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Welcome to what is a new look for NCLA as we continue our transition with Wild Apricot and begin our conference registration with a fresh approach. Below you will see links for conference registration and poster submissions. If you haven’t looked at the new website, please do.
A couple of notes regarding what’s new and how you can be a part of it. First, make sure you are current with your membership on the new website. To do this, go to https://nclaonline.wildapricot.org/ and follow the prompts to login or sign up. If you haven’t logged in yet, you will need to reset your password before you try to login. If you are a current member, your email address used previously is still valid but you will need to reset your password so that you can renew your membership or complete conference registration. Once you reset your password, you can login directly with the person icon in the upper right side of the page. Also remember that as an active member you will continue to receive information via the listserv.
With the new website software, we will utilize membership features more often so also take time to update your profile information as well as your section memberships. We have established a training process for section chairs or representatives to provide content to their pages, so this area of information is expected to grow as we move forward. There will also be training provided at conference as we expand our capabilities with this software.
PLEASE VOLUNTEER AT CONFERENCE!!!!
As noted below, conference registration is open and part of the registration process is a call for volunteers to help enhance the conference experience. As a volunteer, your personal experience is enriched by contributing your time and effort to our association’s primer event and your efforts enhance the experience for others by embracing your role and providing guidance or service in a variety of ways. This year we have made a strong effort to provide a large and diverse set of volunteer opportunities so that conference attendees are properly cared for and you have a chance to network and engage with others through your volunteer role. Please sign up for multiple experiences and help others.
Sharing with others
Many of the changes that we have made this year are to freshen our interaction with the larger membership and help engage everyone in our profession. Please share this newsletter that is packed full of great events and opportunities with others in your institution, colleagues, and friends so that they can see the advantage of being an NCLA member and join us in October for a great conference. We have had a wonderful group of people working on planning this conference, making this software transition, and envisioning something larger for all of us. Please share this and join in the contributions.
By the way, I just ordered my Librarians Build Communities t-shirt to help support the Forsyth Backpack Program. This is different than the conference t-shirt and will build on an activity that you will see at conference. This is part of an ongoing effort to show how we can improve our communities. Also check out the other programs and activities coming up this month.
See you in October if not before,
NCLA CONFERENCE NEWS
NCLA 2019 Conference Volunteer Signup
Welcome to the 63rd NCLA Biennial Conference #ncla19! The NCLA relies heavily on its members to volunteer in order to provide a successful and affordable conference experience. Please consider your part in this effort. Sign up early to get first pick on your favorite Volunteer Spots. Please sign up here!
Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian: The New Log into North Carolina (LINC)
Friday, June 7 • 12 pm
The Log Into North Carolina (LINC) is data tool that has been hosted by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) for over 30 years. LINC coordinates demographic and statistical information for North Carolina, counties, and cities/towns reported by state and federal agencies and provides historic data in some cases as far back as 1969 to projected data items to as far as 2038.
An OSBM team has worked with OpenDataSoft to create a new version of LINC that utilizes open data to expand available data and enhances features to include data visualization, bulk data downloads, and mapping. The new version of LINC allows the public to view data but also allows registered users to save visualizations and receive notifications of dataset updates. In the near future, LINC will have a secure area that will allow OSBM staff to join LINC data with internal data for analysis, evaluation, and planning. The initial version of LINC is now available, and is still a work in progress. Your experiences and suggestions will improve the final product; feedback may be shared at https://linc.osbm.nc.gov/.
UNC Charlotte 6th Annual Conference on Writing Studies
Call for Proposals
Conference Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Proposals deadline: Wednesday, July 31
The University Writing Program invites proposals for the UNC Charlotte 6th Annual Conference on Writing Studies (formerly, the UWP Conference at UNCC) that address these related issues:
The risks and rewards of working outside of mandatory curriculum and/or parent expectations.
The risks and rewards imposed on/demanded of students when we take risks in our classes
The risks and rewards that have generated innovations within our research.
The community partnerships that have been forged, and the risks and rewards of community engaged scholarship and teaching.
The risks and rewards of changing requirements, renaming programs, etc.
The risks and rewards of focusing on grammar and/or ignoring grammar.
The risks and rewards in trying new assignment formats (multimodal, electronic) and/or encouraging new topics.
The innovations that have generated risks and rewards and/or the risks that have generated innovations in your classrooms, programs, writing, and research.
As well as these related questions:
How much risk are we willing to take in our dealings with writing programs and teaching?
What institutional and cultural constraints inhibit you from committing to risk in your classroom?
In the spirit of risk-taking, we invite a variety of presentation options: traditional (individual presentations, panels, workshops), lightning talks, campfire sessions, fishbowls, themed solution rooms, and other formats (please include brief explanation in your proposal). Please submit a 250-500 word abstract via the UNC Charlotte Writing Studies Conference Proposal Submission Site by July 31, 2019.
Descriptions of presentation options are available on the submission site. Successful proposals will make clear how the presentation will address issues of risks and rewards including but not limited to multilingual writers/writing at the secondary, postsecondary, and/or professional level. Proposals will be blind-reviewed by a committee of readers. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified no later than September 13, 2019 and must register for the conference no later than September 27, 2019, to confirm their intent to present. Computers, laptop connections, and projectors will be available in presentation classrooms. Please specify any additional support needed on the submission form. If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Onslow County Public Library earns national achievement
The Onslow County Public Library has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
NACo recognized “Digital Branch Library at County Airport” in the category of Libraries. A PowerTower Digital Kiosk featuring the Onslow County Public Library’s (OCPL) digital services to library patrons and noncard holders has been placed at the Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ) in Jacksonville, North Carolina. This digital kiosk offers convenient, easy access to a broad range of genres in eBook and audiobook format to airport visitors. In addition to digital resources, the kiosk serves as a rapid recharging station for personal electronic devices and as a portal to information about OCPL, OAJ, ‘Only in Onslow’ Tourism and weather. Airport terminal amenities are limited to a small gift shop and a food café; neither of which sells books or magazines. This digital branch of OCPL fills a distinct gap by enabling OCPL to expand services and outreach without a physical branch location. The kiosk enables travelers with a compatible electronic device to choose an eBook or audiobook and download it from the library’s digital collection. This is the county’s and North Carolina’s first digital branch designed specifically for mobile users. Since its implementation in February of 2017, the Digital Branch has experienced steady use - an average of 6,600 pageviews and 60 items downloaded monthly.
NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”
Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.
NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.
New Hanover County Schools
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!”
Libraries were a home away from home as I lived abroad as a U.S. Marine Corps dependent. During my undergraduate studies in Hawai’i, I realized I should’ve pursued librarianship; however, my junior year as a biology major was not the time to make a change. It took a few career turns before this dream career could be actualized. Confirmation came during my first year as a librarian when I initiated a summer reading program. For one full week, I immersed approximately thirty Pre-K through 5th Grade students into computer coding, robotics, graphic design, designing CAD files and 3-D printing, programming and flying drones, and of course book talks. I knew I was in the right profession. Even several years later, it’s confirmed every time I teach digital citizenship and the information search process to my students. I love what I do!
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?
My entire career has been focused on bringing emergent strategies and technologies into the libraries for which I've worked. I find inspiration by staying abreast of trends and new digital tools by reading School Library Journal, Library Journal, ISTE publication, and others. Recently, I began listening to podcasts. The New York Public Library’s Dewey Decibel is a favorite. NCTIES, NCSLMA, NCLA, ALSC, AASL, and various round tables allow me to stay current and involved. I am pleased to announce that I was recently elected to the Executive Board of NCSLMA as the Region 2 Coastal Director! I am excited to begin a new phase in leadership.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
Our current Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, Drs. Sua Bailey and Harer with the MLS program at East Carolina University, along with my former state level and New Hanover County Schools lead media coordinator, Jennifer LaGarde, are all my heroes. I feel truly fortunate to learn from their journeys in librarianship.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
Living in Wilmington, NC has afforded me the opportunity to enjoy the arts scene. Catching a live jazz band, listening to friends produce new music, and watching a theatrical production at Thalian Hall or the Wilson Center are my favorites. My mom is my partner-in-crime. We enjoy travelling to visit libraries, museums, see our favorite musicians perform, and we especially love finding new Asian restaurants that remind us of our time in Japan.
The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from our invisible citizens by Gene R. Nichol
"Today, more than 1.5 million North Carolinians live in poverty. More than one in five are children. Behind these sobering statistics are the faces of our fellow citizens. This book tells their stories"
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