Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference
Presented by the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES)
Librarians receive FREE LANES membership and member pricing on this unique weekend-long event
|Attend the LANES “Sharing the Fire” Storytelling Conference, April 1-3, 2016 in Amherst, MA
Receive discounted LANES member pricing (save $60) as well as a free one year LANES membership (a $55 value) for a total savings of $115.
About the Conference
Storytelling is for everyone! Come learn from experts in a fun and engaging way. Attendees will explore the unique role that stories and the craft of storytelling can serve in a world where issues of gender, technology, environment, and social justice are causing everyday folk to reexamine ideas and values.
Experience the best tellers in the Northeast at storytelling concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. The remainder of the weekend features workshops providing unmatched professional and personal development opportunities.
Be sure to visit LANES.org and explore the links under “Storytelling Conference” to learn more.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone interested in telling stories. From novice to professional, there are over 20 workshops to choose from. Research shows that storytelling is a powerful way to deliver information. The ability to share compelling stories and teach others how to tell stories is an asset for any teacher or librarian.
How to Register:
The New England Library Association’s Educational Assistance program provides unique opportunities for professional growth and development, but we need your help to keep these scholarships and grants flourishing. Each year, NELA currently offers Continuing Education Grants which subsidizes the cost of workshops and institutes not leading to a degree and Conference Scholarships to make first-time conference attendance possible for up to six NELA members representing each New England state.
With your help NELA can continue its Educational Assistance efforts and work towards expanding the program, reaching out to even more library professionals. We hope that you will be able to make a contribution in support of these goals. Every donation makes a difference! Click HERE to donate today.
We thank you in advance for your generosity and support on #GivingTuesday and on every day.
The Academic Librarians Section is very excited at the level of interest in their first stand-alone event for tomorrow, Friday, November 13th. Due to the high level of interest, and space restrictions at the venue, we will be unable to accept walk-ins tomorrow. We hope you will consider joining us at a future ALS event.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our vendor, University of North Texas Library & Information Sciences. Their donation to NELA’s Educational Assistance Fund helped us bring six new first time attendees to conference this year and earned their logo a spot on our conference tote bag. Due to a printing error, their logo does not appear on the bag, and we would like to acknowledge their generous gift.
The University of North Texas’ Department of Library & Information Sciences, in collaboration with the Manchester City Library, is currently admitting a cohort of students from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to pursue its ALA-accredited Master’s program, starting in Spring 2016. Students will attend a four-day Institute at MCL on January 8-11, 2016 and a two-day Institute in June 2016, and complete the rest of the program online! UNT-LIS is also pleased to offer twenty $2,000 Tuition Assistance Scholarships to newly admitted students in the cohort.
The Institutes at the Manchester City Library will include an orientation, technology training, and introduction to the core courses, as well as time to network with fellow students, faculty, and library leaders. This blended cohort-based approach to the MLIS is unique, and has proven effective in providing students with a high-quality accessible experience.
Stop by their table (# 123) to learn more about admissions, programs, and the application process, and to collect unique UNT swag!
We’d like to thank Capira Technologies, LLC for sponsoring our app and for all of their hard work. Please visit them at booth #218 in our exhibit hall to learn more about them.
Like having a printed program at conference as well? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! A printed program will also be available at registration. Don’t forget to REGISTER TODAY! We will be closing registration on October 19th at midnight.
We look forward to seeing you in October! #NELA2015
Vice President/President Elect
Library Director at the Abbott Library in Sunapee, NH
The Vice President serves for three years – president in year two and past president in year three. In her first year, Mary will lead the conference committee to plan NELA’s 2016 Conference in Danvers, MA.
Denise van Zanten
Library Director at the Manchester City Library, Manchester, NH
The Treasurer serves a two-year term.
Director of Youth Services at the Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT
The Junior Director serves a two-year term – senior director in year two.
Are you a graduate of the New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)? There will be a NELLS Reunion Brunch at the Radisson Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, NH on Sunday, October 25 from 10-11:30 am for all graduates and mentors. NELLS Alumni are welcome to register at http://ams.nelib.org/event-2015805 for this event. There is a $25 charge.
Not an alum of NELLS? Check out our NELLS page to learn more about the program and consider applying for the 2017 symposium.
The next Library Libations will be on Saturday, October 3 at The Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough. It’s all-you-can bowl from 7:00-10:00 for $10.00/person. Enjoy a night hanging out with some of your fellow librarians. Full bar and food available. A representative of the Maine Library Assocaition (MLA) and NELA will also be there to answer any questions you may have about these organizations and their upcoming conferences. Please RSVP to Michelle at email@example.com.
The next NELLS program will take place August 3-7, 2015 at Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover, MA. Click here for a complete list of 2015 students and mentors.
The next opportunity to apply will be in the spring of 2017. Please download, complete the application form and return along with three letters of recommendation.
NELLS Application Form
Back by popular demand, the NELA Conference program that let’s YOU tell YOUR story! Use the Conference theme, Back to the Future, and tell us something great you’ve done. You have 5 minutes and 20 slides to describe an idea that worked. Last year presentations included storywalks, marketing ideas, a digital platform, a city-wide initiative, and more.
Deadline July 31, presenters announced in August.