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Are you InteresTED in Hearing What’s New With the Libraries of Northern Virginia?

Join us on Friday, February 23, 2018
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library
14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA 20169

  • Central Rappahannock Regional Library  will be discussing 3D printers and maker spaces in their library system. 
  • Loudoun Public Libraries will be sharing their experiences with the same topic.
  • Cindy Church of the Library of Virginia is coming to talk about the opioid crisis.
  • Alexandria Public Libraries will be talking about their new passport services.

Register by 2/20 at this link:  VLA Region V InviTED

Free program!  All welcome!  

Questions? Please contact Judith Rodriguez, Branch Administrator, Prince William County Public Library System, 703-792-8385



Library staff and library supporters,

Last week, SB 261 passed through the Senate. Now is the time to let your Delegates, the Secretary of Education and Governor Ralph Northam know that you oppose legislation that negatively impacts students in the Commonwealth.

The title of the bill is Standards of Quality; staffing requirements, librarians and clerical personnel; it pertains specifically to public school librarians and aims to alter current staffing requirements.  NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.

CQEngage is provided by a partnership with the American Library Association. You will need to enter your contact information into the forms on the above links so that your emails, calls and tweets are targeted to your elected officials.

Thank you,

The Virginia Library Association and the Virginia Association of School Librarians

Lisa R. Varga, MLS
Executive Director
Virginia Library Association
P.O. Box 56312
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone: (757) 689-0594 Fax: (757) 447-3478

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

emailed to VLA members and posted to social media, 2/11/18


CaTS at the Beach!

VLA's Collections & Technical Services Forum (CaTS) will be having another of their forums/workshops on March 23 at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach. This all-day (10 am- 4 pm) forum will be the first of this format to focus on cataloging issues. Topics will include: electronic formats, technical services workflows, challenges of cataloging & processing audio/visual materials, cataloging best practices and your questions.

CaTS Chairs Liz Steyer and Jessica Robertson will moderate our forum and our panelists will be Mary Anne Dyer, Metadata Catalog Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University; Carol Farmer, Technical Services Manager, Appomattox Regional Library System; Heather McIntosh, Cataloger, Botetourt County Public Library System; Sophie Rondeau, Technical Services Librarian, Virginian Wesleyan University and myself. Please note registration is free but limited to 45 participants. Parking is free and all participants will be required to go through a security gate when they enter the campus. Overnight accommodations are available. Lunch will be on your own. There is a dining hall on campus and a buffet lunch costs around $6.50. There are also a number of fast food options on Northhampton Boulevard (within a 5-10 minute drive from campus). If you have any questions, please let me or the CaTS crew know.

Adrian L. Whicker
VLA 2nd Vice President


2018 VLA Awards: Call For Nominations

The Virginia Library Association is seeking nominees for our 2018 Awards now through April 1, 2018. Recognizing 2017 Achievements; Online Nominations Only. Questions? Contact Tina McPherson, Awards Committee Chair, at

Nominations are being accepted for the following Awards:

Academic Innovator Award
Donna G. Cote Librarian of the Year
Friends of the Library Award
George Mason Award
Honorary Life Membership
Public Library Innovator Award
Trustee Library Award
Up and Comer Award


Each nominee must meet the criteria for the award for which they are nominated. Nomination forms and accompanying documentation must be submitted prior to 11:59 pm on April 1, 2018.

The Scholarship and Awards Banquet will be held at the VLA Annual Conference on Wednesday, September 24 at The Colonial Williamsburg Lodge. Tickets will be on sale when registration opens in June. If your nominee is selected, they will receive one complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Banquet.

2017 Award Winners at the VLA Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet.


2017 Banned Books Week Awards

Award Statement:Teresa Doherty

I am honored to announce the winners of this year's Banned Books Week display contest.

This year, we had submissions from 30 different libraries, including several branches of the same county or regional system; 27 public libraries and 3 academic libraries. There were lots of creative displays and opportunities for patron interaction with the ideas behind Banned Books Week - that words have power and our First Amendment freedom of speech is just as important now as when it was written.

The public library winner created what they called a: “Read-easy -- a speak-easy for Banned Books.” They had a “Read Between the Lines display” with crates and barrels spilling out streams of challenged book covers, with life size silhouettes of folks imbibing illicit books! Congratulations to Chesapeake Public Library, Dr. Clarence V Cuffee Branch.







The winning academic library used social media to promote their events and collaborated with the Campus Bookstore and Professors in the English literature, Linguistics and Speech Departments to organize a public reading of selections of classic Banned books. They also created a book display in the lobby, with books covered in paper burned at the edges. Congratulations to University of Mary Washington Library.                            

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