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“Blogging Basics for Beginners”

Maybe you’ve heard about blogging and the blogosphere but have yet to get informed about them.  That’s okay.  This program will cover the basics and more, including different types of blogging software and services, what to include in an effective blog entry, how to subscribe to blogs, and much more.  Presented by Steve Butzel

“Making Interlibrary Loan Management a Breeze”

Are you tired of keeping track of all those forms and pieces of paper and paper clips that come with managing your interlibrary loan requests?  Well have I got a solution for you.  Come to this session and see an intuitive, easy to use database that makes ILL management a dream.  No more handwriting van slips!  No more handwriting customer requests!  It’s all taken care of in one neat program that you will learn to use in less than 60 minutes.  On top of that, you’ll be able to sign up to receive a customized version of the database just for your library.  And it’s all FREE!  So what are you waiting for?  Recommended for all library staff involved in ILL in any way, including library directors.  Presented by Steve Butzel

“Genealogy in New Hampshire:  Major Research Centers”

This program will briefly describe what is available at the major libraries and records repositories in the state.  We will discuss the NH Historical Society, NH State Library, NH Division of Vital Records, county courthouses, American-Canadian Genealogical Society and NH State Archives.  Presented by Bill Copeley.

“Women of Granite:  25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know”

The Write Sisters, seven writers who have published more than 100 children’s books, came together to fill the need in NH libraries and schools for biographical information on NH women.  (Remember the frustrating hunt for information to fill those annual 4th grade requests?)  Several members of The Write Sisters will be on hand to tell us what they learned as they researched Women of Granite:  25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know.  The 25 profiles range from the well-known Jeanne Shaheen, to the virtually unknown Caroline Garner Bartlett.  There will be time for questions, and the Write Sisters invite suggestions of subjects for future books!  The Write Sisters are Janet Buell, Kathleen Deady, Muriel Dubois, Diane Mayr, Andrea (Andy) Murphy, Barbara Turner, and Sally Wilkins.  Copies of Women of Granite will be available for purchase and signing.

“YA Program Fair”

Explore a collection of popular teen programs.  Young adult librarians from around the state will be displaying programs that really work!  You will leave with program descriptions including a list of supplies, costs, directions, and contacts.

“Looking Good on a Budget: Principles of Design for the Artistically Challenged”

With the advent of powerful, freely available graphics and desktop publishing programs, librarians now have the means to create attractive, readable, and consistently good-looking publications.  Whether on a web page or a town-wide mailing, the way your message is presented is often as crucial as the message itself.  This seminar will focus on basic elements of design, including typography, layout, and white space, appropriate use of clip art, and how to license inexpensive, professional images from the new “micro stock” agencies.  We will present several before-and-after makeovers using free software such as Open Office Draw and Scribus.  Each attendee will receive a CD with all the software featured during the seminar.

“Great Stone Face Tea”

Enjoy tea and cookies while listening to the book talks for next year’s GSF list.  The 2008 winner will be announced at the tea.

“The Open Content Alliance”

As part of the Boston Library Consortium, in the fall of 2007 the University of New Hampshire Library began participating in the Open Content Alliance (OCA), a mass digitization project intended to make scanned library materials freely accessible to the world.  In this session, hear about the ambitious goals of the OCA project and one library’s experience with the massive collaborative effort required to make it successful.  Presented by Eleta Exline

“How to Start a Parent/Young Adult Book Discussion Group & How to Keep It Going”

The presenters will share ideas for starting a successful book discussion group for middle school students and other young adults and their parents.  They will share title suggestions (and ones to avoid), dos and don’ts, and the ups and downs of how they kept their group going for ten years.  Presented by Sharon Taylor and Mary Coombs.

Design and retrofitting ideas for high performance libraries.  Tips on planning, addressing and selling to the public.

“Directors Roundtable”

Participants will provide fodder for discussion.

“Cataloging Weird Stuff”

Nonprint cataloging and cataloging “kits” and realia often present formidable challenges.  One of RDA’s charms is the implicit permission to “adjust” your cataloging to cover the wildest items in your collection.  Plan to learn new techniques and share ideas.  Presented by Linda Kepner

“Children’s Programming Poster Session”

Need some fresh ideas?  Children’s librarians from round the state will set up displays, showcasing successful programs they’ve offered at their libraries.  They will be on hand to answer questions and provide you with handouts and how-to’s.

“Mentoring: A leadership Development Method”

Review research of mentoring for leadership development and participate in some activities to determine your readiness to be a mentor and be mentored.  You’ll also hear about a research project examining leadership within a mentoring program.  Presented by Irene M. H. Herold

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