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FYI: Call for Proposals: ACRL/NEC 2018, “Failing Forward”

New Hampshire academic librarians or school/public librarians collaborating with colleges or universities are invited to submit proposals to ACRL New England’s Annual Conference.

Call for Proposals

“Failing Forward: Experimentation and Creativity in Libraries”

2018 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference
Friday, May 4, 2018
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor
Plymouth, Massachusetts

We often talk at conferences about projects that went well. In contrast, we rarely discuss initiatives that failed, or unexpected obstacles that forced us to find another route to success. In our 2018 Annual Conference, the ACRL New England chapter is highlighting experimentation and creativity in college and research libraries by acknowledging that missteps and roadblocks are all part of the process. Join us in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in May 2018 to talk about “failing forward.”

We want to hear about your innovative ideas that went bust; your project development blunders; your event planning faux pas! Tell us how failure has helped you and your library to learn and grow. Give us insight into the missteps that have led you to unanticipated success. How has expanding your capacity for failure helped you to take risks and experience breakthroughs?

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals by January 19, 2018.

See the full call for proposals, including session formats, submission requirements, and the link to submit a proposal, on the conference website:

Questions? Email the 2018 Conference Planning Committee at

ACRL-NEC Annual Conference – Registration closes April 21st!

The Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter invites you to attend its 2017 Annual Conference:

Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century
Friday, May 12 at the Davis Center, University of Vermont, in 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.
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?
Join us for a day full of professional enrichment, loaded with fantastic programming, networking opportunities, and ideas that will pique your curiosity and challenge your intellect. Since we’ll be situated in beautiful Burlington, we encourage you to come for the conference, stay for the weekend!
Not already a member of ACRL New England? Join our organization today!


Want to save money on travel to the conference? Try using Rideshare this year!

Interested in saving money during your stay in Burlington? Try homeshare this year, and stay with a VT library colleague!

New England Assessment in Action Symposium

ACRL/New England Chapter and the Massachusetts Library System present:

The New England Assessment in Action Symposium
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 9am-3:30pm
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

One of the biggest challenges for academic libraries is how to measure impact and communicate value to campus leadership and accreditors. Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success is an initiative undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries in order to help academic librarians build their skills in carrying out data-driven assessment projects.

Join us for this program to hear from your New England colleagues who participated in AiA, and learn how the academic library community might build on its success at the national and regional level.

The program will include:

  • Keynote address by Irene Herold, 2016-17 ACRL President
  • Panel of AiA participants who will share their experience with the program
  • Poster presentations on action research projects conducted by AiA teams from 17 New England institutions
  • Roundtable discussions on challenges and opportunities in developing and sustaining library research projects

View the full program, including speaker information, poster abstracts, and resources:

$40 Members of ACRL/NEC and MLS
(NOTE: MLS membership is institutional, not individual. If you work in MA, be sure to check the MLS directory to find out if your library is a member.)
$50 Nonmembers

Register online

Current Trends in E-journals, August 18th, Boston

The Serials and Electronic Resources Interest Group (SERIG) of ACRL/New England Chapter invites you to join your Serials/E-Resources Colleagues from the New England area for a half-day program on “Current Trends in E-Journals” with three guest speakers at:

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Griffin Building (6th Floor)
670 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

The program will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (continental breakfast and networking 9-9:30, program begins at 9:30).


Lois Bacon, Director, Publisher Services at EBSCO
E-Journals: The Vendor & Publisher Perspective

Deborah Lenares, Manager, Acquisitions & Resources-Sharing, Wellesley College
Alternatives to Subscriptions: Trial and Error at Wellesley College

Janet Belanger Morrow, Head, Resource Management, Northeastern University Libraries
Trends in Licensing and Related Copyright: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

There is no charge for this program but we ask that you register because space is limited and we need to know how many people to expect.

Full information about the program, directions, transportation, parking, and registration:

We hope to see you there!

SERIG Co-Chairs: Helen Aiello, Wesleyan University and Margaret Lourie, Lourie Library Consulting

Program Host: Joanne Doucette, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

SNHU Academic Archive Now Accessible Worldwide

Here’s an interesting development in the world of NH libraries…

Student research from Southern New Hampshire University is now available worldwide in the SNHU Academic Archive, an online repository of student achievement, faculty research, and university archival material. It may be accessed from This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Alice Platt"The Academic Archive was created to make previously inaccessible faculty and student scholarly output freely available to anyone anywhere in the world," said Alice Platt, digital initiatives librarian. "Making papers and presentations from SNHU faculty and students available online is a great benefit for individuals conducting research; particularly those in rural areas who do not have research libraries nearby.”

The flagship collection is a selection of student thesis projects and dissertations from Southern New Hampshire University’s Community Economic Development program. Dating from 1983 to the present, the projects tackle a range of issues such as housing, local agricultural development, child care, and HIV/AIDS. Previously, the projects were only available from the Shapiro Library on SNHU’s campus. 

Read more in the press release,

Way to go SNHU, and Alice in particular!

ACRL New England Conference, May 14, 2010

Embracing Our Electronic World: Challenges and Promises for Academic Libraries
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Spend a day discussing the impact of our shifting information landscape, the evolving roles of academic libraries and librarians in a networked world, and the opportunities for innovation that come with rapid change.  The conference will feature speaker, Lisa Hinchliffe (Vice-President/President-elect of ACRL), presentations from ACRL/NEC Special Interest Groups (, and will offer opportunities to network with your colleagues and discuss the latest library products and services with our sponsoring vendors.

Registration will begin mid-January, 2010.  For preliminary conference information please visit :

ACRL invites proposals for 2011 National Conference

From the ACRL Insider blog…"ACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2011 National Conference to be held in Philadelphia, March 30 – April 2, 2011.  The full text of the Call for Participation is online.

The ACRL 2011 National Conference theme, “A Declaration of Interdependence,” reflects the idea that in order to be successful, libraries must cooperate with each other and interconnect with their campus communities.  ACRL invites individuals to submit their most innovative or radical proposals to help make ACRL 2011 a truly revolutionary conference."

Various NHLA Google Groups, or, How Do We Communicate

CommunicationYou may not know it, but some NHLA sections have created Google Groups for communicating within their section. Here are links to the Google Groups for the Information Technology Section and the Academics Section.

CHILIS has its own listserv, which you can access via their website, or here: . CHILIS also has an online newsletter named Red Hot CHILIS News which you can also access via an RSS feed. Very cool.

Speaking of communication, another way to communicate with NHLA members is by leaving comments on blog entries. Recently, there was a technical glitch with our blogging software, and submitted comments weren’t getting regularly reviewed and posted, but that’s been fixed, and comments should be reviewed fairly quickly now. (In fact, if you submitted a comment in the last few months, it’s been published earlier today.)

New Scholarships and Awards available

New Scholarships and Awards available for ACRL/NEC members:

  • ACRL/NEC Annual Conference Scholarships for Librarians and Library Staff (six scholarships)
  • ACRL/NEC Annual Conference Scholarships for Library School Students (six scholarships)
  • Continuing Education Scholarship (one scholarship; up to $500)
  • Best Paper Award (one $250 award)

Take advantage of these funding opportunities!

See for more information.

Applications are due on January 31, 2008.

Section By-laws

Hi Folks,

Steve Butzel gave us a wonderful clear and concise tutorial on posting an entry to the NHLA blog yesterday at the Executive Board meeting in Concord.  Here’s my contribution:

As By-Laws Chair, one of my responsibilities is to ensure that each section has submitted a copy of its By-laws to the Executive Board each year – NHLA BY-LAWS, Article 6 – Sections, Paragraph C – Duties of the Sections. #2  “Present a current copy of the Section By-laws to the Executive Board each year.”

I’m attempting to earn my keep.  Please send a current copy of your By-laws to me at  And Thank You, Ann Hoey, for sending CHILIS By-laws first thing this morning!

Catherine Redden,
By-Laws Chair