Highlights of the VLA Council Meeting:
President Kevin Smith said his objectives this year would be: he would like to see more articles in Virginia Libraries; he is working on a statement on the value of a graduate degree in library and information science; and, he wants to make VLA more relative to newer members.
Lisa Varga, Executive Director of VLA, presented a prototype to the redesigned and streamlined VLA web site; there will be a soft launch on February 1st.
Successful fundraising by the Scholarship Committee has resulted in a carryover of $1600 toward the next year’s fund. Currently, they have two scholarships available of $2500 each for VLA members pursuing their library science degree.
The VLA Paraprofessional Forum will be held May 18-20 at the Double Tree Koger Conference Center in Richmond.
New Members Roundtable Forum has a Facebook page with activities listed for each region. They hope to increase twitter chats each month on a designated topic. The Forum also is considering a mentoring program.
The College and Research Libraries Roundtable has a program in March, Communicating the Value of Academic Libraries. It will be held at the Twin Hickory Library in Glen Allen on March 31. For more information visit http://www.vla.org/vla-units/forums/virginia-library-association-college-research-libraries-chapter-2/
Agents of Change: the Library Spy Conference is the theme of the next VLA Annual Conference to be held in Williamsburg at the DoubleTree Hotel on October 22-24.