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2020 Federal Budget proposes to eliminate library funding

Update on Appropriator letters campaign

“The FY2020 Dear Appropriator letters campaign ended on April 11 on a positive note for library funding, thanks to the thousands of calls, emails, and visits made by ALA advocates across the country.” Read more►

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NHLTA Circulating Video Collection

Four videos that were recorded at NHLTA Annual Conference sessions are available for circulation from the Manchester City Library.

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  • 1Bow - Baker Free Library
  • 2 Brentwood - Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library
  • 3 Jackson - Jackson Public Library
  • 4 Newport - Richards Free Library
  • 5 Plaistow - Plaistow Public Library
  • 6 Warner - Pillsbury Free Library

     SPRING 2019 Newsletter   

Back issues are available on the Newsletter page. 

NHLTA believes that continuing education is the prime factor in providing the highest quality of library services. The Mildred P. McKay Scholarship Fund has been granting scholarships for over fifty years. Criteria and application form available for download on the Scholarship Page.


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Now trustees have their own means of communicating and sharing. You are not alone—there are over 1200 other trustees in NH—join and get connected!

               Library Trustees Manual

One copy of the revised NHLTA Trustee Manual was distributed to every New Hampshire Public Library. Click on the cover page (above right image) to open, download, and/or search the electronic version or go to the Manual Page of the website.

NHLTA Workshop/Regional Meeting
Trustee Orientation
Sat. Oct 5, 2019
10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Gorham Public Library
35 Railroad Street, Gorham
A comprehensive overview of trusteeship that will provide the tools and information needed to be an effective library leader. MORE information and registration link►

"Honor Those Special Contributors Who Connect the Library to the Community"
 Deadline July 31, 2019
The nomination period for the NHLTA Annual Awards is open! The awards are presented to individuals or groups who have contributed to the excellence of New Hampshire libraries and have given exemplary library service to their communities. MORE
Thank you to our sponsors and attendees for a successful Conference
In the coming weeks, downloadable pdfs of the presentations will be available on the Conference Resources page.


NHLTA presents a three-part webinar series that covers the main elements of the orientation workshop. Watch each session in consecutive order — approximately 90 minutes total — or separately as time allows. For best results, watch as a group so that you can discuss the information.

Part 1: NH Laws Governing Libraries; Trustee responsibilities; Policies; Library Advocacy
(22 minutes). 
(Please excuse the 15 second audio gap with the second slide.PRINT handout
Part 2: Budgeting; Meetings and the Right-to-Know Law
(37 minutes, 25 seconds). PRINT handout
Part 3: Personnel Management including Job Descriptions, Hiring, and Evaluating Staff (33 minutes, 16 seconds).
PRINT handout


"The Other Money" 
Presented by Terry Knowles
Navigating the different sources of money received by a public library can be confusing. In this webinar you will learn how to legally accept, administer, and expend all private and non-tax categories of money given to your library, and how those funds relate to the annual budgeting process. Links to WEBINAR and to PDF of PowerPoint slides.
Terry Knowles is the recognized expert on libraries and funding issues. She is the Assistant Director of Charitable Trusts, NH DOJ, Attorney General’s Office.