The Paralibrarian Certification is a voluntary program designed to recognize the involvement and contributions of paralibrarians in New Hampshire. Paralibrarians (non-MLS staff) support the missions of school, public, academic, and special libraries throughout the state by providing important services, being involved in professional development activities, and demonstrating commitment to their work. The certification is not a substitute for a Master of Library Science degree or any other degree or certificate.
Complete information on the program, including details on the application process for the NHLA Paralibrarian Certification Program, can be found here:
NHLA Paralibrarian CertificationGuidelines 6-10-16
Copies of completed portfolios should be sent to
New Hampshire Library Association Paralibrarian section
c/o Heather Rainier firstname.lastname@example.org 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way Hooksett, NH 03106 Van stop: Hooksett/Hooksett Public Library
Send Heather an e-mail to let her know to expect your packet.
Katie Spofford of the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford has sent along the ideas she shared at the Fall conference. So if you were unable to attend or just want to jog your memory, click below for all the details.
Active & Passive Programming Ideas
Register by September 16th to be eligible for EARLY BIRD PRICING & to attend a special breakout session with Keynote Speaker Amy Eisenstein – “How to Start or Grow Your individual Giving Program” from 11:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday, October 16th! Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this sessions.
This session is designed for executive directors and development staff who want to raise significantly more money for their organizations by making the leap into individual/major gift fundraising, but haven’t had the courage or know-how to get started.
Complete Program Schedule Available*
Decide which days of conference you will be attending by viewing our preliminary program schedule.
To ensure a hotel reservation, make sure to book early! Visit our personalized hotel website to book your room today! Or view hotel information at a glance on our conference website. You can also call and ask for the NELA conference group rate, 978-777-2500.
Please note that the hotel’s indoor water park Coco Key will be CLOSED on Monday AND Tuesday.
We look forward to seeing you in October!
*Schedule and speakers are subject to change.
Mary Danko, 2016 Conference Chair
Megan Bishop, NELA Events & Communications Coordinator
The Derry Public Library recently held its first graduation ceremony for children who completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program by the end of August 2016. Considering the program launched in October, finishing in this short amount of time is quite the feat! Eight children finished within less than a year and the Children’s Department wanted to celebrate this special achievement with the children and their families. We plan to have a yearly celebration for all of the children who finish prior to the end of August, so that the graduation ceremony coincides with the start of the school year. That way, children who are beginning Kindergarten can receive their certificate prior to (or at least quite near) their first day!
With such a small group this year, we decided to have a short ceremony where each child was presented with an achievement certificate, a small literacy-related gift, a coupon for a free ice cream cone, and a sense of pride in their reading future. We designed a set of alphabet cards that we printed on cardstock and laminated. Each child was given a set of these, some Play-Doh, and a card with instructions on how to use the cards with Play-Doh to encourage playing with letters. Children can roll the Play-Doh into logs and then trace the letters to create words, giving a nice tactile experience with the alphabet! We also laminated each child’s die cut crayon that was used to mark their progress on our Milestone Wall. After removing their crayons, we made a “Class of 2016” sign with all of their names on to hang under the 1000 Milestone Marker. The families were very thankful for our efforts!
The online voting form for the Flume is now on the Flume page. Just click on Book Awards and you will find it.
READS is very excited to announce a new service designed to facilitate our popular READS-To-Go book club kit lending service. The new service is called KitKeeper and it is a product of Plymouth Rocket, the well-known Massachusetts online calendar vendor.
KitKeeper will allow NH Librarians to view kit availability, place kit requests, and manage the tracking of kits online. The easy-to-use service will improve communication and cooperation by libraries to create a seamless lending experience.
For more information visit READS-To-Go’s blog.
You’ve given us some great ideas to incorporate into next spring’s conference, but we want more! Specifically, we’d love to provide you with programs on innovative and fresh perspectives on the topics of youth services, adult services, space planning, ignite sessions, and community outreach/ partnerships. Please share your ideas with us by September 30th at http://nhla2017.weebly.com/program-proposals.html.
Contact me at the email below with any questions you may have.
We’re looking for program proposals, and Ignite Session entries for NHLA’s 2017 Spring Conference! Submission deadline is September 30th!
Libraries are experiencing a sea change in operations and innovations as ships navigating the rough seas of information. “In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” -Linton Weeks
We’re looking forward to gathering together again this coming Spring to learn from and network with our library friends and colleagues, so that we can continue to learn and grow from each other.
The conference will be held on May 4-5, 2017 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH
Pamela Johnson-Spurlock, 2017 Conference Co-Chair
Proposal forms can be found at http://nhla2017.weebly.com/program-proposals.html.
Click on the story-time owl for conference information!
Please join us at the Beane Center in Laconia on Thursday, October 27th for our annual fall conference, sponsored by Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS-NH).
This year, we’ll focus on protecting our youngest patrons with expert advice from local law enforcement and the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. We’ll wrap up the day with a variety of ideas from seasoned professionals for taking your story times up a notch.
As always, we’ll conduct a business meeting, elect new officers, have raffles and delicious food, and ample opportunity for networking and sharing our successes and challenges.
See you soon! ~your CHILIS-NH Board
ACRL/New England Chapter and the Massachusetts Library System present:
The New England Assessment in Action Symposium
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 9am-3:30pm
Assumption College, Worcester, MA
One of the biggest challenges for academic libraries is how to measure impact and communicate value to campus leadership and accreditors. Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success is an initiative undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries in order to help academic librarians build their skills in carrying out data-driven assessment projects.
Join us for this program to hear from your New England colleagues who participated in AiA, and learn how the academic library community might build on its success at the national and regional level.
The program will include:
- Keynote address by Irene Herold, 2016-17 ACRL President
- Panel of AiA participants who will share their experience with the program
- Poster presentations on action research projects conducted by AiA teams from 17 New England institutions
- Roundtable discussions on challenges and opportunities in developing and sustaining library research projects
View the full program, including speaker information, poster abstracts, and resources:
$40 Members of ACRL/NEC and MLS
(NOTE: MLS membership is institutional, not individual. If you work in MA, be sure to check the MLS directory to find out if your library is a member.)
NHLA has purchased a subscription for GoToMeeting for Sections and Committees to use to host virtual meetings. This should facilitate participation from members all over the state. The software is fairly intuitive and the meetings may be recorded. The guidelines and instructions are posted in the Resources section. Contact Marilyn Borgendale, email@example.com or 603.495.4286 for the password or assistance in getting started.