The Vermont Collection Update

Submitted by Lynn Saunders

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a focus group gathered to review some websites created by the Center for Rural Studies. As a Federal Depository we are affiliated with the Center for Rural Studies as a State Data affiliate. The first site we reviewed was Vermont Indicators Online. This site is very user friendly and a great resource for Census information for Vermonters. The Center has compiled much used Census information in an easy to use format. You can check it out at

Next we reviewed their Vermont Housing Data site. Here they have compiled state and federal housing statistics. You can even check out what you might be able to afford for a house. You can find this housing website at

Our final website review was the Vermont Planning Information Center. Again CSR (Center for Rural Studies) has compiled a great deal of information for local and state planners. There are manuals, guides and laws online. The site is user friendly and provides a comprehensive list of resources. This planning site can be found at: .

The focus groups all agreed that the websites were user friendly, provided a great deal of information, and were very useful. The focus group was small but diverse.

2 thoughts on “The Vermont Collection Update

  1. Brenda

    thanks. I added a direct link to the housing data under housing. I already link to the CRS and state data center under vermont. Now if only they can improve the main CRS website.

  2. Lynn

    Brenda, please be in touch with crs to give them your suggestions about their website. Although the focus groups were on specific pages, I believe they are interested in getting comments on all their pages.


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