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Happy New Year!
It has seemed at times that we would never reach this date.
2020 was an awful year for so many of us. I have, like many of you, lost family members to this awful disease, and had many more downs than ups this year.
I started 2020 with the intention of Getting Things Done. I had a list in my head for where I wanted to steer NCLA. I started in February with a trip to PLA in Nashville (if you get the chance – go!), and came home early March feeling worse than I have ever felt in my life. Tested for Strep and Flu, both negative. At that time, no COVID tests to be had for love or money. Once I got past that, the world as we knew it shut down. My library closed to the public on March 16th. I was sent home to telework. Luckily, we had purchased a ZOOM subscription for NCLA, which allowed us to continue to meet and collaborate.
Like many of you, I have had to drop back and regroup. Figure out new ways of making things work. And while I have not moved forward as much as I thought I would, this year has allowed some deeper reflection on what NCLA needs. It’s allowed some clean up and refining of processes. And I think, once we have COVID behind us, it will allow us to grow even more as an association.
So I encourage each of you in this New Year, to find some good in 2020. Like anything else, there is always a glint of gold if you look hard enough. We added a new section in 2020 – Library Advocacy and Legislation – I can’t wait to see what they will add to our libraries throughout the state. We are also working to clean up our By-Laws and Handbook for the association. Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Leadership Institute, but I am sure that in 2022 it will be back, better than ever.
Take care of yourselves, my friends. Know that at some point, this will turn around. We may never go back to where we were before, but I am sure that what’s ahead of us will be outstanding.
Lorrie Russell Your NCLA President
VICE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Happy New Year! 2021 has finally arrived. As they say, “hindsight is 2020!” Well, 2020 is one year I am very glad to see in the rearview mirror. I’m sure all of you feel the same way. The 64th Biennial NCLA Conference will be held in partnership with the Southeastern Library Association (SELA) October 19 - 22, 2021. The Conference Planning Committee is working hard to put together a great conference to support, educate and empower our membership, and we would like your input! Please complete this survey by January 22nd. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful 2021! Stay well!
NCLA 2021 Conference Chair, VP/PE
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
Current Population Survey: the Labor Survey for the United States
Thursday, January 21 • 12 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.
The Current Population Survey is the monthly labor survey for the USA and provides rich demographic data. It is also a rich source for many other topics including civic engagement, computer & internet use, education, fertility & marriage, food security, immunization, public arts, tobacco use, (under)banked, veterans, volunteer work, and voting. Learn about its history, changes, and how to access both summary data as well as microdata.
Leadership Institute Update Goodbye 2020; See you in 2022!
To the Membership of NCLA:
After conversations with our planning committee, and with the input of our partners, mentors, and the accepted cohort of the NCLA Leadership Institute Class of 2020, we’ve made the difficult decision to officially postpone the 2020 NCLA Leadership Institute to September 2022.
First and foremost, the health and safety of everyone involved is of the utmost importance. Our institute is designed as an in-person three day intensive program followed by a year long project component with mentorship, all heavily reliant on interpersonal experiences, and trying to replicate that in a virtual environment is difficult at best. Along the way, a recurring theme among our conversations was the transformative power of being together in the same place, at the same time, and experiencing the same moments as a group. Many past participants point to the in-person institute as the beginning of important professional and personal relationships. Additionally, we all understand the perils of working either at home or in an office during a workshop; despite the Do Not Disturb sign on our doors, that never seems to happen!
We are anticipating an amazing opportunity to meet together in person for the Class of 2020(+2!) on September 13-16, 2022 at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in picturesque Black Mountain. Additional information on opportunities to participate as a member of the institute will be forthcoming. Any questions can be directed to Juli Moore at email@example.com or (704) 878-3092.
Be Safe and Well, The Planning Committee of the NCLA Leadership Institute Juli Moore, Jennifer Hanft, Joel Ferdon, Amanda Glenn-Bradley, Kate Hill, and Christie Reale
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.
North Carolina Libraries: Latest Issue Now Available!
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!
End-of-semester news from the ECU MLS Program
Assistant Professor Kawanna Bright gave several invited talks including, “Cultivating antiracist/antibias workplaces and hiring practices” for Library Journal and “Equity in action: Fostering an antiracist library culture,” a School Library Journal Professional Development Online Course.
Assistant Professor Mónica Colón-Aguirre’s co-authored article, “An exploratory survey measuring burnout among academic librarians in the Southeast of the United States,” was published in Library Management.
Assistant Professor Africa S. Hands’s article, “Supporting the educational interests of adult patrons through college-bound programming,” was published in Public Library Quarterly.
Professor Al Jones’s article, “Advocacy for multiculturalism and immigrants’ rights: The effect of U.S. immigration legislation on American public libraries, 1876-2020,” was published in North Carolina Libraries.
Teaching Assistant Professor Barbara Marson coordinated and hosted a series of webinars for the ALA International Relations Roundtable.
Assistant Professor Rita Soulen co-authored an article, “Resilience in the aftermath: School libraries and rebounding after trauma,” published in School Libraries Worldwide.
Bridget Bloomer’s article, “Renaissance's Accelerated Reader: Does it really work?", was published in North Carolina Libraries.
Debra Trogdon-Livingston, ALA Student Chapter President, hosted a webinar for current students, “Pathways to Justice in Librarianship” featuring Des Alaniz.
Jennifer Clark was awarded a NCSLMA scholarship. Sherry Barnes and Bridget Braddom were awarded the Scottie W. Cox Memorial scholarship and Mertys Bell scholarship, respectively, from the NC Community College Library Association.
Kristy Sartain was appointed information director for North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA).
Chelsea Brantley, Colleen Graham, Ashley Greene, and Lisa Baker each presented at the NCSLMA conference.
Ellen Bryson was named Dare County Teacher of the Year.
Marissa Mace accepted a position as information services librarian at Cumberland County Public Library.
Santa Comes to Macon County Public Library
On Thursday, December 4th, the Macon County Public Library was thrilled to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus when they dropped by for a visit with lots of holiday treats for children on their “Nice” list. Cars drove by the front door where Santa would greet the families inside and wish them a Merry Christmas. Ninety-eight people drove by to say hi to Santa in this safe, socially distanced outdoor program. Everyone who came left with a smile on their face!
Rowan County Public Library’s “Cards for a Cause” Submissions Double
The “Cards for a Cause” campaign has become a holiday season tradition at Rowan Public Library. Since the program began in 2015, the number of cards delivered to service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces has steadily increased, and this year, 4,444 cards were sent, which more than doubles last year’s total.
Participation in “Cards for a Cause” looked a bit different this year. In the past, each RPL branch – RPL Headquarters (Salisbury), RPL East (Rockwell), and RPL South (China Grove) – had stations set up for card-making and delivery. For the 2020 season, kits were pre-prepared by RPL staff and made available for patrons to pick up. Once completed, cards were returned to the branches for delivery. Alternatively, participants could submit cards of their own that had been signed.
As always, the campaign began in October and ran through early December and patrons could designate their cards’ destinations: to current service members in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard or to veterans at the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center.
The 2021 campaign will officially begin in October. For more information about how you can support this program, contact Foster at Tammie.Foster@rowancountync.gov.
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!”
The first library job that made me feel like this was the profession for me was at the Iredell County Public Library. I worked as a program specialist for the information service desk, helping people with technology and general reference questions. I love the people I worked with and the community I served. My supervisor at the time (Mardi Durham) planted the seed within me to consider librarianship during my interview. She supported my professional development and provided me with wisdom that I cherish today. I never would have imagined that I would be a librarian, but I am so grateful for the opportunities, lessons, and experiences that I received at the Iredell County Public Library.
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 community I serve keeps me going. Their smiles, conversations, gratitude, and presence inspire me every day I am at work. I continue to find inspiration and passion in the library field through creativity. Finding creative ways to provide resources and services to the community drives me. I also find inspiration through networking with other library professionals.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
Wow, there are too many to mention... Mardi Durham, Jennifer Anderson, Jeanna Austin, Carole Dennis, Derrick Wold, and Viviana Sierra are just a few of my NC library heroes. I admire their passion, knowledge and work within the field. Their friendship and mentorship encourage me to continue my library journey.
Beyond - The honorable Audrey Lorde. Not only was she an activist, poet, novelist, and teacher - she was also a librarian. Her work and words inspire me.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I enjoy cinematography, writing, traveling, live music, festivals, and catnaps. I have a huge interest in the Harlem Renaissance movement, and I spend a lot of my free time reading or researching information about this influential moment in time. I also advocate for mental wellness and social justice by volunteering my time and providing resources to the community.
Oh yeah... and I love to read! (Of course) I can never reach my Goodreads' Reading Challenge goal, but I am working on reading at least 100 books in 2021. Wish me luck!
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:
Submitted by Sarah Jeong & Karen Griff
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
STEM-LINC is not only for official “STEM” academic librarians. Many public library staff attend our meetings because they are interested in STEM programming at their libraries. STEM-LINC members also include special librarians from settings such as the U.S. EPA, NIEHS, and other government libraries. STEM-LINC welcomes anyone working in NC libraries or pursuing an MLS degree in NC who has an interest in STEM topics in librarianship.
2. What's the history of this section? When and why was it created?
While NCLA had many active sections and round tables, there had not been one that was specifically oriented towards librarians interested in STEM issues. In 2014, Karen Grigg and Nina Exner started investigating how to form a STEM Librarianship group. They put out a query to gauge interest among NCLA members. They were intrigued to find out how many librarians- academic, public, and special, were interested in becoming involved with a section or round table. In 2015, the group was formally recognized by the NCLA Executive Board and chose an official name- STEM-LINC: STEM Librarianship in NC. The formal charge is the following:
The objectives of STEM-LINC shall be (a) to unite members of the North Carolina Library Association interested in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) librarianship, (b) to encourage participation in STEM librarianship, (c) to provide an opportunity for education, training, and exchange of information in STEM librarianship, and (d) to seek to fulfill the objectives of the North Carolina Library Association.
3. What types of programming do you offer?
Initially, we set as our minimum goal two in-person meetings per year and two virtual sessions, though, of course, the in-person meetings have been temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. We try to ensure that our meeting topics hold broad appeal, as our members hail from quite diverse library types. We also sponsor and deliver programming during NCLA Biennial Conferences. Our events have taken place in some very interesting settings, such as area universities, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, UNC’s Coker Arboretum, and the NIEHS Library in Research Triangle Park.
A Smoky Mountain Boyhood : Memories, Musings, and More by Jim Casada
"This book comprises the recollections of one man, Jim Casada, who was born in Bryson City, North Carolina, and has had a long career as an outdoorsman and author. Casada gathers his reminiscences on Smokies life in four parts: holidays, seasons of the Smokies, mountain childhood, and a concluding section where special memories blend with a once prominent culture in the Smokies. Casada's gift for storytelling pairs with his training as a historian to produce a highly readable memoir of mountain life in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina"
Fall Prevention Virtual Screening Thursday, January 28 • 10 AM Hosted by High Point Public Library
Free service is provided by WSSU Physical Therapy students and staff.
Screening will be conducted on a virtual platform that allows staff to screen you from the comfort of your own home with the help of a computer, smartphone, or tablet! You will be screened in a private format-- just you and your screener (and the overseeing Physical Therapist). The screener will talk you through the assessment, including questions and physical tests that tell the Assistance about your current balance and risk level. The screener will watch you through the camera on the device to score your tests. At the end of your tests, the screener will explain your results and give you customized recommendations on balance and strength programs that would be safe and suitable for you to access from home based on your assessment results, as well as answer any questions you may have that pertain to improving your balance, strength, and mobility to reduce your risk of falls.