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What a wonderful time we had at ALA in Washington last month! It was so good to see so many of you at conference and around town. We had some great activities and events that some of you were a part of. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, below are snapshots. Our legislative team spent most of Friday visiting our legislators. We had a great time and conducted some serious and significant discussions with key figures in our legislative support process.
Many of us were present as our own Wanda Brown, Director of Library Services for the C.G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University, accepted the gavel as the new ALA President. That was followed by an inaugural lunch and celebration. Wanda was even congratulated by North Carolina’s Rep. Virginia Foxx on the U.S. House of Representatives floor. Congratulations, Wanda!
I also want to wish Kim Parrott the best of luck as she leaves our association after 12 plus years of service as our Executive Assistant. Many folks have depended on Kim for guidance and assistance for programming and membership activities and she will be missed. We will be discussing changes at the next Executive Board meeting and where we will go from here. Much of this work becomes part of our Wild Apricot transition, so if you haven’t updated your account please do so.
Also leaving the Executive Board is Lynda Kellam, who is moving to Cornell University. Lynda was our ALA Councilor and has represented us well in our national organization. Good luck Lynda! More information on filling her role will be coming shortly.
As you are renewing your membership, registering for conference, or volunteering to help at conference, please take a look at all the new features available through Wild Apricot and Sched—these wonderful technology updates have been a lot of work by a great group of people. And as a reminder, registration is now open for conference and hotels will fill up quick, so don’t delay in booking!
The next Executive Board meeting will be July 26th at Meredith College with details to follow.
Have a great summer and be prepared for some exciting things this fall!!!
NCLA CONFERENCE NEWS
NCLA Biennial Conference Scholarships offered through State Library
The State Library of North Carolina is now accepting applications for scholarship funds to attend the North Carolina Library Association Conference (NCLA) October 15-18, 2019 at the Benton Conference Center, Winston-Salem, NC.
Since there are limited funds available, forty-five (45) scholarships will be awarded to selected library staff. Scholarships are open to public, academic, and special library staff. Those applying for a scholarship will have the option to choose a 1-day only conference scholarship or a full conference scholarship. If you choose a full conference scholarship, you must attend the full conference.
*Hotel costs will not be covered for recipients of 1-day only conference scholarships. Pre-conference events will not be covered by the scholarship.
Priority for scholarships will be given to first-time conference attendees and consideration will be given to the geographic distribution of the scholarships across the state and the number of past State Library scholarships your institution has received in the last 3 years. Answers to the brief essay question about benefits of conference attendance will also be weighted heavily in the awards. When answering the essay question, please look at the conference schedule and discuss some of the sessions you wish to attend and how attending those sessions will impact your library community and library programming/services.
Full conference scholarships will cover:
• Hotel lodging (check in on 10/15- check out on 10/18 - 3 nights) • Full conference registration
One-day conference scholarships will cover:
• Conference registration for 1-day
The scholarship will pay for conference registration (full conference or 1-day as applied) and hotel (3 nights) lodging directly by the State Library. All other expenses such as meals, ground transportation, parking, and other incidentals are the responsibility of the staff person and/or library.
The application is available online (https://forms.gle/dXfVDfsqrSMsnngt8) and will close at the end of the business day on Friday, July 12. All applicants will be notified of their status by July 17, 2019. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Lauren Clossey at email@example.com. Email contact is preferred as I will be working away from the office for an extended period.
UNC Charlotte 6th Annual Conference on Writing Studies
Call for Proposals
Conference Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Proposals deadline: Wednesday, July 31
The University Writing Program invites proposals for the UNC Charlotte 6th Annual Conference on Writing Studies (formerly, the UWP Conference at UNCC) that address these related issues:
The risks and rewards of working outside of mandatory curriculum and/or parent expectations.
The risks and rewards imposed on/demanded of students when we take risks in our classes
The risks and rewards that have generated innovations within our research.
The community partnerships that have been forged, and the risks and rewards of community engaged scholarship and teaching.
The risks and rewards of changing requirements, renaming programs, etc.
The risks and rewards of focusing on grammar and/or ignoring grammar.
The risks and rewards in trying new assignment formats (multimodal, electronic) and/or encouraging new topics.
The innovations that have generated risks and rewards and/or the risks that have generated innovations in your classrooms, programs, writing, and research.
As well as these related questions:
How much risk are we willing to take in our dealings with writing programs and teaching?
What institutional and cultural constraints inhibit you from committing to risk in your classroom?
In the spirit of risk-taking, we invite a variety of presentation options: traditional (individual presentations, panels, workshops), lightning talks, campfire sessions, fishbowls, themed solution rooms, and other formats (please include brief explanation in your proposal). Please submit a 250-500 word abstract via the UNC Charlotte Writing Studies Conference Proposal Submission Site by July 31, 2019.
Descriptions of presentation options are available on the submission site. Successful proposals will make clear how the presentation will address issues of risks and rewards including but not limited to multilingual writers/writing at the secondary, postsecondary, and/or professional level. Proposals will be blind-reviewed by a committee of readers. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified no later than September 13, 2019 and must register for the conference no later than September 27, 2019, to confirm their intent to present. Computers, laptop connections, and projectors will be available in presentation classrooms. Please specify any additional support needed on the submission form. If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forsyth County Public Library Branches awarded LSTA grant for $82,373 for RFID technology
Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL) is applying for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for both the Southside and Walkertown Branch libraries. This includes targets, conversion stations, self-checkout kiosks with disc media unlockers, staff conversion/workstations, and security technology for these branches. Implementing RFID at two additional branch locations will offer an up to date user experience, allow staff to provide better customer service, streamline functions, and enhance future developments in collection management. RFID installation will result in higher customer satisfaction, greater circulation accuracy, improved collection security, and more efficient use of staff time, as already seen at other branches.
Instruction & Web Services Librarian
Pitt Community College 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!”
Without a doubt, I came to the realization that a library career was the way to go while working full-time as the Circulation Supervisor in the Music Library at East Carolina University. This was back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At that time, the Internet still seemed very new and exciting and I just craved the thrill of using it to discover and access all types of resources. I still do!
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?
First of all, I absolutely love working at a community college library where I get to explore and experience so many different aspects of library service – and usually all in one day’s work. But I suppose that if I had to pinpoint the one thing that makes this career so rewarding, it would be getting to witness those “aha” moments - faces physically lighting up when they find the thing they are looking for or when they find a piece of information that is a game-changer for them. I think everything I do is rooted in trying to bring that experience to students, library patrons, co-workers, and fellow librarians.
3. Who are your library heroes in North Carolina and beyond?
Having worked in libraries consistently and in various capacities for over 24 years now, I know so many people that I could classify as a personal “library hero” of mine, Batgirl included. However, if it were not for Michael Banks, who was a staff member at the ECU Music Library when I was a freshmen piano major, I never in a million years would have considered working in a library part-time, much less pursuing it as a career. He plucked this overly shy farm girl from the masses and offered me a job as a student library assistant, and I’ve been in a library ever since. Sadly, Michael died just a couple of years after that, but his encouraging words, work ethic, and incredible sense of humor have stayed with me ever since. If it weren’t for him offering me that first library job, I would probably be a starving musician right about now.
4. Tell us a little about your interests and hobbies outside of the library.
When I’m not at the library, I research the books I want to read, make lists of books I want to read, purchase books I want to read, then admire the piles of books that I don’t have time to read. When I’m not doing that, I am a wife to an equally enthusiastic book lover who has his own piles of books but somehow finds time to read them, a mother to a beautiful and talented young lady, a part-time pianist for church services and community theater productions, and a student working on a web design certificate which has provided conclusive evidence that I should just stick to being a librarian, wife, and mother. On the occasions when I decide to pretend that I have spare time, I enjoy going to great lengths to get a fantastic cup of coffee, sitting on the beach, kayaking, watching TV with our three dogs piled in my lap, and crocheting.
The Latehomecomer : a Hmong family memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
A college professor describes her harrowing escape with her Hmong family from war-torn Laos, their lives as refugees in a camp in Thailand, their settlement in Minnesota, and her special relationship with her Hmong grandmother
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