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Upcoming events

I’d like to announce three upcoming NHLA-ITS events. On June 24th, ITS will hold its first hands-on content management system working group meeting. We will begin building a library website using Drupal, an open source content management system application. The event will be held at the Hooksett Public Library and runs from 10am-12noon. (We thank Mark Glisson and Heather Shumway for hosting us in Hooksett!)

On July 15th at 10am, ITS will hold its first official quarterly drop-in meeting. We will be meeting at the beautiful Portsmouth Public Library, and we’ve blocked out up to two hours for the meeting. While we will discuss a few organizational issues, the remainder of the meeting will be for open discussion of IT topics librarians are facing, battling, dealing with or considering dealing with. All existing members and anyone who is interested in becoming a member (it’s free!) are welcome. If you do plan to come, please email me so I’ll have an idea of how many people to expect. And why not plan on going out for lunch in downtown Portsmouth afterwards! (We thank Sue McCann and Mary Ann List for hosting us in Portsmouth!)

On July 28th from 10am-12noon at the Madison Library, ITS will be holding its first North Country Roundtable Discussion on the topic of open source software. The discussion will be facilitated by The Bobbi Slossar of the NH State Library. Everyone is welcome. Please email Madison Library Director Mary Cronin if you plan on attending this meeting, so she’ll have an idea of how many to expect. (We thank Mary for hosting us at the Madison Library!)

And if you can’t attend any of these events, but are interested in joining NHLA-ITS and perhaps attending future ITS events, just email me, and I’ll set you up to join our Google Group.

Fall Business Meeting

Join us on Thursday, November 1 at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth, NH for the annual fall business meeting:  “The Modern Library: Service in the 21st Century.”  Programs include:

  • “Entice, Educate and Excel with Comics,” presented by the Center for Cartoon Studies,
  • a panel discussion titled “Weird, Wacky and Wise Ideas for Those Who’ve Offered It All,”
  • a break out session for small libraries titled “12 Ideas to Get People in the Door,” and
  • “Scriblio and Open Source Software for Libraries,” presented by Casey Bission of Plymouth State University.

You can find the registration form on the NHLA website under the Conferences tab.  Deadline for registration is October 22, 2007.

Your Library Association Hard at Work

I recently updated the NHLA’s “Upcoming Events” webpage, and in doing so, was impressed by all the terrific programs our members have organized for us in the next 30 days.  First, there is the CHILIS conference which takes place at the Portsmouth Public Library on Thursday, October 18th from 9am-3pm.  Amongst the many topics discussed, one in particular is “Marketing Library Services to Teens with Technology.”  Should be interesting.

Then, on October 26th, the READS conference takes place at the Local Government Center in Concord, NH.  The theme of the event is “People, Places and Things:  Security in Today’s Library” and registration is going through the roof!

But wait, there’s more!  On November 1st, NHLA’s Fall Conference takes place at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth, NH.  The theme of the conference is “The Modern Library:  Service in the 21st Century:  Graphic Novels, Programming and Social Software.”  The opening session, “Entice, Educate and Excel with Comics!” sounds intriguing.  And the closing session titled “Scriblio and Open Source Software for Libraries” features Casey Bisson, Information Architect at Plymouth State University.  Very cool!

So get out there, network and enjoy learning from each other.  The next 30 days should be a lot of fun!

NELA games – 3 golfers and legion of fans needed

I am searching among the New Hampshire delegation attending NELA for three talented volunteers to demonstrate their miniature golfing prowess at the annual NELA games on Monday, October 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel course.  Not only will you have the opportunity to win the coveted SNAIL and establish your reputation statewide as distinguished athletes, but you can also sport creative attire to distinguish yourselves even further…  (NOTE: if you would prefer to be an admiring spectator at the games, your support will be crucial to our players’ success.)  Please e-mail or call the Hampton Falls Free Library to let me know of your interest/availability and I will report the results.

NHLA LIB 2.0 Workshop Presentations

The workshop is going on around me, and I just want everyone to know how to get to the presentations offered today by Jessamyn West, Lichen Rancourt, and Andrea Mercado.

Andrea’s presentation can be found at  Her blog Library Techtonics is available at

Jessamyn’s talk can be found at

Lichen’s talk will be found later today at

It has been a great day!

Still room in Everything You Want To Know About Library 2.0 workshop

There is still room in NHLA Continuing Education workshop, “Everything You Want To Know About Library 2.0,” for those who are still interested in signing up.  The registration deadline is this Friday, September 14.  You should receive an email confirmation on that date that we received your registration.  Please email with any questions.

CHILIS Conference, October 18, 2007

Save the date:  Thursday, October 18, 2007.  CHILIS will hold its fall conference that day from 9:00 to 3:30 at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Come and learn about accommodating special needs children during storytimes, marketing your library collection, and drawing teens in with technology.  Fred Reidy will be there with his puppets for sale, Ladybug stickers will be sold, and the new Flume Award poster will be available for purchase.  The registration form will be on the CHILIS website and this blog soon.

See you in Portsmouth!

READS Fall Conference Program and Registration Form

As you all hopefully know, the READS Annual Fall Program and Business Meeting is taking place on October 26, 2007 at the New Hampshire Local Government Center, and the theme is “People, Places and Things:  Security in Today’s Library.”  And now, you can download the schedule of events and the registration form here.  How convenient!  So why not download the form, print it out, fill it in, and send it back to the Local Government Center right away!  You are sure to get your money’s worth.

Want another reason to attend?  You will get to see the presentation of the 3rd annual READS Award of Excellence.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Lib 2.0 Workshop

Join us on September 24th at the Hooksett Public Library for “Everything You Want to Know About Library 2.0.”  Jessamyn West (, Lichen Rancourt (Remaining Relevant), and Andrea Mercado (Library Techtronics) will explore Library 2.0.  They will be joined by Bobbi Slossar for GEEK Sessions (small groups with specific questions) in the afternoon.  Everyone is invited to bring their favorite gadget to show and tell.

Registration is required.  The cost is $10.00 for NHLA members and $15.00 for non-members.  The Registration includes morning refreshments and a box lunch.  There are only 50 spaces, so register early.

 The schedule for the day is:

9:00 – 9:30 ~ Registration & Coffee

9:30 ~ What is WEB 2.0 and why it’s important/appropriate in libraries – Lichen Rancourt

10:00 ~ Flickr & – Jessamyn West

10:30 ~ Library 2.0 catalog solutions – Lichen Rancourt

11:00 ~ Open source replacements for stuff you already use – Jessamyn West

11:30 ~ GADGET SHARE – Show and tell your gadgets, library blog sites, digital cameras, card readers, phones and whatever

12:00 ~ Box Lunch

1:00 ~ Technology planning: How to choose and implement what you have seen today within the limits of staff time, library budgets and patron needs – Andrea Mercado.

2:00 ~ GEEK Sessions – Our three presenters (joined by Bobbi Slossar) will break into small groups to answer your specific questions about social software issues.

3:00 ~ GEEK Session discoveries and wrap up – Mary Ann List

Sponsored by the NHLA Continuing Education Committee

NH Annual Conference – Save the Date

The NHLA Spring Conference, INNOVATE IN ’08: Library Basics and Beyond, will be held on May 21 and 22 in Concord at the Grappone Conference Center.  Put it on your calendar and your budget and plan to attend.