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Call for Speakers: Diversity Career Night in RVA

On September 28, 2017, the Virginia Library Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Forum will present Path to Librarianship: VLA Diversity Career Night at Boatwright Library, University of Richmond @ 7pm. This event will bring together librarians, educators, and library administrators to discuss the need for more diversity in Virginia libraries, explore barriers for entry into the profession, and provide information for those interested in entering the field of librarianship. The number of sessions and format of the program will be, in part, determined by the speakers. The D&I Forum invites potential speakers to suggest topics related to diversity in librarianship, diversity in hiring practices and recruitment, unique opportunities and challenges for minority librarians, and other related areas.  Please keep in mind that the intended audience is non-librarians interested in the profession, and topics should be accessible to that audience. Questions can be directed to Maryśka Connolly-Brown at or

The Call for Speakers will remain open until July 1, 2017. Accepted speakers will be notified by July 15, 2017.

Call for Speakers:


2017 Jefferson Cup Winners and Honor Books Announced

The Steep & Thorny Way and I Dissent win 2017 Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup Committee is pleased to announce that they have selected the 2017 winning and honor titles. The 2017 Jefferson Cup Award winner for Young Adult Readers is The steep and thorny way by Cat Winters. The 2017 Jefferson Cup Award winner for Young Readers is I dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark by Debbie Levy. 



In The steep and thorny way (Amulet Books), Cat Winters has created a stunning portrayal of 1920s Oregon that reflects the diversity and complexity of the American experience. As a modern twist on Hamlet, Winters succeeds in conveying a murder mystery, love story, and supernatural tale set against a historically accurate background of racism, homophobia, and Prohibition bootlegging.

I dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) by Debbie Levy is a well-researched, vibrant picture book biography of the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Levy connects young readers with her subject using lively text that allows her readers to understand Ruth Bader Ginsburg within a historical context in an engaging manner. 



VLA Seeks Academic Library Candidates for Elections

Attention Academic Librarians and Support Staff: Every year, the VLA Executive Committee seeks new candidates for open positions on the Executive Committee, and the entire membership votes on those candidates. This year we have had several public librarians nominated, but not a single academic librarian or staffer! VLA seeks academic candidates for the positions listed below, so please nominate a colleague or yourself!

  • VP/President Elect (3 years)
  • Second VP (2 years)
  • Treasurer (2 years)

To learn about the duties and responsibilities, please see page 15 of the VLA Manual, listed here.

Please submit your nomination to Martha Hutzel, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at, by May 26th. Any questions can be directed to her via email, or by calling 540-372-1144.

Beginning October 13 (at the end of the 2017 VLA Annual Conference), these successful candidates will be joining the following members of the Executive Committee:

  • Todd Elliott, President
  • Keith Weimer, Immediate Past-President
  • Jennifer Resor-Whicker, Secretary
  • Samantha Thomason, ALA Councilor
  • Lisa R. Varga, Executive Director

In addition, you may wish to contact the other members of the Nominating Committee:
Kevin Smith,, 757-890-5134
Kimberly Knight,, 202-306-4452

Thank you!
Martha M. Hutzel
Director, CRRL
Library Administration
1201 Caroline St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-372-1144, Ext. 260


2017 Scholarship Winners Announced

The VLA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship recipients. Congratulations to Stephani Moore, Whitney Nelsen, and Lauren Triola on their academic excellence and dedication to the field of Library Science.

VLA Paraprofessional Clara Stanley Scholarship
The 2017 recipient of the VLAPF Clara Stanley Scholarship is Whitney Nelsen from Frederick County, VA. Currently, Whitney works for the Handley Regional Library and for the Loudoun County Public Library. She says, “In the library I can feel the impact I’m making, whether I’m working with a doctoral candidate who is doing research for their dissertation or with a homeless person who needs information on community resources. My dedication to helping others and serving the community is what will help me succeed in librarianship.” Whitney has been active in VLA since 2017. She is obtaining her MLIS degree from Valdosta State University. 

VLA Scholarships
The 2017 recipients of the two VLA Scholarships are Stephani Moore and Lauren Triola.

Stephani Moore has worked with the Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg, VA since 2014. One of Stephani’s goals in obtaining her graduate degree is to “stay current in the latest developments related to technology and social networking in libraries… to assist patrons, less experienced in using that technology.” She has been active in VLA since 2015. Stephani is earning her MLIS degree from the University of Maryland-College Park. 

Lauren Triola is from Fredericksburg, VA where she commutes to work for the Prince William Public Library in Dumfries. Her goal is to use cataloging to, “help make libraries and their collections continue to be accessible to everyone, especially to marginalized communities, who often are cut off from important educational resources.” Lauren is working toward her MLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.


VLA appreciates the support of this program. To learn more about the program, visit our Scholarships page. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Scholarship fund, please visit our donation page.


Call for Nominations: 2017 VLA Awards

Deadline to submit nominations is June 1

Nominations should be submitted through the online form below. You do not need to be a VLA member to submit a nomination.

VLA Awards Criteria

VLA Awards and Recognition Nomination Form

The Academic Innovator Award
This award recognizes academic librarians or academic project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Virginia through an innovative project, program or service during the nomination period.  (calendar year 2016 for award given in 2017)

The Public Library Innovator Award
This award recognizes public librarians or public library project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of a public library in Virginia through an innovative project, program or service during the nomination period.  (calendar year 2016 for award given in 2017)

The Up and Comer Award
This award recognizes a librarian who shows leadership early in his or her career. While new to the profession, he/she expands the role of librarian with forward-thinking efforts that help move libraries into the future. Winners of this award will be energetic librarians, with less than five years of professional experience, who push the boundaries of originality and creativity.

Donna G. Cote Librarian of the Year Award
The award recognizes exemplary achievement of a working Virginia librarian who has made a significant contribution(s) at any level of librarianship during the nomination period. (calendar year 2016 for award given in 2017)  It is named after Ms. Cote who worked for the award-winning Central Rappahannock Regional Library for 44 years, serving as Library Director for 34 years.

A dedicated public servant and visionary leader, she made access for all her motto and provided cutting-edge technologies and learning opportunities for library customers the driving force of the library's mission.  Ms. Cote was the recipient of numerous awards including the Elizabeth M. Lewis Award from the Virginia Public Library Directors Association (VPLDA) and was named Outstanding Library Director in 2003 by VPLDA.

VLA is also accepting nominations for the following awards:

George Mason Award
The award may be presented to an individual librarian, library or organization distinguished for advocacy of libraries and/or information access, or to an institution, business, or academic program whose activity has contributed to the development, growth and extension of library and information services in the local community, the state, or nationally.

Honorary Life Membership
Eligibility for nomination should be confined to Trustees or former Trustees, Friends of a Virginia library and Virginia librarians who have held membership and who have made outstanding contributions to the association.

Friends of the Library Award
This award is presented to a Friends group in recognition of distinguished service to libraries or a library in Virginia.

Trustee Library Award
This award recognizes the distinguished service to libraries or a library in Virginia. The Trustee honored may have served on the local, state, regional, or national level, or at a combination of levels.

The winners of the awards will be honored at the VLA Annual Conference, October 11-13, 2017 at The Main, Norfolk, VA. On Wednesday evening, October 11, VLA will host an Awards and Scholarship Banquet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

VLA also offers The Outstanding Professional Associates Award; the VLA Professional Associates Forum Award; and the VLAPAF Supporter of Professional Associates Award in conjunction with the VLA Professional Associates Conference each Spring.


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