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 2022

Book challenges and issues concerning censorship have been on the rise around the country in the last few months. Do you know wwhat you would do if materials were challenged in your library?

Join VTLIB staff as we explore ways to prepare for materials challenges and share best practices when responding to issues involving censorship within your community. Learn about censorship trends across the country, steps you can take to create a strong supporting network, procedures to have in place, and strategies to maintain robust collections that serve everyone in your community.

1.5 CEUs, Elective category

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+1 802-828-7228,,579428215#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 579 428 215#

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There could still be a chance to make the case for receiving municipal ARPA funding for your library. And this is the perfect time of year to get the good word out about the library before upcoming March budget votes. Join librarians and trustees who have successfully navigated these processes for tips and advice on raising awareness about the library’s contribution to the community and how to be sure the library is "in the room where it happens" when budget decisions are made.

1 CEU, Elective category

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+1 802-828-7228,,828803908#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 828 803 908#

February 2022

In this five-week course you will learn the basics of providing reference services to patrons at a public library as well as information about and navigation of many information resources. Each week will include assigned readings and activities to be completed outside the scheduled meeting time.

There are six required synchronous online classes: 02/02, 02/09, 02/16, 02/23, 03/02. 1:00pm-2:00pm

Classes will meet on MS Teams. Confirmed participants will be sent the link.

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

An informal round table discussion to give small and rural library staff a chance to share triumphs and challenges, bounce ideas off of each other, and enhance the power of the cohort of librarians working in small Vermont libraries. The theme of the February session is collaborations. Bring examples of successes and challenges to shared programs, shared patron accounts, shared collections or other resources. New ideas that haven't been tried yet are welcome, too!
Open to any who consider their library small and rural.
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+1 802-828-7228,,950408444#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 950 408 444#

Join VTLIB staff Karen Gravlin and Jennifer Johnson for a "Social Media Round-Up" webinar about recent changes in Facebook, best practices for accessibility on social media, and examples of social media policies for libraries.

1 CEU, Technology category

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+1 802-828-7667,,268448709#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 268 448 709#

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Join VTLIB staff to learn more about this year's summer programming grants for public libraries! The application and reporting process will be discussed, along with ideas on how to spend grant funds -- and plenty of time for questions. This info session will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.

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+1 802-828-7667,,281736028#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 281 736 028#

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Remote programming is still with us for now and hybrid programming may be with us forever. Join VTLIB staff and librarians who have learned how to use technology, strategic topic choices, and targeted promotion to host programming that honors the preferences of community members who thrive on in-person interactions as well as those who prefer attending remotely for safety, convenience, or because of the wider program choices available with remote attendance. This is a chance deepen the library's community engagemnt and respond to what YOUR community wants by putting to use what we've learned in the past two years.

To faciliate a demo of Owl cameras, this workshop will be held on Zoom, not MS Teams. People registered for the workshop will receive the Zoom link via email. Registration deadline is 8:00am February 28th.

1 CEU, Technology category

March 2022

Are you unsure what to do with your records? Don’t know what is important to keep or recycle? The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) is charged by 3 V.S.A. § 117 with helping public agencies, including local governments and offices, in establishing, maintaining, and implementing active and ongoing records and information management programs. In this workshop VSARA Records & Information Management Specialist Meg Wheaton-Book will introduce some basic Vermont statutes and best practices for recordkeeping, and the process for collaborating with VSARA to build recordkeeping resources. With this baseline knowledge we will open conversation to participants to help set priorities for a working group comprised of librarians and VSARA Records and Information Management Specialists to develop record schedules, example policies, and tools for implementation.

Open to librarians AND trustees!

1.5 CEUs, Elective category

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+1 802-828-7228,,177868997#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 177 868 997#

Join VTLIB for an overview of the 2022 summer reading program, including:

*2022 Oceans of Possibilities theme & general CSLP resources
*Tips for an effective summer reading program
*Community partnerships and partnerships with other libraries
*Places to get additional funding
*Summer programming grants
*Beanstack

If you are new to summer reading programming or are looking to refresh your program, please join us for this session. Most of this session will be recorded.

This is the first of two summer reading workshops for 2022. Attendance at both workshops is not required.

2 CEUs, Elective category

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Phone Conference ID: 137 648 563#

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Join VTLIB for a summer reading planning and brainstorming session. Hear from other libraries about potential summer reading programming, including:

*Virtual programming
*Grab & Go
*Outdoor programming
*Story walks
*Teen programming
*Reading groups

This is the second of two summer reading workshops for 2022. Attendance at both workshops is not required.

2 CEUs, Elective category

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+1 802-828-7667,,620417376#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 620 417 376#

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April 2022

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the principles and best practices related to developing and managing a small public library collection that is responsive to community needs. Resources and tools to explore this area of librarianship more deeply will be shared with the expectation that librarians will continue to do continuing education throughout their careers.
There are five required synchronous online meetings as well as some individual and collaborative work in-between class meetings. 

Class times: 04/07, 04/14, 04/21, 04/28, 05/05. 1:00pm-2:30pm 

Classes will meet on MS Teams. Confirmed participants will be sent the link.

This course fulfills the Collection Development core requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program.
25 CEUs