September 2001 News from the Lane Library

Have you had occasion to use the Reference Department lately? If not, please stop in and welcome Stan Olson, our new Head of Reference Services. Stan comes to us from a Reference position at People Magazine. He's been here just a month and his new business cards make him official!

Jeanne Gamage, Head of Adult Services, and I traveled to Burlington, VT. at the beginning of October for the New England Library Association's Fall Conference, with the theme, Reach Your Peak. Jeanne was a member on a panel on hiring librarians. I hosted two sessions: "Enhancing and Managing Your Library Web Site" and "Librarian Makeovers: Create a Successful Professional Image". We attended sessions; toured a new state-of-the-art library called an Information Commons; visited exhibitors; and met with peers from the six New England States.

The keynote speaker, Julia Alvarez, a Vermont author, spoke on her work and the role libraries and literature have played in her life. She showed slides of how she and her husband are bringing literacy to a coffee plantation in her native Dominican Republic, and she made the point that we all have many personal and professional peaks to reach, and that we should continually strive to do so.

The library hosted Emily Moore, author of Strong Stuff: Women's Stories on September 19th. It was a wonderful program. If you missed her, you can still hear her speak in North Hampton at their library on October 17th.