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  • December 05, 2022 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Fellow Book Warriors, Bibliognosts, and Bibliothecaries! So, I may have panicked a little when I remembered that being NDLA President meant having to write a message for The Good Stuff! What would I write? How would I start? What if no one likes it? Then, I took a deep breath and said to myself…just introduce yourself, girl!

    If you don’t know me, I am Kerrianne Boetcher and I am the Library Director at the Ward County Public Library in Minot, ND. I grew up in a small town north of Minot and my number one career goal was to be tall. That obviously didn’t happen, so librarian made the next best sense. I have been director at Ward County since 2012 and I absolutely love it….most days.

    I am excited to be NDLA President this year and a little nervous. Librarians across the country have been under attack recently and I am worried for our profession. We must work together to combat these attacks as they affect all of us together.

    The Public Library section passed a resolution at the annual conference for NDLA to release a statement in opposition of recent book challenges and censorship taking place across our state. I believe this is great, but I want to do more because it isn’t about me or you or that librarian friend that you see once a year at conference. This is about ALL of us working together.

    If you have wonderful ideas about what NDLA can do, please let me and the rest of the Executive Board know.It doesn’t just have to be about book challenges or censorship or the like. If you have an idea of how we can work to better NDLA and libraries across the state, let us know! We truly do want to work to make your North Dakota Library Association work better for you and for your library.

    To end, I do want to make one plea before we start the next ND Legislative Session in January. If the NDLA Legislative Committee and/or the North Dakota State Library puts out a call for testimony or letters of support; PLEASE consider doing so. Librarians have been considered a silent group for too long and we need to work together to make our voices heard.

    Kerrianne Boetcher, NDLA President

  • August 17, 2022 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • May 26, 2022 9:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Despite Mother Nature’s best attempts to keep us in an eternal winter, it looks as though spring is finally upon us. As is traditional, my thoughts turn lightly to secretaries and legislative committees.

    First up, secretaries!

    Our NDLA secretary, Abby Ebach, is moving on to a new job in a different field, and resigned from her position on the NDLA board.

    Congrats, Abby! thanks for your service!

    On to the business end of that.... There are about two-and-a-half years left in Abby’s term and this means we need a new NDLA Secretary.It is an elected position with a vote on the board. The duties revolve around taking and recording minutes from executive board meetings. If you think you might be interested in running for this position, please contact Breanne Meier (

    Secondly, legislative committees...

    The next legislative biennium begins in January of 2023. We need to start gearing up to monitor bills and offer testimony on issues related to libraries in North Dakota. This is an appointed position which is active primarily during legislative years. We could do with two or three people to work on this. If you think you might be interested in helping NDLA participate in the state legislative process, please let me know (

    Will Martin

    NDLA President

  • March 08, 2022 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s been an eventful start to 2022!

    First up, we updated NDLA’s web site, moving from StarChapter to Wild Apricot. The new design is up and running and looking good, but as with any site migration there are probably glitches – broken links, content that got overlooked, and so on. If you happen to notice anything that needs fixing, please let our website committee know!

    On a less positive note, our membership chair Nicole Eckroth suffered some unanticipated health issues. She is going to be okay, but it may take some time for her to recover fully. We sincerely hope she recovers quickly and well. In the meantime, the membership committee has been doing a fine job of handling membership tasks while she’s been unavailable. However, we could definitely use a hand with that as Laurie McHenry has announced her intention to step down from the committee after many years of unstinting service. If you think you could help with the important work of maintaining NDLA’s membership records, please contact me.

    Finally, we have officially filled the vacant President-Elect position. We had two candidates in the special election, Kerrianne Boetcher and Paul Amberg. With just over 70% of the votes, Kerrianne has won the position. Congratulations, Kerrianne! And many thanks to Paul Amberg for running.

    I would close by telling you all to stay frosty, but Mother Nature seems to have taken care of that part for us this year. So instead, I’ll just close by thanking you for all that you do for your libraries and your patrons. Hang in there - spring cannot be far!

    Will Martin

    NDLA President

  • February 28, 2022 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Election Complete

    I am pleased to announce that the special election to fill the vacant position of NDLA President-Elect has concluded.  With just over 70% of the vote, our new President-Elect is Kerrianne Boetcher of the Ward County Public Library.  Congratulations, Kerrianne!

    I would also like to thank Paul Amberg for running.  We appreciate your willingness to serve.

    Will Martin

    NDLA President

  • December 15, 2021 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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