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We have all heard stories this past month related to Hurricane Florence, the devastation it has caused, and the problems we are continuing to work through. As an association, we have reached out to our colleagues impacted by this event and will be there to support their efforts. You can help by volunteering through the Governor’s Office or supporting financially through the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund. Please keep those that were hit hardest in your thoughts and remember that sometimes a little empathy can go a long way.
Many librarians look forward to Fall as a time to celebrate Banned Books Week and to acknowledge the right that we have related to the Freedom to Read and the right to make choices that are unusual, off the norm, or unorthodox in nature. We do this with banners and posters, displays of challenged books, and sharing our favorite banned books with friends and colleagues, of which we have seen and heard many stories this past month. I encourage you to celebrate the right to read throughout the year and please share what you find interesting with others.
Looking for recommended reading? Check out the newest issue of North Carolina Libraries! The 2018 issue is published, and our distinguished editor, Ralph Scott, provides some insights and background in this issue, so please take a look at Ralph’s notes and enjoy the latest issue.
Also featured this month in North Carolina Libraries are plans provided by our Librarians Build Communities Committee who are finding ways to help give back to our communities in and around the NCLA Conference. It is important that the community sees our profession as engaged and supportive on a variety of needs impacting the locations where our libraries are located. And while we can’t help everyone, we can be a role model for others to help as well, so please support these causes as you can.
Thanks and hope to see you at an event soon,
NORTH CAROLINA LIBRARIES
The 2018 issue of North Carolina Libraries is available now for reading on the web HERE.
The 2018 issue is the 76th year of publication with the first issue being published in 1942. Articles in this issue cover the partnership between Public Libraries and School Libraries with regard to truth in history, a pioneering partnership between two women on teaching reading to adult beginners in 1935.
Also of note is a Wake Forest Z. Smith Reynolds library project helping with writing, and publishing in the library named "Writers Camp". Of current interest are the 2018 biennial reports of the North Carolina Library Association section and round tables and the 2016/2017 Masters' thesis papers written at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Reprinted as an historical note is a 1987 thought provoking article by Ruth M. Katz on new opportunities for librarians in North Carolina. William Joseph Thomas has a conversation with Anna Craft on NC DOCKS at 10 that will prove exciting to read. Al Jones has his annual compilation of book reviews of North Carolina books written by fellow librarians. Wired to World explores the relationship between librarians and MOOCs. An editorial urges librarians to remain relevant to their mission of providing free sources of information to their clients.
Ralph Scott assumed editorship of North Carolina Libraries in 2003 and continues to work on the journal despite a much reduced budget in recent years. Print issues of the journal often cost the association in excess of twenty thousand dollars annually and was shifted to web only as a cost saving issue. East Carolina University continues to host the journal as part of its scholarly publication initiative. Originally the North Carolina Library Association Foundation was set up to help fund North Carolina Libraries.
With the arrival of Hurricane Florence, there was a brief outage as the North Carolina Libraries server was turned off to protect it and reduce the load on the local electric utility. After the storm had passed the server did not immediately return to operation due to some technical issues. After some troubleshooting by the faculty member at ECU who maintain access to the server, North Carolina Libraries is now back online.
Streaming 101 for Academic Libraries:
Life After Purchasing (or We Have Streaming Media, Now What?)
Wednesday, October 3 • 2 pm
This webinar will share how two libraries approached marketing and assessing streaming media in their libraries after both libraries decided to invest in this resource format. Specific techniques and the results of those techniques will be discussed and the question of how to balance use and expenditures across all forms of collections (leased, DDA and EBA) will be discussed.
Our Speakers will be Kate Hill, Electronic Resources Librarian at UNC Greensboro and Elizabeth Cramer, Catalog and Liaison Librarian, Appalachian State University.
This is Part III in the streaming video webinar series co-sponsored by the Resources and Technical Services Section (RTSS) and Technology and Trends (TNT).
Incorporating Critical Information Literacy Into Instruction
Tuesday, October 2 • 2 pm
Heard about critical information literacy and are curious to learn more? Follow #critlib on Twitter and want to be part of the conversation? This webinar will explore the concept of critical information literacy and provide specific examples of how it can be incorporated into library instruction. Local academic librarians will speak on ways they have incorporated this lens into their own instructional practice and share recent efforts to create a local community of practice.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Technical Services
Friday, October 19 • 9:30 am-3 pm
F.D. Bluford Library, North Carolina A&T State University
Registration is now open for the 2018 RTSS Fall Workshop! Diversity, equity, and inclusion are strategic values that are critical to our work as librarians. Each day in technical services we make choices -- choices that impact which stories are included, which are preserved, how those resources are described and even how they are made accessible. The workshop will kick off with a keynote address entitled "Developing a Social Justice Mindset in Technical Services" by Ione Damasco, Professor and Coordinator of Cataloging at the University of Dayton. Presentations will follow that align with this theme and that show how practitioners integrate these values at their libraries. Lunch included with registration. Please register by October 10 to secure your spot.
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 page in high school at the public library and had done library volunteering starting at age 11, but I didn’t really consider it a career path until several years after college. It was when I realized that I could be a children’s librarian that things really clicked into place for me. Of course, now I’m at a community college where there are no kids and no storytimes, but libraries truly are where I’m meant to be.
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?
Um, all of it? Much of my current job is problem solving, from very minor issues to much bigger ones, and I strive to use each instance to create the best possible customer service experience for our students and employees. Knowing that our library endeavors to be welcoming and helpful to everyone on our campus keeps me going.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
I want to be Dale Cousins when I grow up. I’ve also had two fabulous library supervisors who are both now retired, Terry Prather and Nancy May, who were strong role models for me.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I’m a quilter, so sewing and making quilts is my main hobby. I’m involved with the Charlotte chapter of Project Linus, which is a national organization that gives hand-made blankets to kids ages birth through 18. I also love to be outside hiking, camping, or just at local parks with my family.
Central Library Design Wins Recognition The September/October issue of "American Libraries Magazine" recognized the Central Library in its 2018 Library Design Showcase. The showcase highlighted 17 new and renovated libraries in the United States and Canada. The magazine described the project as an impressive face lift, "Forsyth County demolished a portion of its old library building -- actually two incongruous structures built 30 years apart -- to create a seamless, light-filled, modern third place for the community with more than 50,000 square feet of new space." To view the showcase, click here.
During the waning days of summer before the kids went back to school, Asheboro Public Library had one last hurrah for summer programming. 37 adults, teens, and kids packed the meeting room to hear Julia Loreth talk about animal skulls in The Travelling Bone Show. Ms. Loreth had audience members come up and touch the skulls on display while trying to guess which one belong to a house cat, bird, pig, and more! The presenter also told the crowd why they only purchase models of gorilla skulls, the differences between quadrupeds and bipeds by looking at their skulls, and how to tell male from female. It was a great success and received many comments wanting programs similar to this!
Wake County High schools served as shelters for Hurricane Florence evacuees. To help make the time spent in shelters more enjoyable, Wake County Public Libraries donated 30 boxes of gift books to the Wake County Shelters as part of a partnership with fellow county agency Human Services.
The Four Agreements : A practical guide to personal freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
The author uses ancient Toltec wisdom to fashion a personal philosophy around these four principles--be impeccable with your word, don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, and always do your best.
Looking for something new to offer? Check out these awesome programs!
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Saturday, October 6 • 2-4:30 pm
Rowan County Library
Participate in the world’s only global film festival! This event is free and open to the public. The Manhattan Short Film Festival invites everyone to participate in a one week, global event. Vote for your favorite short film and actor. Each RPL branch will show all of the films up for consideration. As the selections include adult themes, this event is for ages 18 and up. The approximate, total runtime for the nine finalist shorts is 128 minutes. Visit ManhattanShort.com for full details.
The Final 9 are: Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo)
Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary),
Fauve (Canada),Lacrimosa (Austria)
Cosplay Workshop For Teens
Tuesday, October 9 • 4:30 pm
Forsynth County Library
In this workshop, we will be focusing on the world of cosplay make-up. Participants will be able to try out some tips and tricks.
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