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2011 READS Fall Conference on 10/7/11

This year’s READS fall conference, Collections on the Edge: Rethinking Reference, Non-Fiction, and Local History, will be held on Friday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.  Speakers include Brian Herzog, creator of and Head of Reference at the Chelmsford (MA) Public Library; a panel of NH librarians on re-thinking Dewey; and Donna Gilbreth, Supervisor of Reference and Information Services at the NH State Library.

Registration deadline is Friday September 16th, with fees at $30 per READS member and $35 per non-READS member.  This fee does include a hot buffet lunch.

To download the full conference brochure and registration form, visit the READS website upcoming programs page.

Please consider attending this exciting and relevant conference!  For more information, please contact any READS board member (listing 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!

READS-TO-GO Is On Facebook and Other Stuff

We set up a RTG Facebook account last Friday afternoon and we already have 69 people who “like” us!

Our address is

Please use this page if you have a RTG sitting on your shelf, if you need a RTG kit in a hurry, if you’ve read a recently published, really discussable book that you would like the committee to consider for a kit, if you have a question about RTG.

We also have a QR code for our blog, if you like to read blogs on your smart phone.


Nominations for READS VP – Special Election

The Reference and Adult Services Section (READS) of the New Hampshire Library Association has an unexpected vacancy on their Executive Board.  As a result, READS will hold a special electronic election in April to choose a new Vice President/President-Elect for the 2011 calendar year.  For more information on the duties of the Vice President, please visit to see a copy of the READS Handbook, which contains all Board job descriptions.  To submit your name for consideration, or if you know someone who would be interested in running for the position, please contact Linda Taggart, Past President, at  Submission of nominations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday March 30th.

2011 Award of Excellence nominations are open

The Reference and Adult Services Section (READS) of the New Hampshire Library Association is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Award of Excellence.  The Award of Excellence is presented to a New Hampshire library staff member who provides direct or indirect service to library users in the reference or adult services area.  The award recipient is recognized at the READS Annual Fall Conference.  Nominations will be accepted through June 1, 2011.  A list of criteria and the nomination application are available on the READS web site at  For additional information, please contact Linda Taggart, Past President of READS, at

Please consider nominating a colleague or staff person from your organization – this is a terrific way to recognize, state-wide, our often unsung heroes who provide excellent reference and adult services.  Plus it makes your library look good – and who can’t use that in these days of tight budgets!

2011 READS spring roundtables

The 2011 READS spring roundtables will be taking place on April 5 (Wilton), April 6 (Franklin), and April 8 (Rye).  The topic is Purchasing and Weeding: How Do You Grow Your Collection.  Brochures are on their way to libraries via the vans, but you can also get more information and download the registration form on the READS website at  Cost is minimal — $5 for READs members, $10 for non-members.  Registration deadline is March 18th. This is a great opportunity to brainstorm with other librarians about collection development issues!

READS Award of Excellence

Lois Freeston (left), librarian at the Nesmith Library in Windham, is the 2010 recipient of the READS Award of Excellence. Presenting the award to Lois is Amy Lapointe, READS Past President and Director of the Amherst Town Library. The  is awarded each year at the READS fall conference to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library service to adults.

Another New Kit!

READS-TO-GO announces another new kit: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  The kit is hosted by Minot-Sleeper Library.  To learn more visit the READS-TO-GO blog.

Award of Excellence goes to Pamela Smith


Selection of a winner for the 2009 READS Award of Excellence took a great deal of reflection. Nominees represented the best in library service all around New Hampshire. Pamela Smith, Head of Technical Services and Systems Librarian at Howe Library in Hanover emerged as this year’s award recipient. She represents the highest ideals of READS, NHLA and the library profession.

According to her nominator, Mary White, Howe Library Director, Pamela makes public service her highest priority, leading the library staff with her technical expertise and commitment to services Hanover’s tech-savvy patrons enjoy.

Pam served in the Vermont House of Representatives, and worked in the Acquisitions and Serials Department at the University of Vermont before joining the Howe Library staff. In her present role she has presented workshops at NELA and NH Library Association conferences as well as in her library. She is behind a long list of upgrades in technical services at the Howe Library, and makes full use of emergent technology whenever it is useful to the library community. Congratulations, Pam!

READS Award of Excellence Nominees


    Outstanding librarianship is alive and well in New Hampshire. The READS Award of Excellence Committee thanks those who nominated candidates for the annual Award of Excellence. The 2009 nominees are:

         Sharon Duffy, Grafton Public Library Trustee; Lois Freeson, Head of Reference and ILL, Assistant Director Nesmith Library in Windham; Pamela Smith, Head of Technical Services and Systems Librarian, Howe Library in Hanover, and Meryl Zusman, Acquisitions Librarian and Webmaster, Derry Public Library.

Congratulations, nominees. You are all outstanding, as are many others we hope will be nominated next year. Selection of one winner was difficult this year — you are  so professional!

Check the READS website for selection criteria. The Award of Excellence Committee is taking suggestions for revisions to make our guidelines as clear as possible. We want to help you participate so please help us do our job. See you at the READS Fall Conference October 23 at the Local Government Center in Concord!