The Award of Excellence is presented annually by the READS section of New Hampshire Library Association to a library staff member who provides outstanding service in the reference or adult services area. Nominations can be submitted by anyone affiliated with the library staff person’s work — a colleague, a Friend of the library, a trustee, or a supervisor. You do NOT need to be a library director to nominate someone for this award!
Deadline for nominations is June 1, 2013. The award will be given at the READS Fall Meeting on October 25, 2013.
An application form in pdf format can be downloaded here: 2013 Award of Excellence nomination form
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From left to right: Jen Hinderer, Director of Nashua Public Library; Sophie Smith, 2012 Award of Excellence winner from Nashua Public Library; and Pat Fickett, READS past-president and Chair of the Award of Excellence committee.
The Reads Award of Excellence Committee, along with the READS Executive Board, is very pleased to announce that Sophie Smith of Nashua Public Library is the winner of the 2012 Award of Excellence.
The READS award of excellence recognizes outstanding contributions by a library staff member who has been instrumental in improving library service to adults. Smith, a reference librarian at Nashua Public Library, was nominated by library director Jen Hinderer. Hinderer cited Smith’s work in developing and maintaining Nashua’s world languages collection and her development of reading materials directed at adult new readers, both those learning to read for the first time and ESL students new to reading English. Her efforts have resulted in large increases in the circulation of books in Hindi, Chinese and Spanish. In addition, she has reached outside of the library, meeting with students and teachers at The Adult Learning Center to determine how best to serve them. Hinderer wrote in her nomination: “Sophie is a worthy recipient because of her continued commitment to improving the customer experience in the library. In every decision and change we make as an institution Sophie is a strong advocate for the patron, she handles daily interactions with the public with grace, understanding, and good humor. Sophie actively reaches out to the community to gain feedback on how we can better serve them and is a great example of Excellence in service to adults.”
Nomination materials for the 2013 Award of Excellence will be available soon on the READS website. For more information on this award, please go to http://www.nhlibrarians.org/reads/index.html.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
For READS Members attending the Fall Conference and Annual Meeting on Friday, October 26 at Plymouth State University, please review these documents for the Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for 9:30 to 10 am.
Ballots for electing officers for the READS Executive Board were sent to all current READS members on August 27. Ballots were sent to members via email using Ballotbin.com online election tool. For members who opted for paper communication when joining NHLA and READS, ballots were mailed on August 27 to members who provided a home address, and sent via NHSL van to those who provided a library address.
The deadline for voting is Friday, September 28. Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting, the first item of business at READS Fall Conference on October 26.
Also on the agenda for the READS Annual Meeting are two proposed Bylaws changes.
Here are bios of the two candidates running for office this year:
Vice President/President-Elect: Katherine Dormody
Katherine Dormody has worked in libraries for the last 18 years. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.L.I.S. from Dominican University in River Forest, Il. Originally an academic librarian, Katherine quickly realized that her real passion lay in public libraries. Since that time, she’s worked as a children’s librarian, a technical services librarian, an assistant director and finally as the director of the Gilford Public Library, where she has been for the last twelve years. Some of her favorite projects at the Gilford Public Library include the building and opening of the new library in 2008, and the ongoing ‘rethinking Dewey’ classification system for nonfiction titles. As a librarian, she enjoys offering a center for all community members.
Treasurer: Deann Hunter
For the past nine years, I have worked as a Librarian at the Laconia Public Library in Adult Services. My responsibilities include maintaining the adult nonfiction and reference collections, implementing adult programming, assisting patrons with their reference needs, serving at the circulation desk, and preparing monthly statistical reports as well as the NH Public Library Annual Report. Before coming to Laconia I worked for two years as the Children’s Librarian at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner and as the Teen Librarian at the Hall Memorial Library in Northfield. I hold a B.A. in English from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and received my M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island in 2004. I have been a member of NHLA since my career in Librarianship began and have served as the Treasurer of READS for the past four years.
The ballot includes the option to write in a candidate for each office.
READS is proud to announce that we have three nominees for the 2012 READS Award of Excellence:
Mary Sullivan King, Meriden Library
Sophie Smith, Nashua Public Library
Patricia Quinn, Rye Public Library
The READS Award of Excellence is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library services to adults. The award winner for 2012 will be announced at the upcoming READS fall conference on Friday, October 26, 2012 at Plymouth State University. For more information about the READS fall conference, please visit http://reads.nhlibrarians.org/.
Congratulations to all of our nominees!
The 2012 READS fall conference, Not Your Grandma’s Library: Interlibrary Loans, Technology, and Intellectual Freedom, will be held on Friday, October 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Samuel Read Hall Heritage Commons, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. Speakers include an Inter-Library Loan panel of New Hampshire librarians, Christopher Leland (Meredith) on Free Software for Libraries, and an Intellectual Freedom panel of New Hampshire librarians on labeling, censorship, minor access, and other timely topics. Registration deadline is Friday October 5th, with fees at $35 per READS member and $40 per non-READS member. A registration form can be found in the attached pdf: readsbrochureoct2012
Please consider attending this exciting and relevant conference! For more information, please contact any READS board member (listing at http://www.nhlibrarians.org/reads/execboard.html).
Announcing The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. Hosted by Hampstead Public Library.
If your library, or local group wishes to sponsor a kit, contact Diane Mayr email@example.com, or visit http://www.reads-to-go.org.