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The New Hampshire Library Trustees Association educates library trustees to be knowledgeable and effective in order to serve, improve and promote New Hampshire public libraries, and advocates the right of free access to information for every person.

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Dollar SignThe Mildred McKay Scholarship Fund provides scholarship aid to residents of New Hampshire in order to improve library services within the state. The New Hampshire Charitable Fund manages the funds which are distributed by the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association. Click HERE for Scholarship page.

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  • 3 Nottingham - Blaisdell Library
  • 4 Littleton - Littleton Public Library
  • 5 Groveton - Northumberland Public Library
  • 6 Durham - Durham Public Library

NHLTA has a new address effective August 1, 2014:

          NH Library Trustees Assoc.
          25 Triangle Park Drive
          Concord, NH 03301

   AUTUMN 2014 Newsletter
Back issues are available on the Newsletter page. 

                   Friends Groups
Did you know that there are valuable resources on the Friends page?

Pew Research on Libraries     March 13, 2014
"More than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries."
The Pew Research Center released a new report
examining the spectrum of Americans' relationships with public libraries.
Download the report at http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2014/03/PIP-Library-Typology-Report.pdf

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Now trustees have their own means of communicating and sharing. You are not alone—there are over 1200 other trustees in NH—join and get connected! If you have any questions, contact Dave Hallenbeck (administrator of the LISTSERV) at d.hallenbeck@nhlta.org

             Have you Read your
         Library Trustees Manual?
The NHLTA Trustee Manual was revised in 2011 and distributed to all NHLTA members. Click on the Manual
cover above for an electronic version which is available for download and can be accessed online or go to the Manual Page of the website.  
The manual was compiled as a resource for the use of all trustees. The directors on the NHLTA Board are available to help if you can't find the answers in the manual.

Personnel Management Workshop for Library Trustees

Getting Started on Effective Performance Management
Wed. Oct 29 • 10:00 am –1:15 pm
NH Municipal Association, 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord

The NHLTA Personnel Workshop on October 29 is now "sold out” (10-17-2014). All registrants have received confirmation emails, and we are now maintaining a waiting list. If you registered and are unable to attend, please notify Susan Gaudiello (s.gaudiello@nhlta.org) so your seat can be given to someone on the waiting list. We will NOT be repeating this program in 2014, but may offer it again in 2015 if there appears to be sufficient demand.


Honoring Those Special Contributors Who Connect the Library to the Community

Lillian Edelmann Trustee of the Year: Doug Bencks, Durham Public Library

Library of the Year: Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library, Brentwood

Library Director of the Year: Dorothy "Dottie” Billbrough, Colby Memorial Library, Danville

Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support by a "Friends of the Library” Group: Friends of the Rye Public Library

Special Library Service Contribution Award: Elaine Brody, George and Ella Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson

An Act to Promote the Establishment and Efficiency of Free Public Libraries

History of NH Libraries by Mildred P. McKay, State Librarian, 1942–1964

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Interview

Part of a series of interviews of state librarians, this post features NH State Librarian Michael York and LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) Coordinator Janet Eklund discussing how they see the needs of library users in NH changing and evolving. Continue reading: IMLS blog

Advocacy News
Libraries are dying? Think again!
"Libraries are NOT dying in NH."
Check out these statistics: there are 57 NH Library Construction Projects (2005–2018), both completed and in the active planning/constructions stages. Our thanks to Christie Sarles, Co-Director, Tuftonboro Free Library, for compiling this invaluable LIST.
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"Libraries reflect who we are. They are vital part of a community's ecosystem."
Read the entire article at CNN online: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/travel/irpt-library-fascination-travel/