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This year is flying by. I can’t believe it is already September. I have seven weeks left in my presidency of NCLA, and I will admit, this biennium has not progressed as I thought it would. As an association, we have accomplished a great deal – the ability to have an in person or virtual conference, an upgrade in our listserv (coming this month!), and the ability to continue to grow our membership and the services we offer – all in spite of dealing with a world-wide pandemic.
But I will admit, I’m a little nostalgic. I miss seeing so many of you each quarter at board meetings. I will miss seeing many of you in person at our conference in October. Zoom is nice, and it allows us to continue with the business of the association, but it’s just not the same. I miss sharing a meal with colleagues and discussing new ideas and learning from others.
Even though we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19, I am proud of what NCLA has become this biennium. We are leaner, with a healthy bottom line, and are able to use our funds in a more resourceful and impactful manner. I know that when Libby Stone is sworn in on October 22nd, I am leaving her in a great position to do even more. Libby has made the decision to set up a hybrid conference, and I support her in that. The conference planning committee has done a fantastic job in providing us with a great opportunity to learn and share from and with one another. I hope all of you will register for conference. Even if your travel is restricted, all events will be online, and all content will be available for six months. And at $80 for NCLA members – what a deal!
Whether you attend in person or online, I want all of you to know that I am proud to have served as your NCLA president this biennium. As I said before, it hasn’t been what any of us would have imagined in October 2019, but with your support we have all gotten through it. Thank you for that.
Lorrie Russell Your NCLA president
Registration is now open for #NCLA21! More information, including registration rates, is available here.
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Welcome to the 64th Biennial NCLA/SELA Conference #ncla21! The NCLA relies heavily on its members to volunteer to provide a successful and affordable conference experience. Please consider your part in this effort. Sign up early to get first pick on your favorite Volunteer Spots. Please sign up here!
The NCLA Conference Planning Committee is seeking sponsors & exhibitors for this year’s conference!
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Pivot! Resilience and Unity in the Face of the Unknown (Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual meeting)
October 25-27, 2021
The theme of this year’s meeting is “Pivot! Resilience and Unity in the Face of the Unknown.” We have all had to pivot and adapt in ways we never imagined in the last year, personally and professionally-- we hope that the meeting will be a time to reflect on that. The meeting will feature continuing education courses the week of October 18-22, with keynote speakers, papers, posters, exhibitors and networking opportunities and space for people to gather and collaborate taking place October 25-27.
Are you interested in discussing these topics with peers? Join us at our next meeting; this committee meets virtually on the second Thursday of the month at 10 am. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the next meeting.
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
The latest issue of North Carolina Libraries will be available soon!
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.
North Carolina Symphony is offering its FREE virtual Music Discovery program to libraries
Geared for preschool and elementary-age children and their families, this 30-minute program via Zoom features a NC Symphony musician providing an interactive music lesson, talking about the instruments of the orchestra, and reading a book about music. Families will learn how the instruments of the orchestra make their sounds and hear examples of classical and popular music. If your library is interested in hosting this program, please complete the following form: https://ncsymphony.wufoo.com/forms/nc-symphony-music-discovery-interest-form/
Music Discovery is funded by PNC's “Grow Up Great” initiative, promoting literacy and arts education for preschoolers and their families. If you have questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne County Public Library wraps up novel STEM camp
In August, the Wayne County Public Library completed their first teen STEM camp of 2021. This innovative camp was just the beginning of the STEM programming that the library will coordinate in partnership with Wayne Community College to generate interest in STEM fields, including AI (Artificial Intelligence).
In the STEM camp, local teens in grades 6th-8th attended a week-long STEM program that focused on immersing the students in STEM fields such as robotics, drone piloting, coding, and 3D printing.
Using empathy and entrepreneurial thinking, the teens discussed and identified problems in everyday life, such as flooding in Wayne County, recycling in Wayne County Schools, crop pesticide pollution, and solar energy solutions. The students contacted professionals with their questions and then were able to create prototypes, which they presented to a panel of judges.
Judges evaluated the projects based on originality, solution idea, and the functionality of the prototype. Parents and guest attendee Timothy Owens, the State Librarian of North Carolina, were also present.
This grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-250229-OLS-21).
Three teens present their final ideas to judges and parents on the last night of STEM Camp. This group focused on finding solutions to abate flooding in Wayne County.
Haywood 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!”
My four-year-old son and I volunteered in a Texas elementary school library where my daughter attended school in 1996. Volunteering led me to taking a part-time position as a Library Aide at another elementary school a few years later. While there, the light bulb moment occurred and I decided to begin pursuing a Master of Library Science through Texas Woman’s University. Because I was working on my Master’s, the Wichita Falls Public Library took a chance on me and I was hired full time as a Reference Librarian.
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 love working with the public. Every day is new, and every interaction challenges me, brings me joy, and provides me with an opportunity to serve my local community. I find inspiration from my fellow library directors and I love their willingness to share knowledge and experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to have an influence on library service in Haywood County.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
One of my library heroes is Dr. Ron Heezen, a professor I had at Texas Woman’s University. Although I attended school online, Dr. Heezen made his classes interesting and personalized the content he was teaching so it was relatable and applicable. He influenced me to go into public rather than school library work. Another hero is Becky Morrison, an Assistant Administrator I worked with in Wichita Falls, Texas – Becky taught me a lot about web design, working with database vendors, and researching local history. The third is Lynda Reynolds, Haywood County’s library consultant with the State Library. Lynda has helped me develop as a more effective library leader, and she has a wealth of knowledge about Friends and Foundation groups that she is always willing to share.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
I enjoy working outside, daily walks with my husband, refinishing furniture, and travel.
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.
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
"In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.
Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election season"
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