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PAST PRESIDENT'S CORNER
It has been a while since I penned this newsletter and I hope this will find everyone safe and comfortable in our current situation. COVID-19 has made a huge impact on libraries across the country and across our state. it is ever more important that we remain vigilant and strong in our profession and place within our communities. That being said, NCLA continues to be an influential part of our professional lives and reinforces our “Stronger Together” mantra.
As our libraries continue to reopen, engage users in innovative ways, and reach beyond our norms to provide services and resources to patrons, our leadership is vital to ongoing inspiration for keeping members of our organization engaged and relevant in today’s unusual circumstances. Our current executive board has done an amazing job of continuing to provide quality programming and services for our membership with all of the sections and interest groups included. While schedules or formats might have changed or the interaction becomes a little less personal due to virtual options, we have still moved this organization forward to be of value to each member.
It is time to consider candidates for the executive committee of our next biennial. I am the chair of the nominations committee charged with developing the ballot for the election of officers for our 65th Biennial. Our current vice-president, Libby Stone will become president and our current treasure-elect, Lara Luck will become treasurer.
This is a great opportunity to step up and add to our leadership success by being nominated as an officer for the biennial starting in October 2021.
The following positions will be elected:
Vice President/President-Elect Serves as Vice-President for the first biennium following election, and is responsible for chairing the conference planning committee, as President the second biennium, responsible for presiding over the executive board, as past President the third biennium serving as Chair of the Committee on Nominations.
Secretary Records the minutes of meetings of the Executive Board, the Association biennial meetings, and any special meetings of the Association and distributes copies. Serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
Treasurer-elect Serve as Treasurer Elect for the first biennium following election and as Treasurer the second biennium, completing all financial transactions, including tax returns. The books are audited before the new Treasurer takes office. The Treasurer and the Treasurer Elect shall work together during the biennium to ensure an orderly transition.
Regional Directors Serves as members of the Executive Board, as liaison between the Executive Board and their region of the state, also serves as members of the Membership Committee. This year elections will be held for: Central/Triangle Area Eastern NC Area
Please consider having your name on the ballot for one of these positions. Please send me an email to express your interest: email@example.com and either myself or one of the committee members with contact you to discuss details and to answer any questions. Your investment makes a big difference, for yourself, NCLA and our profession.
Thanks, and hope to see you at an event soon, Mike Crumpton NCLA President, 2017-19 firstname.lastname@example.org
NCLA 2021 Conference Logo & Theme
The 64th Biennial Conference will be held in Winston-Salem in October of 2021, hosted jointly by NCLA and SELA (Southeastern Library Association). The theme is “S.E.E. the Future: Support. Educate. Empower.” More information is coming soon! #NCLA21
Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
Census Microdata: What, Why, and Where
Tuesday, October 13 • 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.
Heard of microdata but not sure what they are or when they might be useful? This session will provide an overview to answer these questions and introduce a couple of freely available tools for getting them: the Census Bureau’s new mdat tool within data.census.gov, and IPUMS USA, a tool from the Minnesota Population Center. While the data may be of most interest to advanced researchers, librarians may want a general sense of what microdata are and what the tools can do.
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
Bridging the Digital Divide: Library Communities Respond
Friday, October 23 • 9 am-4 pm
Online Mini Conference
Sponsored by the College & University Section of NCLA
This is a mini conference designed to share ideas and initiatives for bridging the digital divide across library types and communities in response to the increased need for access to the internet and usable electronic devices during COVID-19. Presentations will address such topics as digital equity, tips for partnering with non-profits, virtual programming strategies, shifting collection development and technology needs, and other issues related to ensuring that library users in academic, public, and school libraries are able to effectively access online resources and services. The keynote speech will be provided by Rob Ross, Executive Director of NC LIVE.
NCLA members are free. Non-members cost $10. Non-members who are presenters at the conference are free.
Don't forget to register for the NCLA Youth Services Section's virtual retreat! Join us for "Link Up: Create. Connect. Collaborate." on Thursdays from October 15 to November 5. Best of all, the retreat is FREE! There will be engaging speakers, a happy hour discussion, and prize drawings for attendees.
The North Carolina Symphony is offering its FREE virtual Music Discovery program to libraries across the state. Geared for preschool and elementary-age children and their families, this 30-minute program via Zoom features a NC Symphony musician providing an interactive music lesson, talking about the instruments of the orchestra, and reading a book about music. Families will learn how the instruments of the orchestra make their sounds and hear examples of classical and popular music. If your library is interested in hosting this program, please complete the following form.
Music Discovery is funded by PNC's “Grow Up Great” initiative, promoting literacy and arts education for preschoolers and their families. If you have questions about the program, please contact email@example.com.
NCLA along with the Leadership, Administration, and Management (LAMS) Section is pleased to partner with NC LIVE on virtual workshops for library leaders. Guest facilitators will share their knowledge on specific leadership competencies and guide you through common leadership challenges. Whether you are in a leadership position already, or aspire to be, consider registering for an upcoming Leadership Development workshop. Is there a local library leader that you'd like to suggest as a session facilitator? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for an upcoming workshop visit this link.
The Azalea Coast Library Association will be holding its quarterly meeting October 15th from 11:00 am-12:15 pm with featured speaker Natasha Francois, Law Librarian at New Hanover County Public Library, speaking about Free Federal Legal resources.
How is your library responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you have valuable resources to share? We’re compiling information in a document for all to use - feel free to add things!
Librarians at UNCG have created an “Election 2020” website with links for voters who are interested in different aspects of the upcoming elections. The site is publicly available! Feel free to share widely or to send feedback! The site is an ongoing effort and a work in progress.
Manteo 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 actually wrote my "graduation essay" in fifth grade about wanting to be either a teacher or a librarian when I grew up! Luckily for me, being an elementary school librarian combines both of these passions because I get to teach from the library. I did have an aha! moment when I was interning for Kendra Allen at a middle school in Wake County during library school. I was focusing on working with students who were not mainstreamed and it really clicked that I can make a difference in so many lives through the magic of librarianship and that I wanted to make my library accessible to all readers.
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?
It's 100% the students that I teach! The feeling when you find a book that a reader connects with and gets them excited about reading is unmatched. Being able to share my passion of reading makes me feel like I was always meant to be a librarian.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
There are so many amazing librarians in North Carolina and I'm so lucky to work with many of them! I honestly don't think there's enough room to name all of my NC library heroes. Beyond North Carolina, Carla Hayden, the first woman to be named Librarian of Congress is a huge hero of mine. When I was younger, I always said that instead of an astronaut or something, I dreamed of being the Librarian of Congress because it was the biggest/most significant library gig out there. The fact that she was named the first is amazing!
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
Outside of the library, I love reading (although I don't get to read as much as I wish I could!). I also love being outdoors, rock climbing, camping, and hiking. In fact, last winter break, my husband and I went backpacking in South America for two weeks! I also love spending time with my dog, Poe (short for Edgar Allan Poe-tato haha).
Are you interested in being featured in the “Librarian Interview” section of the NCLA Newsletter? We are looking for members who want to share their experiences and advice with our membership. If you would like to be considered, please provide your name and contact information on this form.
FEATURED NCLA SECTION
Featured section of the month:
LAMS (Leadership, Administration, and Management Section)
Submitted by Brandy Hamilton, Meghan Wanucha Smith, and Will Ritter, LAMS Board Members
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
LAMS serves those interested in library leadership and management. Leadership happens across all library types, position levels, and areas of responsibility. We are eager to welcome any and all library affiliates who are interested in creating networks and building skills.
2. What's the history of this section? When and why was it created?
Originally named the Library Administration and Management Section, LAMS was initially created to “develop the practice of management and administration in libraries.” In 2019, the LAMS Board realized the time was right to examine our name, goals, and mission. By embracing the idea that leadership roles have changed and gone beyond traditional manager roles, there was a strong interest in reflecting this change in the name and mission. The members voted and LAMs officially became The Leadership, Administration, and Management Section during the 2019 Conference. The focus of LAMS remains centered on developing and fostering leadership potential by increasing skills, providing networks, and creating resources and programs to help leaders from wherever they may be in an organization.
3. What types of programming do you offer?
LAMS offers programming on a variety of topics including leadership development, strategic planning, creating organizational structures, personnel management, employee development, facilities and budgeting and more. The section is looking forward to providing additional training on crisis management, and leadership skills as we forge into a new future. Recent programs include LAMS Listens, an informal gathering for library leaders grappling with pandemic impacts. Upcoming programs include partnering with NC LIVE and NCLA on regional workshops for library leaders and Managing Workplace Anxiety, a webinar with Meridian Resources.
4. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
LAMS is not just for current administrators or managers, but anyone interested in library leadership or management and building their professional development.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
"Paul Ortiz delivers us the history of the United States from the viewpoint of black and brown people, from Crispus Attucks and José Maria Morelos to César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr. The result is simultaneously invigorating, embarrassing, and essential to anyone interested in what the revolutionaries of years past can teach us about struggles for freedom, equality, and democracy today.”
—William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights
Curbside Bingo/Chutes and Ladders Program
“Like many library systems in North Carolina, our branch has been closed to the public since March and we've been offering Curbside Service since June. During this time of being closed to the public we were eager to help instill not only some fun at work, but also motivate staff during these days. One of our part-time library assistants, Connor Dunlap, approached supervisors with a Shutdown Bingo game, combining things we experienced during Curbside Service (e.g. patron drives a Honda) and background tasks (e.g. weeding). A team got together and combined Curbside Bingo with a Chutes and Ladders style game (the more Bingos you collected the more times you could spin the wheel and advance on the board). We even included ladders and chutes (in the forms of snakes). Staff were really excited about this activity, they contributed ideas for new squares and the game morphed to cover all aspects of working in the building. Staff made personalized characters to note their progress, would yell out BINGO so everyone would know, and compete for squares they needed to complete their BINGO. Once we've declared a winner the board resets and everyone starts fresh. We even have a reward for the staff member that finishes the board. It's a custom button, because we love making buttons here in Cabarrus County. The winning button features the star of library shutdown, Curbside Larry. We thought this program would just be a good way to remind everyone about our goals and changing policies, but it's been a morale-boosting fun and engaging experience for all.”
Submitted by Adrian Zeck, Cabarrus County Public Library
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