VLACRL Summer Regional Meeting registration is now open!

The Virginia Chapter of ACRL/Academic section of VLA (VLACRL) will hold its Summer Regional Meetings at Virginia Commonwealth University on Tuesday, July 22, and at Liberty University on Friday, August 1. This summer we are exploring the “one desk” model, where various service points (reference, circulation, etc.) are combined in one spot. Librarians from VCU and Liberty University will be presenting on their journey to one service desk on both dates.

The schedule for the programs will be as follows:

Virginia Commonwealth University, Tuesday, July 22:

  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am: Speakers
    • Dennis Clark – VCU
    • Angela Rice – Liberty University
    • KT Vaughan and Kelly Miller-Martin – James Madison University
    • Dot Lockaby
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Library tour
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch at Dash ( in Richmond (optional; paid for by you)

Liberty University, Friday, August 1:

  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am: Speakers
    • Carl Merat – Liberty University
    • KT Vaughan and Kelly Miller-Martin – James Madison University
    • Dot Lockaby
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Library tour
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch at the library’s food court (optional; paid for by you)

Registration is free! If you are interested in attending, please register at this link:

Registration will be open through Friday, July 18.

2014 VLA Scholarship Winners Announced

VLA Paraprofessional Clara Stanley Scholarship: The 2014 recipient of the VLAPF Clara Stanley Scholarship is Tasha Birckhead from Charlottesville, VA. Currently, Tasha works as the Circulation Support Specialist at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Tasha has been active in VLA since 2013. For her future goals, Tasha wishes to create more outreach programming and partner with afterschool programs. She is obtaining her MLIS degree from the Florida State University.

VLA Scholarship: The 2014 recipient of the VLA Scholarship is Tova Johnson from Williamsburg, VA. She has been employed with the Williamsburg Regional Library since 2012 as a Circulation Services Assistant. Tova’s goal in obtaining a graduate degree is to become an archivist or academic librarian. Tova is a new member of VLA, since 2014, and active with the New Members Round Table and attended VLA Paraprofessional Forum Conference in 2013. She will attend San Jose State University’s online MLIS program this fall.

Both Tasha and Tova received $2500.00 towards their educations. Thank you to all who have contributed to the 2014 Scholarship Fund! If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to VLA Scholarships, please click here:



2015 Jefferson Cup Committee: Seeking Members

Love books? Of course you do! The question is do you love history books, all kinds of history books? If so, then you might be a potential Jefferson Cup Committee member. Complete the application linked below and return it to Susan Catlett, Jefferson Committee Chair, by July 7. Email your completed application to

The Jefferson Cup honors two distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history books for children and young adults. Presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past; to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography and historical fiction for young people and to recognize authors in these disciplines. Read more and see previous winners here.

The Jefferson Cup Committee selects the winning titles. The committee has ten members: a chairperson and vice-chairperson (selected by the previous year’s committee), one person from each VLA region (total of six persons) selected by the current chair, the past chair of the previous year’s Jefferson Cup Committee and the outgoing chairperson of Youth Services Forum. All committee members must be members of VLA. Members may be employed by public libraries, schools or any type or bookstores; they may also be unemployed or retired.

You may nominate yourself or a colleague for consideration. Persons selected must be willing to commit a large amount of personal time to read and evaluate books; committee members may receive over 200 titles. Members will also have to attend daytime meetings (up to seven, usually held in Charlottesville). Persons who serve on the committee should be knowledgeable of literature for young people and have book evaluation experience. Jefferson Cup Committee members are expected to present programs at the annual VLA and, possibly, VAASL conferences, so a supervisor must sign this application, indicating he or she will allow the person to attend the conferences and will assist with the member’s expenses.

2015 Jefferson-Cup-Committee-Application

VLA 2015 Elections: Candidates Announced!

VLA’s 2015 Elections will be held electronically in August 2014. Please take the time to read the Candidate’s Biographical Information and Candidate Statements.

Remember, in order to vote you MUST BE A MEMBER OF VLA. To become a member or renew your membership, click here.

Vice President/President Elect: Martha Hutzel (Central Rappahannock Regional Library) and Susan Paddock (Virginia Beach Public Library)

VLA Secretary: Cindy S. Church (Library of Virginia) and Kareemah Hamdan (Chesterfield Public Library)

ALA Councilor:  Craig Amos (Thomas Nelson Community College) and Rebecca K. Miller (Virginia Tech Libraries)

2015 VLA Elections Candidate Statements and Biographical Information

Good luck to all of our candidates!

The winners of the election will join the following previously-elected members of the 2015 VLA Executive Committee:

  • Kevin Smith, York County Public Library
  • Suzy Szasz Palmer, Longwood University
  • Nathan Flinchum, Roanoke Public Libraries
  • Shari Henry, Arlington Public Library

VLAPAF Conference Online Evaluation Form

2014 VLAPF Conference Program

VLA Webinar: “But I Don’t Speak the Language: Serving Patrons from Diverse Backgrounds” 5/21/14

The Multicultural Forum of the Virginia Library Association is happy to present: “But I Don’t Speak the Language: Serving Patrons from Diverse Backgrounds”

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Time: 3pm to 4pm Eastern

Presenters: Heather Montgomery and Cristina Ramirez of Richmond Public Library

Location: Your desk! Cost: $10 for VLA members, $15 for non-members (non-refundable*)

Click here to register:

This webinar will offer best practices, a toolkit and bibliography that will allow participants to better work with groups they don’t belong to but serve at their libraries. Personal examples will be used from RPL and examples from other libraries that have successfully implemented outreach programs, events, and activities that promote the library, better serve the community and are more inclusive and representative.

Heather Montgomery  is a librarian who holds an MLIS and a BA in Anthropology. She is bilingual (in Spanish and English) and is licensed to teach Spanish Pre-K – 12.

Cristina Ramirez is the Library Community Services Manager for Broad Rock Branch Library, PhD student in Research & Evaluation at VCU, has a MSLS, MPA, MA and is multilingual (Spanish, English, French, Hebrew) and multicultural (her is from Spain, father is from South Texas and his family is from Texas and Mexico) and has lived all over (California, New York, Spain, Louisiana, Texas, Israel, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia).

Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway Receives Filby Award from NGS

Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway is the recipient of the National Genealogical Society’s Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. The award was presented at the NGS’s 2014 Family History Conference at Librarians’ Day preconference on May 6. The $1,000 NGS Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship is awarded annually.

The Filby Award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. The award was created and first presented at the annual 1999 NGS Family History Conference by the publisher Scholarly Resources of Wilmington, Delaware. In 2004 and 2005, it was sponsored by the Godfrey Memorial Library. Since 2006, it has been sponsored by ProQuest.

In addition to serving as Librarian of Virginia, Treadway also serves as State Archivist. An accomplished historian and author, she is an active member of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and the Council of State Archivists. Treadway serves on the board of directors of Lyrasis, a nonprofit membership organization that partners with member libraries to create access to and manage information.

Treadway was recognized by NGS for her efforts to expand patron access to information and for the preservation of historical records. She has been instrumental in encouraging staff of the Library of Virginia to explore innovative ways of making information accessible to the public. A historian specializing in women’s history, she is a member of the Organization of American Historians, , Southern Association for Women Historians, Virginia Library Association, Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Advisory Council, Southern Historical Association, Supreme Court of Virginia Historical Commission, and the Virginia War of 1812 Commission. Since 2007 she has served on the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.

At today’s opening session of the NGS conference, Treadway spoke about the Library of Virginia’s plans to take a fresh look at its traditional service models and its public spaces in order to create a more dynamic and customer-focused research and learning environment. She discussed the evolving nature of libraries and research repositories in the 21st century and the needs and wants of today’s technology-savvy library users.

Register today for the 2014 VLAPF Conference!

Get ready for two amazing days of incredible programming, (May 18-20, 2014) brought to you by the 2014 VLA Paraprofessional Forum Board. Join us at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at Richmond – Midlothian (formerly the Koger Center). We’ve got more than 35 programs to choose from, as well as events with authors Candice Ransom and Chris Semtner, and an opening keynote address with Tyler Walters of Virginia Tech!

Click here for our PRELIMINARY PROGRAM


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If your Organization will pay for your conference registration but not for ticketed events, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at and she will make arrangements for you.


VLA Member Full Conference: $110.00

VLA Member One Day Only: $65.00

VLA Non-Member Full Conference: $160.00

VLA Non-Member One Day Only: $90.00

Registration for The Innovative Library Classroom Conference is Now Full

The Innovative Library Classroom
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Radford University, Radford, VA

Registration for the first-ever meeting of The Innovative Library Classroom Conference is now full. Registration is limited to 75 people. If you would like to get on the waiting list for this conference please email Jennifer R. Whicker at

The Innovative Library Classroom Conference is a day-long conference dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries.  The Innovative Library Classroom is supported by the Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (VLACRL) and a number of Virginia institutions, including Radford University, Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and Longwood University.  The conference will be held at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, on May 13, 2014.

Selected papers based on conference presentations will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in a special issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly dedicated to The Innovative Library Classroom in December 2014. More information about IRSQ is available on the IRSQ website.

Full details are available at: