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Changes to VLA Conference Discount Structure

January 14, 2020
By Lisa R. Varga, VLA Executive Director

Effective with our 2020 Annual Conference, the Virginia Library Association is changing its structure for discounts for those who shape and create our conference.

All VLA Council Chairs, members of the VLA Executive Committee and the members of the Conference Committee will receive a discount code for $75 off their conference fees for the year(s) in which they are serving the Association. All Presenters will also receive a discount of $75 (up to two presenters per session, up to two presenters per poster, and up to two presenters per lighting talk.)

Award Committee Chairs will also be given a complimentary ticket to the Annual Scholarship and Awards banquet.

This new structure ensures that the individuals who work (in some cases, for up to 18 months) to bring a conference to fruition are given a small token of VLA’s appreciation for hours of service.

After a cost structure analysis of the 2019 VLA Conference and projection of income and expenses for the 2020 conference, VLA is moving forward with this change, which provides a more equitable distribution of discounts to our members, presenters and attendees.

Please contact me with any questions at [email protected]

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]


VLA CaTS Technical Services Regional Learning Workshop Series

This spring, please join us for our second annual regional Learning Workshops! We will meet with other technical service departments and discuss topics related to cataloging, collection development, processing, collection layout/space, database maintenance, collaboration, tools, applications, and workflows. The agenda will be created by the topics you provide us at time of registration. After the discussion there will be an optional off-site lunch (details will be provided closer to the event) for anyone who wants to join us for additional conversation and networking opportunities.

Each regional workshop is limited to 30 participants, so register today: Please note that since each session is limited to 30 people, we ask that larger library systems please limit their initial registration to 4 people.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e mail Easter DiGangi at [email protected] or Virginia Phelps at [email protected].

We hope to see you there!



Ms. Easter M. DiGangi
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian
Portsmouth Public Library
4934 High Street West
Portsmouth, VA 23703
Phone: 757-686-2538 Ext. 6614
Email: [email protected]
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Call for 2021 VLA Officer Nominations

The Virginia Library Association Nominating Committee is seeking nominations from academic libraries for the following VLA Executive Committee offices for 2021:

  • President (3 year commitment as President-Elect, President, and Past-President)
  • Secretary (2 year commitment)

The terms for each position will begin at the conclusion of the VLA Annual Conference in October, 2020.  For more details on each position, please read their descriptions in the VLA Manual

Anyone with an active membership in the Virginia Library Association (VLA) is eligible for nomination; self-nominations are encouraged.  The deadline for submitting your nominations is February 14, 2020.

Please submit your nominations/self-nominations here

Those elected will join the members of the 2021 VLA Executive Committee:

  • Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Prince William County Public Library (2021 VLA President)
  • Jennifer Resor-Whicker, Radford University (2020 VLA President)
  • Regina Carter, US Army, 2nd Vice President
  • Bill Edwards-Bodmer, Suffolk Public Library, Treasurer
  • Lucinda Rush Wittkower, Old Dominion University, ALA Councilor
  • Lisa R. Varga, VLA Executive Director

For more information, please contact Jessica Scalph, VLA Past-President


2020 VLA Scholarships: Applications Now Available

Deadline for application packets to be received by VLA: March 6, 2020

2020 VLA Scholarship Application
2020 VLA Recommendation Form

Submit completed application by e-mail to Lisa Varga at [email protected]

The Virginia Library Association will award three $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a Master’s degree in Library Science at ALA- accredited schools.  The Clara Stanley Scholarship is awarded by the VLA Professional Associates Forum (VLAPAF); the CDR Alexander C. Varga Memorial Scholarship and the VLA Scholarship are provided by the Virginia Library Association.

The eligibility requirements for VLA Scholarships are:

  • Residence in the state of Virginia or currently employed in a Virginia Library.
  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Acceptance by, or currently enrolled in, an American Library Association accredited library school.  MUST be earning a Master of Library Science Degree. Membership in the Virginia Library Association. Click here to become a student member. Annual fee is $15.00
  • For the Clara Stanley VLAPAF Scholarship: current employment at a Virginia library is required.

The major factors considered in making the awards are:

  • Evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship in Virginia.
  • Financial need.
  • Potential for outstanding achievement in the library profession.
  • Academic excellence.
  • Membership in the Virginia Library Association.

In order to be considered, your application including two (2) references is to be submitted by March 6, 2020.  You must have two (2) references, one of which must be a librarian.  A link to the Recommendation Form is above.  This form must be submitted by the reference persons themselves.

The Scholarship committee will review applications during the spring and you will be notified of the Committee’s decisions in late March.  If you have any questions about any aspect of the application process, please contact: Kerri Copus, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library: [email protected] or PH (540) 552-8246.


VLACRL Nominations

Dear Virginia Library ACRL Colleagues-

It is that time of year to ask for your nominations for our upcoming VLACRL election at VLA Conference in Norfolk on Thursday October 24, 2019 . As  Chair, I’m reaching out to you, our members, to nominate the best candidates for two Executive Committee positions:

  • Co- Chair ( 3-year commitment: Co- Chair, Chair, Past Chair)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1-year commitment)

You may self-nominate or nominate another VLACRL member. Nominees are asked to submit a brief bio/position statement as part of the nomination. Anyone with an active membership in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) or the Virginia Library Association (VLA) can be considered a member of VLACRL.


To read more about VLACRL in a nutshell, as well as duties of the positions, please see the attachments VLACRL in a nutshell and  VLACRL Timeline and procedures.

Thank you.

Lisa Nickel and Sophie Rondeau

Chair and Co-chair, Virginia Association of College & Research Libraries (VLACRL)

P. S.-  Please ask lots of questions about positions! I’ll try to answer them as best I can and current co-chair Sophie Rondeau is also available.

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