Free Webinar: What is this Poster Session you Speak of? Public Libraries and VLA Conference Posters

Have a great outreach story, awesome programming idea, or a unique collection in your library? We'd love you to share it at VLA's annual conference #2017VLA in October!

Presenting in front of a crowd can be scary though, so why not submit a poster? Not sure what a poster session is? Join us on February 27th at 11am and listen in as KT Vaughan, JMU Director of Research & Education Services, Acting Associate Dean, and VLA Poster Session Coordinator explains how easy posters can be to Nan Carmack, Campbell County Public Library Director and poster novice.

All types of librarians are welcome to join and prepare a proposal, and no question is too simple!

Registration is free but please register by February 26th so we have an accurate count. A recording will be made available to all registrants within one week of the webinar. You do not need to be a VLA member to register.

Click here to register: Webinar: What is this Poster Session you Speak of? Public Libraries and VLA Conference Posters

View of a poster from VLA's 2016 Conference by Patty Clark and Sue Erickson of Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA


2017 VLA New Members Round Table Forum Mentoring Program

Are you interested in expanding your professional network? The VLA NMRT Mentoring Program is designed to help new VLA members grow professionally through partnerships with seasoned VLA members. The program is open to the following:

Mentees: Librarians or library staff members in the first five years of their professional career, library school students. See this guide for more details.

Mentors: A career mentor must have been employed in a professional position for at least five years and be willing to correspond with their mentee at least once a month in whatever manner is most convenient for both parties. See this guide for more details.

Membership in VLA is required. Conference attendance is not required.

The VLA NMRT Mentoring Program is not intended as a job search program.

Mentor/mentee partnerships will officially run from March to October.

Mentors and mentees will be partnered based on their similar interests, professional experience or goals, and when able, by their geographic proximity to each other. While face-to-face communication is not required, we hope that mentors and mentees who are near one another take the opportunity to meet in person. The availability of mentors and mentees and the information provided on the applications will determine the partnerships made.

To sign up to participate, please fill out the interest form here. The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 24.



National Library Legislative Day 2017

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is just around the corner!   This annual, two-day event will take place in Washington, D.C., on May 1 and May 2, 2017, at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill.  

NLLD is open to anyone who is passionate about libraries, including staff, trustees and Friends members.  It provides library champions an opportunity to meet with Virginia's representatives and make a case for continued support for LSTA, IMLS and various policies, such as patron privacy protection.  VLA provides up to $400 in financial support for any VLA member who attends NLLD (up to $200 per day for 2 days.)You can register via this link:

Important dates to remember:
March 30, 2017, Hotel Block Closes
April 8, 2017, NLLD Registration Closes

For more information on NLLD, please visit

If you have any questions about attending NLLD, please feel free to contact me via phone or e-mail at the contacts below.
Renee DiPilato, Virginia NLLD Coordinator,

Renee DiPilato
Deputy Director of Libraries | Alexandria Library
5005 Duke Street | Alexandria, VA 22304
703.746.1724 |


2017 VLACRL Spring Program: Diversity in Our Libraries

When: March 15, 2017, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Where: Darden Graduate School of Business at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Please join us for the VLACRL Spring Program, Diversity in our Libraries! Our keynote speaker is Jon Cawthorne, Dean of West Virginia University Libraries and chair of the ALA Diversity Alliance. Panelists will include Diversity Alliance residents from Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.

In addition to our keynote, the day will include idea-provoking round table discussions on topics including user experience, library programming, library instruction, collections and more. The second part of the day will include a panel discussion, What Diversity Means to Different Library Departments and why it Matters, led by officers of the VLA Diversity & Inclusion Forum. We will close the program with a tour of Camp Library at the Darden School of Business.

Registration is $35 for VLA and ACRL members and $55 for non-members. Registration includes parking, light morning refreshments, and lunch at Darden's Abbott Center Dining Room. Please register by March 1, 2017.

Additional details will be sent to registrants including directions, parking information, and a detailed schedule for the day by March 8, 2017.

Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D. is Dean of Libraries at West Virginia University. During his tenure at WVU, the Libraries have been accepted into the Greater Western Library Alliance, implemented a Diversity Alliance/Residency Program in cooperation with the University of Iowa, American University, and Virginia Tech, which has since broadened to a national alliance, joined HathiTrust, and created a successful Arts in the Libraries program, which has hosted three exhibitions since September, 2015. Dean Cawthorne has published articles on diversity, research libraries, shared leadership, and the importance of outreach.

Register Here:

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The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) grant

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) is pleased to announce a conference grant to attend the 2017 conference, held at Radford University in Radford, VA on May 10th and May 11th. The grant will help someone from an underrepresented and/or marginalized group attend the conference by providing funding for registration or accommodations at a nearby hotel. Multiple applicants may be awarded the grant.

To be eligible to apply for the travel grant you must:

  • Be working in librarianship (professional or paraprofessional), pursing a job in librarianship, or enrolled in an ALA accredited
  • post-graduate program.
  • Identify as a member of a racial or ethnic minority in the United States, the LGBTQ+ community, or as a person with a disability.
  • Underrepresented and/or marginalized groups are identified in accordance with the ALA’s Office of Diversity recruitment resources.

Applications will be accepted until February 27, 2017. For more details and to apply, visit:

Applicants will be notified of the decision of the grant committee before general registration for the conference opens on Monday, March 13th. Applicants who are not awarded a grant but would still like to attend the conference must participate in general registration on March 13th

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