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October 1, 2021
I got a reminder from Libby Stone (our Vice-President) this morning – only 17 days until our 64th Biennial Conference. It seems like only yesterday I was in her shoes – doing the frantic, last minute preparations to get ready for us to gather. I know many of you will not be able to join us this year in person – please know that you will be greatly missed. But I think much of what’s happened since March 2020 has served to make this association stronger, and has brought us together in ways we never thought possible. We have looked hard at our business as usual practices, and have found new ways to meet and work. It has not been the biennium I envisioned in early October 2019, but we have made it work.
I want to take a moment to thank some people that are not in the spotlight, but work tirelessly to keep the association moving forward. Julie Raynor has served as Secretary this biennium. She has worked hard to make sure she captures the information correctly in our Zoom meetings, and a lot of what I do could not be done without her. I appreciate greatly her willingness to help, no matter what I ask.
Another face behind the scenes is Amy Harris Houk, our current Treasurer. Amy has done a phenomenal job keeping our books balanced and our bills paid. Amy has also taken over the responsibility of managing our contract Administrative Assistant, Morgan Pruitt. Morgan is another person that I owe a great deal of thanks – she has kept our membership lists on track, and assists Amy with processing student members. Lara Luck has served as our Treasurer-Elect, and will be sworn in at conference to replace Amy in January. She too has served us well this biennium, learning the ropes and becoming prepared to take over.
And none of us would be able to attend this conference, either virtually or in person, without the fabulous direction that has come from Libby Stone. I know that when I hand over the gavel on Friday at Conference, she is well prepared to continue to move this organization forward, and continue meeting the needs of you, our members.
There are many more members of the Executive Board, and all of them are vital to our ability to serve you. I want to thank each of them for their support, and the work they have done this biennium. I hope as we move forward, you will take a moment to thank them too.
Until the 18th my friends, I hope you get to enjoy some of this (slightly) cooler weather, and whether online or in person, I look forward to seeing you soon.
Lorrie Russell Your NCLA president
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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.
The Public Library Section Seeking Committee Members
The Public Library Section is looking for a few people to round out our Marketing Committee. This committee will help spread the word about what is happening and opportunities for those who work in NC Public Libraries with contributions to the NCLA newsletter, social media posts, and beginning a PLS newsletter. This committee also provides a presenter or panel for state conferences. Committee members will meet bimonthly and communicate by email between meetings. Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or express interest. Thank you!
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The latest issue of North Carolina Libraries is now available!
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:
The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is now taking nominations for microfilmed newspaper digitization. If your organization would like to propose a title, please check out our blog for full details and the nomination form.
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.
As part of the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, UNCW’s Office of the Arts and Randall Library are hosting a collaborative, year-long effort to promote literacy in Wilmington and the broader Cape Fear region. Programming for the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear spans three counties and includes community book reads, discussions, family-friendly events, book clubs, teacher training, performances, story times, and art festivals that focus their efforts on Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and other companion titles. Find more information here.
An Update from ECU Libraries
ECU Libraries is committed to making access to research more sustainable, affordable, transparent, and open. As part of this commitment, we have established agreements with publishers and have provided funding to support open access publishing. Currently, ECU researchers have access to seven transformative agreements, institutional memberships and/or programs for funding open access publishing. See https://sustainablescholarship.ecu.edu/open-access-publishing-support/ for more information. The library’s Digital Collections repository has been completely redesigned to make it easier for use by researchers.
ECU's copy of Moseley's A New and Correct Map of North Carolina has undergone conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Over the last year, 19 conservators worked on cleaning the map, making repairs, and rebacking it. The map is now back at the library and on display in Special Collections on the 4th floor. Photos of the conservation work and an online exhibit detailing the life of Edward Moseley can be found at http://collections.ecu.edu/os/s/moseley/page/moseley
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 was in the reference department at my undergraduate library. I got the job as a sophomore while I was enrolled in a research intensive class for my History major. There was a librarian embedded in the class with us. She noticed my love of research and using library resources, and recruited me to work on the reference desk in the library. I worked there the rest of my college career. I enjoyed the work, helping students with their research, and I loved being in the library, seemingly the center of all the action on campus. A couple of years later, she suggested I might consider getting my MLS. It wasn’t the first time someone had suggested I become a librarian. My mother had mentioned it to me as a possible career choice when I was young, but it wasn’t until my experiences in college that made me realize my mom might have been right.
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 working with NC LIVE member libraries. The number of library staff and the wide range of different types of libraries in all areas of the state means the job is continuously interesting. I enjoy all of the opportunities to talk to library staff and hear what everyone is doing at their library, such as the current projects they are working on and future plans. It’s rewarding to find commonalities and shared goals among libraries that will benefit everyone and make a difference to their communities. I especially enjoy working with our committees to help shape the direction of NC LIVE, and figure out how we can accomplish more together. On a daily basis, I enjoy working on the NC LIVE Help Desk, problem-solving technical issues with library staff and users, to ensure everyone has access to NC LIVE resources.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
There are so many library heroes that I see in my everyday interactions with library staff around the state. These are people who work hard to provide the best resources and services to their communities, oftentimes with very little resources and support. They are making a difference in the lives of individuals despite challenging circumstances. I also especially admire library staff who are working to make libraries a more welcoming and inclusive place for everyone, and may be doing so with limited support or recognition of their initiatives. My library heroes also include mentors who have guided me in my career and shared their knowledge and passion for working in libraries, such as Sue Ann Brainard, the librarian at my undergraduate institution, and Linda Sellars, my supervisor when I worked at Special Collections Research Center at NC State University Libraries.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
Most of my spare time these days is occupied by chasing around two small children, but when I’m not doing that, I love all things outdoors, including walking and biking on the Raleigh Greenway system, and attempting to find the best water and sunset views in town. I’m also an avid plant mom and enjoy watching my indoor and outdoor plants grow.
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.
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