The Virginia Library Association of Paraprofessional Forum Annual Conference will be held May 18-20, 2014 at the Double Tree Koger Conference Center in Richmond, VA. Mark your calendar and plan to join us as we celebrate the 22nd year for this conference. We will be focusing on
The Social Impact of Libraries: Ever Changing Roles, Spaces, Electronic Access and Reference
Explore how libraries are engaging in social communication both virtually and in space design, and how it is changing the way we serve.
The Forum serves as the formal and informal source of information for paraprofessionals and professionals of all library related services. It allows us to make meaningful contributions to VLA and benefit from the Associations support and guidance; fosters communication among library employees and provides a mechanism for recognition of those who demonstrate excellence in their areas of expertise.
We are seeking presenters for the concurrent sessions until December 1, 2013. Registration and hotel information for May 2014 will be posted to the web page soon.
If you have questions about our association or conference, please feel free to contact Marion Eaton (Eatonma@vt.edu) or Therese Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Email the Board: VLAParaprofessionalforum@gmail.com
Text the Board
Keep up with the latest events and conversations on the Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Forum on Facebook
VLA is currently updating our Paypal account. All paypal links on our site WILL NOT WORK between December 2-5th. Thank you for your patience.
First Lady to Recognize Pearl Bailey Library as Best
After-School Arts and Humanities Programs
One of 12 programs in the country to be honored at the White House
Newport News, Va., – Pearl Bailey Library’s Youth Program is being recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama as a winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This is the highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. Demetria Tucker, senior family and youth services librarian at Pearl Bailey Library, and Nasir Curry, president of the Teen Advisory Committee for Pearl Bailey Library, will both be at the White House ceremony on Friday, November 22, 2013 to receive the award from the First Lady. The ceremony will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Pearl Bailey’s Youth Program is one of 12 such programs from across the country that was selected to receive this award from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists. The award honors exemplary after-school and out-of-school time programs that generate positive youth outcomes. Pearl Bailey Library’s Youth Program is designed to expand knowledge of literature and engage youth as stakeholders in their library.
“It is an honor to be recognized nationally for our youth serving programs,” said Mayor McKinley L. Price. “Pearl Bailey Library’s Youth Program exemplifies our commitment to ensuring that young people have the resources and support that they need to be successful in life. Pearl Bailey Library is a positive force in our community and has certainly impacted the lives of many of our citizens. This program shows that libraries are more than just books.”
“The work libraries do with youth is one of the most important,” said Izabela Cieszynski, director of the Newport News Public Library System. “Youth represent our future, and our mission is to help ensure that they have the tools they need for academic, financial and personal success, thus enabling a successful community.”
The Pearl Bailey Library Youth Program offers a variety of programs designed to expand knowledge of literature and encourages participants to read for pleasure and personal interest. The activities include a summer reading program, book club discussions, and a student-led Teen Advisory Committee and For Kids Only Club, both of which allow them to assist librarians with book selections and additional program development. The participants ultimately become stakeholders in the library system by playing an active role in the books that are purchased by the library for other kids in their community to read.
In addition to recognition at the White House, the Pearl Bailey Library Youth Program will receive $10,000 and a year of communications and capacity-building support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
About the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards
National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards is an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The President’s Committee partners with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to administer the program.
NAHYP 2013 National Release FINAL
Martha Hutzel of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is the new Virginia State Coordinator for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). Please contact her for information about how you can get involved at email@example.com. More information will be sent to the VLA listserv in the near future.
Please note, VLA will reimburse you $150 per day (for up to two days) for expenses incurred at NLLD!
The Dedication of the new H. Bland Hudgins, M.D. Wing of the Mathews Memorial Library took place Saturday, November 16. The public ceremony was held at 11:00 a.m. on site. The wing honors the memory of Dr. Hudgins, a beloved physician and advocate of the County and the Library.
Participants represented a range of Mathews’ sectors and generations. The Mathews High School Chorus provided prelude music, directed by Doug Sutton. Cub Scout Pack 124 and Boy Scout Troop 124 presented the colors, led by Bernadette LaCasse. Reverend Anthony Ellis, from Agape Vision Community Church, presented the Invocation. Leaders of the Library Board of Trustees and Friends of the Library, Carolyn Taylor and Maree S. Morgan, respectively, welcomed the audience and recognized those who had led the project and the capital campaign. Charles Ingram, Member of the Board of Supervisors, spoke to the significance of the Library to the County. Capt. (Ret.) John W. Ward provided remarks on the impact of the Library on residents, families, and the community at large. Refreshments followed with music provided by Strings & Things.
More than $1,290,000 has been raised toward the total project. The generosity of residents, of those with connections to Mathews, and of statewide foundations has been extraordinary. Highlighted among major benefactors are: Gaylia Hudgins, Brent Goo, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation of Virginia, Chesapeake Bank, the Friends of the Library, the Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, the Marietta M. and Samuel Tate Jr. Morgan Trust, Anne M. Orrell Charitable Trust honoring Jack Ward, and, the J. Edwin Treakle Foundation, Inc.
To close the Campaign, Mathews County will match dollar-for-dollar any new gift or increased commitments up to $50,000. Donors may pledge over one to three years. For information about the new wing or ways to be a part of the Campaign, contact: Maree S. Morgan, President, Friends of the Mathews Memorial Library, Inc., Phone: 804/725-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Library’s history, resources and programs of the Library, go to www.mathewslibrary.org.
VLA Friends of the Library Award: Newport News Public Library
The Friends of the Newport News Public Library is a nonprofit, volunteer organization with approximately 246 members. The organization was incorporated in 1981 to foster closer relations between the Newport News Public Library and the citizens of the City. The primary purpose of the Friends is to promote knowledge of the services, resources and needs of the library and to assist in the development and provision of adequate services and facilities in Newport News. The Friends of the Newport News Public Library has steadfastly supported all aspects of Library activities since 1981. Their fundraising efforts has included quarterly book sales, running a gift shop at Main Street Library, and offering a variety of “Friends” items for sale at each of our four libraries such as cups, plastic bags and cloth totes. Additionally the Friends represent the Library System at fairs and venues throughout the City. They are consistently our biggest fundraiser and our Library System could not do as much or reach as far without the Friends. They have routinely sponsored summer reading programs for adults and children, youth and teen programs and early literacy outreach, seasonal concerts, the Peninsula Literary Consortium which work to bring authors to the Peninsula for free public events.). Their free books program has resulted in the distribution of over 4,000 books since 2007. In addition they have purchased computers for the libraries and outfitted computer labs, provided funds for the building renovations that allowed for the establishment of computer labs, awarded an annual scholarship to a Newport News library employee who is working on a four-year college degree or a Master’s degree. They also fund the Annual Volunteer Reception which allows the Library System to properly thank all the volunteers who have given their time and talents to the Library System over the past year.
George Mason Award: Elizabeth Hensley
In 2007, Elizabeth Hensley envisioned a program in Virginia that would encourage and support the development of current and future library leaders, whether professional or paraprofessional, in all types of libraries in Virginia. She approached the Executive Board of the Virginia Library Association and was granted permission to form a Leadership Development Forum. In 2010, the vision became a reality when the Virginia Library Leadership Academy held the first training session on April 19th & 20th, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her attention to detail, ability to delegate, and continued enthusiasm led Forum members to develop and provide a successful Academy in May 2010. The process was lengthy involving many forum participants, scheduling many meetings, and developing consensus among a diverse group of librarians. She ensured the Forum continues by establishing a leadership model that has a chair elect, a chair, and an immediate past chair as members of the Forum. This continuity was essential as the Library Leadership Forum prepared for the 2012 Virginia Library Leadership Academy. The Virginia Library Leadership Academy has mentored a number of library staff in the Commonwealth, some of whom attended the American Library Association’s Leadership Institute, a competitive immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.
Through her intuition and determination, her leadership and service in VLA’s Leadership Development Forum has contributed to the managerial skills of library staff throughout Virginia. The Virginia Library Association is fortunate to have a member so conscientious and dedicated to the professionalism and leadership of its members. Last and perhaps most impressively, Elizabeth has handed over the reins of both LDF and VALLA to new leadership. Often, this is the most difficult task of leadership (especially one’s own brainchild)—knowing when to offer opportunity to fresh eyes, hands, and energy. She has remained an active and contributing member of the LDF, offering support and experience while others earn their stripes.
Trustee Award: PeterMcIntosh – Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Peter Mcintosh has served the Virginia Library community for 30 years of unbroken service to Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, including 14 years (so far) on the Library Board of Trustees. In October 1983, the City of Charlottesville asked local attorney Peter Mcintosh to
serve as a Trustee on the Board of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. At that time, though libraries had a long history in Charlottesville, the Regional Library serving Charlottesville and the counties of Albermarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson was only 10 years old. Like many youngsters, the Regional Library had failed to properly develop its organizational and financial skills. Basic policies, procedures, and budget controls were lacking. Mr. Mcintosh was appointed to the Board because of his exceptional budgetary and organizational skills and, through collaboration with Trustees and staff, he helped the Regional Library develop a strong financial and organizational structure. During his first terms as a Library Trustee, 1983-1994, he oversaw the moves of two branch libraries (Crozet Library and Nelson Library) to improved facilities and the creation of a new branch (Northside Library) to serve the suburban residents north of Charlottesville. During the period of 1986-1988, Mr. Mcintosh served as Library Board President. In 2010 Mr. Mcintosh was re-appointed to the Library Board of Trustees by the City of Charlottesville at a time when the Regional Library was facing a serious threat. Though functionally very successfully since the 1990s, one of the library’s jurisdictions was proposing a re-written regional library agreement that would undo the requirement that each jurisdiction pay its fair share of library costs. Basically, the proposal would have established a free-for-all where jurisdictions could pay (or not) whatever they chose, regardless of the Library Board’s requested budget. Faced with this situation, Mr. Mcintosh used his legal and negotiating skills to help draft an updated agreement that was acceptable to all 5 of the library’s jurisdictions while retaining an equitable funding formula and adding wording regarding maintenance of financial effort to assure ongoing funding. Now, in the third year of his second stint on the Library Board, Mr. Mcintosh is overseeing the move of Crozet Library into a new, state-of-the-art facility and the planning to double the size of the Northside Library he helped found during his first time on the Library Board. During the entire period 1995-2009, while Mr. Mcintosh was off the Library Board, he continued his service to Jefferson-Madison Regional Library by serving on the Board of the Friends of the Library, including repeated terms as Treasurer, and three terms as President 2000-2006. The Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is well-known for its successful book sales. During Mr. Mcintosh’s terms as President, annual book sale revenues increased by 65%, from $103,000 to $170,000. Under Mr. Mcintosh’s leadership, the Friends have made generous, ongoing donations to VLA’s Scholarship Fund and VLA annual conferences, and the Friends have aided libraries throughout the state by donating surplus books from book sales.
Missed VLA? Didn’t get THE coolest library t-shirt ever? It’s ok: KEEP CALM AND READ ON! T-shirts are still available!
Purple: 3 XXL, 5 XL
Red: 13 XXL, 17 XL
No small, medium and large left but these shirts are 100%cotton and should shrink with a good hot washing.
Cost: $15/shirt; $5/shipping
All profits benefit the Leadership Development Forum and the Virginia Library Leadership Academy.
email Nan Carmack, email@example.com to place your order today!
(VLA accepts payment by check, credit card, or Paypal. Place your order with Nan and let us know how you want to pay.)
VLA Membership Meeting Sept. 27, 2013
Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA
The most recent Statement of Activities, through September of this year, will be made available on the VLA website; it will also be sent out by email after the conference, with this report. It details the organization’s income or revenue, and the outgoing expenses, since January 1, 2013; it also gives information about the value of the organization’s investments.
Both revenue and expenses are on track: VLA is currently in good financial shape, and we once again expect this will remain the case as we finish out the year.
A few highlights:
• Conference revenue, projected at $92,000, is currently at $75,800 and expected to rise to more than $95,000; expenses are on track. The Paraprofessional Forum conference was also financially successful, with slightly less revenue but also significantly less expenses, resulting in a positive balance of over $4,600. Congratulations are due to both conference planning committees, and to Executive Director Lisa Varga.
• Income from individual and institutional memberships is also exceeding the revenue goal. Individual memberships alone are at $4,100 over what was projected. The New Membership Round Table’s efforts have continued a very successful trend, bringing new members to VLA.
• Program income is strong; congratulations are also due to those successfully presenting in-person workshops as well as webinars, sponsored by the committees and VALLA.
• Jobline revenue is once again higher than expected, currently at $10,675 and projected to be more by the end of the year. If you are seeking a library job in the Commonwealth, make sure you check Jobline!
• Expenses are on track, we foresee no significant surprises in that category in the last three months of the year.
• Our investments, both the Main and the Professional Development Endowment fund, are currently responding to market downturns with slight decreases. While this is unfortunate, I have good news with regard to their future. At our meeting earlier this month, the Executive Committee completed an extensive procurement process for new investment management. Three strong final candidates presented proposals to the Committee, and I am very pleased to report that we have selected Sean Allburn of Davenport & Company, a Williamsburg-based investment firm, to represent VLA’s interests. Both Sean and his company are praised by their clients for a careful yet fruitful approach to fund management. Following the conference, executive Director Lisa and Varga and your new Treasurer will be working on the transfer of our funds into Davenport’s care. We look forward to working with Sean Allburn and his team; we expect that a fresh approach to managing our funds will ensure the stability of VLA’s assets and bring opportunity for new returns to the Professional Development Endowment.
Finally I should point out both Scholarships and the Professional Development Endowment in the revenue category. While significant scholarships funds were raised at the Paraprofessional Forum Conference, both are still below their goal for revenue: scholarships by $2,000 and the endowment by $900. These funds, serving library school students and all VLA members respectively, are a crucial part of VLA’s support for the continued growth of our profession. I urge you to consider that when you visit the exhibit hall, and when you see that handy Paypal link on the VLA website.
I would like to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as VLA’s Treasurer for the past two years. And especially I would like to thank my colleagues on the Executive Committee, on Council, and of course our excellent Executive Director Lisa Varga.
Maryke Barber, VLA Treasurer 2011-2013
Statement of Activities September 2013
ALA President Barbara Stripling is asking all those who support libraries to sign the Declaration for Libraries.