Who Are We?

The New Hampshire School Library Media Association (NHSLMA) is the professional organization representing school library media specialists and paraprofessionals. We are an affiliate of the American Association of School Librarians and the New England School Library Association. We provide our members with a forum for the exchange of ideas and with opportunities for professional growth through publications, conferences, and professional development workshops.

Our Mission

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

AASL’s Definition of Effective School Library Programs:

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) supports the position that an effective school library program has a certified school librarian at the helm, provides personalized learning environments, and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for every student.

As a fundamental component of college, career, and community readiness, the effective school library program:

1. is adequately staffed, including a state-certified school librarian who a. is an instructional

    leader and teacher, b. supports the development of digital learning, participatory learning,

    inquiry learning, technology literacies, and information literacy, and c. supports, supplements,

    and elevates the literacy experience through guidance and motivational reading initiatives;

2.  has up-to-date digital and print materials and technology, including curation of openly

     licensed educational resources; and

3. provides regular professional development and collaboration between classroom teachers and

    school librarians.

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