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NHLA Spring Conference Reminder

Hello, NH Librarians!

Time is running out to register for the 2014 NHLA Spring Conference at the beautiful Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa on April 23rd and 24th! Registration deadline is April 11th. To guarantee a room at the Inn, make your reservations (mention the NHLA conference to get the discount) by Monday, March 24th.

Remember, you can register online using Paypal, or

Download the registration form and mail it in.

Be sure to check out our schedule of the events, and

read the program descriptions.

All of the 2014 Spring Conference information is available at the Website under the Conferences tab. Hope to see you there!

New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)

Left to right: Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library, NH Mentor; Betsey Mahoney, Baker Free Library, Bow; Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy; Sophie Smith, Nashua Public Library; and Chelsea Hanrahan, New England College.

Left to right: Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library, NH Mentor; Betsey Mahoney, Baker Free Library, Bow; Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy; Sophie Smith, Nashua Public Library; and Chelsea Hanrahan, New England College.


The New England Library Association is proud to announce that four librarians from New Hampshire have been chosen to attend the 2013 New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS.)  Founded in 2002, NELLS is an intensive one week symposium for early to mid-career librarians, library staff members, Friends and Trustees.  This year’s program will be held July 29-August 2 at the Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA.  As in past years the Symposium will be led by nationally-known library leadership trainer and the Immediate Past President of the American Library Association, Maureen Sullivan

New Hampshire participants are:

Catherine Callegari, Director of the Gay-Kimball Library in Troy, NH.

Chelsea Hanrahan,  Distance Services Librarian/Assistant Professor at the New England College in Henniker, NH.

Betsy Mahoney,  Library Assistant at the Baker Free Library  in Bow, NH.

Sophie Smith,  Supervisor of Teen Services at the Nashua Public Library.

Each year a Mentor Librarian is chosen from each participating state, and for 2013 the New Hampshire Mentor will be Dianne Hathaway, Director of the Goffstown Public Library, and a former member of the NELA Executive Board.    

The New Hampshire Library Association has been a partner with NELA throughout the history of the NELLS program.  NHLA supports the Symposium with contributions and works with NELA to promote the program and select participants.

This year’s NELLS is the fifth time the Symposium has been held; previous classes have occurred in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011. 

A Big Thank You to New Hampshire Libraries

A Big Thank You to New Hampshire Libraries
by Julie Steenson
Earlier this spring, in my dual role as Inter-Library Loan Coordinator at the Whipple Free Library (WFL) in New Boston and volunteer for the NH Department of Corrections, I sent out an email to NH’s public libraries asking for help in serving a most under-served population – the women at the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit of Concord, NH.
Shea Farm is the transitional housing for women after they leave the Goffstown facility and start their reintegration into society. Shea Farm is in Concord but very remote, and the women generally walk long distances to get to their jobs or any public transportation. They have very limited library services and no access to downloadable books. New Boston’s own small Playaway audiobook collection had low circulation, which gave me the idea that maybe NH libraries would be willing to donate Playaways for these women so they could listen to audiobooks on their walks and jogs. WFL Director, Sarah Chapman gave full support to my project.
The response to the email request was inspiring. Even libraries that didn’t have Playaways expressed a desire to help. Thirty Playaways were donated, including many recent titles. Christine Cook, Unit Manager for Shea Farm, asked me to share these words with NH’s public libraries, “The Playaways are a wonderful donation and the women at Shea Farm really appreciate listening to all the great books. Thank you so much for your generosity and thinking about the women at Shea Farm.”
A special thank you to the following libraries for their generous Playaway donations: Abbie Greenleaf/Franconia, Barrington, Chesley/Northwood, East Kingston, Silsby/Charlestown, and Whipple Free/New Boston.
Julie Steenson is Inter-Library Loan Coordinator at the Whipple Free Library in New Boston, volunteer for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, and a full-time Master’s of Library & Information Science student at Simmons College.

National Library Legislative Days

National Library Legislative Days –The NHLA Presidential Report

National Library Legislative Days are a chance for librarians from across the country to come together and petition their representatives in the House and Senate for renewed federal funding and to gain attention for the issues that most affect libraries. ALA Washington, D.C. hosts the event, provides training opportunities and social activities, and supplies packets of materials for librarians and legislators about key issues. Here’s what my experience was like:

Monday May 6th kicked things off with a “pre-conference” training or “newbie” training for first timers to Legislative Days. In truth there were plenty of veteran attendees there, too. This meeting was held at the ALA Washington office (on NH Avenue!) and included speakers who had worked as congressional staffers. It was very helpful to learn the do’s and don’ts for meetings with representatives. They told us to prepare ourselves for the youth of the staffers (seriously, I don’t think I saw any one of them over 25), research our legislators on social media, and don’t forget to actually ask for what you want.

Tuesday, May 7th was a day of briefings on all the issues of concern to libraries on a national level.  I have to confess that this was a little overwhelming. (For anybody who wants to see what we were doing–video briefings, PDFs with key issues are available at the National Library Legislative Day Web Site There was a speaker from the Pew Research center, and several people and panels stressing the importance of federally funded programs. SO much info. Lots of homework for me.

Wednesday, May 8th Meetings Day. Michael York had arranged our meetings and we were fortunate to see somebody in all four of our Congressional Representatives’ offices.  In speaking with other attendees of Legislative Days, I know not all visitors were so fortunate. We had a brief meeting with Senator Jeanne Shaheen and a follow up meeting with one of her staff assistants. Later, we met with legislative correspondents in Congresswoman Shea Porter’s office, Congresswoman Kuster’s office, and Senator Ayotte’s office. In each case I feel we were able to impress upon them the crucial role of federal funds (LSTA monies) to NH libraries. In all but one case the person was from NH.

Since our meetings, Senator Shaheen’s and Congresswoman Kuster’s offices have “liked” NHLA on Facebook and begun to follow NHLA on Twitter.  Senator Ayotte’s office said they would consider itJ. I have received warm follow up emails from all four staff people with whom we met. I hope that this is a sign of positive connections made during our brief stint in the Nation’s Capital. Many thanks to Michael York, NH State Librarian and Randy Brough, NHLA Legislative Liaison, for their help and support throughout the happenings.

I met many wonderful people from all over the country last week, and heard about their organizations. It was a terrific experience, and I am fortunate to have had this great opportunity. I was honored to be representing NHLA at this important event.

Diane Lynch, NHLA President, 2013

NHLA supports joint statement regarding e-content pricing

The NHLA Executive Board has voted to support a joint statement with other state library chapters and ALA regarding the pricing of e-content. Additionally, ALA has just launched an E-book Media and Communications toolkit that may help libraries become better advocates for fair pricing that can be found at this link.

An article that discusses the joint statement in American Libraries’  “Inside Scoop” can be found here.

The text of the joint statement approved by the NHLA Board is as follows:

The New Hampshire Library Association has approved the following joint statement:

The American people long ago realized the importance of creating and maintaining a literate and informed citizenry. Publishers, authors, distributors and literary agencies have long recognized the important role played in our society by our libraries. In the past, they have supported libraries by providing purchasing discounts of printed materials, promoting authors and working with librarians to increase accessibility and enjoyment of the written word.

In this technological age, libraries must stay responsive to the public and deliver the written word in both electronic and print formats. The Indiana Library Federation, the New Jersey Library Association and the Montana Library Association are increasingly concerned about the publishers and distributors whose policies withhold e-content from library users.

Libraries, like other consumers, should be free to buy any published e-content at competitive prices, to keep these items in their collection and to loan them to their patrons. Anything less violates basic democratic principles of a free market, freedom of speech and equitable access. If financial barriers are removed in libraries, all citizens would have equal access to this material.

The Indiana Library Federation is in agreement with the Montana Library Association which asks publishers of e-content to place libraries on a level playing field with other consumers of e-content. The cooperative relationship among publishers, authors, distributors and agents must be restored.

We are aware that the American Library Association is our national voice to advocate for access to content for all members of our society and that the ALA has a Working Group on Digital Content in Libraries examining many of the issues identified above.

The Indiana Library Federation, the New Jersey Library Association and the Montana Library Association strongly oppose the actions by publishers and distributors who set unfair conditions for the sale of e-content to libraries. These conditions include unfair pricing, controlled distribution, restricted ownership and reduced access of e-content.

We join with the American Library Association and the other state chapters to speak out and vigorously oppose these discriminatory policies. We applaud the work of the Working Group on Digital Content in Libraries and urge them to identify strategies for libraries to address the significant barriers to equitable access to content created by these discriminatory policies.

Diane Lynch, New Hampshire Library Association, President

CHILIS website now hosted with NHLA domain

The CHILIS website has been moved to the same webhost as NHLA’s website, and its new URL is Thank you to Cathy Marciniak, Youth Services Librarian at the Fuller Public Library for making the switch.

Fall Business Meeting Evaluation Form

Thanks to everyone who attended the Fall Business Meeting this past Thursday, and thanks to Amy Thurber who put the entire event together!  Now we all need to download the evaluation form, fill it out, and send it to Amy via email, (her email address is on the form.)

Here are some links to websites for projects mentioned in different presentations.  If anyone else has additional links to suggest, please send them to

Wild and Wacky Programming

Casey Bisson

READS Fall Conference Program and Registration Form

As you all hopefully know, the READS Annual Fall Program and Business Meeting is taking place on October 26, 2007 at the New Hampshire Local Government Center, and the theme is “People, Places and Things:  Security in Today’s Library.”  And now, you can download the schedule of events and the registration form here.  How convenient!  So why not download the form, print it out, fill it in, and send it back to the Local Government Center right away!  You are sure to get your money’s worth.

Want another reason to attend?  You will get to see the presentation of the 3rd annual READS Award of Excellence.

Handouts from blog tutorial

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s executive board meeting and blog tutorial.  Here are the two instructional documents I handed out during the tutorial.

Be sure to spread the word about the blog to your colleagues.

NHLA Newsletter Deadline

If you are interested in submitting content for the next NHLA newsletter, please send your articles to Becky Clerkin by February 12th (or 13th at the latest!)  By the way, here’s a sneak preview of what to expect in the next newsletter:

  • President’s Greeting
  • NHLA Member Profile:  Academics
  • Information on the Spring Conference
  • Information on the Summer Reading Program
  • Ladybug Award
  • Information from CHILIS
  • Hot Happenings:  From a Co-op