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Welcome to a new year and the beginning of the 65th biennium! As this is the time we draft our new years’ resolutions, I’m pondering on what our initiatives should be for this biennium. Many resolutions begin with health and wellness in mind - physical, mental, emotional, as well as financial. I think one of our initiatives could be to focus on our health as individual members, sections, and as a whole organization. One way we can ensure that we are healthy is to preserve and remember our past, with our archives and NC Libraries. Our Archives Committee will be meeting at the State Library in the spring to review our files that are housed there and begin the important work of updating our archives.
As we look forward to becoming and remaining healthy, we should also look to our future, through our advocacy work and our efforts for diversity, equity and inclusion. Our Library Advocacy and Legislation Section and Intellectual Freedom committee members are currently in discussions with ALA regarding the recent uptick of censorship in North Carolina and our entire country. This work meets our goal to “provide a forum for discussing library-related issues.” NCLA will be issuing a statement in the coming weeks in support of efforts of ALA and other entities and the freedom to read.
One of our goals is to “support both formal and informal networks of libraries and librarians” so we continue to look for ways we can engage with the communities we serve and with each other in order to become a stronger, more cohesive and vital association. Our next Executive Board meeting will be held virtually on January 28th when we will orient the new board members. One of the responsibilities of our board is to ensure the financial wellness of the association. We were in great fiscal shape during the last biennium, and I expect that will continue in this one. I would like to see us raise more funds for scholarships and for our endowment, so our Development and Finance Committees will be exploring ways to make this happen.
NCLA’s mission is to “ promote libraries, library and information services, and librarianship; and to champion intellectual freedom and literacy programs.” Let us remember and follow this mission in the new year. I wish each of you a happy and healthy 2022!
Until next time,
NC LIVE 2022 Annual Conference, "Literacy for All" - May 13 & 16, 2022 We invite librarians, library staff, community partners, scholars, and students to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at the NC LIVE Annual Conference. Please submit your proposal by January 31, 2022. Learn more about our theme and keynote speakers on the conference website.
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2023 Biennial Conference Committees
We are looking for volunteers to serve on committees for planning the 2023 biennial conference! If you are interested, please email Dawn Behrend at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and please include if there is a particular committee or area you would like to be a part of.
As you know, North Carolina Library Association believes that we can make a difference in our community and is dedicated to serving our academic, public and special libraries across North Carolina. I will be serving as chair of the development committee dedicated to building on the strong foundation of NCLA and continue to expand its fundraising efforts. I am looking for committee volunteers to work on this and we will get together either virtually or in person to discuss ways to grow NCLA’s fundraising programs. Are you interested in joining me? Some basic fundraising guidance will be provided. Sign Up today if you are interested in volunteering with NCLA’s Development Committee. To let me know your interest of if you need additional information, I can be reached at 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.
From the NC Department of Health and Human Services:
The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is now taking nominations for microfilmed newspaper digitization. If your organization would like to propose a title, please check out our blog for full details and the nomination form.
Paid Summer Fellowship Program for MLIS Students and Recent Grads
Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is accepting applications for our Atkins Fellows summer program. Applications submitted by February 7, 2022 will receive first consideration. These fellowships are designed to give LIS students hands-on experience in an academic library.
The Atkins Fellows program is a ten-week paid summer fellowship for students at the mid-point of their Library, Archives, or Information Science degree program, or those within one year of having completed such a program. The program is designed to provide fellows with a work experience that is focused on professional-level tasks, with high levels of independence and creativity. The three projects proposed for 2022 include library work with digital humanities, open access, and wikidata. Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, job talks, and conferences, as well as job shadow and participate in library meetings. Through this experience, Fellows will learn about the operations of an academic library, better preparing them for work opportunities in the profession. Participants in this program will receive a $8,000 stipend, paid at an hourly rate ($20/hour, for ten weeks of forty hours per week). This year, we are excited to be able to offer program participants an additional $1500 housing and transportation stipend to help with the cost of moving to Charlotte for the summer.
Want to learn more about the program? Visit our website or join us for an informational webinar to ask questions of the program coordinator. Click on the date below to register.