ACRL/NEC Spring 2010 Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries – New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) announces its Spring 2010 Conference!

Embracing Our Electronic World: Challenges and Promises for Academic Libraries

Friday, May 14, 2010 @ College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Spend a day discussing the impact of our shifting information landscape, the evolving roles of academic libraries and librarians in a networked world, and the opportunities for innovation that come with rapid change.  The conference will feature speaker, Lisa Hinchliffe (Vice-President/President-elect of ACRL), presentations from ACRL/NEC Special Interest Groups (, and will offer opportunities to network with your colleagues and discuss the latest library products and services with our sponsoring vendors.

NELA 2009 – Register Now to Get Early Bird Discounts!


It’s time to register for the New England Library Association Annual Conference in Hartford, CT on October 18 – 20, 2009.

Why? Just take a look at the great program lineup at to see the details on this dynamic educational event and networking opportunity.

Why now? Both the Early Bird registration discount and the special NELA rate at the Marriott hotel are good until October 9. Take advantage of the savings by registering now.


NELINET (soon to be LYRASIS) IT Conference – Open Source in Your Library

Don’t miss the NELINET (soon to be LYRASIS) IT Conference

Open Source in Your Library
October 9th, 2009 – Olin College, Needham, MA

Hello All!

I am so excited to be joining the library community at such a pivotal time in the history of library technology management. As an early adopter of open source solutions, I sometimes take for granted the great advantages of sharing knowledge resources. Now, being at the junction of two worlds of information science – both as it relates to computer science and to library science, my role as Open Source Guy is a dream come true.

Dare to dream…

  • What if you could have a truly cost-effective, scalable, customizable ILS solution that takes advantage of the cooperative power of open source?
  • What if you could get total control of your website content and engage your patrons interactively?

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Vermont Historical Society Annual Meeting and Conference

“Vermont in the 21st Century: How We Got Here”

Keynote Speaker: Frank Bryan
Panelists: Chris Graff, John McClaughry, Jill Mudgett
Filmmaker: Rick Moulton

Is Vermont an exceptional place?

If so, what are the historical roots of our state’s distinct nature? Come explore these and other issues with others interested in our state and its history. This is a change to the format of the Vermont Historical Society annual meeting: a sale of postcards and other ephemera will begin the day, followed by a brief annual meeting, then a thought-provoking conference will fill the rest of the morning and early afternoon.

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Vermont Library Trustee Association Annual Conference

The VLTA Annual Conference, scheduled for October 17, at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT.

“Please make sure that each of your trustees gets a copy of this flyer and encourage them to attend this event. This year the conference will challenge trustees to think about the future of libraries, and will introduce them (or re-introduce, in some cases) to current social networking and technology tools. Keynote speaker Stephen Spohn of NELINET will make a presentation on trends in technology, education and libraries and will explore what the future holds for us. ”
Martha Reid, Vermont State Librarian

To register for the conference please go to:

“Staff Development on a Shoestring” Conference Registration Open

“Staff Development on a Shoestring”

Libraries are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn and fewer of us have resources to attend national meetings. We’re also grappling with the changing roles of libraries and library staff as technologies develop and our users’ needs evolve. This year’s October Conference will explore innovative, affordable staff development initiatives.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2009
Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Registration fee: $80 (includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch)

Please register early to avoid disappointment; attendance is capped at 120.

To register or for more information, please visit the Conference web site at <>.

If you have a question about registration, please call Erin Branch at (603) 650-1661 or email her at [email protected].

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New England Library Association Annual Conference



Annual Conference Offerings & Registration

NELA Membership Registration

Dear Colleagues,

I don’t want you to miss the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference this coming October 18 – 20. The fall is a busy time for us all but it is also a good chance to refresh and renew by planning time to attend the conference.

We offer many presentations, events and exhibitors that represent a variety of interests. Here are just a few:

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Photo Preservation Program in September – Philadelphia

Historic photographs and negatives need special care. Learn how to best preserve these complex collections materials.

Focusing on Photographs: Identification and Preservation presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts Philadelphia, PA – September 22 & 23, 2009

For more information and to register online, go to or go to our Education Program Calendar at

This two-day program will focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for photographic collections. Using lecture and hands-on demonstrations, topics will be intertwined over the course of the program to give participants a holistic view of identifying photographic materials, caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling procedures, and establishing safe storage environments.

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Check out the VLA Travel Wiki

Most libraries in this economy are experiencing level funding, budget cuts, even job loss. Professional development and travel reimbursement funds have been slashed if they existed in the first place. But don’t despair! What better way to meet new librarians or reconnect with old friends than carpooling, sharing a hotel room, and saving big money all at once. It can be hard when we’re spread out all over the state and may be the only person we know going to an event to find someone to split those travel expenses with. That’s why you should check out the VLA Travel Wiki. It’s a place for finding people. Editing the wiki is as easy as writing an email. There’s a lot fun to be had in it, too, and plenty of tips and tricks to get you started. If you are interested, click through and request to be added or contact me and I’ll get you started.



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Day 2 Chicago

I am sitting in the ALA membership meeting and following the discussion of libraries in hard times.  Times are hard; libraries are busy…like any of us don’t know that!

Following this meeting I will be attending a Human Resource Development and Recruitment Committee meeting and will hear the latest news from the HRDR office in Chicago. I serve on the advisory committee. Following that meeting I will hear Cokie Roberts speak and attend a PLA reception. This evening I will be speaking about a resolution on single-payer, universal health care that I have introduced with Rob Banks, Kansas chapter councilor at our council forum.

I will not have internet access for the remainder of the day. If you have any comments or feedback please send a message and I will receive it tomorrow morning.

Your ALA Councilor,

Nancy Wilson