I hope your summer is off to a great start-- mine is. If we are Facebook friends, then hopefully you got to see my photos from our Alaska cruise. It was a great time, a little chilly, but kind of a once in a lifetime experience.
I don’t know if you already do this, but when I’m traveling I try to visit libraries along the way if possible. Below is a photo of the downtown branch of the Juneau Public Library. They share their space with the downtown parking deck, which is cool, because that makes parking easier and it demonstrates a great partnership with other community services. I encourage you to add a little extra fun to your vacation travels by seeking opportunities to visit other libraries to see what they have to offer, especially in North Carolina that are having some great summer reading programs.
And speaking of traveling, ALA was great this year with some great speakers, like Michelle Obama, wonderful programs, like screenings of the “Public” and outstanding events, like the presentation of Wanda Brown as ALA president-elect at the closing session (pic). This next year is off to a great start for ALA with many important policies and resolutions passed by council that can impact all of us. Keep an eye out for more details over the next several months.
Have a great July, summer is finally here!!!
Coordinator of Instruction and Graduate Student Outreach
East Carolina University
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!”
Well I started out in libraries as an evening supervisor in a circulation department, and I loved the interactions with our student patrons and all the problem solving that goes with working those night shifts. But it was during my fellowship at Joyner Library that I had my real “Yes” moment. I was rotating through the building working on different projects and was asked to create a set of video tutorials. Tutorials are such a wonderful intersection of technology, creativity, and pedagogy. Conducting analyses, selecting and learning software, visual design—I was in heaven. And there’s always room for improvement, so it never gets dull.
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?
Collaborative projects have always been a great way for me to stay enthusiastic about the job. Working with others--whether they’re my colleagues at the library or the campus teaching faculty or a student group--helps me to get out of the office and into new situations.
Problem solving also keeps me engaged. Sometimes it’s having that breakthrough in a tricky research consultation with a student; sometimes it’s helping a colleague work through a technical issue.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
I’ve been lucky with colleagues my whole time in libraries, so I see library heroes everywhere. Great managers of people, wonderful teachers and presenters, senior librarians with deep reference knowledge–they’ve all taught me so much. I have to mention Bryna Coonin here, a work colleague with an amazing depth of knowledge that’s saved me (and not just me) time and again at the reference desk. When a librarian earns the nickname “the Oracle,” you know that’s someone special.
Beyond NC there are folks I make an effort to follow. Alison Head’s work with PIL has been really helpful for better understanding the information behavior of our students, so I’ll mention her. We all want to support our learners but there’s so much we still don’t understand about who our students are and how they conduct their research.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I’ve worked with some terrifically creative and talented people in libraries—folks making short films or music or video games or novels in their spare time. Lately they’ve inspired me to get into songwriting—something I always wanted to try my hand at but never really got around to. It turns out there are some great and supportive online communities for novice songwriters too, so it’s been a fun hobby. Hopefully at some point a few of us here at the library can collaborate on something bigger outside work--maybe a short film. Or maybe we’re all talk. I guess we’ll see!
We are excited to announce the 2018 cohort for NCLA’s Leadership Institute. Participants were chosen through a highly competitive application process. Please join us in congratulating this year’s participants:
Jessica Bellemer, Less-McRae College Nora Burmeister, Central Carolina Community College Joanna Cox, Harnett County Public Library Hannah Drumm, Iredell County Public Library Kate Engelbrecht, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Stephanie Fennell, Durham County Library Chad Fortner, Central Piedmont Community College Jenny Gerami-Markham, Catawba County Library Jennifer Hatcher, Cumberland County Public Library Kim Henze, NC Live Melissa Kammerer, Wake County Public Library Meredith Lewis, Durham Technical Community College Elizabeth Marcus, Western Carolina University Lauren Menges, Durham County Library Colleen Pinyan, Guilford County Schools Apryl Rosser, Methodist University Melde Rutledge, Wake Forest University Rachel Sanders, UNC-Greensboro Jenneffer Sixkiller, Mooresville Public Library Debra Trogdon-Livingston, Gaston County Public Library Meghan Wanucha, East Carolina University Anna Ward, Wake County Public Library Alisha Webb, Guilford Technical Community College Adrian Zeck, Cabarrus County Public Library
Six participants from the 2016 cohort have been selected to be mentors. Please congratulate these individuals as well:
Joel Ferdon, Davie County Public Library Amanda Glenn-Bradley, UNC-Asheville Kate Hill, UNC-Greensboro Christie Reale, Cabarrus County Public Library Heather Seibert, East Carolina University Millie Sparks, Pitt Community College
The 2018 NCLA Leadership Institute will be held November 7-10 in Black Mountain, NC.
We’re excited this year to offer a fun session about virtual and augmented reality, followed by lunch and our informal sharing session. All attendees will get an Unofficial Cardboard device to take with them to explore the virtual / augmented reality technology further. After lunch, we’ll share and demonstrate those tools that we all use and find helpful in our daily work
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are getting a lot of media attention these days. Have you tried them? Do you wonder why you, as a special librarian, should try them? This session will introduce you to what VR and AR are, what the general opportunities and challenges are for serious use (ie. not for gaming!) and will suggest some specific opportunities for use in special libraries. Come prepared to put your thinking caps on, because you'll be helping with that last part!
NCLA DLS Discusses!: Creating and Managing Virtual Meetings
Monday, July 16 • 12-1 pm
NCLA Distance Learning Section has created a series of brown bag lunch virtual meetings for librarians to get together and have a conversation about topics to do with online learning and elearning. There will be a moderator of the session, but these sessions are meant to be a conversation between a group of librarians. They are not recorded in order to encourage open conversation. This session will be moderated by Sam Harlow.
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents: Providing Health Information Services STAT
Tuesday, July 24 • 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.
This talk will cover the medical information reference interview and the uniqueness of health questions. This webinar will give an overview of recommended resources from MedlinePlus.gov and NCHealthInfo.org.
This webinar is presented in collaboration with the NCLA STEM-LINC committee.
This webinar will introduce different acquisition and licensing models for streaming video in academic libraries along with strategies for collection development and community building through these collections.
Our speakers will be Winifred Metz, Head, Media Center, UNC-CH and Danette R. Pachtner, Librarian for Film, Video & Digital Media and Women’s Studies, Duke University.
This is Part II in the streaming video webinar series co-sponsored by the Resources and Technical Services Section (RTSS) and Technology and Trends (TNT).
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg
In these polarized times, words really matter. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was created by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. NVC can help find common ground with anyone, anywhere and anytime in diverse situations: intimate relationships, families, schools, organizations and institutions, therapy and counseling, diplomatic and business negotiations, disputes and conflicts of any nature. Nonviolent Communication shows us a way of being very honest, without any criticism, insults, or put-downs, and without any intellectual diagnosis implying wrongness.
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Songwriters in the Round Saturday, July 21 • 7 pm Macon County Public Library
Songwriters in the Round will hold their 8th event in the spacious living room of the Macon County Public Library. This event is free and open to the community. Come listen to what our local songwriters community has been working on! There will be an open mic afterwards so if you write songs, you're invited to come and play one.
North Carolina Library Association 1811 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, North Carolina 27604 (919) 839-6252 www.nclaonline.org/