December 5, 2018

Van Delivery News - December 2018/January 2019

December Holidays:

The New Hampshire State Library will be closed on the following date in December.

  •  Tuesday, December 25, 2018
January Holidays:

The New Hampshire State Library will be closed on the following dates in January.
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019, New Year's Day
  • Monday, January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day
There will be NO VAN DELIVERY on those dates.

For a complete list of all of the holidays the State Library is closed, please visit (the van delivery instructions) and scroll down to "NO Van Service".

If for any other reason (e.g. bad weather) van service on a particular route(s) does not operate, libraries will be notified via an e-mail message and this blog. If your library does not receive van service on a particular day, please check your e-mail and this blog before calling the State Library. 

November 30, 2018

ILL Survey Reminder

If your library has not responded to the NH ILL Participation Planning Survey 2018 and would like to be part of the future of ILL in New Hampshire, please complete the survey (at which will remain open until midnight on Sunday, 12/2/18. We had originally said it would close today but we are extending it through the weekend.

These NH libraries, sorted by HSA code, had responded to the NH ILL Participation Planning Survey 2018 as of 11:25am today, 11/30/2018:

HDRP - Rollinsford Public Library
HMML - Madbury Public Library
HMSF - Sutton Free Library
HMUF - Unity Free Library
HRAB - Berlin Public Library
HRAE - Chamberlin Free Public Library
HRAF - Chester Public Library
HRAJ - Teti Library
HRAK - Colebrook Public Library
HRAP - Fuller Public Library
HRAS - Grafton Public Library
HRAT - Hebron Public Library
HRAU - Joseph Patch Library
HRAW - Langdon Public Library
HRAX - Lisbon Regional School Library Media Center
HRAY - Aaron Cutler Memorial Library
HRAZ - Maxfield Public Library
HRBA - Moosilauke Public Library
HRBB - Mt. Caesar Union Library
HRBE - New Hampshire Law Library
HRBG - Newmarket Public Library
HRBH - Ossipee Public Library
HRBL - Pembroke Academy Library
HRBM - Pembroke Town Library
HRBV - Shedd Free Library
HRBW - Thornton Public and School Library
HRBX - Tucker Free Library
HRBY - Tuftonboro Free Library
HRBZ - Webster Free Public Library
HRCR - Durham Public Library
HRCY - Dummer Public Library
HRCZ - NH Family Voices
HREF - Effingham Public Library
HSA8 - Allenstown Public Library
HSBC - Conway Public Library
HSC3 - Peterborough Town Library
HSC6 - Rochester Public Library
HSC9 - Somersworth Public Library
HSCC - Wolfeboro Public Library
HSCE - Dover Public Library
HSCH - Franklin Public Library
HSCK - Howe Library
HSCN - Laconia Public Library
HSCQ - William D. Weeks Memorial Library
HSCT - Littleton Public Library
HSCW - Tracy Memorial Library
HSCZ - Richards Free Library
HSD1 - Minot-Sleeper Library
HSD3 - Brookline Public Library
HSD5 - Smyth Public Library
HSD7 - Elkins Public Library
HSD9 - Silsby Free Public Library
HSDA - Acworth Silsby Library
HSDC - Shedd-Porter Memorial Library
HSDE - Gilman Library
HSDG - Amherst Town Library
HSDI - Andover Public Library
HSDK - James A. Tuttle Library
HSDO - Barrington Public Library
HSDQ - Bath Public Library
HSDS - Bedford Public Library
HSDW - Bethlehem Public Librry
HSE1 - Dunbar Free Library
HSE3 - Stephenson Memorial Library
HSE5 - Weeks Public Library
HSE7 - Northumberland Public Library
HSE9 - Hampstead Public Library
HSEA - Hopkinton Town Library
HSEC - North Conway Public Library
HSEE - Colby Memorial Library
HSEK - East Kingston Public Library
HSEM - Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library
HSEO - Epsom Public Library
HSEQ - Fitzwilliam Town Library
HSEU - Freedom Public Library
HSEW - Gilford Public Library
HSF1 - Merrimack Public Library
HSF3 - Monroe Public Library
HSF5 - Daland Memorial Library
HSF7 - Whipple Free Library
HSF9 - New Castle Public Library
HSFA - Holderness Free Library
HSFG - George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library
HSFI - Jackson Public Library
HSFK - Kingston Community Library
HSFM - Lee Public Library
HSFO - Lisbon Public
HSFQ - Leach Library
HSFS - J.A. Tarbell
HSFU - Madison Library
HSFY - Meriden Public Library
HSG1 - Cook Memorial Library
HSG5 - Hall Memorial Library
HSG7 - Gay-Kimball Library
HSG9 - PIllsbury Free Library
HSGA - Blaisdell Memorial Library
HSGC - Pelham Public Library
HSGE - Piermont Public Library
HSGG - Philip Read Memorial Library
HSGI - Pease Public Library
HSGM - Sanbornton Public Library
HSGO - Gafney Library
HSGQ - Sandown Public Library
HSGS - Wiggin Memorial Library
HSGY - Stratton Free Library
HSH3 - Canaan Town Library
HSH5 - Twin Mountain Public Library
HSH9 - Chesterfield Public Library
HSHA - Webster Memorial Library
HSHC - Whitefield Public
HSHE - Wilton Public & Gregg Free
HSHG - Nesmith Library
HSHI - Woodsville Free Public Library
HSHK - Ashland Town Library
HSHM - Griffin Free Public Library
HSHO - Oscar Foss Memorial Library
HSHS - GEP Dodge Library
HSHU - Boscawen Public Library
HSHW - Baker Free Library
HSHY - Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library
HSIA - Manchester City Library
HSS7 - Goffstown Public Library
HSS9 - Gorham Public Library
HSSA - Dalton Public Library
HSSE - Philbrick-James Library
HSSG - Derry Public Library
HSSI - Taylor Library
HSSO - Dunbarton Public Library
HSSS - Enfield Public Library
HSSU - Errol Public Library
HSSW - Goodwin Library
HSSY - George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library
HST1 - Kensington Public LIbrary
HST9 - Lincoln Public Library
HSTA - Lane Memorial Library
HSTC - Hampton Falls Free Library
HSTE - Hancock Town Library
HSTG - Hanover Town Library
HSTI - Harrisville Public Library
HSTK - Haverhill Library Association
HSTQ - Hill Public Library
HSTU - Hollis Social Library
HSTW - Jaffrey Public Library
HSTY - Jefferson Public Library
HSU1 - Gale Library
HSU3 - North Hampton Public Library
HSU5 - Chesley Memorial Library
HSU7 - Orford Social Library
HSUA - Frost Free Library
HSUC - marlow town library
HSUE - Mason Public Library
HSUI - Nute High School & Library
HSUK - Milton Free Public Library
HSUM - Moultonborough Public Library
HSUO - olivia rodham memorial library
HSUQ - Newbury Public Library
HSUW - Gordon-Nash Library
HSUY - New Ipswich Library
HSV3 - Hill Library
HSV7 - Sullivan Public Library
HSV9 - Abbott Library
HSVA - Josiah Carpenter Library
HSVC - Plaistow Public Library
HSVE - Richmond Public Library
HSVG - Ingalls Memorial Library
HSVI - Byron G Merrill
HSVK - Rye Public Library
HSVO - Salisbury Free Library
HSVQ - Samuel H. Wentworth
HSVS - Seabrook Library
HSVW - Libbie A Cass Memorial Library
HSWE - Walpole Town Library
HSWI - Weare Public Library
HSWO - Conant Public Library
HSWY - Merrimack Valley High School
HSYB - Fiske Free Library
HSYE - Concord Public Library
HSYH - Exeter Public LIbrary
HSYK - Keene Public Library
HSYN - Wadleigh Memorial Library
HSYQ - Nashua Public Library
HSYT - Portsmouth Public Library
HSZA - Kelley Library
HTAA - Susan Colgate Cleveland Library at Colby Sawyer College
HTAL - Fortier Library at White Mountains Community College
HTAP - Puksta Library
HTAR - NHTI Library
HTAV - Manchester Community College Library
HTAZ - Great Bay Community College Library
HTBE - Newfound Regional High School
HTBK - Colebrook Academy
HTBO - Hopkinton Middle High School Library
HTEK - The Milne Library, Derryfield School
HTET - Kimball Union Academy Library
HTGP - Belmont High School Library
HTH4 - Northeast Catholic College Library
HTHM - Dorothy M. Breene Memorial Library - New Hampshire Hospital
HTI9 - Stratford Public Library
HTJD - Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Library
HTJK - Kimball Library
MVAA - UNH Manchester Library
NHSS - New Hampshire State Library
SACC - Geisel Library

November 27, 2018

No NC van Tue 11/27

The North Country Route has been cancelled due to inclement weather for today, Tuesday, November 27.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the State Library at 603-271-2144.

Tim Rohe
Reference Librarian/State Data Coordinator
New Hampshire State Library
603-271-2144 (Reference Desk)

November 26, 2018

Brief NHU-PAC outage Tue 11/27 7:35am

There will be a brief interruption of NHU-PAC service starting at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27.  This is for our monthly server maintenance routine.  Service should be restored in about 10 minutes.

November 20, 2018

Running Reports with Annual Report Data

     Fun Literary Fact for the Day: Pablo Neruda hated butterflies.  More on that later.  First off, I wanted to thank the Merri-Hill Rock Coop for inviting me to come talk about statistics last week.  It was a very informative discussion that certainly helped me get a better understanding of how all of you use the annual report, as well as think of ways to improve it going forward.  I wanted to follow up on a few items that were discussed at the meeting before I completely forget.

     In giving a quick overview of LibPAS, the software we use to collect the statistics for the annual report, I demonstrated a few features from the ‘Reports’ page.  I’m working on scheduling a webinar on the reporting function of LibPAS but, until then, the vendor gave me permission to send all of you the guide they give to their clients, like me.  Not all of it will apply, since I have a higher level of access that allows me administrative privileges.  The vendor has added some new functions as well, so it’s slightly out of date, which is part of the reason I did not share it previously.  However, I’ve been told that enough remains the same that it still covers the basics and should get everyone started.

       You cannot alter or delete the data in any way in the process of generating reports, so feel free to just play around with it.  Honestly, I’ve found that to be the best way to get a handle on the different kinds of reports, some more useful than others.  The most frustrating part is that the software appears to generate a new report any time you change almost any of the settings.  My recommendation is be to be mindful of how you title your reports and, once you’ve got the settings exactly how you want them, delete the older versions right away.  The information on when the report was generated (including date, hour, and minute) can be found in the ‘Updated’ column of the ‘Report’ tab.  You can use most, if not all, of the data elements in a report, including the key ratios; those are the analytical calculations like circ. per registered user, staff expenditures expressed as a percentage of budget, etc.  The guide shows you how to choose elements, choose locations, filter the data, and all kinds of other fun things.

     The reports also let you access the prior year data going back to 2010, which is all I have been able to load thus far.  A word of caution, though; it’s hard to compare certain data elements over several years because the definition of some elements has changed.  For example, circulation statistics were not broken out by material type until 2012.   IMLS has the definitions for past years on their website.  Going back to FY2006, you can find them in the link to a PDF document titled ‘Data Element Definitions’ for each respective year.  Prior to that, they are simply linked to as ‘Definitions’ or contained in the ‘Documentation’ for that particular year, usually in one of the indexes.  I also do not have the data for database and/or eBook usage going back to 2010 because it is a recent addition to the federal survey.  The data was collected in the past, just not necessarily as part of the annual report and I’m still working on piecing it all together from other sources.
     If you have any questions about the reports, or need your login info for LibPAS, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I’ll do my best to help.

Tim Rohe
Reference Librarian/State Data Coordinator
New Hampshire State Library
603-271-2144 (Reference Desk)

P.S.  OK, back to Pablo Neruda.  I’m reading a big honkin’ collection of every single ode by Pablo Neruda, appropriately titled All the Odes, and I have to say that I was a little taken aback by the level of vitriol directed toward one of nature’s more delicate creatures in Ode to the Butterfly.  The poetry gatekeepers had always led me to believe that Neruda was quite fond of butterflies and it is true that they show up quite frequently in his love poems.  The guy’s even got a genus of butterflies named after him!  But now my eyes are open.  Things start out OK in the ode to the humble butterfly, with their wings described as shimmering in the sky like jewels.  However, the ode literally take a dark turn when a cloud of butterflies from Argentina blots out the sun and attacks (attacks!) Neruda and his friend on horseback then goes on to devour whole fields of crops.  In order to stop this invading horde, Neruda threatens to burn down the sky.  It ends with, “I shall bring fire without sadness, I shall bring the spark of punishment to the butterfly mountain.”  It’s kind of like The Hobbit, except Smaug is a cloud of butterflies instead of a fire-breathing dragon.  Look, I’ll admit that I don’t know enough about the history of conflict between Chile and its neighbors, particularly Argentina, to know whether or not Neruda is using this as a thinly veiled metaphor for immigration issues or border tensions between the two countries.  Still, I can’t help but think that the only worse allegorical substitute he could have used is puppies.  Puppy Mountain sounds adorable!

November 16, 2018

NO Van Service Today

Due to today's inclement weather ALL van routes have been CANCELLED for the day (11/16/18).  Sorry for the inconvenience.

November 15, 2018

Will your Library Participate in the Future of ILL in NH?

As we work through the state contracting process to implement a new ILL system for NH we have identified various pieces of information we need to collect about the NHAIS libraries who will use the new system. These details will allow us to contract for as sophisticated and flexible an ILL system as possible. New ILL technologies present us with great opportunities, but they also make it impossible to use a one-size-fits-all model for NHAIS libraries. We have created an online survey which will give us a roadmap for what options will best serve whom.

Please complete this survey by 
Friday, November 30, 2018

We would like to get a response from each NH library, whether they plan to participate in NHAIS ILL going forward or not (so everyone is accounted for). Your HSA code is part of the survey so we will be able de-duplicate answers if multiple people from the same library respond.