Barb Ballou has been the Whipple Free Library Children’s Librarian for the past 23 years. She coordinates events and activities for New Boston children and teenagers, from birth to age 18. Since joining the Whipple Free Library, she has built a widely successful program, offering a variety of opportunities. The “Teen Nights” started by Mrs. Ballou over 15 years ago, has grown from being summer-only events, to a thriving year round schedule of monthly events, and a monthly book club. During the summer of 2016, her program served over 90 teenagers from the area, with an average of 20-30 teens at every event. This average has continued through her monthly events this school year.
Cathy Beaudoin has served as Director of the Dover Public Library since 1999. Her MLS is from Simmons College. She loves introducing innovative new public services at the library and is an avid proponent of libraries offering passports as a another great customer service (and revenue producer!).
Tom Blake became digital projects manager of the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) new Digital Services department in 2008, he was already three years into digitizing, cataloging, preserving, and providing online access to Boston Public Library’s extensive collection of rare, non-lending materials. With BPL serving as the Library for the Commonwealth and providing specific library services for all state residents, Blake saw an opportunity to make the BPL digitization program a key part of that mission. Under Blake’s leadership, in 2011 BPL’s Digital Services department embarked on a two-year, statewide digitization program in partnership with Digital Commonwealth (DC), an online portal and repository service for digital cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. John Broderick was a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1995 to 2010. During the last seven years there he served as Chief Justice. Much of his focus was on court reform in an effort to make the justice system in our state more accessible, affordable and understandable for more of our citizens.
Kyle K. Courtney, a lawyer and librarian, is Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, working out of the Office for Scholarly Communication. He works closely with Harvard Library to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright within the Harvard community. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative was profiled in Library Journal in 2013, and he was named a National Academic Library Mover & Shaker in 2015. He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, libraries, and the law. Follow him @KyleKCourtney
Susanne Delaneyis originally from Dover, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics/International Affairs and Spanish. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America from 1994-96 and worked for the U.S. Peace Corps New England Regional Recruitment Office in Boston, MA from 2002-2008. Susanne has been working for the U.S. Department of State since July 2008 and has 16 years of federal service. Susanne currently works as a Customer Service Manager at the National Passport Center and has oversight of the Passport Acceptance Facility Program for their five state region (NH, ME, OH, MI and NJ) with 853 facilities (55 of which are public libraries, or 6% of our network). In the fall of 2016, Susanne and the Management Team at NPC were very excited to bring the Dover Public Library in Dover, NH on board as the first non-postal acceptance facility in the State of New Hampshire.
Susan Dunker is the Passport Program Manager and the Adult Services Librarian at the Dover Public Library. Prior to joining the staff in Dover in 2014, she was the Director of the Jackson (NH) Public Library for 18 years. She is originally from Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with both a B.A. in Religion and a M.L.S. She has worked in libraries since the age of 16 and can’t imagine a better profession, unless there’s a library job somewhere that gives dedicated reading time as a benefit.
Bob Dunn is the Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for Devine Millimet and has represented NHLA in Concord for many years. Bob is also an adjunct professor at UNH Law School where he teaches on the legislative process. Before entering private practice, he served as Assistant Commissioner of the NH Department of Safety and as an Assistant Attorney General in the NH Department of Justice. In 2015 he was named by Business NH Magazine as the top lawyer in the lobbying field in New Hampshire.
Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach coordinator at the Nashua Public Library, where she handles publicity and marketing, plans adult programs, and works with community groups. She has a master’s degree in education and a certificate in technical communication. Before joining the library staff, Carol was a computer programmer, technical writer, editor, and teacher. She is the author of How to Publish Your Newsletter and the editor of The Nashua Experience: A Three-Decade Upgrade, 1978-2008.
Kevin Flavin is an alumnus of Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University, Boston, and studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMaine, Orono. He began his career in banking and investments and then joined a software company as a sales engineer for a new asset management product. Over the next ten years, Kevin joined a series of startup software companies in the financial technology industry, helping each to reach market saturation and, in some cases, sale to larger companies.
Sean Fleming has served as the Director of the Lebanon Public Libraries since 2012, having worked as the Deputy Director and Young Adult & Reference Librarian at the same institution since 2002. Sean served as NHLA Treasurer from 2009-2011, and Ways and Means Chair from 2006-2010. He served on the NELA Conference Committee in 2007, and was a reviewer for Library Journal from 2005-2008 and VOYA in the early aughts. The Lebanon Libraries include the Kilton Library, a LEED Gold green building which opened in 2010, and the Lebanon Public Library, a Carnegie Library which opened in 1909, with a 1984 addition.
Mark Glisson is the Information & Technology Specialist at the Hooksett Library in Hooksett, NH, where he has been working since 2002. His responsibilities include technology planning, acquisition and oversight, and also provides tech support and training to staff and patrons alike. His passion is to help others connect to the world of information, making it accessible with the tools of both existing and emerging technologies.
Jennifer Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Emerging Technology & Systems Librarian at Southern New Hampshire University’s Shapiro Library. Jennifer holds a Master’s of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and has worked as a systems librarian for over six years. She joined SNHU in October 2013, jumping immediately into supporting 3D printing services and the conception, planning, and implementation of the Shapiro Library’s Innovation Lab & Makerspace, which opened in September 2014. Jennifer manages the Innovation Lab and Makerspace, teaching users about the available technology and addressing how the space can meet the evolving needs of the University community. She also manages the library systems and website, liaisons with University IT, and researches, coordinates, and implements new and emerging technology for the Shapiro Library.
Lisa Houde has been working as the Director of Youth Services at the Rye Public library for over ten years. She was recently promoted to Assistant Director and now holds both positions. Lisa received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2014 and focused much of her coursework on providing outstanding library services to LGBTQ Teens. She is currently under contract with an academic publisher to write a book on the very topic. She is happily married to her spouse Sylvia and adores her standard poodle Nickelby who just turned 13 years old this March.
Pamela Johnson-Spurlock is a former NH library director and returned to working as a school librarian in Vermont. Originally hailing from the state of Georgia, this Southern Belle offers a different insight into libraries having worked in large public library systems and public education with high demands and varied diversity. She holds a MLIS from Valdosta State University with dual Media Specialist where she focused her program on bridge building and collaboration between school and public libraries. Through her experience, she has always seen a school or community as a series of buildings or rooms surrounding a library. "A library is much like a hub of information that supports the gears of subjects in the clockwork of education." When not in the library, Pamela enjoys spending time with her family (her husband is an academic library director in VT), hiking, and the occasional yoga.
Jaclyn Karabinas, M.Ed. is energized by attending, designing, and facilitating professional development for educators. An elementary classroom teacher of 12 years, she holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Arts Integration. She is now a consultant and instructional coach working with K-12 schools, teacher preparation programs, Heinemann Publishing and Professional Development and the UNH Learning Through Teaching program. In addition, she is a presenter and member of the social media team with the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference and an EdCamp Seacoast organizer. Her online presence may be found on Twitter at @jkarabinas, @HeinemannPD, and ExpandedConsulting.com.
Julia Lanter is a librarian with Exeter Public Library where she has worked for over ten years sharing the love of reading with the greater seacoast community. Julia received her MILS from Simmons College with a focus on teen services. Currently she helps run five of Exeter Public Library’s nine book groups and coordinates the library’s teen and adult programming. Julia has participated with NHACLU in their annual banned book week celebrating the freedom from censorship and the importance of the first amendment. She has focused much of her time at Exeter promoting several community reading initiatives including two programs with Exeter’s One Town, One Book and three with NHSL Center for the Book’s Big Read program. Currently Julia is secretary of YALS.
Grace Larochelle has been the Youth Services Librarian at the Hooksett Public Library for over two years. She loves trying out new programs with kids aged 0 - 18 years!
John Locke first left home as a student in 2002. Ever since he has been working and studying all over New England, along the way receiving a degree in English Literature from UNH, teaching summer school near the seacoast, attending library classes and seminars everywhere from Whitefield to Boston, and is currently on track to receive certification from the fledging NH Paralibrarian Section of the NHLA. John has been working in libraries for over a decade, holding positions in both public and academic institutions, and working his way from a part-time circulation assistant to a department head at his home town library. In between visiting local elementary schools, running a half dozen afterschool programs, and managing the youth collections at the MPL, John still finds the time to crack the occasional book.
Julie Perrin, MSLIS is the Director of the Jaffrey Public Library and former Director of the Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield. She also serves as the Chair of the NHLA Intellectual Freedom Committee. Julie is passionate about making libraries relevant in the 21st century and promoting digital literacy in under-served populations. When not at the library, Julie enjoys spending time with her chickens.
Mary Ann Senatro has been the Library Director at the Bedford Public Library since 2005. She has been working at the Bedford Library since 1999 in various positions including Head of Adult Services and Assistant Director. She has served as Treasurer of GMILCS, Inc., and President of the Rotary Club of Bedford and is currently the Vice President of GMILCS. Prior to getting her MLIS degree from Simmons she was the owner of a business restoring and conserving historic textiles for museums, historic homes and individuals throughout the United States. She also worked as project assistant to the Peruvian Textile Project at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.
Mary S. Searles is the director of the John W. King Law Library, New Hampshire’s only public law library. She has been presenting workshops on legal reference for over 10 years - sometimes solo and sometimes collaborating with the law librarians of the UNH School of Law. It is her firm conviction that any librarian – whether trained in the law or not - can handle legal reference questions. Mary is also a member of New Hampshire’s Access to Justice Commission which was created to improve citizens' access to the courts.
Denise van Zanten has served as the Director at the Manchester City Library for the past 11 years. Prior to that she served as Deputy Director and Head of Technical Services. She has a degree in European History from SUNY Oswego and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Long Island University-CW Post. She has worked in public libraries for over 30 years. She currently serves on the board of the New England Library Association, New Hampshire Library Association and GMILCS. She has renovated both of her library buildings over the past 18 months and looks forward to sharing her stories with you. Denise relaxes by renovating her home and taking long walks with her husband and their giant dog. And sometimes she finds time to read a good book!
Lydia Willoughby (MA, MLIS) is a Research and Education Librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Willoughby’s scholarship addresses identity and literacy, zines, critical pedagogy and library instruction. Her work is centered on the belief that access to information is a human and civil right, that information can make us more compassionate and joyful humans. In 2013, Willoughby was selected as one of Library Journal’s “Movers & Shakers” in the community builder category for her advocacy work with rural public libraries in Vermont. She is a founder and co-editor of the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus, a community-sourced reading list for healing in the wake of tragedy, and an ongoing project. She loves living in the Hudson Valley with her wife and two dogs, and his a total nerd for maritime history.