The NELA Mentors Program provides mentoring opportunities to librarians and paraprofessionals of diverse needs by volunteer mentors from various library fields and geographic locations around New England. We make an effort to match participants with mentors who share stated interests. Since relaunching the program last year, the requests for mentors have outnumbered the volunteers. NELA is looking for librarians from all types of libraries and all of the New England states to serve as mentors. It is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and give back to the profession. I hope you will consider serving as a mentor. The success of the program depends on its participants.
Registration is now open for the 2015 ITS Spring Event: Reboot Your Library Website! The event will be held on June 5, 2015 at the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH. Our keynote speaker will be David Lee King, Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.
Space is limited so register by May 27.
Go to http://ams.nelib.org/event-1883591 to register today!
The New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) is a week-long leadership academy and retreat for early to mid-career librarians, paraprofessionals, Trustees and Friends of Libraries. It will be held at the Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center from August 3-7, 2015 in North Andover, Massachusetts with facilitator Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President.
NELA and the six state library associations are seeking applications for participants (individuals with 3 to 15 years’ experience in libraries) from across New England for this important learning opportunity. For more information and to download an application to be a participant visit http://nelib.org/advance-your-career/nells/.
For more information about NELLS, contact your state representative:
CT: Beth Crowley firstname.lastname@example.org
ME: Valerie Osborne Valerie.Osborne@bpl.lib.me.us
MA: Krista McLeodvt@nelib.org
NH: Amy LaPointenh@nelib.org
RI: Jennifer Bond email@example.com
VT: Karson Keisinger firstname.lastname@example.org
American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is working to finalize our numbers for 2014 challenges and our annual list of most frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and those submitted by individuals and, while we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible.
We would greatly appreciate if you could send us any information on challenges in your state or region that you are aware of from 2014. The final deadline for reporting 2014 challenges to OIF is Friday, February 27, 2015. Even if you think we probably already know about it, send it to us anyways. Or maybe there are more details we can add to our database. Many times the status is left unknown because the case was reported before there was a resolution. So updates are also encouraged.
Challenges reported to ALA by individuals are kept confidential and we will cross-check your report with existing entries in the database to avoid duplications. You may report challenges by filling out and submitting the database form available in a variety of formats at www.ala.org/challengereporting. If you have any questions at all, please contact email@example.com. Please share with your library listservs.
Many thanks for all of your help and support!
Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director
Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association l 50 E. Huron St. l Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-4221 l (800) 545-2433 x4221 toll-free l (312) 280-4227 fax
Registration is now open for the 2015 NETSL Annual Spring Conference! It will be held on April 10, 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a keynote address
given by José-Marie Griffiths, Vice President for Academic Affairs & University Professor at Bryant University.
We would like to thank the sponsors of the 2014 New England Library Association conference held in Boxborough, MA. Without your support conference would not be possible.
Our conference bloggers have been working hard to submit their notes from the programs they attended. Miss a session? Lost your notes? Check out the conference blog for the latest in conference program summaries and updates at http://nelib.org/category/nela2014/.
On Monday, October 20, 2014, the New England Library Association announced Mary Ann List as the recipient of this year’s Emerson Greenaway Award. Deborah Kelsey, NELA Past President presented the award with the following speech:
In 1998 the New England Library Association President 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 year slater this regional tribute was renamed the Emerson Greenaway Award to honor the memory of its first recipient.
Mary Ann List is the Emerson Greenaway Award recipient for 2014. Mary Ann exemplifies all that the Greenaway Award means to New England librarians. She is the consummate professional.
A New Hampshire Library Trustee Association’s New Hampshire Librarian of the Year, Mary Ann List has always been an advocate for intellectual freedom and strong library service at the local, state, and national levels.
As a dynamic library director for the Andover Town Library and the Portsmouth Public Library, Mary Ann encouraged professional and educational development for both staff and trustees. She developed strong budgets and defended them ably to municipal leaders and citizens. Mary Ann just as ably mentored library staff, brainstormed new program ideas, and worked the circulation and research desks. Under her direction, patron and circulation numbers grew significantly, programming became more popular, frequent, and diverse, collections expanded, staff became better trained, and reference services became well-known for excellence. She led fearlessly through the technology revolution taking place in our libraries.
Mary Ann was a founder and the driving force in the Greater Manchester Integrated Library Cooperative System, Incorporated, the only consortium in New Hampshire at the time. With her hard work and tireless service GMILCS now has twelve members, public and academic, and services nearly a quarter of the state’s population.
Under her guidance, the City of Portsmouth built a new library, New Hampshire’s first municipal building to receive the prestigious LEED certification, becoming a model for all subsequent library building projects in the state.
Mary Ann is an exemplary mentor. She has added polish and sophistication to our profession in how she comports herself. Her advice is sought, listened to and followed even if at times it was not what we wanted to hear. She has taught us to stand up for what is right and how to do it with dignity and grace. She is a natural born leader. She has charisma and vision and is just fun to be around.
Mary Ann’s calm and steady guidance was key to getting NELA through the very difficult years following the recent economic downturn that jeopardized the Association’s future. She dedicated a tremendous amount of effort, energy and time to ensure that the organization she left when her term was completed, was a better, more stable and forward-looking one.
Mary Ann has the qualities that make her a “great librarian” and that was, after all, the original name of this award. She has had an impact on the libraries she has worked in, surely, but beyond that she has been a model of leadership in New Hampshire and New England.
We all are humbled to be able to call this wonderful person a friend and colleague.
Presented by Deborah Kelsey, NELA Past President, Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Director
Nominated by Amy Lapointe, New Hampshire Library Association Representative to NELA, Amherst Town Library Director
Letters of support from:
Don Holden, Andover Town Library Trustee 1990-2014
Robin Julian, Andover Town Library Trustee
Krista I. McLeod, Massachusetts Library Association Representative to NELA, Nevins Memorial Library Director
Denise M. van Zanten, GMILCS, Inc. President, Manchester Public Library Director, NELA Treasurer
Michael York, New Hampshire State Librarian
What could be more fun than catching up with colleagues after a day of conference over BBQ and ice cream? Spinning the Wheel of Fortune for a chance to win and enjoying The Giant Game Co.’s oversized games like Scrabble, Connect Four, and Jenga!
Join us Sunday evening at 7pm for a BBQ dinner! Meal tickets can be purchased along with your conference registration for $25.
As dinner winds down, all conference attendees are welcome to join in the fun at 7:30PM for the NELA After Dark Games, a night of food, networking, games, and the chance to take home new ideas for library activities that involve all ages. Admission to the games is free though we’ll be charging for game tickets ($10 for 10 tickets). A cash bar will be available. All game ticket sales benefit NELA Educational Assistance which funds our scholarships and grants.
Whether you can make our Sunday night BBQ dinner or are dining out, be sure to come back at 7:30 PM for our NELA After Dark Game Night & Fundraiser. Admission to the games is free and open to all though those wishing to play the games will need to purchase tickets (1 for $1; 15 for $10; 25 for $20). Game tickets can be purchased anytime on Sunday and during the festivities. Spin the Wheel of Fortune for a chance to win prizes and enjoy The Giant Game Co.’s oversized games like Scrabble, Connect Four, and Jenga!
This event is a fundraiser for NELA’s Educational Assistance Program which funds scholarships and other continuing education opportunities for NELA members for their professional growth.
We have an amazing line up of authors speaking at our Monday and Tuesday meals at conference this year. The featured speaker at the NERTCL Luncheon on Monday, October 20 will be Peter Reynolds. Peter is a New York Times Best Selling author and is known for his quirky illustration as seen in the Judy Moody series as well as his own books such as Ish, The Dot, Sky Color, and his newest, in collaboration with his brother, Going Places. He also co-owns The Blue Bunny Bookstore, and, along with his twin brother, Paul, founded Fablevision, a transmedia development studio.
Our Monday evening speaker will be radio personality Mike Morin. Hi career has taken him all over the country including New York City, Boston and Manchester (NH) where he co-hosted a daily morning show on WZID-FM. He has recently authored his professional memoir, Fifty Shades of Radio.
Sarah MacLean’s romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her newest book, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, is the much-anticipated third book in the “Rules of Scoundrels” series. Sarah will be speaking at our Tuesday Luncheon.
Whether you’re hiring or hunting, visit the Job Center at the Annual Conference. Sunday and Monday programming includes:
- Resume Review
- Career Mixers
- BiblioTemps Demo
- Cover Letters that Open Doors
- Career Resources
We look forward to seeing you there!
Todd Maki of Photo Op Photography will be offering a fantastic deal for attendees of this year’s annual conference. With packages starting at $30, you have the opportunity to pose for professional portraits. Several backgrounds are available and custom colors can be added to match your library brand. Be sure to visit Todd in the Exhibit Hall October 12-21 in Boxborough, MA!
Celebrate Creativity,Courage & Collaboration on International Dot Day this September 15.
An International Dot Day celebration can be whatever you want it to be: a 30-minute exploration with art supplies, a week-long series of classroom activities, a year-long theme for your classroom, school, or district. There have even been special programs at local libraries, children’s museums and across whole communities. At The Dot Club, you’ll find lots of inspiration, ideas and encouragement.
And don’t forget to hear Peter H. Reynolds at our annual conference. He’ll be speaking at the NERTCL luncheon on Monday, October 20 at 1:45pm
Register for School Library Journal’s third SummerTeen online conference and get up close with popular YA authors and publishers discussing current and forthcoming titles for your teens.
Listen in on panels featuring romance titles worth falling in love with and graphic novels that will be flying off of your shelves. Take a trip around the world with international authors telling stories that transcend physical and cultural boundaries and rev up young sports fans up with winning titles.
Hear directly from publishers on the newest books you’ll want for your collection and engage with authors at live chat sessions. Download samples and excerpts and enter to win exciting prizes!
SummerTeen is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost.
Posting on behalf of The North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries
Widen the Lens – on Libraries, Healthcare, Patients and Research!
The North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries annual conference come to Maine in 2014.
SAVE THESE DATES!
October 19 – 21, 2014
Conference to be held at the Magnificent Samoset Resort in Stunning Rockport, Maine
See Conference and Accommodations Details at: http://nahsl.libguides.com/nahsl2014
The 2014 NELA Executive Board election is fast approaching. The Nominating Committee had assembled an outstanding slate of candidates eager to serve on the NELA Executive Board.
However, the slate cannot be considered final until the membership has been given the opportunity to bring forth candidates by petition. In accordance with the NELA Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 1c, “further nominations, except for the office of president, may be made by written petition of 25 personal members of the Association in good standing. Such petitions, accompanied by written acceptances of the nominees, must be filed with the Library Association Administrator not later than July 15.”
Once the slate is closed, ballots will be send out to the membership for voting. If you have any questions about the petition process, please feel free to contact Bob Scheier, Library Association Administrator, for more information.