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Posts tagged: Spring Conference 2008

Request For Materials From Conference Presentations

I encourage all speakers/presenters from this week’s conference to send me their PowerPoint presentations or any other documents that they are willing to make available on the NHLA website.  I will create links to these documents on the Spring Conference website.  Send documents to  Thanks!

Thanks to the contributors for the raffle baskets!

Thanks to all the libraries, co-ops and groups within NHLA that contributed to the raffle baskets for this year’s spring conference.  We raised over $600 over the course of the two days of the conference.  Thanks also to all the librarians who bought raffle tickets – we couldn’t have done it without you too!

Conference Presentation Materials

I have created a new page on our website where anyone can download presentation materials from the conference.  You can get to the page from the Spring Conference webpage.  Right now the only materials posted are from my two sessions, but I will add others as I receive them.

Interlibrary Software PowerPoint Presentation

As promised, here is a link to the PowerPoint presentation given at the Interlibrary Loan Software session earlier today.  I’ll also be posting it, along with materials from other presenters, on the main Spring Conference web page over the course of the next week or so.

Conference Program Correction

Andrea Thorpe asked me to announce one clarification to the conference program.  The Wednesday morning program “How to Start a Parent/Young Adult Book Discussion Group & How to Keep it Going” was organized by Lisa Houde and was run by Sharon Taylor and Mary Coombs.  Now you know!

Spring ’08 Conference Evaluation Form

Here is a copy of the Spring 2008 Conference evaluation form.  Please mail the completed form to:

attn: Judy Haskell
NH Local Government Center
PO Box 617
Concord, NH 03302-0617

We hope you enjoy the conference!

More Conference Descriptions

“Blogging Basics for Beginners”

Maybe you’ve heard about blogging and the blogosphere but have yet to get informed about them.  That’s okay.  This program will cover the basics and more, including different types of blogging software and services, what to include in an effective blog entry, how to subscribe to blogs, and much more.  Presented by Steve Butzel

“Making Interlibrary Loan Management a Breeze”

Are you tired of keeping track of all those forms and pieces of paper and paper clips that come with managing your interlibrary loan requests?  Well have I got a solution for you.  Come to this session and see an intuitive, easy to use database that makes ILL management a dream.  No more handwriting van slips!  No more handwriting customer requests!  It’s all taken care of in one neat program that you will learn to use in less than 60 minutes.  On top of that, you’ll be able to sign up to receive a customized version of the database just for your library.  And it’s all FREE!  So what are you waiting for?  Recommended for all library staff involved in ILL in any way, including library directors.  Presented by Steve Butzel

“Genealogy in New Hampshire:  Major Research Centers”

This program will briefly describe what is available at the major libraries and records repositories in the state.  We will discuss the NH Historical Society, NH State Library, NH Division of Vital Records, county courthouses, American-Canadian Genealogical Society and NH State Archives.  Presented by Bill Copeley.

“Women of Granite:  25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know”

The Write Sisters, seven writers who have published more than 100 children’s books, came together to fill the need in NH libraries and schools for biographical information on NH women.  (Remember the frustrating hunt for information to fill those annual 4th grade requests?)  Several members of The Write Sisters will be on hand to tell us what they learned as they researched Women of Granite:  25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know.  The 25 profiles range from the well-known Jeanne Shaheen, to the virtually unknown Caroline Garner Bartlett.  There will be time for questions, and the Write Sisters invite suggestions of subjects for future books!  The Write Sisters are Janet Buell, Kathleen Deady, Muriel Dubois, Diane Mayr, Andrea (Andy) Murphy, Barbara Turner, and Sally Wilkins.  Copies of Women of Granite will be available for purchase and signing.

“YA Program Fair”

Explore a collection of popular teen programs.  Young adult librarians from around the state will be displaying programs that really work!  You will leave with program descriptions including a list of supplies, costs, directions, and contacts.

“Looking Good on a Budget: Principles of Design for the Artistically Challenged”

With the advent of powerful, freely available graphics and desktop publishing programs, librarians now have the means to create attractive, readable, and consistently good-looking publications.  Whether on a web page or a town-wide mailing, the way your message is presented is often as crucial as the message itself.  This seminar will focus on basic elements of design, including typography, layout, and white space, appropriate use of clip art, and how to license inexpensive, professional images from the new “micro stock” agencies.  We will present several before-and-after makeovers using free software such as Open Office Draw and Scribus.  Each attendee will receive a CD with all the software featured during the seminar.

“Great Stone Face Tea”

Enjoy tea and cookies while listening to the book talks for next year’s GSF list.  The 2008 winner will be announced at the tea.

“The Open Content Alliance”

As part of the Boston Library Consortium, in the fall of 2007 the University of New Hampshire Library began participating in the Open Content Alliance (OCA), a mass digitization project intended to make scanned library materials freely accessible to the world.  In this session, hear about the ambitious goals of the OCA project and one library’s experience with the massive collaborative effort required to make it successful.  Presented by Eleta Exline

“How to Start a Parent/Young Adult Book Discussion Group & How to Keep It Going”

The presenters will share ideas for starting a successful book discussion group for middle school students and other young adults and their parents.  They will share title suggestions (and ones to avoid), dos and don’ts, and the ups and downs of how they kept their group going for ten years.  Presented by Sharon Taylor and Mary Coombs.

Design and retrofitting ideas for high performance libraries.  Tips on planning, addressing and selling to the public.

“Directors Roundtable”

Participants will provide fodder for discussion.

“Cataloging Weird Stuff”

Nonprint cataloging and cataloging “kits” and realia often present formidable challenges.  One of RDA’s charms is the implicit permission to “adjust” your cataloging to cover the wildest items in your collection.  Plan to learn new techniques and share ideas.  Presented by Linda Kepner

“Children’s Programming Poster Session”

Need some fresh ideas?  Children’s librarians from round the state will set up displays, showcasing successful programs they’ve offered at their libraries.  They will be on hand to answer questions and provide you with handouts and how-to’s.

“Mentoring: A leadership Development Method”

Review research of mentoring for leadership development and participate in some activities to determine your readiness to be a mentor and be mentored.  You’ll also hear about a research project examining leadership within a mentoring program.  Presented by Irene M. H. Herold

Some Conference Descriptions

“Every Penny Counts:  Protecting the Money and the People Who Handle It”

Whether your library generates just a few hundred dollars a year, or tens of thousands of dollars, from fees, fines, copying charges and other miscellaneous transactions, effective internal controls over the handling of these funds is essential.  This session will address the importance of establishing and documenting proper procedures to safeguard these types of library assets.

“Children’s Programs for Little or No Money”

No excuses.  These presenters will offer small libraries an array of ideas for programs that cost little or no money:  Rick Agran, New Hampshire Humanities Council, Concord; Duncan McDougall, Executive Director, CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation), Hanover; Olga Morrill, Children’s Librarian, Conway Public Library; Kathy Tracy, Children’s Librarian, Tracy Memorial Library, New London.

“New Children’s Books”

This session will provide a lively overview of some terrific new children’s literature.  Both recently published and forthcoming titles will be highlighted.  The session will include new books from all genres, as well as a range of reading levels, especially preschool to grade eight.  See – and hear – the latest books by your favorite authors; discover new talent.  Create a personal list for your summer reading.  Find “the” book to recommend to a particular young reader.  This will be an enjoyable and informative presentation!  A complete booklist is provided.  Presented by Christopher Rose.

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Many of us run book clubs at our libraries or are part of discussion groups in our communities.  The meetings are often good, but sometimes the books are bad and the conversation just gets ugly.  Join us as we share some of our most successful reading group choices and some that we wish we had never suggested.  We would also love to hear from you, so be prepared to share a war story or two!  Presented by Becky and Michael Herrmann.

“Open Source at Your Library”

Curious about Open Source Software, but not sure what it means for you?  In this presentation you’ll learn what “open source” means and how the concept relates to conventional software.  We’ll discuss some of the open source applications that are making an impact in libraries today, including Evergreen, Koha and DSpace.  Most importantly, we’ll talk about some of the issues to keep in mind if you’re thinking of taking the plunge yourself, including: “Free Beer vs. Free Kittens”; staffing impacts; and communities and sustainability.  Presented by Ed Sperr.

“Core Collections:  Accessing and Circulating Video Games at the Library”

The average age of the gamer is 33 and rising, 81% of teens play games online, and 25% of people over 50 are playing.  How is your library supporting the needs of gamers in your community?  Digital and circulating collections may be a place to start!  By the end of this session, participants will discuss key questions to ask in creating a video game collection development policy; discover online and print selection materials and resources for digital and physical video game collections; identify criteria for selecting video games with high replayability; hear “booktalks” for video games that are ideal for stater collections; and learn about model circulating video game collections in libraries in the United States. Presented by Beth Gallaway.

“Get Your Game On!  Video Game Programs at the Library”

Discover the logistics of game programs at your library for children and teens, including models such as Runescape clubs, Dance Dance Revolution tournaments, and more!  By the end of this session, participants will learn to advocate for gaming programs in libraries, and discover best practices in gaming programs from libraries in the United States.  Presented by Beth Gallaway.

“Confessions of A Weekend Chick”

Stephanie Piro, syndicated cartoonist, author, illustrator, and part-time librarian, will present the power-point presentation “Confessions of a Weekend Chick,” an amusing, and sometimes downright hilarious view of her career and what it takes to try and make it in the highly competitive, crazy world of cartooning with lots of samples (if she can figure out how to work the laptop and projector) and plenty of time for Q & A (please ask!).

“Roundtable for Small (and Smaller) Libraries”

This is an opportunity for librarians in small libraries to share their problems and solutions.  Participants will make a “laundry list” and discuss common issues.  If necessary, the group will subdivide into “small” and “smaller” libraries.

“The Path to Automation”

This program is for librarians working in a library that is not currently automated.  The presentation will cover the steps to take when preparing for a future automation project, and the factors to consider when planning for automation. Presented by Bobbi Lee Slossar.

“Creating a Digital Library with Open Source Software”

This program provides an overview of creating a digital library using WordPress, a free piece of open source software. Presented by Bobbi Lee Slossar.

“Programs for Libraries with Small Populations and No Money”

The program will explain how small libraries, serving populations of under 3,000, bring programs to the communities they serve.  They will also speak about they have recruited audiences to their programs which has helped market their library and garner community support.  Presented by Marie McAndrew-Taylor.

“Book Discussion (Evening Ferry) with Katherine Towler”

A book discussion run much the same way we do them in our libraries with the author reading from the book and answering questions about the book and the author.

“If I Knew Then What I Know Now”

A panel of experienced professional librarians will answer questions on career building.  The panelists will discuss their current positions and the paths taken in their careers.  Less experienced librarians will be ready to ask questions to help them and other librarians gather insight to blaze their own trails.  Questions will also be solicited from those in the audience and connections will be made for continued mentoring from these and other experienced professionals.

“Create a Successful Retreat”

Ever wanted to have a retreat day for your coop or library organization and didn’t know where to begin?  Come join us as we walk you through the process we used to have a successful retreat for our consortium.  We brainstormed, shared professional development ideas, and set our goals for the upcoming year.  Our model can be adapted to fit your individual group and its needs.

“What We Learned at PLA:  Minneapolis Moments and Library Trends”

A structured discussion, led by NH librarians who attended the Minneapolis sessions, which will aim to recap the conference, identify its major themes, solicit feedback, and pass out copies of worthwhile handouts.  Our goal is to share information with those unable to attend PLA, or with those who went but didn’t get to see everything.

“WebJunction New Hampshire & You”

What exactly is WebJunction NH?  And how can it help ME?  Tom Ladd, the NH State Library Education Coordinator & WebJunction NH Team Lead, will take you on a guided tour of the various resources, tools, and educational opportunities available to you through the NHSL’s partnership in the WebJunction project – “where minds meet.” 

“It’s a Whole New World:  Finding and Using Maps and Other Geospatial Information”

GPS (global positioning systems) are now available on cell phones and in cars; paper maps are being scanned and placed online; Google Earth provides views of the earth with a few clicks of a mouse that once were only available to professionals.  These are a few of the recent developments in digital maps and geospatial data.  This session will sample some of the resources available online and cover a few basic cartographic principles that are important to consider in evaluating and using geospatial information.  Presented by Thelma B. Thompson

“Metadata made simple”

Metadata schemes come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes, formats, and purposes, from the refreshingly simple, to the incomprehensibly complex, and each with its own acronym.  This diversity can at first make metadata cataloging seem overwhelming and foreign, but in practice is can be quite simple and surprisingly familiar.  In this session we will review basic metadata concepts, overview common schemes, discuss how new schemes relate to standard library cataloging practices, and how they are used to foster collaboration, sharing, and long-term collection management.  Presented by Eleta Exline

“Adults Read During the Summer, Too!”

Attend a panel discussion about successful adult summer reading programs that have been created by libraries of differing sizes.  Hear stories, see examples of programs, and ask questions that will help you plan your Adult Summer Reading program for 2008.

“G’Day for Reading, NH Summer Reading Program”

The NH Summer Reading Program Kick-off and a whole lot more!  Join us as Steve Blunt and Joseph Carringer get us in the spirit for G’Day for Reading by performing tunes from the Land Down Under.  In addition, Deb Hoadley will demonstrate the summer reading wiki and other SRP committee members will share theme-related crafts and program ideas.

“Spice Up Your Storytime”

Looking for some fresh storytime ideas?  In this workshop, panelists will give examples of some of their most successful storytime programs, including books, songs, fingerplays and more!  Participants are encouraged to bring questions and their own suggestions as plenty of time will be allowed for discussion.

“NH Teen Book Awards”

Discover how your library can celebrate the reading voice of adolescents.  The Isinglass Teen Read Award recognizes titles nominated and voted on by 7th and 8th graders throughout the state.  Similarly, The Flume: Teen Reader’s Choice Award distinguishes current titles nominated and voted on by students in grades 9-12.  Librarians will discuss how to involve your teens, where to find promotional materials, as well as the nominees for 2009.  You will leave with a teen approved suggested reading list.

“Teen Summer Reading Programs”

Learn from two Young Adult Librarians how to organize, promote, and execute a teen summer reading program on a budget.

Spring 2008 Conference Registration Form

Hooray!  The Spring 2008 Conference Registration Form can now be downloaded here.  While you’re at it, why not download a copy of the conference schedule of programs?  If you can’t make it to the conference, let your colleagues know in case they might want to go.  And if you are going, invite your colleagues to come with you!  Remember, this is the first year in some time that NHLA has hosted its own spring conference.  As a result, our conference committee has worked overtime to line up dozens of interesting sessions.  So if your director has shot you down in the past when you’ve asked your library to cover the registration fee, be sure to mention to your director that this year is different.

Spring Conference Schedule of Programs

Here is what we’ve all been waiting for—the 2008 Spring Conference schedule of programs!  While the conference committee reserves the right to make some changes to this schedule, they do want to have this so you can start charting your conference plan.  Stay tuned for additional blog entries about the conference in the coming weeks.