Beginning in June, NHLTA will be sponsoring regional meetings for trustees around the state. The purpose of the sessions is to foster networking among trustees on topics of common concern.

In March, NHLTA surveyed members on their interest in such gatherings and the response was an enthusiastic “YES!” Among the topics of greatest interest were strategic planning, creating and updating library policies, conducting the library director evaluation, technology developments, fundraising for big projects, and recruiting new trustees.

Trustees, Alternates, Friends, and Directors are welcome to attend any and all of these gatherings.

JUNE 12 • Weeks Memorial Library Lancaster
The first regional gathering was held at the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster on Monday evening. Thomas Ladd, an independent consultant who also serves on several NHLTA committees, spoke about “Creating Policies That Work”, focusing on designing well written policies and some current library policy issues. NHLTA director Marty Davis was also in attendance to participate in the discussion. Time was allotted for questions and discussion of other common issues and concerns. This gathering of fourteen attendees from seven libraries also provided an opportunity to network. The group expressed interest in future meetings.
June 16 • Dublin Public Library
The second regional gathering was held at the Dublin Public Library at noon. Nine libraries were represented by the fifteen attendees, including two library directors. There was an indepth informative discussion about stragetic planning and long-range planning plus issues of outreach to the community and hiring requirements and practices. NHLTA Directors Adele Knight and Connie Kirwin guided the discussion and provided resource suggestions. From the four corners of the Monadnock area—Goffstown to Marlborough, Antrim to Wilton—everyone enjoyed the opportunity to network with colleagues from neighboring libraries.
July 13 • Wilmot Public Library
The third gathering was held at the Wilmot Public Library, (2016 NHLTA Library of the Year) on Thursday afternoon. A free-ranging discussion of topics raised by those in attendance was enjoyed by this gathering. Wilmot trustees showed off their recently opened Creativity Lab. NHLTA Board Director Liz Tentarelli attended and shared news from the Association and helped to facilitate the discussion.
September 21 • Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson
6:30 pm
The fourth gathering will take place at the Rodgers Memorial Library located at 194 Derry Road in Hudson. The main topic of discussion will be Long Range Planning but other issues are welcome on the table.

Please RSVP to Library Director Charlie Matthews.

September 28 • Moultonborough Public Library
6:30 pm
You are invited to meet at the Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street. The NHLTA survey pointed out that Reaching Specific Patron Populations (teens, seniors, etc.) and Technology Developments and Issues were the topics that libraries in this region would most like to discuss. There will be ample time for other issues and questions. Several NHLTA Directors will also attend to help facilitate the meeting. 

Please RSVP to Library Director Nancy McCue.


May 23, 2017 Spring Conference/Annual Meeting
Good Governance = Great Libraries
Thank you for your support of this successful conference. Your attendance was outstanding. Workshop slide presentations will be available within the week on the conference resource page. If you have any questions about the conference in general, presenters, and sponsors and exhibitors, please contact NHLTA.


NHLTA Trustee Orientation Workshop

This FREE workshop—held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Hooksett Public Library—was a comprehensive overview of trusteeship. The workshop provided tools and information needed to be an effective library leader. 

The following topics were presented:
  • NH Laws Relative to Public Libraries
  • Library Trustees—A Job Description
  • Establishing Policies for the Library
  • Budgets—The Process from Adoption to Management
  • Trustees as Employers
  • Trustee Meetings and the Right to Know Law
  • The Trustee as Library Advocate
Notes version of the workshop slide presentation available for download HERE.
Workshop presentation slides are also available for download HERE.


Presentation Slides of the 2016 Trustee Orientation workshop are available for download HERE. The workshop was a comprehensive overview of trusteeship. and provided tools and information needed to be an effective library leader.