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

September 2019:

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.

  • 09/25: Project Wild Training - VHS Community Room, Barre (9:30am-1:00pm)

VTLIB will host Allison Thomas of VT Fish & Wildlife to do a Project WILD training for school and public librarians. Project WILD is a curriculum for students in grades K-12 that "help[s] students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment." The training will include and indoor and outdoor component, and participants will leave with materials to facilitate Project WILD learning in their libraries. For more information about Project WILD, visit: https://www.fishwildlife.org/projectwild

Note: Space is limited for this workshop. 20 spots are reserved for school librarians, and 20 are reserved for public librarians. There will be a waiting list in case of cancellations. 3.5 CEU will be given for this workshop.

Area library trustees are invited to join Governance and Management Consultant Lara Keenan for a special regional trustee training. Trustees will gather to meet, network with, and learn from other area trustees. Lara will offer a quick basic trustee training (new for some, a review for others), followed by a deep dive into community engagement, the Harwood Institute Method, and strategic planning ideas. Interested trustees should indicate when registering other topics they would like to discuss, as Lara will use those suggestions to fill out the agenda.

October 2019:

Guest Speaker: Curtiss Reed, Executive Director, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity

In this half day workshop, Reed will lead participants through an examination of implicit bias, creative authority, White fragility, and work force homogeneity as they relate to library services in Vermont. Participants will leave with a framework for a Diversity Plan to inform their collection development, programming, and approach to accessibility in their libraries.
The related workshop October 8th, “Equity & Diversity in Vermont Libraries,” will build on the topics from this workshop. Attendance at both is encouraged but not required.

4 CEU, Elective category
Registration limited to 20 people.

Join VTLIB staff Vin Livoti and Joy Worland and Wendy Sharkey, Bennington Free Library, to explore issues of equity and diversity in library collections, programming, and services, including creating a Diversity Plan for your library. The workshop will use recent work done with the Bennington collection and topics covered in Curtiss Reed’s October 3rd workshop as a framework. Participation is open to all, whether or not they attended the previous workshop.

3 CEU, Elective category

Join the Red Clover Committee at VTLIB for the 2019 Red Clover Book Award Conference! There will be three sessions of workshops focused on using the 2019-2020 Red Clover nominees with K-4 students, as well as a keynote address by author Minh Le, a book signing, and a chance to review new materials.

View this webpage for more information.

5 CEU, Elective category

Area library trustees are invited to join Governance and Management Consultant Lara Keenan for a special regional trustee training. Trustees will gather to meet, network with, and learn from other area trustees. Lara will offer a quick basic trustee training (new for some, a review for others), followed by a deep dive into community engagement, the Harwood Institute Method, and strategic planning ideas. Interested trustees should indicate when registering other topics they would like to discuss, as Lara will use those suggestions to fill out the agenda.

Both Part I & Part II are required to fulfill the Administration requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship. *YOU MUST REGISTER FOR EACH PART SEPARATELY.*

This is Part I of the required core Administration course for the Certificate of Public Librarianship. This class is intended to introduce the basics of public library administration to those working or seeking to work as small & rural public library directors, mid-managers or supervisors. The emphasis will be on day-to-day operations, challenges, and opportunities to provide excellent service to your community. Topics will be presented in an overview fashion, with the expectation that directors will continue to do continuing education throughout their careers. 

Topics will include:
• VT laws and statutes
• Role of the director, library trustees, staff, Friends
• Policies and procedures
• Intellectual Freedom & Confidentiality
• Library Services: Youth, Adult, Special Populations, Outreach
• Management
• Technology – digital platforms, handling IT maintenance
• Professional library organizations
• Safety at the library; disaster planning
• Strategic planning

25 CEU (only if combined with Part II)

Area library trustees are invited to join Governance and Management Consultant Lara Keenan for a special regional trustee training. Trustees will gather to meet, network with, and learn from other area trustees. Lara will offer a quick basic trustee training (new for some, a review for others), followed by a deep dive into community engagement, the Harwood Institute Method, and strategic planning ideas. Interested trustees should indicate when registering other topics they would like to discuss, as Lara will use those suggestions to fill out the agenda.

The Public Library Director Summit will be an interactive, intimate experience for public library directors, senior managers and leaders to discuss library services, listen to updates and notifications, connect with the Department of Libraries employees, and meet fellow colleagues from across Vermont. During the summit public library administrators and top managers will be exposed to some exciting new projects, state government information, and hear from fellow directors who are doing innovative things within their communities.

7.5 CEU, Elective category

Both Part I & Part II are required to fulfill the Administration requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship. *YOU MUST REGISTER FOR EACH PART SEPARATELY.*

PART II (10/29 - 12pm-4pm) will be devoted to library budgets and 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.

25 CEU (only if combined with Part I)

November 2019:

Both Part I & Part II are required to fulfill the Collection Development requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship. *YOU MUST REGISTER FOR EACH PART SEPARATELY.*

This is Part I of the required Collection Development course for the Certificate of Public Librarianship. An overview of collection development for public libraries, 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.

25 CEU only if combined with Part II

Both Part I & Part II are required to fulfill the Collection Development requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship. *YOU MUST REGISTER FOR EACH PART SEPARATELY.*

Part II will be a Round Table discussion of collection development ideas and challenges. Topics will be informed by topics in Part I that need more in-depth coverage, and by participants’ suggestions.

25 CEU only if combined with Part I

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