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Cultivating Tech-Savvy Library Staff

NHLA/READS announces Spring Round Tables 2014.  Plan to attend a Spring Round Table near you. Register early as space is limited at most locations.  The registration deadline is March 12.

The theme  is “Cultivating Tech-Savvy Library Staff”.   Libraries and READS members will receive a brochure with registration form via the NHLA van service. (Download and print a registration form)

The Round Tables will all be morning sessions.

  • Seacoast Co-op to be held at Rye PL – March 20 (snow date: March 27)
  • Merri-Hill-Rock co-op to be held at Hooksett PL – March 27
  • Hillstown co-op to be held at Merrimack PL – April 4
  • Nubanusit co-op to be held at Fitzwilliam PL – April 10

Subject experts Bobbi Slossar or Steve Butzel will take part in each session.

For more information contact Program Committee Chair Carol Roberts:

NHLA Website Now Searchable (So are the CHILIS, READS and URBANS sites)

Google Custom SearchThe entire NHLA website is now searchable from the home page. Look for the Google Custom Search form on the right hand side, just below the form for searching the blog. I know that’s a bit confusing, so let me spell it out. If you want to limit your search to blog entries, use the top search box. If you want your search to include blog entries and all other pages within the domain, including the CHILIS, READS, READS-TO-GO, URBANS and NHLA websites, use the Google Custom Search form.

If you’re interested in adding a Google Custom Search form to your library’s website, join the Information Technology Section (by sending me an email stating you want to do so, skbutzel at and members of ITS will help you through the process. Remember, joining ITS is completely free. There is no membership fee.

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.

Content Management System Working Group meeting

The new NHLA Information Technology Section is going to be holding its first Content Management System Working Group meeting on Tuesday, June 24th from 10am-12noon at the Hooksett Public Library.  The plan for the meeting is to begin building a website for an actual library using Drupal.  (I will have Drupal pre-installed on the NHLA web server, so we won’t have to waste any time installing software.)  Ideally, we will all have a hands-on opportunity to build part of the site.

You don’t have to be a Drupal expert to participate.  I have only dabbled with it myself, but Bobbi Slossar will be there to share with us all that she knows.  All that is necessary is that you have some knowledge of web design and that you are interested in learning about content management systems.  If you happen to have taken Bobbi’s CMS class at the State Library, that would be a plus.

Please let me know if you plan on attending.

NHLA Information Technology Section Meeting

Our next NHLA-ITS meeting is next Tuesday, April 8th, at 10am at the Bedford Public Library.  I hope you can all be there, and maybe even bring along a colleague or two!  If you missed our first meeting, you are still welcome to come to this meeting!!  Don’t feel you will have missed out on too much.

Here is what I have on the agenda so far:

  1. Update on Bylaws and Section Committee Structure (or lack thereof)
  2. Content Management System group update
  3. Selecting roundtable topics for calendar year 2009
  4. Maybe creating a process and a schedule for electing officers
  5. Setting a time for our next meeting
  6. News and notes from members

I’d also like to make this offer to the group:  At the start of our Tuesday meeting, would anyone like to give a brief 5-15 minute presentation on a project, area of research, or organizational struggle that you and/or your library is working on?  If so, that would be great.  I kind of like the idea of having one member giving a brief presentation at each meeting.

Hope to see you there,
Steve Butzel

New Information Technology Section Update

I’m pleased to report that last week, twenty enthusiastic information professionals met at the Bedford Public Library to begin laying the foundation for NHLA’s new information technology section.  (So far a total of 35 people have expressed interest in participating in the section, and the list continues to grow.)  Represented within the group were information architects, library directors and assistant directors, reference, children’s, teen, and technical services librarians, and systems administrators and webmasters from numerous public and academic libraries.

During the meeting, we discussed organizational issues such as whether or not there should be a membership fee, and what kind of organizational infrastructure is needed.  The consensus was that there should not be a membership fee and that compared to some other sections, the IT section would have fewer official committees, and instead, operate as a more fluid organization.  In the next two months, a group of members will further discuss these issues as they draft a set of bylaws which will be reviewed at the section’s next meeting on Tuesday, April 8th at 10am at the Bedford Public Library.

In addition, another group of volunteers agreed to start exploring content management systems with the goal being to select one for the section’s web presence.  Three applications in particular were mentioned, including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.  If any NHLA members would be interested in participating in this project, please contact Steve Butzel.

Finally, we closed the meeting with announcements of interesting information technology accomplishments and ongoing projects at our libraries.  One announcement of particular interest was that the GMILCS consortium has recently implemented ChiliFresh.  ChiliFresh is a plug-in that allows patrons to add comments and reviews of books right into the library’s catalog, for other patrons to read.  Read more about this here.

In closing, if you are interested in participating in the Information Technology section, please contact Steve Butzel, and he will get you signed up for the section’s Google Group (which is serving as our communication system for now.)  As I mentioned earlier, our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 8th at 10am at the Bedford Public Library.  You are welcome to attend this meeting even if you missed our first one.

New Information Technology Section Plans First Meeting

The first organizational meeting for the newly forming Information Technology section will be taking place on Tuesday, January 29th at the Bedford Public Library from 10am-12noon.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the section’s mission and goals, and to brainstorm ideas for future events, workshops, conference sessions, etc.  If you haven’t already contacted Steve Butzel about your interest in the section, it isn’t too late.  Just send him an email.  Your input is enthusiastically welcomed even if you can’t make the first meeting.

New Information Technology Section Forming

At the fall business meeting, I announced that I am planning to establish a new section within NHLA that will focus on information technology issues faced by librarians of all flavors.  I envision the section discussing a wide range of IT issues.  For example, we might discuss a Library 2.0 issue such as how to insert a tag cloud from LibraryThing into your catalog.  We might also discuss more fundamental issues such as methods used to secure computers in different library settings.  The sky is really the limit.

Who do I hope to attract to this section?  Anyone who is interested in learning more about information technology and how it can be used to provide services in libraries.  You do not have to be a techie, but you probably should look forward to learning about information technology.  Maybe you would like to learn about web design or how instant messaging software is used as a reference tool.  Maybe you are interested in learning about content management systems, digital library applications, and/or open-source software.  It’s all good!

So, if you would like to participate in this section, or even become an office holder, please contact me at  I promise you I will make it worth your while.

NHLA LIB 2.0 Workshop Presentations

The workshop is going on around me, and I just want everyone to know how to get to the presentations offered today by Jessamyn West, Lichen Rancourt, and Andrea Mercado.

Andrea’s presentation can be found at  Her blog Library Techtonics is available at

Jessamyn’s talk can be found at

Lichen’s talk will be found later today at

It has been a great day!

Still room in Everything You Want To Know About Library 2.0 workshop

There is still room in NHLA Continuing Education workshop, “Everything You Want To Know About Library 2.0,” for those who are still interested in signing up.  The registration deadline is this Friday, September 14.  You should receive an email confirmation on that date that we received your registration.  Please email with any questions.