Vermont Department of Libraries

January 25, 2008

@publics roundup 01-25-08

Filed under: @publics — vtdeptlib @ 10:12 am

Serving the Health Information Needs of Your Patrons: Consumer Health Information Resources for Librarians

Geared mainly toward public librarians, this 2 hour session will cover consumer health information resources available both in print and online. The class will also examine collection development tools for choosing consumer health materials, and the resources, services and programs for librarians offered by the Dana Medical Library, Fletcher Allen Health Care and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region. The session will combine demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Our speaker is Laura Haines, reference librarian and assistant library professor at Dana Medical Library. Public librarians may receive two technology credits toward a certificate of public librarianship.

Date:                      February 6, 2008, snowdate: February 13
Time:                      10 a.m. to 12 noon
Location:                 Midstate Regional Library, Berlin (directions below)
Registration:            Vance Asselin,, 802-828-3261 

Marj Zunder

Vermont’s 23 Things, A winter learning opportunity

Have you ever been curious about blogs, wikis, flickr, RSS, MySpace, and YouTube, but haven’t had gone beyond looking up their definitions? Here’s a chance to explore those tools (and more!)Vermont’s 23 Things is a self-directed online learning program that will introduce you to many Web 2.0 tools. It will encourage you to play with them and see how they can be useful in your library (or personally).To see more, click on this link to Vermont’s 23 Things or cut and paste this address: into your browser window. Then dive right in!

MaintainIT Project’s latest Cookbook, available now!

Simple and practical technology tips for public librarians needing advice on a variety of computer issues. In the free “Joy of Computing” you will find information on computer security, technology planning, anti-spyware suggestions, computer upgrading, technology training, policies and more.

TechSoup’s MaintainIT Project is pleased to announce the latest Cookbook, packed with tips, techniques, and stories on supporting public computers from libraries across the country, including libraries in Vermont!

Download the FREE Joy of Computing: Recipes for a 5-Star Library here:
Find out what your colleagues had to say about wireless, time and print management, and laptop checkout programs. A hearty thanks goes out to the following Vermont contributor, whose experiences made this Cookbook a practical and handy resource worth adding to your collection:

Jerry Carbone, Brooks Memorial Library

*We’d love to hear from more Vermont libraries!* The MaintainIT Project continues to craft guides focused on supporting public computers. Please get in touch and share your challenges and successes so libraries can learn from *your* experiences. Remember, what may be, “that’s nothing!” to you, may be an “aha” to someone else!

Find out the latest at

Picturing America Grant

The “Picturing America” grant is an initiative that provides a collection of large-scale laminated reproductions depicting works of American art as well as other educational resources on American art and history. To learn more about the grant or to apply go to:

Apply by April 15th!

This grant program is of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) and its goal is to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture by bringing some of America’s greatest works of art into school classrooms and public libraries.

Picturing America will provide K-12 schools and public libraries with 40 images of American art, an illustrated teachers resource book, and a web site containing additional information including lesson plans.


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