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Here’s to hoping that everyone had, or will have, a chance to vote on November 6th. Much of library advocacy is about getting the votes on legislation that supports the funding or activities that are important to libraries. This of course also applies to various candidates and the positions they take, so please vote-- it makes a difference!!
We recently had an NCLA Executive Board meeting and I was pleased to hear about all the various activities that the Sections and Committees are working on. I also shared some information that I would like to repeat here:
We voted on a motion to return to Winston-Salem for the 2021 conference. This was after much research and discussion over alternative venues. At this time, the Benton at Winston-Salem is still the best financial option and is center state, which helps the majority of folks get there. We will continue to look at other options in the future as opportunities arise.
Our membership is holding steady, which is tough in a non-conference year and seems to be attributable for our student members. As we push to include LIS students in our organization, please remember they are our future and supporting and including them as they move from student to professionals is critical to our state and overall profession. That being said, we are moving the Student Relations Committee into a sub-committee of the New Members Round Table to help make that transition smoother.
We shared hurricane hero stories, where libraries supported their communities through recovery efforts. I am planning a workshop next spring/summer to focus on hurricane preparation, disaster recovery efforts, and share best practices. Please be on the lookout for more information related to that coming Summer 2019.
Nominations are still open for the next slate of Officers who will be named at the 2019 Conference. Please consider running for these important offices and help move our association forward. It is a great experience and provides exposure to many opportunities that broadens your perspectives.
I want to wish all of you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am very thankful to be part of NCLA and I hope you are as well.
NCLA Distance Learning Section Meeting
Thursday, November 15 • 10 am-4 pm
Central Carolina Community College
NCLA Distance Learning section invites all interested parties to join them for their section meeting which will include lightning talks on topics related to online learning, networking opportunities, and breakout sessions.
NCLA Distance Learning Section has created a series of brown bag lunch virtual meetings for librarians to get together and have a conversation about topics to do with online learning and elearning. There will be a moderator of the session, but these sessions are meant to be a conversation between a group of librarians. They are not recorded in order to encourage open conversation. This session will be moderated by Rachel Sanders.
Open Education North Carolina Workshop Thursday, November 15
Librarian Session • 10 am-12 pm
Instructor Session • 1-2:30 pm
NC LIVE is holding workshops around the state to give faculty, instructors, and the library community an introduction to open education in general and the Open Education North Carolina initiative specifically. Attendees will leave with an actionable understanding of the initiative, resources available to them for promotion and adoption, and readiness to apply for a grant.
Do you want to become an OER regional advocate? Our OTN-trained facilitators will be hosting a train-the-trainer workshop for librarians interested in becoming regional and campus advocates for Open Education North Carolina. Attendees will leave this full-day workshop ready to host local OER sessions and workshops with a strong knowledge of OER in general and the OENC specifically.
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.
This talk will discuss digital and archival resources for Presidential Research with librarians and archivists from the Miller Center, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and Seton Hall University. The presenters will include Rebecca Baird, Archivist, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), Sheila Blackford, Librarian, Scripps Library, Miller Center, University of Virginia, Lisa DeLuca, Social Sciences Librarian, Seton Hall University, and Katherine Hoarn, Special Collections Librarian, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon
Employee Relations and Staff Development Librarian
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 was a part-time Administrative Assistant in Special Collections at Atkins Library when I realized that librarianship was something that I wanted to pursue. It was a job that I absolutely loved and enjoyed with a passion. At the time, our department was very small and each employee was expected to serve as a representative of the department, which meant sitting at the Reading Room desk and having knowledge of our collections in order to assist patrons and answer research questions. I was successful in carrying out that particular task. I was encouraged by my director, Robin Brabham, to pursue my library degree. He said to me, “you might as well earn your degree since you are already doing the work that librarians do.” That was when I heard that little voice in my head.
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?
The excitement of knowing that every day is different for me and in my role as Employee Relations and Staff Development Librarian, I get to plan events, promote professional development opportunities and find ways to enhance the experience of faculty and staff in my library.
3. How do you continue to find inspiration and passion in the library field?
Staying connected through conferences and my involvement with library associations is where I find my inspiration and passion for the library field. Each time I attend a conference, I learn something new, which helps the fire to continue burn with passion and enthusiasm for the work that I do. My involvement with NCLA has made a strong impact on how I feel about the profession. Each time I attend an Executive Board meeting, I am constantly inspired by the energy that is produced by such a hard-working group of people who are all striving to make a difference in the lives of others.
4. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
Richard Moniz. I was fortunate to have Richard as one of my first professors in library school. While taking his management course, I learned a great deal about leadership, management and the importance of demonstrating good values and ethics in the work place. I value the contribution he has made to the library profession and how he has mentored me along with so many other library students.
5. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I recently started taking ice skating lessons. Originally my goal was to skate for exercise, but skating for me has turned into more of a way for me challenge myself and to accomplish a goal. Skating is out of my comfort zone so when I learn a new element, technique and how to do something properly is the most important thing to me. I find that when I become interested in something, I tend to get obsessed with it. I have a strong passion for (watching) football and right now, my interest in ice skating is starting to catch up to my obsession to football.
Rowan Public Library Celebrates Future West Branch
On Saturday October 13, the Cleveland Town Hall grounds hosted Rowan Public Library’s West Fest, a celebration of the forthcoming West Branch.
The smell of WOWZA’s freshly-cooked BBQ filled the air, and the blue sky and cooler temps, accentuated all the festive trappings and set the tone for the day.
The fall-themed event featured a Brightstar Theatre production of “Alice in Wonderland,” music by Matthew Weaver and Clay Lunsford, and a community drum circle led by Nancy Gaines of Salisbury’s Center for Faith & the Arts. Vendors – including West Rowan High School and the Pedal Factory – lined the parking lot of Town Hall, located at 302 E. Main St.
The heart of the event emphasized honoring the West Rowan community and engaging with West Rowan Library’s future customers – a perspective echoed by many.
Alamance County Public Library Celebrates Mobile Café
The Alamance County Public Library is driving into the 21st century with a new service: Mobile Café providing Pop-Up Internet Service. On Monday, August 8, 2018 the Mobile Café began offering technology and Wi-Fi service at 8 locations in northern and southern Alamance County. The converted 2004 Chevy Astro Minivan that was once the library’s courier van has gotten a make-over and upgrade. Stocked with tables, chairs, beverages, and snacks to sell, the Mobile Café strives for comfort and access with an antenna that offers a 300-foot radius of Wi-Fi connectivity.
Alamance County Public Libraries is partnering with a variety of community organizations in some of the more isolated parts of Alamance County to act as library mobile stops. The four northern stops will be Beth Schmidt Park, Scott Community Health, Pleasant Grove Recreation Center, and Fairview United Methodist Church. The four southern stops will be Cedarock Park, Rock Creek, A.M.E. Church, Cane Creek Friends Meeting, and Eli Whitney Recreation Center.
Internet access, through home service and Wi-Fi, are becoming a standard resource that most citizens need and are increasingly critical for children and adults who engage in educational endeavors. But according to 2015 Community Health Assessment 31.3% of Alamance County have no internet access at home. Most schools and businesses have begun to move towards assigning homework and accepting applications completely through electronic means.
“The new Mobile Café will assist all citizens bridge the digital divide and have better access to resources available only online,” said Jason Rogers, Assistant Director of Community Relations. “We want to be able to provide a service to help with connecting those who have little or no access in the communities that they live.”
The Card Catalog: books, cards, and literary treasures by Library of Congress
Perfect for booklovers everywhere, and featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers and archival photographs, the Librarian of Congress, paying tribute to the written word, takes readers into one of the world’s most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years.
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An Evening with President Bill Clinton and
Thursday, November 29 • 7 pm
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts; Charlotte Mecklenberg Library
Please join the Library Foundation and Park Road Books for an evening with President Bill Clinton and the world’s bestselling author James Patterson. They will discuss their best-selling novel, The President is Missing, offering candid insights into their unique collaboration and research, as well as the timely and alarming issues their novel raises about our world today.
The President is Missing marks the first time a President has collaborated with a best-selling novelist on a work of fiction. The result is a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.
Tickets $50 - $125 Each ticket includes a signed copy of The President is Missing