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I hope this new month finds all of my fellow librarians doing well and preparing for spring. Is it just me, or did January feel like it would never end? I normally love the winter months, but this winter so far has not been my favorite. I hope that February will be much better.
Just to keep everyone informed, we have been moving forward with NCLA business, despite the uncooperative weather. The Finance Committee met in mid-January, and reviewed requests from committees to put together the budget for 2020. We had a highly profitable conference and brought in almost $70,000 in profits. As many of you know, we no longer have a full time Executive Assistant, and unfortunately for us, Rachel Stinehelfer has chosen to leave NCLA for a full time school medial position, so we also no longer have our part time system administrator. The loss of these two positions has helped put NCLA in a unique financial position. For the first time in memory, we are not using any of our conference profits at this time to fund our current year budget. The Executive Board met Friday, January 31 and passed a balanced budget of $43,477 in both expected revenue and expenses. What will happen with those conference profits, you ask? We will use part of them to explore options for virtual meetings and training for sections. As future expenses come up, the Finance Committee will review them and propose possible amendments to the budget if needed.
I would also like to mention that the call for applications is currently open for the Leadership Institute, and will be open until March 27. Please consider applying, or encourage co-workers who would benefit from the experience.
Until next month, I hope each of you enjoy February better than January, and think warm thoughts!
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.
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Kathelene McCarty Smith Is now Interim Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Greensboro
Kathelene McCarty Smith has been appointed interim head of UNC Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives following the departure of Keith Gorman in 2019. Smith is an assistant professor in University Libraries and until this appointment, served as instruction and outreach archivist. She earned a BA in history and an MA in art history from Louisiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree in library and information studies from UNCG. Smith’s research has involved the role of academic libraries in fostering life-long learning, primary source outreach in the K-12 community, and the mobilization of North Carolina’s women’s colleges during World War I.
Stacey Krim Promoted to Assistant Professor and Curator of Manuscripts
Stacey Krim has worked for University Libraries since 2007. Most recently, she became assistant professor and curator of manuscripts. In 2011, Krim was assigned to take over curatorial responsibilities for the UNC Greensboro Cello Music Collection in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, including archival processing, research support, donor relations, collection development, instruction and community outreach and marketing.
She has experience working in both public and technical services in public and university libraries. She received her MA in anthropology in 2006 from East Carolina University and her MLIS from UNCG in 2008.
Congratulations to Brittany Champion, who is now the Instruction & Outreach Librarian at Pitt Community College!
Brittany N. Champion comes to Pitt Community College from Wayne County Public Library. She worked as a Reference librarian for a little over a year. Prior to her work in Wayne County, she was a Circulation Assistant at Methodist University’s Davis Memorial Library in Fayetteville, NC. She received her Masters of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University in May of 2018. Brittany currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Roundtable for Ethnic Minority Concerns (REMCo), a roundtable of North Carolina Library Association.
When it comes to libraries, Brittany enjoys all things instruction, outreach, and programming. Her philosophy is that community engagement is an important component to a library’s success. The support of the community means more use of the library’s services and resources. Once one patron has achieved success using the library’s resources, he’ll tell another and from there it has a snowball effect.
Student success through the use of the library is her focus. While here at Pitt, Brittany hopes to make a positive impact on student’s lives and their academic endeavors.
Check out this fun library orientation resource disguised as a Hogwarts acceptance letter.
It was created by a fabulous teen volunteer, Astrid at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She did a great job making this fun and connecting Muggle library resources to Hogwarts classes.
Assistant Director and Marketing
Henderson County Public 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!”
I had an opportunity to volunteer in an academic library and while I enjoyed it, it really became clear to me from that experience that I was going to be happier working in a public library. I have wonderful memories of visiting the Gaston County Public Library as a child and have been a public library user my entire life. My first library job was as a part time library assistant at a branch in our system. Even though I have held several different positions since then I still feel lucky to have a job where I get to promote literacy and learning in our community.
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 really appreciate that working in a public library is never boring! I love going to community events, visiting schools, or speaking to groups about all the amazing things the library has to offer. I am always inspired when I have an opportunity to learn something new from other library professionals.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
This question is really hard because I don’t want to leave anyone out. I have been lucky to work with a great group of librarians, including some who have since retired from our library. I appreciate that our director Trina Rushing has always been supportive and available when I need advice. I feel fortunate to have participated in the NCLA Leadership Institute and be connected to so many amazing librarians across North Carolina, including my mentor Juli Moore. The Youth Services Section board is a wonderful group of hard working librarians and I am constantly impressed by the innovation of all our Youth Services Librarians in North Carolina!
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs. We go hiking and camping when we can and appreciate living in an area with so many opportunities for outdoor activities.
Invisible Americans: the tragic cost of child poverty by Jeffrey G Madrick
Citing the alarming percentage of children who live in poverty in today’s America, an urgent report examines contributing factors, including government indifference, a failing social welfare system and entrenched racism, while outlining a politically feasible option for next steps.
Looking for something new to offer? Check out these awesome programs!
From Alamance County Public Libraries: Love at First Line. For ages 16 and up. Do you believe in love at first line? Stop by any of our locations and see which book’s first line will have you checking it out! For more information, contact any library location.
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