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.
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.
All NCLA Members - FREE (make sure you're logged in on nclaonline.org to see this option)
LIS Students, Recent Graduates (2019 or 2020), Unemployed or Part-time Employees - $10
Non-NCLA Members - $40
50% of registration fees support Librarians Build Communities!
Thanks to the following sections for sponsoring scholarships! BLINC, CJCLS, CUS, GRS, LAMS, Literacy Section, NCLPA, NMRT, PLS, RASS, Special Collections Roundtable, STEM-LINC, TNT, WILR
Save the Date: PLS Fabulous Friday! Virtually, October 4, 2020
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents:
What were they thinking?! Exploring America’s voting preferences and attitudes using the American National Election Study
Thursday, July 16 • 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 the midst of another heated presidential election cycle, we all see regular news headlines referencing who’s leading the horserace in the latest polls. Few of us, though, tend to dig any deeper to understand why our fellow Americans ultimately choose to vote (or not) the way they do. In this webinar, I’ll introduce the basics of political opinion polling, highlight some major sources, and discuss some of the pitfalls to watch out for when assessing poll results. Then, I’ll lead you through an exploration of what we can learn about Americans’ voting preferences and political attitudes using data from the American National Election Study (ANES). Funded by the NSF, the ANES is the gold standard in U.S. election polls and one of the richest sources of voting attitudes we have, with data on elections going back to 1948.
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.
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.
Librarians Build Communities Healthcare Workers Meal Fund had a successful first delivery.Thanks to your generous support, LBC was able to feed healthcare workers in Lumberton. The next meal will be in the Charlotte area - donate today at paypal.me/NCLALBC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tag them on social media using #NCLA. Maybe you'll see your photo on the website!
The Nominating Committee invites all current ARSL members to run in the ARSL Elections! If you are seeking leadership experience, looking for a way to expand your library community, and passionate about advocating for rural & small libraries and their workers, we want you!
Nominations are open Monday, June 22 to Wednesday, July 22. There are 5 positions open on the ARSL Board. We specifically extend this invitation to ARSL members who are people of color, LGBTQIA+, or from other historically underrepresented communities to run for election to serve on the ARSL Board as we grow our association and commit to ideals of anti-racism and equity.
If you have been thinking about getting more involved, now is the time! You would be a great addition to ARSL Leadership. If you know a colleague who would fit the bill, urge them to run! For those who cannot be involved in the board, there are many opportunities for you to volunteer for the association, from committee work to one-time volunteering.
For information, position requirements & position descriptions can be found on the ARSL Website.
Check out this awesome video, created by staff at High Point Public Library, to celebrate the start of summer reading!
Cabarrus County Leverages Technology for Summer Reading Program
Like many libraries, we found ourselves redesigning our Summer Reading Program late in the game. Although we’ve had online registration for several years, we’ve never found an efficient way to track all that data and fully transition to an online program. The pandemic pushed us to make it happen in 2020.
After doing some research, we decided to use Beanstack as our platform. Our program involves logging both minutes read and activities completed, and Beanstack allows you to track both. We were able to keep some of our original design, like our reading goals, but we had to tweak many of our activities. For example, “Attend a community event” became “Check out a community resource online, such as an educational video or tour from a zoo, museum, or national park.” The spirit of our program remains the same, even though so much else has changed.
Our virtual program launched on June 15, and we currently have over 1000 participants (and climbing)! Although we miss interacting directly with patrons, our online program allows us to stay connected. Furthermore, I’m excited about the ways that Beanstack will enable us to engage with patrons virtually beyond summer – something we might not have explored if it weren’t for the pandemic.
Promotions at Wake Forest University Special Collections & Archives
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 started off volunteering at a local library in middle school, where I got a job a couple years later. I loved the people I worked with and the patrons that came in. It was just a great experience that really stuck with me and I've been in libraries ever since.
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?
Between my job as the Fed Docs and Microforms manager and as President of the Staff Assembly for Joyner Library, I get to interact with a lot of people in a lot of departments. I've gotten to know a lot of them and just really enjoy the people I see on a daily basis. We have a strong community in the building that has helped us come together on some volunteering projects (sadly, all are on hold due to COVID-19 but we are hopeful to start them up again soon)! When you work with people on projects and are constantly collaborating, it is easy to feel inspired and tap into their passion for work.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
I heard ALA President Wanda Brown speak at the NCLA Conference last fall, and that was fantastic. Her push to promote the value of libraries through social justice and inclusion is so important to libraries and the communities they serve. And, not to sound like a suck up, my boss David Hisle and my former supervisor Katy Webb. They have been great sounding boards and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to run with ideas. It has resulted in a lot of fun presentations that I've been able to give, like why microforms are so great or about sex scandals involving politicians.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I enjoy reading. I just started reading a book on the history of Scotland after finishing one about the Kids in the Hall comedy group. Too often I am replaying games like Skyrim and the Fallout series instead of the new ones in my Steam account. I also enjoy walks along the Greenville Greenway.
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: Women in Libraries Roundtable Michelle Hildreth, Chair
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
The objectives of the Women in Libraries Roundtable state that our purpose is “to unite in this group North Carolina Library Association members from all types of libraries who work with or are interested in women in libraries.” Therefore, anyone who is a woman or works with women in libraries should join.
2. What's the history of this section? When and why was it created?
The organizational meeting of the NCLA Roundtable on the Status of Women in Librarianship occurred on March 20, 1981, at Meredith College in Raleigh, but groundwork for the event began much earlier. Two of the women most instrumental to the group's founding, Judith Sutton of Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Library (PLCMC), and Patsy Hansel, then of Onslow County Public Library, "decided it was time to try to do something about the blatant discrimination we so frequently saw" in hiring of library directors. According to Patsy, "we had ideas of helping boards of trustees learn how not to discriminate when they were hiring directors." Sutton and Hansel met with Patrice Ebert and Nancy Massey, both then with the Hyconeechee Regional Library System, and Mary Hopper, also with PLCMC, to discuss organizing a group that would provide training and support from other women, as well as a forum for discussion.
After agreeing to form a roundtable within NCLA, they circulated petitions throughout the state, easily acquiring the necessary two hundred signatures. Funding for the organizational meeting in Raleigh arrived part from the Public Library Section of NCLA, but not without flack. One male librarian at the time complained about the lack of such a group for men. Louise Boone, then director of the Albemarle Regional Library, quipped that he could start one himself; "then, we can have a dance." Over one hundred people attended the Meredith College meeting in 1981 which featured a welcome by NCLA president, William O'Shea and a keynote address by library trustee, Alice Ihrig. A brief business session established a steering committee to guide the new roundtable until the NCLA Fall conference. This committee consisted of Patrice Ebert, Judith Sutton, Nancy Massey, Patsy Hansel, Lynne Henderson (Meredith College Library), and Valerie Lovett (Wake County Library). Since the group was established, the name has evolved into Women in Libraries Roundtable.
Since 2003 Women in Libraries Roundtable has recognized professional librarians in North Carolina who have provided outstanding support of women colleagues in the workplace by presenting the Marilyn L. Miller Award for Professional Commitment. This award was named after Marilyn L. Miller because of her exceptional leadership and numerous contributions to the library profession. This award is presented at the North Carolina Library Association Biennial conference and a call for nominations occurs the summer prior to each upcoming conference.
3. What types of programming do you offer?
We strive to offer programming on current topics of interest and concern to women in libraries. We have presented programs that cover varied topics that have a wide range of appeal. Some of the more recent programs have been on generational differences and interpersonal communication. We have also facilitated panels on various topics such as women in management or leadership roles. At each conference, we also feature and sponsor author and artist talks. Programs planned for this year include a panel entitled “Nontraditional Career Paths: Library Skills Outside the Library” which is part of the NCLA Un-Conference scheduled for July 17 and a virtual workshop that provides an introduction to trauma informed care for librarians that will be offered in September.
4. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
Women in Libraries truly is for everyone who works in libraries. We strive to be inclusive and welcoming, while addressing sensitive topics that are currently of concern in our profession. We hope to see you join one of our upcoming programs or become a member of our roundtable.
Pictured left to right: Kate Budries, WILR chair elect, Marian Fragola, Marilyn Miller Award Recipient 2019, Julie Humphrey, Co-secretary
Jenny Bohneno, WILR Past Chair, Thérèse Plummer, Audiobook Narrator and speaker at NCLA luncheon, Michelle Hildreth, WILR chair, Mary McAffee, WILR Herstorian
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W Loewen
Criticizes the way history is presented in current textbooks, and suggests a fresh and more accurate approach to teaching American history
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