New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)

The purpose of this symposium is to foster the mentoring and development of leaders in state and regional library associations. NELLS was created through a cooperative effort of the New England Library Association and all six New England state library associations. First held in 2003, subsequent NELLS events have taken place in 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2013.

The next NELLS program is expected to take place in the summer of 2015.

Who can attend?
NELLS students will be library professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers (trustees, friends, etc.) in mid-career (3-15 years experience in or with libraries). The attendees may be recommended by someone or may make their own application for this leadership training. Each student must be a member of his or her state library association or NELA in order to apply. Download the NELLS application.

What does it cost?
There is a nominal cost to the student to participate in the Symposium. NELA and all six state associations are financially supporting NELLS to keep the costs low for the Symposium attendees. There may also be scholarships available from your state association.

What is taught?
The curriculum covers the following areas:

  • getting to know your leadership style
  • interpersonal communication
  • presentation skills
  • managing differences
  • risk taking
  • the library within the community
  • using power and influence
  • understanding libraries as organizational systems
  • transforming libraries
  • the leader as a catalyst for change
  • the leader’s role as coach and mentor
  • achieving your potential

Attendees develop an action plan for their future commitments.

Who attended in 2013?
The last NELLS event took place on July 29-August 2, 2013 at Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA. Our 2013 participants were:

Connecticut:
Mentor: Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Christine Angeli, Russell Library, Middletown
Brandie Doyle, Russell Library, Middletown
Karen Jensen, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford
Sarah McCusker, Windsor Public Library, Windsor

Maine:
Mentor: Valerie Osborne, Maine State Library
Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, Wells
Samantha Cote, Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor
Sonja Durney, Portland Public Library, Portland
Ann Filley, Rockport Public Library, Rockport
Beth Kane, Norway Public Library, Norway
Kate Pickup-McMullin, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Southwest Harbor
Kara Reiman, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook
Holly Williams, Pittsfield Public Library, Pittsfield
Mentor: Stephanie Zurinski, Maine State Library

Massachusetts:
Mentor: Zachary Newell, Salem State University Library, Salem
Matt Amory, Wayland Public Library, Wayland
Jenny Arch, Robbins Library, Arlington
Maura Deedy, Weymouth Public Libraries, Weymouth
Virginia Hewitt, Brooks Free Library, Harwich
Beth McIntyre, Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge
Sarah Moser, Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill
Meaghan Thompson, Turner Free Library, Randolph
Anna Tschetter, Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen
Danitta Wong, Healey Library at UMass, Boston

New Hampshire:
Mentor: Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library, Goffstown
Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy
Chelsea Hanrahan, New England College, Henniker
Sophie Smith, Nashua Public Library, Nashua
Anne E. (Betsy) Mahoney, Baker Free Library, Bow

Vermont:
Mentor: Marti Fiske, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston
Barbara Ball, Windsor Public Library, Windsor
Debbie Landauer, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax
Lydia Willoughby, VT Technical College/Hartness Library System, Randolph Center

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New England Library Leadership Symposium Committee
Mary Etter
Director
South Windsor Public Library
South Windsor, CT
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New England Library Leadership Symposium Committee
Krista McLeod
Director
Nevins Memorial Library
Methuen, MA