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Accomplishments of NHLA in 2017

Posted by Marilyn Borgendale, Immediate Past President

NHLA is committed to networking, professional growth, and advocating for the future of New Hampshire Libraries.

For the Annual Membership Meeting on November 3, 2017, I summed up the NHLA accomplishments for the year.

  • #SaveIMLS and ALA’s Fight for Libraries—The Advocacy and Legislative Committees worked together to develop an NH advocacy plan and the membership took up the campaign.
  • On behalf of NHLA, the Executive Board submitted a comment for Net Neutrality.
  • Following a successful Spring Conference, NHLA has committed to a 2019 conference with the expectation of one in 2021. May 9-10, 2019 at Mill Falls in Meredith.
  • Adopted a tagline summarizing our mission and purpose. (see the header)
  • Secured places and support for eight NELLS (New England Library Leadership Symposium) participants.
  • Enacted policies to formalize our organization: Document Retention and Destruction, Conflict of Interest and Conference Cancellation.
  • Executive Board put measures in place for greater fiscal responsibility for the budget, continuing education and scholarship funds.
  • The officers began meeting every other month both for administrative discussions and as the new Finance Committee.
  • Shored up the committees, recruiting new people so that every committee has at least three members.
  • Implemented a joint ALA/NHLA student membership.
  • Recruited a social media coordinator to increase NHLA’s presence on Facebook. IFC is committed to a weekly posting and Advocacy and READS are making plans.
  • Recruited an archivist who has begun curating the NHLA archives.

These accomplishments are, of course, in addition to the great networking, professional growth and advocacy opportunities that CHILIS, READS, ParaLibrarians, ULAC, YALS, ITS and IFC have provided for NHLA members.

Congratulations! It was my pleasure to serve as your president.

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