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Nominate a librarian for the 2013 READS Award of Excellence!

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

2012 READS Award of Excellence winner announced

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

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