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

December 2020:

  • Wednesday, December 2nd, 3:00 - 4:30pm: Meet & Greet for the New-ish Library Director 
    • New-ish library directors meet with VTLIB staff, ask questions, and learn important information about libraries in VT. 

Important: Please do not register for this webinar yourself. We will take care of it for you once you submit your registration form.

  • Friday, December 4th, 3:00 - 4:30pm: Meet-Up and State Update with the State Librarian, VTLIB Staff, and guests. Hear an update from Jason and discuss topics and questions of your choice with VTLIB staff and your peers. You will have a chance to submit your topics and questions on the registration form. 

Please submit your registration no later than 11/30/2020.

Part one of our two-part series "Fair Housing Conversations Beyond Homelessness: Challenges and How Public Libraries Can Be Part of the Solution" will include an overview of the systemic housing issues in Vermont, including discrimination, accessibility, affordability, and homelessness; how this impacts our communities and library services; and a discussion on how libraries  have engaged their communities in positive activities related to fair housing, homelessness, and local housing needs.

This webinar is 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).

Niche Academy is an online platform for library training. VTLIB has begun hosting and archiving trainings on Niche. There are also hundreds of tutorials from other state libraries, public libraries all over the country, and content created by Niche and other vendors. All Vermont librarians can access content on the Vermont Niche site for no fee.

Join us for an overview of the content and how to access it.
1 CEU, Elective category

This will be held on MS Teams:

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+1 802-828-7228,,982384969#   United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 982 384 969#

Participants will learn about being a trauma-informed librarian and will have opportunities to brainstorm ways to build or expand on existing partnerships between the Department for Children and Families and libraries. Learn about DCF’s work with kin/foster and adoptive families, and the supports that are available to caregivers in Vermont. Jaime Blouin, Resource Coordinator out of the Barre District Office and Sharon O’Neill with the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership will join the Department of Libraries to facilitate this important conversation.

1 CEU, Elective category

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+1 802-828-7667,,675697180# United States, Montpelier

Phone Conference ID: 675 697 180#

Help your students work smarter, not harder to find credible sources when they’re tempted to "Google it." In this webinar, we’ll explore time-saving features that will win students over to your Gale databases including built-in citations, peer-reviewed and full-text filters, “more like this” articles, and Google Drive/Microsoft OneDrive integration.

.5 CEUs, Elective category

January 2021:

This course will introduce the basics of public library administration to those working or seeking to work as small & rural public library directors, mid-managers or supervisors. Both big picture and day-to-day operations will be presented in an overview fashion. Resources and tools to explore more deeply will be shared with the expectation that librarians will continue to do continuing education throughout their careers.

This course fulfills the core Administration requirement for the Certificate of Public Librarianship program.

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

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

This workshop will be held on Microsoft Teams:

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

Phone Conference ID: 139 746 002#

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 Microsoft Teams:

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

Phone Conference ID: 378 257 448#

February 2021

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

This is the 4th and final online synchronous session of the BPLA Core Course. All four synchronous sessions must be attended to receive credit.

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 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).

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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