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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 througout 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].
Committees Currently Looking for Volunteers

Educational Assistance Committee | Information Technology Section (ITS) | Membership Committee | Public Relations Committee

 2021 Public Library Staff and Diversity Survey – Deadline extended to January 14, 2022

All US public library directors are invited to complete this new survey to help us better understand public library staff roles, hiring and retention practices, and equity, diversity, and inclusion work. The survey was developed by PLA's Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Committee in response to field-wide discussions and demand for actionable data about evolving staff roles and diversity and inclusion staffing efforts.

Five reasons why your library should complete the survey:

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Thank you 2021 Sponsors & Vendors

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