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The State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) is pleased to announce scholarships to support registration costs for North Carolina library staff attendance at the 64th Biennial NCLA/SELA Conference, Oct 18-22, 2021.
These scholarships are made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The application window will open July 1 and close at 5 p.m. on July 16 with awardee notification on July 26. Watch for more details coming soon!
Stay in the loop! Sign up for our SLNC News mailing list, http://slnc.info/SLNC-Mail to hear about scholarship application details and other updates from the State Library.
The NCLA Conference Planning Committee is seeking sponsors & exhibitors for this year’s conference!
More information can be found using the links below:
MAC 2021 Annual Meeting (Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association)
October 23-26, 2021
Save the Date
The MAC 2021 Annual Meeting Planning Committee is excited to announce this year’s MAC annual meeting will be held October 23-26 2021. Decisions related to an in-person, hybrid, or virtual meeting are still being made. The website will be updated as decisions are finalized. You can view more information here.
RASS is seeking board member nominations for the
We have multiple vacancies available on the RASS Committee! Join us today to help provide opportunities to learn, network and collaborate with other librarians, support staff and institutions across the state. Fill out the interest form here.
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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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
News from ECU’s MLS program
Assistant Professor, Kawanna Bright, gave the keynote address titled, “Taking a deeper look: Moving beyond surface assessment of our libraries,” at the North Carolina Community College Library Association Conference.
Assistant Professor, Mónica Colón-Aguirre was appointed to the editorial board of Library Quarterly and elected serve on the board of directors of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) as Director of Community Building.
Associate Professor, Kaye Dotson, published (with Dr. Syntia Dietz), “Women educators’ leadership: Experiences and perceptions of Delta Kappa Gamma members,” in Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin.
Assistant Professor, Africa Hands, led a roundtable discussion, “Programs and partnerships: Meeting the needs of first-generation students,” at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference.
Professor, Al Jones, was elected president-elect of the ECU Friends of Joyner Library Board.
Teaching Instructor, Laura Mangum presented a session titled, “Utilizing small groups and various forms of feedback to increase student success,” at ECU’s Technology Tailgate, where instructors shared their successes in teaching during the pandemic.
Teaching Assistant Professor and MLS Program Director, Barbara Marson, was elected to ALA Council for 2021-2024, as Councilor for the International Relations Roundtable.
Assistant Professor, Rita Soulen, published (with Meredith Hill-Pitt Co.), “Diverse literature for all: A research-practice partnership to strengthen collection development,” in Teacher Librarian.
Drs. Bright and Hands were recipients of the ECU College of Education Profiles in Diversity Award, which recognizes faculty or staff for their commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in their life and work.
MLS students, Ladonya Jules, Debra Trodgon-Livingston, and Carrie Watson, were winners of the College of Education “We Love Diverse Books” contest. Each student submitted a video describing the importance of diverse books in their roles as library professionals. They received a set of diverse books aimed at elementary or secondary readers.
Maria Luisa Saldarriaga Osorio
Surry 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!”
I am a late bloomer librarian if we can call it that. I had another profession before I came to the US in 2011, nothing related to librarianship. My first job in the US was at Surry Community College library as the evening circulation assistant, but I never thought about becoming a librarian until David Wright (my boss/mentor) left a piece of paper on my desk and told me "Maria, this is for you. If you are interested in becoming a librarian, this scholarship could be yours. " I loved library school (UNCG). I realized how fun this is since the beginning. I wish I knew this when I was in Colombia.
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?
Just knowing that I have a job where I learn something new every day, and meet different people all the time, is enough for me to love going to work (even on Mondays). Finding inspiration and passion is easy when you have a job where you not only help people find information, but the job helps you to become a better human being. Collaboration is what I find more inspiring, and librarians are collaborative by nature.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
My heroes are David Wright, Associate Dean of Learning Resources, and Alan Unsworth, Director of Academic Support & Research at Surry Community College. I am who I am in this country because of them. They are my mentors, teachers, friends. Both have taught me almost everything I know about libraries, and how to become a better librarian every day. Their deep knowledge of libraries, their desire to learn every day, and the way they share their experience are what make them my heroes.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
No pets, no babies, no plants. I love to travel, and since my family is spread around the world that is very convenient. Our family reunions are always somewhere different. I have a face painting hobby/business (closed due to Covid-19). You will find my tent at events in Winston Salem, Mount Airy, or wherever I am invited to. I am a swimmer since I was a toddler when my mother decided to put me in swimming lessons to help me spend all the energy I had. I try to swim one mile 3 to 4 times a week. I also love riding bikes.
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: BLINC
(Business Librarianship in NC)
Submitted by Summer Krstevska, Chair
1. What is the history of this section? When/why was it founded?
BLINC was formed in 2003 by Susan Wolf Neilson (formerly NC State) & Steve Cramer (UNC-Greensboro)! 14 librarians from across the state attended the first BLINC meeting that took place at UNC-Greensboro. Read more about the history of BLINC here!
2. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
BLINC serves those who are business librarians or business liaisons by title or those who don't have the title but dabble with business reference or who are interested in business information in both the academic, public, special and community college settings.
3. What types of programming do you offer?
We offer 4 free workshops a year (next workshop will be in July 2021)! They're open and free to anyone in NCLA, not just BLINC members. In 2020, we hosted our first conference, Entrepreneurship and Libraries, which will be a biannual conference and return in 2022. Until then, we will be hosting various workshops under the Entrepreneurship & Libraries name, which are free to those who are interested.
4. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
We are a welcoming, friendly, & supportive community. If you join BLINC, you will gain more than professional experience or development, you'll gain a group of friends!
Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans
"A literary coming-of-age poetry collection, an ode to the places we call home, and a piercingly intimate deconstruction of daughterhood, Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing. As a competitive spoken-word poet who draws large crowds of people, Jasmine Mans's collection is divided into six sections, each with a corresponding active telephone number where she has recorded excerpts of her poems. You can listen now, just dial! Using poetry to bring change to the world with positive agitation and hoping to prompt dialogue where there is normally fear, poet Jasmine Mans explores the intersection of race, feminism, and queer identity in her latest collection Black Girl, Call Home..."
All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
A first book by the prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist shares personal essays that chronicle his childhood, adolescence and college years as a Black queer youth, exploring subjects ranging from gender identity and toxic masculinity to structural marginalization and Black joy.
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