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Greetings North Carolina Library Association members!
As your president, I wanted to take a moment this month to say “Thank You” for your continued support of our organization. NCLA completed a successful conference in October 2019, and we are now gearing up for our off year endeavor of the 2020 Leadership Institute. The Planning Committee is working hard to pull together another successful and outstanding program. If you are interested in participating, please watch for the call for applications, which will be out shortly. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 27th . The Institute will take place September 16-19, 2020, in Black Mountain, NC. This is only one of the many off year programs that will be offered by NCLA and our member sections.
The Executive Board will hold their first meeting and orientation for the biennium on Friday, January 31st at UNC Greensboro’s Jackson Library. We look forward to coming together and working to meet the needs of you – our members. NCLA has always served a three-fold purpose – Education, Leadership and Advocacy. I look forward to working with this Executive Board to further these goals. We are already working to strengthen our ties with our sister organizations, the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association, the North Carolina School Library Media Association and the North Carolina Community College Library Association. By working together, we can make libraries stronger for our users.
What are you working on in this new year? What are the goals and plans you have for your library? I would love to hear your answers. Please feel free to connect with me by email or on FaceBook (Lorrie Merritt Russell) – just be warned, you will see lots of pictures of my grandchildren!
Until next month,
Creating Effective Public Library Standards Input
Wednesday, January 15 • 2-3:30 pm (Perquimans County Library - Pettigrew Regional)
Wednesday, February 5 • 2-3:30 pm (Burgaw - Pender County Public Library)
The State Library is hosting two more opportunities for public library staff to provide feedback on “Creating Effective Public Library Standards”. To learn more about this effort please review this recorded webinar giving an overview of the project.
Librarians Build Communities would like to congratulate Wiley Magnet Middle School (1st place) and Kernersville Middle School (2nd place) as the winners of our 2019 Spare Change drive! Twenty-one Forsyth County elementary, middle, and high schools participated in the drive, ultimately raising $2920.76 for Forsyth Backpack Program—nearly half of the $6,810.76 that we raised this fall to purchase the food that we packed into backpacks at Conference.
Media Coordinators for the two winning schools were awarded Visa check cards that they can use for any library supplies they need, with Wiley Middle’s Laura Lyons receiving $500 and Kernersville Middle’s Ann Webb receiving $150.
Finally, a special thank you to the following NCLA sections that donated money to LBC so that we could make these prizes so great: BLiNC, LiRT, NCLPA, PLS, REMCo, SCRT, TNT, and WILR! This event would never have succeeded without the support of everyone in NCLA, from all of the Executive Board to everyone who wrote even a single note at our Conference table.
Pictured: Students at KMS who participated in the spare change drive
Melissa J. Oleen Hired as New Director of the Rowan Public Library
It’s a time of new beginnings for Rowan Public Library. The three-branch system will soon add a fourth branch – West – located in Cleveland. Director Jeff Hall retired Oct. 25 after more than 12 years in the position, and now RPL has a new director at the helm.
Melissa J. Oleen of Salisbury has been hired by Rowan County as the new director of RPL. She will oversee all operations of the RPL System, which has 78 full and part-time employees.
Oleen has over 18 years of experience in academic, special, community college and public libraries. She has held several leadership roles at RPL, including supervisor of the Edith M. Clark History Room, Youth Services Supervisor, Library Services Manager, and, since July 2018, Deputy Director.
“Rowan Public Library has a history of strong directors,” said Oleen. “I am honored to have this opportunity. The experience I gained working under Directors Phil Barton and Jeff Hall is priceless. They taught me a lot about public librarianship, being a good steward of library budgets and advocating on behalf of library staff and users.”
Oleen plans to build on that foundation and has a strong vision for RPL’s future. “I look forward to building on the excellent library collections, services and programs currently provided by RPL,” she said. Oleen earned undergraduate degrees in history and English from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Oleen serves on the Board of Directors for Smart Start Rowan and is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal.
Rowan Public Library’s “Cards for a Cause” campaign collected a record 2,165 cards
This holiday season, Rowan Public Library’s “Cards for a Cause” campaign collected a record 2,165 cards. The cards were delivered to service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Each RPL branch – RPL Headquarters (Salisbury), RPL East (Rockwell), and RPL South (China Grove) – had stations set up for card-making and delivery, and all ages were invited to participate.
“Cards for a Cause” began in 2015 and collected approximately 230 cards for active service members of the United States Armed Forces. In 2016, more than 800 were collected, and cards were also submitted specifically for veterans, so in 2017, the campaign expanded to add the VAMC as a delivery designation, and collected over 1,300 cards. Last year, more than 1,400 were sent to active and retired service members.
Any individuals or organizations who are interested in participating in the 2020 campaign should contact Tammie Foster at 704-216-7842 or Tammie.Foster@rowancountync.gov
Feb. 1 deadline for Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award nominations
The 2020 Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award call for nominations is now open. The award, managed by an independent jury of the ALA Awards Committee, is presented to a library organization to recognize an innovative, creative, well-organized project which successfully developed income from alternative sources. Those sources include, but are not limited to, individual gifts, foundations, endowments, challenge grants and related efforts. The winner receives a $2500 grant and a framed citation.
Business & Entrepreneurship Librarian and Associate Professor
1. Describe your background. How did you come to be in your current position?
After earning my MLS in Chapel Hill, I returned to my hometown (Holland, Michigan) for my first professional position in the library of Davenport College (now University). After two years there, I returned to North Carolina as a Digital Services and Business Reference Librarian in Duke University's Perkins Library. Three years later, in 2001, love and marriage brought me over to Winston-Salem, where my wife Carol continues to work in the ZSR Library at Wake Forest University. (Carol is also a NCLA member.) Right after our honeymoon, I began working as the Business & Economics Librarian for nearby UNC Greensboro, where I have been ever since.
2. What recommendations do you have for NCLA members to get more involved in the association and grow their professional network?
Hmm yes, networking is usually the #1 thing that librarians want to get from their memberships, followed by training and service opportunities.
Considering volunteering for one of the many NCLA Conference Planning sub-committee. It’s fun work, important work, and you’ll meet lots of committed and welcoming members. You don’t need to be a veteran member of NCLA to contribute. And you don’t have to travel to every meeting -- much of the work is done online. Usually you get invited to the free President’s Dinner at the conference as a “thank you”.
Or consider applying to the next Leadership Institute. The learning and training are excellent, but the most important outcome of the Institute in my opinion is the long-lasting connections you will make with the other early-career professionals going through this intensive experience with you.
If you don’t think NCLA has a group you need, then create your own group. A dozen public and academic business librarians did this in 2003; their group became BLINC, which was NCLA’s first new section in many years. (Our suggestion that BLINC become a NCLA section sparked a debate on the NCLA Executive Board regarding if the association should have any new sections, until the then NCLA president Pauletta Bracy affirmed “the more, the merrier!”) Since then, NCLA members have also created the Distance Learning and STEM Librarianship sections. Some older sections have new sub-groups too.
3. What about mentoring?
Ask your supervisor or other folks with some experience in NCLA about potential mentors, and then just ask that potential mentor. Or ask your supervisor to ask on your behalf. But there is also peer-mentoring and group-mentoring. (Those are wonderful aspects of BLINC.) Talk to folks from other library systems and even different types of libraries who do similar work as you.
If your NCLA section doesn’t have its own communication tool and you don’t know who else is a member and might be interested in talking to you, email the section chair. Every month, the section chair gets a spreadsheet listing all the members of the section with their email addresses. Don’t be shy.
Get your community moving: physical literacy programs for all ages by Jenn Carson
"The book introduces the concept of physical literacy as a component to whole-person literacy and addresses how libraries should be offering opportunities for movement-based learning. Based on a solid foundation of neuroscience, kinesiology, and data on current physical literacy trends in libraries and other institutions, it argues for increasing kinetic programming as a catalyst for increasing other literacies, such as textual, aural/oral, emotional, visual, financial, digital, and spatial literacy. Themes center on passive vs. active programs, modifications for persons with exceptionalities, and making movement-based programs accessible for everyone regardless of socio-economic status, race, gender, age and physical or cognitive ability. The book provides clear step-by-step models and strategies for delivering physical literacy programs including: where to find funding, getting administrative and municipal buy-in, creating partnerships in the community, possible legal issues, marketing tactics, training staff and volunteers, and how to evaluate programs"
Looking for something new to offer? Check out these awesome programs!
Holly George-Warren Presents: Janis Joplin: Her Life & Music Friday, January 17 • 7 pm (special after-hours program)
Asheboro Public Library
Celebrated music journalist, two-time Grammy nominee, and Asheboro native Holly George-Warren will visit the Asheboro library at 7 p.m. Friday, January 17, to talk about her acclaimed new biography of Janis Joplin. Published by Simon and Schuster in October to rave reviews, "Janis: Her Life and Music" establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and gender-bending rebel that she was. George-Warren had unprecedented access to Joplin’s family, friends, bandmates, archives and long-lost interviews to create the intimate portrait.
She received her second GRAMMY nomination in 2013 for penning the liner notes to Janis Joplin's The Pearl Sessions. She is the director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Program and serves on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee.
Pulitzer Prize Winner Debuts NC Book Thursday, January 30 • 7 pm Asheboro Public Library
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author David Zucchino debuts his book "Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy" at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at the Asheboro Public Library. Zucchino won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his reporting from apartheid South Africa. "Wilmington’s Lie" recounts the violent overthrow by white supremacists of the duly-elected, racially-mixed local government of Wilmington, N.C., in 1898.
History Talks: Queen King Duke Crown: Mecklenburg History 101 Tuesday, January 7 • 1 pm Mint Hill Branch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library
Please join Mint Hill Branch Library for a new monthly series: History Talks with Dr. Tom Hanchett. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Historian in Residence will host a casual conversation on various topics the first Tuesday of every month at Mint Hill Library (6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road).
Wake County Public Libraries: “Wake Moves Together” Sunday, January 26 • 2 pm Wake County Public Library
Everybody dance, now! Join the movement with Wake County Public Libraries. Learn some simple dance moves, then at 2:15 all ages will hit the dance floor at 10 select libraries. Stay for games, *movement activities, and a drawing for two free entry tickets to Marbles. Fitness class samples at East Regional and Southeast Regional Libraries. Families welcome, all ages are encouraged to attend. For library locations check our events page at http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/default.aspx
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