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Trustees & Friends Conference
Large-Print Books
On the Road with Cass
On the Road with Lara
Bringing Resources to Light

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Vermont Department of Libraries Staff News

Vincent Livoti joins the Department of Libraries this fall as the Consultant for Special Populations and the Director of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He has worked as an information professional in the northeast with a focus on underserved populations and special collections for fifteen years. For the past six years, he has been training MLIS candidates to work with diverse populations. Vincent went to school here in central Vermont, where he conducted primary research within the state's educational and legislative histories. He has published and presented his work nationally. Vincent is honored to join the outstanding and hard-working community of librarians in the Green Mountain State, and the Department is honored to have Vincent on board!

The Department of Libraries is pleased to welcome Chrissy Geiler to the team as our new Contracts and Grants Administrator. Chrissy earned her BA in Business Administration/Public Accounting from PACE University in New York. She has worked for the State of Vermont for over ten years and brings her experience as an auditor, financial administrator and program manager to the Department. Chrissy lives in Bolton Valley with her husband John, daughters Mina and Ani, and their two dogs.

2017 Trustees & Friends Conference

*The registration deadline for the 2017 Trustees and Friends Conference has been extended to Monday, October 30th.*
What: A conference for Vermont Library Trustees and Friends to brush up on your knowledge, reinvigorate your board, network with VT Trustees and Friends, and walk away inspired and informed! Co-sponsored by the Vermont Library Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Breakfast and Registration start at 8:15 a.m.)

Where: Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  • Click on the link below.
  • Registration and payment deadline is 10/30.
  • Please make checks payable to The Vermont Department of Libraries, indicate the names of everyone covered by the payment, and send to the address below by 10/30:
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
ATTN: Mara

Registration Link:

For more information, contact Lara Keenan ( or Mara Siegel (
A Collection Writ Large 
 Images of reading braille, handicapped computer access, and audiobooks 

The Special Services Unit at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped received additional funding in 2017 for their large print book collection. Hundreds of books will be added throughout the coming months to stay current with new releases and to keep the collection relevant to a diverse array of patrons.   
Large type books benefit two populations: The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped patrons, as well as public library patrons throughout the state who might prefer books with a larger font. Libraries may request these books for circulation to their patrons through CLOVER, the Department of Libraries' new inter-library loan platform.
For more information about the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), visit the LBPH website (and read the LBPH Fall 2017 newsletter here!) or call Vin, Sara, or Wendy at 802-828-3273.  

     On the Road with Cass

Cass Mabbott, VTLIB Youth Services Consultant, traveled extensively in Vermont and beyond in the months of September and October!
Cass was able to visit several Vermont libraries in all corners of the state. She also attended the Vermont Fairy Tale Festival in Killington and the Visual Literacy and Red Clover Book Award conferences in Fairlee, which were both facilitated by our friends at the Vermont Center for the Book. Additionally, Cass and VTLIB's Continuing Education Consultant Mara Siegel hosted a Teen Mental Health Training for librarians at Midstate Regional Library in Berlin.
Cass and Mara represented Vermont at the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival, held at the beginning of September in Washington,  D.C. Cass and Mara met thousands of children who came to Vermont's booth, and had the opportunity to see high-profile authors speak in person.
To see the photos from Cass' busy two months, click
here! If you are interested in having Cass visit your library, send her an email at  
     On the Road with Lara
Attention Library Directors and Trustees - Have you connected with Lara Keenan, yet? Lara is the statewide VTLIB consultant for public library directors and trustees, and she is eager to talk to folks from all the 180+ public libraries in VT over the next year or so. Lara is attending as many regional library director meetings as possible, answering questions over email and phone, and doing a wide range of in-person trainings for trustees. Helping you make your library as strong and sustainable as possible is her goal, and she offers resources and trainings on everything from strategic planning to Trustee roles to volunteer management.
Since June, she has connected with nearly 70 libraries, and she's eager to see how many library visits she can schedule before the snow flies (though, as a native Vermonter, she's ready to put her snow tires to the test this winter!). If you have a question, or wonder how Lara might be able to help your library, please feel free to give her a call (802-828-2734) or send her an email (
Bringing Resources to Light  
Join us each month as we illuminate a fantastic resource from Vermont Online Library. This episode:
Chilton Library ( 

Did you know that the Vermont Online Library stocks car maintenance and repair manuals for many modern and vintage vehicles? For the car aficionado in your community, or do-it-yourselfers who want to learn more about their vehicles, the Chilton Library is the perfect resource.  
With a quick search in the database, you can show your patrons yet another way their library provides more than they might expect!
The Chilton Library offers step-by-step service and repair procedures, diagrams, close-up photos, and even ASE test-prep. This up-to-date and continually expanding collection provides more resources than you could ever fit on your library's shelves, and patrons can access it from home as they work on their cars.
Libraries offer many resources to their patrons. Consider surprising patrons by telling them about the Chilton Library - available for free from your library through Vermont Online Library!