A Message from NELA's President
After a successful annual conference in Sturbridge it is time to begin the work of the Association for the next year. Looking back on my candidate's statement, I remain committed to achieving consensus, fostering learning, and encouraging collective effort. The work of NELA is accomplished by its members for its members. Please consider taking on a more active role in a section or committee. We need you.
From NELA's website our organization and objectives are: "Officially chartered in 1963, the New England Library Association is a regional organization whose membership represents a wide range of library related interests. Its objectives are to initiate, plan and support regional activities; to encourage the exchange of ideas; to cooperate with regional and national agencies having related interests." I hope to lead a meaningful strategic planning process this year and engage all of our members to identify the vision, mission and goals of NELA today and into the future.
If you are a past NELLS (New England Library Leadership Symposium) participant, we would like to hear from you. Where are you now? When did you attend? What were the benefits? How are you leading?
The Academic, GLBT, ITS, NERTCL and NETSL Sections chairs, Bylaws, Conference, Educational Assistance, Intellectual Freedom, Membership, NELLS, Nominating, and Public Relations Committees chairs and state representatives are in place and ready. Together, the vision, connections, education, support and mentorship, all key elements of NELA will be strengthened and sustained.
Mary Ann List, Past President, and Jen Leo, Maine Representative and Maine Library Association Conference Co-Chair, have provided excellent leadership. I am grateful for their continued participation, support and wisdom. Deb Hoadley, Vice President and Conference Chair, brimming with energy and ideas, has taken the reins and begun planning with the Maine Library Association for the joint conference in Portland in 2013.
Deborah Kelsey, NELA President