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.
- 05/29: Opioids, Narcan, and Your Library - Rutland Free Library (10:00am-12:00pm) - 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.
*This workshop was rescheduled from March 22.*
- 06/06: Cataloging Core Course (Day 2) - VHS Community Room, Barre (1:00pm-4:30pm) - See April 25 event for CEU information.
This class will focus on all of those 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.
Day 2: At this session we will review cataloging work assigned on day 1 (April 25) and continue the discussion about practical cataloging in your library.
- 08/22: Diving Deeper into Information Sources & Services - Part II - 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.
Note: Signing up for Part I of this course will also sign you up for Part II. To register for this course, please visit the link on the May 8 listing.
- 09/19: Reference Roundtable Exchange - VHS Community Room, Barre (1:00pm-4:00pm)
This elective workshop is designed to be the capstone to the Information Sources & Services Parts I & II courses offered by the Department of Libraries. Participants will actively shape the content covered through the sharing of current issues, related resources and professional experiences.
This course is not required for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program. 3 CEU (elective category) will be awarded to attendees.