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CHILIS Fall Conference Presentations

Here are the presentations by Ken Jue on childhood hunger and mental health from the CHILIS Fall Conference:

Food Insecurity and Hunger in New Hampshire

Creating a Strategic Plan for children’s mental health in New Hampshire

CHILIS Fall 2012 Conference Documents

If you are coming to the CHILIS Fall Conference on Thursday, October 18th, please take a few minutes to read the following documents in preparation for our business meeting:

Thank you! We’ll see you on Thursday!

NHLA Fall Conference – Nov. 8, 2012

The NHLA Fall Conference and Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Gunstock Mountain Resort.  Here’s what you have to look forward to:


Robert E. Dunn Jr., New Hampshire Library Association lobbyist, shareholder, Devine, Millimet & Branch, Professional Association

Did you know that NHLA has had a lobbyist for nearly twenty years? ROBERT E. DUNN is the organization’s current lobbyist. He will be discussing the present legislative environment and NHLA’s work in Concord. Find out exactly what our lobbyist does and learn how NHLA impacts legislative issues.

Bob Dunn teaches Lobbying and the Legislative Process as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and is the chair of Devine Millimet’s Legislative and Governmental Affairs Practice Group. Bob’s practice is focused primarily on representing clients before the New Hampshire legislature, executive branch departments, and administrative bodies such as the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. Bob represents clients in a wide variety of areas, including health care, religious institutions, energy, public safety, and telecommunications.


Mary S. Searles, NH Law Library
Kathy Fletcher, UNH School of Law

Ever had a distraught person standing in front of you looking for legal information NOW? What about the tenant or landlord who wants to know all about evictions? Two New Hampshire law librarians offer tips and techniques for handling those tricky legal reference questions. Focus will be on handling difficult questions and being aware of the potential pitfalls involved when providing information to patrons.

MARY S. SEARLES is the director of The John W. King New Hampshire Law Library, the state’s only public law library. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was coordinator of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral, Reduced Fee and domestic violence programs as well as the Bar’s public information pamphlets and Pro Se Divorce Book.

KATHY FLETCHER has been a law librarian for almost twenty years. She joined the University of New Hampshire School Law in 2004 and prior to that worked at the New Hampshire Law Library. She also was a law librarian in Wiggin & Nourie, PA, in Manchester, one of the state’s oldest and largest law firms.


Author CAROL LEE ANDERSON tells the little-known story of the development of winter sports and skiing in the Lakes Region, from before the construction of Gunstock through present-day efforts to preserve the resort’s rich history. Included will be stories of skiing greats Torger Tokle and Penny Pitou as well as coaches Gary Allen and Bill Trudgeon. Anderson’s book won the 2011 Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association. She is currently writing a book about the life of cartoonist and Archie creator, Bob Montana, and his life in the Lakes Region.

More information—

The registration deadline is Friday, October 25, 2012. Download the registration form and send it along if you would like to join us.

The YALS, CHILIS, and READS fall conferences are all coming up soon! More information can be found under the “Conferences” tab at the top of the page.

CHILIS Fall Conference – Thursday, October 18, 2012

The CHILIS Fall Conference will take place on Thursday, October 18 at the Best Western Hotel in Hampton, NH. Hosted by Lorreen Keating of the North Hampton Public Library, the conference will offer diverse topics of interest to children’s librarians:

  • Dealing with Patrons with Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges – Susan Mead, Community Educator & Outreach Director of Greater Nashua Mental Health Center; Ken Jue, retired CEO of Monadnock Family Services and Chairman of Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire
  • Isinglass Book Talks with Isinglass Committee
  • Luncheon Speaker/Book Signing – Steve Cotler, author of Great Stone Face nominee Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything
  • Early Literacy Panel – Patty Falconer, Hampstead Public Library, Susan Laun, Portsmouth Public Library, Keene Public Library

Download the registration form for more information.

The Conference registration deadline is October 2, and registrations should be sent to Patty Falconer at the Hampstead Public Library.

Librarian of the Year & Spring Conference Photos

The CHILIS Librarian of the Year award is presented annually at our spring conference to honor a current youth services librarian who has contributed significantly to enriching library services to youth in New Hampshire.  The 2012 award went to Jan Streelman of the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham.

Jan Streelman - CHILIS Librarian of the Year 2012

In her award presentation, President Kathy Tracy said—

The list of her accomplishments is long and includes countless dynamic programs, both in the library and in the larger community….  A standout mention by both nominators is her make a Make-a-Difference Club, which offers children the opportunity to engage in service projects for the community.  Clearly her dedication to children must give her boundless energy!  She has excelled in every area of librarianship…

Her director states, “This library would be missing a piece of its heart without Miss Jan and the community would be much poorer.”  In her own nomination letter, her assistant director emphasizes how very special Miss Jan is to everyone—colleagues, parents, teachers, community members, and most of all the children.  She states, “I cannot imagine a better friend and colleague than Miss Jan.”

Congratulations, Jan!

Here are a few more photos from the spring conference:

Vyette and Jonathan at the 2012 Spring Conference
Merrimack Children’s Librarian Yvette Couser and her husband Jonathan get ready to rock out to their summer reading song.

Ann at the 2012 Spring Conference
NH State Youth Services Coordinator Ann Hoey addresses the audience.

Gail and Pam at the 2012 Spring Conference
CHILIS board members Gail Drucker and Pam Stauffacher sell raffle tickets.

Digital Summit and Membership Meeting on 6/1


The New Hampshire Library Association will offer a day-long Digital Summit and spring membership meeting on Friday June 1st at Hooksett Public Library.  With many more questions than answers about digital media and how libraries can respond effectively, this summit hopes to provide the latest information on digital content as it relates to libraries and new ideas about how to integrate digital media into your library resources and services.

Panels and speakers include:

  • Speaker from ALA highlighting the latest news from publishers and vendors of digital media
  • Cheryl Abdullah, director of the Dover Town Library (MA) – a finalist for Library Journal’s 2012 Best Small Library in America (“Small” in national standards is under 10,000 population; Dover has a population of 6,000)
  • Breakout sessions at lunch including OverDrive Advantage subscribers; eReader lending; NHDB leadership discussion; staff training ideas; and “I don’t want to talk about digital anything at lunch”
  • Panel discussion: How to Justify Digital Content in your Budget
  • Panel discussion: Beyond Downloadable Books

The membership meeting is extremely important this spring.  We plan to officially add two sections (YALS and IT), re-ratify our membership dues per our by-laws, and adopt a few by-laws revisions due to changes that have occurred since the last revision in 2006.

The cost to attend the day is FREE if you are an NHLA member and bring your own lunch.  There will be a $10 fee for lunch, payable upon registration, if you so choose.  Anyone with dietary restrictions should plan to bring their own lunch.  If you are not a member of NHLA and wish to attend, you can become a member when registering.  REGISTRATION FOR THIS SUMMIT IS REQUIRED EVEN IF ONLY ATTENDING THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  This is to ensure we have a quorum of NHLA members.

Registration forms will go out on March 30th, with a deadline of May 18th.  Mark your calendars for an information –packed day with your colleagues!

Scenes from the Fall Conference

A few photos from the 2011 CHILIS fall conference:

Lita Judge at the CHILIS fall conference
Lita Judge

Lita Judge at the CHILIS fall conference
Lita Judge

Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith at the CHILIS fall conference
Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith

Avi at the CHILIS fall conference

Avi at the CHILIS fall conference

The photos were taken by Gail Zachariah (more here). Many thanks to Gail and the Keene Public Library for hosting the fall conference.

2011 NHLA Fall Conference on 11/4

The New Hampshire Library Association’s annual fall conference will take place on Friday, November 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Local Government Center (LGC) in Concord, NH.  We have an exciting slate of speakers on hand, including our first-ever presentation in Skype/Webinar format by Valerie Gross, CEO of the Howard County Library System in Maryland.  Valerie will explain a simple and effective strategy that will make all of us, our libraries, and our profession indispensable.  It does not require changing anything we do – only modifying what we say.  Other presentation topics during the day include Facebook Liability; When They Don’t Come – Trends in Library Programs; and Rapid Reviews.

To download a full brochure including a registration form, click on the Fall Conference button on the left side of the NHLA web site home page.  Directions to the LGC are also available in pdf format on the conference web page.  Registration deadline is Friday October 21stREGISTRATIONS ARE LIMITED TO 70 ATTENDEES DUE TO LGC ROOM CAPACITY LIMITATIONS.  We will cut of registrations at 70 attendees, so reserve your spot now by sending in your payment!

For questions, please contact  Lori Fisher, NHLA VP/President-Elect, at 603-224-7113 or  Hope to see you at the conference!

2011 READS Fall Conference on 10/7/11

This year’s READS fall conference, Collections on the Edge: Rethinking Reference, Non-Fiction, and Local History, will be held on Friday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.  Speakers include Brian Herzog, creator of and Head of Reference at the Chelmsford (MA) Public Library; a panel of NH librarians on re-thinking Dewey; and Donna Gilbreth, Supervisor of Reference and Information Services at the NH State Library.

Registration deadline is Friday September 16th, with fees at $30 per READS member and $35 per non-READS member.  This fee does include a hot buffet lunch.

To download the full conference brochure and registration form, visit the READS website upcoming programs page.

Please consider attending this exciting and relevant conference!  For more information, please contact any READS board member (listing at

Register Now for the Spring Conference

The New Hampshire Library Association welcomes librarians from libraries of all types and sizes in New Hampshire and surrounding areas to the 2011 Annual Spring Conference on May 5th and 6th in Manchester, NH at the Center of New Hampshire Conference Center.

At our opening session on May 5th, this year’s Catherine Redden Lecture will be delivered by David Macaulay, author, illustrator, and Caldecott Medal winner for his book, Black and White.  With an additional 39 sessions ranging from youth book awards to tech tips to management strategies, there is a lot to learn and share.  Whether you work in academic, public, school, or special libraries, you will find programs of interest.  Administration, adult, young adult, children’s and technical services are all represented in the assortment of programs planned.

Please visit the conference website for the program schedule and registration form.