview of program requirements, schedule, and sources for workshops and webinars. Orientation is required for all people enrolled in the Certificate of Public Librarianship (CPL) program. If you are enrolled in the CPL program and haven’t taken orientation, you need to do it even if you have already begun taking classes.


Library Services for Vermont Migrant Farmworkers and Families
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
50 min.
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
57 min.
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.

Handout (PDF)


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.

Presentation (PDF)
Handout (PDF)


NNLM workshop: More Than Calm: Exercising Your Attention with Mindfulness
Friday, August 7, 2020
47 min.
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
58 min.
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
59 min.
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.
Presentation (PDF)


NNLM Health Literacy Workshop
Thursday, July 9, 2020
58 min.
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
49 min.
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
52 min.
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.


2020 Summer Performer Grants Updates
Friday, April 17, 2020
1 hr. 13 min.
Summer performer grant recipients* are welcome to join VTLIB staff for an update on the status of the 2020 summer performer grants. Recent changes to grant parameters (including the addition of a virtual performance option) and paperwork will be explained, and there will be plenty of time to ask questions.


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
44 min.
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
55 min.
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
57 min.
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.


Financial Literacy
Friday, Mar. 6, 2020
25 min.
A webinar by consultant Vin Livoti on resources for financial literacy.

List of resources from the webinar (PDF)


Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) Webinar
Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
39 min.
The Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) is financed by an annual grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries. Housed at the Vermont Law School, CLIC is operated by VLS librarians and other staff, and offers free reference services to the general public. Services include access to legal research databases, print legal resources, including Vermont legal materials, libguides and assistance from trained staff. Watch CLIC Coordinator Kassie Tibbott, Esq for a webinar introducing CLIC resources and services, CLIC outreach to your communities, and how public librarians can connect their patrons to CLIC.


Library Resources for Home Study Students
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
52 min.
This is a recording of a webinar about how libraries can support students and their caretakers who are pursuing homeschooling or other study outside of traditional schools. It is presented by guests from the Agency of Education.


StoryWalk® Workshop
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019
1 hr. 30 min.
This is a recording of the Vermont Department of Libraries StoryWalk® workshop. It features StoryWalk founder Anne Ferguson, as well as VT Library Staff who have created StoryWalks. Unfortunately, we lost video for a portion of the session.


NOFA-VT discussing Agricultural Literacy Week
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.
26 min.
This is a presentationr from the folks at NOFA-VT (Northeast Organic Farming Association of VT) about the 2019 Agricultural Literacy Week, as well as the Simple Suppers program.


Moderating Difficult Conversations
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
1 hr. 9 min.
This session discusses how to hold community events focused on challenging or contentious topics, using the example of Paul Searls’s new book, Repeopling Vermont. You can see the full slideshow here (PDF format)


Public Library Annual Report Webinar
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
1 hr. 29 min.

The annual report provides a broad statistical summary of a year in the life of a library, from visitation and programming, to finances and staffing, to circulation and holdings (both physical and digital). The report is submitted each year by every public library, and is used by our department as well as IMLS to help plan for the future. Whether you’re a new director, or have been submitting the report for years, join us as we provide an overview, and then walk through the entire report. We’ll discuss the small changes for this coming year, and answer any questions you may have.


ABLE Library Webinar
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
46 min.

An overview of the ABLE Library (formerly the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped): who is eligible for ABLE services, and the scope of resources for VT libraries, including LP books, described films, talking book machines, DB cartridges & machines, the BARD app, consultation and training opportunities to help you help your patrons better than ever before.


Public Library/Community Collaborations: A Brief Overview & Three Examples
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2018
47 min.

An overview of how public libraries can partner with other organizations and host themed programs that serve as outreach to a new audience and enhance the visibility of both the library and the partnering organization. Focusing on Everybody Wins, Rooted in Vermont, and Agricultural Literacy Week.