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Immediate Action: First steps in NHLA response for IMLS support advocacy due NOW!

Can New Hampshire Libraries lead the way in garnering Congressional support for libraries?

Here is a chance for library staff, trustees, Friends, volunteers and patrons to tell Congress how important libraries are in New Hampshire. First, the ALA has asked for our help before April 1 ( asking Congressional House members to sign the FY18 appropriation letters. (Senators will be asked later) Ask all your stakeholders and then friends and family across the state and the country to speak out as well.

Then get involved for the long haul…

As you know, the White House budget that was released last week calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums.  You have likely also seen State Librarian Michael York’s letter concerning our NH delegation in Washington. So what is the most effective way to get and stay involved and aware of what is happening over the long period between now and a final budget?
Here’s what you can do right now:

1.  Sign up via this web page to receive updates on the #SaveIMLS effort

2.  Become informed! When the opportunity to speak to friends, family, neighbors and other local stakeholder arrives, know what you need to about IMLS and its work with libraries, here in NH and across the nation.
–Visit to learn about the money sent to each state.
–Take a look the interesting map showing where IMLS monies have been going recently – look at NH and then share with others.

3.  Gather stories and send them to We will collate and have them for our Legislative Day visits and beyond. Consider our audience: how has your library changed lives? In addition to numbers, gather and share stories about job hunters, “new Americans”, entrepreneurs, career changers, career explorers and others. Topics that resonate with elected officials include things that save money or make solid investments in education and jobs. Youth literacy is another talking point and anything helping to keep young people in school, through high school and beyond. Please ask permission to use a name and town to personalize where possible.

4.  A handwritten letter or a phone call has twice the value of an email. Now that you are informed and have some stories, you are ready to contact representatives as the occasion appears. Put your representatives in your Contacts. Do you know how to reach your Representative and our Senators? Save email, phone and addresses:

5.  Like, if you have not already, IMLS, ALA and PLA on Facebook

6.  If you are a regular Twitter user, follow our NH delegation on Twitter and encourage others to do so: Here are the Twitter handles for US Senators and Representatives
Our Senators and Representatives are good at updating on Twitter. And while our delegation may not necessarily need a lot of pushing, making our voices heard is a good tradition and will be shared out to other states for their members of Congress to see.
If you wish to tweet yourself, please be clear, brief and focused. Here are some samples:

Sample Tweet
Students depend on libraries to succeed in school & prep for jobs. Say no to cutting the Institute of Museum & Library Services

Sample Tweet
Job seekers depend on libraries for internet access and research. Say no to cutting the Institute of Museum & Library Services

Sample Tweet
NH residents depend on access to research databases. Say no to cutting the Institute of Museum & Library Services

7.  Talk with local media – perhaps you or a trustee can write a letter to the editor. Tie an advocacy message to a library program and get a two-for-one with your local media.

Youth/Teen and school librarians specifically:
–Want to take further action to support teens and libraries?  Check out the free online resources YALSA offers.
–Use the sample messages in this document to contact the offices of your members of Congress
–Use the resources on YALSA’s wiki

We will post appropriate resources, news and stories to the NHLA website so stay tuned, stay informed and keep advocating.
Questions? Please feel free to contact me, NHLA President Marilyn Borgendale or Legislative Committee Chair Randy Brough.

Thank you.
Christine Friese, Chair, Advocacy Committee

2017 Spring Conference, May 4th and 5th

The New Hampshire Library Association invites you to attend the 2017 Spring Conference:

A Sea of Change
Thursday and Friday, May 4th and 5th
Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth

Registration is Now Open!!!

Visit the conference website:

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to navigate a sea of change in libraries with fellow library professionals as we network and motivate one another to provide New Hampshire with excellent library services. If you are interested in learning more about marketing your library, digitization, facilities projects, copyright issues, and much more, take a look at the schedule. Keynote speakers will be Gene Ambaum of the library inspired comic strip, Unshelved and motivating librarian George Needham.

We are offering special rates for NHLA members. Not a member? Join now to receive a reduced rate and join us in Portsmouth for fun and professional development.

Find out about hotel rates and information and NHLA’s cancellation policy.

Carl Heidenblad receives Geisel Award


left to right: Denise VanZanten, who submitted the nomination on behalf of GMILCS, Inc.; Carl Heidenblad; Amy Lapointe, NHLA Awards Chair; Jenn Hosking, NHLA President

At the 2016 Annual meeting at the Hooksett Public Library, Past President Amy Lapointe announced Carl Heidenblad as the recipient of the 2016 Ann Geisel Award of Merit. All those traveling north on Route 3 enjoyed seeing Carl’s name flashing on Hooksett’s electronic billboard.

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. This award is named in the memory of Ann Geisel, who personified “distinguished service to the New Hampshire library community.”

Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals and Carl’s name clearly belongs among those ranks. One nomination described him as “an extremely knowledgeable administrator who makes the job of running a town library seem easy.” Several nominators mentioned his relationships with people, leading with a positive attitude and showing people genuine respect. He’s a good listener. He challenges his staff to discover and develop their talents. He leads with honesty, respect and courtesy, not just on good days, but every day. He has vision, embracing news ideas and trends, anticipating changing needs as the community evolves.

Carl has worked beyond his local library and has served on the board of several organizations including MerriHillRock, NHLA and GMILCS, and last year worked with NELA as a NELLS mentor.

Many, many New Hampshire librarians view Carl as a mentor, a leader, a friend and a trusted resource. Because he has been there for so many with advice, friendship, support, words of wisdom and, very importantly, a sense of humor, NHLA is pleased to celebrate Carl Heidenblad as the 2016 recipient of the Ann Geisel Award of Merit.

NELA Conference Early Bird Registration — Special Invite

amy-einsteinRegister by September 16th to be eligible for EARLY BIRD PRICING & to attend a special breakout session with Keynote Speaker Amy Eisenstein – “How to Start or Grow Your individual Giving Program” from 11:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday, October 16th!  Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this sessions.

This session is designed for executive directors and development staff who want to raise significantly more money for their organizations by making the leap into individual/major gift fundraising, but haven’t had the courage or know-how to get started.

Complete Program Schedule Available*

Decide which days of conference you will be attending by viewing our preliminary program schedule.

Hotel Information
To ensure a hotel reservation, make sure to book early!  Visit our personalized hotel website to book your room today!  Or view hotel information at a glance on our conference website.  You can also call and ask for the NELA conference group rate, 978-777-2500.

Please note that the hotel’s indoor water park Coco Key will be CLOSED on Monday AND Tuesday.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change.


Mary Danko, 2016 Conference Chair
Megan Bishop, NELA Events & Communications Coordinator




2016 NHLA Fall Conference and Business Meeting Nov. 3

Mark your calendar for November 3, 2016

The NHLA Fall Conference and Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Hooksett Library. The day of Teaching Tech will include:
•    A talk on Tech Competencies by Jessamyn West
•    A program on Coding in the Library by Sara Vale, an instructor with Girls Who Code, and Sam Lucius
•    Lightning round presentations by other creative NH librarians
•    Food, awards and networking.
You will receive more details in the next few months, but save the date as this is a meeting you won’t want to miss!
Marilyn Borgendale
NHLA Vice President

Carol Roberts Receives Geisel Award


RobertsTaggartOn Sunday evening, October 24, Carol Roberts of Wilton, NH received the New Hampshire Library Association’s Ann Geisel Award of Merit. Roberts is the former director of the Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library.

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. Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries by providing library services or advocating for library issues in NH and beyond.RobertsAward

During Roberts’s tenure at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, the number of library cardholders doubled, and the number of materials circulated also nearly doubled. She oversaw a renovation project that helped bring 21st century technology to the building while still preserving its historic essence.

In 2012, Roberts came out of retirement to lead the Pelham Public Library as interim director, and went on to do the same at the Jaffrey Public Library in 2014. She was also the chair of the New Hampshire Library Association’s READS Programming Committee, which offers professional development to reference and adult service librarians. In letters nominating Carol Roberts for this award, colleagues described her as a mentor, “a dedicated, selfless professional”, “a remarkable and tireless library promoter and supporter”, and “a role model for service and dedication in our field.”

Nominations for Ann Geisel Award of Merit

Nominate! It’s time to recognize those colleagues who stand out from the crowd for their dedication, inspiration, innovation…

Please take a moment to submit a nomination for the Ann Geisel Award of Merit. Individuals, libraries, and organizations are all eligible for this award.

If you know a person (or library, or organization) who has made a significant contribution to library service, now’s the time to recognize that contribution! The award will be presented at the NHLA annual business meeting.

For details, please see:

Deadline for nominations: June 30

Submit to:

Linda Taggart, NHLA Past President
c/o Nashua Public Library
2 Court St.
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 589-4645

Internet Privacy for Library Patrons Workshop

Internet Privacy for Library Patrons Workshop with Alison Macrina, Presenter, Kade Crockford, Devon Chaffee, and Gilles Bissonnette – Co-Presenters
Friday, January 16th from 1-4pm @ the Hooksett Library


Alison Macrina, will facilitate a free workshop, co-hosted by the Hooksett Library and NHLA-ITS, on how to promote internet privacy for patrons using our libraries.

Alison is an IT librarian at the Watertown Free Public Library in Massachusetts and patron privacy specialist. She has been conducting patron privacy workshops in conjunction with the ACLU throughout the Northeast. She has also been teaching patron computer classes about online privacy and has organized a series of workshops for Massachusetts librarians to get up to speed on the ins and outs of digital surveillance.

Also presenting will be:

Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts:  An introduction to current issues of surveillance and privacy, focusing on government and corporate surveillance. Kade will address how privacy rights fit into the greater mission of libraries as democratic institutions committed to intellectual freedom, and how surveillance threatens the core values of librarianship defined by the ALA Library Bill of Rights.

Devon Chaffee and Gilles Bissonnette, ACLU of New Hampshire: A privacy rights primer for librarians covering federal, state, and local laws, and including tips on what to do in real-life library situations where privacy rights are threatened (eg receipt of a National Security Letter, police demanding search or seizure of library computers, etc).

Intended for all library personnel, including Directors, Library assistants and even pages, this workshop will take place on Friday, January 16th, from 1-4pm @ the Hooksett Library.

For more on Alison’s work…

Please register for this workshop @…


NHLA Election Results

Attention all NHLA members: These are your new officers!

Jenn Hosking, Nashua Public Library:

Mary White, The Howe Library, Hanover

Deann Hunter, Laconia Public Library
Assistant Treasurer

Congratulations and thank you, new officers! Thank you officers who have just completed terms. And thank you to all of the officers maintaining your current posts.

We love our NHLA volunteers!


We had a Geisel Winner this year! The Ann Geisel Award of Merit went to Susan Brown of Derry Public Library.

These are excerpts from her nomination letters:

She is one of the smartest and most professional librarians I’ve met in my 20+ years working in libraries. One of the reasons I so enjoy her is that she is shares my interest in mentoring and nurturing young people entering the library profession. She is skilled at recognizing other staff member’s strengths and supporting them.

She is perhaps the most professional individual I have ever met…I’ve never known anyone in any profession who prepares better. Put another way, Susan does her homework! Without her unparalleled mentorship and guidance, it would have been extremely challenging, if not impossible, for me to arrive where I have today.

 I hold Susan in the highest regard both personally and as a colleague. Her many professional achievements and contributions to the New Hampshire library community make her an ideal choice to receive this award.

 I am a better Librarian and person for knowing Susan and I am proud to support her nomination for the Ann Geisel Award of Merit.

Congratulations, Susan! And thank you to the colleagues who recognized her excellence.

2014 NHLA Ballot

And without further ado, the 2014 NHLA Ballot.

Please keep in mind that all ballots should be returned to Laconia Public Library before October 29, 2014. For further information regarding proposed bylaw changes, to be voted on at the Fall Business Meeting on November 7, please refer to our September 3 post.