In This Issue
VTLIB Staff News
Joy Worland
Cindy Titus & Linda Bullard 

Joy Worland: Our New Library Consultant
for Continuing Education and Small and Rural Libraries

Joy Worland is the former president of the Vermont Library Association. She has been the Library Director of the Joslin Memorial Library and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and on staff at the University School of Nashville library. She is a former member of the American Library Association's ALEX Committee and has co-chaired ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project. She has published for Rowman & Littlefield, McFarland, in
Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, and in several Vermont publications. She has an MLS from the University of North Texas, and has presented at ALA, the New England Library Association, and Vermont Library Association conferences.
Before becoming a librarian Joy was a full-time French horn player. Until 2009 s he was Associate Principal Horn of the Nashville Symphony, where she earned multiple Grammys for recordings with the symphony. Horn playing also took her to Canada, Mexico, Austria, and Sweden. She continues to freelance in northern New England and has played with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Burlington Jazz Festival, Capitol City Concerts, the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and the Portland Symphony.
The career shift was partly inspired by many years of visiting Vermont's small and rural libraries and seeing what warm, inclusive, and vital parts of their communities they often are. Joy now lives in Montpelier with her husband, Paul Gambill, two teenage sons, Nick and Ben, and Sebastian, Library Dog Emeritus of the Joslin Library. A day off will find her enjoying a strong cup of coffee and then taking Sebastian for a walk, making up songs about him as she watches him frolic in the forest.
Congratulations, Cindy and Linda!

On May 8, 2018, VTLIB employees Cindy Titus and Linda Bullard of our Technical Services Unit were recognized at a luncheon for Public Service Recognition Week. They received accolades for their outstanding work preparing our State Library collections for our upcoming move to Barre. Great job!
Here is a photo from the award ceremony at the luncheon (L-R: Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, Linda, Cindy, Governor Phil Scott)

We're on the Move!
A Reminder
  The Department of Libraries will be moving to the Vermont Historical Society building in Barre this summer. To make sure that we keep everyone updated as much as possible, we are sharing updates of the move on our Facebook page and sending messages to the listservs.

The next big date for us is June 15. On Friday, June 15, VTLIB will be closing the library as well as stopping our Interlibrary Loan services to prepare for the move. Here is what this means for Vermont libraries:
  • Starting on June 15, we will be taking a hiatus from loaning items from our collection or requesting items from out-of-state libraries. Please submit any out-of-state requests before June 15, or anticipate that it may be several weeks before they are filled.
  • We anticipate restarting our lending and out-of-state requesting programs on July 9, but this is subject to change. We will inform libraries via the listservs, Facebook, and our website when we are "back in business."
  • VTLIB staff can still be contacted via email and phone during this time.
Summer Passes
Vermont State Parks & Historic Sites
For summer 2018, VTLIB has once again partnered with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation to offer passes to Vermont libraries at no cost. Every public library in Vermont received two passes: one that allows free entry into any Vermont state park, and one that allows free entry into any Vermont historic site. Academic libraries also received the historic sites passes. Public libraries will be circulating these passes to patrons until the parks and sites close in the fall, so make sure to take advantage of this exciting program!

Front row (L-R): Brianne Gallas, Ananya Rohatgi, Isabel Moustakas, Tiahna Hallock
Back row (L-R): Kylie Gledhill, Katie Phillips, Charlotte Bodin, Avery Ehret, Josie Kummer
Letters about Literature
Nine Vermont Youth Honored at Ceremony

On Friday, May 25, VTLIB was pleased to host the nine student writers who placed in the Vermont Letters about Literature competition at a ceremony at the State House in Montpelier.
Letters about Literature is a nationwide writing competition for students in grades 4-12 sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Students are grouped into three levels and only judged against other students in that level: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. Students are asked to write a letter to an author, living or dead, about a piece of that author's work that has changed their worldview. For example, Level III winner Katie Phillips of U-32 Middle/High School wrote to author Katherine Paterson about her book The Day of the Pelican, and described how the novel had laid the groundwork for empathy and open-mindedness within her. And even better, Katie was able to read her letter directly to Mrs. Paterson, who attended the ceremony! 
Letters are sent first to the Library of Congress for an initial screening, and eligible letters are then sent back to us at VTLIB for the selection of state winners; this year's winners are pictured above. Our first-place winners' letters were then sent on to the national competition. We are so proud of all of our student writers and look forward to next year's competition!  
Dispatches from the ABLE Library
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  • Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa recently introduced a bill into Congress entitled the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act. This bill, co-sponsored by our own Senator Patrick Leahy and ten other senators, aims to amend United States copyright law so that we may better adhere to the tenets of the Marrakesh Treaty. The Marrakesh Treaty was signed in 2013 and is an international agreement to make accessible materials, such as Braille, audio, etc., easier to obtain and create for people who cannot access traditional print materials. VTLIB's ABLE Library is devoted to serving such persons in Vermont, and as such VTLIB is following the progress of this bill as it moves through Congress.

  •   Large Print Collection News
    Become an ABLE Large Print user today! Did you know that our ABLE Library has almost 9,000 large print titles available for loan to Vermont libraries and individual users? Through our Deposit Collection Program, we will work with you directly to customize selections to satisfy all of your readers' interests. 
     There is no cost for this service - even the postage is free!
     We love large print and we'd love to hear from you: 800-479-1711; 
    Large Print Collection Highlights
    LP 87555 - The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
    •  A National Geographic Best Book of the Year! 
    • Many people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it-but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years. 
    LP 90517 -  A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
    • In his book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.
    LP 90518 - The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
    • Set amidst the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.
    LP 89846 - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson
    • What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    LP 85533 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    • In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Community Healing
Vermont Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

The Library Advancement Division of the Department of Libraries is examining the conversations, networks, and statewide resources for assisting individuals and communities regarding substance abuse disorders, particularly the impacts of the opioid epidemic. Libraries of all types are being called on to do more than check out books or read stories to kids. After all, libraries have become some of the last real public spaces in many communities.
Public libraries have always had to deal with issues that "bubble up" into that public space, examples such as homelessness, economic issues, social inequity, hunger & poverty, and community disorganization to name a few.  The opioid crisis that our communities are facing is tragic and terrible. Libraries can be a community asset among a variety of collaborative community-based strategies that can ensure that people feel empowered to manage.
Vermont is not the only state where the public library system is adapting to this crisis. States such as New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Ohio, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, and West Virginia are experiencing tremendous increases in drug overdoses. To examine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Overdose by State and prevention campaigns, click here: and to learn more about how the State of Vermont's Governor's Opioid Coordination Council's recommended strategies, click here
In the coming months, the Department of Libraries will be providing resources and community-based strategies that will assist libraries in providing information and experiences relating to prevention, education, and healing. For more information about this project, contact Jason Broughton (

Certificate for Public Librarianship
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This month, VTLIB awarded the Certificate of Public Librarianship to three Vermont librarians who completed our program. Will you be next?

The Certificate of Public Librarianship is designed for individuals without formal library training who are directing small Vermont public libraries. Other library staff, volunteers, and trustees may pursue certification. However, they could find it difficult to complete the requirements in the five years allowed.
For more information, contact Joy Worland (