New England Library Association Annual Conference 2013

Last week to catch the Early Bird deal for  2013 NELA Annual Conference in Portland, ME October 20-22. Get that registration in by October 8!

  1. Hear Richard C. Harwood talk about Public Innovation—join the national conversation on libraries, communities and civic life & get The Work of Hope
  2. Pick your programs: leadership, job skills, open source, BYOD, makerspaces, self-publishing, book groups, apps, intellectual freedom, trustees & Friends…
  3. Talk face to face with Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Gale, Recorded Books, Sisters in Crime, and a host of other vendors

The New England Library Association Conference registration is up. Big enough to attract major speakers, vendors and fellow librarians—small enough so you can truly Connect, Engage, and Collaborate.

NELA Annual Conference – October 14-16

Fall is fast approaching, and with it the New England Library Association Annual Conference on October 14 – 16 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. It’s three days of excellent educational sessions, informative exhibitor displays and many networking opportunities.

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Map the Inside of Your Library

A message from NELA’s president, Mary Ann List:

Dear NELA Members,

Bill Rogers of Google Maps has launched an initiative to provide indoor maps of New England libraries, public and academic, large and small. The project can expand to other buildings on college campuses.

Public libraries in Portland Maine and Hingham Mass were pioneers, discovering indoor maps early on.  Several of the rest of us have now worked with the Google team to raise the visibility of our libraries in this way.

Google Indoor Maps are in use in several large retail establishments and in 18 Smithsonian museums and galleries.

There are two levels of mapping, both easy and free to the library.

In Portsmouth we loaded our basic floor plans (the same ones we use in-house) in just a few minutes, and then had a Google team come out to do the live mapping (level 2).

Mr. Rogers explains indoor maps for libraries in his letter, which follows.

If you would like to join this project, contact him for simple instructions.

Mary Ann List, NELA President

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Cloudy with a Chance of Connecting to the Future!

New England Library Association – Information Technology Section
2012 ITS Spring Event
Cloudy with a Chance of Connecting to the Future!
Friday, June 8, 2012
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Worcester MA 01608

Registration fee includes lunch!

NELA members $50
Non-members $65
Library School students & unemployed librarians $35

Register at theConference Website:
DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

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iLibrary: Digital Futures for Libraries

NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2012
iLibrary: Digital Futures for Libraries
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Registration closes Monday April 23. Space is limited for this exciting program. Please note that only advanced registrations will be accepted this year.

Online Registration

Mail-In Registration Form


The full program is can be viewed at:

Now's the Time to Register for the NELA Annual Conference in Burlington!

Education! New and useful product and services! Networking! Inspiration!  Innovations! Authors! Social Events! Colleagues!
All this and more is available at the New England Library Association Annual Conference, October 2 – 4, in Burlington. Learn about Navigating the New Normal in your library. Register by September 23 for lower Early Registration rates. Vermont Library Association and ACRL-New England members receive NELA member pricing. This is a great, affordable professional development opportunity close to home. The deadline to reserve hotel rooms has been extended to Friday, September 9 – get your arrangements made now! Ride Share is also available for folks who want to carpool to and from Burlington.
There are plenty of offerings for academic and special librarians, including a keynote from R. David Lankes on Sunday afternoon that’s sure to please. Check out the program and register today!

The NELA Annual Conference is Coming to Burlington!

The New England Library Association is holding their Annual Conference this year October 2 – 4 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington! Better still, this conference is being held in cooperation with the Vermont Library Association, so VLA members may register for the Conference at the NELA member rate!

Some highlights of this years NELA Annual Conference include:

  • More than 50 sessions to satisfy all library workers, types and needs.
  • Keynoter R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship.
  • Post-Conference from WebJunction and other partners addressing the increased demand on libraries for job-related assistance.
  • Each meal at the Conference includes a presentation by a well-known author.
  • More than 100 exhibiting companies.
  • Burlington City Arts will host the NELA Reception and Games.
  • Dine-Around in downtown Burlington.
  • Dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen

To qualify for Early Registration discounted rates you must register by September 23, visit the Conference webpage and register today:

If you are not already a member of one or both of these organizations, stop by the VLA Membership and/or NELA Membership areas of their websites for details on how to join.

NETSL Executive Board Wants You!

The New England Technical Services Librarians  (NETSL) Executive Board is committed to promoting and supporting technical services activities in New England  Board members plan and present the annual NETSL Spring Conference. The Board also develops programs for the New England Library Association,  presents the annual NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services, and promotes technical services throughout New England and beyond through partnerships with other similar organizations.

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VLA Bylaws with Proposed Revisions

Proposed changes to the bylaws of the Vermont Library Association are attached for review at the annual membership meeting at the upcoming Vermont Library Conference.  The VLA Board has worked throughout the year to comprehensively overhaul the existing bylaws.  The proposed version has track changes on for comparison purposes.

VLA Bylaws with proposed revisions 2011 (PDF, 148 K)

VLA Bylaws with proposed revisions 2011 (DOC, 97K)

The current version of the bylaws can be found at .  The Board has unanimously endorsed this revision.

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