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Archive: September, 2013

READS conference registration deadline one week away

What if there was a way to improve your library skills, work towards a certificate in librarianship and perhaps earn more money doing what you love to do? Come find out how at the READS Conference to be held at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH, on October 25, 2013. Registration check in begins at 8:30. Enjoy the continental breakfast beginning at 8:30.

The morning session will be presented by Gerry Deyermond, co-chair of the Massachusetts Library Association’s (MLA) Paralibrarian Section, along with Karen Horn and Lori Salotto of the Paralibrarian Career Development Committee will describe the voluntary program they developed to formally recognize paralibrarians who go above and beyond their regular duties.

The Massachusetts program has been operating since 2006. Not everyone wants to (or is able to) obtain an advanced degree to further their library career. This presentation will outline the process used by MLA to implement such a program. The two hour program will feature a presentation, a panel discussion and a question & answer period.

After the presentation, you will be given an anonymous survey about starting such a program in NH. Be on the ground level as we explore library certification in New Hampshire! This is not just for library administration. We want to hear from all library staff at all levels.

After lunch Denise van Zanten, Library Director at Manchester City Library will present a program that focuses on dealing with the many relationships library staff need to juggle to keep staff, coworkers, trustees and patrons happy! Be prepared for an interactive question and answer session as part of the presentation to share “your” challenges and learn some pointers.

And we will wrap it all up with the FAMOUS 30 books in 30 minutes presented by Mary H. White, Director of the Howe Library, Hanover, NH and two colleagues Heather Backman, Programming and Outreach Librarian; and Gary Burton, Youth Services Assistant. Get some great ideas for your book group’s next book!

Four More Titles!

bushel of RTG kits

Four new READS-TO-GO kits! Also, if your library or group is interested in sponsoring a kit, please email Diane Mayr at dmayr@nesmithlibrary.org.

–Diane

READS Election 2013

Ballots for electing officers for the READS Executive Board were sent to all current READS members on August 26, 2013. Ballots were sent to most members via email. For members who opted for paper only communication when joining NHLA and READS, ballots were mailed on August 26. If you did not receive a ballot, please contact READS Secretary Mary Cronin at librarian@madison.lib.nh.us, or at the Madison Library, 367-8545.

The deadline for voting is Friday, October 4. Results will be announced at the READS Annual Meeting, the first item of business at READS Fall Conference on October 25, 2013.

Here are bios of the two candidates running for office this year:

Corinne Chronopoulos, for VP/Pres Elect:  
Corinne Chronopoulos is the Director of the Pelham Public Library. A graduate from the MLS program at Simmons College, she has a background in corporate libraries and an unhealthy love of resume help reference questions. Chronopoulos is passionate about creating community partnership opportunities for her public library and lives in Hudson, NH with her husband and son.

Rebekka Mateyk, for Secretary:
Rebekka Mateyk is the director of the Pease Public Library in Plymouth, NH. She received her MLS from Rutgers University. She started her library career in New Jersey at Merck, and has worked in public libraries for 14 years. She enjoys music and kayaking, and just learned how to row a quad on Squam Lake.

The ballot also includes the option to write in a candidate for each office.