State Librarian’s June webinar now available online

The June edition of Cal Shepard’s bi-monthly webinar containing updates about projects, services, and news from the State Library is now available for viewing online. If you missed the live version, find out what’s going on by watching the recorded webinar! Keep an eye on this blog or our website for a link to register ...

IMLS releases new national Public Library Survey data

IMLS releases new national Public Library Survey data
The Institute for Museum and Library Services has just announced that last year’s national Public Libraries Survey (PLS) data (FY 2011) is now available on the IMLS web site. While North Carolina’s data files for the 2011 fiscal year have been available since December 2012 on the State LIbrary’s website; this is the first time that data ...

The NC Center for the Book 1

The NC Center for the Book
This post was written by Molly Westmoreland, Consultant for Public Library Management and Director of the NC Center for the Book at the State Library of NC. What does the word “book” mean today? Directors of Centers for the Book nationwide took part in this discussion in early May 2013 during the annual idea sharing ...

New library: Chapel Hill Public 2

New library: Chapel Hill Public
Mark Bayles, Assistant Director at the Chapel Hill Public Library, was interviewed for this blog post. Back story On April 10th, the Chapel Hill Public Library opened the doors of a newly renovated building that was a decade in the making. While in technical terms  the construction was a renovation / expansion instead of a ...

The Silent Explosion of Knowledge! 1970s(?) promo ad for librarianship

AV Geeks recently digitized an amazing old film advertisement that seems to have been created by or associated with the State Library of North Carolina. The goal of this ad? To advertise librarianship as a profession. Check out the silent explosion! This is the SILENT EXPLOSION. It is the explosion of knowledge growing at a ...

Upcoming free webinar: BLNC (info for starting a small business)

On June 24th, at 2 pm the State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library will host a free webinar on BLNC, Business Link North Carolina.  BLNC, a free service offered to North Carolinians by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, contains a wealth of information on how to start a small business. Librarians ...

State Library Monthly Report, May 2013

A monthly update from the North Carolina State Librarian, Cal Shepard. Staffing With the appointment of Laurie Reeves as Systems Support Librarian in the DIMP (effective July 1, 2013) all State Library positions will be filled!   Outreach and Networking The GHL added 16 new posts to the GHL Blog.  Among the May posts were ...

NC directors nominated for ARSL board positions 3

Three library directors from North Carolina have been nominated as candidates for Member at Large in the 2013 Association for Rural & Small Libraries‘ Board Election. Among the 9 nominees for a position as Member at Large are NC’s: Melanie Holles, director at Stanly County Public Library, Suzanne Moore, County Librarian at Ashe County Public ...

NC librarians selected for inaugural ALA Leadership Institute 1

Congratulations to Beatriz Guevara, Public library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg, and Elizabeth Novicki, Salem College, for being selected to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) inaugural Leadership Institute on August 12-15, 2013. North Carolina has TWO representatives among the 40 people selected!  From their website: The American Library Association (ALA) Leadership Institute is a unique ...

New Library Director, Onslow County Public Library 1

New Library Director, Onslow County Public Library
Join us in welcoming Estell Carter as the new director at the Onslow County Public Library, effective June 3. In Estell’s own words: “I didn’t grow up with starry eyed visions of shelving books and stamping date due cards, but it didn’t  take long after landing my first library job to realize that I loved ...