The content of this blog comes from NELA staff and volunteers who organize or attend NELA conferences and workshops. They come from a variety of library or library-support roles throughout New England.

2009 Blogger Biographies:

Brian Herzog (herzogbr) is the Head of Reference at the Chelmsford (MA) Public Library, and also runs He has contributed to this blog for: nela2007, its2008, nela2008

Helen Linda (Helen L.) is the Library Systems & Technical Services Coordinator for Goddard College in Central Vermont. She is also the new Corresponding Secretary for NETSL as well as the Advocacy Committee chair and Communications Officer for VLA. She has contributed to this blog for: nela2008, nela2009.

Deborah Gadwah-Lambert (canaanlibrarian) is the Director at the Alice M. Ward Memorial Library in Canaan Vermont located in the northeastern most corner of the state. This is my first time as a conference blogger so lets hope for the best.

Jay Rancourt is the Library Director at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, NH. She was a blogger for the NELA 2007 & 2008 blogs and enjoyed the experience. It is  a valuable contribution to the conference experience. We are blessed with all these open source software tools. Long live WordPress!

JaTara Brown Barnes is a LIS student at Wayne State University and a volunteer at Fletcher Memorial Library in Hampton, CT. A native of Louisiana, she’s happy that the New Orleans Saints are finally winning some games and is eagerly planning her next pot of gumbo to celebrate. She maintains a personal website at and a blog at with topics of interest for new and emerging librarians.

Bloggers from Previous Years

Angelynn King is Library Director at the University of Maine at Machias. She has been a resident of New England for precisely three months, so everything is new and shiny.

Joanne Lamothe is Director of Library Services at the Weymouth Public Libraries in Weymouth, Mass. She served as NELA President in 2004-2005 and is happy to have the opportunity to serve NELA by blogging the conference.

Kathy Lussier is the Assistant Administrator for Technology for the Southeastern Massachusetts Library System (SEMLS) and a member of NELA’s Information Technology Section (ITS). She loves to work with libraries to find innovative ways to incorporate technology into their services. She has contributed to this blog for: nela2007, nela2008.

Theresa Maturevich is the Assistant Reference Librarian at the Beverly Public Library in Beverly, MA and the co-chair of NELA’s Public Relations Committee. This is her first time blogging for NELA

Cindy Schilling is the Assistant Director and Youth Services Librarian at the Wells Public Library in Wells, Maine. While she has blogged in her own personal blog, this is her first “official” blogging experience. We’ll see how it goes.

Jill Graboski (jgraboski) is the Head of Children’s Services at the Otis Library in Norwich, CT. She contributed to the nela 2007 blog and is ready for more. Enjoy the conference!

Nancy Wilson has been the Director at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol, Vermont for 18 years. She is the ALA councilor from Vermont and blogs in a conversational style from ALA annual and midwinter.

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