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Greetings my fellow librarians!
If you are like me, you have now hit the “I’m over it” stage for this winter. This year, of course, I’m over much more than just the fact that it is winter – as I’m sure you are too. There is some good news, however, on the horizon. In our Executive Board meeting on Friday, State Librarian Timothy Owen shared that DHHS has decided that library workers who are in contact with the public (not working remotely) will be in Level Three for COVID-19 vaccinations. To see the information about what level you are in, please go to https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.
In other news from the meeting, our special committee appointed in October to look at a replacement for the NCLA LISTSERV brought back the results from a survey sent out to the membership, and will bring a motion for a new platform to the April meeting. Hopefully this will make communication with our members easier and better served.
Conference planning continues to move forward, and Conference Chair Libby Stone is working with representatives from the Benton Convention Center to determine the best and safest way for Conference 2021 to proceed. The planning committee is working out the options for either a Hybrid (one to one and a half day in person/and all sessions virtual) or a total Virtual event. A decision regarding this will be made soon.
Past-President Mike Crumpton is also finalizing his slate from the Nominations Committee for officers in the 2021-2023 biennium. If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please reach out to Mike or myself for more information. The next slate of officers will be presented to the Executive Board at the April meeting, and the general membership will vote in May.
Until next month, stay warm, stay safe, wear your mask, wash your hands, and social distance!
Lorrie Russell Your NCLA President
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
APIs of Data.gov (Reboot)
Thursday, February 18 • 12 pm
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association and the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table welcome you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
Have you ever heard people talking about APIs and wondered what they are and why someone would use them? Have you ever tried to use Data.gov and felt overwhelmed by all the different data formats available? This webinar aims to answer these questions by explaining APIs and their purpose, showing how to navigate Data.gov and understand the different data types offered, and explain how you can leverage APIs in your projects.
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
NCLA Seeking Scholarship Applicants Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2021
Every biennium, NCLA awards scholarships to current and future library school students. Whether you are about to be a library school student, currently in library school, or already a librarian seeking to continue your studies, if you are reading this newsletter you are probably eligible! The scholarship and recommendation forms go live on February 1st and will remain open for submissions until May 31, 2021.
For more information scroll to the Scholarship section on the NCLA website.
Libraries are invited to apply for funding that supports a new or improved program or service that will solve a specific problem or meet an identified need of the library’s current or potential users. This competitive grant program allows libraries to focus on meeting their users’ needs by developing a project that has a user-focused need statement, defined outcomes, a timeline with a series of actions spread out over the funding period, and an evaluation that measures how well the outcomes were met. Projects need to support one of the goals from North Carolina’s LSTA Five Year Plan. Each goal is based on identified needs, strives toward excellence and equity in North Carolina’s libraries, and is related to one or more of the eight LSTA priorities.
Eligible libraries may submit up to three EZ and Project grant applications per year.
State Library Consultants are available to provide feedback throughout the application process and to review complete draft applications submitted through February 12, 2021.
To be eligible, all grant application documents must be received by 11:59 PM on the due date.
Only complete applications from eligible libraries will be considered.
NCLA along with the Leadership, Administration, and Management (LAMS) Section is pleased to partner with NC LIVE on virtual workshops for library leaders. Guest facilitators will share their knowledge on specific leadership competencies and guide you through common leadership challenges. Whether you are in a leadership position already, or aspire to be, consider registering for an upcoming Leadership Development workshop. Is there a local library leader that you'd like to suggest as a session facilitator? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for an upcoming workshop visit this link.
COVID-19 and Libraries
How is your library responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you have valuable resources to share? We’re compiling information in a document for all to use - feel free to add things!
From the NC Department of Health and Human Services:
Patrick Dollar and Scott Hinshaw recently received their Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Founded in 1936, the SAA is North America's oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. The SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally.
UNC Greensboro’s Interim Dean of University Libraries and Associate Professor Michael Crumpton and Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor Nora Bird in the Library and Information Science Department of UNC Greensboro’s School of Education have recently published a book. They are co-editors of “Emerging Human Resource Trends in Academic Libraries.” The book presents the collective wisdom of human resource librarians and administrators who have been in the forefront of applying human resource principles in academic libraries.
FEATURED NCLA SECTION
Featured section of the month:
Submitted by Breanne Crumpton
1. Who are the primary people that your section serves? Who should join?
The Literacy Section is open to people in all types of libraries: public, college, community college, school, etc. There are many different types of literacy that fall under the literacy umbrella including family literacy, early childhood literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy, information literacy, etc. We want to offer a place for people with an interest in any of these types to have a place to gather and share resources.
2. What's the history of this section? When and why was it created?
The Literacy Section was first formed several years ago. It went through a period where it was defunct after the 2013 biennial and, through the efforts of Decca Slaughter, was revitalized in 2017. During the 2017-2019 biennium, the NCLA Executive Board voted to change the name of the group from Literacy Roundtable to Literacy Section. During the 2017-2019 biennium, the Literacy Section sponsored programs in collaboration with the Public Library Section's Fabulous Friday events and during the 2019 NCLA Conference. During the current biennium, the section has partnered with the ACRL NC Chapter (formally College and University Section) for a one-day event on the digital divide. The Section's executive board is currently exploring ways to expand the section and make it more active even during these unprecedented times.
3. What types of programming do you offer?
Over the past several years, we have had the pleasure of working with different NCLA sections to provide programming. As we look forward, the Section's executive board is in conversations about offering an interview series on experts who work in particular literacy arenas. Several years ago, the Section also put out a "Family Literacy Day Toolkit" and we are looking to expand this idea to create and crowdsource more toolkits around different types of literacy and inviting people to contribute resources to share.
4. What's one thing you want people to remember about your section?
We are still working to grow and become a more active section as we once were. If any kind of literacy excites you, and you want to get involved in a section that's still working to build itself up, please consider joining us as we work to make something together. Literacy needs are ever changing and so this section lends itself well to being a sandbox for innovation.
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim
The founder of the popular online book club curates a collection of original essays from today's best black female voices, including Jesmyn Ward, Lynn Nottage, Jacqueline Woodson, Gabourey Sidibe, Morgan Jerkins, Tayari Jones and Rebecca Walker.