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EBSCO offers five scholarships to attend 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The meeting takes place Jan. 15-19, 2010, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues.
Each EBSCO scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and one of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship money is to be used for conference registration, travel and expenses.

Deadline for entry is Nov. 23, 2009, and the application information can be found at:

Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than Dec. 15, 2009.

To apply, candidates must complete the application criteria and submit an essay that answers the following question: “What do you believe to be the biggest challenge in managing electronic resources in libraries today, and what solutions do you envision?” Essays and applications will be judged by a jury designated by ALA.


CHILIS Fall Conference, now is the time!

Ever thought about attending a CHILIS conference even though you aren’t a children’s librarian? If so, this is a great year to go. The day will feature programs by Mary Danko, librarian, and nationally acclaimed speaker Anita Silvey, author, publisher and reviewer. (Read more about Ms. Silvey below.) The all-day conference costs $35 for CHILIS members and $45 for non-CHILIS members.

You can find the registration form on the CHILIS website at  Send the registration form along with your check payable to CHILIS to Nancy Lang at the Dunbarton Public Library, Then email Nancy Lang to tell her you plan on sending your registration and check this week. 

More about Anita Silvey
From The author of 100 Best Books for Children and 500 Great Books for Teens Anita Silvey has devoted 35 years to promoting books that will turn the young — and families — into readers. To do this she has appeared frequently on NPR, "The Today Show," "60 Minutes," and radio programs in the United States and Canada to talk about books for children and teenagers. As  Publisher’s Weekly  has said "It would be hard to find a more authoritative voice than Anita Silvey." 

Source: Photo by Todd France.

Upcoming NHLA Events

Thursday, October 15, 2009
CHILIS Fall Conference
at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH

Friday, October 23, 2009
READS Fall Conference: Marketing Your Library
held at the Local Government Center in Concord from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday, November 5, 2009
2009 NHLA Annual Business Meeting
will be held at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH from 9:00 – 3:00pm

Free public lecture by David Macaulay in Hanover on Saturday, May 2

Spend the day in Hanover on Saturday, May 2 and enjoy a free public lecture by artist and writer David Macaulay at 3:00pm, Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center. Please spread the word to library staff, trustees and the public. We have beautiful posters from Dartmouth to promote the event. Let us know if you would like us to send a poster to you on the van.
Howe Library, Lebanon Public Libraries, Norwich Public Library (VT) and The Friends of the Dartmouth College Library invite you to attend a public presentation by David Macaulay. The four libraries are cooperating to sponsor this event and to bring together as wide an audience as possible to enjoy David Macaulay’s program.
David Macaulay, MacArthur Fellow, Caldecott Award Medalist, and acclaimed artist and writer will present a public program about his work on Saturday, May 2 at 3:00pm in Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover. A reception and book signing will follow at the Top of the Hop. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage all librarians, trustees and members of the public to attend.

David Macaulay’s books highlight art, architecture, history, engineering and design with a generous measure of humor and have broad appeal for adults and children. His work attracts the curious mind of any age and intrigues those who love to learn and explore. David Macaulay’s modest description of himself as an “explainer” belies the ease with which he conveys complex ideas through his detailed illustrations and precise use of words.

Macaulay’s most recent book is The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body. Other well known titles are Cathedral, CityMosque, Pyramid and The Way Things Work.

David Macaulay’s books highlight art, architecture, history, engineering and design with a generous measure of humor and have broad appeal for adults and children. His work attracts the curious mind of any age and intrigues those who love to learn and explore. David Macaulay’s modest description of himself as an “explainer” belies the ease with which he conveys complex ideas through his detailed illustrations and precise use of words. Macaulay’s most recent book is Other well known titles are , ,  , and .
Note: Hanover parking garage on Lebanon Street is near the Hopkins Center.
For more information please contact Howe Library at 643-4120 or visit the web site: or contact Lebanon Public Library at 448-2459 or visit the web site:

NHLA Annual Meeting Speaker Preview #2

Two additional speakers in the Adult Literacy Program session will be Nancy Ladd and Louise Hazen from the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner, NH. Here’s a bit of background about them and their literacy program.

Nancy Ladd and Louise Hazen

Nancy Ladd, Library Director at Pillsbury Free Library in Warner NH since 1985, started adult literacy programming in 1999 at the library with the assistance of Louise Hazen, as volunteer coordinator, and an LSTA Literacy Program grant for materials and publicity.

Louise Hazen holds an M. Ed. with various certifications including Reading Specialist, General Special Education and Learning Disabilities. In addition to working part time at the Pillsbury Free Library, she volunteers as the Adult Literacy Program coordinator and as a literacy tutor. Prior to working at the library, she was frequently involved in volunteer adult literacy work during her career in teaching.

Started in 2000, the Adult Literacy Program at Pillsbury Free Library is volunteer-based, with library funding and grants providing materials and publicity as needed.  Second Start Adult Tutorial Program of Merrimack County provides free G.E.D. pretest clinics, some materials, and Tutor education. They also partner with Kearsarge Regional High School’s Adult Diploma Program, which was begun in 2004. Some grants included funding for materials and programs in several other area libraries.

NHLA Annual Meeting Speaker Preview #1

As of tomorrow morning, the long awaited NHLA Annual Business Meeting event will be just a short week away. So I thought I’d start giving you a little more information about some of the speakers you’ll be hearing from.

Elizabeth SabolOne of the speakers in the adult literacy programs session will be Elizabeth Sabol, Executive Director of the Learn To Read program at the Manchester City Library. Beth discovered her passion for adult literacy in 1990 when she became a volunteer tutor and then a tutor for the Adult Literacy Project, Palm Beach County Library System.  In 2001 she joined the adult literacy program at the Manchester City Library as the program coordinator.

Under her leadership, the number of one-on-one matched, adult learner pairs, has grown over 300%.  The program has achieved accreditation from ProLiteracy America and sustains a very active board of directors. Beth has developed innovative approaches to teaching lifelong learning skills as the foundation for literacy instruction.

In addition, Beth is an assistant vice president of leadership and professional development
at TD Bank University.

2008 Annual Business Meeting Announced

It’s official! Plans for the 2008 NHLA Annual Business Meeting have been finalized, and a brochure/registration form can now be downloaded here. The meeting will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, and the theme of the day is "21st Century Information Literacy: Patrons & Librarians".Information Literacy

Here is an overview of how the day is planned:

9:00-9:30: Registration and Continental Buffet Breakfast

9:30-11:00: "Adult Literacy Programs, Keys to Success" featuring presentations by Beth Sabol (Manchester City Library), Judy Fournier (Fuller Public Library in Hillsboro, NH) and Nancy Ladd (Pillsbury Free Library in Warner, NH).

11:15-12:30: "Federated Searching Case Study: NELLCO" featuring presentations by Tracy Thompson Executive Director of the New England Law Library Consortium and Roberta Woods, Assistant Professor of Research at the Franklin Pierce Law Center and the Pierce Law Library.

12:30-1:30: Lunch Buffet

1:30-2:00: Annual NHLA Membership Meeting

2:15-3:30: "21st Century Information Literacy" featuring a presentation by Heidi McCann, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Biographies for each of the presenters will be provided along with other detailed event information on the Fall Business Meeting webpage. Please direct questions to me (skbutzel at or give me a call at 603-766-1711. I hope to see you all in Nashua!

CHILIS Fall Conference

The CHILIS Fall Conference will take place on Thursday, October 16 at the Littleton Elks Lodge in Bethlehem, NH.

The conference is hosted by Steffanie Smith of the Littleton Public Library.

Conference programs will include presentations/discussions on the following topics:

  • Evaluating children’s materials about Native Americans

  • Bringing books to life with songs and sounds

  • Serving individuals on the autism spectrum.

The CHILIS Business meeting will open the conference with an election of board members and an important discussion about the fate of the Summer Reading Program. Fred Reidy of Puppet World will again be on hand to help you choose that perfect puppet.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the CHILIS website at

The registration deadline is Friday, October 10. Please note that checks should be made payable to CHILIS and that the registration forms should be vanned or mailed to Gail Drucker at the Laconia Public Library.

READS Fall Conference set for October 24th

READS members will meet at the Local Government Center in Concord for the annual Fall Conference. This year’s topic is "How to Best Serve Your Disabled Population."   The annual business meeting and announcement of the READS Award for Excellence will also take place.  8:30am- 3pm, Friday October 24th.

Print or download a brochure here:

NHLA 2008 Annual Business Meeting

The 2008 NHLA Annual Business Meeting is not far away, and not surprisingly, I’ve been getting a number of questions about when it is going to take place. The answer is, Thursday, November 6, 2008. Where will it take place? At the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, just off Exit 8 on the Everett Turnpike.

According to my tentative schedule, registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 9:00am and run through 9:30am. The first session will began at 9:30am and the final session will probably finish sometime around 3:30pm. Lunch will be provided in the middle of the day, to be followed by our business meeting.

I’m not yet giving out any specific information about the three sessions I have planned for you, but suffice it to say that there will be a good variety of topics and a terrific collection of speakers and panelists. The one hint I will give out is that the theme of the day will have something to do with 21st century information literacy, both for patrons/customers/students and librarians.

As soon as I have my final speaker officially confirmed, I will share the complete agenda for the day with all of you, but if you’d like to receive advanced notice of the official agenda by text message, send me your address, and I’ll put you on my list. Just like the Obama campaign! (I am not endorsing Obama for President. Just stealing his marketing scheme!)

Finally, I know that Nashua will be a long drive for many of you. I sincerely hope that will not deter you from coming to the meeting. In fact, I’m working on confirming a vendor/sponsor and then devising a way to use this money to provide some sort of travel discount for those of you who will be coming from far away. No promises yet, but I am trying!

I hope you are all enjoying the last stages of summer and embracing the return of students to your libraries.