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Mark your calendar for NELA Counterparts!

Come one! Come all! Librarians, Library workers, Trustees, Friends of Libraries, and past, present, or future library leaders…

This summer, the New England Library Association will present a unique opportunity for you to attend a mindful and meaningful mini-conference in the New England region. This is NELA Counterparts.

Counterparts 2009 is a two-day educational event for NELA members, state library association members, consortia members and any other interested persons. Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 16-17 on the Connecticut College (New London) campus, this year’s program is no exception.

Thursday afternoon’s presentation will be "The Role of Libraries in Promoting Civic Engagement" with keynote speaker Dr. Nancy Kranich, Civic Librarian, Past President ALA, and Lecturer and Special Projects Librarian at Rutgers University.

With a minimal cost for a dorm room overnight, Friday’s session includes a component of information exchange among attendees and association officers.

Please join us beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16th and concluding Friday, July 17th by 1:00 p.m. This 24-hour program offer is an exceptional learning and networking experience among library workers in all of New England. The NELA Counterparts experience builds stronger organizations and creates opportunities to make personal contacts that last a lifetime.

You are welcome to sign up for any or all events, including Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening (wine and dinner), Thursday overnight, and/or Friday morning session. The program will conclude Friday by 1:00 p.m. and a boxed lunch will be provided.

There is a Friday night overnight option for participants. spend the afternoon and evening on the Connecticut coastline. Connecticut College is easy driving distance to Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, and the Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods casinos and other attractions.

For information on our Speaker, conference details and registration forms, see 

Registrations will be accepted until June 30th.

Confirmation, agenda and directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.

Kris Jacobi, NELA Counterparts 2009 Chairperson


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