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CHILIS Spring Conference Registration Is Now Closed

We look forward to seeing 150 of you at The Derryfield School on Thursday, March 30th for our annual spring conference, sponsored by Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS-NHLA). This year, we’ll focus on advocacy with Christine Friese, Assistant Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, and Summer Reading best practices. The Kids, Books and the Arts afternoon showcase will feature 11 presenters, including magicians and puppeteers.

As always, we’ll conduct a business meeting and present the CHILIS Librarian of the Year Award. Our raffle prizes will include a complete set of 2017 Ladybug-nominated picture books, a Lego™ basket, and the annual prize of $300 toward the cost of your Summer Reading KBA booking.  All this plus delicious food and ample opportunity for networking and sharing our successes and challenges. For the full conference schedule, click HERE.

We have reached capacity. Thank you!

CeCe Bell Accepts the 2016 Great Stone Face Award!

ALA NH Chapter Councilor’s Report from Midwinter in Atlanta

Amy Lappin

ALA NH Chapter Councilor

Report from ALA Midwinter, Atlanta, GA

Here are the highlights and action items from my time at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta from January 20-24, 2017. As always, I’ve tried to give you the highlights, but I’m happy to discuss any of these topics or ALA any time.

I should also note that at MW, I was elected by Council to serve on the search committee for the next ALA Executive Director. I am looking forward to this process and welcome input from NHLA members. It is exciting for NH and small libraries to have a seat at the table.

In addition to the regular work of Council, a Town Hall meeting was held directly after Council I on Sunday morning regarding association values in uncertain times. It was facilitated by Cheryl Gorman from the Harwood Institute.

Conversation revolved around these questions:As we think about the member dialogue sparked by the recent election, what is our intention? What’s the deeper purpose (the big “why”) that is really worthy of our best collective effort?

  • What do we know so far and what do we still need to learn about?

  • Are there specific areas where our core values are being challenged that need more attention than others?

  • As you reflect on the member discussion since the election, what’s taking shape? What are you hearing underneath the variety of opinions being expressed? What’s in the “center of the table”?

  • If there was one thing that hasn’t yet been said in order to reach a deeper level of understanding and clarity, what would that be?

The session was well attended and live-streamed on the American Libraries’ Facebook page. The video of the session remains on the page.

Council I, Sunday, January 22, 2017

Council I was kept short to allow for the Town Hall meeting described above.

At Council I, a vote was taken to bestow an ALA Honorary Membership to Ann Symons.

Voted yes. Unanimous vote.

Executive Board actions taken since Annual presented by Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director.

Council II, Monday, January 23, 2017

A motion was presented to amend 2015 ALA Strategic Directions by adding a 4th Strategic Direction: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, CD#35-35.2 & CD#37 (The original three were Advocacy, Information Policy, and Professional and Leadership Development).

The motion passed. I voted yes.

Policy Monitoring Committee report was presented by ALA Councilor Christopher J. Corrigan, Chair

ALA CD#17. Council was asked to vote on changes to the policy manual based on passed votes of Council.

I voted yes to each.

A passionate debate occurred over a resolution brought to Council by the ALA Executive Board in preparation for the upcoming search for an Executive Director. Resolution on the Education Requirements for Future ALA Executive Director, ALA CD#14-14.1_ACT.

I voted yes. In the end, I decided I was ok with strongly preferred. The vote was extremely close (78-75). If you are interested in the two sides of the topic, Steven Bell wrote an article, ALA Goes Looking for a Leader, Library Journal, January 26, 2017 addressing the issue.

Resolution Establishing Family/Caregiver Status as a Protected Class in ALA Volunteer Work, CD#31 passed and will go to Policy Monitoring Committee.

I voted yes.

Other reports of interest:

Constitution and Bylaws Committee Report

Freedom to Read Foundation Report CD#22


Council III, Tuesday, January 24

Memorials and tributes (with links to the resolutions)


McRee (Mac) Elrod, M-#1

Robert (Bob) Alan, M-#2

Valerie Bross, M-#3

Sandra (Sandy) Friedman Dolnick, M-#4

Nettie B. Taylor, M-#5

Ruth Gordon, M-#6

John Shuler, M-#7

Karen Avenick, M-#8

Warren (Jim) Haas


Emily Sheketoff, T-#1

Action Items:

COL/IFC Joint Working Group on the Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers, and Library Patrons, CD#42, 42.1, & 45

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) on behalf of its members:

  1. Grieves with the families and friends of all those victimized by gun violence;
  2. Calls upon the Directors of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to:
  • publicly announce that their respective agencies will resume funding non-political, comprehensive research on causes and effects of gun violence in the United States; ensure that such research, and any uses to which such research is put by the NIH or CDC, does not violate the letter of the “Dickey Amendment” prohibition on the advocacy or promotion of gun control; and
  • sponsor robust research for the dual purposes of “preventing firearm injuries” and identifying “ways to prevent firearm deaths… without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners”
  1. Encourages libraries to collaborate with appropriate local agencies to provide training and education

for library workers related to the presence of guns in the workplace; and

  1. Encourages libraries to support community discussions around all aspects of guns in society.

This resolution was a result of a working group formed after Annual 2016. The original resolution (CD#45) can be found here. The resolution above was brought to Council by the working group for substitution of CD#45.

1st vote… to substitute/replace… Motion passed. Voted yes.

2nd vote… on replacement as it stands? Passed. Voted yes.

Committee on Legislation CD#20

Deaf Culture Digital Library Working Group postponed indefinitely. Needs to be more developed before ALA takes action. Council voted on the motion to postpone, CD#46.

Voted yes. Motion passed.

Intellectual Freedom Committee

CD#19-19.10_act  Resolution on Access to Accurate Information as Amended. The full resolution can be found on the last page of the Intellectual Freedom Committee Report (link above). The Resolved clauses read as follows:

Resolved, the American Library Association reaffirms the resolution on Disinformation, Media Manipulation and the Destruction of Public Information approved in 2005 (2005 ALA CD #64).

Resolved, ALA opposes the use of disinformation, media manipulation, and other tactics that undermine access to accurate information;

Resolved, ALA encourages its members to help raise public consciousness regarding the many ways in which disinformation and media manipulation are used to mislead the public;

Resolved, ALA urges librarians and library workers to actively seek and provide sources of accurate information that counter disinformation;

Resolved, ALA supports the critical role public, academic, and school librarians in teaching information literacy skills that enable users to locate information and evaluate its accuracy;

Resolved, ALA will pursue partnerships with news organizations, journalism institutions, and other allies to promote access to accurate information and defend the role of journalists and the free press in American society.

Passed. Voted yes.

FY 2018 Programmatic Priorities, CD#13.1_act

Strategic Directions for framing budget direction. The priorities for FY 2018 include:


Equitable Access to Information and Library Services

Education and Lifelong Learning

Intellectual Freedom

Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession


Organizational Excellence

Transforming Libraries

Voted yes. Motion passed.

Report from Conference Accessibility Task Force, CD#37_inf

Working on a survey going out in mid February re: people’s experiences with accessibility at conferences.

ALA Annual will be in Chicago from June 22-27, 2017.
Respectfully submitted,
Amy Lappin

NHLA Chapter Councilor, 2016-18

Member, ALA Council Orientation Committee, 2015-2017

Member, ALA Executive Board Search Committee, 2017-18

Deputy Director

Lebanon Public Libraries

Lebanon, NH


READS Spring 2017 Roundtables: Book Discussions and Community Reads


Register here by clicking on the date below.

DATE                        LOCATION
March 24, 2017     Pease Public Library, Plymouth
April 3, 2017          Lebanon Public Library, Kilton Branch, West Lebanon
April 5, 2017          Hooksett Public Library
April 13, 2017        Lane Memorial Library, Hampton

Payment can be completed online during the registration process. Checks should be made out to NHLA -READS and sent by van or mail to
Belmont Public Library
PO Box 308
Belmont NH 03220
van: Belmont/ Belmont Public Library
attn: Eileen Gilbert

Questions? Eileen Gilbert,

October 2016 CHILIS Fall Conference

Luci Albertson, Bedford Public Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives fun thank-you gifts from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

Sarah Hydorn, Amherst Library and 2016 Great Stone Face Co-Chair, receives similar thanks from outgoing President Kristen Paradise.

President Kristen Paradise says thank you to Susan Laun, Portsmouth Public Library and CHILIS Membership Chair, with a familiar can and white bag.

Kristen Paradise, Hudson Public Library and outgoing CHILIS President, expresses her appreciation to Kristin Readel, CHILIS Conference Co-Chair, with the same gifts.

Ann Hoey, Youth and Adult Services Coordinator at the New Hampshire State Library, receives a THANK-YOU DONUT AND SELTZER from outgoing CHILIS President, the thoughtful and creative Kristen Paradise.

Liz Gotauco, formerly of Merrimack Public Library and outgoing CHILIS Vice President, says goodbye with a seltzer cheer, as we wish her the best at her new position in Rhode Island.

Amber Coughlin, newly elected CHILIS President, accepts Kristen’s yummy thank-you gifts for her work as NERTCL Rep to CHILIS.

Sarah Hydorn introduces CeCe Bell, author and illustrator of the Great Stone Face Award-winning EL DEAFO, accepting the honor via video. Click on her picture to read Sarah’s speech.

Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of the New Hampshire ACLU, spoke on Privacy and Confidentiality of Children in Libraries.

Our luncheon speaker, the affable Paul Durham (LUCK UGLIES), titled his speech, “Teller of Fibs.”

Our panel for “Shine during Storytime:” Benjamin Van Vliet of Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon (music and movement), Tanya T. Roberts of Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford (crafts and games), and Carol Sanborn of Hampton Falls Free Library (puppets).

Carol Sanborn, doing what she does best!

A rapt audience.

A good time was had by “young” and “old!”

Flume and Isinglass Nominations

We are collecting nominations for the Flume and the Isinglass Awards. Please encourage teens to submit nominations of recently published fiction or nonfiction that appeals to readers in grades 7-12.

Nominations are accepted online at the Flume/Isinglass page at The award committee is planning to select the two lists this spring, which will be voted on in April 2018. The vote for the 2017 Isinglass will take place in April. No Flume Award will be given in 2017, but teens should submit nominations of their favorite new titles at any time.

Please contact Ann Hoey with your questions.

YALS meeting

Our next YALS meeting is Thursday, May 25th at the Local Government Center, 25 Triangle Dr.,  Concord.  The meeting is scheduled from 10:00-12:00.    Any YALS member is invited and encouraged to come.

In addition to the officers’ reports, we will be discussing the Fall Conference, the Flume and Isinglass book awards, new YA books and programming ideas.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ending 2016 With More RTG Kit Titles

This month we’ve added four new kits to the READS-TO-GO program:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart, hosted by Nesmith L., Windham

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, hosted by Hooksett P. L.

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman, hosted by Derry P. L.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, hosted by Rochester P. L.

Book these, or any of the more than 150 RTG kits, through NH KitKeeper.

–Diane Mayr

Call for Proposals: ACRL- New England 2017 Conference

NHLA librarians! Is anyone collaborating with a college library in their area? Come share at the ACRL-NEC Annual Conference next May in Burlington, VT! Let’s widen the scope of librarianship across public, school, special and academic libraries. With ever increasing budget cuts on all fronts, how can we pool resources to serve the public and our students and fulfill our mission as libraries?

The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (ACRL New England Chapter)
invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference

“Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century”

Friday, May 12 @University of Vermont Conference Center, Burlington, VT

It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century. This exciting topic will be kicked off by keynote Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard Library.

The Program Committee is interested in receiving proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and posters that speak to the following questions:
• In this era of reinvention, how are we reframing ourselves, the work that we do, and our libraries?
• How are we communicating around this shift within our institutions and beyond?

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the reframing of:

• Our professional identities and roles within the library, on campus, and in society
• The development and provision of library and archives collections to users
• Cataloging and metadata practices
• Efforts around diversity and inclusion in our profession and on our campuses
• LIS education: Are we graduating technologically- and information-literate librarians?
• Professional development, collaboration, training, and supervision
• Research and publication in library and information science
• Education and advocacy on issues of scholarly communication, copyright, and licensing
• Public services: liaison, instruction, and reference work
• Data services and the library’s role in research data management, data education, and open data
• Assessment, and our role in broader institutional efforts around student success and retention, accreditation, and learning outcomes
• The institutional context of the academic library, including institutional structures, cross-departmental collaborations, and faculty status issues

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals. To submit a proposal, follow this link: ACRL-NEC Proposal Submission Form

The deadline for proposal submission is midnight on Dec 2, 2016.

Questions should be directed to the ACRL/NE CPC Programming Committee:
ACRL-NEC CCP Program Committee

Karin Heffernan -SNHU
Maric Kramer-Wheelock College
Mike Kemezis-Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Erica Cataldi-Roberts-MCPHS
Kathy Layer-Western New England University
Andrew Haggarty-Anna Maria College

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Our Mission

Intellectual Freedom Committee Mission & Responsibilities

The mission of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the New Hampshire Library Association is to uphold principles of intellectual freedom in New Hampshire by offering education, advocacy and support to New Hampshire’s libraries.
The Committee offers educational opportunities to librarians in the areas of intellectual freedom principles, censorship, patron privacy and confidentiality, and policy development.
The Committee publicizes and promotes American Library Association initiatives such as Banned Books Week and Choose Privacy Week, and shares national information related to intellectual freedom and open access.
The Committee also provides support to any NH library facing an intellectual freedom challenge.