Laura Crain

Laura Crain
Associate Director for Collection Services
lcrain@smcvt.edu
802.654.2388
MLS Indiana University, BA University of Virginia

I've been a librarian at Saint Michael's since 1996.  Before coming to Vermont, I was a librarian at Indiana University, and a public librarian at urban libraries in Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio.

I am responsible for collection management and acquisitions at the Library.  I am particularly interested in usage-driven and patron-driven collection development.

Recent presentations:

• Presented "The Future is On Demand." New England Library Conference.  Burlington, VT:  October 3, 2011. 

• Presented "Libraries and eBook Readers" with Virgil Fuller.  Vermont Library Conference.  Colchester, VT:  May 24, 2011.

• Presented "Reality is What You Make It:  Collection Management in Two Vermont Academic Libraries" with Ben Johnson, Vermont Technical College.  Vermont Library Conference.  Colchester, VT:  May 25, 2010.

• Presented “Let the Data Speak:  Use Statistics and Collection Management.”  Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition.  Charleston, SC:  November 5, 2009.  Article in Charleston Conference Proceedings 2009.

Interests:

In my free time I spend time in the sun, listen to country music, raise two sons with my partner Sandra and throw frisbee for our labradoodle and bichon-poodle. 

I  volunteer at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility helping to facilitate the Storybook project - incarcerated moms select children's books and make recordings of themselves reading the books.  The books and the recordings are sent as gifts to their children.

I am currently reading We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo and Burning Down the House:  the End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein.

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