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A READS Timeline

  • 1987. 16 libraries form the Reference and Adult Services Section (RASS) of NHLA. Annual dues are assessed at $3/person. It’s mission was to serve as “a sounding board and advocate for matters relating to reference and adult services” and “to educate, empower and provide opportunities for collaboration with the entire New Hampshire library community.”
  • 1988. The acronym of the group is changed to READS.
  • 1989. The first spring program, titled “Computers in Libraries,” is offered.
  • 1995. Membership reaches 90.
  • 1999. A listserv for READS members is established.
  • 2002. In response to member surveys, discussion-style roundtables are added to the yearly schedule. Roundtables are held in multiple locations to enhance participation.
  • 2005. The annual READS Award for Excellence is established.
  • 2007. “READS-TO-GO” is launched. The program offers all-in-one book discussion kits.
  • 2008. Membership reaches 195.
  • 2012. Pop-up Roundtable programs are introduced to meet the need for librarians to get together to discuss rapidly emerging issues in library service.