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.
We held our first in-person Executive Board meeting since the beginning of the pandemic on April 29 at the Mooresville Public Library. We offered the meeting as a hybrid so that those who were unable to travel were able to join us on Zoom. It was so nice to see people face to face again! April was a stressful month for many of us, so enjoying an entire day of networking and fellowship was a welcome change of pace. Some of us took a walk after lunch for some self care and took time to “smell the roses.” In the afternoon, VP Dawn Behrend led a session for our sections on best practices and brainstorming, while I led our committee chairs and elected officers in a separate session of the same, continuing our focus on our individual health and the health of our organization. You can read all of the Executive Board reports on the website for updates from committees and sections. Also, be sure and check out the upcoming events for the summer on the homepage. DEI, CJCLS and GRS are just some of the committees and sections offering some really good programs! Be sure to register!!
Enjoy every day, take time for yourself, and take time to make connections with other NCLA members!
Until next time,
NEW NEWS SUBMISSION FORM!
A Note from Amanda, the Marketing Chair
Happy May library folks!
Spring has quite definitely sprung with a vengeance around here, especially according to the fact my normally red car is a lovely shade of yellow right now. In that vein, welcome to the May edition of our newsletter and we’re excited that our social media accounts are getting back active again!
Traditionally, we've asked for news items for the newsletter and social media via email. With the rise of increased cybersecurity threats, I've noticed a trend that my own organization's spam filter has gotten quite...overly efficient? Some folks' emails have wound up in my spam folder. In fact, I've run into the inability to send emails to colleagues at other colleges. I try to make sure that everything winds up where it should be, but I knew there had to be a better way!
To circumvent this, we've developed a new submission form that asks for the same type of information that you would be sending me via email. I will get a backup copy of it via an email I’ve successfully whitelisted with my organization, and this will also be held in a cloud-based storage in case our email server ever implodes. Our hope is that this will help make the process both more secure and more seamless.
Going forward, make sure you’re submitting your news items via this form!
Enjoy every sandwich,
NMRT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
NMRT is seeking volunteers to serve as panelists for a virtual event in early 2023. We are specifically looking for professionals who have been in the library field for five years or less who would be willing to give general advice and tips to recent library school graduates or other interested new professionals. If you are interested please email email@example.com.
The latest issue of North Carolina Libraries is now available!
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.
Does your library want help leading science outreach… developing new public programs… enriching your outdoor-space… and distributing free science tools for families in your community?
Since 2016, ecoEXPLORE has helped more than 200 museums, parks, and public libraries deliver programs, nature-themed curriculum, and citizen science experiences to thousands of kids (aged 5-13) in North Carolina. As a registered LoanSpot, your library will receive 3 backpacks full of nature discovery tools, funding to build a nature-viewing station, and resources to deliver quarterly education programs at your library. And the best part, partnership with ecoEXPLORE is totally FREE!
Feel free to send questions about our program to ecoEXPLORE@ncarboretum.org. We can’t wait to join with your library to engage the next generation of scientists with ecoEXPLORE!!
Announcing the State Library of North Carolina's Racial Equity in Libraries Toolkit
Raleigh, N.C. - The State Library of North Carolina, in partnership with the North Carolina Library Association's Roundtable on Ethnic and Minority Concerns and with consultation from Dr. Love Jones of Interwoven Consulting, has created the Racial Equity in Libraries Toolkit.
The State Library of North Carolina recognizes that deeper learning about bias, structural racism, and racism in libraries is essential for moving the profession forward to create truly diverse and inclusive institutions. Available for all statewide library staff through the SLNC Niche Academy, the Racial Equity in Libraries Toolkit has been created to increase awareness and knowledge around structural racism in the United States, North Carolina, and within the library profession. The interactive nature of this Toolkit makes it one of a kind within the public library world.
"We are delighted that the Racial Equity Toolkit has come to fruition,” said Cotina Jones, director of Library Development. “The Toolkit will be helpful to all North Carolina libraries as they address diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within their organizations."
This project was made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-246155-OLS-20).
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’ve always said that from the first day of my first library job (Library Assistant at Wake County Public Libraries) I knew this was the profession for me. I started Library School that fall, and between my job and my first class (Intro to Information Services), I knew I found my calling—the hunt for information, on any topic, is compelling and often fascinating. My first full-time job as an academic Reference Librarian teaching information literacy sealed the deal—I love teaching, whether it’s a full course, a one-shot IL session, or a professional development workshop!
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?
Teaching the public and other library staff about the phenomenal free resources the State Library offers—like NCpedia, ANCHOR, and the NC Digital Collections—keeps me going, and the amazing staff on my team inspire me every day. I continue to find passion in my work through staff development—helping my staff and others learn, grow, and find their professional niche motivates me and helps me learn and grow, too.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
This is a hard question—I’ve worked with so many outstanding people in NC libraries! My first library supervisor, Brandy Hamilton, deserves a shout out for being a great mentor throughout my career and for inspiring me to get involved in NCLA. The 2012 NCLA Leadership Institute cohort—including Julie Humphrey, Amy Harris Houk, Katy Webb, Debbie Shreve and many others—have been incredible collaborators and an invaluable network and sounding board. And I have to give credit to all the NCLA leaders I’ve been privileged to work with over the past 15 years—current & past Executive Board members and section and committee volunteers: it takes a great deal of effort to keep this association running, and functioning to the benefit of the membership—these leaders do this important work outside of their busy professional schedules and full lives, and they do it with passion, commitment, and intention. Working with them has been immensely rewarding and truly fun. I can’t emphasize strongly or sincerely enough the value that NCLA service has added to my career.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I *love* to bake. Trying new recipes, adapting and perfecting them, and learning new techniques—especially to give away to others—is my jam. I also love a good art museum, and think the NCMA is an absolute treasure!
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.
In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Chatham Community Library will host a virtual film screening of The Celine Archive (2020), beginning Thursday, May 12, and continuing through Thursday, May 19.
The Celine Archive is simultaneously an act of journalism, a journey into family and community memory and archives, a love poem, a story of grief and trauma, and a séance for the buried history of Filipino-Americans. Filmmaker and scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu artfully weaves together her own story of grief with the story of the tragic death of Celine Navarro, which has become lore. In 1932, Navarro was buried alive by her own community of Filipino-Americans in Northern California, but the circumstances surrounding her death were and are unclear and have oft been spun, sensationalized, and dramatized. The filmmaker, a grieving mother with ties to the same community, finds resonance with Navarro’s memory and long-lost story, and she sets out to first learn — and then tell — the truth about Navarro’s death, ultimately portraying her as a feminist heroine.