NHLA is committed to networking, professional growth and advocating for the future of New Hampshire libraries. NHLA is a professional association of library personnel, trustees, and library supporters whose purpose is:
- To advance the interests of its members through advocacy on library issues and increasing public awareness of library service.
- To support the professional development of its members.
- To foster communication and encourage the exchange of ideas among its members.
- To promote participation in the association and its sections.
From the President
Dear NHLA Members,
With the American Library Association (ALA) in the news, we know some of you may be getting questions from the public. As you probably know, Amy Lappin is the NHLA representative to ALA, so our past-President, Denise van Zanten and I got together with her to create some talking points that we hope you will find useful.
Established in 1876, the ALA is a non-partisan, non-profit professional organization that supports library and information services. Members consist of libraries, librarians, library workers, library trustees and library supporters.
The American Library Association:
- Is not a governing body and has no authority over the funding and governance of New Hampshire Libraries, which are governed by their local board of Library Trustees;
- Provides information about best practices to its membership;
- Serves all demographics and ideologies in our free democratic society;
- Is governed by a council and executive board elected by the membership, including a representative from the NHLA;
- Supports our country's constitutional First Amendment Rights to free speech, thought and opinion;
- Promotes the Freedom to Read and Library Bill of Rights;
- Publishes professional publications that many of us use including American Libraries, Information Technology and Libraries, KnowledgeQuest, Public Libraries, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and Young Adult Library Services;
- Offers discounts for members on publications, workshops, conferences, webinars (professional development); and
- Creates public relations campaigns that promote library services for all libraries to use.
ALA advocates for federal and state funding for libraries. ALA membership also gives New Hampshire libraries a path to collaborate with libraries and librarians all around the country. This is particularly important when there are issues affecting us all. For example, during COVID-19 shutdowns ALA's Chapter Relations Office provided many opportunities for us all to share and learn about ways to continue good customer services with our patrons and ways to assist our colleagues with the unprecedented challenges of a pandemic.
If a member of your library community has more questions about the role of ALA as it relates to New Hampshire libraries, please do not hesitate to contact me and/or Amy. My email address is email@example.com, and I can be reached by phone at 603-573-6402.
All my best,
Mindy Atwood, 2023 NHLA President
August 21, 2023