Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries

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VCAL Opposes Federal Budget Proposal

Like others in the library community, the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL) is dismayed at the draconian budgetary cuts proposed in President Trump’s FY2018 budget. The specific proposals to eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would have a devastating effect on small communities in a rural state such as Vermont, communities that rely heavily on federal support to keep the doors of their libraries open to the public.

Read here for the remainder of our statement: VCAL Opposes Federal Budget Proposal

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October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month. The attached statement details the centrality of information literacy to lifelong learning and responsible citizenship. The Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries, Vermont School Library Association, and the Vermont Library Association believe this important topic deserves the attention of all Vermonters.

We appreciate your time and attention in reading our statement, which is a starting point in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of information literacy to Vermonters’ success in school, the workplace, and society.

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Information Literacy Initiative

The Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL) and the Vermont School Librarians Association (VSLA) have joined forces to promote information literacy as an essential skill for all Vermonters, with a special focus on high school and college students and academic success.

A joint working group (Jane Kearns, Eileen Gatti, Nancy Fawley (VCAL); Sharon Hayes, Susan Monmaney, (VSLA); and Margaret Woodruff (VLA)) has been charged with the following as a first step in this effort: “The Information Literacy Working Group will circulate a letter focused on the benefits of an informationally literate student body to Vermont school committees in time for National Information Literacy Month in October 2016.”