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Can you believe it is already August? I have so many happy memories of August. New clothes, new school supplies, new beginnings. Even more than January, I think August means a new beginning to me. And very soon, NCLA will have a new biennium with new leaders. Libby Stone will take over as president at the conference. Dawn Behrend of Lenoir Rhyne will be sworn in as vice-president/president-elect, Jenneffer Sixkiller as secretary, Kate Engelbrecht as treasurer-elect, Wanda Brown and Jennifer Daugherty as our new directors, Victoria Reader as our SELA representative and Siobhan Loendorf as our ALA councilor. I know as I step down as president that I will be leaving the association in good hands.
Have you registered for conference? If not, what are you waiting for? NCLA members can register for $80 which allows access to all online content, and (fingers crossed) attendance in person as well. See the conference website at https://nclaonline.org/conference to check out the line-up of speakers, presentations and posters to be offered.
As we wind up this biennium, the current Executive Board met for the last time on Friday, July 30th. For those that felt comfortable, an in-person meeting was held, with Zoom access provided for those still under travel restrictions or that were unable to meet in person. The Executive Board passed a motion offered by Anthony Chow (formerly of UNC-G, now at San Jose State) that asked NCLA to partner with other organizations in the state (including the State Library) to support education of staff and the public regarding violence against Asian Americans. The board approved this action, and we will work with REMCo, the State Library of North Carolina and the Asian American Center to develop traveling exhibits for use across the state. Other actions taken by the board included clarifying language in the Handbook regarding Scholarship distributions, approving Nina Chaffin to serve on the Public Librarian Certification Board, approving budget amendments to keep the budget in balance and finally, approving the recommendation from the Conference 2023 site selection committee to have that conference in Winston Salem.
The board also heard from Chad Haefele that he is planning to migrate from the current listserv platform to Simplelists in either late September or early October. We should be totally migrated before the conference.
Until next month, I wish each of you the pleasure of new beginnings, and the excitement of discovering new things. Stay safe, and I hope to see all of you in October.
Lorrie Russell Your NCLA president
Registration is now open for #NCLA21! More information, including registration rates, is available here.
Group Registration Instructions for #NCLA21
Can one person register a group for the NCLA/SELA conference?
Yes, one person can register multiple people. The person being invoiced needs to have a user id and password for nclaonline.org. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with full name, organization, and email address to have an id created.
If the registrant is an NCLA member, be sure to use the email address associated with their membership to be able to select the member rate. Once you have registered one person, select "invoice me”.
Return to the registration screen where there will be a "New Registration" button. The person logged in will be the one to receive the invoices, while the individual registrants will get confirmation of being registered.
Once everyone is registered, the person logged in will be able to pay for everyone at once.
Information required for each registrant: Email address, First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone
Welcome to the 64th Biennial NCLA/SELA Conference #ncla21! The NCLA relies heavily on its members to volunteer to provide a successful and affordable conference experience. Please consider your part in this effort. Sign up early to get first pick on your favorite Volunteer Spots. Please sign up here!
The NCLA Conference Planning Committee is seeking sponsors & exhibitors for this year’s conference!
More information can be found using the links below:
Pivot! Resilience and Unity in the Face of the Unknown (Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting)
October 25-27, 2021
The theme of this year’s meeting is “Pivot! Resilience and Unity in the Face of the Unknown.” We have all had to pivot and adapt in ways we never imagined in the last year, personally and professionally-- we hope that the meeting will be a time to reflect on that. The meeting will feature continuing education courses the week of October 18-22, with keynote speakers, papers, posters, exhibitors and networking opportunities and space for people to gather and collaborate taking place October 25-27.
Vice President/President-Elect: Dawn Behrend, Lenoir-Rhyne University Secretary: Jennefer Sixkiller, Mooresville Public Library Treasurer-Elect: Kate Engelbrecht, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Regional Director, Central Area: Wanda Brown Regional Director, Eastern Area: Jennifer Daugherty, East Carolina University SELA Representative: Victoria Reeder, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library ALA Chapter Councilor: Siobhan Loendorf, Catawba County Library
These incoming officers will form part of the next NCLA Executive Board, which will be announced in full at the October conference - register today!
NCLA Sections Seeking Nominations for Officers:
Note that different sections have different deadlines! Use forms or email addresses listed for further information.
Did you get your favorite section’s latest newsletter? Not sure? It may be because you are not subscribed to administrator updates through the NCLA website. Subscribing to administrator updates allows you to receive emails such as section newsletters and member-only emails, such as invitations to vote for the next biennium’s executive board. Go to https://nclaonline.org and use the person icon in the upper right-hand corner to login to your account. Click on “View Profile”.
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
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:
Wayne County Public Library Encourages Early Literacy with Therapy Animals
In June, the Wayne County Public Library in Goldsboro partnered with local educator, Heather Best, to host 30 minute reading sessions with her certified therapy dog, Dolly.
This program, Reading Tails, focused on giving children a low-stress environment to practice their reading skills while being supported by the calming presence of Dolly, a specially trained golden retriever. Programs like this have many benefits for children, such as increased self-confidence, decreased stress, and creating a positive association between reading and something relaxing—like snuggling with a sweet dog.
North Carolina Symphony is offering its FREE virtual Music Discovery program to libraries
Geared for preschool and elementary-age children and their families, this 30-minute program via Zoom features a NC Symphony musician providing an interactive music lesson, talking about the instruments of the orchestra, and reading a book about music. Families will learn how the instruments of the orchestra make their sounds and hear examples of classical and popular music. If your library is interested in hosting this program, please complete the following form: https://ncsymphony.wufoo.com/forms/nc-symphony-music-discovery-interest-form/
Music Discovery is funded by PNC's “Grow Up Great” initiative, promoting literacy and arts education for preschoolers and their families. If you have questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
Call for Nominations: Marilyn L. Miller Award for Professional Commitment,
sponsored by the NCLA Women in Libraries Roundtable (WILR)
The purpose of this award is to recognize a professional librarian in North Carolina who has provided outstanding support of women colleagues in the workplace and/or leadership and service in enhancing the library mission.
Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievement in ONE OR MORE of the following:
Contributions as a role model in the mentoring process. (Consider for example activities that have supported women in the library workplace, such as encouraging employees who wished to further their education, championing women’s productive endeavors, supporting their efforts for career advancement.)
Significant contributions to library development or library service. (Consider for example activities that have created new or enhanced services, pioneered new methods of delivery/access to information, championed services to unserved/underserved populations in the community.)
Contributions to examining women’s issues in librarianship. (Consider for example activities such as support for equity; participation in local, state, national, professional and/or government and voluntary activities that support women’s concerns; publications.)
Nomination Process Submit a one-page letter that describes how the nominee meets any of the criteria and offer any information about the nominee’s career. Email the letter to email@example.com by August 13, 2021. The Executive Committee will review the nominations and select the recipient. A plaque and $200 will be presented at the NCLA Conference to the award recipient.
2021 William H. Roberts Public Library Distinguished Service Award Sponsored by the Public Library Section, NCLA
The purpose of this award is to recognize service excellence in public libraries in North Carolina. The recipient of this award may be a library leader or an unsung hero/heroine in public libraries.
Criteria Any North Carolina public librarian or public library employee who meets any of the following criteria:
Someone who has made an impact on services locally, regionally, or statewide
Someone who has made a contribution via a special event or achievement
Someone whose body of work or career deserves recognition
Someone who runs successful programs year after year, or someone who has developed a successful feature program
Someone who has shown exemplary customer service skills throughout his/her career
Someone who has increased the visibility of libraries locally, regionally, or statewide
Someone who has worked behind the scenes to contribute to the successful operation of a library, committee, or professional association
Nomination process Send a one-page letter of recommendation describing how your nominee meets any of the stated criteria. Please include complete contact information for the person making the nomination, including relationship to the nominee. Members of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Public Library Planning Council are ineligible for this award. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021.
Award process The William H. Roberts Public Library Distinguished Service Award Committee will review nominations and make a recommendation to the Planning Council. The Council will make the final decision on the recipient. The recipient will be introduced at the 2021 NCLA Conference. Both the recipient and the recipient's library system will receive a plaque and a $500 cash award. The committee will send a press release to the recipient's local newspaper.
Please send nominations and questions, by August 20th, to: Lara Luck | firstname.lastname@example.org | phone: 336.703.3047
North Carolina Genealogical Society Award Nominations
Do you know a library employee who has made contributions to North Carolina Genealogy? Or, is there a book, website or journal, focusing on North Carolina Genealogy that you think deserves being recognized? Consider nominating them for a North Carolina Genealogical Society Award. Nominations will be accepted until August 15th. For more information visit: https://www.ncgenealogy.org/awards/
The North Carolina Library Association Distinguished Library Service Award
Presented every two years, or when deemed appropriate, to a professional librarian or in memory of a deceased professional librarian. Criteria include distinguished professional library services to North Carolina, significant service or other professional contributions provided during either a short or long span of time, and service resulting in a regional or national impact on librarianship in general.
Honorary Membership Award
Award of an honorary, nonvoting membership to non-librarians who have made unusual contributions to library services.
Life Membership Award
An award of life membership, with voting privileges, to persons who are no longer actively engaged in library work.
Staci Andrews Wilson
Director of Library Services
Catawba Valley Community College
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!”
My first library job that made that little voice in my head go "Yes!" was as a page at the Robeson County Public Library when I was in high school. I moved away from libraries during and after college but found my way back about 17 years ago. The rest of my library experience has been in community college libraries – and I truly love this community of students and colleagues. The best moments are those when I get to work with students and help them meet their goals.
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?
Our students keep me going to work every day. One of my favorite quotes is from Ann Voskamp: "You are where you are for such a time as this – not to make an impression but to make a difference. We aren’t here to won-up one another, but to help one another up". I have the quote posted in my office to remind me of my purpose. I am here to help our students move forward. For community college students, moving forward may mean obtaining a degree, transferring to a four-year college or university, or simply taking one class to increase knowledge in an area of interest. At the end of the day, my passion is tied to student support. Are we doing enough for them? Are we offering the right kind of support and services? And, if the answer is no, I want to figure out how to turn that no into a yes. I find my passion in the library field by working with students and colleagues at other libraries.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
My library heroes are my colleagues in the North Carolina Community College System. I am fortunate to be part of a group that is student-focused. They are a wealth of information and freely share their expertise with our group.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I am married to Jeremy, who also works at Catawba Valley Community College. He is a History Instructor in our Humanities Department. I have two daughters: Lily, a sophomore at UNCW and Evie a rising freshman at the Caldwell Early College High School. I enjoy reading (of course), crossword puzzles, and watching college basketball. And, I’m a sucker for a good escape room.
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.
What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce Duncan Perry
"Have you ever wondered 'Why did I do that?' or 'Why can't I just control my behavior?' Others may judge our reactions and think, 'What's wrong with that person?' When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves, holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question. Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and...brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking 'What's wrong with you?' to 'What happened to you?' Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and [this book] provides...scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand"
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