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Now it’s June. How are you doing? Still hanging in there? Sick of Netflix, sitting inside, wanting to get back to normal? Me too. This is not the beginning to my presidency that I thought I would have when I decided to run three years ago. But it is what it is, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the librarians and library workers across this state that have stepped up to make sure our patrons still have library services. From the bottom of my heart – thank you. We have proved once again that libraries are adaptable, and always put the needs of our patrons above what else is happening in our world.
Speaking of our library world, we have a lot going on, even in this phase two of shut down. The Virtual Conference is coming together, with a date of July 17 set. Amy Harris Houk, committee chair, tells me that they are getting submissions for presentations, and that the conference will be free for all current active NCLA members. There will be a charge for nonmembers and a reduced rate for students. Please keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for more information.
As members, you should also have received an email recently, asking that you vote on a motion put forth by the Membership Committee of the Executive Board. If passed, this motion will give every current active member of the association, as well as anyone that joins or renews by June 30, 2020 an additional two months of membership. Please take a moment to cast your vote.
As additional information, the Leadership Institute Planning Committee met last week, and are exploring their options for postponing the Leadership Institute until early spring 2021. Juli Moore will be posting more information regarding the details soon. And Vice President Libby Stone is serving on a committee appointed by the State Library Commission to look at re-opening libraries in the state. She will be bringing more information regarding their findings soon.
Please continue to take care of yourselves, and practice kindness. With everything going on in this world, it is needed more than ever. I would like to close with a quote that means a great deal to me: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding a deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Until next month, Lorrie Russell YOUR NCLA President
Save the Dates!
NCLA Resources and Technical Services Section is sponsoring two upcoming webinars in June. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Global Library Exchange: COVID-19 and Libraries
Monday, June 8 • 9 am-11 am
On June 8, 2020, the East Carolina University MLS program is hosting a free virtual webinar with speakers from three countries discussing their libraries’ experiences in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The speakers are:
Audrey Chapuis, Director of the American Library in Paris Bruno Eiras, Head of Head of Department of Public Libraries Network in Portugal Liliana Silva, Director of the School Library Network in Portugal
Dr. Anna Maria Tammaro, Retired Professor, University of Parma (Italy) and Editor-in-Chief of Digital Library Perspectives
Introducing “Un-Cancelled,” NCLA’s first ever Virtual Conference! On Friday, July 17th, we will provide an opportunity for librarians across the state of North Carolina to connect in a virtual space especially as many conferences, workshops, and events have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Did you have a proposal accepted that you are no longer able to give? Are you looking to share lessons learned from our recent circumstances? If so, consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, panel, lightning round, or roundtable discussion for our Virtual Conference. We want to make sure your voice can still be heard! Priority will be given to NCLA members and those whose proposals were previously accepted elsewhere.
Registration will open soon and will be free for all NCLA members - stay tuned for more information!
Census Resources + Data: Government & Business Perspectives
Tuesday, June 16 • 1 pm
GRS & BLINC Online Webinar
This webinar includes guest speakers who will be discussing recent changes to Census.gov and the Economic Census. This webinar is for you whether you are new to Census.gov and the Economic Census or you are an expert. We will be looking at the basics and taking a deeper dive into the topics.
Michele Hayslett, Librarian for Numeric Data Services and Data Management at UNC at Chapel Hill, will compare and contrast several sources for Census data, including the new data.census.gov; the National Historical GIS (NHGIS) from the Minnesota Population Center; and Social Explorer (a commercial database). She will guide participants through several demonstration searches and then take questions.
Jennifer Boettcher, Business Information Consultant of Georgetown University, will provide a next level look into the Economic Census. For context, interested participants are highly recommended to check out her previous talk, Industry Research Using the Economic Census, as her presentation will build off that content. Jennifer will also provide an overview of additional business sources from the Census Bureau which can be used to supplement the Economic Census.
We will use Zoom for the webinar. Information on testing and accessing the webinar will be made available when you register.
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents:
Librarians Respond to Coronavirus: Critical Resources for Business and Government
Thursday, June 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.
In this webinar, three Librarians working in different settings (Academic, Public, and Special) will share their efforts to address research strategies and resources that have provided life changing assistance to companies and individuals during the Covid-19 crisis. Join as they discuss NC Live and government resources that have Covid-19 information with an emphasis on business and economic impact, working with a municipal government to connect small business owners and nonprofits to alternatives to SBA funding, conducting industry and market research, and consultation virtual methods. This webinar will answer questions around what can the business community, and our patrons in general, utilize in their efforts to research the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis? And how can government entities, in tandem with educational institutions, provide free and low-cost counseling and services to the small and mid-sized business community in times of crisis?
Developing your Leadership Potential: Effective Practices and Innovative Ideas
Wednesday, June 20 • 2 pm
CUS is excited to sponsor this upcoming ACRL webcast for its members. ACRL recently published three books that address different aspects of leadership. In this webcast, participants will hear from the authors key take-aways from their work.
Registration is free for CUS members. Please visit this link for more details.
COVID-19 and Libraries
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!
Do you have an upcoming NCLA meeting or event? Even informal meetups with other NCLA members? Be sure to take a photo and share it with the NCLA Marketing Committee. You can email images to email@example.com or tag them on social media using #NCLA. Maybe you'll see your photo on the website!
The College & University Section (CUS) of NCLA is seeking volunteers to serve on its Executive Board. A Secretary/Treasurer position and two Director positions are open. Email Dawn Behrend for more information.
NC Movers & Shakers Recognized by Library Journal
Lesley Mason, Library Director, Carteret County Public Library
Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, NC State University
Congratulations to these three North Carolina Librarians on their recognition as “Movers and Shakers” by Library Journal!
News from the MLS program at ECU
Assistant Professors Kawanna Bright & Monica Colon-Aguirre presented an invited paper entitled “Encouraging interdisciplinarity: The impact of assignment requirements on students’ use of interdisciplinary sources in an LIS research methods course” at the IFLA Librarianship, Information Studies, and News Media International Perspectives Congress in Mexico City. They also co-taught a workshop at the congress with Dr. Krystyna Matusiak (University of Denver) entitled “Becoming a stronger researcher-practitioner: Research methods in Library and Information Science (LIS)."
Dr. Bright presented “Sorry, I didn’t realize…”: Techniques for being inclusive in the planning and provision of library services and programs” at Azalea Coast Library Association’s Biennial Spring Conference and co-presented “Reaching underserved students in the school library” at Pitt County Schools Professional Development Day.
Associate Professor Kaye Dotson was elected Board Member of the Friends of Joyner Library.
Assistant Professor Africa Hands was elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the ALA Library Research Round Table. Dr. Hands also gave an invited talk titled, “From the margins to the center” on library services for first-generation students at Joyner Library Staff Development Day.
Assistant Professor Rita Soulen published “The continuum of care: A model for collaboration with new teachers” in Knowledge Quest and “School librarian interventions for new-teacher resilience: A CLASS II field study” in School Library Research.
Teaching Assistant Professor Laura Mangum was elected Board Member of the Friends of Joyner Library.
Teaching Assistant Professor Lou Sua retired after over 7 years on faculty in the MLS program.
Hugh Davis was named Director of the Albemarle Regional Library.
Ashley Lane co-presented "Keeping it millennial” at North Carolina Community College Library Association Conference.
Crystal Prevatte presented "Utilizing google sheets for collection assessment" at the North Carolina Community College Library Association Conference.
Britney Shawley presented "Closing the experience gap: Designing & administering library user surveys" at the North Carolina Community College Library Association Conference.
Leah Talbert was named Educator of the Year at William Monroe High School in Greene County, VA.
Jamane Yeager will retire in July 2020 from her position as Electronic Access Librarian at Elon University’s Belk Library. For the last twenty years, Jamane has been responsible for acquiring, making accessible, and evaluating an ever-increasing collection of databases and electronic resources for the library. Additionally she served as the liaison to the School of Communications and the African and African American studies program. Jamane also co-taught Elon’s first-year orientation seminar, Elon 101, for several years. Through this course, she has mentored dozens of students through their first years of college and guided them on the journey to academic success.
Jamane has pursued scholarship and professional activity throughout her career. She presented at many conferences about topics as diverse as genealogy, students’ use of databases, and career development for librarians of color. She has researched and written multiple articles for African American history encyclopedias and the African American National Biography. She also published original research about electronic serials usage in the peer-reviewed journal Serials Review. She was awarded several grants from state and national organizations to support programming for Black History month celebrations. She is also an ALA member and active in several round tables and divisions. Jamane currently serves on the executive board of ALA’s Library History Roundtable.
Jamane has been an engaged member of NCLA for over 20 years. She is especially dedicated to the Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns (REMCo), holding several leadership roles including chair (2007-2009). In 2009 she was presented with REMCo’s Roadbuilder’s Award in Academic Librarianship for her work as a pioneer and role model in librarianship. For over a decade Jamane has served on the editorial board for North Carolina Libraries. She also served several times on the NCLA conference planning committee, including co-chairing the Sponsorship committee for the most recent conference in 2019. Her energy and dedication will be missed, but we wish her the best as she starts her life’s next chapter!
Mark Schumacher, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor for University Libraries, will retire on June 30, 2020, after a 42-year career in librarianship at UNC Greensboro. Schumacher has served in this role since 1978. As a Reference Librarian, he has been a liaison for many departments across campus, including Art, Classical Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Theatre, Interior Architecture, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Mathematics and International and Global Studies. Additionally, he provides librarian outreach to several UNCG programs, including Intercollegiate Athletics, the International Programs Center, the Strong Residential College and the Lloyd International Honors College. Schumacher’s 14 publications in North Carolina DOCKS have been downloaded an amazing 31,000 times.
Schumacher is the first librarian that students encounter in the Summer Orientation Advising Registration (SOAR) program and is well known across campus. According to one colleague, “Mark is the face of the library and a piece of the library will be missing without him.” Many students who graduated decades ago still come back to see him even today. Another co-worker stated, “Mark is passionate about helping others find the information they need at the library.”
He has also been a member of many professional organizations, including the American Library Association (ALA) and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). His service to the profession and the University has included terms on the executive board of NCLA’s Reference & Adult Services Section (RASS) from 1995 until 2008; UNCG’s Dean of Students’ Conduct and Academic Integrity Hearing Panels since 1995; and the executive board of UNCG’s Phi Beta Kappa from 1999 until 2001 and again since 2003 to the present, as well as the recording secretary from 2005 until 2020. From 1979 until 2009, Schumacher volunteered to write abstracts of historical journal articles for "Historical Abstracts" and "America: History and Life" totaling 5,576 abstracts.
Schumacher received his Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in French and his MLS from SUNY at Buffalo. He always sets a welcoming tone in the library and ensures people know the library is there to help them. Additionally, Schumacher has donated more than 700 books in memory of his mother to UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives. In his free time, Schumacher enjoys ultimate frisbee, magic tricks and cheering on UNCG Athletics.
Dwain Teague, Emerging Technologies and Outreach Librarian at the North Carolina Wesleyan College Pearsall Library, was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the ARSL (Association of Rural and Small Libraries) Conference in Wichita, KS – September 30 – October 3. The scholarship is a joint effort between ARSL, the State Library of North Carolina, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Alamance Community College
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!”
It was during my role as a business librarian at a public library where I developed my love for the profession. To be a successful business librarian you must think beyond the library’s physical space – it is about connecting with your community, specifically your business community. I love a challenge and this job presented some daunting ones: how do I promote the library as a vital resource for the business community? And furthermore, how do I connect the business community to the library’s free online and print resources to make the library indispensable to the business community? I didn’t realize it at the time that those challenges would become a blueprint for my professional interests. I came to discover that my job was mostly about outreach and networking to achieve expected goals and outcomes. And by getting out there and “pounding the pavement” so to speak, I was able to make connections. By developing relationships with economic development partners, this gave me the platform and opportunity to promote the library’s resources to the business community. I found the work challenging and interesting, and that is when I knew that I had made the right career choice.
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?
I wear many hats in my current role as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Alamance Community College. On any given day, I am teaching info lit classes, doing reference and research appointments, collection development, and managing library staff and our student workers. Every day is different and there are often unexpected challenges – but those challenges keep me motivated and interested to learn more and to improve. What keeps me inspired professionally is when I am able to attend conferences, workshops, and meetings. I value that time to network with other colleagues in the field and learn about what innovative things people are doing in their respective libraries. This is a very exciting time in our field, always challenging and always changing, but the work that my colleagues are doing in North Carolina and beyond continues to inspire me.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
My library heroes are folks in our profession who love to mentor and share their knowledge to benefit the collective. One organization that I have been a part of for many years is BLINC (Business Librarians in North Carolina) a small, but mighty section of NCLA. The founders of BLINC, Steve Cramer and Susan Wolf Neilson, are two of my library hero/sheros! It was through their leadership and genius that BLINC became a reality. I, as well as many BLINC members, continue to be part of this organization year after year because we truly value networking, the professional education offered through workshops, and opportunities for leadership within the organization. I have learned so much from such a wonderful group of folks, and I have also been lucky to form some lasting friendships there as well.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I am a history buff. I love to read all things about the Renaissance period in Europe. And I love the music and art that belong to the period. I also enjoy world travelling, which is something I haven’t done in a while but look forward to when it is safe to do so. I also love to work out and weight train. I am planning to compete in a fitness competition next year (hopefully) if my training and diet stay on-track.
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: Youth Services Section Lisa Donaldson, YSS Chair
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
The Youth Services Section serves library professionals, at all levels, dedicated to providing quality services to children, young adults, and families across North Carolina.
2. What types of programming do you offer?
YSS provides opportunities for members to increase their knowledge and understanding of library related issues, materials, services, and trends related to youth and families. We offer professional development through summer reading workshops, sponsored conference events, and a biennial fall retreat.
3. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
Youth Services Section members are part of a community of library professionals willing to share their knowledge on best practices and practical tips through our email listserv and YSS sponsored events. Members are eligible for YSS sponsored grants to support their work and scholarships for NCLA events.
Photo: The current YSS board at the 2019 NCLA Biennial Conference.
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
Combines ethics, history, law, and science with a personal narrative to describe how to move beyond the awareness of racism and contribute to making society just and equitable.
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories From Red States by Samantha Allen
A transgender reporter for the Daily Beast visits Red States in America's "flyover country" and tells the stories of extraordinary LGBT people who decided to stay, rather than leave for the more liberal coasts, and describes their work for change.