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2015 VLA Scholarship Raffle Tickets For Sale

Want to purchase tickets for the VLA Scholarship Raffle in advance? Pay now and your tickets will be held for you at the Scholarship Booth and can be picked up any time between 9am - 5pm Thursday, October 22 and 8:30am - 1:30 pm Friday, October 23.

Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. (ex: $25 gets you 15 tickets)

Please click here and enter the total dollar amount for the number of tickets you wish to purchase.


Recommendations on Librarian of Congress/ALA

(this message was emailed to the VLA listserv on 10/6/15)

The Virginia Library Association, along with 21 other state library associations and the American Library Association, have sent letters to The White House regarding the vacancy left by Dr. James A. Billington upon his retirement as the Librarian of Congress.

Attached is the letter sent by VLA President Suzy Szasz Palmer on September 28, 2015.


Lisa R. Varga, VLA Executive Director

Additional resources:

Article in the Christian Science Monitor published yesterday; emphasizes the ALA position:

Press release from Library of Congress, 9/25/15:

ALA press release from June 2015:


Things to do in Richmond

Library of Virginia: FREE Tours on Wednesday, October 21

Richmond Restaurant Week This is a week-long event, October 19-25, where participating restaurants offer a 3-course prix fixe ($29.15) meal to raise money for FeedMore (Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels). Feedmore receives $4.15 for each meal served.

Byrd Theatre
Open every day; shows second-run movies
Tickets: $1.99
CAT Theatre
Private Lives - October 23 - October 24
Tickets: $30
Hardywood Brewery: the Richmond Symphony
The RSO is taking its popular Rush Hour concerts on the road to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. These one-hour informal concerts feature fantastic orchestral and chamber music and discussion in the Hardywood tasting room. Grab a beer, hit the food trucks and enjoy a great concert at 6:30 on Thursday, October 22. Tickets are $15.

Modlin Center for the Arts
Dorrance Dance - October 22 - October 23
Tickets: $38, adult; $34, senior
Regina Carter - October 24
Tickets: $40, adult; $36, senior
Richmond Triangle Players
Buyer & Cellar - October 22 - October 25
Tickets: $15 - $35
Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Church Basement Ladies 2 - September 17 - October 24
Tickets: $38, theatre only; $55, buffet & theatre
Virginia Historical Society
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
Opens October 18. Tickets: $20, non-members; free, members.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Walk-in Highlights Tour; Jazz Cafe; Fourth Fridays: Meet Up with Art; Friday Art & Wine Tours
All free and no registration/reservation required (choose October | October 21)
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Peter and the Starcatcher - October 1 - October 25
Tickets: $46, premium; $38, standard; $30, value
The Fabulous Lipitones - September 18 - October 25
Tickets: $40


Library of Virginia Tours for VLA Conference Attendees (Wednesday)

Looking for an engaging, fun and FREE opportunity to learn a bit about some of the Library of Virginia's unique treasures and tour behind the scenes?   The Library is one of the oldest agencies of Virginia government, founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to the state's printed and manuscript holdings. Our collection, which has grown steadily through the years, is the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government.  Please join us for a special VLA presentation!

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 21st 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
We will have two tracks (select the ticket for the tour that most interests you.)
If you chose Track Archives
Your tour will begin in our Exhibition area with our Exhibition Coordinator, get behind the scenes and hear more about our exhibit program, followed by a trip to our 4th Floor Archival Stack to view a wide variety of collections with our staff archivists, and then onto to our Board Room with a variety of collections and staff represented (manuscripts, maps, rare books, prints & photographs, state and local records.)
If you chose Track Library –
Your tour will begin in the Conservation lab with our Conservator and see what is being worked on in the lab, followed by a trip to our 5th floor to see and experience our Acquisitions and Access Management area and hear about the librarians and their work, and then onto to our Board Room with a variety of collections and staff represented (manuscripts, maps, rare books, prints & photographs, state and local records.)
Register here (USE the password:  tour)

Cindy S. Church
Continuing Education Consultant
Library of Virginia
(804)-692-3773 (phone)
(804)-692-3771 (fax)


Call for Virginia Libraries Editorial Board members and Peer Reviewers

October 5, 2015

Dear VLA members and Virginia library colleagues,

This call invites *you* to participate in shaping the new direction for VLA’s Virginia Libraries journal. We are looking for members for our Editorial Board, and for potential Peer Reviewers who will represent the many types of Virginia libraries and roles: public, special/corporate, school, college, and research. Please consider applying to join our Virginia Libraries Editorial Board, and/or submit an interest form to be a Peer Reviewer.

Questions & Inquiries

Details follow below (and are in the attached document). If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your involvement in either role further, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. I’m excited to begin working with you towards our next annual issue, expected in Summer/Fall of 2016!

~Ginny Pannabecker

Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Libraries

[email protected]

Health, Life Science, and Scholarly Communication Librarian

Virginia Tech, University Libraries


Editorial Board members

This call seeks 4-6 people to join the Virginia Libraries Editorial Board who:

  • are excited about shaping the direction of the Virginia Libraries journal
  • are from a variety of types of libraries and library roles
  • have various levels of experience (from experienced to novice) with writing and editing for professional practice, scholarly, and/or research publications
  • have an interest in one or more of the following: developing and updating journal scope and guidelines; soliciting articles and providing support to authors and potential authors; designing and maintaining journal look and layout; locating appropriate peer reviewers and distributing submissions for review; copy editing of accepted articles
  • can commit 1-4 hours per month (depending on journal production cycle)
  • To apply, please submit the following to Ginny Pannabecker at [email protected]:
    • Statement of interest and related experience (1 page maximum)
    • Current CV or resume
    • Writing sample

Peer Reviewers

This call hopes to identify library professionals in Virginia who have an interest in peer reviewing their colleagues’ work to: gauge topical relevance and quality, and to offer suggestions for revisions. Please complete this online form to provide: your contact information, your experience with writing and reviewing, and your level and areas of experience in professional practice and/or research.



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