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I want to recognize and offer a SHOUT OUT to all the folks who participated in the NCLA Leadership Institute a few weeks ago. The class of 2018 are an outstanding group of professionals who have demonstrated their serious approach to leadership with a focused attention on the program and enthusiastic participation in the activities provided. We can look forward to hearing more from them in the New Year to come. I also want to recognize a few other groups from the Leadership Institute:
The participant’s new mentors who will be guiding them through the after-program of the Institute. They will help the participants complete their projects and meet their goals for conference next year. The mentors are from the class of 2016 and have made the journey as a participant themselves.
Thanks to our presenters who provided meaningful content and facilitated learning objectives that advances knowledge to help gain and demonstrate leadership abilities. The NCLA Leadership Institute is one of the major events sponsored by NCLA and it takes these strong leaders and educators to make it happen.
Finally, thanks so much to the Leadership Institute Planning Committee! You all did an outstanding job of making this event meaningful as we grow North Carolina Leaders for the future.
This time of year, we are asked by many organizations to give to provide for the less fortunate. In last month’s newsletter, our Librarians Build Communities Committee introduced a partnership with the Samaritan Ministries to help provide cold weather materials for people who utilize their services. Please consider this option when making your donation choices as a method by us, North Carolina librarians and staff, to give back to our communities. To donate please click here. You can select needed items on Amazon to be sent directly to Samaritan Ministries. In your cart, you will see and select: ATTN: Wish List; Anna Donze, WINSTON SALEM,NC, (Full address hidden for privacy.) Gift Registry Address
I have done it myself and it works well, so please consider this option that recognizes what we can do as NCLA members.
Finally, on behalf of the NCLA Executive Board, we want to wish all of you and your families a wonderful Holiday Season. Good health, good times, and bright prospects for the new year to everyone!!
NCLA DLS Discusses!:
Instructional Design Tips and Tricks for Librarians
Monday, December 17 • 12 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 Maggie Murphy.
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 in libraries and always gravitated toward them but I didn’t say this is the job for me until I was 40. (I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up!)
My mom started working for a branch of the City of Alexandria Public Library across the street from my grandparents’ house when I was two and eventually I was spending as much time at the library as she was. I got my first official job when I was 16, as a Library Page in the summer, at my neighborhood branch of the Arlington County Public Library.
Prior to moving to North Carolina I worked for Time Life Books in Alexandria, VA in the research library, photography department library and the marketing department. I have been working for the Iredell County Public Library (ICPL) since 2005 and realized in 2010 that libraries are where my passion lies. When I began working for the ICPL I was a part time Library Assistant and I am currently the Assistant Library Director.
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?
I love my job, I enjoy coming to work every day, and I appreciate each and every one of my staff members. They all contribute to impacting the lives of our patrons by providing great programs and services to the residents of Iredell County.
I love being involved with planning and implementing new ideas. I enjoy working on a project from the beginning of the idea to the implementation and seeing how the project impacts the community.
Being able to reach the community and share all of the amazing things that the library has to offer to enrich their lives keeps me motivated. Libraries make a difference!
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
My mom has been a great inspiration to me and ranks at the top of the list. I have been very fortunate to have many ‘library heroes’ along the way, Participating in the NCLA Leadership Institute connected me with amazing individuals from across the state that have had an impact on me and my growth in the profession. I would especially like to thank Mike Crumpton, Debbie Shreve, Steve Messick, and Peggy Carter for their continued support and encouragement.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I love to read, hike, travel and spend time with my family, especially my husband, children, and grandchildren.
Asheboro Public Library hosts STARLAB
Dave from Asheboro Public Library hosted a local adult daycare to see the STARLAB planetarium. Dividing the 20 people up into smaller groups, they looked at constellations, day and night, and how the sun goes over our heads. Each group stayed for several minutes after the showing looking at books and using the computers. It was WONDERFUL!
Also, in November, Dave hosted three formal showings of the STARLAB planetarium throughout the day in addition to smaller, shorter, informal times when patrons exhibited curiosity about it. All in all, 80 people took part in it and the post highlighting it the previous evening on Randolph County’s Facebook page went viral: around 7,700 viewed the post when the normal range is around 300.
Gaston County Public Library Celebrates 40th anniversary!
Gaston County Public Library hosted a 40th Anniversary "Birthday Party" for our Main Library, which was constructed in 1978. We had many guests including local elected officials, library board members, Friends members, and current and former staff attend. We also had individuals or family members of individuals speak who were involved with the process of building the new library in 1978 including a city councilman, the son of the chair of the library board, and the original architect. I have attached some photos of that as well including the awesome cake which is a replica of the building.
Public History program in Goldsboro Marty Tschetter, Local History Librarian
Recently the Wayne County Public Library in Goldsboro held a successful public history program Documenting the Institutional Memory of The Borden Manufacturing Company. The Borden Company manufactured cotton yarns from 1900-97. The program was made possible by a Community Connections LSTA Grant from the State Library of North Carolina. Approximately 225 people attended, and received a free t-shirt that depicted a 1910 era engraving of the mill.
The Borden Mill served as an important agribusiness and employed over 4,000 people during its existence. Exhibit panels introduced the Borden family, early company history and photographs of employees over several decades.
The program opened up with a short video of drone footage of the mill property, both inside and out. The video did a masterful job weaving in the sound of looms operating, and blending vintage photographs into the current view. The main program featured 11 descendants of former employees reflecting on their parent’s work-ethic and growing up in the mill neighborhood.
One of the highlights of the evening came near the end, when former Executive Vice President and Eagle Scout Lee Borden surprised Wilbur Barnes with a 1948 Eagle Scout medal. Wilbur was the first black Eagle Scout in Tuscarora Council, earning it while his father worked at Borden. Wilbur lost his medal in a fire several decades ago. The presentation was touching and a capstone to a positive community event.
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
Journey through the beautifully hand-lettered messages by award-winning illustrator Jessica Hische. This uplifting and positive book - now a New York Times best seller - encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will try new things, do their best, and be brave.
Tomorrow I'll be all the things I tried to be today: Adventurous, Strong, Smart, Curious, Creative, Confident, & Brave. And if I wasn't one of them, I know that it's OK.
Journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of wisdom, inspiration, and motivation. As this book reminds readers, tomorrow is another day, full of endless opportunities--all you have to do is decide to make the day yours.
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