Conference Catch-up: ALA Midwinter

Didn’t get a chance to see what the ALA Midwinter Conference had to offer in Boston last month? No worries.  CHILIS members Nicole, Amber, and Liz took notes to share with those who were #ALAleftbehind (as non-attendees tweeted over the weekend).


Nicole and Liz in the ALA Lounge with a view of the expansive exhibitors hall.

ALA Midwinter is a great conference for swag, and this one was no different.  The biggest publishers were there with piles of upcoming books to give away.  Tween and teen literature were particularly laden with freebies, but preview copies of picture books could be found here and there.  Author signings popped up too.  The line for Mac Barnett and  Jory John (of The Terrible Two fame) was particularly long and winding! The Book Buzz Theatre and the Pop-Top Stage had author and publisher panels running most of the time the exhibit hall was open, so you could drop in to hear about the next great thing in books.


Check out this book haul – picked up in just the first hour!

Great youth services panels included:

  • Creating Out-of-This-World Children’s Science Programming with Free NASA Resources:  This was one of the conferences “Deep-Dive Sessions,” i.e. extended intimate workshops that were being piloted for the first time at ALA Midwinter. At the workshop, about 25 children’s librarians were led through hands-on demos of three programs to try with children using NASA’s online resource in an effort to ease into STEM programming. The activities included creating a scale model of the solar system to literally “Jump to Jupiter,” testing different materials to keep an astronaut save from UV radiation using UV reactive beads, and discovering how space exploration has changed from Galileo’s time to now.
  • We Need Diverse Book panel: This is a hot topic, and rightfully so.  The ALA Midwinter session was standing-room only, and we heard from a panel of teen authors on how they have included diversity in their own books and why it’s so important diverse books get into the hands of students. Those who attended the NELA session will remember that the official site of the We Need Diverse Books movement has resources on how to pepper more diverse titles into your own readers advisory (and those that attend the upcoming NERTCL conference will get more info on that topic too).
  •  Curiosity Creates: Research and Best Practices in Creativity Programming for Children: This session was led by Erica Fortescue from the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in San Francisco. She shared interesting research findings on fostering creativity in children, tips for implementing those findings in your programming, and information about the Curiosity Creates grant that supports creative children’s programming. Check out their website for more information on their grants and resources.
  • And of course, the Youth Media Awards!  Getting to see this highly anticipated award ceremony in person was a treat, especially hearing all the gasps when a picture book (Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena) won the Newbery for the first time in years.

Liz and Nicole at the Youth Media Awards

If you are hoping to get to a more local conference to learn and network, have no fear.  Registration is open for both NERCTL’s One-Day Spring Conference on Friday, March 11th in Haverhill, MA (focusing on expanding your readers advisory skills) as well as our own CHILIS Spring Conference on Thursday, March 17th at its usual locale SNHU.  You can find out more info about each conference by clicking the links.

Did you attend ALA Midwinter or another recent conference or training event you found helpful? Please share in the comments!

NH Chapter Councilor’s Report from ALA Midwinter 2016

NH Chapter Councilor’s Report from ALA Midwinter 2016

I attended the ALA Midwinter meeting earlier this month  from January 8-12. It was great to have the conference so close by in Boston. I usually don’t mind the air travel, but what a delight to walk over South Station and be on a bus home within an hour of the end of the conference!

One of the highlights this conference was hearing about ALA President Sari Feldman’s Libraries Transform initiative. I’m not always wild about these initiatives and they often feel a little forced, but I think the Libraries Transform campaign is a great public relations opportunity for libraries. Feldman’s campaign attempts to shift the discussion from what libraries have for patrons to what libraries do for patrons. Feldman hopes the Libraries Transform campaign will offer libraries of all types and sizes the ability to speak with one voice and one message. Downloadable flyers, posters, and postcards as well as a toolkit including the top ten ways to engage with the Libraries Transform campaign can be found at Take a look.

All three Council sessions were under two hours each. Resolutions passed by Council included:

Resolution Against Islamophobia, ALA CD#32_1716_act 10 . Passed by unanimous hand vote.

Resolution Concerning Accessibility of ALA Conferences and Meetings for People with Disabilities, ALA CD#31_Rev_11116_act

This resolution was brought to Council by ASCLA after multiple complaints from members about accessibility issues at multiple conference. For example, at a past conference, a presenter who used a wheelchair had requested a podium on the floor in advance, but when they arrived in the room, the podium was up a few stairs and not adjustable. Additionally, there have been events held in venues with only stairs, accessibility issues with websites, and doors without automatic openers, to name a few.

While there are bodies in place for these complaints, actions are not being taken in a timely manner (if at all) and we wonder how many issues arrive at conferences that are not reported. A task force is now needed.

Motion passed. Voted yes.

Resolution on Replacing the Library of Congress Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens” with “Undocumented Immigrants”, ALA CD#34_ 1016_act.

This request was originally made by John DeSantis at Dartmouth College to the Library of Congress, but it was denied. Councilors hoped that ALA would make a statement supporting this change.

Motion passed. Voted yes.

CD#19- ALA CD 19.2 User Generated Content in Library Online Systems – approval of the interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights in the Intellectual Freedom Manual– passed. Voted yes (hand vote). Click on the link and scroll to the end of the Intellectual Freedom Committee’s report to view the complete text this interpretation.

Also in the Intellectual Freedom Committee’s report was an action item, the

Resolution for Restoring Civil Liberties and Opposing Mass Surveillance. It is also located near the end of the report. This resolution created quite a bit of discussion at Annual where it was referred to a working committee. The resolution passed in its revised form. It passed unanimously.

Council also passed a resolution honoring James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress Emeritus. Resolution passed. Voted yes.

Reports of various committees come to Council throughout the conference. They can be found here. I often find the Report of the Freedom to Read Foundation of particular interest. You can read it in its entirety here (ALA CD#22).

Resolution Supporting the 2015 Advocacy Implementation Plan, ALA CD#35_11116_act

Motion passed. Voted yes.

In addition to Council work, I continue to serve on the Council Orientation Committee. Participation included a meeting on Friday afternoon, orientation for incoming councilors on Saturday morning, and a make-your-own ice cream sundae reception for all councilors on Saturday evening.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference or ALA. On to Orlando in June!

Respectfully Submitted,

Amy Lappin


Fundraising ideas? We’d love them!

Dear CHILIS members,

Our new board has met several times since our inauguration in October and things are going swimmingly as we head toward our Spring Conference in March.  One board position remains vacant, however: that of our Fundraising Chair.

While that seat remains empty, the board is brainstorming together on ways we can raise funds for CHILIS to continue to provide NH youth librarians with resources to enrich their libraries and professional development.

One aspect of our services we wish to find a sponsor for is Summer Reading materials. We hope to find a local corporation that would love to have their name attached to children’s literacy and libraries.

Do you have an idea of who would fit that bill? If so, please email the board!  We’d love to hear your suggestions and will discuss them at our next meeting.

Want to have a more active role on the board as Fundraising Chair? Let us know! We’d love your input and ideas.

YALS meeting – January 28

YALS meeting January 28, 2016!
The meeting will be held at the Local Government Center (LGC) in Concord.  As always, any member of YALS, or anyone interested in YALS, is welcome to attend. Networking at 9:30 am and the meeting starts at 10 am.

Congratulations to our new CHILIS Board!

For the full Board, click on the image.

Executive Board (voting members)

President:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kristen Paradise, Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051

Liz Gotauco, Merrimack Public Library
470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054

Immediate Past President:                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tara McKenzie, Conway Public Library
15 East Main St/PO Box 2100, Conway, NH 03818

Nicole Giroux, Derry Public Library64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  03038

Judith G. Russell, Converse Free Public Library
38 Union Street, Lyme, NH 03768

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.”

YALS Elections Absentee Ballot

We will be holding elections at our next meeting on November 19th , 9:30 am @ the LGC in Concord. If you are a YALS member and cannot make the meeting, please use the Absentee Ballot.  Click here to download.

Station Eleven–A RTG Kit!

Station Eleven
We’re nearing 150 titles in our program. The latest is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Learn more here.

Another New Title!

euphoriaEuphoria by Lily King hosted by Amherst T. L. Click here for more information. –Diane

NHLA ALA Councilor’s Report from Annual in San Francisco

Here is a link to my NHLA ALA Councilor’s report from ALA Annual in San Francisco last month. Within the report are links to Council resolutions and Reports to Council. Please let me know if you have any questions about resolutions debated, the work of Council, or ALA in general. Council sessions never fail to be interesting, but with so many people passionate about libraries and library work in one room. one would expect nothing less!