Director Search: Aldrich Public Library

According to the Vermont Library Association, the Aldrich Library of Barre is seeking a new library director. Here’s the ad:

Aldrich Public Library is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to fill the position of Library Director for the Aldrich Public Library. The library seeks a progressive, collaborative team-builder who is an experienced and committed professional with proven management and administrative skills. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about current and emerging trends and best practices in public library services and embrace the rapid technological changes occurring in today’s public libraries.

This is a Full Time Position. The position requires a minimum of an MLS degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent library certification; five years of library experience of which two years should be in a supervisory capacity.

A detailed job description and application process can be found at the Aldrich website Applications must be received by January 23, 2015.

Apply here.

Colchester Library Hiring YA Associate

Burnham Memorial Library in Colchester is looking for a new Library Associate I: Youth Adult Services. Here’s the description:

The Town is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Library Associate I: Young Adult Services. Qualified applicants under the administrative supervision of the Library Director and Assistant Director will perform patron service, age appropriate programming, collection maintenance, and community outreach.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and application to Sherry LaBarge, Human Resource Manager, P.O. Box 55, Colchester, VT 05446 or email to by November 5, 2014 or open until filled.

Job listing.

120th Annual Vermont Library Conference

This year’s Vermont Library Conference will be held on May 20th at St. Michael’s College. Registration for the event is now open.

Join the Vermont Library Association as we explore “Story Time: Advocate, Celebrate, and BE HEARD!” with ALA’s Director for the Office of Library Advocacy, Marci Merola. We have an amazing schedule full of sessions, panels, poster presentations, lots networking time, and BATTLE DECKS!

Registration for members is $50 ($60 after May 1st). Nonmembers are $75 before May 1st, and $85 after.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

Session 1: 10:30-11:30am

  • A Conversation with Marci Merola
  • Vermont’s Child-Chosen Book Awards Grace Greene (VTLIB), Rebecca Cook (Poultney Public Library)
  • Privacy Lost? Facilitating Conversations about Technology, Privacy, and Personal Data Management on Campus
  • How to Talk with Techies Helen Linda (Goddard College)
  • One Big Koha Catalog, One Big Collection, One Board of Directors, Many Libraries: The Catamount Library
  • Vermont Digitization Roundup Rebekah Irwin (Middlebury College), Fred Pond (UVM), Lydia Willoughby (Plattsburg)

Session 2: 1:00-1:55pm

  • Presidential Panel: Drugs and Libraries Amber Billey (VLA), Other Panelists TBA
  • STEM Programming @ Your Library Sarah Kleinman (UVM), Valerie Bang-Jensen (SMC)
  • Shifting the Paradigm: A New Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education Elizabeth Berman (UVM)
  • How Can We Help You? Using Focus Groups to Improve Library Services Lela Kretzer (SMC)
  • Getting Started with MARCEdit Ben Abrahamse (MIT Libraries)
  • Rapid Reviews Amy Howlett (VTLIB), Selene Colburn (UVM), Ernie Drown

Session 3: 3:30 – 4:25pm

  • Open Meeting Law: Transparency and Libraries Jim Condos (Secretary of State)
  • The Write Start: Initiating a Young Writer’s Community in Your Library Caitlin Corless (Essex Free Library), Gizelle Guyette (Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester)
  • The Search for Discovery John Payne (SMC), Heidi Steiner (Norwich University), Stacey Knight (SMC), Aaron Nichols (UVM), Terry Simpkins (Middlebury College)
  • Stop Thief! Protecting Historical Documents in Vermont Libraries Chris Burns (UVM), Prudence Doherty (UVM), Jeffrey Marshall (UVM), Jerry Carbone (Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro)
  • Introduction to the RDA Toolkit Greg Sauer (Norwich University), Cindy Weber (Stowe Free Library)
  • Evidence-Based Practice: What All Librarians Need to Know About Health Information Jane Kearns (CCV), Lauren Olewnik (Castleton State College), Michelle Eberle (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Session 4: 4:30-5:25pm

  • Advocacy for Public Libraries — Turning the Page and Geek the Library Christine Friese (VTLIB), Michael Roche (VTLIB)
  • Create a Pop-up Makerspace @ Your Library Mara Siegel (VTLIB), Susan O’Connell (Craftsbury Public Library)
  • Academic Library Show & Tell: Pecha Kucha Sessions Laura Crain (SMC), Stacey Knight (SMC)
  • Examining Library Internships: Perspectives from Participants & Librarians James Allen (UVM), Daisy Benson (UVM)
  • Effective Web Writing: Your Website’s Welcome Mat Heidi Steiner (Norwich University)
  • Reference Tips Virgil Fuller (Chelsea Public Library), Emily Zervas (Rockingham Public Library, Bellows Falls)

Looks like a good time. Register here.

Rural Libraries and the Future


VPR has an interesting looking talk today on Vermont Edition, called Rural Libraries Face Modern Demands. Here’s the description:

Here’s a fact you’ll often hear about Vermont libraries: the state has more public libraries per capita than any other. That statistic is born from a tradition of each town independently operating its own library. This set up makes each library unique to its community. But it also puts limits on the amount of resources the library can offer and on the ability of staff to meet community needs – like computer training, downloadable books and reference skills. We look at how Vermont libraries are trying to be innovative in response to community demands with Mary Danko, president of the Green Mountain Library Consortium and director of the Hartland Public Library, and with Jerry Carbone, the longtime director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro.
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Geek Things for April 14th

I was out sick yesterday, sorry about the lapse in Geek Things. Here’s what we’ve got today:

  • Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards, 6–8:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. $25; cash bar. (Environmentalism)
  • ‘Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age’. The director joins a follow-up panel discussion. 7–9PM, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Documentary)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Gaming)
  • Salamander Sleuths, 10-11, Education Barn Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per each additional child. (Kids)
  • Bill Hosley – “More Than Books: Reflections on Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation.” 7PM, Municipal Building, Fairfield. Free. (Libraries)
  • Dr. Asma Abbas – “Making Suffering Matter.” 4pm, Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • Jared Carter – “Raw Milk Education: Illegal?!” 6–7PM, Black Sheep Books, Montpelier. Free. (Talk)
  • Mike Burke & Neale Lunderville – Discussion on smart grids, energy efficiency and saving money on electric bills. 7–8PM, Bugbee Senior Center, White River Junction. Free. (Power)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Infusing Hope in Rural Communities: Complex Class Issues in Addison County, 4:30 – 6:45pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Ten-Minute Plays, 8:30 – 9:10pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts 232, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Theater)
  • Dr. Joseph L Schofer – “The Future of Transportation–How the System Must, Can and Will Change,” 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. , Waterman Building 427, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Transportation)
  • Miniatures Camp, 9am – Fri, April 15, 3pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

National Library Week PSA

I am so happy this blog exists, not just for the interesting Vermontiana,
but because the posts thoughtfully aggregate so many free, lifelong
learning, continuing education events happening in our state. Many of the
events posted here also happen to be at public libraries. Which is fitting
because this week is National Library Week, and I am writing this also as
a librarian at Rutland Free Library.

In a time of declining and stagnant budgets, attacks on public servants,
paradigm shifts in technology and publishing, and increased usage as a
result of the Great Recession, libraries need boosters and geeks more than
ever before. Libraries are many things to different people, offering
services from the cradle to the grave, while simultaneously trying to
reshape and define what a library should or shouldn’t be to a community.
Running a building and maintaining the current level of services can be so
overwhelming that we forget how much we rely on our users.

Whether it’s a program you want to happen at the library, or some titles
you think we should buy, a service we should offer, or what direction you
want the Board to go, libraries need geeks. Without community involvement,
libraries may not be the vibrant institutions that they are, offering a
host of services free of charge, forever. We rely on your involvement to
determine what is relevant to you. So in the spirit of National Library
Week, we’re asking folks, “What do you geek?” Whatever you’re into,
whatever you’re about, the library can help.

Ed Graves
Rutland Free Library

National Library Week is April 11-16
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Supporting Libraries

This week is National Library week, and we’ll be looking at libraries over the course of the week. Over the past couple of months, as the nation focuses on national and local budgets, the role of the library in the community have received more attention from all sides, and in my mind, have continued to validate their existence as a community anchor point.

Libraries have been important to me throughout my life. Some of my earliest memories are centered around play group and story times at the Brown Public Library in Northfield, where my mother took me when I was little. When I entered middle and high school, Harwood Union High School became the place where I hung out the most, working off and on as a page, or checking in and out books when the librarians were busy. Instead of a locker, I stashed stuff behind the circulation desk, and often convinced the librarians to enable my growing reading habit by ordering me books from a new website, At the same time, I worked as a page at Brown Public Library, where I learned all about circulation, returning books and so forth. Libraries have been a familiar world, and while I’ve yet to work in a library since high school, I’ve attempted to frequent them as much as I can, either at the Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier, or the Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University, as I work on various historical projects or look for a quiet place to work and read.

Libraries are on the verge of great changes, and I’ve been fortunate to see some of the early changes when it comes to distance learning and books in an electronic age. Libraries were important before not only because of their books, but because of their ability to provide access to information for any citizen of the republic to better themselves and to seek out some better understanding of the world around them, either through the insights available through a novel to a non-fiction work. That access will continue to change, but I firmly believe that the role that a library will play in the community will grow beyond town and organization lines, and that the time to support libraries is now, rather than shrink back along with town budgets.

Libraries are more than walls, more than shelves of books and computers: they are the heart of our communities: we need to recognize and support these, in order to properly support the health and well being of our own existence. It’s more than ever important in this day and age.