Here are three good reasons to register for the Vermont Library Conference, held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont, on May 15 and 16, 2007:
1. To discover -- and perhaps affect -- what librarians tell people about books.
2. To find out how the network of librarians and media specialists in schools and public libraries around the state is working to protect intellectual freedom.
3. To grasp the new relationships between books-on-paper and the Internet, as they are unfolding in our classrooms, libraries, and information centers locally and even nationally.
4. Vermont's premier mystery writer Archer Mayor is the keynote speaker on May 15 at 9 a.m.
5. Award-winning children's book illustrator (and sometimes author) Tracey Campbell Pearson gives the "endnote" on May 16 at 3:15.
As conferences go, the price is good (if you're not a member of either the Vermont Educational Media Association or the Vermont Library Association, you'll pay $90 per day or $140 for the whole shebang), the people are curious and lively, and the issues discussed are far more political than you might guess if you don't know your librarian very well.
The deadline to register was April 23, but the registration form also says you have until May 1 -- and even allows for on-site registration with a $25 late fee for procrastinators. More details and forms: www.vermontlibraryconference.org