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The Virginia Library Association recognizes that the past couple of weeks have brought about a lot of unexpected change for library staff in Virginia.

Just before all of this happened, VLA was given notice that The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs is undergoing renovations in their sleeping rooms, a renovation that will still be happening in October and will affect our conference and the number of people who will be able to stay in the hotel.

As such, VLA has made the decision not to have our conference in Hot Springs in 2020. We are switching the location and date of VLA. We will now have the conference October 21-23, 2020 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, VA. The sleeping room rate will be $149 per night. Rooms must be booked by October 1 to be eligible for the discount. A small block of rooms will also be available at the prevailing government rate. A link to reserve hotel rooms will be posted when conference registration opens in July.

We recognize that this change is disappointing for a large geographic portion of our membership. As VLA has grown exponentially in the past 15 months, we have been able to schedule more regional events for our various divisions, including the VLA Professional Associates Forum and the Collections and Technical Services (CaTS) forums. Unfortunately, those events are now being postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. Rest assured, as soon as we are given the word that we can reschedule those events, we will do so.

In the coming months, VLA will explore the possibility of streaming conference sessions to those unable to attend in person, and perhaps offering webinars with conference presenters after the conference in October as a way to connect library workers throughout the state.

We are still accepting session proposals. If you have submitted a proposal but the change in location or date will affect your ability to present, please contact VLA Conference Chair Adrian Whicker.

The deadline for session/poster/lightning talk proposals is April 15. You may submit at the following link:

Presenters will receive a discount of $75 (up to two presenters per session, up to two presenters per poster, and up to two presenters per lightning talk).

Each year, VLA evaluates a number of locations throughout Virginia as possible venues for the Virginia Library Association Annual Conference. Many factors come into play, such as capacity for sessions, hotel rooms and conference rooms under one roof, parking, the time of year of our event (and how it meshes with the schedules and timelines of all of our committee and forum activities and honors) and the availability of venues. In an ideal world, we would be able to rotate our conference through each VLA region; however, facilities that can provide all that we require do not exist in certain parts of the state. We assure you that the decision about where and when to have a VLA conference is not one that is made lightly.

We appreciate your understanding.

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 New Members Round Table: Mentoring Program 2020

The VLA New Members Round Table is pleased to offer another year of mentoring for VLA members! We welcome interest from both potential mentees and mentors. If you are interested, please complete the following form and we will be in touch in the next few weeks. The deadline for signing up is Wednesday, April 1

Link to sign up:

The VLA NMRT Mentoring Program is designed to help new VLA members grow professionally through partnerships with seasoned VLA members. The program is open to the following: 

Mentees: Librarians or library staff members in the first five years of their professional career or library school students. See this guide for more details.

Mentors: A career mentor must have been employed in a professional position for at least five years and be willing to correspond with their mentee at least once every two months in whatever manner is most convenient for both parties. See this guide for more details.

A few notes about the program:

  • Membership in VLA is required. Conference attendance is not required.
  • The VLA NMRT Mentoring Program is not intended as a job search program.
  • Mentor/mentee partnerships will officially run from April to October.
  • Mentors and mentees will be partnered based on their similar interests, professional experience or goals, and when able, by their geographic proximity to each other. While face-to-face communication is not required, we hope that mentors and mentees who are near one another take the opportunity to meet in person. 
  • The availability of mentors and mentees and the information provided on the applications will determine the partnerships made.

If you have any questions, please contact John Hood, VLA NMRT Communications and Outreach Director ([email protected]), or Anne Rappe-Epperson, VLA NMRT Chair ([email protected]). 

Thank you, and have a great day!

NMRT Leadership Team


2020 VLA Awards: Call For Nominations

The Virginia Library Association is now seeking nominations for our 2020 VLA Awards and our 2020 VLA Professional Associates Forum Awards. These awards will recognize contributions of library workers in Virginia during 2019. Please use the online submission form to submit your nominations by April 30. 

Questions? Contact Shaunna Hunter, Awards Committee Chair, at [email protected].

To view awards criteria and submission requirements, visit the VLA Awards webpage and VLA PAF Awards webpage.

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 p.m. on April 30, 2020.

The VLA Annual Conference Scholarship & Awards Celebration will be on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at The Omni Homestead Resort. This year, we are pleased to be honoring winners of VLA Awards and VLA PAF Awards during the Celebration at The Homestead! Tickets will be on sale when conference registration opens. Each award winner will receive one complimentary ticket to the Scholarship and Awards Celebration.

Jennifer Brown was named the 2019 Librarian of the Year. Central Rappahannock Regional Library Youth Services won the Public Innovator Award for 2019.

Jennifer Brown, above left, won the Donna G. Cote Librarian of the Year award for 2019. Central Rappahannock Regional Library Youth Services, some of whom are pictured above right, won the Public Innovator Award for 2019. To see the full list of 2019 VLA Award winners, visit the 2019 VLA Award Winners webpage.


**this information has been cross-posted**

2020 VLA Annual Conference, October 21-23, 2020, Norfolk Waterside Marriot, Norfolk,VA

Pass on What You Have Learned

Call for Proposals NOW OPEN (DEADLINE April 15, 2020)

VLA provides three options for submissions.

What do I need to complete the Proposal Form?

  • A VLA login. You do not need to be a member to have a login. You must log in to submit a proposal so that you are able to log back into the form and make changes in the future.
  • Contact information for all speakers: name, email and organization.
  • Program title, description, learning objectives and take-aways
  • Level of audience for the program
  • Preferred program date and time

Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified in June 2020. Requested session times and dates will be honored wherever possible. Up to two presenters per session will receive $75 off the conference registration fee. If you have any questions, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at [email protected].

YOUR participation is what makes the VLA Annual Conference possible - we hope to hear from you!

Jennifer Resor-Whicker, 2020 VLA President, [email protected] 

Adrian Whicker, 2020 VLA Conference Chair, [email protected]

Lisa Nickel, 2020 VLACRL Conference Within A Conference Chair, [email protected] 

and the 2020 VLA Conference Committee

Hotel rooms at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be available at the VLA group rate of $149.00 per night plus taxes and fees. Rooms must be booked by October 1 to be eligible for the discount. A small block of rooms will also be available at the prevailing government rate. A link to reserve hotel rooms will be posted when conference registration opens in July. 

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]



The Virginia Library Leadership Academy (VALLA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 Academy!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Spranger, author of Why People Stay : Helping Your Employees Feel Seen, Safe, and Valued, will be leading the sixth leadership academy with a special focus on diversity and social equity. Dr. Spranger is Assistant Professor in Management at Christopher Newport University and an experienced consultant and facilitator in organizational leadership, coaching, and change management. Dr. Spranger will be joined by Dr. Nan Carmack, Director of Library Development and Networking at The Library of Virginia, as presenter and facilitator on project management in libraries. Dr. Carmack is past-Director of the Campbell County Public Library and a frequent presenter for VLA and for libraries throughout the Commonwealth.

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Where: Stonewall Jackson Hotel in historic Staunton, Virginia

Participants are mid-career library professionals and professional associates ready to assume a higher administrative or managerial role, with an interest in experiencing project planning and implementation and sharing their results with their colleagues in the Virginia Library Association. The academy includes an interactive learning component, followed by an introduction to project management. Before leaving, each participant will submit a brief description of their planned project.

To apply, please submit an application package as one to three emails or email attachments to [email protected] by Monday, February 10, 2020. Please be sure to include applicant’s name on each. A complete application includes:

(click here for one Word document with all three forms)

The selection committee reviews applications to select a participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special, etc.), organizational responsibility, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity. This selective process is based on leadership potential, professional achievement, and community or campus involvement, particular attention will be paid to applicants’ personal statements and letter or support.

Cost per participant is $300 for VLA members and $450 for non-VLA members and includes Tuesday night lodging, parking, and four meals (Tuesday lunch and dinner and Wednesday breakfast and lunch). We are grateful to Quinn Evans and Tappé Architects for their generous support of this program.

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