Director Search: Aldrich Public Library

According to the Vermont Library Association, the Aldrich Library of Barre is seeking a new library director. Here’s the ad:

Aldrich Public Library is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to fill the position of Library Director for the Aldrich Public Library. The library seeks a progressive, collaborative team-builder who is an experienced and committed professional with proven management and administrative skills. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about current and emerging trends and best practices in public library services and embrace the rapid technological changes occurring in today’s public libraries.

This is a Full Time Position. The position requires a minimum of an MLS degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent library certification; five years of library experience of which two years should be in a supervisory capacity.

A detailed job description and application process can be found at the Aldrich website Applications must be received by January 23, 2015.

Apply here.

Colchester Library Hiring YA Associate

Burnham Memorial Library in Colchester is looking for a new Library Associate I: Youth Adult Services. Here’s the description:

The Town is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Library Associate I: Young Adult Services. Qualified applicants under the administrative supervision of the Library Director and Assistant Director will perform patron service, age appropriate programming, collection maintenance, and community outreach.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and application to Sherry LaBarge, Human Resource Manager, P.O. Box 55, Colchester, VT 05446 or email to by November 5, 2014 or open until filled.

Job listing.

Bennington College Lab Technician Position

Bennington College is looking for a science lab technician for the fall semester:

Bennington College seeks a Science Lab Technician, beginning in
Fall 2013, to work closely with its science faculty and students.
Experience with electronic analytical equipment and software
including IR, IC, flourimetry, UV-Vis, NMR, fluorescence
microscopy, Tecan microplate reader is desirable. The technician is responsible for calibrating, maintaining, and troubleshooting malfunctions in a variety of electronic lab equipment.

In the words of a great mind, “I will do science to it.” See the listing for full details.

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Digital Arts Technician Position at Bennington College

Bennington College has a job listing for a technician to support equipment used in their digital arts curriculum. The toys one gets to play with include: “14 Macintosh Computers, Epson 7600 and 2400 printers, an adjunct physical computing workspace with a small equipment bank, laser cutter and 2 makerbot replicator 3D printers.”

Two makerbots? Yes, please. Check out the listing for full details.

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Geek Things for April 19th

  • Green Career Fair, 11AM–1PM, Alliot Student Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Jobs)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Intergenerational Game Day, 9:30–10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Gaming)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ECHO Earth Weeks’ MudFest, 10AM–5PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Lego Club, 1–3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Bob Murphy – “Energy Saved is Money Saved.” 5:30–7PM, New England Federal Credit Union, Williston. Free. (Talk)
  • Rick Bass – “Competing Stakeholders’ Values & Convergence on Policy: A Discussion on Environmental Philosophy,” 11am-12am, East Room, Withey Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Book Discussion: ‘When Cultures Meet’, 7PM, Walden Community Library, West Danville. Free. (Books)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Issues in Global Environmental Health,” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Living and Learning Commons, room 315, UVM Campus, Burlington. (Talk)
  • “All the World’s a Fractal: How Complexity Theory is Being Harnessed to Envision Urban Futures,” 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Waterman Memorial Lounge 338, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Anticipating Climate Disruptions, 4:30 – 5:30pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, Middlebury, Middlebury College. (Talk)
  • Clif Presentation, Shrewsbury Mountian School, Cuttingsville. (Kids)

Governor Shumlin

Earlier today, Republican Candidate Brian Dubie conceded the gubernatorial race to Democrat Peter Shumlin after a heated race for the office. As the current political climate has shifted in the House of Representatives and here in Vermont, it will be interesting to see how these events will shape the immediate future of the state and country.
Wired Magazine has an interesting story on how the shift from Democratic to Republican control of the House will affect committees such as the Armed Services Committee:

So say hello to likely incoming chairman Buck McKeon of California. As we reported last month, McKeon’s a big proponent of missile defense, a skeptic of the Obama administration’s plan to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next July, and no great fan of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. One of his key allies, Virginia Republican Randy Forbes, has blasted the administration for neglect of the Navy and Air Force and general “lack of concern … for the men and women in uniform.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ plans to cut $100 billion in defense overhead in five years is going to get the fine-tooth-comb treatment from the committee. Expect hearings on all these issues practically as soon as Speaker-in-Waiting John Boehner gavels the next Congress into session in January.

With the election of Shumlin to the highest office in Vermont will bring his intentions to the test: His campaign for single-payer health care, the ongoing issues of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, bringing in ‘green’ jobs to the state and looking to focus on small businesses, while he’s noted that he doesn’t “believe Vermont has any more tax capacity”.
It’s clear that there’s going to be a number of challenges to come up in the next two years as the U.S. economy is still having larger issues. At the same time, the actions taken over the next two years will be pivotal ones: the closing of Vermont Yankee will have profound implications for power in the state, while the growth of high tech and skilled jobs will likewise have an important impact in our future. Time will tell as to what will actually happen.