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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
[email protected]

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

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


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 [email protected].

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.                            


Snapshot Virginia has been a great success in promoting library advocacy. Over two-thirds of public libraries and many academic and special libraries participate.

Snapshot Day is an opportunity for you to collect photos and customer comments to use in your library advocacy. Use these materials in your social media outreach, in flyers and bookmarks, and in budget proposals to illustrate how essential libraries are. Step-by-step instructions and forms for preparing for your Snapshot Day, carrying it out successfully, and sharing your photos with the Snapshot Flickr pool are listed at The instructions for  are on the website. The Flickr password is becauseofapubliclibrary

Snapshot takes place during the month of April. Pick the day that works best for you--will key staff be present? What fabulous programs will be going on? On which days can you get a photographer? If you have multiple locations, there's no need to hold all your Snapshots on a single day.

Reminder that Snapshot is simpler to implement than in previous years. It is no longer necessary to submit statistics on use. Statistics captured in one day are often not representative, and not as useful as those which libraries are already tracking over the entire year. Statistics on circulation, new borrowers, computer use and the like are a compelling way to illustrate how busy and essential libraries are and you are encouraged to continue using those meaningful numbers. Additionally, you do not need to send in your customer comments. The comments you collect during Snapshot can be an excellent example of the emotional connection your customers feel with their library and should be used in your own publicity year-round.

The purpose of Snapshot is to kick-start library advocacy. So turn your collected photos and comments into awesome bookmarks and flyers! Make screensavers and slide shows! You've already done the hard part--you've made your library an essential part of your community--now take the evidence of that commitment and use it to ensure that the public, media, and budgetary decision makers see libraries for the indispensable public service they are.

Questions? Please contact Snapshot Coordinator Sean Bonney at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

-updated 1/17/18

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