Catherine Redden Lecture Series

At the 2008 New Hampshire Library Association Fall Business Meeting, members voted to create the Catherine Redden Lecture Series to honor Catherine’s passion for sharing her knowledge with her peers. Catherine, a long-time New Hampshire Librarian, was a mentor to many and always pushed us to do our best and more. We hope that this series will encourage NHLA members to continue learning and to be proud of being a New Hampshire Librarian.

The inaugural Redden Lecturer was Jean Amaral, a reference librarian at Antioch University New England. She spoke at the 2009 Spring NHLA Conference on Tuesday, May 19th. A copy of the transcript of her speech can be downloaded here. To learn more about Jean and why she was selected, read on...

Below, Judy Haskell, Vice-President of NHLA, shares a small picture of all that Catherine did for our library community.

"Who would personally buy and color-code folders and handouts for her adult students? Who would make sure that there was extra bottled water for any passengers to drink when in her car? Who would pack a first-aid kit and insect repellent for a picnic? Who would volunteer to come to your library and make a presentation to your trustees about the importance of establishing a salary scale? Who relished the bruises she acquired playing softball? Who made wonderful quilts for NHLA raffles and for each new baby born to a Seacoast Co-op member? Who taught a multitude of continuing education courses on budgeting and library administration throughout New Hampshire? Who would call and ask you WHICH committee you wanted to serve on rather than IF you would serve on a committee? Who encouraged us to hang our diplomas and awards on our office walls? Who would send congratulatory cards to friends and colleagues at the drop of a hat? Who was generous with her time, highly organized, practical, smart, and loved helping others?

My friend and mentor Catherine Redden."