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READS Award of Excellence 2017 Winner

READS Award of Excellence 2017

Every Spring we post to our website and send out notification that we are accepting nominations for the READS Award of Excellence.  The purpose of the Award of Excellence is to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library services to adults.  The nomination process involves filling out a three-page form.  We appreciate all the directors, department heads and coworkers who take the time to fill out a nomination form.

After the forms are filled out, our Award Selection Committee carefully evaluates the nominees.  The Award Selection Committee consists of the last two READS Past Presidents and the last three READS Award of Excellence recipients.

Last year we filled all the spaces on our Award of Excellence plaque with the names of our recipients.  This plaque is now being housed at the State Library.  This year’s winner will be the first name on our new plaque.

Every one of the nominees for the READS Award of Excellence has dedicated themselves to their communities above and beyond their share. Their passion for and commitment to helping others is truly inspiring.

This year’s winner is Roger Robbins from the Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield.  The following is an excerpt from his nomination, submitted by Stephenson Memorial Library Director, Beverly Pietlicki:

2017: READS Secretary, Kersten Matera (left) presents the READS Award of Excellence to recipient, Roger Robbins (center). Roger was nominated by Beverly Pietlicki (right), Director at the Stephenson Memorial Library.

Roger has 17 years NH library experience.  He has worked as a Reference librarian at Colby Sawyer College, Concord Public Library and Lebanon Public Library.  He taught bibliographic instruction, developed research guides and supervised Interlibrary loan.  Roger headed the migration of an ILS system to an open source system, has managed web pages and has been head cataloger. He has continually stepped up to the plate in assisting with Adult Services such as Reader’s Advisory, technology troubleshooting, managing adult volunteers, and coordinating outreach to a local adult independent living facility.  He has created useful tools to train new employees and has developed special collection areas such as local and New England specific history collections.  Having been a long time resident of New England, and accumulated experience working for several libraries, he is extremely resourceful in a meaningful and personal way with our patrons. He knows how to deal with the spectrum of our small town population with enviable grace and poise.

Congratulations Roger Robbins!

READS Fall Conference 2017

READS Fall Conference 2017

Tuesday October 10, 2017 9am-3:30pm
NH Audubon McLane Center 84 Silk Farm Road Concord NH

Day’s Schedule and Presenter Information (Word)
Day’s Schedule and Presenter Information (PDF)

PRESENTER NOTES AND SLIDES

Transforming Stacks for Better Book Discovery Amy Lapointe and Sarah Leonardi, Amherst Town Library
Presentation slides

Comics in the library  Robin Brenner, Brookline (MA) Public Library
Presentation slides
Core Titles

Marketing collections through social media

Lunch with a local author Virginia Macgregor
Presentation slides

De-Deweying:  How one library moved away from decimals to natural language and lived to tell the tale Natalie Ducharme, Laura Stevens, and Alison Baker, Kelley Library, Salem
Presentation slides
Examples

Four of our presenters are published authors!
Know their work beforehand.

Falling for Collections Author Reading List (Word)
Falling for Collections Author Reading List (PDF)

Local Author Collection Development Policy Samples (Word)
Local Author Collection Development Policy Samples (PDF)

2016 READS Annual Meeting Minutes
2017 Proposed Bylaw Changes

Save the Date READS Fall Conference

Falling for Collections

Tuesday October 10, 2017 9am-4pm
 NH Audubon McLane Center 84 Silk Farm Road Concord NH

On the agenda:

READS Award of Excellence
Creating Effective Displays
Alternatives to Dewey
Robin Brenner, librarian and founder of No Flying, No Tights
Local authors Virginia MacGregor and Jessie Crockett
Q+A about READS-to-go and Kitkeeper

Registration opens at the end of August.

READS Award of Excellence

It’s time to celebrate excellence!

Let’s show our appreciation for dedication, creativity and hard work by paying tribute to library staff members who provide outstanding library service to adults.

Nominate a library colleague for the
2017 READS Award of Excellence

Deadline for nominations: June 30, 2017
extended to August 31, 2017

The winner of the READS Award of Excellence will receive a plaque, gift card and a year’s paid membership to NHLA and READS.

Details and nomination form are available at:                                                    http://reads.nhlibrarians.org/award-of-excellence/