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Still time to register for the NHLA Fall Business Meeting

For those who would like to attend the NHLA Fall Business Meeting on Thursday, November 5th at the  Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside and haven’t yet registered, please FAX your registration form to (603)224-5406 and mail your check to the Local Government Center, PO Box 617, Concord, NH 03302.

The last day to register is Friday, October 30th. The registration form can be found on the NHLA website.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Judy Haskell


Save the date!

The NHLA Fall Business meeting will be held on Thursday, November 5th from 9 to 3 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.  Although the program hasn’t been printed yet, the working title for the 1 day conference is "Relax, Respect, Reflect, Redux" – I use the term "working" loosely, because my primary goal is for us to mix business with pleasure, putting the emphasis on fun. More information will be forthcoming soon.

Hope to see your smiling faces there!


 Judy Haskell

Exciting News for NELA

Exciting News!


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect, will be joining us at the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference in October 2009. Dr. Alire will be leading a special ALA Forum on Sunday, October 18. Share your thoughts on how ALA should focus its efforts in the next five years. As her presidential initiatives, Dr. Alire will also be sharing her expertise and innovative ideas about Library Advocacy and Literacy in a presentation on Monday, October 19. View initiatives, biography and more on her official website: Dr. Camila Alire






NELA Annual Conference Preview



For those of you on Linkedin, a new networking group for the New England Library Association was started thanks to Joe Fox. Just type in NELA in the Search Groups field and you will find us. Please consider joining Linkedin and this new group to network and stay in touch with your fellow New England library workers.

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


2009 Emerson Greenaway Nominations Sought

Wanted: Great Librarians …
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Emerson Greenaway Award, which recognizes individuals who have had a "demonstrated impact on the library field in the New England region."
Established by the New England Library Association in 1988, the award honors Emerson Greenaway, an innovator in library organization and practice in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Mr. Greenaway received the first award, and subsequent recipients include Eleanor Hashem, Donald Vincent, Ann Flowers, Richard Olsen, Ching-Chi-Chen, Liz Futas, Anne Reynolds, Patricia Klinck, Marshall Keyes, Margo Crist, Kris Kardokas, Shirley Adamovich, Nolan Lushington, Lucy Gangone, and last year’s recipient Melody Allen.
Nominees must be, or have been, members of NELA. He or she should have made a major contribution to the field of librarianship in New England, such as:

* Development of outstanding services in a field of expertise, such as administration, reference services, technical services, etc.
* Involvement with developing library cooperation in New England
* Outstanding leadership in the field.
Nominations include a written statement chronicling the nominee’s achievements, his or her resume, and three letters of support, at least two of which are from persons outside the nominee’s home state. The award may be given posthumously.

Nominations must be submitted by June 1, 2009. For more information see the NELA website:
Emerson Greenaway Award forms:

Registration volunteers needed May 19th and 20th

I am looking for several kind individuals to assist with conference registration and sign-in on Tuesday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 20th. If you are available to help from 7:30 to 9:00 on either of those mornings, please e-mail me at  And if you’re going to be at Attitash on Monday afternoon and think you’d enjoy helping me put together conference packets sometime around 4 p.m.,  my gratitude will know no bounds.

Food Drive at NELA Annual Conference

NELA Executive Board and NELA Conference Committee 2008 are planning a non-perishable food drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, but we can’t do it without your help.

While you are preparing to pack for the Annual Conference, please consider setting aside some room in your suitcase for one or two non-perishable food items.

Urgently Needed Items

·       Protein items such as canned tuna or chicken and canned stews

·       Peanut butter

·       100% juice boxes (no glass please)

·       Canned fruits in light syrup, applesauce

·       Canned vegetables, tomatoes and tomato sauce

·       Soups

·       Healthy cereals

·       Pasta, rice

·       Dry beans


Donations may be left in the Conference Exhibit Hall. Arrangements are being made for Tuesday afternoon pick-up. Let’s work together to fill this Food pantry!

Also, the New Hampshire Electric Co-op has issued a financial Food Bank Challenge. Until October 31, 2008, they will match dollar for dollar all of the money raised through their Foundation. For more information on monetary donation, read the Food Bank Challenge website.

Thank you for your assistance in the effort to bring relief and aid to those much in need.

~NELA Executive Board and NELA Conference Committee 2008.

Get your game face on!

In two weeks, New Hampshire librarians will be competing against other New England librarians and vendors for the coveted Snail in a NELA-revised version of Trivial Pursuit.  Since New Hampshire is the host for this year’s conference, and since New Hampshire librarians are singularly smart, it behooves us to beat our brethren and sistren. We’re looking for several intrepid players and lots of audience participation. Please contact Judy Haskell at if you’re ready for this challenge!

NELA conference discount for early registration

If your registration for "Taking Charge of Change", the 2008 annual NELA conference being held from October 19th to 21st at the Raddison Hotel in Manchester is postmarked by October 10th, you can receive a 25-30% discount!

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Adult Programming Showcase 
  • Drop-In Resume Review
  • Easy Web Fixes
  • Help! The Teen Librarian Has Left the Building
  • Hot Topics in Technical Services
  • Leading by Example: Toward More Sustainable Communities
  • My College Freshman is Your High School Senior
  • Sophisticated Picture Books
  • The Vanishing Male: Guy Stuff that Lures and Hooks
  • Special Guest Authors: Simon Winchester, Cynthia Lord, and Michael Palmer
  • Special Guest Storytellers: Eshu and Motoko and Raouf Mama

Join us for all this plus award winners, discussion leaders, gamers, social hours, luncheons, exhibits, exhibits, and more exhibits!

Register by mail or online at


Emerson Greenaway Award

NELA has a very special award which is presented at their annual conference.  It is the Emerson Greenaway Distinguished Service Award for Librarianship.  The committee is now accepting recommendations for this award.  You can find a description of the award, criteria, and the nomination process at