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Digital Summit and Membership Meeting on 6/1


The New Hampshire Library Association will offer a day-long Digital Summit and spring membership meeting on Friday June 1st at Hooksett Public Library.  With many more questions than answers about digital media and how libraries can respond effectively, this summit hopes to provide the latest information on digital content as it relates to libraries and new ideas about how to integrate digital media into your library resources and services.

Panels and speakers include:

  • Speaker from ALA highlighting the latest news from publishers and vendors of digital media
  • Cheryl Abdullah, director of the Dover Town Library (MA) – a finalist for Library Journal’s 2012 Best Small Library in America (“Small” in national standards is under 10,000 population; Dover has a population of 6,000)
  • Breakout sessions at lunch including OverDrive Advantage subscribers; eReader lending; NHDB leadership discussion; staff training ideas; and “I don’t want to talk about digital anything at lunch”
  • Panel discussion: How to Justify Digital Content in your Budget
  • Panel discussion: Beyond Downloadable Books

The membership meeting is extremely important this spring.  We plan to officially add two sections (YALS and IT), re-ratify our membership dues per our by-laws, and adopt a few by-laws revisions due to changes that have occurred since the last revision in 2006.

The cost to attend the day is FREE if you are an NHLA member and bring your own lunch.  There will be a $10 fee for lunch, payable upon registration, if you so choose.  Anyone with dietary restrictions should plan to bring their own lunch.  If you are not a member of NHLA and wish to attend, you can become a member when registering.  REGISTRATION FOR THIS SUMMIT IS REQUIRED EVEN IF ONLY ATTENDING THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  This is to ensure we have a quorum of NHLA members.

Registration forms will go out on March 30th, with a deadline of May 18th.  Mark your calendars for an information –packed day with your colleagues!

Libraries For Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 from ALA

Please join us for the kick-off webinar of the Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 : Feb 28, 2012  2:00-3:00 (EST) – Call to Action and Collaboration!

ALA’s Task Force On the Environment (TFOE) has been engaged in environmental issues for over 20 years and done some tremendous work but has suffered from a lack of participation and lost momentum in recent years. Join us, and Maria A. Jankowska (UCLA Research Librarian and Editor of Electronic Green Journal), most recent TFOE chair, to understand what TFOE has accomplished, including pitfalls and successes – plus recommendations for next steps. Should this group be revitalized and/or is a change in direction indicated? What are some options for remaining engaged at the local and national levels? Where are opportunities for collaboration and action around broader sustainability issues?

Hopeful outcomes: Informal meeting at ALA 2012 in June to work on forming a new group; planning for sustainability-related presentations at ALA 2013! – Sign up now!

Time permitting, please review Maria’s recent article, Going beyond Environmental Programs and Green Practices at the American Library Association (, which provides a helpful timeline of TFOE’s history and associated activities.

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Stay tuned for more webinars:

April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Preparing for ALA Annual Informal Meeting August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Action Plan Follow Up & Discussion

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at or Beth FilarWilliams at

2012 READS spring roundtables

The spring READS roundtables, on the topic of continuing education, will occur at the following dates/locations:

Friday 3/30 at Rye Public Library

Friday 4/6 at Boscawen Public Library

Monday 4/9 at Weeks Library, Lancaster

How do librarians keep their skills current in the 21st century on a limited budget? Please consider attending one of these roundtables to discuss your continuing education concerns and/or to suggest free or cost-effective ways that you continue your own professional development.

The cost to attend the roundtables is $5 for a READS member, $10 for a non-member.  For more information and a registration form, please visit to download the registration form and obtain additional information. Registration deadline is March 23rd.


Winning Library Grants

*Winning Library Grants*
March 1 – 31, 2010 (online asynchronous) $250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni price $200)
PDPs: 15

In these difficult economic times, grant research and proposal writing skills are more important than ever for librarians. Grants may be the only way you can address changing needs in your community while your library budget is flat or shrinking. This online course will introduce you to the grant process from beginning to end with an emphasis on planning successful grant projects, funding sources for libraries, researching grant opportunities, preparing winning proposals, and tips,
techniques and proven success stories from all types of libraries. Course modules are designed to follow the instructors’ Grant Process Cycle model, which illustrates how grant work is ongoing and can be easily integrated into your jobs as librarians.

Instructors: Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar are experienced on both sides of the grant process, having been grant reviewers, proposal writers, and grant project administrators. Stephanie and Pam co-authored the successful book, Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual for
Librarians, and they write the Library Grants Blog, which lists grant announcements for libraries in one easy-to-access location. They have presented workshops on grants for libraries nationwide, and they are currently working on a new book, Winning Grants: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, forthcoming in 2010.

For more information about our online workshops see


For additional information or to register see or contact

Kris Liberman ’87LS
Program Manager
Simmons GSLIS CE
T – 617-521-2803
F – 617-521-3192

International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection

The International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection (a non-profit trade association dedicated to the protection of cultural institutions) offers critical security, life-safety, and emergency preparedness training, as well as the only professional certification for persons working in, or responsible for, cultural property protection. Our multi-tiered program applies to security officers, supervisors, directors, administrators, facility managers, human resources staff, curators, registrars, librarians, and others who wish to gain crucial information and education about the latest methods available in protecting collections, staff, visitors, and others involved with public and cultural institutions.

IFCPP is pleased to offer the following training schedule for 2010:
February 12, 2010            
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Denver, CO
Certified Institutional Protection Specialist (CIPS) – Basic training & certification
Hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Registration available at:

February 21, 2010            
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Washington, DC
Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) – Management training & certification
Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Conference On Cultural Property Protection
Registration available at:

March 7, 2010            
8:00 am – 05:00 pm
Lisle, IL
Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) – Management training & certification
Hosted by the Midwest Security Conference
Registration available at:

May 11, 2010            
8:00 am – 05:00 pm
Philadelphia, PA
Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) – Management training & certification
Hosted by Today’s Facility Manager (TFM)
Registration available soon at:

May 23-24, 2010            
Day 1:  9:30am to 12:30pm
Day 2: 1:00pm to 4:30pm
L.A., CA
Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) – Management training & certification
Hosted by the American Association of Museums
Register at:

August 21-25, 2010            
San Francisco, CA
IFCPP Annual Conference – 3 full days of sessions plus pre-conference and evening events
Held at the historic Palace Hotel
Register at:

For additional information, please call 303-322-9667, 800-257-6717, e-mail or visit

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.

READS Roundtable 2009: Maintaining Library Services during Tough Times

In a time when many libraries must find ways to trim their budget, what strategies are you using to continue providing the same quality of service to your patrons as before? Do you look to your Friends group? Ask for grants? Fundraise within the community? Have you found locals willing to provide programming? Are there businesses providing you discounts? Or are there smaller things we can do that will make a difference? Please join as at one of the scheduled round tables to discuss this topic.

$5 for READS members; $10 for non-members.

Registration deadline is March 16.

Brochure and registration form (PDF)

ALA defines core competences of librarianship

For Immediate Release from ALA,
February 24, 2009

At the American Library Association (ALA) 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the ALA Council passed a resolution defining the core competences of librarianship.

The core competences document represents the work of a special Presidential Task Force on Library Education and builds on the efforts of several previous groups.

The document defines the basic knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies. Librarians working in school, academic, public, special and governmental libraries will need to acquire special knowledge beyond that specified in the resolution.

It states that everyone graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies should know and, where appropriate, be able to employ:

  • Foundations of the Profession.
  • Information resources.
  • Organization of recorded knowledge and information.
  • Technological knowledge and skills.
  • Reference and user services.
  • Research.
  • Continuing education and lifelong learning.
  • Administration and management.

The core competency requirements stress the role of library and information professionals in promoting democratic principles and intellectual freedom, knowing and applying the legal framework guiding libraries and information agencies – including laws relating to copyright, privacy, freedom of expression, equal rights and intellectual property – and attaining competency in identifying and analyzing emerging technologies and innovations.

To learn more about the core competences of librarianship, please visit:

Core Competences Web site

ALA’s Core Competences of Librarianship (.pdf)

Seeking New NHLA Bloggers

Do you have ideas about librarianship that you’d like to share with colleagues? Do you hear about news in the profession or trends that you’d like to discuss or debate with your peers? Why not contribute these ideas to the NHLA blog by writing your own entries. If that sounds like something you’d like to do, just complete the online form at, and I’ll get in touch with you to discuss possibilities. All are welcome!

Audio for Presentation #3: Louise Hazen and Nancy Ladd

Here is the audio recording for the third presentation in the adult literacy program session. Louise Hazen and Nancy Ladd speak about the adult literacy program they coordinate at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner, NH

Digital Recording

Title( file name ) Size
Louise_and_Nancy.mp3 21.9MB