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Archive: August, 2012

READS Election

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 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.

2012 READS Award of Excellence nominees

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

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

2012 READS fall conference registration is open

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


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