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  • January 04, 2018 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In November, I had the amazing opportunity to fly to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the American Association of School Libraries annual conference and Affiliate Assembly.  The Affiliate Assembly was a ”train the trainer” event that was held so that two representatives from each state could have an immersive experience in unpacking the newly released standards for School Librarians, Library Learners, and School Library Programs.  It was truly an experience of “drinking out of a firehose” for 1.5 days.  The group was very fortunate to have the expertise of the librarians who worked in all areas of the new standards, from the creation of the task force to the structure of the strategic plan, to the drafting and evaluation of the standards, to the creation of the implementation plan.  

    We were broken into small groups and worked on different pieces of the Shared Foundations and analyzed how we currently apply them in our schools or classrooms as well as how we could advance and expand our implementation. There was a lot of moving around and members of the task force who were not leading the activity acted as participants in order to assist us “newbies” in making the connections between the abstract to the concrete.  I left with a very strong understanding of the Inquire foundation, since that was the one I worked on with my group.  The other foundations are Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage.  The acronym ICE, ICE Baby was used in order to assist us in remembering the six Shared Foundations.   

    As board members of NHSLMA, Justine Thain and I will be working as a team in order to train our membership on these standards.  We are currently in year one of AASL’s three-year implementation plan, which will provide us with more resources to share with you.  I have included some links below for your reference.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Watch for announcements about upcoming virtual and in person trainings.


    Implementation Plan

    Learner Standards

    Printable Resources

  • October 24, 2017 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    "Library Camp 2017 was an amazing experience. As a brand new LMS, I was able to network with librarians in my area and across the state. I quickly learned that librarians are a supportive, enthusiastic, and dynamic group of people. I was flooded with ideas, suggestions, inspirations and take-aways from the presenters at Library Camp, including key-note speaker, Laura Gardner. I came home with an address book full of contacts for librarians that I can look to for support as I embark on my journey as a LMS. Library Camp was a worthwhile experience and I look forward to going back next year."  - Kerstin Rossel, Epping Elementary School

  • October 23, 2017 1:20 PM | Anonymous member

    Thanks to ORHS librarian Kathy Pearce for sharing a recent student post reflecting on the impact that the Hack Shack has had over his high school career.

    "The Hack Shack and all the Little Bits that have improved over my time with it" by Coleman Moore

    Sign up to receive student posts throughout the year on the right side of the blog.  

  • October 16, 2017 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    So many great reasons to attend CMTC this year!  On Monday and Tuesday there will be sessions by David Loertscher, the "Learning Commons Guru" - these sessions will fill up quickly so register soon.  The Keynote Speakers are Steve Dembo is a pioneer in the field of Educational Social Networking and Adam Bellow of Breakout EDU fame - they will both have a Keynote address and several sessions to attend.  Thursday will be OUR day!  We will start out recognizing our 2017 NHSLMA award winners and have a fabulous Lunch Session with Anita Cellucci presenting: THE EMPATHETIC LIBRARIAN: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE LIBRARY.  There will be many great sessions to attend on Thursday, many presented by our wonderful New Hampshire librarians.

    If you are looking to attend CMTC and need some assistance funding, please go to the NHSLMA website for more info or contact kabraham@laconiaschools.com.  See you all in November!

  • October 07, 2017 6:35 AM | Anonymous member

    1. It’s my professional community. Are you the only school librarian in your school? In  your district? When you are in need of peers to discuss library ideas, issues, challenges, problems and solutions, the NHSLMA community is here for you, with a wealth of knowledge to share.

    2. Members are the experts!  Each and every member of NHSLMA has something to offer, whether it is a successful program they implemented, a new way of looking at the library environment, or maybe just a great lesson. NHSLMA provides multiple opportunities to share your own expertise as well as learn from other experts.

    3. It’s my go to resource.The NHSLMA website has information about everything from learning opportunities, to advocacy, to connecting with librarians throughout the state. If I have a question about librarianship, this is where I start my research.

    4. The AASL connection - NHSLMA is an affiliate of AASL, and we have representation at both AASL and ALA national conferences.  Our representatives share the latest and greatest from AASL with our entire membership.

    5. I love getting together with our membership. Our conference, Library Camp, and regional PD groups are alway fun gatherings where we learn from experts in our field and each other. These events are constantly evolving to meet the needs and desires of our current members.

    Are you a member? Now’s the time to login and make sure your account is active and up to date. If not, become a member today!  

     Update your profile with a picture by the end of the month and be entered to win a $25 amazon gift card!  Watch this video for a quick tutorial. 


    Cherie Smeltzer

    NHSLMA Membership Chairperson

    Salem School District Librarian

  • September 04, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member


    I hope your school year has gotten off to a great start!  I’m excited to begin another year, not only as a school librarian, but as the president of NHSLMA.  We have a terrific group of dedicated board members are looking forward to continuing to build upon the mission of our organization:

    NHSLMA empowers librarians in New Hampshire schools to build
    effective school library programs.

    The board alone can not carry forward this charge; our objective is to create a framework to provide members with opportunities to share and grow professionally.   As your opening days settle into a daily routine, I hope you will consider participating in one or more ways:

    • Sign up to participate in a regional group which will be coordinated this year by board member Karen Landsman.  
    • Be on the lookout for the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference brochure. We are excited to announce Anita Cellucci, 2016 SLJ Librarian of the Year finalist will be our luncheon speaker on Thursday.  
    • Share or ask questions on Twitter with the #nhslma hashtag - include #tlchat to reach a wider audience.  The feed will be curated by a different member each month so make sure you are a follower.  
    • Let me know if you’d like to write a blog post on a topic and be profiled on the NHSLMA website.  We hope to bring you at least two a month.  
    • Update your contact information in the NHSLMA directory and include a picture.
    • Send an email to the listserv with something that worked well or a problem that's got you stumped.
    • Attend a board meeting held the third Thursday of every month 4:30 - 6:30, PSU campus, Concord, NH.
    In other news...

    Justine Thain and Audra Lewis will be representing NHSLMA at the November AASL conference and bringing back information about the revised standards.

    Donna Zecha and I met with our new Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut in July.  Our goal was to make sure Commissioner Edelblut knows we have a strong network of librarians throughout the state that are willing to be called upon to participate as needed.  We were pleased to learn he is a strong supporter and understands the value of libraries.  

    Commissioner Edelblut, working with the NEA and other organizations, has also agreed to continue to fund educators access to EBSCO’s wealth of research resources to improve professional practice.  Access information will be sent out through the listserv shortly.  

    And lastly, a very big thank you to our Library Camp organizers: Karen Abraham, Audra Lewis, Justine Thain and Etienne Vallée for a terrific day.  I don’t think I have ever had more fun at a conference.  If you didn’t make it, or want to refresh your memory, visit the Library Camp Website for resources.  

    If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to reach out to me at rachel.hopkins@nhsau57.org.   I hope to see you soon at one of our many events.  Best wishes for a terrific year.


    Rachel Hopkins
    NHSLMA President
    School Librarian, Salem High School
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