New England Library Instruction Group

The New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) is a volunteer organization that sponsors events and an annual program, all of which provide a forum to showcase the innovations, talents, and lessons learned of librarians in New England and to discuss nation-wide trends in library instruction. Founded as NEBIC (New England Bibliographic Instruction Committee) in 1974, NELIG is the oldest of the ACRL | NEC interest groups.

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Upcoming events

NELIG Winter Gathering: Living in the Future, March 18, 2024, 9 am - noon

Registration is now open for our free, half-day Winter Gathering!  Join us in person at UMASS Amherst's W. E. B. Du Bois Library or select online registration to attend virtually.  The theme for our gathering is “Living in the Future.” We’ll begin with a panel discussion of AI in academic librarianship (bring your questions!), followed by the chance to try out generative AI tools and network with your colleagues from around New England.

Past events

The Missing Emoji: Learn to Draft a UNICODE Proposal for a New Emoji

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Did you know emojis are controlled by UNICODE, which is made up of a handful of large, dues-paying organizations, including Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix and the government of Oman, to name a few? Though some multinational organizations are involved, most of them are from the United States, and each organization pays tens of thousands of dollars in order to have voting rights over what becomes an emoji. But the good news is that anybody can draft and submit a proposal for a new emoji - including you!

In this active workshop, you will work with a librarian (and NELIG member) who has successfully proposed 4 emojis (sloth, skunk, ladder, and briefs/shorts) to learn how to draft and submit your own emoji proposal. There will be a discussion of how you could adapt this workshop for students, but the primary focus will be to have fun while drafting proposals for new emojis. Presented by Undergraduate Teaching and Outreach Librarian, Kelly Blanchat (she/her).

NELIG Virtual Winter Program: Lightning Talks | Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 12:00-1:15 pm EST

Back by popular demand... our ‘instruction nightmare series’ part 2!

Join NELIG and other instruction librarians to learn from our mistakes in the classroom or in consults, or maybe what we wish we had thought of doing at the moment. How did you prepare differently the next time, or what do you now make sure you include in your bag of tricks?

To send a proposal, complete this form with a (maximum) 200-word description by 5:00pm EST on Friday December 17, 2021. Plan for a 7-minute lightning talk with 3 minutes for conversation.

To register to attend, please complete this form. Event registration closes at 5:00pm on January 25, 2022.

Comfortable sweaters, fuzzy socks, and mugs of hot cocoa are strongly encouraged.

Questions? Reach out to Jillian or Dina at 

NELIG Virtual Fall Program: Lightning Talks | Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:15pm EST

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Halloween is right around the corner, but what could possibly be spooky in libraries?

...a ghost in the stacks?
...mysterious items in the book drop? about terrifying teaching interactions?

We want to know: What was your scariest instruction mishap and how did you manage it? Or in hindsight, how do you wish you had managed it?

Join other instruction librarians to learn from our mistakes and what we did in the face of classroom nightmares, or sometimes what we wish we had thought of doing at the moment.

Ghost/stacks Image by Willgard Krause from Pixabay; classroom Image by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay 

December 7 2020

October 30 2020

June 23 2020

April 15 2020

December 6 2019

NELIG Winter Program: Registration

9:00am - 12:00pm

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT; Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA; Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

October 18 2019

NELIG Fall Program 2019

All Day

Stonehill College


2018-2019 Events

June 21 2019

2019 NELIG Annual Program: Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences

All Day

New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI

April 25 2019

December 14 2018

NELIG Annual Instruction Swap: Boston

9:30am - 12:30pm

Simmons University, Boston MA 02115

December 7 2018

NELIG Annual Instruction Swap: Vermont

9:00am - 12:00pm

Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405

December 7 2018

NELIG Annual Instruction Swap: Connecticut

9:00am - 12:00pm

Central Connecticut State University

2017-2018 Events

September 29 2017

NELIG Fall 2017 Meeting

All Day

Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

December 1 2017

Annual Instruction Swap 2017

All Day

Multiple Locations

April 4 2018

NELIG Spring Program 2018

11:00am - 12:00pm


June 8 2018

NELIG Annual Program 2018

8:45am - 2:30pm

University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library, Portland, ME