Laura Crain

Laura Crain

Laura Crain
Associate Director for Collection Services
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. I am currently working on an ongoing project to transform library student jobs into high impact practices.

Recent presentations:

"More Than Just a Job: Creating Advancement Opportunities for Library Student Workers" with Anthony Bassignani. Vermont College & Special Libraries Conference, 21 Oct. 2016, Castleton, VT. Conference Presentation.

“Snap, Tag, Share: Instagram Your Library.” Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, 6 Nov. 2015, Charleston, SC. Pecha Kucha.

“Picture This:  Using Instagram to Promote Your Library” with Kristen Hindes.  Vermont Library Conference, 19 May 2015, Burlington, VT. Pecha Kucha.

"The Future is On Demand." New England Library Conference, 3 Oct. 2011, Burlington, VT. Conference Presentation.

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

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


In my free time I spend time in the sun, listen to country music, raise two sons with my wife Sandra and walk in the woods with our labradoodle and bichon frise. 

I  volunteer at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility helping to facilitate the Storybook project (a project of the Lund Family Center's Kids-a-Part program): incarcerated moms select children's books and make recordings of themselves reading the books aloud.  The books and the recordings are sent as gifts to their children.

I am currently reading Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran and Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

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