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Letter from VLA President Jessica Scalph: October 2018

Hello VLA colleagues,

We returned from a wonderful conference at the end of September and we are starting the process of planning next year’s conference (Oct 23-25, 2019 in Norfolk at The Main).  The conference committee for the 2019 conference will be meeting soon to plan and work out many logistical issues.  

The poem below is by, Lao Tze.  To me, this poem expresses a picture of climbing up a mountain to reach the summit of peace in our world.  As you can see, there are quite a few steps to get to reach that peak.  

“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”

In my opinion, libraries can promote peace in our communities by offering a safe place for discussion, communication, and listening.  How can we achieve these qualities?  We offer programming that exposes attendees to viewpoints different from their own; we create displays of items visitors might not come across by themselves. We educate ourselves with professional development and bring those lessons back to our communities. People of diverse views and backgrounds may not have many opportunities to express their ideas in an open forum and we can – and do -- offer that.  Some libraries in Virginia have hosted events to discuss controversial issues (such as, “ten foot pole conversations”) but within the framework of respect and civility. If this is something you are interested in hosting, please reach out to me to discuss a possible partnership with VLA. The American Library Association encourages these events and provides information about dialogue and toolkits to assist you with the process.

There are so many ways we support our communities every day. When you have a successful event, teachable moment, or lesson you want to share with others, we encourage you to consider submitting a conference session proposal when our call goes early next year. We need your voice.

Please feel free to reach out to me throughout this year at my email: [email protected]

Thank you!

 

Annual Banned Books Week Display Contest sponsored by the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

Each year, the Intellectual Freedom Committee sponsors a Banned Books Week display contest, to recognize outstanding events and programming during this week. We support access to information in all its wonderful varieties, formats and genres. We want to help libraries across Virginia highlight their collections, including materials which have been challenged.  We will choose winners in three categories: public libraries, academic libraries and school libraries! We encourage you to document your Banned Books Week activities, displays, events, and programs, and to submit your best for this contest.

The IFC will review all submissions and choose the winners, which will be announced online. We encourage (but do not require) a narrative detailing your events. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 17 2018.

Submit today!

 

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News For You: #2018VLA Conference Update

September 20, 2018

2018/Conference Special

In the Issue

  1. Registration and Packet Pick Up
  2. Wednesday in Williamsburg
  3. #2018VLA
  4. Jump In, Get Involved
  5. Thursday Dine-Arounds
  6. Scholarship Tickets In Advance
  7. Conference Documents and Slideshows
  8. REMINDER: Bring Your Own Tote
  9. Pro Tip: Bring a Refillable Water Bottle

#2018VLA: ONE WEEK AWAY

Conference Location: Colonial Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S. England Street, Williamsburg, VA. Please note hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm and is on the Main Level.

Parking: Parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge is complimentary for self-parking, $15 per day for valet. Parking maps have been added to the VLA Conference Portal.

Volunteer: The VLA conference can't succeed without volunteers! Browse our volunteer opportunities and sign up to help today!

Conference App: Download it today from your App Store! Search Virginia Library Association or 2018VLA!

Wednesday Tours and Activites: There is still time to sign up!

Our Final Conference Program is now available!

Registration and Packet Pick Up

Early Registration: Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Main Level, outside the Colony Room at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge.

Thursday Registration: Begins at 9:00 am, outside the Virginia Room on the lower level of the Conference Center. Coffee and light breakfast will be served in the rear of the Exhibit Hall.

Friday Registration: The Exhibit Hall will open at 8:30 am and closes at 3. Registration is in the rear of the Exhibit Hall.


Wednesday in Williamsburg

So many options to choose from! Join Cycling for Libraries (just $35 for bike rental, helmet and lock!) or choose from one (or more) of the free, amazing tours our Local Arrangements Committee has organized! We've also got a New Members Round Table Pub Crawl Wednesday evening. Sign up now to secure your spot!


#2018VLA

Join the fun on social media with #2018VLA. All public posts from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be available on our Tagboard at the Lodge. Be sure to follow us on Facebook if you aren't already! Our Social Media Team has been having a lot of fun posting this year...


Jump In, Get Involved!

As the 2018 VLA Conference approaches, we are already looking forward to 2019! Following the Conference, there will be opportunities for VLA members to serve on various committees and forums. We are currently working on revising our Committee Interest Application, but in the meantime, if you have questions about serving on a committee or a forum let VLA 2nd Vice President Adrian Whicker ([email protected]) know of your interest and he will be in touch. There will be vacancies on each of the following committees: Continuing Education, Intellectual Freedom, Awards and Recognition, Scholarship, Conference, Jefferson Cup, Legislative, and Website Content.


Thursday Dine-Arounds

Thursday night Dine-Around sign ups are still open! We've made reservations for Thursday evening dinner for you! Dine arounds are a great way to network and meet new people. Please sign up for the dine around you would like to attend. Each participant is responsible for the cost of their meal and for travel to and from the restaurant


Save Time, Support VLA Scholarships

The Annual VLA Scholarship Basket Raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers for VLA Scholarships. Save time by buying your tickets in advance and pick them up at your leisure in the Scholarship Booth outside the exhibit hall in the Virginia Foyer, lower level. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Want to donate a basket? Please contact 2018 VLA Scholarship Chair Michael Hibben.


Conference Documents and Slideshows

As we receive them, documents from VLA presenters will be posted on our Annual Conference Portal. Are you a VLA Presenter? Submit your documents through this form. Attendees: thank you for your patience as we load these. Many schedules were affected by the weather in VA last week and early this week; presenter safety was paramount and many were not able to finish their presentations yet.


REMINDER: VLA is a Bring-Your-Own-Tote Conference


PRO TIP: Bring a refillable bottle for non-stop access to hydration stations in the back of each session room.



Virginia Library Association | PO Box 56312 Virginia Beach, VA 23456 | 757-689-0594

[email protected]

 

#2018VLA Scholarship Basket Raffle: Build a Basket, Build a Librarian

Dear Conference Attendees,

The VLA conference is about a week out and as you think about what to pack, please consider bringing a gift basket for the VLA Scholarship Basket Raffle. The raffle is one of the most popular events at the conference and the baskets are donated primarily by VLA members. Monies raised support the annual VLA Scholarships and help future librarians complete their education.

Ideas for baskets: Not sure of a theme for your basket? Check out this graphic containing nearly 90 possible ideas!

Pre-pay for your tickets: Save yourself some time and purchase your tickets in advance, then visit the Scholarship Booth during the conference and pick up your tickets!

Pro Tip: Bring stickers with your name and phone number on them to put on your tickets -- saves a ton of time!

Lottery Scratch-off Tickets: Can’t organize a basket this year, but still want to help? Purchase some inexpensive scratch-off lottery tickets for our first ever lottery ticket trees! You’ll help raise money for VLA scholarships - and possibly make one lucky conference attendee a millionaire!

Where to See the Baskets & Buy Tickets: Come see the baskets and buy tickets at the Scholarship Basket Raffle booth outside the Exhibit Hall on the Lower Level of the conference center. The Scholarship Booth hours are Thursday, September 27, 8:30am - 5:00pm and Friday, September 28, 9:00am - 2:00pm.

The Scholarship drawing will take place at the conclusion of the VLA Business Meeting on Friday afternoon. You do not need to be present to win. Your basket can be picked up by a colleague, but must be claimed by 4:00pm on Friday.

Want to donate a basket?: Baskets can be dropped off at the Scholarship Raffle table at around 8:00am on Thursday, September 27. If you plan to bring a basket, please email me at [email protected].

See you at the Conference,

Michael Hibben

Chair, VLA Scholarship Committee

-updated 09/18/2018

 

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News For You: #2018VLA Conference Update

September 10, 2018

2018/Conference Special

In the Issue

  1. Meal Tickets
  2. Registration and Packet Pick Up
  3. Wednesday in Williamsburg
  4. #2018VLA
  5. Newsletter Sponsor: Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library
  6. Thursday Dine-Arounds
  7. Scholarship Tickets In Advance
  8. Friday Luncheon Prizes
  9. Conference Documents and Slideshows

Registration Deadline EXTENDED

Please note: Due to the expected impact of Hurricane Florence, VLA recognizes that your priorities this week may have shifted. We are extending VLA conference registration without a late fee to September 19, 2018.

Conference Location: Colonial Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S. England Street, Williamsburg, VA. Please note hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm and is on the Second Floor.

Parking: Parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge is complimentary for self-parking, $15 per day for valet. Parking maps have been added to the VLA Conference Portal.

Volunteer:The VLA conference can't succeed without volunteers! Browse our volunteer opportunities and sign up to help today!

Our Final Conference Program is now available!

Meal Ticket Purchase Deadline Extended to 9/19

Just as we've extended the deadline to register without a late fee, we are extending the deadline to purchase meal tickets. If your amployer will not pay for meals, please purchase tickets here.

Our meal plan includes a ticket for the Wednesday Scholarship & Awards Banquet, the Thursday Box Lunch, and the Friday Drag Queen Storytime and Bingo/Networking Lunch. Or, you can buy tickets individually.


Registration and Packet Pick Up

Early Registration: Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Main Level, outside the Colony Room at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge.

Thursday Registration: Begins at 9:00 am, outside the Virginia Room on the lower level of the Conference Center. Coffee and light breakfast will be served in the rear of the Exhibit Hall.

Friday Registration: The Exhibit Hall will open at 8:30 am and closes at 3. Registration is in the rear of the Exhibit Hall.


Wednesday in Williamsburg

So many options to choose from! Join Cycling for Libraries (just $35 for bike rental, helmet and lock!) or choose from one (or more) of the free, amazing tours our Local Arrangements Committee has organized! We've also got a New Members Round Table Pub Crawl Wednesday evening. Sign up now to secure your spot!


#2018VLA

Join the fun on social media with #2018VLA. All public posts from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be available on our Tagboard at the Lodge. Be sure to follow us on Facebook if you aren't already! Our Social Media Team has been having a lot of fun posting this year...


Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library

This newsletter is brought to you by The Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library. Friends are Fundamental!


Thursday Dine-Arounds

Thursday night Dine-Around sign ups are open! We've made reservations for Thursday evening dinner for you! Dine arounds are a great way to network and meet new people. Please sign up for the dine around you would like to attend. Each participant is responsible for the cost of their meal and for travel to and from the restaurant


Save Time, Support VLA Scholarships

The Annual VLA Scholarship Basket Raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers for VLA Scholarships. Save time by buying your tickets in advance and pick them up at your leisure in the Scholarship Booth outside the exhibit hall in the Virginia Foyer, lower level. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Want to donate a basket? Please contact 2018 VLA Scholarship Chair Michael Hibben.


Prizes for Friday Luncheon & Bingo: Tickets $33 by September 19

Attending the Friday Luncheon & Bingo? Each attendee will recieve a bingo card -- extra cards will be available for $10 each. Prizes so far include: 2 nights at The Main (can be used for the 2019 VLA Conference); Bose Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones; a YETI soft cooler; an Away Travel Carry-On (with removable battery pack) and MORE!


Conference Documents and Slideshows

As we receive them, documents from VLA presenters will be posted on our Annual Conference Portal. Are you a VLA Presenter? Submit your documents through this form.


Virginia Library Association | PO Box 56312 Virginia Beach, VA 23456 | 757-689-0594

[email protected]

 
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