Committees

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

Admin | Conference PlanningEducational Assistance | FinanceGovernance | Help Desk | Intellectual Freedom | Membership | New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) | Nominating | Personnel | Public Relations | Special Committee Chairs | 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 headed by two co-chairs. 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

Conference Committee Co-Chair
Vicki Oatis
She/Her
Norwalk Public Library, CT
[email protected]
Conference Committee Co-Chair
Alessandra Petrino
She/Her
Weston Public Library, CT
[email protected]

Educational Assistance - Currently Seeking Volunteers

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.

Volunteer expectations & responsibilities: Fundraising; reviewing applications for educational assistance grants from NELA to cover MLIS or certificate study, continuing education, or conference/program funding for NELA section members.

When & how often does this committee meet?  This committee will meet virtually every other month for 1 hour. Dates/times of 2022 meetings are TBD.

Expected monthly time commitment: Outside committee meetings, members can expect to devote about 3 hours every-other month to reviewing educational assistance applications and brainstorming fundraising opportunities.

Contact: Lauren Mandel, [email protected]

Lauren Mandel - Chair
She/Her
University of Rhode Island, RI
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 Prochnik
Bath Public Library, 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 - Chair
She/Her
Cranston Public Library, RI
413-323-5925, ext 109
[email protected]

Help Desk

Inna Ivers
OCLC
[email protected]
Stephen Spohn
He/Him
Ocean State Library
[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.

Maisam Nouh - Chair

She/Her
The Ferguson Library, CT
413-323-5925, ext 111
[email protected]

Membership - Currently Seeking Volunteers

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.

Volunteer duties & expectations: Top priorities this year are strengthening and promoting student membership, and bolstering NELA’s Mentorship Program.

Frequency of meetings: Ben is a new Chair this year, so the committee is undergoing some changes in 2022. The group will most likely meet once per month.

Expected Monthly time commitment: 1 hour/month for committee meetings, plus 1-2 hours per month individually to work on initiatives. 

Contact: Ben Hanley, [email protected]

Curious about membership benefits? Learn more.

Ben Hanley - Chair
Barrington Public Library, RI
He/Him
413-323-5925, ext 112 
[email protected]

New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)

More about NELLS I and II

Jenn Bruneau - Chair
She/Her
Northborough Free Library, MA 
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)

NELA Officer Job Descriptions

Contact the Nominating Committee for details at [email protected]

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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's role is to recruit, hire, and manage NELA employees, conduct their annual
review, and the budgeting of personnel costs. The members of this committee shall be the President, Vice President, a Member-at-large, and the Treasurer.

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Public Relations - Currently Seeking Volunteers

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.

Volunteer expectations & responsibilities: Amy is a new Chair this year, so the committee is undergoing some changes in 2022. Specific tasks and initiatves for the coming year are flexible, based on the makeup of the committee.

When & how often does this committee meet? This committee meets virtually every other month.

Expected monthly time committement: In addition to bimonthly meetings, members will be expected to communicate regularly via email and contribute to monthly NELA social media updates.  

Contact: Amy McCue, [email protected]

Amy McCue - Chair
Granby Public Library, CT
413-323-5925, ext 114 
[email protected]
Laura Horwood-Benton
Committee Member
Portsmouth Public Library, NH
Becca Fisher
Committee Member
U. of MA Medical School, MA

Special Committee Chairs

Strategic Plan Committee Chair
Sue Edmonds
Milford Town Library, MA
[email protected]
Grants Committee Chair
Salary Survey Committee Chair

Mike Zeller
Shrewsbury Public Library
413-323-5925, ext 104
[email protected]

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Volunteer

Faithe Miller Lakowicz - Chair
She/Her
Concord Public Library, NH
[email protected]