Posts tagged: Executive Board

NHLA Executive Board openings – 2013 elections

The New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) is seeking nominations for THREE (3) voting positions on the executive board:

Vice President/President Elect (three year commitment)

Secretary (one year commitment)

Treasurer (two year commitment)

Nominees must be current members of NHLA, and enthusiastic about the organization’s mission to promote advocacy, professional development, and communication on a wide range of library-related issues.  Serving on the NHLA board is a great way to network with other librarians and to have a positive impact on librarianship outside of your town’s library.

If you are interested in one of the positions, or if you know of someone who would be a good candidate for a position, please respond to this e-mail by July 1st.   Elections occur in September/October by ballot, and are announced at the NHLA Fall Conference in November.  New board members take their position on the board at the December 17, 2013 meeting.

For more information about the duties of the positions or about the executive board, please read the NHLA constitution and bylaws at

READS seeking new board members: Elections coming soon!

Are you interested in helping READS continue to provide great professional development opportunities for library staff serving adults?

The READS executive board is looking for candidates to run for our upcoming vacancy for Vice President/President Elect. This position is a three-year commitment–one year as Vice President, one year as President, and a year as Past President. The board meets six times per year. The new Vice President’s term will start after the READS Fall Conference.

The position of Secretary is also open for nominations. This is a two-year position.
If you are interested in running or would like to nominate another READS member as a candidate, please contact Linda Taggart, Nominating Committee chair, at Nominations will be accepted until August 1; elections will be held starting August 8.

Position descriptions are available in the READS handbook, online at

It’s a great way to participate in your NH library community, so please consider joining us!

NHLA Donates $3,000 to the Kids, Books and the Arts 2009 Project

I am pleased to announce that the NHLA Executive Board at its February meeting moved to donate $3,000 to the Kids, Books and the Arts 2009 Project. This is the second year that NHLA has donated money to the project. Kids, Books and the Arts is a project of the New Hampshire State Library in cooperation with CHILIS. The objectives of the project are to 1) encourage arts programming in communities that have offered limited or no arts programs, 2) introduce library audiences to a variety of art forms, 3) encourage artists to adapt their art form to a thematic program of interest to children, and 4) strengthen the partnership between the arts community and public libraries.

To learn more about this terrific program and to learn how to apply for a Kids, Books and the Arts grant, visit this page,, in the New Hampshire State Library website.

If you aren’t a children’s librarian at a public library, please be sure to contact a children’s librarian at your local public library and make sure that she/he is aware of this program.

Report for Annual Business Meeting

Hope to see you all tomorrow in Nashua.  Thanks to Steve Butzel for all the hardwork putting this meeting together.

President’s Report

Amy Thurber

NH Library Use Value Calculator Coming Soon

Library Use CalculatorThanks to the assistance of two NHLA members in particular, Elise Daniel of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Danielle Fortin of the Chesley Memorial Library, I should be able to produce a NH Library Use Value Calculator fairly soon. Quite frankly, you can already use the one Danielle put together for her library here, Once I have the page created on the NHLA site, I will let you know. Also, once it is up and running, I encourage other libraries to link to that page from their own sites.

Thanks also goes to Ann Hoey and Tom Ladd, both at the State Library, for suggesting this project!

Volunteer Needed for NH Library Use Value Calculator

Want to help justify libraries in NH? Do you feel libraries are undervalued by funding agencies? Here’s your chance to make a difference. The NHLA Executive Board is looking for volunteers to help implement a web-based NH Library Use Value Calculator, similar to this one published by the Vermont Library Association, You don’t need to have web development skills, just a few hours to assist with some background research. Please contact me by email at skbutzel at if you’d be willing to contribute. We’d really appreciate it!

Executive Board Quarterly Reports, Take 2

Just in case you didn’t receive notice of the previous post, here it is again…

Listed below are quarterly reports from NHLA Board members. Download and read through any or all of them.

    * Executive Board meeting minutes, August 2008
    * Past President and Conference Chair reports
    * Vice President’s report
    * Treasurer’s report, July 2008
    * Treasurer’s report, August 2008
    * Financial report
    * Academics Section report
    * READS report
    * Information Technology Section (ITS) report
    * Webmaster report
    * Continuing Education report
    * Membership report
    * Scholarship report
    * Ways and Means report
    * Center for the Book (State Library)
    * Conference attendance
    * YALS bylaws

Executive Board Quarterly Reports

Listed below are quarterly reports from NHLA Board members. Download and read through any or all of them.

    * Executive Board meeting minutes, August 2008
    * Past President and Conference Chair reports
    * Vice President’s report
    * Treasurer’s report, July 2008
    * Treasurer’s report, August 2008
    * Financial report
    * Academics Section report
    * READS report
    * Information Technology Section (ITS) report
    * Webmaster report
    * Continuing Education report
    * Membership report
    * Scholarship report
    * Ways and Means report
    * Center for the Book (State Library)
    * Conference attendance
    * YALS bylaws

More reports from the June NHLA Executive Board Meeting

NHLA Report to the Executive Committee

Academics Section
June 17, 2008

The Academics Section is in the process of reorganizing, after an initial meeting held at UNH-Manchester in January, 2008, and a Brown Bag session held during the annual NHLA conference in
Concord in May, 2008.  There were approximately 20 people present at the May meeting, resulting in a commitment to reactivate the group. 

The group elected Catherine Ryan from New England College  (, and Betsy (Elizabeth) Holmes from Saint Anselm College ( as co-chairs, with Sondra VanderPloeg from Colby-Sawyer as chair-elect (

The new officers will be meeting on Thursday, June 19, to tabulate the results of a survey taken during the May meeting; review the bylaws of the Academics Section; create a Yahoo Group for the section (and/or develop an email list); plan for a section social event to take place in September or October; and discuss a possible project for the section to take on for NHLA (developing an NHLA archive, perhaps). 

Additionally, Catherine and Betsy will determine who will represent the section at Executive and Conference committees.  Each committee will be advised who will represent Academics once this has been established.

We are looking forward to getting the Academics Section more involved in NHLA, and welcome any suggestions that members can provide.
Respectfully submitted:

Elizabeth L. Holmes
Collection and User Services Librarian
Geisel Library
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH  03102

Executive Board Reports, June 2008

NHLA Executive Board Reports

June 17th, 2008



Thanks to the Conference Committee for all their hard work planning and running the Spring Conference, you should be proud of what you accomplished.

Becky Clerkin, Rob Sargent and myself continue to work on our “Going Paperless” announcement which will include a postcard mailing, announcements on the blog and NHAIS list, and hopefully visits to the COOPs.  These announcements will include instructions on how to get to the blog and how to sign up for the email updates and feeds.

Past President

Vice President


DATE: Monday, June 09, 2008

MEMO TO: NHLA Executive Board

FROM: Carl Heidenblad

Phone: (603) 432-7154 FAX: (603) 537-0097


I am attaching:

- Balance sheet for 5-31-08

Balance Sheet 5-31-08         Bank Statement 5-31-08

SAVINGS                             Savings

READS 3565.26                     READS 3565.26

URBANS 2715.75                  URBANS 2715.75

CHILIS 37523.22                   CHILIS 37523.22

NHLA (2884) 142458.06       NHLA (2884) 142458.06

Checking                              Checking

CHECKING                           Checking

(1524) 176.64*                        (1524) 1663.95

Total 186,438.93                   187,926.24

* Reconciles with the bank statement. There were $1487.31 in checks that had not cleared as of 5-31-08, most of which were conference expenses.

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Heidenblad

     4:15 PMNew Hampshire Library Association
     06/11/08Balance Sheet
     Cash BasisAs of May 31, 2008

       Current Assets
            1110 · Chkng- 1524
              1120 · Unrestricted
                 1122 · Operating                               
                 1126 · CHILIS                                   
                 1128 · Urban                                    
              Total 1120 · Unrestricted                               


            Total 1110 · Chkng- 1524                                 


            1200 · Svngs -2884
              1210 · Unrestricted OPERATING NHLA                     
              1220 · Restricted
                 1222 · WINCHELL                               
                 1224 · NORRIS                                 
                 1226 · MACDONALD                       &nbs

                 1228 · Legislative Public Relations           
                 1229 · GEISEL                                     
              Total 1220 · Restricted                               


              1200 · Svngs -2884 – Other                             
            Total 1200 · Svngs -2884                                 


            1250 · Svngs-READ-9668
              1255 · Unrestricted READS                               
            Total 1250 · Svngs-READ-9668                             


            1300 · Svngs-URBN-1649
              1310 · Unrestricted URBAN                                
            Total 1300 · Svngs-URBN-1649                             


            1410 · Svngs-CHIL-6937
              1415 · Unrestricted CHILIS                             
            Total 1410 · Svngs-CHIL-6937                             


          Total Checking/Savings                                     


          Other Current Assets
            1500 · Loan Receivable                                    
          Total Other Current Assets                                 

       Total Current Assets                                           


     TOTAL ASSETS                                                      


3120 · Restricted Net Assets                               
          3900 · Net Assets                                           
          3940 · Unrestricted Net Assets                             
          Net Income                                                 
       Total Equity                                                   


     TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                                       



ALA Representative

The 2008 Annual Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, from June 26–July 2, 2008.

NELA Representative

NELA has accepted the resignation of Peter Blaisdell as Executive Secretary and Mary Ann Rupert expressed interest in assuming his duties and growing her position as Conference Manager into Executive Manager for NELA. The Executive Board feels that it has to put out an RFP for such a position to maintain institutional transparency but has asked Mary Ann to serve as interim Executive Manager through December, 2008.

The NELA membership chair is forming a committee to activate a mentoring program throughout the states and to investigate $10 rewards for recruiting new members.

NELLS will be held at Rolling Ridge Conference Center in North Andover from July 28th through August 1st.

The NELA conference committee has a list of 40 programs that will be offered in Manchester at its annual conference Taking Charge of Change at the Radisson Hotel October 19th through 21st. I heard from Mary Ann Rupert that the NELA Games will be some sort of “Trivial Pursuit”.
Next NELA meeting is scheduled for July 18th, 2008.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Haskell






NHLA Spring Conference- READS had a presence this year at the NHLA Spring Conference. A table in the registration area displayed READS-to-Go materials, posters advertising READS activities and READS pads and pens. A raffle open to anyone who suggested new titles for READS-to-Go offered a book as the prize. Three sessions on the program were arranged by READS. Diane Arrato-Gavrish organized and moderated a panel, “Adults Read During the Summer, Too!”. “Verbal Judo” presented by Weare Deputy Chief Bill Quigley explained how taking sides with the patron and other conflict reducing techniques can bring better service results and avoid no-win confrontations. A panel consisting of Portsmouth Library Director Mary Ann List, Audubon Society of NH President Richard Minard, Jr., and NH DES Commissioner Tom Burack discussed “High Performance Buildings: Why Go Green?” The latter workshop had little discussion time, but the audience unanimously wanted a networked discussion to go on around the year as various libraries plan for growth. This is a topic READS will look at and possibly facilitate discussion.

READS-to-Go under the chairmanship of Diane Mayr has gone a long way already. New kits are being added and as they are cataloged, updates to the website are making titles available to reading groups. Steve Butzel has been of invaluable assistance in creating and updating the READS-to-Go website. He is working with the committee to finalize some of the work he began. From there, Jon Kinneman of Nichols Library will take over more routine responsibilities for this and the READS page.

READS Nominating Committee is actively seeking candidates. This year we are looking for the next treasurer, and a vice-president/president-elect. There will be a vacancy on the Membership Committee, which may already be filled. It is our hope to recruit someone representing the state’s smaller libraries, which READS would like to include in more activities.

READS Award of Excellence postcards are in print, and will soon be sent out to N.H. libraries. They are reminders that we may nominate someone who has shown outstanding professional qualities in adult services to receive an award at the October 24 fall meeting. Nominations should be submitted by August 1.

A READS handbook is about half complete. The Executive Board has gone over a handbook started by Past President Sarah Leonardi, enlarging job descriptions and updating as necessary. All executive positions and committees will be described in the handbook, which will be posted on the website. Again, we hope to reach out to libraries that haven’t been active, in hopes that greater participation will give a voice to their needs and strengths.

 The READS Program Committee meets regularly and is in the midst of planning “What’s a Librarian to Do: How Best to Serve Your Disabled Population.” This day of discussions [Oct. 24] will be highlighted by keynote speaker Carol Nedau from The Governor’s Commission on Disabilities. Brochures will go out the first week in September.


The Urbans group met in April to discuss the NHLA programs that they were presenting and sharing ideas from the programs they attended at PLA.





Continuing Education

Intellectual Freedom


Tracey is working on strategies to increase membership.


The Scholarship Committee has awarded a $1000 Rosalie Norris Scholarship to Lisa Richards of Bow. Lisa is currently a Nutrition Consultant for the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Services, Bureau of Prevention Services. Lisa is attending University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. After completing the program she hopes to work in an academic or medical library.

The next deadline for scholarship and loan applications is September 1, 2008

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Leonardi

Ways and Means


Center for the Book


NH State Library

NH State Library Advisory Council

Trustee Association