About Paralibrarians

The Paralibrarian Certification is a voluntary program designed to recognize the involvement and contributions of paralibrarians in New Hampshire. Paralibrarians (non-MLS staff) support the missions of school, public, academic, and special libraries throughout the state by providing important services, being involved in professional development activities, and demonstrating commitment to their work. The certification is not a substitute for a Master of Library Science degree or any other degree or certificate.

Complete information on the program, including details on the application process for the NHLA Paralibrarian Certification Program, can be found here:

Applications received after November 1, 2018, should follow the revised
Paralibrarian Certification Guidelines 201808

Copies of completed portfolios should be sent to:

New Hampshire Library Association Paralibrarian section
c/o Lee Ann Chase, lchase@hooksettlibrary.org
31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way Hooksett, NH 03106
Van stop: Hooksett/Hooksett Public Library
Send Lee Ann an e-mail to let her know to expect your packet.


Bylaws

Bylaws of the Paralibrarian Section of New Hampshire Library Association

Article I.  Name.

The name of this organization shall be the Paralibrarians Section of the New Hampshire Library Association.

Article II.  Objective

Through support and increased awareness of Paralibrarians, the Section promotes and provides a forum for networking and career development opportunities and provides voluntary professional certification for non-MLS degreed library personnel.

Article III.   Membership

Membership shall be open to all dues-paying members of the New Hampshire Library Association.

Article IV.  Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Paralibrarians Section shall be the President, Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President.

A. The Past-President, President, Vice-President/President-Elect shall serve for one year.

B. The Secretary and Treasurer shall serve for two years.

Section 2. Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer shall be elected by ballot and shall attend executive board meetings after the election during a transition period and begin their term as of January 1st. In the event that the position of President becomes vacant before the end of the term, the Vice President / President Elect shall fill the position for the remainder of the term and a special election will be held. In the event that the position of Vice President / President Elect becomes vacant before the end of the term a special election will be held. The nominating committee will seek nominations from the membership to fill the vacated position. A special election to fill unexpected vacancies will be held within 60 days.

Section 3. The duties of the officers shall be as follows:

A. The President shall conduct all meetings and, with the advice of the Executive Board, shall appoint any special committees as necessary. The President shall be an ex-officio member of each committee, voting only in the case of a tie. The president shall represent the Paralibrarians Section to the NHLA Executive Board. The President shall ensure fiscal oversight of the annual budget in cooperation with the Executive Board.

B. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall assume the responsibilities of the President in the absence of the President. Vice-President/President-Elect shall serve as parliamentarian and shall coordinate all bylaw revisions.

C. The Secretary shall notify all Executive Board members of Board meetings, shall keep minutes of all general membership and Executive Board meetings and forward these to the section membership.

D. The Treasurer shall keep and report all necessary and proper financial records, and shall work with the NHLA Treasurer to manage Paralibrarians finances. The Treasurer shall draft and submit an annual budget for approval to the Executive Board. The Treasurer will forward the approved budget to the NHLA Treasurer.

ARTICLE V. Executive Board.

Section 1. The Past-President, President, Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Coordinator and all Committee Chairs shall constitute the Executive Board.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall determine policies and changes therein within the limits of the bylaws of the section and shall take such actions it considers necessary to carry out the objectives of the section.

ARTICLE VI. Committees

Section 1. There shall be the following standing committees: Education, Certification, Nomination and Awards.

Section 2. Each committee shall appoint one designee to serve as a Chairperson and member of the Paralibrarians Executive Board for a period of two years. An exception is made for the Nominating and Award Selection Committees which shall be chaired by the immediate Past President.

Section 3. Vacant committee chair positions shall be appointed by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VII. Nominations and Elections.

Section 1. Nominations

A. The Past President shall chair a Nominating Committee of three members appointed by the President to nominate candidates for each office. The President shall not be a member of the Nominating Committee.

B. Nominations from the general membership shall also be accepted, provided they are accompanied by written acceptances of the nominees.

C. Names of candidates (whether from the Nominating Committee or the general membership), together with their written acceptance, must be submitted to the President no later than August 15.

D. The Secretary shall prepare an official ballot.

E. All candidates must be members of the Paralibrarians. It shall be the responsibility of the nominator to verify such membership. The Secretary shall omit from the official ballot any names improperly submitted.

Section 2. Elections

A. Not later than 60 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting, the Secretary shall deliver a copy of the ballot, using procedures approved by the Executive Board, to each voting member. Ballots shall be returned so that they are received by the Secretary at least two weeks prior to the Annual Business Meeting.

B. The chair of the Nominating Committee shall certify the results of the election, which shall be determined by the tally of the Secretary, and shall notify each candidate and each member of the Committee of such results.

C. New officers shall be announced at the first executive board meeting Paralibrarians Annual Meeting and reported to the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Library Association.

ARTICLE VIII. Amendments.

Notices of proposed amendments to the by-laws must be appended to the call for a meeting. Amendments shall be passed upon affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership present.

ARTICLE IX Meetings.

Section 1. General Membership.

A. The annual business meeting and special meetings of the general membership shall be held at such time and place as the Executive Board shall designate.

B. A quorum will consist of 10% of the section membership.

Section 2. Executive Board. Quarterly meetings of the Executive Board shall be held at such time and place as the President shall designate.

ARTICLE X. Parliamentary Authority.

The latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order shall govern all deliberations of this organization.


Board Contact

President: Cyndi Burnham, Goffstown Public Library, cyndib@goffstownlibrary.com

Vice President/President-Elect:

Past President: Heather Rainier, Hooksett Public Library, hrainier@hooksettlibrary.org  

InterState Reciprocity Liaison: Heather Rainier, Hooksett Public Library, hrainier@hooksettlibrary.org

Member at Large:

Danielle Arpin, Pelham Public Library, darpin@pelhamweb.com

Eileen Gilbert, Belmont Public Library, director@belmontpubliclibrary.org

Review Chair: Lee Ann Chase, Hooksett Public Library, lchase@hooksettlibrary.org

Review Committee members:

Edmund Lowe, Nashua Public Library, edmund.lowe@nashualibrary.org

Education Chair: Hope Garner, Griffin Free Library, Auburn, libraryadvocate62@gmail.com

Education Committee members:

Krista Bordeleau, Pelham Public Library, kbordeleau@pelhamweb.com

Eileen Gilbert, Belmont Public Library, director@belmontpubliclibrary.org

Membership Chair: Patrick Arnold, Derry Public Library, Patricka@Derrypl.org

Treasurer: Julie Spokane, Brookline Public Library, quiltertwo66@gmail.com

Secretary: Amanda Alwyn, Laconia Public Library, aalwyn@laconialibrary.org

Webmaster: Amanda Alwyn, Laconia Public Library, aalwyn@laconialibrary.org

Mini-Conference Committee Chair: Cyndi Burnham, Goffstown Public Library, cyndib@goffstownlibrary.com

Mini-Conference Committee members:


Board Role Descriptions

role descriptions for all board positions. Useful for those looking to see whom to contact, as well as those who are interest in becoming part of the board.


Certificate Mentors

Julie Spokane, Brookline Public Library, quiltertwo66@gmail.com

Cyndi Burnham, Goffstown Public Library, cyndib@goffstownlibrary.com


Certificate Holders

Name Level Awarded Library City
Julie Spokane 2 May 2015 Brookline Public Library Brookline
Lee Ann Chase 2 May 2015 Hooksett Public Library Hooksett
Marcia Strykowski 3 May 2015 Hampstead Public Library Hampstead
Glenn Walter 1 June 2016 Nichols Library Center Harbor
Leanne Gast 2 June 2016 Blaisdell Memoiral Library Nottingham
Susan Kehoe 1 June 2016 Sandown Public Library Sandown
Alison Forte 2 August 2016 Blaisdell Memoiral Library Nottingham
Annette Lombardo 1 August 2016 Blaisdell Memoiral Library Nottingham
Mary Farrell 1 August 2016 G.H. Bixby Memoiral Library Francestown
Samantha Gallo 2 October 2016 Fuller Public Library Hillsboro
Cathy Hassard 1 February 2017 Sandown Public Library Sandown
Cheryl Ingerson 1&2 February 2017 Maxfield Public Library Loudon
Lisa Cutter 1 February 2017 Peterborough Town Library Peterborough
Jennifer Stover 2 August 2017 Merrimack Public Library Merrimack
Marcia Strykowski 4 August 2017 Hampstead Public Library Hampstead
Sarah Frost 2 August 2017 Belmont Public Library Belmont
Julie Spokane 3 October 2017 Brookline Public Library Brookline
Samantha Gallo 3 January 2018 Fuller Public Library Hillsboro
Lee Ann Chase 3&4 April 2018 Hooksett Public Library Hooksett
Lindsey Blanchette 1 April 2018 Salisbury Free Library Salisbury
Cyndi Burnham 1 June 2018 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Lauren Rettig 1 June 2018 Davis Public Library Stoddard
Lisa Cutter 2 June 2018 Amherst Town Library Amherst
Amanda Alwyn 1&2 August 2018 Laconia Public Library Laconia
Cyndi Burnham 2 October 2018 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Doreen Bergeron 1 October 2018 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Sarah Frost 1 October 2018 Belmont Public Library Belmont
Cathy Hassard 2 December 2018 Sandown Public Library Sandown
Doreen Bergeron 2 December 2018 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Hope Garner 1 December 2018 Griffin Free Library Auburn
Jennifer Stover 3 December 2018 Merrimack Public Library Merrimack
Lee Gilmore 1&2 December 2018 Merrimack Public Library Merrimack
Sheila Lippman 1&2 December 2018 Merrimack Public Library Merrimack
Julie Spokane 4 April 2019 Brookline Public Library Brookline
Amanda Alwyn 3 June 2019 Laconia Public Library Laconia
Susan Kehoe 2 June 2019 Sandown Public Library Sandown
Aimee LaRue 1 October 2019 Peterborough Town Library Peterborough
Cheryl Ingerson 3 October 2019 Maxfield Public Library Loudon
Mary Farrell 2 October 2019 G.H. Bixby Memoiral Library Francestown
Mary Hubbard 1 October 2019 Peterborough Town Library Peterborough
Stacey Desrosiers 1 October 2019 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Bettielue Hill 1 December 2019 Brookline Public Library Brookline
Cherylyn Gable 1 December 2019 Meredith Public Library Meredith
Aimee Larue 2 September 2020 Peterborough Town Library Peterborough
Carla Ferreira 1 September 2020 Bedford Public Library Bedford
Cheryl Ingerson 4 September 2020 Maxfield Public Library Maxfield
Cyndi Burnham 3 September 2020 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Dawn Mazur 1 September 2020 Derry Public Library Derry
Ellen Neilley 1 September 2020 James A. Tuttle Library Antrim
Joann Houde 1 September 2020 Nesmith Public Library Windham
Laura Wing 1 September 2020 Fuller Public Library Hillsboro
Linda Hough 1 September 2020 Meredith Public Library Meredith
Micaela Seekell 1 September 2020 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Micaela Seekell 2 September 2020 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Patrick Arnold 1 September 2020 Derry Public Library Derry
Susanna Buonopane 1 September 2020 Campton Public Library Campton
Cherylyn Gable 2 December 2020 Meredith Public Library Meredith
Danielle Arpin 1 December 2020 Pelham Public Library Pelham
Julie Cyr 1 December 2020 Jaffrey Public Library Jaffrey
Krista Bordeleau 1 December 2020 Pelham Public Library Pelham
Marie Mehegan 1 December 2020 Pembroke Town Library Pembroke
Dawn Mazur 2 March 2021 Derry Public Library Derry
Dianna Levesque 1 March 2021 Fuller Public Library Hillsboro
Hope Garner 2 March 2021 Griffin Free Library Auburn
Krista Bordeleau 2 March 2021 Pelham Public Library Pelham
Laura Wing 2 March 2021 Fuller Public Library Hillsboro
Marie Mehegan 2 March 2021 Pembroke Town Library Pembroke
Patrick Arnold 2 March 2021 Derry Public Library Derry
Samantha Gallo 4 March 2021 Fuller Public Library Hillsboro
Carla Ferreira 2 November 2021 Bedford Public Library Bedford
Cyndi Burnham 4 November 2021 Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Danielle Arpin 2 November 2021 Pelham Public Library Pelham
John Locke 1 November 2021 Meredith Public Library Meredith
Patrick Arnold 3 November 2021 Derry Public Library Derry
Glynis Hart 1 January 2022 Wilmot Public Library Wilmot
Krista Bordeleau 3 March 2022 Pelham Public Library Pelham