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State Librarian

Ms. Martha Reid
State Librarian
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0601
Phone: 802/828-3265
Fax: 802/828-2199

State library website:

photo of Vermont State Librarian“We will actively seek out and engage partners—collaborators—who will help serve local library needs. By improving electronic linkages statewide, our interlibrary loan system will become ever more responsive, we will be able to offer more robust e-training for library staff, and our libraries will have freer access to one another for sharing ideas and best practices.”

--Martha Reid, State Librarian, Vermont Department of Libraries


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$961,230 $929,254 $919,668 $906,522 $916,150

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Project Examples

Cultural Programming for Adults
Using grant funds, the Vermont Council on the Humanities continued its First Wednesdays series at nine public libraries, featuring speakers on historic and current events, literature, and the social sciences. Authors, poets, musicians, historians, and scholars – some nationally recognized – presented 72 programs with a total attendance of 5,808. This represented a 31 percent increase in participation over the previous year of the project, with an average attendance of 80 people per program. Participants from well beyond the local community attended, including residents of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Quebec. This project continues the longstanding partnership between Vermont public libraries and the Vermont Council on the Humanities and brings rich learning experiences to communities throughout the state.
IMLS Funds: $3,600

Reference and Interlibrary Loan Service
The Vermont Department of Libraries’ Reference Services Unit (RSU) used grant funds to facilitate resource sharing among the state’s libraries. During the project year almost every public library and academic institution throughout the state participated electronically or via mail in the Vermont Resource Sharing Network, and approximately 50 percent of school library/media centers participated. RSU acted as a central clearinghouse for interlibrary loan requests and mediated the more difficult requests for local librarians. RSU also answered 4,830 reference questions during the project year, presented ten workshops, and provided technical/consulting assistance. In addition to staff support, some grant funds were used to purchase general reference works, to provide back-up reference service for small rural libraries, as well as items for the state library’s collection of library science/professional materials.
IMLS Funds: $78,309

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Vermont's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 136KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Provide all Vermonters access to a wide range of high quality library resources and services to meet their lifelong learning, informational, recreational, and occupational needs and interests.


  • Continue to support the summer reading program for children and teens in public libraries to foster literacy and a love of reading.
  • Expand the reach of the Vermont early Literacy Initiative, which is funded by the Vermont Public Library Foundation in partnership with the Vermont Center for the Book, and incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) themes in story time programs.
  • Continue to support the three state book awards for youth—the Red Clover Award, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, and Green Mountain Book Award.

Online Learning

  • Develop a program for public digital literacy training and individual assistance at Vermont libraries.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Provide Vermont citizens with access to a wide array of library and information resources through networks and other linkages and via resource sharing among all types of libraries.
  • Continue to build the reference collection at the Vermont State Library with an emphasis on electronic informational databases.
  • Implement a state-supported Wide Area Network (WAN) to carry Internet service for 42 libraries in the Vermont FiberConnect BTOP grant program.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Complete the Catamount Library Network, the open source Evergreen project.
  • Replace the Vermont Automated Library System with an open source system.
  • Continue to support local and consortium cataloging.
  • Implement a state-supported Wide Area Network (WAN) to carry Internet service for 42 libraries in the Vermont FiberConnect BTOP grant program.
  • Explore the viability of a courier delivery system for interlibrary loans.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Work with partners to develop programs and services for job seekers and others who need workforce development skills and information.

Business Resources

  • Work with partners to develop programs and services related to business and entrepreneurial skills and information.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Provide Vermont library staff with access to a current, purposeful and forward-thinking continuing education program through the Department of Libraries.
  • Move forward with partnerships to increase the number of public librarians in the state with a master’s level library degree.
  • Work to strengthen the capacity of Vermont libraries to assess and evaluate their programs and services.
  • Continue to strengthen the capacity of local libraries to implement best practices, effective management, sound fiscal procedures, and current policies.

Civic Engagement


  • Continue to support the First Wednesday Lecture Series and explore other potential programs that promote civic engagement. The First Wednesday Lectures, offered in different parts of the state over time, bring communities together to listen to lecturers who are well-respected in their fields, and then to one another through direct Q and A participation.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Continue to build services for the blind and physically handicapped and for state institutions, with a special focus on promoting services to U.S. veterans.
  • Explore ways to improve and promote literacy and reading for inmates and students through partnerships with the Department of Corrections and its Vermont Community High School.

Health and Social Services

  • Work with partners to develop programs and services for citizens who want access to reliable health information.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Vermont's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,417KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Vermont's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 371KB).