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**
Niche Academy links:
Certificate of Public Librarianship (access for current CPL registrants)
 

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Upcoming Workshops

January 2021:

  • 01/14, 01/21, 01/28, (02/04): Basic Public Library Administration Core Course - 10:00am- 12:00 pm

Registration for this course is closed and the online sessions are only open to people already registered.

25 CEUs, Core Course (All four synchronous sessions must be attended to receive credit.)

These workshops will be held on MS Teams:

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+1 802-828-7228,,139746002# United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 139 746 002#

A representative from Beanstack will join the Department of Libraires for this introduction to Beanstack for library staff. of the. Learn the basics of Beanstack’s registration and tracking platform from the patron and administrative perspective. This training is intended for those unfamiliar with Beanstack or who need a refresher. The session will also be recorded and shared available on our website.

The workshop will be held on Zoom.

To receive a unique meeting link and call-in information please register for the Zoom meeting in addition to VTLIB registration. https://zoobean.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsdeCorD0sE9YgmreHjHPRcuLXJxOkcTdj 

A representative from Beanstack will join the Department of Libraries for this presentation on how to promote Beanstack and engage patrons in participating in reading challenges. There will also be an open a Q &A session with the Beanstack representative. The session will be recorded and shared on our website.

The workshop will be held on Zoom.

To receive a unique meeting link and call-in information please register for the Zoom meeting in addition to VTLIB registration. https://zoobean.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdeyrqzIuHtYqC1uw7wOLX0u5ScCoTJyJ 

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. 

2 CEUs, Elective category

This workshop will be held on MS Teams:

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+1 802-828-7228,,378257448#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 378 257 448#

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.
1 CEU, Elective category

This webinar will be held on MS Teams:

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+1 802-828-7228,,374117773#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 374 117 773#

February 2021

  • 02/04: Basic Public Library Administration Core Course (session 4) - 10:00am-12:00 pm

This session is only open to people registered for the class who have attended the first 3 required sessions.

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+1 802-828-7228,,139746002# United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 139 746 002#

Part two of our two-part series "Fair Housing Conversations Beyond Homelessness: Challenges and How Public Libraries Can Be Part of the Solution" 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.  

This webinar is a collaboration between the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Library Association, and the Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO).

This webinar will be held on MS Teams:

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+1 802-828-7228,,823476037#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 823 476 037#

 

Stress less and take some time for yourself! Join Grace, of LiveWell Vermont, for a one hour stress-reduction workshop. The workshop will cover how to take a holistic approach to our health and wellness. Then we will discuss ways to reduce stress and improve sleep health! We will close with a gentle yoga session. Yoga modifications will offered to accommodate all levels! If you have any questions, please reach out to grace.thompson@vermont.gov

Grace Thompson, Wellness Specialist, joined the Wellness Team and State of Vermont in early 2018 shortly after completing her Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology. She believes wellness has a unique definition for everyone and loves to help others define, and achieve, their version of wellness. In her free time she enjoys traveling/exploring new places, hiking with her dog (Rhea) and practicing yoga.

1 CEU, Elective category

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+1 802-828-7228,,564056727#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 564 056 727#

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. 

1 CEU, Elective category

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+1 802-828-7228,,676950502#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 676 950 502#

 

An overview of library resources for veterans and outreach ideas for working with this population. Guest presenters from the VA Medical Center.

1 CEU, Elective category

This workshop will be held on MS Teams:

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+1 802-828-7667,,763579147#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 763 579 147#

 

March/April 2021:

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 they will work together to create a list of reference sources to share and keep after the course ends.

A full syllabus with all required readings and details on all assignments will be provided a week before the course.

This course fulfills the core Information Services requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program (25 CEUs).

The course will meet for five 1-hour synchronous sessions from March 8-April 10, dates and times TBD.

 

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