New England 
School Library Association
 Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut   

Executive Summary November 17, 2015

29 Nov 2015 7:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

NESLA Virtual  Board Meeting 11/17, 5-6 p.

Attendance: Mary Ellen Minichiello, Irene Kwidzinski, Anita Cellucci, Julie Williams, 

Pam Harland, Carol Gordon, Anna Bolognani, Meredith Moore, Carolyn Markuson, 

Doug Maitland, Shelley Stedman.

Call to Order:  5:09

Approval of Minutes: unanimous

Treasurer’s Report: Merlyn not in attendance

AASL Region 1:

1. AASL Conference: Shelley reported

New England school librarians were well represented at the national conference. 

Great workshops and authors. Sessions on guided inquiry--show what we are         

doing and working with other teachers, MakerSpaces, IdeaLab.

Parade of state organizations at opening

AECT Report:  Charlie not in attendance

State Reports: Update or highlight special events:







New Hampshire

Annual Conference: May 12-13, 2016 Concord NH

Rhode Island


Vermont - Annual conference:  May 23 & 24, 2016 Burlington, VT

Old Business (Discussion Items)

1. Strategic Plan Action Items from September NESLA Meeting: (Please refer to your notes from the September meeting.)

      Big question: Who is going to do the work for implementing the plan?

The association goals are connecting, communicating, consulting, and 


Connecting:  Create a 2 day summit, where state associations will be 

connecting with each other by sharing their expertise in AASL leadership…

2016 is probably too early, need to be planning for 2017. Come up with a date 

for 2017. Approach MSLA and see if the 2-day summit can be tied to the 

Massachusetts study 

because the first part of the study should be ready by then. What is the process 


getting people involved?  Bring this back to state organizations to see if they

want to get involved.  What do we actually want states to do? Can state reports

include progress toward these 4 goals? Get results from survey this spring.

Communicating: Communicate widely and well using a variety of popular social 

media tools.

More conscious of bringing up NESLA and NESLA’s goals.  Friend NESLA on 

Facebook ;0 Cross communication between different state’s Facebook pages.  

Let Irene know if something should be added to the website.  Show that we are a

active, respected, and valued.

Set up NESLA Twitter page.

Consulting: To develop leadership in young librarians

Carol is very passionate about this. How to identify? Can someone be

the coordinator? Organize the mentors? Find the mentees. Connecticut

has a mentoring program. Vermont tries to connect new librarians in

their regions. Rhode Island also has an initiative. How can NESLA help?

Collaborating: To share our professional development highlights, such as 

conferences, workshops, unconferences after the event to share with other 

state organizations.

More sharing…  Recording parts of conferences, making it available.  Is anyone 

already recording?  Vermont does.  Place on the NESLA website to share ideas.  


Action Items:  Go back to state boards and discuss these points, get insights, 

and get buy in. For the next meeting, have all the states include something about

NESLA connections or ideas. 

2. Long Range Planning:

  • Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA: Friday through Tuesday, January 8-12th, 2016. No social event planned
  • 100th Celebration 1918-2018

New Business:

  • Leadership Function/Event at ALA Mid-Winter
    • NESLA is sharing a table in the exhibit hall with MSLA
    • Presidents' Dinner? Mary Ellen will communicate with the New England school library association presidents
  • Concern with potential change in standards for NEASC Reports. Waiting to see what happens in January with school libraries. A White Paper was written by Carol Gordon in 
  • Carol spoke about the Massachusetts State Legislature asking for a study of school libraries in Massachusetts to determine what they need and how they are being used to prepare students. A survey has been created and piloted. The Department of Education is working to promote the survey. The survey will probably go out in January. State organizations can share in this survey. A report will be published. There are also focus groups being established across the state.

This is information from Susan Ballard, who would like the state associations 

to post information on this new program:

Granite State College - Concord, NH

Announces Three New Master’s Degrees!

Master of Science in School Leadership: Instruction and Leadership

(A Capstone degree accepting 24 Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification or 

approved graduate credits; completing with 12 leadership credits)

Master of Science in School Leadership with Principal Certification (34 credits)

Master of Science in School Leadership with Library Media Specialist 

Certification (37 credits)

MS Degrees with a focus on Educators who are:

Instructional Leaders


21st Century Leaders: understanding and using technology

Data Focused

Supportive of State Reforms

Affordable: $500 per credit    Accessible: Online courses   

Four Terms a Year: Classes begin in January

To Apply:

For more info:

Future Meetings:   February  9th (virtual);  May 21 (F2F)

Adjourn:  6:25 pm

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