NHLA is committed to networking, professional growth and advocating for the future of New Hampshire libraries. NHLA is a professional association of library personnel, trustees, and library supporters whose purpose is:
- To advance the interests of its members through advocacy on library issues and increasing public awareness of library service.
- To support the professional development of its members.
- To foster communication and encourage the exchange of ideas among its members.
- To promote participation in the association and its sections.
From the President
On behalf of the NHLA Executive Board, I am pleased to announce the approval of an organizational Strategic Plan. The New Hampshire Library Association, founded in 1889, has not had an official, written strategic plan to guide the Executive Board as it makes decisions on a regular basis about resource allocation. This initial plan will carry us through December of 2023 and codifies what the Association is already doing, and promotes future planning both in a financial sense and in a practical sense since we are an all-volunteer-run organization.
The plan was compiled by a subcommittee consisting of seven members of the Executive Board with data from four surveys which were from our executive board members, NHLA Sections, our membership and the general library public (non-members) of the association.
A two-year plan and keeping it to only two pages was decided upon to follow along with officer terms of three years, thus our Vice-President has a structure to start their term and can continue their work as President. It is also more manageable for our first plan so that we can be successful.
You can view the Strategic Plan here and the survey data here: Members, Non-Members, Executive Board, Sections.
We thank you for all that you do for NHLA and your library communities!
Denise van Zanten, NHLA President 2022