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Save the Date READS Fall Conference

Falling for Collections

Tuesday October 10, 2017 9am-4pm
 NH Audubon McLane Center 84 Silk Farm Road Concord NH

On the agenda:

READS Award of Excellence
Creating Effective Displays
Alternatives to Dewey
Robin Brenner, librarian and founder of No Flying, No Tights
Local authors Virginia MacGregor and Jessie Crockett
Q+A about READS-to-go and Kitkeeper

Registration opens at the end of August.

ALA NH Chapter Councilor’s Report- Annual Conference in Chicago 2017

ALA NH Chapter Councilor’s Report

ALA Annual Conference
Chicago

June 2017

As one can imagine, discussions at the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago had a common theme. Advocacy. Advocacy. Advocacy. On the council floor, in meetings, programs and conference rooms, people were talking about promoting the role of libraries within our communities and within the halls of government.

Council sessions were lively and productive. I am listing the highlights of the council work in Chicago, but as always, please do not hesitate to call or email me if you would like to know more about a particular topic or discussion. American Libraries has a nice wrap up of the entire conference in the July 19, 2017 issue. If you scroll to the bottom of the article, there is a brief reporting of Council Sessions including links to resolutions. https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2017/07/19/2017-annual-conference-wrap-up/. Most of that information is also found in the report below.

ALA Council I

Reports of ALA/Council Committees:

ALA President’s Report, Julie B. Todaro, ALA President, ALA CD#21.1

Highlights:

Book Club Central lead by Sarah Jessica Parker. First pick, No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.

Fight-for-Libraries. Advocacy

Issues:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fake News

Unique patron and and community issues (including community health issues)

Net Neutrality

Copyright

We can’t be complacent. These issues apply to ALL libraries.

Review of Executive Board Actions since the 2016 Midwinter Meeting, Keith Michael Fiels,

Executive Director and Secretary to the ALA Council, ALA CD#15.3

Implementation of the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting Council Actions, Keith Michael Fiels,

ALA Executive Director and Secretary to the ALA Council, ALA CD#9.1

 

American Library Association Statement on Global Climate Change and a Call for Support for Libraries and Librarians – Brought to Council from the Virtual Membership Meeting (June 8, 2017)

Motion to refer to the Sustainability Round Table – Failed (voted no).

Motion to postpone to Council II –  Motion failed (voted no).

Motion to amend the first whereas clause to remove Donald Trump’s name – Motion failed (voted no).

Motion to amend with new resolved – Motion passed (voted yes).

Motion to amend CD#41 to remove Trump’s name is adopted (voted yes).

Motion to add new whereas to CD#41. Motion failed.

CD#41 as amended passed (voted yes).

The full text of the final resolution is here.

 

U.S. Government Update, Adam Eisgrau, Managing Director, ALA Office for Government Relations (OGR)

ALA Council II

Reports of ALA/Council Committees:

Committee on Diversity, ALA Councilor Martin L. Garnar, Chair ALA CD#31

Report of the Committee on Diversity

Action item: Council was asked to approve the following definition of diversity to give us clarity and common language in our discussions.

From the report, “ Diversity can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different. Visible diversity is generally those attributes or characteristics that are external. However, diversity goes beyond the external to internal characteristics that we choose to define as ‘invisible’ diversity. Invisible diversity includes those characteristics and attributes that are not readily seen. When we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual. The Task Force has chosen to define “diversity” in all its complexity in order to recognize and honor the uniqueness of each ALA member, all members of our profession, and our very diverse communities. The Task Force also agrees with the National Education Association that, “While diversity itself is not a value laden term, the way that people react to diversity is driven by values, attitudes, beliefs, and so on. Full acceptance of diversity is a major principle of social justice.” (Adapted from National Education Association: http://www.nea.org/tools/diversity-toolkitintroduction.html)

Motion passed. I voted yes. The full passage of An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion can be found on the ALA website.

Another action item from the Report of the Committee on Diversity was the passing of a Resolution on Libraries as Responsible Spaces. The entire text of the resolution in the report. The following are the resolved clauses:

Resolved, that the American Library Association, on behalf of its members:

  1. urges libraries to embrace the mantle of responsible spaces by adopting and enforcing user behavior policies that protect patrons and staff from harassment while maintaining our historic support for the freedom of speech;
  2. encourages libraries to develop community partnership programs with and promote services to underrepresented and unacknowledged community members;
  3. encourages libraries to sponsor programs fostering meaningful and respectful dialogue in community; and 4. directs the Committee on Diversity, with the support of the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the ODLOS Advisory Committee, to develop, provide, and disseminate materials and programming for libraries that deter hate, foster community, and oppose bigotry toward or oppression against any group.

The motion passed. I voted yes.

 

Other reports presented to Council:

Policy Monitoring Committee (PMC) ALA Councilor Christopher J. Corrigan, ALA CD#17.1

Committee on Organization (COO) Sue Considine, Chair, ALA CD#27.1

International Relations Committee (IRC) CD#18.1-18.2

Constitution and Bylaws Committee    James (Jim) R. Rettig, Chair, ALA CD#25.1ma

Recognition of the work of retiring Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels

Reports of Special Committees:

Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)  Martin L. Garnar, President, ALA CD#22.1 (Always full of interesting information)!

Center for the Future of Libraries Susan Kent, Chair, ALA CD#39

Conference Accessibility Task Force, Mike Marlin and ALA Councilor Christopher J. Corrigan and ALA Executive Board Member Mike L. Marlin, co-chairs, ALA CD#37.1

 

ALA Council III

Memorials, Tributes and Testimonials were presented. I don’t normally include links to the texts of memorials, but a memorial resolution for Marija C. Sanderling, a former NH librarian was presented. You can read the resolution at this link Marija C. Sanderling, M-#11.

Reports of Officers

ALA Treasurer’s Report

Approval of the Annual Estimates of Income & FY2018 Budgetary Ceiling for FY2018, Susan H. Hildreth, ALA CD#13.2

Council approved the FY 2018 budgetary ceiling of $66,674,990. Voted yes.

Committee on Legislation, Ann Dutton Ewbank, Chair, ALA CD#20.1

No action items, but strongly urged us all to remain active in our advocacy efforts.

Intellectual Freedom Committee,  Pamela R. Klipsch, ALA CD#19.11

Politics in American Libraries: An Interpretation of the Library bill of Rights CD#19.12

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights CD#19.13

Both motions passed. Voted yes to both.

 

Announcements from Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director and ALA Secretary of Council

Attendance 22,172. Numbers higher than both Orlando and San Francisco.

ALA Midwinter will be in mid-February 2018 in Denver, CO.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Amy S. Lappin

NH Chapter Councilor

Deputy Director, Lebanon Public Library

amy.lappin@leblibrary.com

603-448-2459

 

Protect Your Patrons with Website Security

https imageThe NHLA’s IT section will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, July 19, from 1 to 4 pm at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth.

At this meeting, Betsy Coleman and Collette Matthias Powers from UNH’s IT program will talk about the difference between HTTP and HTTPS,  why we should care, and how to make it happen. Then we will have a roundtable discussion to share what we have done in our own libraries.

If you plan to come to this meeting, please RSVP to Kate Thomas at kthomas@hampstead.lib.nh.us.

Advocacy Committee hosting “Librarians after Hours” July 19

7.19.17 Librarians After Hours inviteWe hope to see a lot of librarians on July 19th in Tamworth for an after hours event following the ITS meeting taking place the same afternoon from 1 to 4 pm at Cook Memorial Library.

What: Social time, spirits tasting, appetizers (there will be a nonalcoholic beverage option available)

When: 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Where: Tamworth Distilling, 15 Cleveland Hill Road (at corner of Main Street and Great Hill Road), Tamworth, NH

How much: Cost will be around $15-$20 per person, payable at event at Tamworth Distilling

Please RSVP by July 11 by contacting Mary Cronin, 603-323-8510 or mary@tamworthlibrary.org, or if you have questions about directions.

Call for nominations to the NETSL Executive Board

Want to get more involved with technical services librarianship?

 Join the NETSL Executive Board!

More information can be found on our website.

The nomination deadline is Friday 7/28/2017.

Amy Dumouchel Dittman
​Outreach Officer,
New England Technical Services Librarians
amy.dumouchel@bc.edu

Summer Reading All-Stars Program

The NH Fishercats minor league baseball team and Grappone Automotive Group have partnered to find some reading All-Stars this summer! Kids can read 5 books to earn 2 free tickets to a Fishercats game on specific dates, courtesy of Grappone. Participating students with also receive a free pass to Canterbury Shaker Village. Forms must be submitted two weeks prior to the selected game. Find the form here.

To see ourselves as other see us: a conversation (at one remove) between trustees and directors

When I talked with George Needham at the recent Trustee Association Conference, I asked him if he was planning to share the words to trustees he had solicited at the NHLA Spring Conference. He said not only that, but that he would be asking the trustees to share as well. He wrote up the comments for us:

“In May 2017 I had the honor of speaking at both the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) and the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association (NHLTA) conferences.

My keynote at the NHLA conference on May 5th ran a little short. At the end of my remarks, I said that I’d be speaking at NHLTA later in the month, and was there anything that the public librarians would like to share with their trustees? The floodgates opened…” Read on.

 

Program Ideas?

Do you have something really awesome planned for your summer reading program?

Do you have a tried and true program that always brings out the teens?

PLEASE share!

Click on Programming Ideas to submit a program idea.

 

Check out this free Driver’s Education program

Teens and adults can access practice tests through this program.  You can add this free program to your library website.

http://driving-tests.org/library/

They are currently running an incentive award program for new library partners: five of them will each  receive $500. Have you tried this program? If not, this may be a good time to check them out: http://driving-tests.org/library-award/ (The incentive award program ends 31 August 2017.)

Here is another site to add for your patrons.

DMV Permit tests

Ann Geisel Award of Merit is now accepting applications

Nominate! It’s time to recognize those colleagues who stand out from the crowd for their dedication, inspiration, innovation…

Please take a moment to submit a nomination for the Ann Geisel Award of Merit. Individuals, libraries, and organizations are all eligible for this award.

If you know a person (or library, or organization) who has made a significant contribution to library service, now’s the time to recognize that contribution! The award will be presented at the NHLA annual business meeting.

For details, please see: http://nhlibrarians.org/awards/geisel/

Deadline for nominations: June 30

Submit to:

Jenn Hosking, NHLA Past President
jenn.hosking@nashualibrary.org
c/o Nashua Public Library
2 Court St.
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 589-4621