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I feel that it has been a busy summer with a lot of good work being done by NCLA members on top of your day jobs of running reading programs, doing summer projects, managing special events and being good representatives of our association. To highlight a few:
* The Leadership Institute Planning Committee has been recruiting, organizing and preparing for the next cohort of the institute to be presented in November. This is no small task and takes a village to get it all pulled together for a quality experience. Thanks planning committee members and congrats to our next cohort of leadership institute participants.
* The Web and Technologies Support Committee has been working to clean up aged and miscellaneous issues related to the web site which is paving the way for us to explore other options related to access and third-party programs.
* North Carolina Libraries is close to publishing its first issue for the year. This work involves many people fulfilling many different roles, i.e. authors, reviewers, copy editors, layout, etc., but mostly READERS!! Please take a look when the issue comes out.
* Our website, listserv, calendars, and meeting announcements include multiple opportunities to join and engage with others working in North Carolina Libraries for professional development, learning new skills, and having fun. Even if you don’t belong to a particular group, you can still participate and be part of the action, so don’t hesitate-- take advantage of these multiple opportunities.
Make the most of what NCLA has to offer, and if you don’t see what you are looking for, let us know and we’ll help you find something or maybe even create something.
Stay cool during the Dogs Days of Summer and have fun as you prepare for a robust fall….in your libraries!!!
Streaming Video 101 For Academic Libraries:
Choosing, Paying, Delivering
Wednesday, August 6 • 2 pm
This webinar will introduce different acquisition and licensing models for streaming video in academic libraries along with strategies for collection development and community building through these collections.
Our speakers will be Winifred Metz, Head, Media Center, UNC-CH and Danette R. Pachtner, Librarian for Film, Video & Digital Media and Women’s Studies, Duke University.
This is Part II in the streaming video webinar series co-sponsored by the Resources and Technical Services Section (RTSS) and Technology and Trends (TNT).
Concepts from the authors' book, The Dysfunctional Library, will be the focus for the first part of the interactive session. Topics include workplace incivility, toxic behaviors, conflict, and weak leadership. The team will also introduce a variety of solutions to shape a positive and productive library work environment.
The second part of the session will focus on concepts from the authors' book, The Mindful Librarian. Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of mindfulness and discover the multitude of ways that mindful practice can improve the specific work librarians do, from reference services to workplace relationships to goal-setting and much more. Ideas for dealing with stress and burnout will be discussed and participants will receive multiple suggestions and resources to gain deeper knowledge on the topic in the future.
Open Educational Resources (OER) and Online Learning
Monday, August 20 • 12 pm
NCLA Distance Learning Section has created a series of brown bag lunch virtual meetings for librarians to get together and have a conversation about topics to do with online learning and elearning. There will be a moderator of the session, but these sessions are meant to be a conversation between a group of librarians. They are not recorded in order to encourage open conversation. This session will be moderated by Beth Bernhardt.
High Point Public Library: Heritage Research Center
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!”
If we are counting volunteer work, my first library job was with the Jamestown Public Library. I volunteered prior to entering Library School and I immediately took to it. Being able to help patrons find the proper resources they seek fit who I am as a person. Seeking the archives track in grad school intensified that feeling as there is nothing better than to help someone discover the roots of their family. Every day is a different adventure in a genealogy research room.
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?
Helping people discover the mystery of their own family history and unfolding how their families' story plays into the larger story of American and World History is what keeps me interested in my work. Everyone’s family yields a different story to the fabric of history so with each new patron there is a brand-new adventure to take them on.
My passion for the library field coincides with the fifth law of library science. Both libraries and myself are organisms that grow and thrive off growth; we both gain new knowledge and thrive off sharing it or making it accessible. I believe that to be the best librarian I can be, I must be open to learning new things and thinking of innovative ways of sharing it with my patrons.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
That’s hard to narrow down so I will just make a list of people that played a part in creating opportunities for me to grow and thrive in the profession: Dr. Robert Ballard, Dr. Ismail Abdullahi, Lisa Coates, Mrs. Williamson, Wanda Brown (Madame President), Gerald Holmes, Hal Kiner, Jan Reagan, Mary Sizemore, Lorrie Russell, Mike Crumpton, Stephanie Fennell, and Susan Nutter.
For librarians outside of North Carolina it would be Dr. E. J. Josey, Dr. Carla Hayden and Dr. Jerome Offerd. I would love to go into more detail about how these people played a part in making me the librarian I am today so when you see me at a meeting or a conference ask me!
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
My interest outside of the library are a range of things. I enjoy working out and have participated in obstacle races such as Tough Mudder. I am a novice sketch artist and something that I’m looking to continue to explore. I enjoy taking classes at Wine & Design. I also participate in various civic activities through the alumni chapter of my fraternity the Kappa Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Asheboro Public Library (in Randolph County) had Slime Lab on Monday, July 2nd for the nearly 300 children, teens, and adults who came to the 2pm & 3pm programs. We were so overwhelmed that we had to do two sessions each for the meeting room, which we thought we be enough, and had to spill over to the more spacious reading area to accommodate all. In this wonderful hands-on STEM experiment, the made simple slime recipes with common household ingredients in exploring the phases of matter, from goopy liquids to slimy solids. Asheboro Library will be doing a reprise program in August—this time with registration required!
Looking for something new to offer? Check out these awesome programs!
The Roots of American Folk Music
with Marshall Ballew Thursday, August 9 • 6 pm Macon County Public Library
Marshall Ballew's concert will be a musical and historical journey through the many years and forms of American Folk Music, with its roots in both the Scotch-Irish ballads and tunes of the British Isles which gave rise to old-time, folk and bluegrass; and the Mother Church of African-American Gospel which birthed jazz, swing, ragtime, and the blues. He will trace the roots and hybrids of all these forms like rockabilly, hokum, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues on a variety of stringed instruments.
Am I There Yet?: the loop-de-loop, zigzagging journey to adulthood by Mari Andrew
"Adulting meets Hyperbole and a Half in this witty, starkly honest, and absolutely on-point book of essays and illustrations on the realities of growing up and finding yourself.
Mari Andrew started doodling when she worked at a bakery--she took some license with the display case labels. When customers noticed and began telling her the drawings brightened their days, Mari realized she could use that hobby to connect with people.
She hit a professional rough patch in her late 20's and began to chronicle her work on Instagram. Nearly overnight, she became a sensation. Now when Mari Andrew posts something new, the Internet rejoices. This book is organized by universal themes of becoming an adult--for example, loss, adventure, ambition. Within each chapter, Mari shares her personal experiences in never-before-seen essays, accompanied by spreads of her signature illustrations, 90 percent of which are brand new. Readers are bound to see some of themselves in this book, whether seeking advice on how to handle growing up, or just looking for a friend who can commiserate"
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