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National Library Legislative Day 2018: Registration Open


Registration is now open for the American Library Association's 2018 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD)! Join library advocates from all over the country for two days in Washington, D.C. and  show legislators the value of your library.

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.)

VLA members: Once you have registered through ALA, we ask that you complete this form which will enable additional communication from Virginia’s NLLD Coordinator, Renee DiPilato.


If you have any questions about attending NLLD, please feel free to contact Renee via phone or e-mail at the contacts below. You can also read the American Library Association NLLD FAQ.

Renee DiPilato, Virginia NLLD Coordinator, [email protected]


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


2018 VLA Emerging Leader: Garrison Libby

Garrison Libby is currently a Reference Librarian at Tidewater Community College’s Virginia Beach campus where he serves as liaison to the Health Professions departments. Prior to that he worked at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC and received his MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Garrison’s library interests include outreach, open access and OER, and the use of technology in libraries. When not being a librarian, he is an active runner, champion Netflix-watcher, avid mantis shrimp enthusiast, and generally delightful individual.

From the ALA website:

The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.
The  EL program kicks off with a day-long session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Afterward, it grows and develops in an online learning and networking environment for six months.  The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference.
Participants commit to participating in all aspects of the program.  Participants may be offered an opportunity to serve on  an ALA, division, chapter, or round table committee, task force or workgroup as well as other library-related groups upon completion of program.  However, appointments are not guaranteed.
The program is limited to no more than 50 participants each year.


2018 VLA Member Benefit: Library of Congress Federal Credit Union (LCFCU)

All 2018 Virginia Library Association members are now eligible to apply for membership in the Library of Congress Federal Credit Union. Previously only open to employees of specific businesses, the LCFCU is offering membership to all VLA members. As soon as your 2018 VLA dues are paid, you may apply for LCFCU membership.

Interested in refinancing a vehicle loan, applying for mortgage or home equity or just having a credit or debit card with Library of Congress images in your wallet? Follow the steps on the image below and visit


Download the image above in PDF format for easy printing.

-updated 12/28/2017


Letter from VLA President Todd Elliott: January 2018

Greetings library colleagues across the Commonwealth!

As we begin working together in 2018, I wanted to add a few lines in this e-newsletter which will be a regular feature during my tenure as president of Virginia Library Association.  After the Executive Committee Retreat last month and with the 2018 Designated Agenda completed, I felt excited about the direction that VLA is going. Your elected officers are here to support you, the membership, so we are counting on you to tell us how we can make our organization stronger.

The website ( is a great resource for each our 1008 members (at the time that I write this). You can access the work of the Executive Committee as well as that of other committees and forums. Take the important work conducted by the Legislative Committee – previous agendas can be found as well as a place to take action on issues that are important to all of us as library workers.

I believe that communication plays an important part of the vitality of our historic organization and I encourage you to reach out to me directly, as well as to one another. I want each of you to think about VLA year-round, not just at conferences, as important as those events are.

A good place to start the dialogue is through the Member page, and My Profile where you can connect with VLA members who work in academic, public, special libraries, and related entities around the state. I hope that you will spend time exploring the features in your own profile and encourage you to send me a line or two (or more) to say hello and to share your thoughts about the association, and how you can participate in the process. The next generation of leadership can be found among our current members.

Thanks go out to our Executive Director, Lisa Varga, for her continued hard work that helps make our association a success, and to every person who actively participates on committees. We could not do this work without you. I wish every member of VLA happiness, health and productivity in the new year.


FREE Professional Development Opportunity:  Host an ACRL Webinar Viewing at your Library in January

Respond before Friday, January 12th, 2018


Virginia's chapter of ACRL (VLACRL) is offering SIX academic libraries in Virginia the opportunity to host viewings of the following two ACRL webinars in January (click webinar title below to learn more about it).
If you would like to be a host library in your area for BOTH these webinars, please email Dorinne Banks:

  • your name (contact person)
  • your email
  • your library/institution.

The first six libraries to respond will be selected as host locations.
The Low Morale Experience of Academic Librarians, Part I: Revisit the Study (January 18, 2018)
Delve into the details of the impetus, methodology, results, and implications of a touchstone study of the development and outcomes of low morale in academic librarians.

The Low Morale Experience of Academic Librarians, Part II: Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers (January 25, 2018)
Building on Part I of The Low Morale Experience of Academic Librarians: Revisit the Study, this Part II will review and discuss environmental and systemic factors that impact the low morale experience of academic librarians, and focus on leadership, ethics, and systemic barriers that we need to work on to reduce low morale in libraries.

Dorinne Banks

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