Hello Colleagues and Potential Candidates!
The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and be certified by the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational webinar at 2 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to library support staff, employers and library users. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by program staff members.
For more information on the webinar and how to register, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/867921969. For more information on LSSC please visit our website!
The Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Forum Annual Conference will be held May 20-22, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, VA. Mark your calendar and plan to join us as we celebrate the 20th year for this conference. We will be focusing on Communication – how it has changed in 20 years and how our day-to-day activities depend on how we communicate with each other.
The Forum serves as the formal and informal source of information for paraprofessionals; 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 paraprofessional who demonstrate excellence in their areas of expertise while strengthening the image of the paraprofessional.
We are still seeking presenters for the concurrent sessions until January 5, 2012. Registration and hotel information for May 2012 will be posted to the web page in a few months.
If you have questions about our association or conference, please feel free to contact Deloris Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org or co-chair Susan Carroll, email@example.com.
Congratulations to Rebecca Kate Miller of Virginia Tech Libraries and Rocco Debonis of the University of Maryland University College, who have been selected for the 2012 Class of Emerging Leaders of the American Library Association!
Click here for the full announcement and more information about the Emerging Leaders program.
Past Emerging Leaders from Virginia
2007: Mario A. Ascencio, LeRoy Jason LaFleur (both from George Mason University)
2008: Mary Hanlin (Tidewater Community College), Renee DiPilato (Alexandria Public Library), Sally Ma (Fairfax County Public Library). Sally, Renee and Mary wrote this article in Virginia Libraries about their experiences.
2009: Laura Horne (University of Richmond), Sara Townsend (Norfolk Public Library), Beth Larkee (Hollins University), Suzanna Panter (Henrico Co. Public Schools), Sarah Wright (Potomac Library)
2010: Laura Amos (Norfolk Collegiate School), Nathan Putnam (George Mason University)
2011: Elizabeth Appleton (George Mason University), Alicia Blowers (St. Stephen & St. Agnes School), Megan Hodge (Chesterfield Co. Public Library), Matthew Jabaily (Old Dominion University)
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Rebcca Kate Miller
Rocco DeBonis has earned a Master of Secondary Education, Master of Fine Arts in Literature and Creative Writing, and most recently a Master of Library Science. He has been a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Maryland University College since January 31st of this year, where he is liaison to the Undergraduate School’s Center for Student Success and the Graduate School’s Education Department. Previously, he taught science in New York City public schools and then English and creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College. He hopes that the Emerging Leader program will introduce him to other librarians of all ages who are new to the field, and that the program will serve as a conduit to continued involvement in ALA.
Rebecca Kate Miller is the Information Literacy Coordinator & College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering at Virginia Tech. She earned my MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, and worked at Louisiana State University until she joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in May 2010. As a new information professional, she is very interested in connecting and supporting other new librarians, and work with the Virginia Library Association to do this. Currently, Rebecca serves as the VLA Membership Chair and has collaborated with Megan Hodge to reactivate the VLA New Members Round Table Forum. Nationally, she serves as the Secretary of the ALA New Members Round Table and on several ACRL committees. Rebecca is looking forward to meeting new colleagues and gaining new insights through the Emerging Leaders program.
Congratulations to Susan Lawlor of Thomas Nelson Community College, winner of the VLA Kindle Fire drawing! Susan was entered into the drawing to win her brand-new Kindle Fire by joining VLA after she attended the 2011 VLA Annual Conference during October in Portsmouth, VA.
Although it may be too late for you to win a Kindle Fire from VLA, it’s never too late for you to reap the benefits of VLA membership. Visit the VLA website for more information on how to join and to access the VLA membership form.
Thank you for your continued support of the Virginia Library
Association. Membership renewal notices for 2012 are being sent via e-
mail this week. If you do not receive your notice, please check your
Spam/Junk mail folders. If it is not there, don’t hesitate to email
VLA at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and we will make sure you
receive your notice.
You are welcome to renew by mailing a check payable to Virginia
Library Association, PO Box 56312, Virginia Beach VA 23456, or VLA
also accepts Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express. You
can pay using PayPal by visiting the Membership page of the VLA
Please note, you can make tax-deductible contributions to the VLA
Scholarship and/or Professional Endowment Funds in the spaces provided
on the Membership Form at http://www.vla.org/?page_id=1344.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions.
Lisa R. Varga, Executive Director
Virginia Library Association
PO Box 56312
Virginia Beach, VA 23456