Continuing Education and Certification

The Vermont Department of Libraries provides continuing education for librarians with a variety of workshops throughout the year as well on-demand training and information about free webinars offered by other organizations. 

**Browsable CE Calendar**

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Upcoming Workshops

January 2019:

  • 01/10, 01/14, 01/30: 2-1-1 Database Training for Librarians - 1.5 CEU, Elective Category

This 1.5 hour “deep dive” into the Vermont 2-1-1 website is designed to train librarians to become more proficient at connecting library users with the social service and community resources in the 2-1-1 database. Participants will gain a working knowledge of the Taxonomy, the North American standard for indexing and accessing resources, and the 211 Database.
 
Learning concepts and objectives:
•    To describe the basic structure of the resource database.
•    To outline the basic types of resource database searches and some searching strategies.
•    To be able to draw upon additional information resources when required.

01/10- Springfield Town Library - 1:00pm-2:30pm

01/14- Kimball Public Library, Randolph - 10:00am-11:30am

01/30 - Warren Public Library - 10:00am-11:30am

  • 01/25, 01/29: Grant Writing Workshop- 3 CEU, Elective Category

These in-person grant seeker forums will be focused on the IMLS “Accelerating Promising Practice for Small Libraries” funding opportunity (https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/accelerating-promising-practices-small-libraries). They are designed to help libraries and their prospective partners conceptualize projects, develop proposals, and navigate the federal funding labyrinth.  Some of the content will be relevant to grant writing in general but the focus will be on this specific opportunity.  Staff from the Department of Libraries, Vermont Historical Society, and Vermont Historical Records Program will walk attendees through the application process and will continue to offer support after the forum to those who decide to apply.

01/25- St. Albans Free Library - 9:30am-12:30pm

01/29- St. Johnsbury Athenaeum - 9:30am-12:30pm

An overview of collection development for public libraries, designed as an introductory exposure to collection development with more in-depth and specialized areas covered in future elective workshops. Topics covered will be collection development policies, sourcing and evaluating resources, weeding, and working within budgetary and space limitations. Focus will be primarily on print materials, with brief attention paid to electronic formats and other materials.

This course will fulfill the core Collection Development requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program, but is open to all, with Elective credits earned for those who have already completed the core Collection Development course.

This session is meant to be an informal get together where public and school librarians can meet each other and exchange ideas about how to best serve teens in their community. There will be a short Breakout EDU training and then kits will be distributed for everyone to keep.
Everybody is welcome.

February 2019:

  • 02/01, 02/04: Grant Writing Workshop- 3 CEU, Elective Category

These in-person grant seeker forums will be focused on the IMLS “Accelerating Promising Practice for Small Libraries” funding opportunity (https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/accelerating-promising-practices-small-libraries). They are designed to help libraries and their prospective partners conceptualize projects, develop proposals, and navigate the federal funding labyrinth.  Some of the content will be relevant to grant writing in general but the focus will be on this specific opportunity.  Staff from the Department of Libraries, Vermont Historical Society, and Vermont Historical Records Program will walk attendees through the application process and will continue to offer support after the forum to those who decide to apply.

02/01- Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro - 10:00am-1:00pm

02/04- Manchester Community Library - 1:00pm-4:00pm

  • 02/12 & 02/14: Working Successfully with Volunteers - 3.5 CEU, Elective Category

Presentation and interactive discussion on working with these vital contributors to Vermont libraries. Topics will include volunteer recruitment, retention, training and supervision. Attendees will leave with resources on job descriptions, performance reviews, and policies.

02/12 - Rutland Free Library - 1:00pm-4:30pm

02/14 - St. Johnsbury Athenaeum - 9:00am-12:30pm

  • 02/13, 02/15: 2019 Summer Reading Workshop

This workshop will get you inspired for a stellar summer reading program that celebrates A Universe of Stories! Participants will review highlights of the SRP manual, get hands-on space-themed craft ideas from NASA, and experience VINS planetarium in person. Best of all, each library goes back with a craft kit to recreate a Moon Rover activity with their young library patrons!

02/13- Rockingham Free Public Library - 9:30am-3:30pm (snow date: 03/01)

02/15- Milton Public Library- 9:30am-3:30pm (snow date: 03/06)

Join Lara Keenan from VTLIB, Ron Stankevich from Dominion Diagnostics, and Grace Keller from the Howard Center for a discussion of the impact of opioids in VT, the signs of opioid overdose, community resources for helping patrons and families, the safe administration of Narcan, and policy issues and considerations for library directors and trustees. Discussion will help attendees understand Substance Abuse Disorder as a medical condition, not a choice or a moral failing. Attendees will have a chance to share stories, ask questions, receive training on the use of Narcan, and get resources to help them and their trustees decide if they want to obtain, store, and administer Narcan (if needed) at their libraries.

March 2019:

Has your library been impacted by families having a rough time at the library? Do your staff sometimes feel torn between wanting to do the right thing for a child and not knowing what boundaries to set as a library professional? The library as a place for child visitation (supervised or not), among other issues, can cause challenges. Please join us in this informal round table discussion with a Department of Children and Families director as she fields our questions and concerns.

 This is the first in a suite of three courses focused on marketing and Vermont libraries. When it comes to meeting the unique needs of your community and showing your value to decision makers, marketing is absolutely essential. In this workshop, we’ll cover some basic marketing principles and lay the groundwork for creating a marketing plan that is in line with your library’s strategic goals. Digital and print marketing strategies and best practices will be discussed, along with plenty of examples and opportunities for you to practice new skills.

We ask that you have your library’s mission statement and strategic plan/goals available to you during the workshop. We encourage you to bring your own laptop for this workshop for hands-on activities, but we will have some available too.

  • 03/22 & 03/26: Opioids, Narcan, and Your Library - 2 CEU, Elective Category

Join Lara Keenan from VTLIB, Ron Stankevich from Dominion Diagnostics, and Grace Keller from the Howard Center for a discussion of the impact of opioids in VT, the signs of opioid overdose, community resources for helping patrons and families, the safe administration of Narcan, and policy issues and considerations for library directors and trustees. Discussion will help attendees understand Substance Abuse Disorder as a medical condition, not a choice or a moral failing. Attendees will have a chance to share stories, ask questions, receive training on the use of Narcan, and get resources to help them and their trustees decide if they want to obtain, store, and administer Narcan (if needed) at their libraries.

03/22 - Rutland Free Library - 10:00am-12:00pm

03/26 - Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, VT - 10:00am-12:00pm

April 2019:

Join Lara Keenan from VTLIB, Ron Stankevich from Dominion Diagnostics, and Grace Keller from the Howard Center for a discussion of the impact of opioids in VT, the signs of opioid overdose, community resources for helping patrons and families, the safe administration of Narcan, and policy issues and considerations for library directors and trustees. Discussion will help attendees understand Substance Abuse Disorder as a medical condition, not a choice or a moral failing. Attendees will have a chance to share stories, ask questions, receive training on the use of Narcan, and get resources to help them and their trustees decide if they want to obtain, store, and administer Narcan (if needed) at their libraries.

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