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VICE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Happy Independence Day! I hope that each of you are enjoying your summer so far. Now that things are opening up a little more, I trust many of you are attending cookouts and going on summer vacations at the beach or in the mountains in our beautiful state! Life IS Good! We are now just a little over three months away from our 64th Biennial Conference, hosted jointly by NCLA and SELA (Southeastern Library Association). Registration for the conference is now officially open! As our theme says, we are beginning to “S.E.E. the Future" in ways we never imagined. This year's conference will be very different from past conferences. This is the first biennial conference NCLA has offered with a virtual component, a true hybrid conference. Our opening Keynote will be a LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT on Wednesday, October 20th. Miguel Figueroa, President and CEO of Amigos Library Services, will talk about "The Future From What We've Seen." Prior to joining Amigos, Figueroa served as Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association (ALA). At ALA, Miguel also served as Director of the Office for Diversity and Spectrum Scholarship Program and Director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.
Unless the pandemic takes a turn for the worse and we are forced to go backwards in October, we will have some in-person events in Winston-Salem. On Thursday, our Ogilvie Lecture will be a LIVE Virtual Event that will be held in the Salem Ballroom for attendees who are able to travel to Winston; our speaker will be Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Dean of Dacus Library and Pettus Archives at Winthrop University. Kendrick's research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. The title of her lecture is "Not Staying, Not Leaving: Pathways from Low-Morale Experiences." Thursday evening we plan to have some FUN with VIRTUAL trivia and an All Conference Reception at the Benton Convention Center! On Friday, our Closing Luncheon speaker will be Cadwell Turnbull, award-winning author of The Lesson and No Gods, No Monsters; Turnbull lives in Raleigh and teaches at North Carolina State University.
The Conference Planning Team has put together a fantastic program to "Support, Educate, and Empower” librarians! Thank you to all who submitted proposals for sessions and posters. I hope to be able to see many of you in Winston-Salem in October!
NCLA 2021 Conference Chair, VP/PE
Registration is now open for #NCLA21! More information, including registration rates, is available here.
The State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) is pleased to announce scholarships to support registration costs for North Carolina library staff attendance at the 64th Biennial NCLA/SELA Conference, Oct 18-22, 2021.
These scholarships are made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The application window will open July 1 and close at 5 p.m. on July 16 with awardee notification on July 26. Watch for more details coming soon!
Stay in the loop! Sign up for our SLNC News mailing list, http://slnc.info/SLNC-Mail to hear about scholarship application details and other updates from the State Library.
The NCLA Conference Planning Committee is seeking sponsors & exhibitors for this year’s conference!
More information can be found using the links below:
“It’s Getting Better all the Time: Successes in Technical Services”
The challenges of the past year have pushed collections and technical services to support our users in ways that never would have been considered possible in the past. Changes in communication, work dynamics, scheduling, workflows and duties, meeting new demands, remote-friendly projects have provided new opportunities for employees. We want to know how you met these challenges. Do you have success stories to share? What do you want to keep going in the future? Is there anything you plan to leave behind altogether?
We invite you to submit your idea for a 7-8 minute lightning talks here.
Proposals due Friday, July 16
MAC 2021 Annual Meeting (Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association)
October 23-26, 2021
Save the Date
The MAC 2021 Annual Meeting Planning Committee is excited to announce this year’s MAC annual meeting will be held October 23-26 2021. Decisions related to an in-person, hybrid, or virtual meeting are still being made. The website will be updated as decisions are finalized. You can view more information here.
Ballot for NCLA Senior Officials now open!
These elected officials along with those elected from sections and committee appointments made by the incoming President will constitute the NCLA Executive Board for the next 2 years. Your vote is important, please cast your vote by July 6th, winners will be announced at the conference in October. Thank you for your participation in this process.
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The State Library posts position announcements as a service to libraries in the state of North Carolina. For more information regarding a position please contact the hiring library or organization in the provided link. Check out current openings here.
From the NC Department of Health and Human Services:
Call for Nominations: Marilyn L. Miller Award for Professional Commitment,
sponsored by the NCLA Women in Libraries Roundtable (WILR)
The purpose of this award is to recognize a professional librarian in North Carolina who has provided outstanding support of women colleagues in the workplace and/or leadership and service in enhancing the library mission.
Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievement in ONE OR MORE of the following:
Contributions as a role model in the mentoring process. (Consider for example activities that have supported women in the library workplace, such as encouraging employees who wished to further their education, championing women’s productive endeavors, supporting their efforts for career advancement.)
Significant contributions to library development or library service. (Consider for example activities that have created new or enhanced services, pioneered new methods of delivery/access to information, championed services to unserved/underserved populations in the community.)
Contributions to examining women’s issues in librarianship. (Consider for example activities such as support for equity; participation in local, state, national, professional and/or government and voluntary activities that support women’s concerns; publications.)
Nomination Process Submit a one-page letter that describes how the nominee meets any of the criteria and offer any information about the nominee’s career. Email the letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 13, 2021. The Executive Committee will review the nominations and select the recipient. A plaque and $200 will be presented at the NCLA Conference to the award recipient.
Instruction and Outreach 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!”
As most librarians would probably say, I have always loved libraries. I come from a military family and the library was always the first place I wanted to visit when we moved to a new base to feel a sense of connection and to check out my favorite Nancy Drew novels. My first library job so to speak was as a library assistant in high school, and I loved it! I should have realized at that point that librarianship would be a great fit for me, but at that time it was not really presented to me as a career option for whatever reason. I went on to earn an M.A. in clinical psychology and have now spent over 20 years in the mental health profession, but since early on in this first career I began to realize that being a librarian would probably be a fantastic job for me and something that would likely be much more personally satisfying. Life obstacles got in the way, but I was finally able to earn an MLS in 2014 and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made to pivot into a career as an academic librarian.
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 part of my job that I enjoy the most is the ability to interact with students and faculty to make sure that they are getting the very best from our library resources and services to support their educational goals. I particularly enjoy getting to know our library student workers, several of whom have gone on to work in libraries after graduation. As a second career librarian, I am excited every day that I get to work in a library and do the work of a librarian after so many years of hoping and working to make the transition. Libraries are inspirational to me because they have such a key role in our democracy by providing access to information and technology to everyone in the community. It’s a great feeling to have a role in making this happen as a librarian. I have also been excited to find that librarians are very interested in learning more about mental health topics to better serve their patrons as well as improving their own self-care. I am so happy to be able to use my experience as a psychologist to work with other librarians who have wanted to know more about mental health advocacy for themselves and their library users.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
Wow, that’s a tough one because I have so many! My number one hero has to be my former library director, Rita Dursi Johnson. Rita was so helpful to me in starting my career as a librarian and was an excellent role model of just the kind of librarian I hoped to become. She encouraged me to always look for creative initiatives in my work, network with other library professionals, and challenge myself to take on leadership roles in the field. In general, I admire librarians who are not afraid to try new things and who share their enthusiasm for librarianship in their daily work and service to the profession. I also deeply revere those librarians who have decades of experience and who have been willing to work with me as a newcomer to help build my skills beyond what I learned in library school to be an effective librarian in the “real world”. Shout out to Patrice Hall, Health Sciences Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University, who had the joy of sharing her office with me during my early days and literally teaching me everything about being a librarian.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
Of course as a librarian I am an avid reader and tea drinker—apologies for any stereotyping. I also enjoy spending time with my two little dogs and my daughter. I am fortunate to live near the mountains, so when the weather is nice my daughter and I enjoy spending time in Blowing Rock and hiking (easy) trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I also like working out at the gym (not as much as I should) and doing renovation projects around the house.
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.
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