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. 

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Upcoming Workshops

January 2020:

Do you need help organizing and directing users to your Vermont Online Library resources? Gale Pages provides a customizable access point to your VOL resources with the option to customize to fit your needs like adding links to additional resources, adding new pages, and more! This session will introduce Gale Pages while highlighting customization features you can harness to drive usage of your library’s online content. This session will be recorded for those who can't attend. Please register at the above link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The idea of this round table is for directors/staff from libraries with small staffs, small buildings, and small budgets to gather to discuss issues that are either unique to small libraries, or issues that affect small libraries in different ways than they do larger libraries. Examples would be security, working with volunteers, staffing challenges, lack of space, rural transportation challenges and...if you’ve read this far, you most likely have other things to add to this list! There will an option to attend this virtually. Also, there is no set definition for small and rural for this round table: if that designation resonates for you- the person who likely knows your library best- please join us.

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Guest presenters Paul Carnahan from the Vermont Historical Society and Mariessa Dobrick from the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration will share an overview of the services their organizations provide and tips on genealogy reference questions.

2.5 CEU, Elective Category

This workshop will provide librarians with tools and suggestions for how to encourage people to go beyond their family tree names-and-dates, to look at their ancestors' experiences related to class, gender, the land and their natural surroundings, immigration, or war; to celebrate the resilience and tenacity that's often written between the lines. 

Guest presenter Dorie Wilsnack has decades of experience in the field of international peace and social justice and is a trained genealogy researcher.

This will be an interactive workshop, with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.

2 CEU, Elective Category

  • 1/24: ALA Management Training Series Part 1: Supervising Library Staff

This is Part 1 of a five-part ALA webinar series made possible through a partnership of the Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire State Libraries.

Registration:
https://bit.ly/359u0Pp

  • 1/31: ALA Management Training Series Part 2: Balancing Library Management with Day-to-Day Responsibilities

This is Part 2 of a five-part ALA webinar series made possible through a partnership of the Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire State Libraries.

Registration:
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February 2020:

  • 2/7: ALA Management Training Series Part 3: Hiring and Recruiting Library Workers

This is Part 3 of a five-part ALA webinar series made possible through a partnership of the Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire State Libraries.

Registration:
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This workshop will explore the 2020 summer reading theme "Imagine Your Story." Attendees will become acquainted with the 2020 summer reading manual, participate in a "storytelling with sensitivity" workshop facilitated by educator Michael Caduto, experience thematic activity stations and demos prepared by their fellow librarians for potential use in their own libraries, and network with colleagues about resources and programming.

5.5 CEU, Elective Category

This workshop will explore the 2020 summer reading theme "Imagine Your Story." Attendees will become acquainted with the 2020 summer reading manual, participate in a "storytelling with sensitivity" workshop facilitated by educator Michael Caduto, experience thematic activity stations and demos prepared by their fellow librarians for potential use in their own libraries, and network with colleagues about resources and programming.

5.5 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.

2 CEU, Elective Category

  • 2/14: ALA Management Training Series Part 4: Building Community Partnerships

This is Part 4 of a five-part ALA webinar series made possible through a partnership of the Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire State Libraries.

Registration:
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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.

2 CEU, Elective Category

  • 2/21: ALA Management Training Sereis Part 5: Library Security for Small and Rural Libraries

This is Part 5 of a five-part ALA webinar series made possible through a partnership of the Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire State Libraries.

Registration:
https://bit.ly/359u0Pp

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.

2 CEU, Elective Category

March 2020:

Why is cataloging important? What should you, a busy library director, know about cataloging and classification? What are some easy tools to use?

This class will focus on all of these questions. We will explore the elements of a catalog record, do some hands-on practice, and look at cataloging in the context of your libraries. You will walk away from this class with an enhanced understanding of why cataloging matters at your library and with practical knowledge of cataloging, classification, and holdings records that will make your job easier and improve service to your patrons.

This is a required course for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program. 25 CEU will be awarded upon completion of Parts I & II of the course. Registering for Part I of the course will also register you for Part II.

April is Financial Literacy Month – a theme that can be modified for any audience or programmatic need, from kids to grandparents.

Join Special Populations Consultant Vin Livoti for an overview of the free resources at both the local and national level to support financial literacy in your community. The session will conclude with collection development recommendations and activity suggestions.

1 CEU, Elective category

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April 2020:

  • 4/2: Cataloguing Core Course Part II - VTLIB, VHS Community Room, Barre (12:00pm-3:30pm)

At this session we will review cataloging work assigned on day 1 and continue the discussion about practical cataloging in your library.

This is a required course for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program. 25 CEU will be awarded upon completion of Parts I & II of the course. Registering for Part I of the course will also register you for Part II.

This day-long workshop will provide basic training in providing information sources and services to library users seeking reference assistance. We will explore how to evaluate information sources, as well as how to optimize searching and information retrieval. Interpersonal and customer service skills will also be explored.

This is a required course for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program. 25 CEU will be awarded upon completion of Parts I & II of the course. Registering for Part I of the course will also register you for Part II.

May 2020:

This workshop will focus 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.

The second half of the afternoon will cover finance: 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. VTLIB staff will be joined by Gary Deziel, UVM Extension Assistant Professor for Community Development, MBA SHRM Certified Professional, and library trustee.

4 CEUs, Elective category OR
Attending this workshop in addition to the 5 ALA Small Library Management Webinars fulfills the Certificate of Public Librarianship core requirement.

  • 5/14: Information Sources & Services (Reference) Core Course Part II - VTLIB, VHS Community Room, Barre (9:00am-3:00pm)

This workshop will compliment and extend the skills gained from the core “Information Sources & Services” course. Using LIS resources, Diving Deeper will engage with the Library Bill of Rights, the Patriot Act, patron privacy issues, tiered-reference strategies, and models for data collection/statistics.

This is a required course for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program. 25 CEU will be awarded upon completion of Parts I & II of the course.

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