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This is my last President’s Corner to share with you, but I think it will be the best. I am excited to give this post-conference recap in order to celebrate a wonderful conference and some significant accomplishments for NCLA during this past biennium. Please join me in thanking the past Executive Board and the Conference Planning Committee during this biennial for all the hard work and doing a superb job leading up to conference.
At conference, I was so impressed with the magnitude of support and involvement that all of you displayed by volunteering in various ways, in particular with our Librarians Build Communities activities and service models. It was incredible that not only did we pack 3,200 boxes of food and supplies for the Forsyth Backpack Program, but we also raised $7,000 to furnish the products. Give yourselves a hand— that is a clear demonstration of the power that librarians can have in support of their communities. The best part of that for me is that we did it together.
We also had presenters during conference who gave of themselves by providing a great deal of content that drove a purposeful and intellectual assortment of programs which promoted professional development growth and collaborative partnerships. This reinforces the power of our profession and the significant role that we perform for our stakeholders. And we enjoyed carefully chosen keynote speakers who inspired us with their experience and wisdom as well as providing a vision for the future.
All of this was in a backdrop of change, a new NCLA that is enhanced with technology and fortified with new logistical concepts such as the “virtual office” and, more recently, a remote storage facility that will centrally house our physical assets. Feedback from our Web Committee members who volunteered their efforts to staff a help desk during conference indicated mostly positive comments made by members to our changes. The comfort level of the new website, membership software, and conference App has risen and has encouraged us to create more of these efforts in the future.
We also graduated another cohort of aspiring leaders from the 2018 Leadership Institute and I know they will do great things. They will serve their communities well, as demonstrated by how they served our association with their efforts at conference. Keep an eye on them—they are our future.
All of these changes and enhancements, as well as a very successful conference that was enjoyed by so many, position NCLA as a premier professional association that can have something for everyone—you just have to get involved and look for it. This paves the way for more new and better things to come for librarians, library workers, and libraries in North Carolina.
Good luck to Lorrie, Libby, and the new Executive Board as they move us forward yet again, to engage and serve our stakeholders and soldier our profession to be relevant in today’s dynamic and changing society.
Thanks for all of you for your efforts and support of NCLA. Value your friends and colleagues, share your talents with others, and get involved. You might be surprised at how meaningful it can be. For those of you at the closing session, you might have witnessed some emotion from me in those closing remarks. It was because I am so proud to be associated with each and every one of you.
Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
Mapping the Stanford Libraries and San Mateo County Civic Data Ecosystem and Opportunities for Partnerships
Monday, November 18• 12 pm
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
“Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data?” was the headline of a February 19, 2019 CityLab article. It’s a great question that public and academic libraries should be discussing in the era of born digital, civic, open data. One such group that is helping library and government agencies work through this question and find ways for these groups to partner is the Civic Switchboard. There are many reasons why libraries hosting open data seems like a natural fit. This webinar will feature one of the Civic Switchboard partners who are collaborating on ways to archive and preserve data from San Mateo County. The speakers will discuss their work, what their goals and challenges have been, as well as inspire participants to consider ways they can work with government agencies to collect, preserve, and even provide access to open government data.
We will use Zoom for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.
The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page
Cooking class collaboration between Randolph library, Cooperative Extension,
wins state award
A series of hands-on cooking classes sponsored by the Randolph County Public Library and Randolph County Cooperative Extension has won a statewide award.
The classes — five in the fall of 2016 and four in the fall of 2017 — received the Community Partnership Award from the North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Incorporating concepts from the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program, the classes covered such topics as canning, crockpot meals, stir-fry, soup, holiday appetizers, freezer meals, grilling, yeast bread making, and cooking with herbs. The library’s Head of Reference Meghan Carter organized the series with Family and Consumer Services Agent Jeannie Leonard, who taught them.
Sponsored by the library’s Margaret C. Taylor Culinary Arts Collection, the classes were offered at no cost to attendees.
Rowan Public Library Director Retires
Jeff Hall, director of the Rowan Public Library system, retired after 35+ years of service on October 25, 2019. He began his career at RPL in 1988 as a Page. Over the years, he worked his way up the ranks, from Branch Associate to Circulation Services Supervisor to Operations Manager. He earned his Masters in Library Science while working full-time, and in 1998, he was recognized as MCI’s Cybrarian of the Year. In 2007, he was named Director.
During his tenure, Director Hall has left an indelible mark upon area communities. He assisted with overseeing the building of South Rowan Regional Library in the early 2000s and coordinated numerous renovation and expansion projects at East Branch and Headquarters. Under his leadership, the West Branch Library Project has been realized with funding unanimously approved by County Commissioners. This project will establish a fourth branch of the RPL system in western Rowan County, expanding service to communities that currently must travel up to 13 miles to visit an RPL branch. The project is now in the construction phase and is anticipated to open in February 2020. After retirement, Hall will continue his involvement with RPL, serving as special consultant to the West Branch Library project.
Image: Jeff Hall receives a recognition award for his years of service from the Rowan County Commissioners.
Old Town Elementary School
1. What was the first library job you had that made the little voice in your head go, “Yes—I have found the profession for me!”
I was actually a student volunteer in a library in middle school and then in high school. I knew then that I wanted to be a librarian. For some reason though, I put it off a very long time.
2. What part of your job keeps you going to work every day? How do you continue to find inspiration and passion in the library field?
Moving to an elementary school was really scary at first. What in the world would I do with Kinders and first graders? But each of those age groups show amazing growth as library users! I watch them become independent library users and develop a sense of who they are as readers. Being a part of the beginning of their library journeys is incredibly fulfilling.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
This is a terribly difficult question. Through my work at the state level, I’ve not only met some amazing librarians, but they’ve also become my friends. I just can’t list them all! Dr. April Dawkins (UNC Greensboro) is always the first to come to mind, however, when I think of library heroes. Her vision years ago for an Emerging Leaders program in NCSLMA is the reason I became active at the state level. Jackie Pierson (WSFCS Media Director, retired) was not only amazing at her job but a tremendous encourager every time I approached her with some crazy idea. Dr. Anthony Chow (UNC Greensboro) is the strongest library advocate I’ve ever met. Kathy Parker (NC DPI) works tirelessly to make sure that all educators, along with district and state personnel, understand the importance of having licensed librarians in schools. The NCSLMA board and committee members who work tirelessly to make sure that school librarians and libraries are integral to schools across NC. Every single one of these state leaders has sacrificed on some level to help elevate the profession.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
Outside of the library, I love to garden, crochet, and write. My greatest love though is organizing! I am an avid organizer of anything that even whispers it might need help!
Feeding the Light by Jaki Shelton Green
“Rooted in hypnagogic logic and deeply seated in the tradition of Jayne Cortez, Quincy Troupe, and Ntozake Shange, Jaki Shelton Green’s verse narratives pay homage to the orphic ethos of the mythmaking South with all the viscous verve of Van Gogh with a palette of syllables, images, and words blurring through our senses like the thick, sleek wax of magnolia leaves. Her images conjure cultural beauty from a world-weary—yet ecstatic—kaleidoscopic lens while sustaining a pained relevance that serves up love from every angle of human anguish: the forced marriage of a child bride; memories of grandmothers and mentors, praiseworthy and proud. In Feeding the Light, Jaki Shelton Green captivates with a global vision. Her poems are totems and tomes; they are percussive, convulsive, and constructive.”
—Tony Medina, author of Broke Baroque, The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems, and An Onion of Wars
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