CHILIS Spring Conference 2015 Committee Reports

Please read  CHILIS Committee Reports before the CHILIS Spring Conference Business meeting on March 5.

ALA NH Councilor Report – Midwinter 2015 Chicago

I have summarized the Council proceedings below. If you are interested in reading more, the title of the report or the bolded resolution is a link to the full document,

Additionally, I had hoped to participate in a meeting with a representative of the IRS while in Chicago. A meeting had been scheduled for public librarians to voice concerns regarding the limited availability of tax forms and the impact that is having to libraries and their patrons. The 5th largest storm in Chicago’s history prevented the IRS representatives from flying in. While this was disappointing, Emily Sheketoff from the ALA Washington office is planning a conference call and I am hoping to participate in this later this month. Unfortunately, this may be too late to adequately assist our patrons this year.

ALA contends that they don’t have programming at Midwinter,  but they find some great speakers. I was able to hear Scott Bonner, Director of the Ferguson Public Library speak in a session titled “Leading in Times of Crisis.”  Bonner led the audience through the timeline from the day Michael Brown was shot through the days after the grand jury findings were released stopping to give us time to think about what we would do. Did you know that he had been on the job just one month when Michael Brown was shot? He is a compelling speaker with a story to tell.

During my time in Chicago, three Council sessions were held. Additionally, I attended nightly Council Forums and a Chapter Councilor’s Forum and I am now serving on the ALA Council Orientation Committee. We met once and held an evening reception for councilors (cheesecake on a stick, anyone?).

Work Completed During Council Sessions:

Ninety minutes of Council I were devoted to a discussion session on ALA Strategic Directions in groups of 5 or 6. While I sometimes dread these general exercises, this proved fruitful interesting. Three areas were addressed: Advocacy, Information Policy, and Professional & Leadership Development. The conversations were around what would success look like in each of these areas and how might we get there.

An example for advocacy might be, “Success would be a school librarian in every school.” How do we get there? “Have librarians contact their senators and representatives. Not just school librarians advocating for themselves, but having academic librarians speak to the preparedness of students from schools with and without a school library when they reach college.” There were many ideas generated and turned into ALA President Courtney Young who will be synthesizing the information and releasing it soon.

Action Items voted on by Council during Midwinter:

A Resolution Denouncing Recent Assaults on the Freedom of Expression as Exemplified in the Attack on Charlie Hebdo. The was brought to Council by J. Douglas Archer, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. It is on page 5 of the Report of the IFC Report (linked above). Council approved this resolution. I voted yes.

A Resolution Urging Library Directors to Encourage and Support United for Libraries Memberships for Each of Their Trustees.  Brought to Council by Susan Schmidt, United for Libraries Councilor. Council approved the resolution. I voted yes.

Resolution on Preserving Public Access to Scientific and Technical Reports Available Through the National Technical Information Service. Brought to Council by Vivian Winn, Chair of the Committee on Legislation. It can be found on page 3 of the Committee on Legislation Report (linked above). Council approved the resolution. I voted yes.

Resolution Recognizing and Supporting United Nations, Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Its 70th Anniversary.  Presented to Council by Loida A. Garcia-Febo. The full resolution can be found on page 4 of the IRC Report (linked above).

Resolution on the Destruction of Libraries and Schools in Gaza in 2014 presented by Jane Glasby, Councilor-at-Large. Resolution was defeated. I voted against the resolution.

Updated Accreditation Standards presented by Mary Stansbury, Chair of the Committee on Accreditation during her report to Council.

Updates to ALA Policy presented by Henry Stewart, Chair of the Policy Monitoring Committee. All three updates passed by Council. I voted yes.

Recommendation to place an amendment to the ALA Bylaws on the ALA membership spring 2015 ballot: Amend Article XII of the ALA Bylaws to state: Robert’s Rules of Order in the latest edition, shall govern the Association in all cases to which it can be applied and in which it will not be inconsistent with the Constitution, the Bylaws, or special rules of order of the Association. Council approved placement of this amendment on the ballot. I voted yes.

Reports presented to Council:

ALA President’s Report by Courtney Young, ALA President

ALA President-Elect’s Report by Sari Feldman, ALA President-Elect

Executive Director’s Report by Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director

Treasurer’s Report by Mario Gonzalez, ALA Treasurer

Budget Analysis and Review Committee Report by Pat Wand, Chair of BARC

Endowment Trustees Report by Rod Hersberger, Senior Trustee

Nominating Committee Report, Teri Switzer, Chair

Report of the Intellectual Freedom Committee by J. Douglas Archer, Chair of the IFC.

Report of the Committee on Legislation by Vivian Winn, Chair

Report of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by Trevor Dawes, Chair.

Report of the International Relations Committee presented by Loida A. Garcia-Febo, Chair of the IRC.

Report of the Policy Monitoring Committee , Henry R. Stewart, Jr., Chair

Report of the Committee on Organization by Mary Rzepczynski, Chair

Report of the Freedom to Read Foundation by Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Chair


As always, I am happy to answer any questions about the work of Council or questions about ALA. If I can’t answer your questions, I will find someone who can.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Lappin

ALA Chapter Councilor, 2013-15

Deputy Director

Lebanon Public Libraries

Lebanon, NH


Help Select Titles for the Flume Award List

If you would like to help choose the final ten titles for the next Flume Award list, please join us at the selection meeting on Tuesday, March 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Merrimack Public Library. We welcome those new to the Flume and anyone else interested in teen reading!

Please let Ann Hoey know if you can attend.

Flume Readers

If you are a teen librarian or someone who enjoys reading teen books, please consider becoming a “Flume reader.” “Flume readers” are those who are willing to read books on the nominated list of Flume Award titles and who are then willing to add comments about the books on the Flume wiki. The Flume selection committee uses feedback on the wiki to develop the final list of nominations. If you are interested in reading nominated books to help us select the final list, please visit the Flume wiki at, sign up to join the wiki, and then add your comments.

We are looking to develop the final list by March 17, so we need all comments by then. Thanks!

If you have any questions, contact:
Ann Hoey
Youth Services Coordinator, NH State Library

Registration is open for READS 2015 Spring Roundtables

READS Roundtables 2015 logoJoin READS for their Spring 2015 Round Table Discussions, taking place in four locations around the state in March and April. Registration deadline is March 2.

Learn more and find registration info.


Seeking More Flume Nominations

We are looking for more nominations for the next Flume Award! Please encourage teens to submit their nominations of their favorite titles by Friday, January 30. Teens can enter their nominations using the online form link on the following page:

Thanks for supporting this NH award.
If you have questions, contact:.

Ann Hoey
Youth Services Coordinator
NH State Library

Join YALS!

Have you thought about joining YALS?  It’s very easy to do.  When you renew your NHLA membership, just check off the box next to YALS.  It only adds $5 to your overall cost.

Your $5 –

  • Gives you voting privileges for elections and other policy decisions.
  • Invites you to attend bimonthly meetings (no meeting in summer) to discuss issues in teen services, programming ideas, and new materials and network with other library staff serving teens.
  • Gives you discount registration fees for YALS conferences and workshops.
  • Gives you the opportunity to serve as YALS delegate to other library associations (NERTL, YALSA, NHSLMA).

Join us, we are a fun group. Connect and Engage!

Barb Ballou, Children’s Librarian
Whipple Free Library, New Boston
YALS President

CHILIS Spring Conference: March 5, 2015

Please join colleagues and friends at the CHILIS Spring Conference, which will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Southern NH University in Manchester.

The morning offers programs about graphic novels and the nuts and bolts of summer reading as well as the presentation of the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. The afternoon features the Kids, Books and the Arts Showcase.

We are asking you to complete both an online registration as well as a brief printed form to be sent with your registration check.  Register online at, then fill out this form to send with your check.

Conference Schedule and Directions to SNHU can be found here.

The conference registration deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015.

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Flume Nominations Due This Month!

Nominations will be accepted until January 23, 2015.

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…

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