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Ciao, NCLA members! I recently returned from a trip to Florence, Italy - or as the Italians call it in their beautiful language, Firenze. If you love to travel and explore, or it is on your bucket list, I highly recommend Italy. I’m pictured here at the Ponte Vecchio, which is a bridge that crosses the Arno River. We explored the city, the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, saw the David, enjoyed delicious pasta, wine and coffee, and ended our trip in the small town of Greve, Chianti. It was a lot to take in, especially since we only had 6 days, but it was totally worth it! Carpe diem!
Our next Executive Board meeting is January 28, 2022. What do you want to know about the board? About your section(s)? What can we do for you? I encourage you to reach out to me or to any NCLA board member if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer. This is YOUR organization, help us make it the best it can be. Visit the NCLA Executive Board website here.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season celebrating with friends and loved ones.
Fino alla prossima volta,
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The Public Library Section has a new social media presence in Facebook. We will be highlighting the work done in libraries across the state. Please follow our page to see what other public libraries are doing.
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.
Rodrigo Castro has been appointed Director of Public Services at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, effective December 1st. Rodrigo comes from Boston College’s Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Library, where he served as the Head Librarian for Access Services. Previously, Rodrigo served as Head of Access Services for the University of Miami Libraries and Barry University’s Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library.
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!”
After I graduated college, I was kind of adrift. I did not really know what I wanted to do professionally. I began volunteering at the Edneyville Branch of the Henderson County Library in my spare time, just for something more meaningful to do. It was a small branch, with just one or two staff working at a time. I shelved and shelf read, helped patrons with tech questions, browsed professional journals and read book reviews, and observed the regulars coming in to catch up on community news. The branch manager, Teresa Weaver, was very generous with me and in retrospect, I can see that she was trying to show me the different areas of librarianship and give me a subtle nudge. Well, it worked! I’d always loved using libraries, but until I started volunteering and got a glimpse behind the curtain, it never occurred to me that it could be my profession.
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?
There are new surprises every day. Even when I have an idea of what my day is going to look like, there will invariably be something that I never could have anticipated: something to learn, a new situation, an unexpected interaction. Sometimes that can be challenging, but it is never boring. I’m really inspired by growth that I see in the people around me – both library colleagues and patrons. I love when I can be part of that transformational process and support people as they achieve new ideas, insights, and accomplishments.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
My public library director colleagues provide inspiration and commiseration, and I am grateful of those strong relationships within NC. I will always be indebted to the first public library director I worked for, Kim Crowley, in Flathead County, Montana (now retired.) She was always bold and scrappy, and taught me the power of networking and of dreaming big, even when obstacles occasionally seem insurmountable. I have so much respect and admiration for librarians who act as mentors and teachers and support excellence in the profession.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
In my spare time, I like to head outside into the woods and wade in as many creeks as possible (not this time of year though!) I enjoy trying out new recipes, snuggling with my cats, thrift shopping, and reading lots of books.
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.
Black Food: Stories, Art & Recipes from Across the African Diaspora by Bryant Terry
A James Beard Award-winning chef, educator and author presents a joyful celebration of Black culture by interweaving food, experiences and community through poetry, essays and recipes including Crispy Cassava Skillet Cakes,, Meatballs with Egusi and Squash, and Jerk Chicken Ramen.
Did you miss James E. Shepard Memorial Library’s Authors Club book talk with Mr. Adam Harris and his book, The State Must Provide: Why America Colleges Have Always Been Unequal – And How to Set Them Right with moderator, Dr. Shauntae Brown White? A recording is now available! Visit this link and use password nRMzXqB3.
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