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Change is in the air. We’ve been talking about changes coming for months and now we are here with some and waiting for other changes to occur soon. I know change can be scary, and sometimes that is just the fear of the unknown. Change can be good, but also, depending on your point of view, unpleasant. Some people don’t like to change as it is more comfortable to know what to expect and not have to think about something different.
Change happens for a reason—it’s human nature and part of an evolving culture of improvement. Change can be associated with new technologies or ideas, process improvements, fresh starts, or just gaining a different perspective. As NCLA undergoes this change process, as with the new membership software, a new website, and a new conference website, recognize that other changes to processes and activities might change as well.
These changes all have the intended benefit to make us stronger, more efficient, and more effective in providing services and professional development to our members. Please embrace the positive side of these changes and learn to adapt to any discomforts or negative feelings of change that you may or may not have. In the long run, these changes will make NCLA a better association to be a part of and we want you to be part of US.
With that said, last Friday was an Executive Board meeting in which we spent some time training board members on some of the features of Wild Apricot, our new website platform. As we roll out these new components, please make sure your contact information is up-to-date so that you will be in the loop of getting information. Over the next several months, you will get more information on the website and conference activities in particular.
Conference is coming and will be a wonderful show! Please plan to join us in October.
Have a great May, summer is finally coming!!!
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NCLA Seeking Scholarship Applicants
Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019
Every biennium, NCLA awards scholarships at the annual conference. Whether you are about to be a library school student, currently in library school, or already a librarian seeking to continue your studies, if you are getting this newsletter you are probably eligible! The deadline for applications is May 31, 2019.
Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Joyner Library Paraprofessional Conference, hosted by the SHRA assembly of Joyner Library. This year’s conference explores the theme of Motivation, Energy, and Teamwork. The keynote speaker will be the North Carolina State Librarian Timothy Owens.
This full-day conference will be held at the J.Y. Joyner Library on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 8am till 4pm. The registration fee of $30 covers parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Parking this year will be provided in the new garage that is adjacent to the library. This is the 15th paraprofessional conference that has been hosted by Joyner Library and we will be celebrating the milestone number with special door prizes and a cake. Please contact us to receive a discounted price if you are registering 8 or more people or if you are student interested attending the conference.
The conference gives paraprofessionals the opportunity to network and attend presentations on a variety of topics. Presenters come from a wide array of institutions. The goal of the conference is to provide training and information that will allow paraprofessionals to bring constructive change to their home institutions. The preliminary list of sessions can be found at the following link
For more information or to register please visit this link
*Please note that spots are filling up very quickly for this presentation by David Lee King. If you are interested in attending then you need to register today!
This year, NCLA is migrating our membership platform and website to Wild Apricot. It will take us a few months to completely transition and we plan to be fully migrated to the new platform by June 1, 2019. What does this mean for you? It mean a brand new website that makes it easier to find the information you need and a streamlined way to manage your NCLA membership and event registration. Stay tuned for more information!
The CrAFT Studio at the Asheville Mini Maker Faire
Asheville's first Mini Maker Faire happened on the campus of UNC Asheville on Saturday, April 6th. The CrAFT Studio, D. Hiden Ramsey Library's own multi-function creative space located on the lower level, participated in the event and invited the wider Asheville community to "get CrAFTy" with some of the high and low-tech components of their space.
About Us: The CrAFT Studio at D. Hiden Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville opened in November 2016 thanks in part to an LSTA EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning Grant awarded through the State Library of North Carolina The CrAFT in our studio's name is an acronym, standing for Creativity, Art, Fabrication, and Technology, and acts as a hub for creativity on campus across all majors. Other than being a catchy acronym, CrAFT encompasses the multiple facets of what the studio represents in modern scholarship. We're equal parts maker lab, creative commons, flexible use space, and comfortable living room. We provide large format printing and 3D printing for UNC Asheville's entire campus community (students, faculty, and staff) and opportunities for hands-on experience with emerging technologies like the iPad mini and iPad Pro. We also offer low-tech solutions, including paper finishing supplies and our ever-popular LEGO wall!
For more information about the CrAFT Studio, feel free to contact Amanda Glenn-Bradley, User Engagement Librarian & Coordinator of the CrAFT Studio, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us online at http://library.unca.edu/craftstudio! We're adding on some exciting new technology late this spring that we can't wait to show off!
Cabarrus County Public Library partners with local agency
Cabarrus County Public Library has been working with Tammi Remsburg from the Cabarrus County Soil and Water District to put on North Carolina Education Standard programs for Homeschoolers. She’s been coming once a month for the last four months and has presented programs on watersheds, the watercycle, and pollution. Her programs all have interactive elements to go along with the learnings. Its been great to have her and the Soil and Water District here as a science resource!
The Poetry Fox visits Durham Tech Library for National Poetry Month
A costumed fox typed up wonderful, spontaneous poems for students, faculty, and staff on his vintage typewriter on Thursday, April 4 from 10:00 - 12:00 in the Library.
Person County Librarian Wins Award
Children's Librarian, Amanda Weaver from Person County Public Library won the 2019 Person County Partnership for Children's Champion for Children Award.
Former Vice Provost and Director of the NC State University Libraries Susan K. Nutter, who retired in 2017 after a 30-year career as one of NC State’s and the library world’s most dynamic and influential leaders, passed away on March 25.
She was predeceased in December by her beloved husband, best friend, and creative colleague, Joe Anderson Hewitt, former Vice Provost and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Library Journal has named NC State University Libraries Research Librarian for Design Pete Schreiner a 2019 “Mover & Shaker.” Schreiner is recognized for helping launch the Virtual Reality Studios at the Hill and Hunt libraries, introducing VR devices into our Technology Lending service, and evangelizing about the many academic and entrepreneurial applications for VR/AR technologies.
Mint Hill Branch; Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
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!”
My first library job was as Media Specialist for a K-5 private school. I was given full rein since no one in the school (principal included) knew what the librarian actually did. From the way the previous librarian left the library – the answer to that question would be “very little”. There were over 500 uncatalogued books, a very outdated collection, the purchasing being done on a subscription basis and a very uninviting library environment. I walked in a week before school started, discovered the mess that was left and said “Yes—I have found the profession for me!”
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?
This may sound cliché, but my staff keeps me motivated and inspired. I have been very blessed to work with very intelligent, creative and dedicated professionals at CML. These colleagues inspire me with their passion and the energy given to their jobs. I LOVE being told by my staff members: “I love my job!” Or “I can’t believe I get paid for doing what I love!” Managing a team like this is the best.
My library colleagues are extremely diverse in personality, backgrounds, and knowledge. I’ve worked with Peace Corp veterans, film professors, opera singers, social workers, lawyers, teachers, and IT specialists who all now call the library their home. The dynamics of working with these individuals inspire me to go beyond the stereotype of “librarian” and work towards creating our exciting future.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
My heroes are the librarians I worked with at the beginning of my career at the Main Library Charlotte. Barbara Gwynn was the master of handling difficult customers and finding humor in everyday life. Mimi Curlee knows the answer to absolutely everything and challenged me to keep up. Sam Shapiro’s easy going style and endless facts about film and history never ceased to amaze me. Jan Rimmel was the epitome of the quiet, unrufflable librarian. These people and others trained me and instilled in me my love of library.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
Since marrying a Frenchman last year, I have become a full-fledged Francophile. I have always enjoyed baking, but now am attempting difficult French patisserie (sometimes with success). While I’ve always appreciated a nice glass of wine, I now can order intelligently, smell, swirl and taste like an aspiring expert. On the flip side, I’ve created a hiker out of my city boy, forced him into strange looking yoga poses, have him excited for the next book club and appreciating Midwestern sensibilities. Life is good!
Algorithms of Oppression: How search engines reinforce racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color.
Through an analysis of textual and media searches as well as extensive research on paid online advertising, Noble exposes a culture of racism and sexism in the way discoverability is created online. As search engines and their related companies grow in importance—operating as a source for email, a major vehicle for primary and secondary school learning, and beyond—understanding and reversing these disquieting trends and discriminatory practices is of utmost importance.
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