NELA Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect, will be joining us at the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference in October 2009. Dr. Alire will be leading a special ALA Forum on Sunday, October 18. Share your thoughts on how ALA should focus its efforts in the next five years. As her presidential initiatives, Dr. Alire will also be sharing her expertise and innovative ideas about Library Advocacy and Literacy in a presentation on Monday, October 19. View initiatives, biography and more on her official website.


NELA Annual Conference Preview

For those of you on Linkedin, a new networking group for the New England Library Association was started thanks to Joe Fox. Just type in NELA in the Search Groups field and you will find us. Please consider joining Linkedin and this new group to network and stay in touch with your fellow New England library workers.

NELA Counterparts 2009

This summer, the New England Library Association (NELA) presents a unique opportunity for all library workers to attend a mindful and meaningful mini-conference in the New England region. This is NELA Counterparts.

Counterparts 2009 is a two-day educational event for NELA members, state library association members, consortia members and any other interested persons. Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 16-17, 2009 on the Connecticut College (New London) campus.

For information on our Speaker, conference details and registration forms, please visit this link:

Registrations will be accepted until June 30th. Confirmation, agenda and directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.

NELA Information Technology Section 2009 ITS Spring Event

New England Library Association – Information Technology Section 2009 ITS Spring Event Co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.

CMS Day!
Building a better website with Content Management Systems:
Drupal, Joomla, Plone, & WordPress
Keynote by Jessamyn West

Friday, June 12, 2009
10:00 a.m. ­ 3:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH

Registration Fee includes lunch & a free gadget!
NELA members – $50 Non-members – $60
-Space is Limited.
-Registration Closes Monday June 8.
-Mail-In Form available at end of this message
-On-line registration will be available soon.

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NELA Greenaway Award Seeking Nominations

At the New England Library Association Annual Fall Conference we honor an outstanding librarian from New England with the Greenaway Award. If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the library field in New England consider nominating them for this award. The Greenaway Award committee will accept nominations until June 1. The candiate must be a NELA member, or have been one in the past. Full details are here

NETSL Award 2009–Last Call for Nominations

Deadline for nominations is February 4, 2009

Is there a technical services librarian in your life who has inspired you? Do you have a colleague who has tackled today’s challenges in technical services and triumphed? Do you know a person who leads the way in innovation, collaboration, or data integration? Is there someone you know who puts the service in technical services? If you know of a person who merits any or all of these descriptions, please tell us. We ask you to include documents of support along with the name of your nominee. The requirements are outlined below. The successful nominee will be presented with the Award at the annual NETSL conference to be held on April 17, 2009 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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NETSL AWARD 2009: Call for Nominations

New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Executive Board is seeking nominations for its annual NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services.

The NETSL Award recognizes and honors significant New England-based contributions to the field of library technical services. Contributions may have been made in New England by librarians from throughout the United States, or nationally by librarians residing in New England, through publications, service, or innovations in practice. The NETSL Executive Board members select a recipient at their February meeting based on nominations received. The Board reserves the right to suspend the Award for a year if no suitable candidate is nominated.

The next NETSL Award will be presented at the annual NETSL Spring Conference, April 17, 2009, at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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Energy Grants for Vermont Libraries Perhaps?

Hi All,

I saw this article in my Burlington Free Press feed today:

Grants to Help Communities Reduce Energy Use, Save Money

It got me thinking about all the libraries around the state who want/need to upgrade or build new, and maybe this kind of grant, which is a matching funds grant, could be help those project along and promote the cause of green libraries at the same time.

I happened to blog the session at the New England Library Association Conference about green architecture and my notes/summary can be found by linking to the NELA Conference Blog:

Leading by Example: Toward More Sustainable Communities

The session was great because it was with not only a green architect, but with two New England libraries in different phases of planning/construction. I checked the NELA Conference materials area but no one from this session posted their presentations. However, I’m sure if you ask the presenters, they’d probably be happy to share. The architect had some really beautiful slides of new libraries that would make your mouth water. If you’re not familiar with the green library movement, it’s pretty awesome and gaining in momentum. Check out some of the projects at the Green Libraries website:

Green Libraries

I’m curious what people think about piggy-backing these kinds of projects, in part because I know very little about the grant process so I don’t know if it would work, but also because it seems like a really good time, what with our troubling economic times, to think creatively about how to lay hands to non-traditional revenue streams.

Helen Linda

Vermont Librarian needed as NERTCL Committee Member

As your New England Library Association (NELA) representative, I’ve been asked by the chair of the New England Roundtable of Teen and Children’s Librarians (NERTCL) to find a Vermonter to join the committee.

 Who is NERTCL? NERTCL is a group of librarians from all over New England who are dedicated to providing continuing education programs for librarians working with children and young adults through conferences and workshops. NERTCL sponsors the youth programs at the NELA Fall Conference and host an annual Spring Symposium comprised of a panel of children’s and teen authors and/or illustrators. NERTCL also hosts the Jordan Miller Storytelling Workshop on alternate years with the Massachusetts Library Association. At NERTCL meetings, members exchange news of library events and programs throughout New England; members benefit from the ideas and experiences of their colleagues.

Participation in this committee will require energy, enthusiasm, time committments, and travel to meetings throughout New England. Vermont is underrepresented in NELA committees so it would be nice if we could start interjecting this committee with all of the great stories, successes, and best practices of our state’s great children’s librarians.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the chair of the NERTCL committee, April Mazza, at (508)358-2308 or For further information on the NERTCL committee, check out their website at


Kip M. Roberson, VT NELA Representative

NELA Plans Non-perishable Food Drive in Manchester, NH

NELA Executive Board and NELA Conference Committee 2008 are planning a non-perishable food drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, but we can’t do it without your help.

While you are preparing to pack for the Annual Conference, please consider setting aside some room in your suitcase for one or two non-perishable food items.

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