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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

Free Webinar Trainings in December

Thanks to Tom Ladd’s posting on NHAIS, here are titles of free webinars available in December. (Full details are at

  • Become a Librarian Grant Information Session
  • Running a Virtual Meeting
  • Library Computer Networking Q&A
  • Staff Day Success! Tips for Planning, Delivering, and Evaluating All-Staff Events
  • Connecting Kids with Great Websites
  • From Libraries to Lifebraries
  • The National Library of Medicine Gateway
  • Integrated Library Systems: Open Source and Customization
  • Digital Literacy, Digital Storytelling and the Role of the Academic Librarian
  • Writing a Library Behavior Code
  • Library Database of the Month: SIRS Issues Researcher
  • FiLBeRt Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Libraries, Books, and Reading

If anyone attends one of these webinars and would be willing to write up a short summary of your experience, I will gladly post it on our blog.

Spring 2009 NHSL Modular Library Courses

The NHSL Modular Library Courses for the Spring of 2009 are now available for registration at

Available are:

  • “Juvenile Non-Fiction Collection Development & Management” in Haverhill
  • “The Reference Interview” in Lancaster
  • “The Reference Answer” in Lancaster (and a special bargain combo registration for both reference courses together)
  • “Librarian Orientation” to NHSL

Have you or your colleagues ever taken these courses? Were they useful? Do you recommend them, and for whom? Leave a comment!!

Downloadable Audiobooks for iPods

In case you don’t subscribe to the Nhais list, here’s an important update from the State Librarian regarding downloadable audiobooks for iPods…

“We are happy to announce that the NH Downloadable Audiobooks Consortium is now able to purchase MP3 audiobooks! MP3 audiobooks contain no DRM (Digital Rights Management) and are compatible with any music player, including iPods and Mac computers.

Up until this point, our current collection of digital audiobooks contains approximately 2400 unique titles in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. These titles cannot be played on iPods or Mac computers. Only soon-to-be-purchased MP3 titles will be compatible with iPods and Macs.

Mac users will need to download a Mac-compatible version of the OverDrive Media Console prior to using the service and will only be able to checkout MP3 audiobook titles.

At this point of time, not all publishers provide their content in MP3 format. The Consortium will still purchase much of its content in WMA format, but if there is a choice between the two formats for any given title, the MP3 format will be purchased.

The group of audiobook selectors are preparing a purchase order of MP3 titles. After the order is submitted, OverDrive will need to make changes to the site to incorporate the new format. Expect the new MP3 titles to arrive by April 1.

This spring Consortium libraries will need to submit their patron numbers to OverDrive for the purpose of building a new patron authentication system.”

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.

Ladybug Picture Book Award

Hot off the press from the Center for the Book blog

The 2007 nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award were announced this past February and voting materials are now available.  Voting for the 2007 Ladybug Picture Book Award should be held during Children’s Book Week, November 12-18, 2007.  All votes MUST be received at the Center for the Book (mailing info is on the tally sheet) by November 30, 2007.  Votes received after that date will NOT be counted.  The winning book will be announced on the Center for the Book blog, and on this web site, in mid-December 2007.

2006 NH Public Library Annual Report Survey

This comes from Tom Ladd at the NH State Library:

As of this afternoon, the 2006 NH Public Library Annual Report (NHPLAR) Survey is open for every public library in NH to report their statistics for 2006.  This information is due by 13 July 2007.  Full details are at