NELA is sad to report on the passing of Rick Taplin, former NELA President from 2009 - 2010. Rick passed away suddenly on Friday, June 10th.

He was very involved with NELA through his employment with the Board of Library Commissioners, and as Head of IT Systems at Minuteman Library Network. Rick was a founding member and chair of NELA’s Information Technology Section (ITS). He is remembered fondly by many members of the New England library community.

"He was indispensable, patient, and kind to a (then) technophobe like me." - Michelle Sampson, ME State Rep to NELA

In lieu if flowers, donations in Richard's memory may be made to the MSPCA.

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Services will be held on Thursday, June 16th in Brookline, MA. For more information on attending the service, please click below.

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Welcome to 2022. Our Executive Board is already off and running, and our committees and sections are looking forward to doing lots of meantingful work this year. With that in mind: there are multiple new volunteer openings at NELA, and we need YOU to fill them. Joining a NELA committee or section is a great opportunity to contribute to the field of librarianship and make a meaningful difference for our colleagues throughout New England. A recent study from Harvard Medical School shows that volunteering on a regular basis significantly boosts subjects’ happiness—so volunteering for NELA could even be good for your health! Questions? Please email Volunteer Chair Faithe Miller Lakowicz at [email protected].


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Important Statement Regarding Book Censorship

NELA stands with ALA in opposing the recent increase in widespread efforts to censor books in U.S. schools and libraries. Please click HERE for the full ALA statement.

2021 Emerson Greenaway Award Recipients

Each year NELA awards the Emerson Greenaway Award to an individual who has provided distinguished service in librarianship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NELA made the decision not to present this award in 2020, as we did not feel there was a proper way to acknowledge and honor the contributions of a librarian deserving of this award under the circumstances. As a result, we are pleased to present two outstanding individuals with this honor in 2021.

Jennifer Alvino: Director of the Windham Public Library in Windham, Maine
Edward Garcia: Director of the Cranston Public Library in Cranston, RI