Welcome to the North Carolina Library Association’s monthly eNewsletter! A production of the NCLA Marketing Committee, the eNewsletter is devoted to highlighting professional events and programs, librarians making exceptional differences in their communities, and how the association is working to serve YOU! Please subscribe and your feedback is always welcome.
REMCO Cultural Conversations Series presents With Change Comes Innovation: Discussion on Author Talks, Planning & Outreach
Tuesday, September 15 •11 am Online Webinar
Are you interested in inviting an author to your library? Have you considered inviting a local author? Should you allow volunteers or YA to help facilitate talks? Please join us as our panelists provide advice on how to plan, deliver, and achieve successful author discussions.
Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
Food, Energy, Water, Health, & informaciόn en espaňol Web Guides Featuring U.S. Government Web Sites— Plus Why and How to Create Your Own Topical Guides
Tuesday, September 15 • 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.
The initial focus will be on the presenter’s Spanish-language, food, energy, water, and health guides, which highlight government resources; the most recent one was completed in May 2020. The rationale behind the Spanish language guide and a few examples from it will be part of the discussion. The topical government guides were created to support a multi-section first year composition course. Along with showing the guides, the reasons and thought behind the formatting of them will be described. These highlight opportunities that exist to promote government resources via curricular means. Strategies for making these opportunities into reality will be discussed along with recommendations on what to consider and what to do when creating your own topical guides featuring government resources.
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
Trauma Informed Care: An Introduction for Librarians
Friday, September 18 • 10 am
This program is designed to introduce librarians to a research driven understanding of the potential impact of lifetime traumatic exposures in the general population and help them to engage a trauma-informed approach to their work. Given the public facing nature of the work of librarians, and the common expectation that they interface effectively with all community members, possession of some working knowledge of these patterns, as well as effective ways to respond to this physical and psychological phenomenon, is indicated.
Participants will leave the session with a deeper understanding of the potential impact of traumatic exposures on individuals, the need for a trauma-informed approach to their work, and an increased ability to effectively support their community members with trauma histories.
This webinar is FREE for NCLA members and $10 for non-NCLA members.
Save the Date, the Youth Services Section Fall Retreat is moving online. Join us for a series of sessions held on October 15th, 22nd, 29th, and November 5th to Connect and Collaborate with colleagues in order to Create new ways to serve youth in NC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fall, NC LIVE will host four free Virtual Leadership Development workshops in partnership with NCLA and the Leadership, Administration, and Management (LAMS) Section. 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. Check out NC LIVE’s website for more details: https://www.nclive.org/regionalworkshops. The first workshop is September 22, so register now!
The Public Library section of the Southeastern Library Association (SELA) is seeking new members and committee members. Membership is affordable, only $10 per year for students and new members. More information and other dues categories are here.
What SELA can do for you at the public library:
leadership development and presentation experience
opportunities to network outside your state
Open positions in the Public Library section include:
Secretary: duties include attending meetings and taking notes
Open projects in the Public Library section include:
Membership: promotes the Public Library section and encourages library staff to join, answers questions from potential members, helps create social media content to reach out to new members
Programs/Events: collects program/event ideas, tracks programs and events of the section, solicits presenters, helps to schedule and promote programs and events
And we are always open to new ideas! If you have a project looking for a home and of interest to public libraries let us know. If you'd like to get involved please e-mailKate Engelbrecht, Chair.
North Carolina Libraries: Latest Issue Now Available!
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.
Youth Services Librarian
Chatham Community 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!”
I first had that feeling when I was working in the music library at Penn State as an undergrad. I was a music major, but thought the library was a place I could more easily see myself making a career. I had some really wonderful role models there, both degreed librarians and paraprofessionals, who made a big impression on me. I began to investigate MLIS programs, and the rest is history!
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?
Well, in pre-COVID days, it was definitely going in to the library and seeing my story time friends and their caregivers. Story time is my lifeblood. It’s so wonderful to connect with little ones and their grownups, making early literacy development fun through songs, rhymes, and of course, books!
I continue to find inspiration by participating in professional organizations and by attending conferences. There are so many wonderful ideas out there, and I always find myself trying to figure out how to incorporate the things I learn into existing programs or new programs in Chatham County. Continuing education keeps me fresh, and I’m so grateful for each and every opportunity I have been given to go out and learn more from my professional peers.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
I have to give the biggest shoutout to Dale Cousins, who has believed in me and my work ever since she hired me back in 2006. She has been my biggest cheerleader in the profession here in North Carolina. There are so many other wonderful librarians I’ve connected with who have helped me along the way: Benjie Hester, Brandy Hamilton, Jennifer Hanft, Jasmine Rockwell, and of course my current branch manager, Rita Van Duinen. Each of them, in their way, helped me to think critically about libraries and my place in them, and my potential as a librarian, and as a leader in North Carolina libraries.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
Well, I love to read! I also enjoy being out in my yard and garden with my family, and going for neighborhood walks. I love singing karaoke and exploring new music. Pre-COVID, I loved traveling and going to museums and other cultural sites and parks. I’m hoping the day comes soon when I can do those things again.
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:
College & University Section
Submitted by Dawn Behrend, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Lenoir-Rhyne University and CUS Chair
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
CUS serves all academic librarians and anyone interested in learning more about academic librarianship. Anyone who is a member of NCLA and has an interest in academic libraries is welcome to join the section. CUS is also a great section to join for those who would like to take on a leadership role as there are often opportunities to serve on the section’s executive board.
2. What's the history of this section? When and why was it created?
CUS was formed in 1978 as the state chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which is a division of ALA. The section was created to bring together academic librarians in NC, provide opportunities for professional growth, and contribute to improving library services in higher education.
3. What types of programming do you offer?
CUS has a long-standing tradition of sponsoring programming at the NCLA biennial conferences, as well as hosting a reception for members attending the conference. During off-conference years the section hosts a virtual conference, with 2021 being the third annual virtual conference thus far. Past attendees and presenters of the virtual conference have hailed from out-of-state as well as internationally. CUS has also been active in the past in facilitating webinar series, lunch-and-learns, and sponsoring attendance of ACRL eLearning Webcasts at no charge to members.
4. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
As the state chapter of ACRL, CUS would like for people to remember that our section welcomes members from all academic library types and sizes. This includes public universities, private universities and colleges, and community colleges. The current executive board of CUS is reflective of this, as officers serving on the board include a community college library director, a librarian at a small, private liberal arts university, and librarians from small to medium-sized public universities. If you have an interest in academic libraries, then there is a place for you in our section!
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
The creator of the award-winning Hyperbole and a Half presents a new collection of comedic, autobiographical and deceptively illustrated essays on topics ranging from childhood and very bad pets to grief, loneliness and powerlessness in modern life.
Virtual Book Launch Event sponsored by High Point Public Library Thursday, September 3 • 7 pm
Join us for a virtual discussion with the authors of The Deadly Hours--Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber and Christine Trent. The book will be published on September 1st, so this is an event in their virtual book tour.
We will use Zoom for this event. Please register here.
Kids in grades K-5 can learn to recognize and talk about social justice issues in this reading and discussion group. The Kids Club for Social Justice is a safe place to ask questions and learn about past and present issues so we can all do better in the future, when YOU are in charge!
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