Committees

Much of NELA’s work is done by dedicated volunteers who serve on a variety of committees:

Admin

Conference Planning

Educational Assistance

Finance

Governance

Intellectual Freedom

Membership

New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)

Nominating

Personnel

Public Relations

Volunteer

 

Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee is composed of the Association’s Elected Officers. See Board. The Administrative Committee oversees the activities of the Association, sets the agenda of the Executive Board meeting and conducts the business of the Association between Executive Board meetings in compliance with the actions and principles of the Association. The Administrative Committee meets bimonthly between the Executive Board meetings.

  

Conference Planning

The Conference Planning Committee is chaired by NELA’s Vice President. The committee plans the Association’s Annual Conference, including approving and scheduling conference programs and managing the exhibit hall and vendor needs. 

Interested in joining the Conference Planning Committee? Fill out our Get Involved form

 

Vice President
Conference Committee Chair
Kimberly Usselman
Children's Services Coordinator
Cumberland Public Library
Cumberland, RI
413-323-5925, ext 103
[email protected]

 

 

Educational Assistance

The Educational Assistance Committee reviews applications for the scholarships and grants NELA offers and makes recommendations to the Executive Board. They are also involved in developing and carrying out fundraising activities which support the Educational Assistance Fund.

Deb Hoadley, Library Director
Sandown Public Library
Sandown, NH
413-323-5925, ext 110
[email protected]

 

Finance

The Finance Committee makes recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the budget, applications for expenditures of funds, and other financial matters. It shall be composed of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Library Association Administrator, and two members elected from the Executive Board.

Bernie Protchnik, Library Director
Bath Public Library
Bath, NH
413-323-5925, ext 105
[email protected]

 

Governance

 The Governance Committee is responsible for formulating and recommending changes to NELA's bylaws to the membership.

Edna Hutchins, Youth Services Librarian
Cranston Public Library
Cranston, RI
413-323-5925, ext 109
governan[email protected]

 

Intellectual Freedom

The Intellectual Freedom Committee’s goal is to promote awareness of intellectual freedom issues and to provide support to the New England library community in upholding the principles of intellectual freedom.

Co-Chair
Kathleen McCabe Kenny

Nevins Memorial Library
Methuen, MA
413-323-5925, ext 111
[email protected]


Co-Chair
Andrea Puglisi, Privacy Advocate / Head Librarian, Information Specialist
Library Freedom Project, Berkshire County Massachusetts / Catskill Public Library, New York
413-323-5925, ext 111
[email protected]

 

 

Membership

The goal of the Membership Committee is to encourage New England librarians to become new or renewing members of NELA and to promote active participation in the Association.

Curious about membership benefits? Learn more.

Erica Hout
Boylston Library
413-323-5925, ext 112 
[email protected]

 

New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)

More about NELLS I and II

Co-Chair
Krista McLeod, Library Director
Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway Methuen, MA 01844
413-323-5925, ext 113
978-686-4080
[email protected]

Co-Chair 
Mary Etter, Director 
South Windsor Public Library 
South Windsor, CT 
413-323-5925, ext 113
[email protected]

 

Nominating

This committee consists of the six State Representatives to the Executive Board and the Past President, who serves as chair. The members nominate candidate(s) for each elected office to be filled:

  • Vice President/President-Elect
  • Treasurer (odd years only/two-year term)
  • Secretary (even years only, two-year term)
  • Member-at-Large (a Member-at-Large is elected each year for a two-year term)

2021-22 Nomination Form

NELA Officer Job Descriptions

Contact the Nominating Committee for details at [email protected] 

 

Personnel

As of 2015, NELA has two part-time employees: The Library Association Administrator (LAA) and the Events & Communication Coordinator. See Staff. The Personnel Committee is currently made up of the Treasurer, President, Vice President/President Elect, Senior Director and Past President. One member is selected by the group to serve as Personnel Chair.

 

Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee promotes the purpose and objectives of NELA by establishing contacts with other organizations and publicizing the value and importance of libraries and NELA programs.

Chair
Lyndsay Neffinger, Adult Services Librarian
Simsbury Public Library
Simsbury, CT
413-323-5925, ext 114
[email protected]

 

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Susan Larson, MLIS
Consultant
Vermont

  

Member
Laura Horwood-Benton, Public Programming & Community Relations Librarian
Portsmouth Public Library
Portsmouth, NH

 

Member
Becca Fisher, Library Assistant
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA

 

Volunteer

Chair
Azra Palo
Head of Youth Services
Nesmith Library
Windham, NH
413-323-5925 ext. 126
[email protected]