NHLA Executive Board Minutes, January 18, 2005

Location: Local Government Center, Concord, NH

Present: Catherine Redden, Carl Heidenblad, Randy Brough, Rob Sargent, Heather Shumway, Doris Mitton, Gail Drucker, Mary Ahlgren, and Jennifer Bone

The meeting was called to order by President Catherine Redden at 2:14 p.m.

Minutes: The minutes of the December, 2004 meeting were approved as written after correcting the summer reading program name to "Camp Wannaread " in the CHILIS section.

President's Report:


  • FOLUSA request for information about Friends of Library information for N.H.
  • Letter from Freedom to Read asking if we want to renew our chapter membership. Mary moved that NHLA join; Rob seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
  • Note from Lesley about NELLS
  • Requests to present at Spring Conference (forwarded to Deb Ross)
  • An online blog for the NHLA board has been set up by Beth Strauss at www.msnspaces.com.

Catherine suggested that an email link be added to the main NHLA webpage that would allow one email to go to the entire board. Jennifer will set this up.

Treasurer's Report:

Carl has had trouble getting together with Better Bookkeeping, but he thinks he now has everything ready for the auditor. Paperwork will be submitted to change signers on the accounts. Carl passed out a balance sheet as of December 31, 2004. There was discussion about what kind of reporting should be done monthly. Consensus was that a monthly expenditure report that compares expenses to corresponding lines in the budget would be useful as well as a monthly balance sheet.

Treasurer's report will be sent for an audit.




Fall Conference - will be held November 3, 2005. One possibility: Mary Russell has contacted Doris about doing a program on "One City, One Book." This could be combined with other book discussion group topics. Mary Ahlgren suggested offering more than one option.


CHILIS: order forms for SRP materials are on the CHILIS website. They will be sent out in paper form to libraries soon. Marty Kelley is the artist.

CHILIS did not receive a lot of summer reading program funding this year. Gail said that when CHILIS looks for corporate funding, they are always asked whether they have enough money to be self-sustaining for 3 years, which explains why they need to keep a high balance in their account. This year, CHILIS gave $2500 to Kids, Books and the Arts, and will be offering $1000 in mini-grants for performers who are not on the KBA roster but have been on the roster in the past and go along with the summer reading program theme. CHILIS members may apply for these mini-grants beginning in March. CHILIS also offers scholarships for CHILIS conferences as well as the NH Libraries conference.

READS: READS will hold 3 round table discussions on ILL during March & April. Registration information is coming soon. READS is sponsoring a program on volunteers for the spring conference.


Legislation: Randy wondered if NHLA should respond to the proposed legislation about school media specialists/reading specialists. Randy will write up a draft statement and send it to board members for revision.

Pay Equity Interest Group: is visiting coops. Interested coops should contact Heather Shumway.

Intellectual Freedom Committee: is meeting in February. Anyone interested in participating should contact Mary Ahlgren.

Continuing Ed: a mini-money grant of $200 awarded to Jennifer Bone for an online class through the University of Washington.

The meeting adjourned at 3:18.

Next meeting will be February 15, 2005 at the Local Government Center.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer Bone, Secretary