Vermont School Libraries

Teaching Vermont students to think, create, share, and grow

Mission Statement

The Vermont School Library Association (VSLA) is a professional learning 
community that supports dynamic teaching and learning environments. Its members promote and advocate for strong library programs that give all Vermont students access to information and the resources necessary to succeed in a connected world.


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Oct. 30, 2015

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National Legislative Day 2015

VSLA Board Drafts Strategic Plan

by Linda McSweeney

On an unusually wild, rainy, and windy day in August, the VSLA Board was hard at work mapping the future of our association. Energized by last year’s successful campaign to reinstate library programs in the revised Education Quality Standards, the 2014-15 Board focused on identifying our mission and our goals for the incredibly important work we do for all Vermont students.

With help from State Librarian, Marty Reid, we examined VSLA’s strengths and opportunities (SWOT analysis); drafted a mission statement; and traveled ‘back to the future’ to envision VSLA in 2017. Additional retreat agenda items included VSLA’s role in implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Vermont AOE consultants, Pat Fitzsimmons, Gail Hall,Kathy Renfrew, and Laurie Dolezal met with the Board and identified several collaborative opportunities for VSLA and the AOE. The Board also enjoyed a surprise Skype visitor--Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Chris was charming, funny, and incredibly generous. He has graciously granted permission for VSLA to use Luigi Lemoncello’s chisel-worthy quote, ‘knowledge not shared remains unknown.’ 

Our new Mission Statement and 3-year strategic plan were unanimously approved at the September Board meeting. The simplicity of these documents, however, belie the thoughtful, focused discussion and intense collaborative work that created them. The Board’s next action is to release a VSLA School Librarian Job Description. Many VSLA members and school administrators have been asking for guidance about what it means to be a school librarian in 2014. A subcommittee chaired by Heidi Heustis with members Judy Kaplan and Denise Wentz have a draft job description ready for Board approval. Based on the AASL job description, but right-sized for Vermont, it will be ready shortly and shared on the listserv and website.

The stormy weather at our retreat rolled through and turned into one of those rare, clear, perfect summer days--the convergence of nature and thoughtful planning.

Ms. MacDonald Goes to Washington

...and represents VSLA at National Library Legislative Day along with Marty Reid, Vermont State Librarian.

Find out more about legislative impacts on libraries and see additional photos from the trip here.

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  • A Message from the President Message from the PresidentWhat a spectacular fall we have had!  I hope you’ve all had time to take in the beauty of our Green Mountain State, and that your school year is off to a great start.  No doubt you’ll be invited soon to a regional gathering of some sort by your VSLA regional rep.  Plan to go and bring a friend;  anytime we can gather with our colleagues and share ideas, concerns, and celebrations is a good thing!Over twenty librarians met at the Thatcher Brook Primary School on October 17 to get a dose of professional development.  We had a great “speed dating” session led by Linda McSweeney to explore some of AASL’s best ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2015, 3:45 PM by Shannon DeSantis
  • Suzanne Irish Attends ISTE Conference Did you know that ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) has dozens of educator networks within it,  and that the school librarian PLN is among the largest? Did you know that our own Donna Sullivan MacDonald was president of this large PLN for the past year and will serve as Past President of the ISTE Librarians Network this year ? Well, neither did I, so this June I travelled to Philadelphia to the ISTE 2015 Conference this (June 28th-July 1st) to see for myself what Donna has been talking about.First off, if you love Dynamic Landscapes & Vermont Fest, and you thought that AASL 2013 was huge, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This year, nearly 16,000 ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2015, 8:57 AM by Shannon DeSantis
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"She's Leaving On a New Quest"

A Tribute to Grace Greene