NELLS (New England Library Leadership Symposium)

The New England Library Association is proud to announce that twenty-eight librarians from New England have been chosen to attend the 2013 New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS.)  Founded in 2002, NELLS is an intensive one week symposium for early to mid-career librarians, library staff members, Friends and Trustees.  This year’s program will be held July 29-August 2 at the Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA.  As in past years the Symposium will be led by nationally-known library leadership trainer and the Immediate Past President of the American Library Association, Maureen Sullivan.  Recently retired Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Robert C. Maier will be a special guest speaker, and representatives from the five participating state library associations will participate in a panel discussion as well.

The 2013 Participants are:


Christine Angeli, Head of Circulation Services at the Russell Library  in Middletown.

Brandie Doyle, Business & Career Resources Librarian at the Russell Library in Middletown.

Karen Jensen, Director of the James Blackstone Memorial Library  in Branford.

Sarah McCusker, Head of Reference and Technical Services at Windsor Public Library


Devin Burritt, Assistant Director & Head of Youth Services at the Wells Public Library.

Samantha Cote, Associate Director for Youth Services & Technology at the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor.

Sonja Durney, Business & Government Team Leader at the Portland Public Library.

Ann Filley, Circulation & Adult Services Librarian at the Rockport Public Library.

Beth Kane, Library Director at the Norway Memorial Library in Norway.

Kate Pickup-McMullin, Assistant Librarian at Southwest Harbor Public Library.

Kara Reiman, Children’s Services Assistant at the Westbrook Public Library.

Holly Williams, Circulation & Catalog Librarian at the Pittsfield Public Library.


Matthew Amory, Reference Librarian/Technology Specialist at the Wayland Free Public Library.

Jenny Arch,  Adult Services Librarian at the Robbins Library in Arlington.

Maura Deedy,  Head of Reference & Adult Services at the Weymouth Public Libraries.

Virginia Hewitt,  Director at the Brooks Free Library in Harwich.

Beth McIntyre, Youth Services Librarian at the Cambridge Public Library.

Sarah Moser, Assistant Director at the Haverhill Public Library.

Meaghan Thompson, Teen & Technology Librarian at the Turner Free Library in Randolph.

Anna Tschetter, Young Adult Librarian at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen.

Danitta Wong, Reference Outreach Instruction Librarian at the Healey Library of UMASS/Boston.


Catherine Callegari, Director of the Gay-Kimball Library in Troy.

Chelsea Hanrahan,  Distance Services Librarian/Assistant Professor at the New England College in Henniker.

Betsy Mahoney,  Library Assistant at the Baker Free Library  in Bow.

Sophie Smith,  Supervisor of Teen Services at the Nashua Public Library.


Barbara Ball, Director of the Windsor Public Library.

Debbie Landauer, Director of the Fairfax Community Library in Fairfax.

Lydia Willoughby, Reference Librarian at the Hartness Library System of the VT Technical College in Randolph Center.

Each year at least one Mentor Librarian is chosen from each participating state, and for 2013 six outstanding library professionals have been chosen for this role.

VLA Past President Marti Fiske of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston will be attending the Symposium and serving as a Mentor for Vermont.

Maine will have two Mentors, two Regional Consultants from the Maine State Library, Valerie Osborne from Central Maine and the Bangor Public Library, and Stephanie Zurinski who covers Northern Maine.

The Massachusetts Mentor will be Zach Newell, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Salem State University, and the Co-Chair of the NELA Public Relations Committee and the Chair of the new MLA Social Responsibilities Round Table.

Caitlin Augusta, Children’s Librarian at the Stratford Public Library in Connecticut and Co-Chair of Connecticut’s “Take Your Child to the Library Day” will represent her state.

New Hampshire Mentor will be Dianne Hathaway, Director of the Goffstown Public Library, and a former Senior Director and Current By-Laws Chair for NELA.

NELLS 2013 is co-chaired by Mary Etter of the South Windsor CT Public Library, and Krista I. McLeod, of the Nevins Library in Methuen, MA.  Both are Past Presidents of NELA.


The five state library associations have partnered with NELA to ensure the success of this program since its inception.  The Rhode Island Library Association was also a founding partner of the Symposium.  Since 2011 the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has been a major supporter of NELLS, and this year the Maine State Library joined the partnership to support the program.  The state associations work with NELA to contribute funds to the project, to promote the program and select participants, and to provide scholarship support.

This year’s NELLS is the fifth time the Symposium has been held; previous classes have occurred in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011.


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