Library Instagram Contest – Show us what you love about our Library!


We know you love our library. So do we! Started last year, we created a library Instagram account to showcase our library’s happenings and services. Over there, you will see pictures and posts about the events we sponsored at the library, reasons why we love working here and why we are awesome, and our pretty campus in Vermont’s four seasons.

What’s new here in 2016? We’re hosting our first ever Instagram contest and need your participation! Tell us what you love about our library, whether it’s your favorite study spot, the services and resources we offer, or our dedicated library staff member. We love to hear from you! Here is how you can participate:


  1. Follow @vtlawlibrary on Instagram
  2. Snap a photo showing how you love our library. Some ideas like:
  • Something you like about the Library
  • Your favorite place in the Library
  • Your favorite resource or service from the Library
  • Our Library in Vermont winter
  • Think creative!
  1. Upload your photo to Instagram, and include a descriptive caption. Tag us @vtlawlibrary, and tag your photo #myvlslibrary

The contest will run from Friday, January 15, 2016 to Monday, February 15, 2016. Multiple entries are allowed.


Two winners will be selected: People’s Choice (photo with most likes) and Library Staff’s Choice (based on quality, relevance and creativity). Each winner will receive a $25 Barrister’s Bookstore gift card. Winners will be announced on February 16, 2016 via their Instagram photo.


The contest is open to all VLS students.


Submitted photographs must obey all laws, including applicable copyright and privacy laws.  By entering the contest, you are giving the library permission to use your photo.


With questions or for more information, contact Electronic Resources & Technology Librarian Chenfang Yang,


Happy New Year and What’s New in the Library?

Hope everyone had an enjoyable winter break. We the librarians are always exploring new research resources for various needs. Often we get questions like “I need statistics on…, where should I look?”. Beginning this year, we added a new research database called Statista to satisfy such need. In short, Statista offers reliable data and industry reports, infographics, data in the U.S. and around the globe. Some highlights of Statista includes:

  • Statistics on specific topics of interest, such as Organic Food Industry, Prisoners in the United States, Oil and Gas Industry, Cyber Crime, and so much more!
  • Industry Reports from Agriculture, Energy & Environmental Services, E-Commerce, Sports & Recreations…
  • Locate statistics & facts by Countries including U.S., UK, China, Canada, France, etc.
  • Visualized Infographics on a wealth of topics, also easily sharing on social media.
  • Downloadable statistics into Graphic, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF.
  • Built-in Bluebook Citation

Statista’s home page looks like this.


Statista has a section on the Energy & Environmental Services industry among over 20 industry coverage. It has information like statistics and market data, industry overview, market studies & reports, and more. Statistics updates almost daily providing data on hot topics in the news.

North Korea said it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Wednesday.This chart shows the maximum estimated/calculated North Korean missile ranges.


To learn more about Statista, access it through one of the below sites:

  • A-Z list on the library portal

  • VLS Libguides

As always, librarians are happy to help with any research questions and techniques!



Two noteworthy full-text databases for environmental research

With a wealth of environmental courses to select this summer, it is noteworthy that our library subscribe to two environmental related databases — Environment Complete and GreenFILE. These two databases are both full-text databases by EBSCO.

Environment Complete is a full text academic journal articles on environmental subjects in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem, energy, marine & freshwater science, pollution & waste management, renewable energy sources and so on.

GreenFILE provides open access (free!) articles covering the human impact on the environment. It covers content about the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments as well as what can be done at each level to minimize these effects.

Both databases can be accessed through VLS library portal site: (VLS login required)

Don’t hesitate to ask a reference librarian if you need assistance conducting the searches.