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.
I hope this edition of our newsletter finds you all doing well. It’s hard to believe it has been over a year since we were all forced into lock down. As I look back over the past year, I realize how much we have adapted to Zoom meetings, face masks, and social distancing (I really hope we were all washing our hands before this!). We are still not at normal, but hopefully we are getting much closer to our “new” normal than we were. NCLA is moving forward with conference planning, and we are cautiously optimistic we will be able to have at least some in person events by October. Please remember to check if you have not already started your vaccine process and would like to do so - I got mine March 12th (Johnson & Johnson) so I’m ready for October.
The Executive Board will meet on Friday, April 30th. At this meeting we expect to approve a slate of officers for a membership vote in May. Please make sure your dues are current, as only active members may vote in elections. The board will also hear from Noah Lenstra (UNCG) and Kate Kraft of America Walks to determine if we are still interested in partnering for an IMLS grant. The board had voted to partner with them last year, but there were issues with our paperwork that we have now corrected. This grant, if funded, will allow America Walks to partner with NC libraries to work on walkability in their local areas. We are excited to see this project possibly moving forward.
And on the conference planning front, Libby Stone and her committee are doing an excellent job. Please remember session proposals are due by April 16th, and poster proposals are due by June 15th. If you are interested in submitting either (or both), please visit the website.
Until next month, stay well, wear your mask, stay six feet apart, get your shot, and wash your hands. My most fervent hope is that I will get to see as many of you as possible in person, and soon!
Lorrie Russell Your NCLA President
Call for Proposals Now Open for 64th NCLA Biennial Conference
(Joint Conference with SELA)
The North Carolina Library Association is seeking proposals for the 64th NCLA Biennial Conference, a joint conference with SELA (Southeastern Library Association), from October 18-22, 2021. Proposals should address some aspect of this year’s conference theme, “S.E.E. the Future: Support. Empower. Educate.”
At this time, we are accepting proposals for Pre-Conference Workshops, Paired Presentations, Presentations, and Panel Discussions (more information on each format is available in the CFP.) We encourage proposals for virtual presentations that represent all aspects of library work (including technical services, access services, interlibrary loan, reference, instruction, library administration, technology, youth services, and more) and all library workers (including library students, paraprofessionals, and members of underrepresented groups).
All conference presentations will be virtual, with options for both pre-recorded and live sessions.
Visit the conference website to read the full Call for Proposals and submit a proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 16, 2021.
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
Navigating the World Trade Organization(WTO): Locating & Opening Doors
Thursday, April 22 • 12:30 pm
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association and the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table welcome 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.
This webinar will provide insight into how to engage trade research with the World Trade Organization. Historically, how to approach research with the World Trade Organization has been very vague. This session will provide an overview of the way that the World Trade Organization works (which will explain some of this vagueness), the materials and ways that one can engage trade research with the WTO, and a demonstration of how to search accessible collections. This webinar will be of use to those who have found this kind of research particularly challenging, to those who have always wanted to know more about the World Trade Organization, and to those who would like some insights into challenges facing the World Trade Organization.
We will use Zoom for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you registerhere.
The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page.
NCLA GRS Spring Meeting
Wednesday, April 28 • 11 am
Renée Boseman and Trillian Hosticka will present on Regional (State) Depository sharing. They will discuss the shared North Carolina Virginia Regional agreement and the updates they have to the agreement
Presenters: Renée Bosman is the Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She manages the Federal, international, and U.S. state documents collections and serves as the Regional Federal Depository Librarian for North Carolina. She is also the subject liaison librarian for the Political Science and History departments, and the curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense.
Trillian Hosticka is a reference librarian at the University of Virginia libraries. She took over as regional coordinator in the fall of 2019 after assisting the previous Regional, Barbie Selby, for several years.
We will use Zoom for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register. Please register here.
The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page.
The ACRL-NC Chapter is hosting its biennial virtual conference, Transforming Our Future: How Our Practices Today Inform Our Future Tomorrow, on May 6th from 9AM to 4PM. The conference will explore how academic libraries of all types continue to evolve to meet the opportunities and challenges of meeting the information literacy needs of higher education. The conference is hosted in collaboration with CJCLS. ACRL President, Dr. Jon Cawthorne, will be the keynote speaker for this event. The conference is free for NCLA members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for library science students. Registration opens April 5th.
NCLA Seeking Scholarship Applicants Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2021
Every biennium, NCLA awards scholarships to current and future library school students. Whether you are about to be a library school student, currently in library school, or already a librarian seeking to continue your studies, if you are reading this newsletter you are probably eligible! The scholarship and recommendation forms go live on February 1st and will remain open for submissions until May 31, 2021.
For more information scroll to the Scholarship section on the NCLA website.
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On the “My profile” page, click “Email subscriptions” and ensure there is a check mark next to “Mass emails from administrators, such as newsletters and other important notifications”. If it is not checked, click the “Edit profile” button, click the check box to subscribe, then Save. You should now receive the emails sent through the NCLA website. If you have any questions or issues, you may contact the NCLA Web and Technologies team at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for an upcoming workshop visit this link.
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!
From the NC Department of Health and Human Services:
Jennifer Daugherty of ECU wins Learning Research and History Innovation Award from Gale Cengage
Daugherty’s winning project is “to document the life of Jane Barnell, or Lady Olga, the ‘most famous bearded lady.’ She was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and traveled and performed with several different circuses. She also was in the movie ‘Freaks,’ directed by Tod Browning.” Details can be found here.
Head, R.B.House Undergraduate Library
University Libraries, UNC Chapel Hill
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 grew up as a die-hard library user - I knew exactly where to find my favorite books on the library shelves and in high school I volunteered in the children's department of the public library. It wasn't until my work-study placement in my college library reference department that I considered librarianship as a profession though. I worked with a group of amazing librarians who had variety in their days, unending learning opportunities, and the satisfaction of knowing they were helping students succeed. They were able to incorporate their personal interests into their work in the library. I couldn't say no to pursuing a profession that would tie together my interest in teaching and the daily variety that comes with being a 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?
Honestly, I have great colleagues at UNC Chapel Hill - in the libraries and around campus. It's easy to go to work when you know you have smart people who care about their work to collaborate with. I find so much inspiration in the students we work with. It makes me push myself to keep up with them and to be sure I'm doing my best to share library services that will help them meet their academic and personal goals.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
My library heroes are the mentors who took the time to help me find my footing. I haven't worked directly with them in years, but I know I can always go to them for advice. I always go back to the reference librarians at Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) who took me under their wing. They showed me what librarianship was, mentored me, and helped me develop my foundational public service skills. Thank you to Jack Bales, Carolyn Parsons, Karen Duffy, and Karen Hartman!
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I spend a lot of time trying to keep up with my two boys, ages 11 and 5. I enjoy cooking and am an aspirational baker. I watch way too much TV and I'm ok with that.
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:
TNT (Technology & Trends)
Submitted by Chad Haefele, Section Chair
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
We serve all library staff in NC – public, academic, K-12, special, everyone! There’s technology needs that cut across all types of libraries & staff, and also needs that are more unique to individual situations. We provide opportunities for both kinds of tech learning.
2. What's the history of this section? When and why was it created?
Technology & Trends has been around for a while, but was revitalized in 2012. Since then we’ve worked to be a venue for sharing info about technology in libraries. We’re a group of tech practitioners, but not necessarily experts. We learn from each other and try to give members opportunities to share their success (and failure!) stories.
3. What types of programming do you offer?
We’ve run a regular series of webinars (with recordings of many available online!) on technology topics. We’ve also brought guest speakers on tours around the state and recruit and run tech-related sessions at the NCLA Conference.
4. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
We’re all learning together – you don’t have to be an expert to contribute or learn.
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
"Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV--everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named 'post-race' society"
Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
A debut collection of poems draws from personal traumas to offer observations on such themes as violence, poverty, depression, and queer sexuality
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