NELA Carpooling Opportunities Still Available

Hi All,

There are still folks with spots in their cars headed to NELA this weekend. If you would like to carpool to NELA, please consider signing up for the VLA Travel Wiki. This tool uses PBWiki and signing up for an account takes seconds if you haven’t done so before, plus there are great tutorials on how to use a wiki courtesy of the Vermont 23 Things section on Wikis. You can request access either by clicking through to the Wiki and requesting there, or you can reply to this email with your name and your preferred email address. It only takes a couple of seconds to sign up and would be a great way to save money and meet new people. If you have an event you think people would like to carpool to, please feel free to add it and encourage folks to join up. I am, of course, happy to help anyone who needs it by adding their information or events to the wiki and answering questions, especially if you feel you need a little time to get accustomed to it.

See you there!

Going to NELA? Chapter leaders want to hear from you!

College & University Librarians, ACRL-NEC wants to hear from you!

Let us know how your professional association can work for you.  What are we doing that works and what could we do better?

Vice President Barbara Kenney and I will be holding informal focus groups at the NELA (New England Library Association) Annual Conference in Manchester, NH on October 19, 20, and 21. We’re especially interested in hearing from folks in northern New England. A few minutes of your time during one of these sessions is all that’s needed. Please join us.

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NELA is looking for conference bloggers

NELA is looking for novice and experienced bloggers to help out at the NELA Conference on October 19-21.

Once again, Plymouth Rocket, Inc. – – is pleased to sponsor the conference blog and free Internet access for the bloggers.

“Taking Charge of Change”, the 2008 Annual NELA Conference, will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

For more information, visit the NELA Web site at

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NELA Conference — Plan to Attend

Don’t Miss Out on Discount Rates for NELA 2008! 

NELA is accepting Early Registration for “Taking Charge of Change”, the 2008 Annual NELA Conference being held from October 19 to 21, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

If your registration is postmarked by October 10, you can receive a 25-30%!

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Adult Programming Showcase
  • Drop-In Resume Review
  • Easy Web Fixes
  • “Graphic” Nonfiction
  • Help! The Teen Librarian Has Left the Building
  • Hot Topics in Technical Services
  • Leading by Example: Toward More Sustainable Communities
  • My College Freshman Is Your High School Senior
  • Sophisticated Picture Books
  • The Vanishing Male: Guy Stuff That Lures and Hooks
  • Special Guest Authors: Simon Winchester, Cynthia Lord, and Michael Palmer
  • Special Guest Storytellers: Eshu and Motoko and Raouf Mama

Join your colleagues for all this plus award winners, discussion leaders, gamers, social hours, luncheons, exhibits, exhibits, and more exhibits!

Register by mail or online at

New England Library Association Annual Conference

Just wanted to remind everyone that the New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference is coming up. This years theme is “Taking Charge of Change” and the programs look terrific. The conference is being held October 19-21 in Manchester, NH at the Raddison Hotel and Conference Center.

I’ve created a wiki for people to coordinate carpooling/roommates for events, this one being the first one. It’s called the VLA Travel Wiki and it is hosted at PBwiki. For everyone’s privacy, I have made the wiki for the VLA membership by invitation only. Please email me (celestihel[at] if you are interested in trying/checking it out and I’ll shoot you an invite just as quick as I can.

If wiki’s are new to you and you want to check them out generally before you try out the travel wiki, try popping over to the Vermont 23 Things site. Thing 17 and Thing 18 are about wikis and include some helpful tutorials, tips, and a sandbox to play around with, and there is a good deal of information about PBwiki specifically.

Helen Linda