Latest News


Tuesday, May 4,  9:30 am to 12 noon

Held on Zoom


“We’re Not Libraries; We’re People: Identity and Emotional Labor in Public Services”

Carolina Hernandez and Mary K. Oberlies will explore how professional service expectations outlined in the Library Bill of Rights can come into conflict with the personal identities of public services library workers, focusing on how gender and race affect the amount of emotional labor need to meet these expectations. Following a presentation about their national survey results on the topic, Carolina and Mary will host a facilitated discussion.

Registration is limited to 50 attendees and is $15 to provide an honorarium for our speakers and to cover logistic costs and is non-refundable. Recordings of the session will be shared afterward with paid registrants.

Register here:



Every year, the VLA Executive Committee seeks new candidates for open positions on the Executive Committee, and the entire membership votes on those candidates. This year we are seeking candidates for the three positions listed below, so please nominate a colleague or yourself!

  • VP/President Elect (3 years) [Public or Special Library]
  • Second VP (2 years) [Public or Special Library]
  • Treasurer (2 years) [Academic or Special Library]

To learn about the duties and responsibilities, please see page 15 of the VLA Manual, listed here. In order to keep the Executive Committee balanced between different types of libraries we try to alternate for each officer position.

Beginning October 29 (at the end of the 2021 VLA Annual Conference), these successful candidates will be joining the following members of the Executive Committee:

K.T. Vaughan, President
Jennifer Resor-Whicker, Immediate Past-President
Maryska Connolly-Brown, Secretary
Lucy Wittkower, ALA Councilor
Lisa R. Varga, Executive Director


Please submit your nomination to Jennifer Resor-Whicker, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at [email protected], by April 9th. Any questions can be directed to her via email.

In addition, you may wish to contact the other members of the Nominating Committee:



Are you creative and tech-savvy? Are you a bit of a graphic design geek? The VLA Website Content Committee is looking for you! 

If you are a current member of the Virginia Library Association, now is your chance to volunteer your skills and knowledge to make the VLA website even better. The Website Content Committee monitors the timeliness, relevance, and overall quality of the content on the VLA website. The committee is also responsible for assisting the Executive Director with maintaining the website and promoting both contribution to and use of the website to all VLA members.  

Committee members meet virtually about once a month to discuss ongoing projects and brainstorm ideas. Members also assist the Committee Chair and the Executive Director with various projects, including updating the website, working with other committees to create content, and coming up with new ways the VLA website can serve its members. Content writers share their expertise by writing short articles on various topics related to librarianship.

To let us know you are interested in contributing to the committee, complete this form today! 

If you have any questions about the Website Content Committee, please contact the 2021 Website Content Committee Chair: Meg Slingerland, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, [email protected].

Are You Our Perfect Match? VLA Committee Seeks Enthusiastic Critical Thinkers Ready to Pick the Next Crop of VLA and VLAPAF Award Winners

The VLA Awards & Recognition Committee is seeking two new members to round out the committee for the 2021 awards cycle.

The purpose of the VLA Awards & Recognition Committee is to identify and honor individuals or groups who have contributed to the well-being of the profession or libraries in Virginia. Specifically, committee members are responsible for selecting the winners for the Virginia Library Association (VLA) Awards and the VLA Professional Associates Forum Awards. It’s also a great way to get involved in VLA and gain some committee experience. To learn more about association awards and to see the latest award winners, visit the VLA Awards page.

Want to know more? Fill out the VLA Service Interest Form and someone from the committee will reach out with more information. Interested members should fill out the form by/before February 14th, 2021. Priority acceptance onto the committee will be given to VLA members from one of the following Virginia library regions:  1, 2, or 5  (Virginia Region Map).

Pearl Derlaga
Chair, VLA Awards & Recognition Committee
January 14, 2021




2021 Jefferson Cup Committee: Seeking Members

Are you a history buff?  Do you enjoy reading new juvenile and young adult literature? Apply to be a member of the 2021 Jefferson Cup Award Committee! We need one person from Region IV and one person from Region VI.  (Don't know your region? Here is a list and map:

Applicants must be willing to make the time commitment to read and discuss the books submitted for consideration, as well as attend physical and/or virtual meetings. Complete the application linked below and return it to Helen Hyde Hinkle, Jefferson Committee Chair, by October 15, 2020. Email your completed application to [email protected].

The Jefferson Cup honors two distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history books for children and young adults. Presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past; to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography and historical fiction for young people and to recognize authors in these disciplines. Read more and see previous winners here.

The Jefferson Cup Committee selects the winning titles. The committee has ten members: a chairperson and vice-chairperson (selected by the previous year’s committee), one person from each VLA region (total of six persons) selected by the current chair, the past chair of the previous year’s Jefferson Cup Committee and the outgoing chairperson of Youth and Family Services Forum. All committee members must be members of VLA. Members may be employed by public libraries, schools or any type or bookstores; they may also be unemployed or retired.

You may nominate yourself or a colleague for consideration. Persons selected must be willing to commit a large amount of personal time to read and evaluate books; committee members may receive over 200 titles. Members will also have to attend daytime meetings which may be exclusively online or a combination of online and in person. Persons who serve on the committee should be knowledgeable of literature for young people and have book evaluation experience. Jefferson Cup Committee members are expected to present programs at the annual VLA and, possibly, VAASL conferences, so a supervisor must sign this application, indicating he or she will allow the person to attend the conferences and will assist with the member’s expenses.

2021 Jefferson Cup Committee Application


<< first < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > last >>

Page 9 of 50