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State Librarian’s report to the NH House Finance Committee

Please click on the link below to access a pdf version of Michael York’s report to the NH House Finance Committee, submitted on 11/30/11.  This report was created in response to a NH legislative request to examine the possibility of reallocating federal funding away from the ILL van service to other unspecified areas.

State Librarian report to NH House 11 30 2011

Libraries Assisting

From Janet Elkund at the State Library via NHAIS:

The White House Domestic Policy Office has asked IMLS to survey the nation’s libraries about any public library programs that assist patrons with ordering groceries or similar such services as the one described in this story in the Baltimore Sun:

"Libraries help fill city nutrition gaps
Virtual Supermarket serves residents of areas without grocery stores"

The Institute of Museum & Library Services would like a response from New Hampshire as soon as possible, so Janet would like to be notified if you know of libraries providing this or similar services.

Janet can be reached at 603-271-2393 or janet.eklund at

The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

The second application for the Bookshelf will open March 1 and run through April 30.  AASLH are striving to contact qualified institutions so that they will not miss out on this opportunity.  If you are unfamiliar with the Bookshelf opportunity, please visit and the Institute for Museum and Library Service’s website,  Information has also been placed on the South Carolina Library Association website at about the who, what, and where of this program.

IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is part of a multi-year, multi-faceted IMLS national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action to care for the collections held in public trust by libraries and museums throughout the United States.  The initiative is grounded in the results of A Public Trust at Risk:  The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections, which reports that a stunning 190 million objects in U.S. collections need conservation treatment.

The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is intended to provide small and medium-sized libraries and museums with essential resources needed to improve the condition of their collections.  The Bookshelf includes books and DVDs, as well as a guide to online resources and an annotated bibliography of all the materials.  It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.  Such texts as The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping (British National Trust, 2005), The Field Guide to Emergency Response (Heritage Preservation, 2006), and Essentials of Conservation Biology (Primack, 2006) are among the recent publications included in the Bookshelf.

There are two application periods:

  1. September 1 through November 15, 2007
  2. March 1 through April 15, 2008

Applications must be submitted on line and are available at: