Members will be emailed a ballot link during the week of September 3. Here are the candidates running for the five open officer positions.
NHLA 2018 Ballot of Officers
Amy Lappin has been an NHLA Executive Board member for much of the past decade and would love to take on the role of NHLA President-Elect in a vibrant and vital time for our New Hampshire libraries.
Amy most recently served two terms as the American Library Association New Hampshire Chapter Councilor and continues to serve on the ALA Chapter Relations Committee (2017-2019). She was the 2010 CHILIS President, a member of the 2010 NHLA Spring Conference Committee, and a past member of the New Hampshire Summer Reading Program Committee. In addition to her work on ALA Council, she has served on the ALA Council Orientation Committee (2015-2017) and the ALA Executive Director Search Committee (2017), facilitated Chapter Councilor Forums (2016-18), and attended the ALA Chapter Leaders Forum (2018).
Although she has been the Deputy Director of the Lebanon Public Libraries for the past six years and was the LPL Children’s Librarian for previous eight years, Amy began her career as the Assistant Manuscripts Curator at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library and was the Archivist for the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers). Amy also worked as the Head of the Lower School Library at the Wheeler School, an independent co-educational college preparatory day school in Providence, RI. She has never had a job in libraries that she hasn’t loved and is passionate about all types of libraries, librarians, and the awesome work we all do every day. Outside of work, Amy is an active member of the Friends of the Meriden Library in her home town and is the current vice president of the FOML.
In August of 2017, I had the privilege of participating in the New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) cosponsored by NELA and the State Library Associations. I was inspired by a panel of representatives for the six New England State Library Associations to volunteer for service as an officer of NHLA. In my life before libraries, I worked as a bookkeeper and also for a bank. I have been in Public Libraries for 20 years, and appreciate the opportunity to serve the larger library community.
I’m running for the position of Secretary because I’d like to get involved in NHLA and learn more about the organization as well as broaden my experience. I’m the Head of Technical Services at the Manchester City Library, and have been involved in a couple groups within the GMILCS consortium, serving as secretary and chair over time. I was also the secretary for NETSL for a year, and am confident that I would be able to accurately record meeting minutes as well as perform the other necessary duties required of the position. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve on the NHLA board.
Lori Fisher is the Director of the Baker Free Library (Bow, NH) and current chair of the NH Library Association Advocacy Committee. As committee chair, she has fostered relationships within ALA, and she is currently working with both the Office for Advocacy and the Office of Intellectual Freedom to bring an Advocacy Bootcamp “Train the Trainer” opportunity to all six New England states through NELA so that ALA’s advocacy message and storytelling process can be shared with every library through trainers in each state. She is also working with the State Library and NHLA Legislative Committee to foster stronger relationships with the NH Congressional delegation. As an ALA Councilor, Lori would expand her advocacy work for the libraries in NH, which she feels is the most important step towards all libraries being seen as integral to the fabric of their individual communities.
Amber Coughlin has been passionate about librarianship since the 8th grade when she chose it as her number one dream job on a career day assessment questionnaire. She has worked in libraries since 2002 and has been the children’s librarian at the Lebanon Libraries since 2010. She is running for New Hampshire representative to NELA and will strive to be a strong voice for New Hampshire librarians who deserve inspiring, relevant, and empowering professional development opportunities.
For six years, Amber has served on the board of the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH – formerly CHILIS) – most recently as president. Prior to that she was the New Hampshire representative to the New England Roundtable of Teen and Children’s Librarians (NERTCL – the children’s services section of NELA) and the interim summer reading chair. She was a 2017 New England Library Leadership Symposium participant. She has served as the CLNH representative to the New Hampshire Center for the Book since 2015 and was also on the 2018 Ladybug Award committee.