This year’s evening banquet has switched to Monday night. We will be welcoming radio personality and author of the recent publication, Fifty Shades of Radio-True Stories of a Morning Radio Guy Being Wired, Tired and Fired, Mike Morin. Mike will share tales of his experiences during his 43 years as a radio personality and how the industry has changed with new technology. Aside from his radio work, Morin writes a humor column for the Nashua (NH) Telegraph and has contributed to the Boston Globe, Chicken Soup for the Soul books and several magazines. He was also a TV weatherman and co-host of TV sports shows in Boston and New Hampshire. In June, 2013, Morin was awarded the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for community service. He also won a macaroni and cheese bake off in 2011 and blue ribbon for baking at the 2013 Deerfield Fair. He has been making the rounds discussing his book recently and his talk is not to be missed at conference.
Also at the banquet Monday evening, the Emerson Greenaway award will be given out to this year’s honoree. The Emerson Greenaway Award is the New England Library Association’s award for distinguished service in librarianship. In 1988, NELA President Christine Kardokas established the “Great Librarian Award” to recognize the contributions of exceptional librarians. The first recipient to be honored for his outstanding achievements was Emerson Greenaway, an innovator in library organization and practice in the mid-twentieth century. Two years later, this regional tribute was renamed the Emerson Greenaway Award to honor the memory of its first recipient. It is presented annually, whenever there is a worthy candidate, at NELA’s Annual Conference. Come honor this year’s deserving recipient at the banquet Monday.