In early April, the staff of the Helen Temple Cooke Library and other area independent school libraries co-hosted the Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) Annual Conference in Boston. Attendees came from across the U.S. and Canada, and even Australia for the first time this year.
Over the three-day conference, attendees visited the libraries at Andover, Pike, Milton, Inly, Derby, Fessenden, Beaver, and Nobles to see their spaces; attended breakout sessions led by librarian attendees; and heard keynote and panel addresses by:
John Palfrey, head of Andover School
John Bracken, executive director of the Digital Public Library of America
Ben Johnson and Amory Sivertson of the WBUR podcast Endless Thread
Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
Library Director Stephanie Donahue co-chaired the conference with Dave Hegarty, library director at Belmont Hill School. Middle School Librarian Amelia Herring created the conference logo and Upper School Librarian Maggie Davidov chaired the Skip Anthony Dinner.
“The School has been enormously helpful and supportive of the library team as we spent the past two years prepping for the conference,” Donahue said. “Dana Hall not only served as the hosting treasury for the conference funds, but we had countless faculty and staff asking us if they could help in any way, inquiring how it was, and cheering us on both during the week of the conference and in the two years leading up to it!”
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."