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.
NCLA 2021 Conference Logo & Theme
The 64th Biennial Conference will be held in Winston-Salem in October of 2021, hosted jointly by NCLA and SELA (Southeastern Library Association). The theme is “S.E.E. the Future: Support. Educate. Empower.” More information is coming soon! #NCLA21
The final session of the Youth Services Section 2020 Virtual Retreat is on Thursday, November 5 at 12:30pm. Join us for Happy Hour! We will award three $50 Amazon gift cards to those who have attended previous sessions and split into breakout groups to discuss different topics:
Self-Care – How have you been handling your own health during this unprecedented time? Join others to explore ways to refresh, relax, and renew your mind and body!
Preschool Programming Online – Do you need to explore programs to offer to your little patrons? Jump in and discuss with others searching for the same thing!
School Age Programming Online – From STEAM to book clubs, everything has jumped into the digital world. Find out what you can offer to your families while they watch from home!
Teen Programming Online – How do you reach the young adults in your library when they’re not actually in the building? Join others to explore programs and brainstorm ideas!
Geek Out - Sometimes you just want to share awesome ideas, or products you’ve seen with others. Explore VR, technology and talk shop about how you might get these in libraries or use on your own!
Digital Scavenger Hunts & Escape Rooms – You’ve seen them. Have you done any at your library? See how and discuss with others some great ways to implement scavenger hunts and escape rooms online!
New Norm for In-Person Programming – How are you doing in-person programs to comply with new regulations? Discuss new programming standards and ideas with others in this breakout!
Visit the website to register and choose your breakout room!
Annual Women Veterans Luncheon
Friday, November 6 • 12 pm
The 23rd Annual Women Veterans Luncheon will be held via Zoom and feature keynote speaker Deshauna Barber, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). Barber is also an Army Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and an award-winning international speaker, coach and entrepreneur. This year's event will feature dramatic readings of letters from the collections and Barber will present on the topic, "We Have the Power."
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited for this virtual event. After registering, you will receive a link to join the Women Veterans Luncheon online via Zoom or by phone. For questions, please contact the Women Veterans Historical Project at email@example.com.
Online Conference sponsored by BLINC (Business Librarianship in NC)
A free, online conference on how libraries and librarians support entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. All tickets have been reserved. For more information, see https://entrelib.org/.
Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
Hits One Hundred: Gov Info Professional Development in a Virtual Future
Monday, November 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. The NCLA Government Resources Section “Help!” series celebrates its 100th webinar with a look back by organizers and past speakers (and maybe even a few guest stars). Panelists will describe the genesis and development of the series and offer some best practices for managing webinars. We will highlight a few favorite behind-the-scenes memories. Finally, we will discuss the place of government documents librarianship and professional development in the virtual future.
Presenters: Lynda Kellam co-founded the NCLA Government Resources Section’s Help! Series in 2011. She is the Senior Data Librarian at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research where she manages the CISER Data & Reproduction Archive. She was there when the Help! Series was created and has provided tech support along the way. In addition she has twisted the arms of a few friends to present for the series and is probably coming for you next. She is also the current Chair of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table.
Jennifer Behrens is currently Associate Director for Administration & Scholarship at Duke Law School’s J. Michael Goodson Law Library. She was Secretary/Treasurer of GRS when the “Help!” series was developed by the executive board, and has presented three webinars in it on legal research topics.
Michele Hayslett has been a data librarian for twenty years, and has worked at UNC at Chapel Hill for the past twelve. She relies on government data and sources to assist researchers of all types. As a past president of GRS and as a general GRS member, she has worked to support the Help! series over the years by suggesting topics and recruiting speakers, and has presented six sessions herself, primarily about Census data.
Mimi Curlee was at that infamous meeting of the GRS leaders when this series was hatched. She is the Government Documents Librarian at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She has been a long time member of both NCLA GRS and the Business Librarians in North Carolina (BLINC) Section.
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
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.
NCLA along with the Leadership, Administration, and Management (LAMS) Section is pleased to partner with NC LIVE on virtual workshops for library leaders. 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. Is there a local library leader that you'd like to suggest as a session facilitator? Send a message to email@example.com.
To register for an upcoming workshop visit this link.
North Carolina Libraries: Latest Issue Now Available!
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!
UNC Greensboro's University Libraries' faculty have recently published book chapters in “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action: Planning, Leadership, and Programming.” The new book, published in September by the American Library Association (ALA), features chapters from Digital Projects Coordinator and Associate Professor David Gwynn, Discovery Cataloger and Assistant Professor Tiffany Henry, Curator of Manuscripts and Assistant Professor Stacey Krim and University Archivist and Associate Professor Erin Lawrimore. While academic libraries need approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that position these priorities as ongoing institutional and professional goals, the model programs outlined include a variety of initiatives that possess clear goals, demonstrable outcomes and reproducible strategies. With this volume’s model programs to guide them, academic libraries and their staff can successfully strengthen their own DEI initiatives. Librarians, administrators and directors will all benefit from the programs detailed inside this book, which discuss the following topics:
A university library’s community of practice for interactions and learning around DEI
Cultural competency training to create more welcoming instruction spaces
Student workshops on literature searches that mitigate bias
Overcoming the historic tendency to marginalize LGBTQ+ representation in archives
A curriculum and design workshop that moved from discussing social values to embedding them in actions
The founding of a library-led LGBT club for students at a rural community college
A liberal arts college’s retention-boosting program for first-generation students
Tailoring a collection and library services to the unique needs of student veterans
A framework for moving from diversity to equity and inclusion, toward a goal of social justice
Permanent StoryWalk coming to Angier Public Library
With donations from a local non-profit children’s organization and donations from a local hardware store, we were able to place this up in Jack Marley Park around the pond. We will have the first story in the new frames soon!
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.
Guilford Technical Community College
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!”
My first library job was a library page at Paddison Memorial Branch Library of Forsyth County in Kernersville, NC. I worked there for four and half years in high school and college. I left and tried a few other types of jobs for about 5 years because I was trying to deny that voice. That “little voice” stayed pretty consistent though and nagged me enough to lead me back to the library world.
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 simple answer is when faculty, staff and students say “thank you.” I have had several of these moments of appreciation lately and it keeps me motivated on the hard days. I have always believed in education. I am honored to be a small part of the road that I see students on everyday. Their stories and comments of appreciation motivate me to continue to teach and support their dreams.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
There are so many librarians from all types of libraries in North Carolina that have inspired and molded my career. If I start naming names, I will leave someone out! Public library librarians, particularly in Forsyth county, were the first to inspire my career choice. They don’t always get a lot of credit for what they do but they are amazing and creative. My own library community, the community college librarians, inspire me all the time. This group of librarians receive small budgets yet prices for resources keep going up. Their ability to think outside the box and create amazing libraries is truly inspirational. The librarians (no matter the type of library) of North Carolina are an amazing group of professionals and I am honored to be a member.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
When I take off the librarian hat, I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece and friend. Those roles keep me busy and I love being with my family. Currently, my sons are involved in scouts. I am currently serving as a den leader in cub scouts. I am also active in my church. My quiet happy place is on my couch snuggling with my dog, Sandy and reading a good book.
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:
RTSS (Resources & Technical Services Section)
Submitted by Kristen Calvert, RTSS Chair
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
We welcome people working in all types of libraries – academic, public, school, and special libraries – who work in some area of collections and technical services. Our interests are as broad as our job responsibilities and we continue to update our programming as the focus of the profession changes. We cover acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resources management, scholarly communications, preservation, and collection development.
2. What's the history of this section? When and why was it created?
The Resources and Technical Services Section has been active since 1962! We combed the archive of North Carolina Libraries to find the answer to this question and found the birth of the section in the minutes.
From North Carolina Libraries 20 (2) Winter 1962 RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL SERVICES SECTION MINTUES By Mrs. Erma Whittington, Secretary-Treasurer
“The Catalog Section of the North Carolina Library Association met in the University Ballroom of the Jack Tar Hotel 111 Durham at 2:30 o'clock on October 26, 1961, with Miss Foy Lineberry presiding… …Miss Lineberry then introduced Vivian Moose, Chairman of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. Miss Moose explained the need of a revision of the Constitution and the desirability of enlarging the scope of the Section to include all of the Resources and Technical Services. She stated that the Constitution, copies of which had been mailed to all members, had previously been approved by the NCLA Executive Board and the Constitution and By-Laws Committee of RTSD. After discussing it briefly, the membership adopted the Constitution as presented.”
3. What types of programming do you offer?
Like most sections, we regularly sponsor sessions at the NCLA biennial meeting. In off-conference years, we hold an in person Fall workshop at a centrally located library. These are normally day-long meetings centered full of presentations from section members around a theme or topic. This year, we have forgone a lengthier program and focused on providing free webinars on professional development topics. You can see our past programs, and view recordings, from the RTSS website.
4. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
RTSS is open to everyone interested in collections and collections-adjacent topics. Our board is large and active. Running for office or joining as an interest group chair is a great way to get active and meet colleagues from across the state.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
"Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book, following the tale of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages."
Join us as author Alka Joshi discusses her literary hit The Henna Artist with Anne Mavian of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Hear about her book, writing process, and ask some of your own questions regarding the gripping book.
One lucky viewer will win a signed copy of The Henna Artist!
This event takes place on Zoom. Please register by one day before the event. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting.
This year’s theme is “Healing Forward: Artistic Expression for Human Connection.” Join guest speakers Melody Moezzi, Visiting Associate Professor, Creative Writing, Dr. Zelda Lockhart, Visiting Associate Professor, Creative Writing, and Dr. Josalin Hunter Jones, Assistant Professor School of Social Work, as they explore and discuss various ways to heal and move forward, with a special virtual performance by the UNCW Chamber Choir, led by Dr. Aaron Peisner, Assistant Professor, Music.
UNC Greensboro's Digital Media Commons (DMC) will host Los Angeles-based and North Carolina born photographer Adrian White on November 18, 2020 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The event is virtual, free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register for this event by visiting https://tinyurl.com/flickwithadrianwhite.
The event is part of the Artists Talk Series of the Flick! Experimental Film Festival. As a photographer, White creates portraiture primarily dealing with memory, trauma and history from the perspective of people of the African diaspora. A question and answer session about his recent exhibition that mixes photography and video will follow the discussion.
White was born and raised in the small tobacco and cotton town of Stantonsburg, North Carolina. He received his bachelor of arts from North Carolina Central University in 2002, a bachelor of fine arts from the Brooks Institute of Photography in 2014 and a master of fine arts in photography and related media from the Parsons School of Design in 2019.
The event will be moderated by Dr. Armondo Collins, department head of the DMC and visiting assistant professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNCG.