ACRL NEC Scholarly Communication 101 Workshop

What: Scholarly Communication 101 Workshop
Who: Sponsored by the ACRL NEC Scholarly Communication SIG
Where: Hosted by the Dartmouth College Library, Hanover NH
When: Thursday, July 23rd from 9:30AM-3:00PM

Description: This free workshop is for librarians, academic computing specialists, and faculty with a special interest in an introduction to these issues.

What you will learn:

  • Copy rights and author rights
  • Access and economics of scholarly publishing
  • Evolving models of scholarly and scientific publishing

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NELA Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Camila Alire, ALA President-Elect, will be joining us at the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference in October 2009. Dr. Alire will be leading a special ALA Forum on Sunday, October 18. Share your thoughts on how ALA should focus its efforts in the next five years. As her presidential initiatives, Dr. Alire will also be sharing her expertise and innovative ideas about Library Advocacy and Literacy in a presentation on Monday, October 19. View initiatives, biography and more on her official website.


NELA Annual Conference Preview

For those of you on Linkedin, a new networking group for the New England Library Association was started thanks to Joe Fox. Just type in NELA in the Search Groups field and you will find us. Please consider joining Linkedin and this new group to network and stay in touch with your fellow New England library workers.

NELA Counterparts 2009

This summer, the New England Library Association (NELA) presents a unique opportunity for all library workers to attend a mindful and meaningful mini-conference in the New England region. This is NELA Counterparts.

Counterparts 2009 is a two-day educational event for NELA members, state library association members, consortia members and any other interested persons. Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 16-17, 2009 on the Connecticut College (New London) campus.

For information on our Speaker, conference details and registration forms, please visit this link:

Registrations will be accepted until June 30th. Confirmation, agenda and directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.

ALA State Library Fact Sheets For LSTA and ITSL

Both Leahy and Sanders have signed now the Dear Colleague letter for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program.

These updated fact sheets for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA ) and and the Improving Learning Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program are helpful when communicating with your members of Congress as they craft the FY 2010 budget.

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Boards Approve Recommendation For NELINET To Join Lyrasis

Atlanta, GA, and Southborough, MA, April 16, 2009 – The Boards of Directors of NELINET and Lyrasis approved a resolution to recommend NELINET join Lyrasis. Together, Lyrasis and NELINET will comprise the largest membership collaborative of its kind serving more than 4,500 libraries and cultural heritage institutions in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeastern United States. The leadership of both organizations recognize this is an exciting opportunity for these successful, membership-driven organizations to join together to serve their diverse library communities.

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NELA Information Technology Section 2009 ITS Spring Event

New England Library Association – Information Technology Section 2009 ITS Spring Event Co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.

CMS Day!
Building a better website with Content Management Systems:
Drupal, Joomla, Plone, & WordPress
Keynote by Jessamyn West

Friday, June 12, 2009
10:00 a.m. ­ 3:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH

Registration Fee includes lunch & a free gadget!
NELA members – $50 Non-members – $60
-Space is Limited.
-Registration Closes Monday June 8.
-Mail-In Form available at end of this message
-On-line registration will be available soon.

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New England Carnegies Website

Hello from Central Massachusetts —

I’m pleased to announce that updates and additions have been made to the “New England Carnegies” web site at

The site was launched in 2006 in order to honor the 85 public library buildings that Andrew Carnegie funded in New England. A page for each library contains a brief history, an historic postcard image, and contemporary photos. Visitors can take a virtual tour that leads them across the six states.

Now the 10 academic Carnegie libraries of the region have been added as well. That list includes the former library building at Norwich University.

Also added are the texts of historic newspaper accounts of Andrew and Louise Carnegie’s visit to Worcester, Mass., in 1913. Andrew participated in laying the cornerstones for the three branch libraries that day.

The web site is maintained by Corinne H. Smith, cataloging and reference librarian at Anna Maria College, Paxton, Mass.;


Corinne H. Smith, cataloging & reference librarian
Mondor-Eagan Library
Anna Maria College
Paxton, Mass.

NELA Greenaway Award Seeking Nominations

At the New England Library Association Annual Fall Conference we honor an outstanding librarian from New England with the Greenaway Award. If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the library field in New England consider nominating them for this award. The Greenaway Award committee will accept nominations until June 1. The candiate must be a NELA member, or have been one in the past. Full details are here

New Primary-Source Database for Schools and Libraries

A new primary-source database, with on-site search, is now available for schools, libraries, educators and students. Its features include 15,000 images plus documents, narrations, video/audio clips and organized slide shows. Incorporated into the text are also secondary sources, such as links to Google Books.

Group access to the site is free for all schools, libraries, educators and students. Click here for access.