New England Library Association Annual Conference



Annual Conference Offerings & Registration

NELA Membership Registration

Dear Colleagues,

I don’t want you to miss the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference this coming October 18 – 20. The fall is a busy time for us all but it is also a good chance to refresh and renew by planning time to attend the conference.

We offer many presentations, events and exhibitors that represent a variety of interests. Here are just a few:

Stephen Abram, VP for Innovation at Sirsi Dynix presents “From Information to Intelligence: Using the Social Web to Transform Communities”

  • Luncheon with speaker Kevin Hawkes who has illustrated more than 25 acclaimed picture and chapter books, including Chicken Cheeks, Weslandia, Library Lion and The Wicked Big Toddlah
  • “Creating Our Varied Voices: A Teen Writing Group”, Lucretia Duwel, Head of Teen Services at Stratford, CT Library
  • “Reinventing Reading Programs” with Connecticut Librarians Ann Marie Naples, Maris Frey, Jill Grabowski and Jennifer Rummel
  • “The Future of Technical Services is a Three Ring Circus”, Ringmasters Jane Ouderkirk from Harvard Business School and Ben Ide from Mortensen Library, University of Hartford, discuss the evolving composition of technical services and the skills you need to stay relevant
  • “Technology for the Terrified” with Rick Taplin, Systems Administrator for the Minuteman Library Network in Natick, MA

ALA President, Dr. Camila Alire will offer opportunities to voice our opinions about what ALA should be focusing on in the next few years as well as present a talk on library Advocacy and Literacy.

We know how to have fun too! Will Manley will present three entertaining sessions, gaming demos, NELA games night, a presentation called Laughing Matters: Using Humor as a Healthy Habit by Jane de Colgyll and much more.

Please check the NELA web site,, for the latest conference news, and then mark your calendar to take some time to join us along with many of your colleagues from New England. I promise it will be worth your time.

Best Regards,

Kip Roberson (VT NELA Representative)