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Annie Donahue recieves 2011 Ann Geisel Award of Merit

The New Hampshire Library Association was proud to honor Annie Donahue, Library Director of UNH-Manchester, as the 2011 recipient of the Ann Geisel Award of Merit at the NHLA Fall Business Meeting on November 4th.

Annie Donahue - Ann Geisel Award of Merit

Annie is also an Assistant Professor at UNHM, having taught history courses, plus research and reference skills to students for the past 15 years. She earned a BA in Humanities from UNH, an MLS from Southern Connecticut State College, and an ALM with a concentration in Celtic Studies from Harvard University. Annie is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Plymouth State University.

Annie has been actively involved with NHLA since 1991, serving as President in 2007 and Spring Conference Committee Chairperson from 2008-2011.

Several librarians and co-workers shared words of praise:

“Annie validated the organization for all types of libraries in New Hampshire, engaging academic librarians, public librarians and school librarians to be part of one organization and to serve that organization together.”

“Annie, always prepared and organized, taught me that serving the NH library community is an important part of being a librarian. Working with Annie taught me that we have a lot to share with not only our patrons and students, but our peers as well…Annie may not know it, but she has served as a mentor to me. Thank you, Annie for helping me become a better librarian.”

“Annie has helped to create a work environment that is warm and inviting, while maintaining impeccable professionalism. I am truly honored and grateful to have her as my Director.”

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit is given to an individual, group or organizations that has made significant contributions to the New Hampshire Library Community.

Ann Geisel Award of Merit

It’s time to do something nice for someone deserving!

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit is given to an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to the New Hampshire library community.

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit recognizes librarians, libraries and other individuals that have contributed to the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) or the New Hampshire library community. Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients haveĀ improvedĀ all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals by providing library services or advocating for library issues within and beyond the state level.

For more information on the award, the nomination process and past winners, please check the NHLA web site (

Nominations are due September 1st, 2011 and can be sent to:
NHLA Awards Committee
Attn: Judy Haskell
c/o Local Government Center
P.O Box 617
Concord, NH 03302

Thanks for your consideration.

Shirley Olofson Award

[Please excuse cross-postings.]


Are you looking for funds to help pay for your trip to ALA Annual 2011 in New Orleans?

Apply by Tuesday, December 14, 2010 for the NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and you

may receive a $1000 check to help defray the cost of attendance!


Applicants must:

1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT

2. Be active in the library profession

3. Show promise for activity in the area of professional development

4. Have valid financial need

5. Have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences


To apply, please visit:



2011 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant

2011 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering the Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant for 2011.  This grant of $1000 provides seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Details regarding the applications for the 2011 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant are available from the YALSA Web site at  Applications for the grant are due in the YALSA Office by December 1, 2010.

For more information please contact us via e-mail,; or by phone: 800-545-2433 x 4387.

Call for participants for VIII Trejo Foster Foundation Institute

For more information, please visit

VIII Trejo Foster Foundation Institute
Simmons College
Boston, MA
November 5-6, 2010

Engaging and Serving Hispanic/Latino and Spanish-Speaking Communities: Best Practices, Challenges and Strategies

A forum for library professionals and scholars to share experiences, issues and strategies in serving Hispanic/Latino populations. The institute will focus on two major themes: Best library and outreach practices, and, current issues, challenges affecting the provision of library services.

Call for Participation – Presentations, Panels, and Poster Sessions
Library professionals, scholars, and LIS students are invited to submit proposals for participation.

Best Practices
How does your library attract, engage, serve, and keep Hispanic/Latino and Spanish speaker patrons? How do you develop effective programs, materials, and collections? How do you sustain initiatives and keep your programs "alive"? Share with us your best practices.

Issues, Challenges, and coping Strategies
The number of issues and challenges that affect library services to Hispanic/Latino communities has increased both in numbers and intensity. How do we make sure that, above all, we still provide equitable, unbiased service and access? What strategies are libraries using to engage and serve the  Hispanic/Latino communities amidst, and above, all these issues and challenges?

Share with us your experiences and strategies.

For More Information, contact Howard Rodriguez-Mori,

Stacie M. Parillo
Fellow for Dean’s Initiatives
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA  02115
(p) 617.521.2862
(f) 617.521.3192

A Win-Win Situation for NHLA with Gaylord Brothers

All public libraries in New Hampshire now have the opportunity to help NHLA when they place supply and furniture orders with Gaylord Brothers!

Gaylord Brothers has two Priority Codes active in the State of New Hampshire for public libraries: Priority Code #5701 and Priority Code #5116.  The advantage to NHLA of using Gaylord Brothers is that they will send our organization a check for 10% of all shipped and invoiced sales dollars in excess of $50,000 for fiscal year 2010. Even though we’re nearly into the month of May, Gaylord will include all sales for 2010 back to January 1st.  NHLA would then be able to use the money to defray conference costs, help fund future programs, allow more people to attend events, or whatever opportunity the Board determines that would best meet the needs of NHLA members.

Gaylord Brothers plans to send out an e-mail promotion to NH public libraries in mid-May about this rebate offer, but I wanted to begin spreading the news as soon as possible.

It’s important that you use either one of the Priority Codes when placing an order, or else the purchase will not be counted toward NHLA’s 2010 rebate.

If you have any questions about the above offer, please send me an e-mail and I’ll do my best to provide an answer.


Judy Haskell


Tell Senators Gregg and Shaheen to include librarians in the Jobs Bill

 February 1, 2010
ALA has reports from Congressional offices that they hear from
teachers, police and firefighters every day and almost nothing from the
library community.  Libraries are as essential as schools and public
safety and help the economy by helping people find jobs.  Yet library
jobs are being cut – and, now, not included in this jobs bill.  It is
vitally important that librarians be as vocal as these other public
employees. The reason they are getting funding in this piece of
legislation is because they are calling their congressional offices
more often and in higher numbers than we are.
Your grassroots efforts are critically important.  The omission of
librarians in the jobs bill is in addition to the troubling news this
week that President Obama’s budget proposal freezes the Library
Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and consolidates the school library
program with literacy programs in the Department of Education.  These
cuts will lead to a loss of jobs and a loss of services that our
communities cannot afford to be without.
Please call both of your U.S. Senators to ask each of them to request
that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Richard Durbin
(D-IL), and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND),  include the hiring and
retaining of librarians in the $18 billion as well. Call the U.S.
Capital switchboard ASAP at 202.224.3121.  For email addresses and
other contact information go to:
This bill could come up at any moment and it is critically important
that you contact your Senators’ offices immediately and tell them to
push the above Senate leaders to include librarians in the jobs bill. 
Don’t just call once – keep calling until we succeed.  Make sure to
tell your senators what your library is doing to help people find
We cannot let this legislation pass without the inclusion of library
employees.  We have no chance of getting into this legislation without
your calls and emails – and the support of all senators!!
Call the U.S. Capital switchboard ASAP at 202.224.3121.  For email
addresses and other contact information go to:
Please act now!

Disaster Assistance Portal

The following information is provided on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Assistance Improvement Program web site,

"When disaster strikes, survivors need your help. Each year roughly 50 presidentially declared disasters cause injury and death, destroy homes and businesses, and disrupt the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the nation. brings together all federal agencies that offer forms of assistance to simplify the process for disaster survivors. is a user-friendly web portal that consolidates disaster assistance information in one place. Individuals in need of assistance following a presidentially declared disaster designated for individual assistance can now go to to register online.

Users can apply for DHS/FEMA individual disaster assistance and Small Business Administration loans through online applications and can also receive referral information on forms of assistance that do not yet have online applications. Local resources information to help keep citizens safe during an emergency is also available."

NHLA Membership Renewal glitch and what to do

The Local Government Center, who takes care of our institutional mailings, mistakenly provided NHLTA envelopes for NHLA membership renewal. When I spoke with Christian at LGC, he apologized for the confusion and hastened to reassure me that all renewal checks go to the same mailbox and to the same person who keeps track of membership renewals. She has been alerted to the situation and, as long as the checks are made payable to NHLA, your renewal will be credited to the proper organization.


Another solution is not to bother using the incorrect envelope and provide one of your own addressed to LGC, 25 Triangle Park Drive, PO Box 617, Concord, NH 03302-0617 or send it on the van via Concord…just a Friday thought.




Judy Haskell

Looking for a volunteer or two for NHLA Fall Business Meeting registration

If you are going to the NHLA Fall Business Meeting (a.k.a. Fall Conference) and plan on arriving bright and early, please consider volunteering at the Registration Table to assist attendees as they arrive. No heavy lifting required! If you’re ready to commit, just send an e-mail to and I’ll respond in a timely fashion.

Thanks in advance,

 Judy Haskell