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As I write this, I am in Nashville, TN, at the Public Library Association Conference. I have seen many of my fellow North Carolina librarians already, and it’s only day two. I went to a wonderful presentation today by three of these talented people, listening to them discuss decreasing barriers to library use. (Great job WCPL!).
I also attended an excellent presentation today on the importance of leadership skill development. We heard three very diverse, young (to me at least) women discuss how leadership development has enhanced their careers. I found it interesting to hear how leadership development is handled in other countries, and how similar it is to our processes. I would greatly encourage any current (or would-be) leaders to apply for the 2020 NCLA Leadership Institute, to be held September 16-19 in Black Mountain. The registration deadline is March 27th, and the application can be found here.
As always, the issue of advocacy is paramount in the coming months. If you have not contacted your legislators regarding IMLS funding, I encourage you to do so. Please go here to find sample letters and whether or not your senators and representatives have supported IMLS. NCLA will be sending a letter on behalf of all librarians in the state, but it helps to hear from as many of you as possible.
Until next month, enjoy the longer days, the gradual warming, and the hope that we will all survive spring fever.
Take care, and may your TBR pile never end.
Applications for the 2020 NCLA Leadership Institute are now open! This year's institute will be held September 16-19, 2020 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Applications are due Friday, March 27, 2020 - you can apply by going here. Applications will be notified in May 2020. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Juli Moore.
Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian:
Navigating the Labyrinth of UN Documentation
Wednesday, March 11 • 12 pm
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes 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.
In this webinar, we’ll cover what types of documentation the UN produces and how the documentation system is structured. We’ll cover the main bodies (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and the Secretariat) and the main types of documents of the UN, such as resolutions, meeting records and reports. We’ll highlight tools produced by the UN for finding documentation and where to turn to when you get stuck. Resources covered include the UN Digital Library, AskDAG, Research Guides, and support for researchers and depository libraries.
Hosted by North Carolina Central University's School of Library and Information Sciences, the conference will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC.
Conference sessions will explore topics like librarianship, the serials industry, scholarly communication, diversity, equity, and inclusion, e-resource management, and more.
Registration is now open and will close on March 13, 2020. Standard registration is $40, and student registration is free. To register, please visit the conference website.
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North Carolina Women: their lives and times by Michele Gillespie
"North Carolina has had more than its share of accomplished, influential women--women who have expanded their sphere of influence or broken through barriers that had long defined and circumscribed their lives, women such as Elizabeth Maxwell Steele, the widow and tavern owner who supported the American Revolution; Harriet Jacobs, runaway slave, abolitionist, and author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; and Edith Vanderbilt and Katharine Smith Reynolds, elite women who promoted women's equality. This collection of essays examines the lives and times of pathbreaking North Carolina women from the late eighteenth century into the early twentieth century, offering important new insights into the variety of North Carolina women's experiences across time, place, race, and class, and conveys how women were able to expand their considerable influence during periods of political challenge and economic hardship, particularly over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
These essays highlight North Carolina's progressive streak and its positive impact on women's education--for white and black alike-- beginning in the antebellum period on through new opportunities that opened up in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They explore the ways industrialization drew large numbers of women into the paid labor force for the first time and what the implications of this tremendous transition were; they also examine the women who challenged traditional gender roles, as politicalleaders and labor organizers, as runaways, and as widows. The volume is especially attuned to differences in region within North Carolina, delineating women's experiences in the eastern third of the state, the piedmont, and the western mountains"
Looking for something new to offer? Check out these awesome programs!
Books, BBQ & Brews Thursday, March 19, 5:15 pm East Carolina University, Main Campus Student Center, Ballroom A
Sam Jones is the third generation of an eastern North Carolina barbecue legacy and has cooked whole hog barbecue at Skylight Inn and Sam Jones BBQ. Since 1947, the Jones family has been a standard-bearer for wood-cooked eastern NC style barbecue.
In 2019, Jones published his first book, “Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel of Carolina Barbecue,” which features recipes and stories from Skylight Inn and his eponymous restaurant.
“Books, BBQ & Brews” will feature dinner catered by Sam Jones BBQ, craft beers from local breweries, music by the Nu Clear Twins, a silent auction and, of course, Sam Jones himself, sharing stories. Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased online or in person at ECU’s Central Ticket Office in the Main Campus Student Center. The ticket price includes dinner and drinks. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the website.
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