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VLA Offices Closed August 25-September 3

The Virginia Library Association offices will be closed August 25-September 3. We will have limited access to email and will respond to all messages as soon as we return to the office. Thank you for your patience, and have a wonderful week!

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




Banned Books Week 2014

Planning your fall programming? Don't forget that Banned Books Week is September 21-27, 2014 -- and we want to see how creatively your library encourages your patrons to support the right to read! The VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee supports 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. 

Please share photographs (and any other PR materials) of your creative displays or programs with us (email to [email protected]) by October 10th. The winning library will be announced at the VLA conference in October. 

You'll get bragging rights for the whole year -- good luck!

M. Teresa Doherty, MLIS
Head, Information Services
James Branch Cabell Library
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 842033
Richmond VA 23284-2033
804 828-8658
[email protected]

member, VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee; member, ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee


Registration is now open for this free Webinar!

Start with the audience: Images, structure, and empathy in presentation design Wednesday, September 24, 2 to 3 pm

How can you avoid death by PowerPoint?  Join Lauren Pressley, Director, Learning Environments at Virginia Tech, for a fast-paced, engaging overview of effective presentation styles, and tips and tricks for wowing your audience! Perfect for anyone who will be presenting at VLA in October, or who just wants to improve their presentation skills! Sponsored by VLACRL and VLA NMRT Forum.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to describe and select appropriate presentation styles for professional use
  • Participants will be able to design a presentation using best practices
  • Participants will be able to engage individuals during presentations

Register for this FREE Webinar at  Registration is limited to 100 people. You do not need to be a VLA member to register.



The University of North Texas College of Information offers an online program for a Master of Science in Library Science or Information Science.

A new Virginia cohort will begin in Spring 2015. This is a two-year program with the majority of the instruction happening online, and with two intensive on site 4-day institutes held at Old Dominion University.  Financial assistance is available through the UNT College of Information.

Professor Maurice Wheeler ( will be visiting to provide an information session Friday, August 8, 10am – 11am in the Virginia Tech Newman Library Multipurpose Room.

Here is a link for more information:

I am coordinating local arrangements for Dr. Wheeler and I can answer questions about this event if anyone wants to know more.

Thank you,



Nathan Hall

VTechWorks Librarian

Research and Informatics

Virginia Tech University Libraries

[email protected]




The next Virginia Library Association Region II Social will be a potluck at Holliday Lake State Park on Sunday, August 10 at noon.

The park entrance fee is $4 per vehicle. There is a Wal-Mart one exit west on US-460 where people could meet to carpool.

If you want to swim, it is $4 per person.

RSVP to Jill by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9.

Check the VLA Region II Library Socializers Facebook page for updates.


Hope to see you there!

[email protected]

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