I am not only comfortable presenting and writing, I love it! In the future I hope to publish in professional journals and present at national conferences.

Presentations / Teaching

Select conference presentations and workshops

  • Actionable Data (Slideshare) – Use collaborative information gathering, root cause analysis, baseline data crafted to answer specific questions, and prioritization to create data you can act on with confidence when planning your next library improvement project of any size. Methods and tools discussed include: Consultative Interviewing, Active Listening, 5 Whys, Root Cause Analysis, Fishbone Analysis/Ishikawa, Concept Mapping, Results Based Accountability, Performance Measures, and Pareto Analysis. Toolkit for participants provided courtesy of the State of Vermont PIVOT Initiative: PIVOT Instruction Template Packet and PIVOT Pareto Analysis Excel Templates. This workshop was presented at the 2018 Vermont Library Conference.
  • Evolution of Basics of Recordkeeping at VTrans (Slideshare) – A brief overview of how the Design for Learning program enabled me to make an outstanding training unit for recordkeepers in state government. Helen Linda is a Records Analyst at the Vermont Agency of Transportation in Montpelier, VT. Her capstone project is a series of three online trainings teaching basic records management concepts to staff as the first leg of training to the Agency’s new records management program. This overview was presented at the 2017 Design for Learning Online Conference for the Instructional Design Module.
  • How To Effectively Communicate with Techies (Slideshare) – Learn simple tips & tools for creating IT & systems interactions that are smooth, fast, & friendly. Helen Linda, Library Systems & Technical Services Librarian at Goddard College in Central Vermont has a foot in both IT and library. She’ll share with you the types of things that she prefers when problems & ideas are reported, as well as things her fellow techies have shared. By the end of this session, you will have concrete examples and tools to try so that you will be the library hero for your IT & systems person or department. This workshop was presented at the 2013 New England Library Association Annual Conference with outstanding participant evaluations.
  • RDA Bootcamp (Slideshare) – In this interactive session, learn the basics of cataloging using Resource Description and Access (RDA). Learn how to practically apply the new standard to your catalog records. Differences between AACR2 and RDA will be explained, the basics of FRBR will be explored, and core elements in RDA will be defined. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to create a basic RDA catalog record. Presented by the Cataloging Roundtable of VLA. Co-presented by Tom McMurdo (Vermont Department of Libraries), Amber Billey (University of Vermont), Helen Linda (Goddard College), and Christine Webb (Fletcher Free Library). This workshop was presented at the 2013 Annual Vermont Library Conference.
  • What’s LITS — Library and Information Technology Services Orientation (Guide on the Side) – Get to know the library and information technology services Goddard College has to offer before you come to campus! This brief tutorial will introduce you to the library and IT websites, resources, and so much more. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll be ready to jump right in with us on campus. This new student orientation tutorial was in beta Fall 2015 and because a permanent feature as of Spring 2016.
  • Demystifying Research (Slideshare) – This interactive workshop is about your creative process and how it relates to the research process. It’s a conversation about methods, ethics, information literacy and how that relates to the work you do. Get tips to organize and develop research questions, evaluate and access supporting materials and practice with your own questions. This workshop is required for new students and is co-presented with faculty to both MFA Interdisciplinary Arts residency groups as of Fall 2014.


These are my favorite articles and editorials. For full issues of the VLA News during my time as editor, see  January 2011 through May 2013 on the Vermont Library Association website.


Various tutorials and guides created to help make technology easier.

Internet and Computer Basics

Basic Resource Guides

Intermediate and Advanced Tool Use Guides