Libraries Shine in 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Session Three Program


Please consult the program brochure provided for you on the day of the conference for final program details.


Roundtable: Small Libraries Section

Baryl Donovan, Library Director, Gaffney Library
Rhoda Capron, Library Director, Blaisdell Memorial Library
Bobbi Slossar, Technology Resources Librarian, New Hampshire State Library

Join Baryl Donovan, Rhoda Capron, and Bobbi Slossar for an interactive discussion of the top issues relating to small libraries.


Guest Author

Jim Collins

Jim will discuss his process and research for his nonfiction work, The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream, a book about the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Jim Collins is a former editor of Yankee magazine, a native New Englander, and a former college baseball player at Dartmouth. To research The Last Best League, he relocated his family from New Hampshire to Chatham, Massachusetts, attended every game, and was given complete insider's access to the team and players. He is an accomplished magazine writer whose work has twice been included in Best American Sportswriting. (book jacket, about the author)


I.T. Management Strategies for Cash–Strapped Libraries of All Sizes

Susan Deschenes, Assistant Director, Nashua Public Library
Mark Glisson, Technical Services Coordinator, Hooksett Public Library

Is your library strapped for cash due to the economy, its size, or both? Is it of limited technological means and of limited technologically trained staff? Come to this workshop and learn how the Hooksett Public Library, a small town library, employs free, user-friendly tools to manage certain tasks. Also learn how the Nashua Public Library, a city library, uses other free system management tools.

Digital Recording

Below you can listen to Susan and Mark's presentation by either clicking on the play button or the title link. Be forewarned, the first minute of the recording includes the introduction of the speakers and is fairly quiet, but just be patient. When the speakers begin speaking, you will hear them loud and clear.


Roundtable: Young Adult Librarians Section (YALS)

Kathy Watson, Teen Librarian, Kimball Library

Join members of the Young Adult Librarian's section of the NHLA and other young adult librarians for a time of networking and socializing. YALS members will facilitate discussion and display a variety of successful program ideas.


Behind Every Good Teacher There's a Great Librarian; Or, how to Pull Together a History Unit that Makes Everyone Happy

Mary Coombs, Librarian, Rye Junior High School Library
Ron Fortier, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Rye Junior High School

This program will provide an overview of how we put together a little something for everyone in a one month history unit. An Evening with the Greatest Generation: A USO Dance is the culminating event of an integrated study of World War II. Through a variety of media, personal experiences, activities and instructional settings students explore the era of World War II with a focus on the home front.

Digital Recording

If the volume level is low at first, don't worry. Once the introductions are over and the speakers begin talking, the volume increases.


Why I Love Libraries; Or, How I Became a Writer

David Elliott, Children's Author

In this entertaining, highly personal homage to small town libraries, New York Times bestselling children's author, David Elliott, discusses his adolescence in a Midwestern farm town and the unwitting role that his local library played in pointing him to a love of language and the written word. Q & A to follow the presentation.

Digital Recording

If the volume level is low at first, don't worry. Once the introductions are over and the speakers begin talking, the volume increases.