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Save the Date!

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.  Watch for more details coming soon.  Brought to you by the Continuing Education Committee.

Register NOW for Counterparts 2007!

NELA Counterparts, a meeting of state organization counterparts and other interested librarians, is a one day conference that will be held at Assumption College in Worcester on Friday, July 20th.  Dee Kelsey, author of Great Meetings! Great Results!, will lead a morning discussion on how to plan and conduct productive meetings.  Enjoy lunch, conversation with friends and colleagues about common interests and concerns, and return home with a copy of Kelsey’s book for the low price of $25.00 (included in the conference cost).  If you’d like to stay on campus Thursday night, single and double rooms are available.  Go to to print and mail the registration form or you may choose to register online.  I hope to see a proud showing of librarians from the great state of New Hampshire!

NHLA conference highlights

When discussing how great the recent conference in Bretton Woods was at the Seacoast Co-op meeting this morning, I remembered that I had promised to post the collective wisdom gathered at the program on libraries and community relations.  Hope that you find these ideas as worthwhile as I do!

How to create and sustain positive Library and Community Relations

  • Need to educate town government—
    1. Newsletter for town department
    2. Making pertinent statistics available on a regular basis
    3. Showing a cost/benefit ratio for services
  • Use Event-Keeper and link it to town departments.
  • Put library information on light bills, water bills, town notices.
  • Do you have equipment another department could use, e.g. a typewriter?
  • Give complimentary copies of books to stakeholders, target audience.
  • Create a community contacts book, with web contacts when available.
  • Have a brochure of services for newcomers.
  • See if you can help realtors create a “Welcome” kit for newcomers.
  • What to do if there are less-than-perfect relationships with town departments—
    1. Show appreciation
    2. Ask advice
    3. Invite them to your library or to co-sponsor events
    4. Ask them to judge a contest
  • Attend/participate in department meetings and communicate library happenings.
  • Be a librarian OUTSIDE of the library.
  • Join a service organization.
  • Serve on a town committee.
  • Teach people how to use databases that will help them in their work (e.g., “LearningExpress”).
  • Purchase locally when possible.
  • Ask to be a speaker for your library at various organizations.
  • Host a non-profit showcase.
  • Hold a candidates’ night.

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Haskell 

Kudos to conference organizers

What an informative, elegant, and just plain fun (and funny) conference last week at the Mount Washington Hotel.  I learned a lot more that I expected, and laughed while I was learning, which is by far my favorite method.

I have a suggestion for a “track” for the 2008 NHLA Conference, and after several discussions with various other people in other roles within their libraries, think that it would be fairly popular.  It would start with…

  1. Hiring the right person for the job and the library

go to…

  1. Training for excellence
  2. Evaluations of staff and directors by directors and trustees
  3. Raises (scales, COL’s, merit?)

and end with…

  1. Dealing well with personnel problems

Any comments?

Thanks committee!!
Mary Ahlgren

READS-TO-GO Launch Party!

If book discussion groups are your bag, then you will want to learn more about READS-TO-GO!

Join us at the library conference for the best time you’ve had in years!  There’ll be music, there’ll be laughs, there’ll be surprises, there’ll be raffles, and there’ll be all the information you’ll need to fall in love with this great new program!  Librarians will be talking about this one for ages!  You’ll never forgive yourself if you miss it!


NELA Counterparts conference scheduled

Plan to join your counterparts from around New England on Friday, July 20th from 9 to 4 at Assumption College in Worcester, MA to hear Dee Kelsey of Great Meetings! Inc. and get a free copy of her book Great Meetings! Great Results!  After lunch, enjoy time networking with your newly improved communication skills before heading home…more details and registration information will be available soon.

Conference Extension

Sign up now!  An extension has been arranged for registration at the spring NHLA Conference!  Not only can you still register for the conference, but you can register to stay at the Mt. Washington Hotel at a discounted rate through the weekend. 

For more information about conference and hotel registration, visit

If you have questions, please email me at

I hope to see you all there!


Register Today for Conference Hotel

Today is the cut off date to reserve a room at the unbelievable rate of $119 a night!  If you are coming to the New Hampshire Libraries Conference, you may not know that the hotel extends its $119 rate for the remainder of the weekend to conference attendees.  Previously we thought the Taste of New Hampshire was following our conference which is a plus for some and a minus for others.  It turns out that the Taste of NH is the weekend before, so we have most of the hotel to ourselves.  There is a lap pool, a heated outdoor pool, and a six-person jacuzzi at the hotel.  There is also shuttle access to the Bretton Woods sports complex, all a part of your accommodations.  The main dining room will be open all weekend that includes an ala carte menu and Stickney’s on Friday night.  The hotel also provides free shuttle service to Fabyan’s restaurant (train station).  It is also possible for you to get room service anywhere on the main floor, so you can eat by the fireplace if you want.  Laura Knoy is our dinner speaker on Thursday night.

For more information on the conference, go to

New Voucher for Barnes & Noble Event

The Salem store voucher for the upcoming Barnes & Noble fundraiser event is now available!  Just click on the link below.  To simplify life, I’ve also provided links to the other vouchers already posted on the blog earlier.

Remember, any voucher can be used in any store.  They are different only in announcing different events at the different stores.  Also, don’t forget to contact Sean Fleming at 448-2459, or email him at, to volunteer.

Volunteer for a Great Stone Face Award Fundraiser!

Would you like to help NHLA fundraise for the Great Stone Face Award?  Please join us at the Barnes & Noble stores in Manchester, Nashua, Salem and Newington (next door to Portsmouth).  If you’re interested and would like more information about this fundraiser, please read the “Barnes and Noble Book Fair” post on this blog.  Contact Sean at 448-2459, or email to volunteer.

The activities that volunteers are needed for are as follows:

  • Manchester B&N on Saturday (time slots for each activity – 10-12, 12-2, 2-4).  Activities include face-painting, making a bookmark for your favorite librarian, and storytimes.
  • Nashua B&N on Friday (6:30-9?)  Activities include assisting with the poetry slam.
  • Newington B&N on Saturday (times are flexible – whenever you can be there).  Activities include face painting, bookmark making, and making a present for your local librarian.
  • Salem B&N on Saturday (time slots for each activity – 10-12, 12-2, 2-4).  Activities include face-painting, making a bookmark for your favorite librarian, and storytimes.

Thanks for your help!